Oct 02, 2010

  • Last updated on December 13, 2009 at 6:56 am
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My mom met with my florist on Friday and she suggested submerged centerpieces. That way you end up using a lot less flowers but still have the elegance and drama. Here's are some inspirational pictures that we can work from. We're going to be using fall flowers instead of calla lillies.

Centerpiece Inspiration photo 1Centerpiece Inspiration photo 2

  • Last updated on December 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm
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Sorry that's top secret. A select few cousins, aunts, and close friends have seen it. I will tell you it's white and it's strapless.

  • Last updated on November 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm
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The Rings photo 1

Engagement ring is in front. It was his great grandma's. It's in the original setting. The wedding band is closer to my heart as they say :). It just happened to fit about perfectly along the contour of my engagement ring. We got both my wedding band and his at Jared. I couldn't resist taking just one picture of them together (even though my mom says it's bad luck to put on your wedding ring before the big day).

  • Last updated on November 28, 2009 at 11:00 am
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My photographer has worked with my family since 2002 and taken pictures of my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary, taken my engagement photos, and taken recent family photos before my brother deployed to Iraq this fall. She creates outstanding work. She's been in the photography business for 17 years and shot over 350 weddings. Her name is Justine and her company is called Justpix, Inc. She tends to work primarily in the Chicago area but she will travel for destination weddings. I highly recommend her to anyone!


  • Last updated on November 28, 2009 at 10:54 am
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Reception photo 1


Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, IL

5 PM

They make it very convenient for us brides! They provide

table linens (including napkins)

dishes and silverware

chair covers and sashes (I'm going to have white chair covers and champagne sashes)

price of cake included

mirror tiles for your centerpieces as well as candles (last I checked)

dance floor

free complimentary wedding night stay for the bride and groom

There isn't much left for me to do at the reception except for the table centerpieces and the usual nitty gritty (escort cards, decorating the cake table and some other areas).

We'll be eating chicken piccata, garlic mashed potatoes, and fall vegetable medley. We are doing an open bar as well as a cocktail hour. We're not sure what kind of cake we'll be eating yet.

  • Last updated on November 28, 2009 at 10:38 am
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I'm just now starting to work with a florist out of Lake in the Hills, IL. Here's the website:



I've been in contact with Keeley and she's really helpful. The website is phenomenal for inspiration (and the music is great too!).

I also found Better Homes and Gardens flower magazines to help me narrow down the look I am going for.

I like this look so far for the bridesmaids:

Flowers photo 1





I'm liking white or white with a bit of green for my bouquet. Here are some contenders:

Flowers photo 2

Flowers photo 3