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Today’s styled shoot took place in the blooming lavender fields of The White Sparrow . Naturally, lavender was the primary color inspiration, with both bold and soft purples and pinks as accents. All the fine art details were gorgeously arranged, thanks toKari Ellen Events , with Olive Grove Design  providing a stunning bouquet and reception pieces with calligraphy and stationery by Every Little Letter. Lucky for us, Faith Roper Photography was on hand to capture all the lavender loveliness in these photographs.

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Alison and Jonathan not only wanted to display their love for one another, but also wanted their wedding day to “be a time to honor our friends and family who have supported us through our entire journey.” The couple enlisted Ah Love Events to help them create a day filled with personalized touches and STUNNING details including florals by Emblem Flowers and calligraphy by Taingled Lettering while Maritha Mae was on hand to capture all the gorgeous moments in these images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

For our wedding, Jonathan and I didn’t want to only display our love towards one another, but also wanted it to be a time to honor our friends and family who have supported us through our entire journey. One part that was really important for us was to appreciate our parents during the ceremony. We knew that no gift would be great enough to show how we truly feel, so we wanted to verbally thank them for their great love and influence on our lives. The entire room was in tears when Jonathan started off his appreciation by calling his mom, “Mommy…”. It was such a tender and real moment that showed the closeness of their relationship. Because my mom’s native tongue is Mandarin, I decided to muster up the courage to publicly speak to her in her native tongue, and as I looked into her eyes in that moment, I was just overwhelmed by the love and sacrifices she has shown me.

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

Growing up, I knew my bridal style wasn’t the “strapless, sweetheart, tulle” type. I saw beauty in sleek lines and modern details, and that is why I completely fell in love with BHLDN’s “Estelle” gown by Jenny Yoo. I wanted to feel as completely myself as I could, well, besides the eyelash extensions, and wearing the Estelle gown made me feel bright and effortless. I loved how elegantly the thin straps crossed in the back, the bell shaped skirt that allowed my body to move, and how gracefully my cape/veil draped as I walked down the aisle. The most special part of this dress is that my sister gifted this to me on my birthday! Reading her birthday card for me brought tears to my eyes, knowing that she wanted to dress me on such a special moment!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I love how weddings blend two people’s universes together. It was important for Jonathan and I to both feel that we were attending our own weddings, not one side more present than the other. I loved how during the planning process, Jonathan knew exactly which song he wanted to walk down the aisle to, and that was the theme song to one of his favorite video games, Legend of Zelda. The instrumental version was actually quite beautiful, and as Jonathan walked down with the biggest smile of his face, many of our guests smiled and rooted along because they knew exactly what was going on. Along with our music selection, I had the best time creating DIY elements to make our day feel more personal. One thing that I will forever treasure is my cape/veil that I made with tulle and some crystals. I love how it’s a unique take on the traditional veil and it totally made me feel like a goddess walking down the aisle.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The ceremony was such a sweet moment for us. It was a time for us to express our love towards one another, our families, and to God. While planning, it felt like each part of the ceremony was just a check off list, but on the day of, the entire atmosphere was filled with so much joy and love, and that was so magical to experience. For our unity symbol, we decided to have communion together to start off our marriage with a clean beginning. It was such a powerful moment because as we stepped away from the guests and through the beautiful arch, we finally had a moment to ourselves to pray and hold each other. That was so special to experience because that marked the beginning to our new lives together!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jonathan and I are blessed to have many mutual friends who helped form the start of our relationship. Most of our early times together were around our different church communities coming together to play sports or hangout at a friend’s house. After many laughs and some snapchat exchanges later, we decided to take the next steps to build a relationship together! During those times together, we would either find ourselves having picnics at parks, or Jonathan re-watching all the Marvel movies with me just because I didn’t grow up watching them. It was only natural that Jonathan chose a park that we would often visit after a trip to the theaters to propose at. Jonathan sang and played “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” on his ukulele, (which is something he does during every anniversary), got down on one knee, and made history for the both of us! We were able to celebrate with friends and family afterwards, and we are so thankful for that!

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Photographer: Maritha Mae // Wedding Coordinator: Ah Love Events // Floral Design: Emblem Flowers // Videography: Memo Collective Films // Calligraphy: Taingled Lettering // Venue: Ebell Long Beach // Dress Designer: BHLDN // HMUA: Sharon Y. Park // Catering: Tres LA // Rentals: Stephanies Linens // Photobooth: Pixarity // DJ: Will Tseng

Flower girl dresses are some of the most fun—not to mention cutest—parts of a wedding. There are many different types of flower girl dresses, and buying one can become overwhelming. The following are the most important dos and don’ts for buying flower girl dresses that you need to keep in mind before your wedding.

Don’t: Buy material that is too hot or uncomfortable

Remember, your flower girl will be wearing this dress for a few hours, so you will want to avoid material that will become too hot or otherwise be uncomfortable.  A cranky flower girl in an itchy dress or a dress that has her complaining about the heat will definitely lead to some frustration. Instead, opt for lighter materials and make sure that if you find a dress in tulle because let’s face it all flower girls look terrific in tulle, that you buy a matching slip to keep the tulle from being an itchy nuisance.

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Do: Shop online to get the best price and variety

If you’re going to buy a flower girl dress, you might be tempted to head into the nearest bridal shop. But you’ll be overpaying by a significant amount and you won’t have a great select, either. The best option is to look for flower girl dresses online, where you can get a wide variety of styles, colours and price ranges. Whatever your budget or wedding colour scheme, you are sure to find something that suits your needs and the best part it can all be done from the comfort of your own home!

Don’t: Limit yourself to all-white dresses

While many brides choose to have flower girl dresses all white to match their own, there is no reason to limit your choices to white! There are countless colours available for flower girl dresses, so you can find one that matches your wedding colours, your bridesmaids dresses, your wedding dress—or even just a dress in the favourite colour of the flower girl. Green, navy, orange, gold, even black; the options are truly endless. There are even different shade variations within each colour—such as a dark forest green or a light pastel green—so you can truly pick a colour that matches your vision for your upcoming wedding.

Do: Avoid floor length dresses in younger girls

You must remember to avoid certain flower girl dress styles depending on the age of the flower girl. If you have a younger flower girl—about 5 and younger—then you would probably prefer not to choose a floor length dress. The reason for this is that younger children are more likely to run and jump around, which will increase the chances that they might trip if they are wearing a floor length gown. They are also more likely to plop themselves on the floor which could result in a very dirty bottom half of the dress or they may even step on their long dress and rip it. Stick to tea length gowns and higher with younger flower girls.

Remember, buying a flower girl dress doesn’t have to be overwhelming! The above essential dos and don’ts will help you pick out the dress that is right for you and your flower girl. Choosing online can also help your flower girl to enjoy the shopping experience as well without them having to be dragged around to different shops.

The team behind this gorgeous inspiration shoot led by photographers Kayla Tiffany PhotographyAmber Lynn Photography and designer Collectives by Diana set out to combine a feeling of fun, light-heartedness with effortlessly cool sensibilities. The result is beautiful and we’re here for all of it! Stunning and graphic florals are by Dear Bayard with stationery by I can do that design and a cake by By Pensa. We’re loving the bold, yet elegant vibes and it’s all here for you in these gorgeous images.

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from the team: The bride is edgy, but romantic and The Alba Room at the Foundry was the perfect blank canvas to create that atmosphere for a small wedding party. The white-washed brick walls adds intrigue with its texture yet allows for a clean backdrop. I love how the glass roof fills the room with light. It gives the feeling of being outside even though it’s indoors. High ceilings also make space feel bigger. This is important when the max capacity is 70 people and you want to maintain a feeling of airiness.

We kept the bride’s gown simple yet elegant. This is one of Tatyana Merenyuk’s signature looks. The chiffon gown embodies romance. It’s soft, fun, and moves with ease. The blush color of the dress embraces femininity. It’s complemented with the bride’s platinum blonde hair, styled in an effortlessly chic blunt cut softened with waves.

As for the tablescape, we chose pastel shades of blues, pinks, and pops of yellows to set the whimsical tone. With modern romance in mind, orchids make a statement and add a tropical edge when combined with selected romantic blooms. To tie the look together, we draped the dinner table with beautiful natural linens set with pastel blue plates and deckled edge menus. No wedding is complete without the cake! “By Pensa” baked this sleek two-tiered cake adorned with a whimsical bloom sprouting up along the side. Finally, we crafted some beautiful cocktails and bubblies. They add a sophisticated twist to refreshments on those hot summer days, keeping guests happy and dancing the night away.

Photographer 1: Kayla Tiffany Photography // Photographer 2: Amber Lynn Photography // Designer: Collectives by Diana // Florist: Dear Bayard // Stationery: I can do that design // Venue: The Foundry // Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk // Hair: Andy Tseng Hair // MUA: Anny Chow Bridal // Cake: By Pensa // Linens: The Bayith // Bride: Eleonora Leo // Groom: Alex Contell

 

Ashley’s dream was always to have a romantic garden wedding and the Chicago Botanic Garden provided her and Ian the perfect backdrop for their fairytale wedding come to life. The day was planned by Clementine Custom Events with florals by A Stem Above, stationery and paper goods by Magnificent Milestones and cake: Three Tarts Bakery while Kristin LaVoie Photography was on hand to capture all the magic in these dreamy photographs.

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

I found my wedding gown at Bella Bianca in Oak Brook, Illinois. Once I put the dress on, I knew it was different than the others. Once I walked out in the dress to show my family, my mom, my grandma and my sister (MOH) all started crying. In that moment, I knew it was special. But when I saw it had pockets, I knew it was the one! As silly as that sounds, I knew it matched my personality perfectly and how I wanted to feel on my wedding day. It was elegant yet fun. Not to mention practical as I knew I would tuck my personal vows to Ian in the pocket for the ceremony. It was an A line dress, a perfect combination for me of lace bodice, sparkle, and satin with a low, open back.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Our goal was to make the whole wedding feel very personal. It started with Ian and I not wanting to see each other until I walked down the aisle. We knew it would be a feeling we would never forget. We were thrilled to have my grandmas be the flower girls and for them to be a part of our special day. We wrote our own heartfelt vows and planned several surprises for each other throughout the day. Ian surprised me with a personal letter and red roses that were delivered while my bridesmaids and I got ready.  I surprised Ian with a large framed quote which read -” If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk  through my garden forever”. I also surprised Ian with a coaster placed at his place setting that read “You are my happily ever after”. When it came time to cut the cake I looked down and realized Ian had arranged for the cake cutting knife set to be personalized and then placed at the cake table for me to find when it was time to cut the cake.

What made the wedding special and unique?

My dream was always to have a romantic and elegant garden wedding. The Chicago Botanic Garden provided the perfect backdrop for our fairytale wedding come to life. The whole day felt magical. It was everything I ever dreamed of and more.

The wedding ceremony in the Rose Garden followed by cocktail hour with the string quartet in the English Walled Garden. The reception was in the McGinley Pavilion. The weather was also glorious that day.

We wrote our own personal vows and kept them a secret. We were both so excited yet calm the whole day, knowing we couldn’t wait to marry each other.

Ian and I also did not want to see each other before the ceremony.

Both my grandmothers were my flower girls.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day was walking down the aisle with my dad and feeling his joy and pride – and then seeing Ian, my soon to be husband tearing up as I walked towards him. It was everything I ever pictured it to be and more!

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

Ian and I met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Marquette University in 2013. We happened to walk past each other on Wisconsin Avenue, the main street on Marquette’s campus where we were both attending school. Neither of us said anything, but we shared a look and a moment that neither of us will forget. Weeks later, I look up and see the same man I saw on the street looking at me from across a cafe where I was studying. He came over and asked if he could sit down at my table, I said yes. We talked and got to know all about each other and how we grew up. For the next six months, we would meet in the same cafe at the same time without ever exchanging numbers. Once I agreed to give him my number, we arranged our first official first date, and have been together ever since.

Proposal story – After we graduated, Ian and I had a trip planned to go back up to Milwaukee and Chicago to visit my family in February 2018. We spent the first half of the trip in Milwaukee reminiscing about where we met and our old stomping grounds. The next day, we drove to Chicago to see my family. Once we arrived, Ian asked if I wanted to go take a walk. It was freezing out with snow on the ground, but I agreed! We walked to the park in the neighborhood I grew up in, and he took me to the spot where he first told me he loved me years ago. He got down on one knee in that exact spot and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Little did I know, also he hired a professional photographer to capture the moment, as well as including my parents who were hiding behind the bushes watching it all go down! I was beyond surprised and so thrilled to be able to share the moment with my parents as well, knowing how much it meant to them to feel included. The rest of the weekend, we celebrated our engagement and had the best time ever!

Photography: Kristin LaVoie Photography // Planner/Coordinator: Clementine Custom Events // Florals: A Stem Above // Stationery/Paper Goods: Magnificent Milestones // Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden // Dress Designer: Martina Liana // Boutique: Bella Bianca // Hair/Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry // Cake: Three Tarts Bakery // Men’s Wear: Eleganza // Catering: Culinary Landscape // Linens: BBJ Linen // Rentals: Halls Rentals // String Quartet: Artistrings // DJ: Okyne Media Lab