Jul 22, 2013

2013 Summer Indie Wed

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How does an afternoon of shopping for wedding goods, gathering design ideas from some of Chicago’s hottest wedding pros and noshing on sweets and treats from the best local caterers sound? If this is how you’d like to spend some time this weekend, and you’ll be in the Chicago area, Indie Wed is the place to be on July 28th!

Unlike traditional bridal expos, Indie Wed offers an opportunity for brides (and grooms too!) to actually experience participating vendors.  There will be a variety of unique and whimsical vendor to see, and you can even practice your reception twirl while the DJ spins a tune or two.

Over 100 independent vendors and artists will be in the marketplace, and many of them will have wares for sale.

Check out this video from one of last year’s events to get a feel for what’s in store! 

Tickets are available for purchase here.

Have Fun!

 

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Jul 19, 2013

Happily Ever After: Part II

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As promised, here are some more details from the sunny SLO-CAL styled shoot from last week’s post! These images focus on the reception details, which were as bright, colorful and creative as the ceremony concept.  A pallet-wood table top supported by pillars of recycled books was outfitted with recycled linens and glassware and set under a bamboo supported canopy.  For an extra eco touch, designers Zest It Up opted for overstuffed coffee burlap sacks instead of chairs.  Love it!

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The tablescape details were a perfect fit!

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And the menu?  Just divine!  The menu reflects the color and palate from the town’s famous Thursday night Farmer’s Market. Bringing the flavors of the market to the table, foods included grilled artichokes, fresh veggies and fruits and ceviche-stuffed avocados.  The mini smoothies were the icing on the cake for this summer soiree held in the birthplace of Jamba Juice!

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Love these food picks!

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Photography:  Kelsea Holder

Hair Stylist:  Sammy Williams Hair and Makeup

Catering, Decor Rental, Event Design:  Zest it Up

Floral Designer:  Blissful Blossoms

Cake Designer:  Kathy Callahan

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Jul 18, 2013

Favors That Keep Growing and Growing…

 

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Homemade candy and other trinkets are nice wedding favor options, but it’s likely that your guests may have received a ton of those sweet nothings at weddings they’ve already attended this year. So how about an alternative that’s earth friendly and reusable, like a garden or ceramic pot of loveliness? 

 The Living Seed Company offers customizable seed packets as the perfect wedding favor.  They have 100 different vegetable, herb and flower seed varieties, so you can choose which one to gift your guests. Think about what grows best in your area to be sure the seeds are planted and do well!  

We love this alternative to traditional favors for so many reasons—seeds help the earth, promote healthy living, and beautify landscapes.  Also, Living Seed’s packets help to spread the love—for every 10 seed collections sold, the company will donate one packet to a youth group or school garden program.

As opposed to disposable or favors that just last a short time, Living Seed’s packets will last forever.  What a wonderful way for your guests to remember your wedding day!

 

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Jul 16, 2013

Greenheart Shop

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We recently stumbled across Greenheart Shop, an eco-fair trade non-profit shop, carrying both fair trade and eco-friendly products.  The shop is a brick and mortar location in Chicago, and offers online shopping as well.  All of their items are made by artisans all over the world, according to fair trade principles.  The items are crafted using the most sustainable practices and materials, and are both “Fair to producers, and good to the Earth”.  Exactly how it should be!

If creating your gift registry is next on the wedding to-do list, Greenheart Shop offers an online registry that’s peek worthy (the eco kitchen selection is fab).  The items are not only sustainable, but affordable and unique—just right for the green couple who seeks to fill their home with meaningful and artistic pieces.   

And don’t forget the wedding party gifts!  We picked out a few great gift ideas for your bridesmaids that they’ll love!

Byzantine Earrings

Spark Hard Cover Journal

Tunisian Ceramic Solena Teapot

Red Dots Classic Button Clutch

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Jul 15, 2013

A Handy Hanky

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A wedding is an emotional event, and there are sure to be a least a few guests who will shed tears right along with you.  A hanky will certainly come in handy.

Offering guests personalized handkerchiefs to all guests (in addition to parents, grandparents and attendants) is not only thoughtful, but eco friendly too as they avoid the waste of those paper tissues.   The handkerchief is a great keepsake as well, so consider some for your wedding day.

The very creative Artful Beginnings, an Etsy seller, even offers custom handkerchief invitations, like the one pictured above.  How green! Check out their store for a great selection…

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Jul 12, 2013

Happily Ever After: A Style Shoot

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Welcome to San Luis Obispo, California, also known as the Happiest Place in North America!

Fondly known as SLO, San Luis Obispo is all about the small town atmosphere with no drive-thru restaurants, sky scrapers, or multiple highways- but rather weekly local farmer’s markets, rolling hills, abundant vineyards, and eclectic thrift and coffee shops. Locals pride themselves on living green and embracing the great outdoors, and they love the pups too.  The town’s dog population is right up there with two-legged residents!

A team of very talented local wedding and event professionals put their eco-friendly superpowers together and created this incredibly fun wedding style shoot, inspired by the things that make SLO so unique.

This backyard wedding embodies the SLO-Cal life in every aspect.  The bride and groom beautifully personify the area’s edgy, eco-chic sensibility, wearing one-of-a-kind recycled fashions. The bride is outfitted in a wedding dress made entirely from the pages of an old children’s book, accented with gauzy tulle from an old curtain. The groom donned a matching tie, and the bridesmaids rocked upcycled dresses found at a thrift shop.

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The fresh floral bouquets were gorgeous, and the bride’s confection highlighted fresh fare such as artichokes and beets.  And her fresh daisy necklace? LOVE!

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The bride and groom said “I do” under a beautiful California Oak, while surrounded by sustainable design elements. The oak was hung with hand-made “chandeliers” made from old bicycle spokes, Edison bulbs from Restore (Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store), used books, and tin cans filled with gorgeous fresh flowers from the property.

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 There are so many fun elements to this shoot that we just couldn’t squeeze them all into one post.  So, we’ll save the reception portion for next week! Have an Eco-Beautiful weekend!

 

Photography:  Kelsea Holder

Hair Stylist:  Sammy Williams Hair and Makeup

Catering, Decor Rental, Event Design:  Zest it Up

Floral Designer:  Blissful Blossoms

Cake Designer:  Kathy Callahan

 

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