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katie + bobby. for the win.

Katie + Bobby were married in May of this year at St. Mary of the Angels church and had their reception at the ever-popular Architectural Artifacts.  They were such an easy couple to work with, so laid back and calm and everything went right on schedule.  Katie’s dad walking her down the aisle could not have been sweeter and the amount of toasts from siblings and friends was a true testament to how many people love these two(And also perhaps that they had been waiting for this day for awhile?!)  Dan, a friend of the couple and of Broadway fame, sang while Bobby and his mom danced and then the entire guest list tore the dance floor up all night long.  A lovely night filled with the most lovely people at one of the most fun venues in the city.  For the win?  Indeed.  For the win. 

*all photos courtesy of the ubiquitous Megan of Megan Bearder Photography

Katie + Bobby’s Vendors
Ceremony: St. Mary of the Angels

Reception: Architectural Artifacts
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events

Catering + Cake: Froggy’s Catering

Megan Bearder Photography
Florist: Ashland Addison Florist

DJ: Cross Fader King
Lighting: Chicago Lighting Design

Hair + Make-up: Francesca at Thomas West Salon

Transportation: Windy City Limo + Second City Trolley

Ceremony Musicians: Stephen Noon, David Jonies + Dave Johnson from Chicago Bagpipers

eli + david’s handmade love.

Working with Eli and David was great.  Both were so involved in making their wedding day special and uniquely them. From the mason jar wine glasses for each person, the vegan meal served for dinner and the homemade jam jars for favors (Eli is a natural foods chef!) to the carbon offsets, ‘no cut flowers’ mantra and a first dance set to salsa music, the day was completely theirs.  

 After looking at many venues to find one that suited them, we landed at Architectural Artifacts a fantastically eclectic venue.  One of the best things about Architectural Artifacts is that they let you use all of their inventory at your wedding.  I designed Eli and David’s centerpieces using globes, springs, milk jugs, books and boxes.  We brought in orchids and other flowering plants and I covered them in burlap so that we still had gorgeous pops of color but no flowers were harmed and everything could be replanted.  Guests loved taking them home at the end of the night.  Eli’s brother grew microgreens for some of the tables and we even found a couple of bicycles we used in the centerpieces (David’s other true love!) from fair trade company Ten Thousand Villages.  Eli and David sourced soy candles, their friend made pickles and Eli even whipped up truffles the week of the wedding to complete the tablescape.

We used an old metal locker to hang table cards using twine and clothespins that were made from leftover paper they used to create their invitations.  Chalkboards were consistent throughout on the mason jars, table numbers, glass pick-up station and other various signage throughout the day.  Every detail was well thought out and Eli and David’s wedding came together in an amazing way.  A million moving parts converged into a day full of love and laughter that left no trace– other than thousands of memories, some pretty fabulous pictures and a beautiful beginning for Eli and David.  Prepare yourselves for the fantastic-ness that follows!
Eli & David’s Vendors
Photography: Lark Photography
Planning and Styling: Anticipation Events
Videography: I Do Films
Catering: Karyn’s
Service Staff: Service Is Us

felisa + matt get down.

Felisa and Matt got hitched in April at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and then partied the night away at Architectural Artifacts. Felisa and Matt met at Lollapalooza (which is awesome) and working with them was such a pleasure.


They got ready to go to the church: some powder, 


a pair of cuff links


a dress to impress 


and they were off.


Matt and the boys arrived and were sequestered to a back room in the church with strict orders not to come out until they were summoned. They waited oh-so-patiently with only a pack of gum as sustenance. Felisa and the gals arrived just a tad late after having to turn around and go back to the hotel to pick up a few of the bridesmaids forgotten bouquets. But we were ready and waiting. They came in; lined up and down the aisle they went.

One of my favorite things about this wedding was two little lines on the time line that Felisa had written for this moment:

M to wait for F


F to walk to M





Once they were husband and wife, Michael Rastall stole the bridal party for a magazine-worthy photo shoot.



Matt carried things for his new wife


and they made some new friends.

Back at Architectural Artifacts, a bevy of people were making things happen so that all of the details Felisa & Matt had planned would be ready and waiting for the guests’ arrival. Ben & Joe, two of Felisa’s friends took on the task of doing all of the flowers for the day. They spent the entire day and night before the wedding creating bouquets and boutonnieres for the ceremony, escort cards made up of individual pails with single white roses for each guest and multiple pails of white roses for the table centerpieces and cocktail tables.



They were amazing and I hope they were able to sleep for the entire next day. We used antique candelabras from Architectural Artifacts along with the flowers to create dramatic and eclectic centerpieces.



I hung a moss-covered monogram from the arch to welcome guests that Matt’s dad made.

Their friend Lindsay made their wedding cake and another friend Jen made their amazing “wedding tree” guest book. It really was a labor of love on so many parts, how lucky are they to have such amazing friends and family?


Again I’ll say it: I get to work with the best couples who surround themselves with some pretty fantastic people. Felisa and Matt’s wedding was truly a celebration of their love for each other, filled with a whole lot of joy.  I can’t wait to see what life brings these two crazy kids.


And rain or shine, as long as Matt keeps waiting for Felisa and Felisa keeps walking towards Matt, their life together will be quite the party.

*all photos in this post taken by the heroic and charming Michael Rastall of Michael Rastall Photography

Felisa + Matt’s Vendors:
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Reception: Architectural Artifacts
Catering: Food Evolution
Photography: Michael Rastall Photography
Florist: Ben & Joe, friends of the bride
DJ: Leslie with Toast & Jam
Transportation: M & M Limo
Cake: Lindsay, friend of the bride
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events

laura + dan in love!

Laura & Dan were married at Architectural Artifacts in November of 2009. If you’ve never been to Architectural Artifacts, you should definitely go over and get lost for a little while. Literally. I’ve been there three or four times now and every time I go I find a nook and then a cranny I have never seen before. Also, mannequins.  Love the mannequins.  


Dan & Laura put so many personal details into the day. A family friend and florist, Kim and her team did a magnificent job transforming the space (and were a pleasure to work with, to boot!) 

Their sweetheart table looked amazing and please also take note of the fountain behind it. Kim put tons of flowers and candles all over it. It was a fantastic focal point and looked insanely gorgeous. AA brides take note.


The aisle was lined with a few dozen of these vases filled with flowers. It looked gorgeous when they were all lit up!


Speaking of the aisle, Laura bought a plain white aisle runner and painted their monogram on it. I swear I get the craftiest brides. And I love it. 


For their guest book, Laura & Dan printed out a 2010 calendar and asked all of their guests to sign on their birthday or anniversary. I love this idea for an end of year wedding–totally useful, special and also a great way to make sure you know the special days of all of the important people in your life!


Their cake was lovely and in the background you can see their video playing. I’m going to go ahead and make a bold statement: best wedding video I’ve ever seen. Think I’m lying? Check it out here.


Looks like Dan sent Laura a sweet note to read before the ceremony. Good work Dan, look at that smile!


Sweet picture caught during the ceremony: 


Lighting the unity candle:


Saying “I do!” (Check out the trellis that Kim decked out. It looked a-mah-zing.


Dan & Laura posing in front of AA by their wreaths. Oh happy day, indeed!


I mentioned the nooks and crannies that I find each time I go to Architectural Artifacts. There are three giant floors, each a feast for the eyes and (I’m guessing) a photographer’s paradise. So many props to use, so little time.


And lastly, when Laura sent me these pictures she included a little note saying she picked out a few good detail shots of things I did and a few of her personal favorites. I browsed through them quickly and literally burst out laughing when I opened this one. Of course you want all the great moments and special details captured, but don’t you also want something like this to immortalize your fantastic day? I think you do. 


*All photos in this post, courtesy of the uuber-talented: Misty Winter

Laura + Dan’s Vendors:
Ceremony & Reception: Architectural Artifacts
Catering: Blue Plate Catering
Photography: Misty Winter
Photo Booth: Chicagoland Photo Booth
Videography: Blink of an Eye Productions
Florist: Kimberose
Video: Simply Unique Video
DJ: Backthird Events
Transportation: Empire Limo
Media Delivery & Rental: Trailing Edge Media
Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events