Couple of the Week ((Nick + Kelly))

Nick + Kelly have such a fun ‘how we met’ story! Born and raised in Hawaii, and after finishing college on the West Coast, Kelly found her way to Chicago. “I signed up for an adult ‘learn to play hockey’ class and met Nick through his second cousin in the class!” Read on + learn more about their love story.  Continue reading

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((Anthony + Samantha)) Helicopter proposal at Ravisloe Country Club

Anthony + Samantha’s engagement story is what dreams are made of. With eyes to the skies, Anthony pulled out all the stops to surprise his bride-to-be. Hear how Anthony worked with a team of Chicago vendors to make their engagement story memorable.

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((Ellen + Nick)) Antique Store Wedding with Food Truck Reception

Ellen, who is from Australia, crossed the world and found Nick, who lived in a small Illinois town. The couple fell in love over travel and often sang to each other their favorite songs from The Head and The Heart. ((Ellen + Nick’s)) wedding was incredibly personal and took place at an antique shop in Chicago.

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Urban Styled Shoot at Warehouse 109 in Plainfield

From the photographer, Rachael Osborn Photography:

We wanted to do a bolder twist on the Pantone colors of the year, so in addition to the rose gold (which we incorporated even in the bridal gown by going with a non-traditional color instead of white!) we used a deep peacock blue paired with subtle hints of the softer blue.

I think the deeper peacock gives it a sophistication and edge! The style inspiration came from the couple — we wanted something that paired a classy, uptown feminine sophistication and glamour with a casual, no-frills kind of masculinity. We pictured our bride as a modern Kate Spade-loving princess, and our groom as a motorcycle-loving, casual guy — and what better place for them to marry both each other and their styles than the amazing new venue, Warehouse 109! Continue reading


((Amy + Matt)) Boutique Herrington Inn Wedding

The beauty of Amy + Matt’s wedding at Herrington Inn shines through these photos! The couple’s photographer, Amy Aiello Photography said, “Amy and Matt’s love story has been simply lovely throughout our photographic journey together. They had so many beautiful details, including one of the most unique guest books I’ve gotten to see.”

Peek into their love during their rustic + chic wedding and hear from the bride herself.

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More Than Just An Invitation…by Basic Invite



A wedding invitation is more than just a pretty piece of card stock with nice font and a photo of the happy couple. A wedding invitation is the couples first chance to express themselves and their love in the exact way they plan to celebrate it with their guests. Whether it’s sweet and simple, woodsy and whimsical, or just as glamorous as the couple the wedding invitation sets the tone for celebrations to come. It’s like a mapped out guide of the most important day of two people’s lives personally curated and intended to be cherished and adorned which will allow guests a more intimate understanding of the lovely couple.   Continue reading

Meet the Pro: Dana Karlov, owner of Bagable Gifts

DSC01136After helping so many friends create their wedding welcome gifts and hospitality baskets and then rush around just days before the wedding running them all over the city, Dana decided that today’s brides should not have to do this themselves and created Bagable Gifts. “So many brides underestimate the time it takes to put these gifts together. The gifts end up being put off until the last minute, and they the guests are greeted with a less than fabulous thank you for all the time and effort spent traveling to the wedding. I feel that the welcome gift is the couple’s opportunity to make an amazing first impression and show their appreciation to their guests.”

Get to know Dana + learn how she can help you on your wedding day.


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