The Wedding March is ONE week away!!

On the heels of Engagement Season, Spring is officially “Planning Season” – Brides and Grooms to Be: Come by and check out the Wedding March – an Exclusive Bridal Event – featuring some of the Chicago’s leading wedding pro’s!
The Wedding March InviteRsvp to with your wedding date and number of guests your are bringing!  Fabulous swag bags for every attending bride!  Street parking available on Halsted and side streets.

See you next Sunday!!


Matt + Suzanne: tribute to a tradition (Part I)

Suzanne is not only one of my prettiest friends, but one of the funniest people I know!  So of course when she got engaged to her charming husband, Matt – I was so excited to help them plan their wedding!  Family is so important to Suzanne – so she and Matt decided to get married in her home town of St. Louis at the coveted Forest Park Worlds Fair Pavilion.  The Pavilion itself, has so much charm and history – she knew she wanted to incorporate those classic elements into her wedding theme. (see Part II)

The first thing we did to start off the planning process was shop for a dress!  One of my favorite parts – for good reason.  There is nothing more magical than a bride trying on THE dress, and realizing that this is what she will wear when she marries the love of her life.

Suz was torn, she really wanted to follow in the family tradition of wearing her grandmother’s dress.  Her mom, aunts and a few cousins had all participated in the tradition.  However, when she stepped into the San Patrick dress at Bella Bianca Bridal Salon, we all knew that the new dress was made for her.  It really was the dress of her dreams: ivory lace, cap sleeves, long dramatic train…perfection!

I wanted to be able to incorporate her grandmothers dress in some way for the wedding.  What better way than with a styled shoot?!  I recruited some my cohorts and started planning.  So the equation consisted of: a sunny Spring day in May, blooming apple blossoms of County Line Orchard, hair and make up by Briette, hair accessory by PishPoshes, bouquet and boutonniere by Fleur, styling by yours truly and talented photography of Cristina G… throw in a gorgeous couple and grandmother’s dress — and voila!

We had such a blast putting this styled shoot together. Mother Nature really cooperated with us so we could pull it off.  We even had help from our assistant.. 😉 (Bowie)

she loved the attention…. such a ham!

behind the scenes – primping and adjusting… all the details!

It truly was a magical day.  Honoring a family tradition that could be incorporated into the wedding day was so special to Suzanne and her family.

The ironic part was the shoot took place on Mother’s day, however Suzanne wasn’t able to see mom that day.

But when her mom Susie saw the pictures of her daughter, in her mother’s wedding dress, she cried.  Pretty good mother’s day present if you ask me! 🙂

I will leave you with one final image- look for it again in Part II of this post…

up next in Part II…. the wedding!


Would you wear your mother or grandmother’s dress?

What was your something old?

What are some traditions you would like to incorporate into your wedding?

Who is your favorite dress designer?