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On Valentine’s Day, Wedding Guide Chicago launched their second annual Show Your Love engagement photo contest! So many couples have been sharing their engagement photos and stories with us. We’ve seen photos of cute, funny, happy, silly, romantic and everything in between!
This year, we are doing things a little differently and we are picking four winners — two winners with the most votes, and two staff favorite photos.
The first place winner with the most votes will need to work hard to win prize package number one! Prize package number one is valued at $1590! It is filled with an engagement photo from Timothy Whaley Artistic Photographics, five free tuxedos from Black Tie Formalwear, a Pinstripes party for 10, and a $100 gift certificate from Andrew’s Garden!
The engagement session with Timothy Whaley & Associates consists of a 90 minute session that includes 1-2 locations of your choice within the Chicagoland area (or no more than 20 miles from Timothy Whaley locations). This includes 75-90 images to choose from at the locations you love! Maybe this is where you and the one you love first met, shared a first kiss or proposed. Maybe it’s where the first time you realized you were in love!
The winner of most votes will also have five groomsmen decked out in dapper suites provided by Black Tie Formalwear! Black Tie Formalwear has several locations throughout the Chicagoland area and sets themselves apart from others in the formalwear industry with their superior quality, service, an selection.
After your suite fitting from Black Tie Formalwear, party with 10 of your favorite friends! Pinstripes is giving away a bachelor or bachelorette (or both!) party for ten! This includes bowling or boccee, heavy appetizers, and a round of drinks. Pinstripes offers a “winning combination” of Italian- American Cuisine. Bottoms up!
To wind up prize package one, the winner will receive an $100 gift card from Andrew’s Garden! Andrew’s Garden customizes every floral creation just for you. Striking a delicate balance between structure and nature, Andrew’s designs are exciting and evocative – much like a meandering walk through a beautiful garden.
The dictionary defines color as: “The appearance of objects or light sources described in terms of the individual’s perception, involving hue, lightness and saturation for objects and hue brightness and saturation for light sources.
In simpler terms for our wedding couples, this means, do you want to see hues of blues, lightness of ivories and saturations of reds in your wedding floral/décor ensemble? Not only for that day, but every time you look at your wedding portrait, wedding album or your Facebook profile picture. This is a complex, unsettling decision for many of the wedding couples today.
Take a deep breath, sip your tea and realize … it’s not that complicated.
I am a florist, and many of us “professional florists” are passionate about the natural colors that occur in nature, hues of persimmon (really that’s orange), the complexities of wine (really that’s a dark red) and of course the “fifty shades of gray” (really that’s another blog for another day).
A professional opinion on whether to combine some deep, saturated plum lisianthus blooms (really it’s purple) with the faintest touch of lilac freesia blooms (really it’s lavender) with the jewel toned, dense color of an eggplant viburnum berry (really it’s dark blue) into your floral and décor ensemble?
Oh and btw our opinions are biased. Yes we should be, because of our extensive knowledge and experience on color and how it relates to each part of the overall design of your day.
However, it is your day. It is your moment and your memory! What are the rules? Is there a rule to follow? Should ivory flowers not be paired with white dresses? Is a mono-chromatic (all one color, combining shades, hues and saturation of that one color) color scheming the “safest” route to ensure overall satisfaction when mesmerized by your portraits for years down the road? Phew, that’s a lot to say in one sentence.
Here is our answer:
We say, we love color and admire and adore the brides that say “we trust you,” “what do you think,” “I want color,” and “touches of whimsy.”
Moreover, we equally love and admire the play on neutral tones of ivories, whites and champagnes and admire and adore the brides that say “we want simple, classic colors,” “shades of ivories,” or “neutral palettes.”
These are some images of bouquets we’ve done for our Chicago couples. Each couple has opted for a different vibe for their big day.
Ultimately, no matter who is pressing to change your mind, the decision is yours! In the end it’s what you want to see and we are here to guide you and ensure that you are going to admire and adore the vision we have created for each of you individually.
Polly Klein, proprietor and designer has been providing florals & event styling for over thirteen years. Polly believes your purpose plus her passion equals perfection. No matter what your resources are, Polly’s Petals & Particulars‘ talent lies within providing high quality, artistic design that lets her illustrate your personal expression.
Being a bridesmaid can be great. But, being totally candid here, it can also really suck. These times include but are in no way limited to:
- The bride chooses $800 dresses and $1200 Manolos to match…there goes your rent.
- The bachelorette party is in Vegas in June, the shower is in New York in July, and the wedding is in California in August…a half-packed suitcase becomes a perma-fixture in your bedroom.
- The bridal shop is halfway across the country, so they order your bridesmaid dress a few sizes too big “just in case”…even alterations can’t keep it from giving you the illusion of a baby bump , so you become the champagne-guzzling, pregnant bridesmaid.
- Your dress arrives in the mail, and it’s six sizes too small…goodbye pasta, hello water and celery.
You get the picture. Because it can be such a time-consuming / expensive / unflattering / demanding / whatever experience, I wanted to do something a little more special than a “yo biatch – be mah maid!” phone call for my prospective bridesmaids. I wanted them to know how much I value their friendship and how much I appreciate them standing by my side on the most important day of my life.
For each girl, I took a black photo storage box, lined the lid with fancy paper, and spelled out “Be My Bridesmaid” in sticker letters. I filled the box with a mini bottle of rosé Pop champs, a champagne glass with their initial (bedazzled, obvi), black tissue paper, essential wedding deets on shimmery paper, and a crapton of colorful confetti. I topped off the lid with some wedding-themed stickers and tied it up with a pink ribbon. Obsessed.
- Your Responsibilities - First and foremost, tell her why you want her to be your bridesmaid. Secondly, include any required duties. If you expect her to be at the bachelorette party and the shower(s), tell her that. If attending these events is not required, feel free to tell her that too. No one likes a Bridezilla.
- The Dreaded Dresses – A loose description of what their dresses will look like. If you already have the dress choices nailed down, include the brand, style, and how to go about ordering. Also, pictures are worth a thousand words!
- The Wedding Party – A who’s who of the bridal party. This will answer all “who are the other bridesmaids” questions and can also be used to identify any cute, single groomsmen!
- The Big Day – Probably the most important piece of information…the where and the when! Doesn’t need to be super detailed…more of a “you need to be in x city on xyz date so mark your calendar and book your flight!”
This project was somewhat time-consuming and, after supplies, champs, and shipping, a little pricey, but I’m really happy with how it turned out, and all my girls absolutely loved it!
Dunno bout you, but I’m SUHglad it’s effing Friday. I’m seriously so ready for a
glass Big Joe of chardonnay. BUT FIRST. Before you go stuffing your bod full of sugar (wine=sugar, genius) and then greasy hangover food (not that i’m condoning this…just being a realist), do something good for yourself!
Leafy greens (spinach, kale, arugula, collards, swiss chard, etc) are for realz badass. I’m not gonna bore you with the health benefits, but if you’re really that interested, you can read about them here, here, and here. They give so much bang for their caloric buck that your bod basically pays you to eat them. Rad, right?
I know what you’re probably thinking…more salads?! Gag me. A sistah can only eat so many bland bowls of veggies before her tastebuds will run for the border. Or the nearest Taco Bell.
Solution: Drink yo’ greens! One option is a sexy little dimepiece I came up with a few weeks ago. Like the Hulk, this bad boy is a kale-colored powerhouse.
THE GREEN MONSTER
- 2 monster (pun very much intended, thankyouverymuch) handfuls of leafy greens
- 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder*
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 pinch flaxseeds or chia seeds
- Water to desired consistency
Throw it all in a NutriBullet, Vitamix, plain ol’ blender, whatever and blend until smooth! And then blend a little more…nobody likes Popeye sized chunks of leaf in their drank.
The color is a bit daunting, but the protein powder has enough sweetness to cut through the bitterness of greens. DUH-lish. Super pinky promise!
*I recently stumbled upon some really nasty info about soy protein isolate. Once I deplete my generic Target purchased protein powder, I’m going vegan. Just for protein powder though, obvi. I’ve heard good, non-cancer causing things about this and this.
The 5th Annual Winter Indie Wed Wedding Show & Market is coming back to the Windy City! Inspired by an era where Vaudeville shows and carnivals provided entertainment and glamour, the event is a mix of romance and a whimsy of a vintage circus!
For those in the midst of wedding planning, Indie Wed offers a one stop shop featuring the best wedding artisans and professionals from around the country. Indie Wed is the longest running independent bridal fair in the U.S. and THE alternative to traditional wedding expos. All of the vendors are committed to being eco-friendly both professionally and personally.
The event will take place Saturday, February 1st from 10am to 4pm at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4043 N. Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago.
The 2014 show will feature:
*100+ amazing vendors from the Midwest and beyond
*two full floors of vendors
*wandering models featuring spectacular bridal fashions
and The Cirque de l’Amour Wedding Lounge where the entire 3rd floor of the Ravenswood Event Center is being transformed for attendees to relax in between visits with vendors. Imagine relaxing under the big top of twinkling cafe lights and ruffled parasols or cozying up with a craft cocktail on a vintage settee. Sample circus themed bites and decadent sweets before puckering up in a handmade kissing booth.
If you are attending Indie Wed, plenty of free parking is available along Ravenswood Avenue. The venue is also about a 1/2 block north of Irving Park Brown line station.
Tickets are on sale NOW! Use discount code WEDDINGGUIDE20 for 20 percent off!
Happy Health and Fitness Friday!
A few years ago, I was working out three days a week with a trainer at Equinox, Jake the Snake. He got me into the best shape of my life through TRX, kettleballs, and boxing (which I absolutely LOVED), and our personalities really meshed, so I actually had a great time at the gym. Not to toot my own horn, but I was RIPPED, and I looked (and felt) fantastic. I became truly passionate about fitness and legitimately enjoyed the time I spent working out, even when I was just there for a workout on my own.
Since then, I’ve gone through a series of gym switches due to a new job and various moves to new apartments. The gym I belong to right now is “meh”…it’s not great, and there’s nothing particularly wrong with it, but I’ve totally lost that passion that I had a few years ago. The gym has become a chore. It’s something that I have to do and something that I dread. And I HATE feeling like that.
A fancy new gym, Lakeshore Sport and Fitness, just opened next door to my office, and I was planning on going to take a tour yesterday after work. I got a phone call from my fiance around 4:30, saying that our basement was flooded (thanks, Chiberia!), so I cancelled my gym plans and hustled home to deal with the mess.
Flash forward to today. A couple hours ago, I was on my way over to my current gym for my daily lunchtime slog on the elliptical, when someone stopped me and informed me that it flooded and therefore was closed for the day. Flooding seems to be a common theme this week… Since I was already decked out in my workout clothes and out of the office, I decided to swing by LSSF for a tour and omg RAN SMACK INTO NONE OTHER THAN JAKE THE SNAKE. We started chatting as he showed me around the different sections of the gym, training area, track, group fitness studios, and future boxing gym (!!!!), and with every stop of the tour, I could feel that old passion starting to spark up again. I’m starting to get excited about fitness again, and I couldn’t be more excited about that feeling.
I’m not encouraging you to go out and join the most expensive gym you can find because, well, that’s fiscally irresponsible. I’m encouraging you to find your passion. Find a workout that you love, and if you’re anything like me, the rest of your workouts will become less like work. I personally recommend (and totes swoon over) boxing. It’ll give you some totally badass arms and relieve more stress than a glass (or bottle) of wine. And the pink boxing gloves…SUHcute.
June is often the most popular month to get married, but I’ve been thinking that New Year’s Eve should be the second runner up! With champagne bottles poppin’ at midnight, confetti, sparklers, and glamorous over-the-top decor, NYE is the perfect time to get married.
Jennifer and Neil tied the knot at Alpine Banquets on December 31. Take a peek into a few photos from their rockin’ affair!
Look at that amazing spread! ^
An NYE wedding is the perfect way to incorporate black, silver, and gold.
hi guys! hope you all had an amazing weekend and an even more amazing holiday season! it’s been a busy, busy month in the bridezilla camp…thanksgiving in houston, a week in vegas, a wedding in texas, and holiday shenanigans in the burbs. oh yeah…and i’m getting married next year. whew. i’m definitely looking forward to some downtime post-nye!
2013 has been a big year for me (and i’m sure for all of you too!), so to ring in 2014, i thought i’d share some of the things (some insightful, some not so much) that i’ve learned this past year:
- just because a dress looks good on a mannequin or a model does not mean it will look good on you. but along those same lines, just because you hate a dress on a mannequin or a model does not mean you won’t fall in love with it on yourself!
- doing 10 pushups every time you go to the bathroom (and washing your hands IMMEDIATELY after) will make a huge difference. i guarantee you will see results.
- wedding planning will put a strain on relationships. be it with your significant other, momzilla (coughcough), daddy warbucks, or bff, someone will not be pleased with all of your choices. your wedding is one day out of the rest of your life…is tarnishing your lifelong friendship with your bff really worth it?
- try to think about the logistical aspects of your wedding from a guest’s point of view. is it going to be a complete pain in the arse to get from point a to point b to point c if you’re not in the bridal party? if the reception is at a hotel, are rooms going to be astronomically expensive for out-of-towners? think about less than optimal experiences you’ve had at weddings and apply them to your own big day! more to come on this one…
- finding time to do “wedding stuff” is hard. if you’re anything like me, you spend 8+ hours a day at work, an hour and a half commuting, an hour at the gym, and every other weekend at so and so’s wedding. that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for anything else, but keep the “omg i’m just so buuuusy allllllll the tiiiime” whining to a minimum because someone will eventually punch you in the bridezilla face.
- don’t bring an entourage dress shopping with you. the more opinions you have being thrown in your face, the more confused and overwhelmed you’ll get. take someone whose style you trust the first couple times you go to narrow down what you like and what looks good on you before pulling in your posse.
- MOISTURIZE AND HYDRATE. your skin will gloooow.
- don’t sweat the small stuff…at the end of the day, you’re marrying your favorite person in the world. and that…is amazing.
hashtag: something my mom has said to me a bajillion times. normally, this would be followed with a “whatever mom”, but a few months ago when she said to me “you really should work on your posture for the wedding”, i had to begrudgingly agree. exhibit a:
zosia mamet at the emmy awards this year. i might love her dress…i might hate her dress. i’m not really sure, but that’s neither here nor there. what i do know for sure, however, is that her slumped over posture and hunched shoulders are doing NOTHING to sell it to me. she looks uncomfortable, unconfident (just made that word up, sue me), and unhappy to be there. and NO ONE wants to look like that on her wedding day. so…
shoulders back, rib cage (and the girls) lifted. this is going to take some work. (at least it will for me, the hunchback of chicago) so how can i become less hunchbacky?
- build good posture into your daily routine. if you’re a serious creature of habit like myself, pick a certain part of your day to stand up straight…during your walk to/from the train, when primping in front of the mirror every morning, or walking to/from the bathroom.
- work on your back muscles. stronger muscles in your back will gradually start to pull your shoulders back from that slumped position.
- set an alarm to go off every hour or so at work and then spend the next five minutes sitting up straight. it should start to feel more and more natural.
- pick an interval during your time on a cardio machine at the gym to focus on forcing your shoulder blades back and down. i like seconds :20-:00 during my time on the elliptical.
how about you guys? any secrets to perfect posture?
hope you all had an amazeballs thanksgiving weekend, and that monday hasn’t been too painful thus far!