All you need is love... and snail mail to spread it around! Beth has been sending out Valentine's Day cards for over ten years. While her family loves receiving traditional holiday cards, there is so much going on during that time of year, she finds it easier to send Valentine wishes every February. Not only does Beth appreciate the message of love and friendship, but she likes to send playful cards during the dreary winter months. They are such a big hit with friends and family that Beth has even started receiving Valentine's Day cards from other families in recent years.
This year Beth knew she wanted to highlight a picture of her three children on the front, incorporate a heart and use metallic gold ink to make it feel extra special. Our in-house designer quickly thought of the well known Beatles song and got to work! We love the cheerfulness of the oversized text and bright colors, especially the glitter liner. Sure, some might find Valentine's Day a little mushy or cheesy, but that's what makes them fun!
It was such a pleasure working with Kelly and Luke on these holiday themed save the dates. Luke proposed to Kelly in early September, on what the bride-to-be thought was just another normal Monday night! Shortly after, they settled on a date and place for their wedding: Labor Day Weekend 2016 at Camp Canadensis in Pennsylvania. They wanted to send them out over the holidays, so we incorporated festive greens, whites, and pops of red for their color palette. Our in-house designer created a drawing of a log cabin nestled between trees and stars to allude to the wedding location, as their guests will be staying on the campgrounds for the weekend. Kelly was thrilled with the way their save the dates turned out and we personally can't wait to see what this fun-loving couple will do for their invitations!
Whether you're stopping by a local street fair or hosting your own get together, fall isn't complete without an Octoberfest celebration. And no one does it better than our friend Megan at Sparkles & Sprinkles! We were delighted to help Megan assemble some party decor for her Octoberfest beer tasting party and we couldn't wait to show off the fabulous results. Custom cocktail napkins got an extra punch of personality with gold foil "beer me" and made a perfect resting place for the fall themed brews. Our talented in house designer created a tasting card for guests to score each beverage and a welcome sign pretty enough to frame! For a complete look at Megan's event plus more creative autumn decor check out her full blog post here.
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There are many things that go into wedding planning these days and sometimes it’s best to just keep it simple. Which is exactly what Laura and Max did. They were married on August 8th by a family friend in the courtyard of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. What ensued after was an all night dance party, interrupted only briefly for heartwarming speeches by both the bride and groom’s older brothers, as well as the co-maids of honor. The love was tangible and the night unforgettable.
The Meet Cute: Max and I met through a mutual friend at a bar on Southport about six years ago, he took me out on a sushi date shortly after. Although the sushi wasn't great and the bar we met at is now closed, we've been together ever since!
The Proposal: Max picked the best day to propose - my birthday! I've always loved birthdays and I'm a bit of a planner, so Max couldn't have selected a more perfect day to ask me to marry him since I already had planned birthday celebrations with him, friends, and family over the weekend. The proposal happened at our apartment right after coming home from work and I was completely caught off guard, so much so, I almost didn't enter the apartment! It was lowkey and thoughtful, and definitely "us". After popping some champagne and calling friends and family, we went straight to dinner at Tanta and had such a special night together!
The Invitations: This was easy, because my best friend and co-maid of honor is a designer at All She Wrote, so I worked with her to design all of our wedding paper goods and I don't think I could have asked for more perfection. Jennifer saw our vision and created exactly what we wanted; it was the perfect reflection of our wedding. We knew we wanted a fun save the date so we settled on a photostrip with some playful language. Our wedding suite was more traditional, it included a nature inspired watercolor motif and a map of Chicago with our favorite spots and wedding location details. She also created our wedding program which was a fan with a lyric to our recessional song incorporating the watercolor motif on that as well. We've been best friends for over 20 years so we worked together well!
The Big Day: We decided early on that we wanted a more casual wedding that felt intimate and fun! We decided to forego a seated dinner and instead had food stations with all of our favorite foods for our guests, and four different cakes from Sweet Mandy B's. Some of my favorite details were our flowers which included a unique variety of succulents, sunflowers, and light blue delphinium. I think the best moments from the night were reading the vows we had written each other, dancing with Max surrounded by all of our friends and family, and sharing a piece of each cake with my brother and mom at the end of the night.
The Lessons Learned: I'm usually a little bit indecisive, but I learned early on that if you like something and it works for you and your budget, go with it and make the decision. I think it’s second nature to wonder, "What if there is something better," but you will drive yourself crazy looking for the best of everything!
Bride’s attire: BHLDN | Hair & Makeup: Chicago Avenue Salon | Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Banks (suits); The Tie Bar (ties & socks) | Invitations: Designed in-house by All She Wrote | Photographer: Thara Photo | Flowers & Decor: Exquisite Designs | Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Music: The Chicago Catz | Catering: J&L Catering | Cake: Sweet Mandy B's