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There’s always room for a few punchy, fun accents and today’s Tropical Technicolor Dream editorial offers more than enough inspiration for the couple that’s looking to add some flair. Designed by Kara at Fete Planning Co. and styled by Chelsea Rousey Photography, the shoot is set at The Drifter Hotel which offers a backdrop of playful retro vibes. Vibrant, graphic florals are by We are Gathered, prismatic cake and macarons are by Salt & Light Pastry Co. and gorgeous rentals are by Lovegood Rentals. Lucky for us, Aaryn Storms was on hand to capture all the style and flirty fun in these lively images.

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Photography: Aaryn Storms // Planning & Event Design: Kara, Fete Planning Co. // Planning & Styling: Chelsea Rousey Photography // Floral Design: We are Gathered // Invitations/ Calligrapher 1: Kelsie Wolfley Designs // Invitations/ Calligrapher 2: Hark Creative Co. // Venue: The Drifter Hotel // Gown: LVD Bridal & Sarah Seven // Grooms Attire: Stitch & Tie // Hair Stylist: Ali Vasquez // Make up Artist: Melissa Vaccaro // Cake & Macarons: Salt & Light Pastry Co. // Jewelry: Brilliance in Diamonds // Models: Molly & Aitor // Rentals: Lovegood Rentals


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Creative couple, Jaimie and Daniel (she’s a theater producer and he’s a film producer), were married at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Befitting the couple, the celebration planned by Christine Janda provides drama abound. The moody florals and black and metallic reception details were were designed and created by HMR Designs with calligraphy by LBrown Design & Paperie and an artful cake by Alliance Bakery. Studio This Is made great use of all the art and graphic backdropsto create fabulous portraits of the couple and all the details of their day.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

My grandparents were founding members of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, so I always knew that was where we would get married. I didn’t want a gown that felt bridal in any way, so looked high and low for something easy, effortless, elegant, timeless, and unique. I fell in love with  the entire Valentini line at a trunk show at Dimitra’s Bridal. It was important to me that I feel like myself, so I had my good friend Azeeza design the most incredible jumpsuit for dancing.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

I’m a theatre producer and my husband is a film producer, so it was really important to us that we created a different world for each portion of the wedding with a seamless flow. Daniel walked down the aisle to the Top Gun anthem, and I walked down to Janis Joplin’s Piece of my Heart. We wanted the dinner tent to feel like the coolest pop-up fine dining experience in an unexpected way. The chef did an amazing job with a tasting menu to truly make the dinner an experience, not just a meal. Having lived in several different cities, my friends and family are spread far and wide. Walking down the aisle and seeing all of the people I consider my chosen family in one place, and the man I now call my husband waiting for me under the chuppah, provided me with so much warmth and love. There was a certain ease to the entire day which made it that much more enjoyable for all!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Daniel’s brother was the chair of the board of a nonprofit I used to work for! We’d been friends for years before we started dating. Daniel plays ice hockey, and I was a competitive figure skater as a child, so we were both really excited to see I, TANYA as soon as it came out. As the lights were going down at the movie theatre, Daniel handed me a Chinese takeout box (a nod to my love for Asian food) filled with dark chocolate covered orange peels (my family’s official favorite candy). Under the first few orange peels was a green ring pop, because Daniel knew I had wanted an emerald engagement ring but am too clumsy to ever wear something that soft. Daniel also knew I wanted a hand in designing the ring from my favorite jeweler, so the ring pop was absolutely the right way to go! Daniel suggested we leave the movie to celebrate, and I insisted we stay, as I was so excited to see it. After the movie we walked home debating and discussing different aspects of the film, as two producers would. We were almost back at the apartment when we realized we should probably get some champagne to celebrate! It all felt so natural and so right.

Photography: Nancy Beale Studio This Is // Planner: Christine Janda // Design + Florals: HMR Designs // Stationery: LBrown Design & Paperie // Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art // Bride’s Gown Designer: Valentini // Bridal Boutique: Dimitra’s Bridal // Bride’s Reception Jumpsuit: Azeeza // Hair: Colleen Mortag-Krejczyk // Makeup: Mireille Hamon // Cake: Alliance Bakery // Lighting: Frost Chicago // Entertainment: Michael Lerich Band


La Mariée Moderne—french for the modern bride—highlights the mix of styles that inspires the bride of today. Rebekah Bronte, of Bronte Bride, set out to capture the attention of a bride who loves feminine AND bold, soft AND geometric, classic AND modern. The shoot took place at Crestmont Hall and the details are in a palette of black and blush pink in geometric patterns and concepts used with subtlety. Florals are by Hen & Chicks, stationery and signage by Bexley Design Co. and cake by Bake My Day. Photography: Common and Company was on hand to capture the striking look in these beautiful images.

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Styling & Creative Direction: Rebekah Bronte from Bronte Bride // Photography: Common and Company // Florals: Hen & Chicks // Stationery & Signage: Bexley Design Co // Venue: Crestmont Hall // Dress Boutique: Novia Mia // Dress Designer: Tara Lauren // Hair & Makeup: Sydney Janzen // Nails: Drift Luxury Nail Bar // Chiffon Ribbon: Bexley Design Co // Feather Jacket & Shoes: Blondie Boutique // Jewelry: AH Design + DIY // Cake: Bake My Day // Model: Megan Lavoie



The Pigeon Letters and CK Event Design combined creative forces to bring to life a soft and elegant wedding design paired with green accents and modern touches. Oregan’s Bindery in McMinnville provided the perfect backdrop for the look with soft light pouring in through the endless windows and a subtle industrial feel, it let every element shine. A beautiful marriage of romantic and edgy shines in The Pigeon Letters‘s hand lettered invitations, the tablescape with black accents, a green geode cake by Dream Cakes and of course the lush, feminine florals at every turn by Metal + Moss. Lucky for us, Lauryn Kay Photography was on hand to capture all the details in these gorgeous photographs.

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Photography: Lauryn Kay Photography // Calligraphy and Event Design: Peggy Dean of The Pigeon Letters // Paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants // Coordination and Styling: Valerie Senff for CK Event Design // Floral Design: Metal + Moss // Cake: Dream Cakes // Wedding Gown: Elizabeth Dye // Makeup and Hair Stylist: Kelli Gasaway // Tableware: Vintage Mingle // Party Rentals: The Party Place // Jewelry: Little Sycamore // Model: Anandi Cade // Floral Ribbons: Silk and Willow


This shoot, from creator Rachael Ellen Events, was inspired by the pairing of chic, classic elements with romantic, feminine details. Lush garden inspired florals, soft purple taper candles, wax sealed menu cards, and a romantic paper suite by Ink & Press Co. take this traditional design and both soften and modernized it. Every classic element had a modern romantic counterpart — his classic tux, her lavender dress. The traditional stone Monson Center, the lush outdoor tablescape. The look is the perfect fit for any bride who feels torn between two styles— commit to both and bridge the gaps with elements that go both ways! Check out all the stunning images by Breanna Mckendrick for more inspiration.

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Photo: Breanna Mckendrick // Design / Styling / Floral: Rachael Ellen Events // Paper Goods: Ink & Press Co. // Venue: Monson Center // HMUA: Brynn Thomas // Dress: Natalie Wynn // Rentals: Diamond Rentals //  The Mrs. Box