Monday, September 15, 2014


Although Chicago is known for its festival-filled summers and infamous winters, anyone can tell you it’s also the most beautiful place to spend the fall season. And if you’re heading to the Windy City for your fall engagement session? Let’s just say you’ve hit the jackpot when it comes to breathtaking backdrops and captivating scenery.

While every inch of the city and surrounding suburbs is worth considering in terms of location, there are 5 spots that round out our list wherever fall photo sessions are concerned. Here are our favorites!

Lincoln Park: The best thing about this little corner of the city? It’s hard to believe you’re surrounded by skyscrapers and busy streets! This area boasts so many natural gems, from the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo to the winding paths and trees lining the park itself. Once the area is sprinkled with autumn foliage, you’ll find yourself falling in love with the city all over again!

Old Town: Take a stroll down the sweet, shop-filled sidewalks of Old Town during fall, and you’ll feel like you’re walking through a Norman Rockwell painting. Rich autumn hues meet cobblestone streets and vintage lamp posts, offering an ambience so lovely you’ll wish fall — and your photo session — would never end.

Museum Campus: When it comes to this Chicago staple, our love knows no bounds! Classic architecture, and stunning views of the skyline and lakefront are recipes for the perfect engagement session. But, when you add in all the natural elements of fall? Breathtaking!

Spring Lake Forest Preserve: You’ll have to travel out of the city to get to this locale, but we promise it’s worth the trip! Meadows, ponds and forests as far as the eye can see, this spot is absolutely captivating come autumn. It’s definitely the perfect place to capture the rich colors of fall foliage, so be sure the ensembles you select for the session are complementary (think neutral earth tones!).

Grosse Point: If you’re familiar with Evanston, then you know about the Grosse Point Lighthouse, a little slice of New England in the heart of the Midwest. Not only is this one of the coolest, most historical spots near the city, the grounds are stunning at this time of year and certainly worthy of every photo opportunity you can get!

Lastly, don’t forget to keep a few important factors in mind! Autumn weather can be tricky, especially when temperatures range from warm to cold quite frequently. Discomfort will definitely show in your photos, so don’t forget to dress appropriately!. If anything, it gives you a reason to bust out those brand new leather riding boots!


Thank you very much to George Street Photo & Video for sharing these beautiful fall engagement session locations! Visit Amanda and the George Street team at or check them out on Facebook. For more information call 866.831.4103 or email

Friday, September 12, 2014

Edra Wilson, founder and designer of Edra Couture Beauty Brides will be presenting the latest bridal hair and makeup trends at the Dulhania Bazaar Bridal Expo this Sunday (only $5 at the door)! 

She'll also be bringing her on-location beauty bar and offering FREE services, including:
Henna Tattoos
Eyebrow Threading
Mini Manicures

Stop by and visit Edra's beauty bar at table number 68! Also, enter to win her gift package giveaway! Prizes include hair design, makeup application and a spa mani/pedi! Sounds amazing, right? 

Check out some of Edra's amazing designs!

Be sure to say hi for us when you see Edra! Let us know what you thought of the DB Bridal Expo

Check out our 2014/2015 fashion photo shoot, "Unparalleled Views"!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this photo shoot! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

So very many brides and attendants are frightened by the responsibility of lacing up the corset. Let's be honest. It looks like a pretty daunting task. How do you make sure it's even and doesn't have weird lumps. No one wants to be responsible for making a bride look lumpy on her big day. 

To set your mind at ease, Glenda Pittluck, a professional seamstress at Kathryn's Bridal created this amazing set of instructions. FYI, you're going to want to print this.

Prepare for lacing:
  1. Begin by having the bride put the dress on and holding it up in the appropriate place against her bust line as her helper(s) begin lacing.
  2. Start by putting the lace though the top loop on each side of the dress. The lace should be flat, the seam on the bottom and with the lace ends coming from the inside to the outside of the loops. Adjust the lace so each end is the same length.
  3. Now, take the left side lace end and put it though the top open loop on the right. Go from the inside to the outside of the loop.
  4. Both laces are now on the right.

Begin the lacing process:
  1. Take the top lace. Cross to the left side. Go through the top open loop, going from the inside to the outside. Using the SAME lace, cross to the right side and go through the top open loop, going from the inside to the outside.
  2. Take the other lace (now the top loose lace on the right side) and cross to the left side. Go through the top open loop, going from the inside to the outside. Using the SAME lace, cross to the right side and go through the top open loop, going from the inside to the outside.
  3. Repeat until you reach the bottom.
  4. At the bottom, take the top lace on the right and go through the last loop on the left, from the inside to the outside of the loop and loosely secure. 

  1. Inform the bride you are going to start pulling on her dress. She may want to lean on a wall for balance.
  2. Starting at the top, grasp the X that the lace forms and pull. Transfer the X to the other hand. Grasp the next X with the first hand and pull while releasing the first X. Keep the lace flat as you work.
  3. Adjust the back panel, keeping it level.
  4. Repeat the process until the bride is secure, but comfortable. You may start at any point in the lacing, depending on where dress needs to be tightened.
  5. The sides of lace up should form a V.
  6. Knot the lace ends together. Make a bow with ends or tuck them into the dress and trim excess lace.
  7. Have a Wonderful Wedding Day! 

Remember there are a couple kinds of corsets, there are outer corsets, which usually provide some shape and a lot of style. Then there are inner corsets that aren't seen, but really keep everything hunkered down, so to speak. 

We very sincerely recommend a practice run -- maybe at the final fitting where a seamstress can guide you in proper technique. Good luck and happy lacing, friends!  

Thanks so much to our friends at Kathryn's Bridal, especially Glenda, for their wonderful advice on how to lace up a corset wedding gown! Find your gown at Kathryn's today! Visit their website for details.

Photos courtesy of Christy Transier and Kathryn's Bridal

Monday, September 8, 2014

Shopping for boys can be HARD. So, we thought we'd help you out with those pesky little groomsmen (or groom's) gifts! Here are some of our top picks!

1. Bicycle Repair Kit ($21.95) - Small and handy, this little kit will patch a tire, fix a kickstand and make the guys in your life look super cool. Also, I would get this for myself, not just my fiance's crew...

2. The Hank ($10.50 plus Monogram Fee) - Nothing says classy sophistication like a good, old-fashioned, monogrammed hanky. The Hank is manly accessory, perfect for collecting the tears of joy streaming from their date during the father/daughter dance. 

3. Record Coaster Set ($12.50) - The music lover in your group will be touched by the thoughtfulness of this useful little chachki. 

4. The Sportula ($24.99) - Give the "Grill Master" something to flip about. These spatulas feature everyone's favorite local sports teams. 

5. The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board ($26.95) - Foodie fellas will truly appreciate the finer points of a quality cutting board -- like the perfect squares that help you dice veggies like a pro. 

What gifts will you be getting for the men in your bridal party?  

Friday, September 5, 2014

"Gregg and I met at Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse in Rosemont about seven years ago. We quickly realized that we had a special connection when began working side by side while managing the opening of Gibsons in Oak Brook. We both understood each other's sarcastic sense of humor. Not long after the opening of the Oak Brook location, we fell in love and I left the restaurant business to return to the real estate world. It only made sense for Gregg to propose at Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House in Naperville -- and for us to hold our reception at the newest GRG location, The Montgomery Club!

"Our wedding day was just as I had imagined it. The girls got ready together at my mother's salon, Pink Hair Studio. The boys all met downtown and got ready at Hotel Felix in Chicago. Along with my "old school" or traditional theme, the girls were picked up in a white 1939 Packard Limousine and the boys in a black 1940 Packard limousine. The retired limos took everyone to my church in Melrose Park, which is a very special place for me. My family actually founded the church many years ago. We had pictures displayed from when my grandparents, parents, and aunts and uncles were all married there. It was a beautiful ceremony officiated by Pastor Scott Nichols who is also a long-time family pastor and friend.

"The reception could not have been more spectacular. Gregg and I flew in the famous Australian photographer, Bek Grace, to catch every moment. The weather was perfect for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the patio. The array of flowers exploded from the 4ft center pieces. The crystals hanging from each center piece glistened in the pink uplighting. Just as we moved inside for dinner there was a torrential downpour, perfect timing right after everyone was seated! Our dinner started with minestrone soup, Caesar salad and a penne pasta in vodka sauce. Dinner would not have been complete without individually plated filet and lobster tails, paired with the perfect wine selection.

"The dance floor stayed packed all night! Local Motown band The Moods and DJ Geno Del Boccio made sure the room was jumping. Food, music, and venue were more than we ever could have dreamed of. In Gregg's words, 'We were so happy to see all of Natalie's hard work lead to such an amazing result!'" -- Natalie Loss-Horan


New Life Church

The Montgomery Club

Heart and Colour

Kevin Wagan Productions

Pastor Scott Nichols

Stephen Yearick Limited Collection

Pink Hair Studio

MAC Senior Artist Sonia

Jasmine Galleria

Men's Wearhouse

G Marie Design Inc

M&P Art Floral

Gibsons Steakhouse

The Moods and Geno Del Boccio Productions

Delish Cakes

Classic Wedding Car

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