One Couple, Two Weddings

It was a very typical October weekend when a beautiful untypical couple were wed; not once, but twice.  Megan and Jay decided rather than choosing one culture, they would embrace both with whole hearts.  

Jay's Indian heritage was celebrated with a colorful wedding ceremony on Friday evening at Gorton Community Center .  We created a simple yet colorful Mandap with rich logs for the Bride, Groom and close relatives to be seated under.  Floral garlands of Roses and Marigolds were presented to the couple by guests of honor and fresh Rose petals were used in several of the cultural traditions.  It was an experience we are so thankful to be a part of.  

Saturday, the traditional Christian wedding took place at Elawa Farm.  Megan carried a loose, yet manicured bouquet loaded with garden roses, thistle, dahlias, celosia, dusty miller, stock and ranunculus. Jay and his groomsmen wore electric clusters of orange, peach and blues.  The aisle chairs were accented with clusters of floral tied with natural linen ribbon. The couple was flanked by two statement pieces of seemingly blooming willow branches surrounded by pumpkins as a nod to the season.   

The reception tables also had mixed taste.  Half of the tables had clear glass vases holding bright floral blooms, while the other half featured a green garland with curly willow running down the center of the table.  Insert clusters of pillar candles and a look of bringing the garden indoors was achieved!  

All of these beautiful, detailed, breath-taking photos are curtesy of Zac at zplusv photography!  Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing!  Also the beautiful and delicious cake was made by Elysia Root Cakes (check out the little dog taking a bite out of it!) Big shout out  to Carlene and Jessie with Naturally Yours Events for organizing two amazing weddings in one weekend!! 

Betrothed & Bound at a Brewery

Picture this; an all American couple, cold beer pouring, and a family overflowing with love. That was the scene at Revolution Brewery in late October when Kari and Brad exchanged vows.  Their non-traditional personalities were displayed in little details of the day. For starters, Kari opted for a floral corsage composed of ivory, blush and peach blooms instead of a traditional bridal bouquet.  The wristlet complimented her lacy, backless dress, while her boho-braided up-do with a floral hairpiece set the mood of casual elegance.  

To highlight the rustic, natural beauty of the venue, we used mason jar chair hangers filled with electric pops of dahlias, roses, and lush greens.  Antlers accented the favor table arrangement of hanging amaranthus, garden roses, dahlias, bittersweet and ranunculus in different tones of fall colors.  Sprinkle in some mercury glass votives and this became one classy shin-dig! 

Much gratitude to Victoria Chukarov for shooting and sharing these amazing photographs!  They capture raw emotions better than most- Thank you!  

Romantic Wedding at Hotel Baker

It was a beautiful day in early October when Alex and Taylor tied the knot.  Located in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Hotel Baker (a nationally registered historic location) was the back drop to this vintage fall wedding. 

Seasonal bunches of ivory and burgundy blooms lined the aisle on the waterfront patio. Alex, the bride, held a bouquet bursting with roses, dahlias, ranunculus, berries and more. Taylor and his attendants wore petite red spray rose boutonnieres with scabiosa pods.    Cocktail hour was sprinkled with vintage vases filled with autumn blooms. Dinner table decor carried the same romantic feel. Bold colors of burgundy, eggplant, pinks and ivory overflowed vintage brass and jewel toned glass vessels from Nimble Well.  It was an evening to remember! 

Special thanks to Jake from Two Birds Photography for capturing these details and to Jennifer with Five Grain Events for coordinating this day!