So I finally made some time last night to organize the gazillion and jazillion pictures of inspiration I’ve saved to my desktop (inspired by hitting the 1 year mark till the big day).Â While I was at it,Â I made my first inspiration board.Â As I’ve mentioned, the wedding style will beÂ chic, simple and reflective of our venue – this fabulous top floor loft in the city of Chicago.Â I do plan on adding more green, the color of life, to give it just that since it will be June.Â Let me know what you think.
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Modern Winter Wedding Inspiration
This elegant ceremony and handsome after-party are simply perfect for the quickly approaching cool weather! Greatest Expectations Special Events & Weddings, Inc., styled this shoot along with Julia Franzosa Photography, and it features a simple, Zen-like beginning followed by a crisp reception that includes a homemade s’mores and hot cocoa bar from Truffle Truffle. Genius! We adore the geometric color-block stationery in white, gray, and black from Sarah Drake, as well as the greenery arrangements paired with bronze succulents from Pistil & Vine. There’s just nothing better than a timeless Chicago affairâ€”complete with traditional tuxes from Black Tie Formalwearâ€”where no detail was overlooked! See it all in the gallery!
Winter Engagement Inspiration
There’s nothing better on a cold and snowy day than the arms of your sweetie wrapped tightly around you. This warm and fuzzy engagement shoot byÂ Laura Ivanova,Â Melissa Schollaert, andÂ Molly Michel would make anyone excited for winter love and the stunning winter-inspired anemone, rose, and privet berry bouquet by Asrai Garden would set any chilled heart aflutter! The cool greys and soft pastels in these photos Laura Ivanova by are perfect inspiration for a winter wedding!
Urban Glam Inspiration Shoot
Photographer Eric Kelley and Lora Kelley andÂ Mallory Joyce envisioned an urban, chic elopement in Chicago, and weâ€™re completely enamored with the styled shoot these creative minds crafted. Models were striking in Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik and J. Crew. Vale of Enna designed moody flower arrangements made of succulents, anemones, roses, air plants and more, adding depth to the already varied backdrop of Prairie Street Brewhouse. The paper suite created by MaeMae Paperie is modern, yet classicâ€”we love the pop of color inside the envelopes and the green hue that brightens this shoot!
Hunger Games Inspired Shoot
I’m so excited to share today’s shoot with you. Not only was it inspired by the oh-so-popular Hunger Games Trilogy, but it’s absolutely gorgeous whether you read the books or not. Naturally Yours Events combined both rustic and very glamorous details, symbolizing the contrasts that occurred throughout the series. Rich foods and exotic flowers reflect the extravagance of a feast while rustic elements like unfinished tables and the natural moss with primrose “kokedama favors” still give the shoot a rough-around-the-edges feel. The whole shoot is natural yet utterly decadent and I love every single photo byÂ AnthonyÂ BarlichÂ Photography!
Indie Wed Inspired Creations Winners!
A huge thank you to all six teams who entered the Indie Wed Inspired Creations contest!Â We are so excited to announce the winner and runner up – every team did an amazing job and all of the couples who attended Indie Wed, as well as all of you readers, actively voted for your favorite teams, and Kelly from Indie Wed and I are so grateful!Â So, without further adieu, here we go!
Vintage Hot Air Balloon Inspiration
Isn’t there just something magical about hot air balloons? Our Inspired Creations Contest concept today from Pemberley Events, Petal Play Design, Image Icon Photography and 11 Eureka Boutique was inspired by a photo of a fun-loving couple in a hot air balloon. Floating glass balls and papier-mÃ¢chÃ© hot air balloons floated above a vibrant and colorful tabletop filled with roses, tulips, and poppies. The color didn’t stop with the flowers! Along the natural runner sat colorful vases and glassware too. The seating chart was actually burlap map of the world with different colored hot air balloons showing people where to sit. Such an adorable theme and wonderful ideas for a colorful travel-inspired wedding!
Ultimate Photo Booth
It’s already so hard to resist photo booths, but add in antique details, vintage LPs, and fabulous accessories like these fromÂ Love, Lulu Mae? Sign me up! This team behind this Inspired Creations ContestÂ put together the Ultimate Photo Booth. Guests use props like vintage hats, mustaches on a stick, sequined and feathered headbands to create photos, buttons, and even videos to post on friends’ facebook walls! Certainly, this is not your ordinary photo booth. It’s super interactive and has so many different options to play with. Doesn’t it look like so much fun?
Belles and Gents Bar
Welcome to day 2 of the Indie Wed Inspired Creations Contest! The incredible team involved in today’s shoot created an amazing and beautiful idea, a “Belles and Gents Bar”. Picture this: one day, wives crash an old-school gentlemen’s club bringing in big beautiful blooms and brightly colored details to freshen up the usual decor of cigars, highball glasses, aged scotches, and decanters. SQN Events stocked the bar with his and hers drinks (homebrews and sweet tea) from Femme du Coupe personalized by Courtney Callahan Paper and treats like chocolate-covered cigars and bourbon-infused brownies from truffle truffle. Fleur never disappoints with their stunning florals and these peony, ranunculus, and cotton arrangements are absolutely some of my favorites! Love this brilliant idea and beautiful photos by the wonderful Simply Jessie Photography!
French Tea Party Dessert Table
We were so thrilled to have The Sweetest Occasion and Elizabeth Anne Designs team up with Chicago’s most fabulous bridal show, Indie Wed, to hold the first-ever in person Inspired Creations Contest!Â Teams of Chicago wedding vendors submitted inspiration boards for the event, and 6 talented teams were chosen to exhibit their Inspired Creations Contest concept at Indie Wed in January.Â In addition to the brides’ and grooms’ on site voting, votes from the EAD and TSO blog readers will be counted, so weigh in on your favorites!
French Tea Party Inspiration
What a beautiful way to start the week – a gorgeous tabletop, dessert table, and fashion shoot inspired by a French countryside tea party!Â This chic shoot at Chicago’s Loft on Lake was designed by Carlene of Naturally Yours Events and features DIY and eco-friendly elements throughout.Â Carlene created the escort card display from strips of muslin, lace, and textured fabrics tied onto a piece of wood, many of the florals were grown by Larkspur and are all seasonal, and the stunning bridal gowns were created by MignonetteÂ Bridal using repurposed lace. Even the art from Emmy Star Brown is framed in old window panes!Â I’m utterly in love with each and every little detail and all of the images by Julia Franzosa Photography!
Elegant Winter Tabletop
Inspired by a peacock feather, these jewel-toned tabletops designed by Beth of SQN Events are the perfect combination of elegant and modern.Â Whether you’re planning a wedding or a party, jewel tones set the stage for a fabulous urban holiday soiree, and the gorgeous purple, red, and green palette is brought to life by the modern blooms from Dilly Lily.Â Ribbon-wrapped menus and favor boxes with touches of swirling calligraphy add an elegant touch to the wedding tabletop while “naughty” and “nice” gift boxes add cheeky punch to the holiday tablescape.Â The scrumptious sweets table and 4-tier truffle cake from Truffle Truffle is a fun and unique alternative to a traditional cake.Â I’m in love with all of the colorful images from Maypole Studios!
Modern Rustic Autumn Inspiration
Working with the fall color palette of amber, gold, saffron and chocolate, Kelly Marie of Fleur and Heather of Greatest Expectations pulled from the in-the-moment trend of beer and hops to style a shoot that is the perfect combination of modern and rustic.Â With custom stationery and the cutest vintage beer bottle labels from Lily Red Studio, a mouthwatering menu (a charcuterie and cheese station!) from Pure Kitchen Catering, a beautiful bridal look from The Left Bank, and the fabulous raw space at Architectural Anarchy, every little detail was thoughtfully presented.Â And don’t even get me started on the amazing desserts from Truffle Truffle – including an out of this world 4-tier truffle cake!Â It was impossible to narrow down the gorgeous images by Amanda Hein, so run over to see ALL of the eye candy in the gallery!
Romantic Summer Wedding Inspiration
Today is such a fun day for me because I get to show off my very first designed shoot! I was so thrilled when Sara Gray asked me to create a shoot for her latest MarryThis! wedding guide, and immediately enlisted the amazing Kelly Marie Uss of Fleur to join in to help me style a romantic summer wedding shoot, full of vibrant colors and elegant and fluffy blooms. I love trends, but wanted to take a few of the design trends that are popular today, such as vintage china and lace, and use them in a way that was classic and timeless, a wedding that would stay fresh and inspiring for years to come. We chose the absolutely fabulous Aeree Loft at Room 1520 as our venue, its clean white walls and amazing light were the perfect backdrop!
Pretty Pastels & Metallics
There is just so much pretty in this shoot, I’m over the moon!Â Kelly Maron Horvath of Paper Stories, Lauren LePine of Ryan Alexander Events, Lynn Fossbender of Pollen, Stevi Savage of AveryHouse, and Shannon Spellman of Plate have dazzled me with their interpretation of glitz and glam for the Inspired Creations Contest, it’s an absolute wonderland of handmade charm.Â Â Mercury glass accents, mother-of-pearl buttons, satin ribbons and gilded china from PlateÂ are just a few of the ways that the team incorporated glitter and glam into their tabletop and dessert display.Â And since the Inspired Creations Contest is all about being fabulous on an approachable budget, everything from the sewn paper bunting toÂ the ribbon table runner, escort card holder, cake topper, and even the cake itself was created by Kelly, andÂ all of the decorative accentsÂ used in the shoot were brought in from the team’s homes and studios.Â
La FÃªte d’Amour: A Parisian Masquerade
Are you ready for an Inspired Creations Contest submission that’s full of color and Parisian style?Â Courtney Callahan of Courtney Callahan Paper, Natalie Walsh of Hello Darling, andÂ Jenn Gaudreau of Jennifer Kathryn PhotographyÂ are behind this vibrant shoot, inspired by a European masked ball.Â The color palette of teal, green, orange,Â and sparkly gold and bronze is so rich and vivid, and I adore the original and exoticÂ floralsÂ with metallic foliage, Israeli ruscus, magnolia, chick pea, kale, and peacock feathers.Â Lovely stationery and DIY projects such as personalized dance cards for each guest, a ribbon garland, and hanging “bride and groom” wreaths are just a few of theÂ beautiful touches that make this concept unique – and believe it or not, all of what you see below was created on a budget of only $337!
Pancake Brunch: DIY Stationery + Favors
This morning’s Pancakes & Honey Breakfast shoot featured several handmade wedding projects, and the team of Suzy from Lily Red Studio, Kelly Marie from Fleur, and Jaclyn Simpson Photography have been kind enough to share their DIY secrets with us! They created several projects – click on the links below to jump to the instructions for your favorite:
Pancakes & Honey Breakfast
I’m so excited to show off today’s Inspired Creations Contest idea – it’s retro, vintage, and fresh!Â The Chicago team of Jaclyn Simpson Photography, Fleur, and Lily Red Studio created an intimate brunch wedding setting full of scrumptious pancakes and french toast kebabs, on a tabletop set with a handsewn runner, glittering crystal votive holders, and lush blooms. The honey, peach, and tangerine color palette is warm and sweet, and honey dipper favors are the perfect favor.Â There are just so many little details to obsess over, so run over and see even more of the images in the gallery!
Lovely: A Bake Shop
I think I might want to move in to the Lovely Bake Shop. Really. Cupcakes, jam, vintage floral bar stools, and adorable aprons?Â Yes please!Â And did I mention the cupcakes?Â Melissa Hayes captured these beautiful images of the Lovely Bake Shop in Chicago, which is also an intimate little gem of a wedding venue! The floral design is by Bucktown’s Larkspur and paper goods from Michigan-based Meant to be Sent.
Bohemian Garden Wedding Inspiration
This gorgeous inspiration shoot is full of artsy, bohemian flair, setÂ in the gorgeous garden venue of The Grove in Glenview, IL.Â I love the natural,Â woodsy feeling of theÂ location and the way this team of talented Chicago wedding vendors wove together an eclectic mix of elements to create a sophisticated and ethereal look!Â The lovely images are by Dawn RoscoeÂ with floral and decor by Evolution Floral.
More Wedding Inspiration from Chicago
Elegant Hunter Green Wedding Inspiration
Any way you spin the color green in a wedding palette, it is quite the versatile shade. From soft pastels like mint or sage to deep hues like the beautiful emerald or hunter green, you can easily use this earthy color at any wedding during any time of the year if you fancy it. It’s so timeless and we’re glad that wedding extraordinaires like Olive Fine Weddings & Events and Alexandra Lee ran on the same wavelength as us. This styled shoot has a hefty helping of green all over it, and if you take out the seemingly wintry elements to this inspo, you can readily use it all throughout the year. The luxe blooms by Willrett Flower Co. (check out the installation framing the sweetheart table!) may need some tweaking when it comes to what’s in season and what’s in your area, but no matter if you’re a spring or summer bride-to-be eyeing this shade of green, you’ll certainly get the same gorgeous effect that Alexandra snapped for us.
Chicago Wedding Inspiration with Two Brides
What do you get when you combine two gorgeous brides, an adorable puppy, spectacular flowers, and the styling of Chicago Vintage Weddings? Perfection! This spring wedding inspiration shoot features the most lovely blooms from Thistle + Plume adorning the ballroom in the Virgin Hotel Chicago, accented by decor (how much do you love those disco balls?) from Atmosphere Events Group. Our brides Jackie and Nina donned chic Varca Bridal attire from Honey Bridal and we are pretty much obsessed with their bridal looks by Debra Petrielli. Every detail from the hand-drawn stationery by Emily Rose Ink to the beautiful images by True Grace Photography is complete perfection!
Bridesmaids Shower Inspiration featuring David’s Bridal
What do you get when you combine the fantastic set of gifts available atÂ Davidâ€™s BridalÂ with a sunny Chicago loft, an adorable pup (ahem, MY adorable pup, Mollie), and 5 lovely ladies? A bridesmaid shower that is absolute perfection! A “bridesmaid shower” is the perfect way to thank your besties for standing by your side on the big day. This fun, festive, and colorful soiree produced by the ladies ofÂ Aisle Society showcases the amazing gifting goodies fromÂ Davidâ€™s Bridal!Â Davidâ€™s BridalÂ has everything your gals will love:Â chic printed robes, cute monogrammedÂ water bottles,Â keychains,Â necklaces, adorableÂ hair ties, and more! Their personalization options make it easy to give custom gifts like makeup bags, gift boxes,Â floral compacts, and even oh-so-chic floppy hats. FindÂ gifts for all of your bridesmaids, and top it off with the prettiest personalized box to package it to perfection!Â WithÂ decor,Â gifts, and favors perfect for all the events surrounding the wedding, and customizable gifts to add a personal touch,Â Davidâ€™s BridalÂ is a one-stop-shop for your wedding!
Modern Rooftop Elopement Featuring Movado + Kay Jewelers
If you’ve been dreaming of something sophisticated and elegant for your big day, but want to keep the nuptials intimate, a modern rooftop elopement couldn’t be more ideal. With just you and your fiancÃ©, your closest friends, and the stunning Chicago skyline as the backdrop, this urban elopement is modern sophistication at its finest! Timeless watches by Movado from Kay Jewelers were the perfect gifts to accompany the chic setting, captured beautifully by Belen Aquino of Gerber Scarpelli Weddings.
Chic Wedding at Ovation Chicago
Meg and Kevin held an intimate and sophisticated wedding at one of Chicago’s most laid-back venues, Ovation. Theirs was a true Chicago wedding: their rehearsal dinner, welcome party, and wedding venue were all located within a half mile from their house! Inspired by Kinfolk and Anthropologie, they chose exposed wood, rustic tables, and a less is more vibe, which was beautifully carried out by their wedding planner, Laura Hayes of Anticipation Events. The couple decided to forego the traditional wedding party and had only a best man and maid of honor, but spent the morning getting ready with their closest friends. Meg donned a lovely Sarah Seven gown, accented with her favorite leather jacket! We adore the intimate and warm feel of every moment captured by Charming in Love!
Chicago Mansion Wedding Inspiration
Inspired by the backdrop of Lake Forest’s gorgeous Armour House, Ever After Planning and Pollen and Pastry set out to create a fresh and romantic look with a few modern twists for their summer inspiration shoot. Light and airy details abound, from the silk escort cards, calligraphed by Pink By Peach to the dramatic ceremony backdrop and delicate dishware. Pollen and Pastry incorporated unique blooms such as anthurium into the lush florals, including a showstopping handtied blue and ivory bouquet to complement a Justin Alexander gown. Every nuance was beautifully thought out, right down to the petite cakes adorned with macarons! We’re loving all of the light-filled images from Lindsey Kay Photography!
Elegant Chicago Wedding at The University Club
Chicago’sÂ University ClubÂ is one of the most spectacular settings in the city, and Adriana and Stephen’s wedding made its beauty shine even brighter.Â LK EventsÂ andÂ Exquisite DesignsÂ worked with the couple to create a romantic and cozyÂ ambiance in the stately ballroom. The majestic florals byÂ Exquisite DesignsÂ featured roses, hydrangea, and peonies in a mix of low and high arrangements and a sea of candles – each tabletop its own work of art. Dramatic lighting byÂ FrostÂ accented the University Club’s incredible stained glass windows, and Adriana says “When we walked into the reception (to the song Pony by Ginuwine) you could smell the flowers and the sun was still streaming into the room showing off the stained glass.” From their sweet first look to the afterparty on the roof deck underneath the city lights, each unforgettable moment was captured beautifully byÂ Amanda Megan Miller!
Love is in Bloom with Aisle Society
Spring has sprung and we’re so thrilled to share the styled shoot that myself and the Aisle Society ladies created for the recent Indie Wed event! Working alongside the spectacular Abby of Heirloom Event Co., we designed the 3rd floor lounge of Ravenswood Event Center to celebrate spring and our “Love is in Bloom” theme! Working with a color palette of blush, peach, yellow, and chartreuse, Jill Christine Studio created gorgeous floral arrangements that perfectly accentuated gowns from BHLDN and the natural, dewy, beauty looks by Nika Vaughan and her team. Chicago Vintage Weddings had the perfect pastel lounge furniture to set the scene, and Sugar Fixe celebrated the seasons with a cake table featuring winter, spring, summer, and autumn confections. Enjoy all of the gorgeous images by RED Weddings and don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here re-living the entire amazing day!