Monthly Archives: January 2012

rustic barn wedding at byron colby barn

Ali & Matt got married in June at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake.  Take a look at them getting all dolled up.

Ali’s dress and hairpiece were amazing.  She was so effortlessly beautiful.
A glowing mom and a dapper dad (love the hat, right?) escort Ali to her waiting groom.
Poor groomsman on crutches in a suit in the June heat.  What a trooper he was and still smiling the entire way down the aisle.
This picture is amazing.  So happy to be married were these two that Ali and her friends…

 …did some sprints in the field by the barn.  

 After their jog and happy to be done running for the day, they crew headed into the party.

 Meanwhile, the dudes took some glamour shots of their own.

 Props and all…

 The barn was ready for revelry.

Wine bottle table numbers and mis-matched vessels made for a cozy and eclectic atmosphere.
Then Matt decided it was time for everyone to get down…



…and then their friends decided it was time to put them up, high up in the air.


Matt and Ali were just so lovely to work with and they made my day week when they called me (on their way to Hawaii no less) to tell me what a great day it was and say thanks one more time before they jetted off.  Such class acts and it was my pleasure to be a part of it all.
Ali + Matt’s Vendors

Ceremony + Reception Venue: Byron Colby Barn
Planning + Styling: Anticipation Events
Photography: Victoria Sprung Photography
Florals: Nancy Rolison
DJ: Toast + Jam

Custom Hairpiece: Love, LuLu Mae

modern rock and roll wedding at the hard rock hotel

Katie & Jeff were married at the Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Avenue on 9.10.11.  A fantastic date to get married and even more special because while they celebrated their wedding weekend, Katie’s parents celebrated their wedding anniversary too!  It was so sweet!  I am particularly tied to this crew as I had the pleasure of helping Katie’s sister Elizabeth with her wedding to Mike last year.  It was so fun to see the whole family again! 

Katie and Jeff shared their first look before the ceremony and then had their bridal party join them for a photo shoot around the city courtesy of Mr. Michael Rastall himself. 
Back at the Hard Rock we were ready to begin. Katie’s dad escorted her down the aisle to her beaming groom.
One of the major style elements Katie wanted to do was transform the Hard Rock’s conference room into a beautiful space to get married.  We nearly set the room on fire with massive amounts of candles.  We created aisle decor using records, ribbon and paper flowers and Janessa of Forget Me Knodt made sure we had some towering floral pieces in the room.  The biggest piece I made was the floral backdrop.  It included paper, satin and grosgrain ribbon along with dozens of strands of flowers made from tissue paper, deconstructed faux flowers and yes, coffee filters.  Who’d have thought? (this girl!!)


Some vintage sheet music punched into heart shapes played into the vintage rock & roll theme we had going on and guests were invited to shower the newlyweds with love on their way back down the aisle…  
…and showered they were! (Side note: I found these miniature cups at the craft store and they were perfect for holding a handful of confetti. They are meant for individual portions of mixed nuts and therefore called “nut cups.” Katie and I found that pretty hilarious and it was pretty tough to type it or say it aloud to each other without giggling uncontrollably.)

I hit the jackpot one afternoon at my neighborhood thrift store and feverishly send texts to Katie about finding a giant box of old 45′s that we HAD TO HAVE.  She agreed (I like her SO much) and even though we weren’t sure at the time how we were going to use them. To go with their vintage rock and roll theme, I built a structure out of PVC to hang the place cards from (I mixed my own concrete for the first time, which was as awesome as it sounds.) Each couple received a hand-painted record with their name and table number on it, we used light pink, ivory, silver and gold and strung them from black ribbon via clothespins.  This really turned out exactly how I envisioned in in my dreams (yes, I dream about bring crafty) which almost never happens.

We hired Chicagoland Photobooth to entertain their guests and boy, did they ever — complete with props Katie gathered up and a guest book so they could enjoy each ridiculous photo after the fact!

Janessa created some amazing centerpieces and Katie had personalized Jones soda bottles for each guests at their seat.  Personalized Jones soda is pretty awesome, but not as awesome as personalized Jones soda when it’s your new last name!  I also scoured thrift shops to find enough vintage silver platters to create their table numbers.  I painted each one with chalkboard paint and voila! 

We used some of the remaining records to create Mr. & Mrs. signs for the back of Katie & Jeff’s chairs, the cake table and the card box.  Katie found this amazing cake topper on Etsy and we had many a conversation on whether she wanted to spend the money on it.  Totally worth it, it’s so stinking cool.
Yum.  Amazing cake by Swedish Bakery for the cake topper to reign over.

 Katie found this awesome pink suitcase and by the end of the party is was chock full of well-wishes.


One last photo shoot with Michael Rastall capped off an incredible evening for Mr. & Mrs. Jones.  What a fantastic party for a fantastic couple.

Katie & Jeff’s Vendors


Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
Planning & Styling: Anticipation Events
Photography: Michael Rastall Photography
Florals: Forget Me Knodt
DJ: Alexander with Cage & Aquarium Productions
Cake: Swedish Bakery
Ceremony Musicians: Panache Entertainment
Photobooth: Chicagoland Photo Booth

Cake Topper: Tilly Biedron 
Groom’s Custom Fingerprint Wedding Band: Fabuluster 
Invitations: Invited Ink 
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender
Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri
Bride’s Dress: Tara Keely (Fall 2010) from Wedding Belles 

outdoor barn wedding at byron colby barn

Stephanie and Brian were married in August at Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake.  Both Brian and Stephanie are super creative and artistic and put a ton of effort into making their day unique to them. Which is mt MOST FAVORITE thing.  Brian’s hat and bowtie were so dapper and Stephanie rocked an amazing dress and killer shoes:

Stephanie’s dad has passed away but Stephanie kept him close by all day long on her bouquet.

Stephanie and Brian were super troopers trucking through the fields surrounding the barn with Jeremy Lawson to get these shots.  Stephanie even brought some little insect friends back with her trapped in the layers of her wedding dress!  And yes, that was just after they shook hands with Mr. Ed.

Then it was time to get married!  So I rallied the troops: Stephanie’s brother escorted her down the aisle,
they exchanged rings,  shared a smootch

and Brian just could not help himself: a fist pump on the way out of the ceremony.

I mean, when you are marrying this girl, who wouldn’t be?

Fabulous details from the party follow.  By now you know this is my absolute favorite part, right? Right.
The backdrop for the ceremony that Brian and Stephanie built. Ah-mazing. I drooled.

A guest book tree stump that Brian drew for all of the guests to sign:

Stephanie collected doilies that we fashioned into table runners and blue mason jars that Nancy filled with gorgeous wildflowers.

Stephanie and her family made these magical magic wands for their guests to shake and wave as Stephanie and Brian walked back down the aisle as a married couple.  Then they shook them when the bridal party was announced, and when they shook their booties on the dance floor and I’m hopeful they shook them back at the hotel and at brunch the next morning as well!

A lot of laughing, singing, drinking and dancing capped off an incredible day celebrating two incredible people.  S & B: It was so much fun to be a part of your day and may you always be able to laugh off the bugs that fly up your dress!

Stephanie & Brian’s Vendors
Venue: Byron Colby Barn

Florals: Nancy Rolison Designs