Monday, April 30, 2012

Cheery letterpress invitations are put together with a personalized 'belly band. - Float Paperie

Give your guests some advanced notice with a cute little save-the-date. - Float Paperie

A lovely way to greet your guests when they arrive at their hotel! Gift bags you can fill with bottled water, home-made treats, fruit, an area map, free goodies from their local visitors center, a schedule of the weekend events, etc. Add some personalization with your names and date. - Favors You Keep

Snappymap is our favorite solution for custom wedding maps that help get your guests to the event on time. When you want to convey your personal style down to the very last detail, Snappymap can create custom maps to match your invitations or theme. - Snappy Map

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Last Chance to Enter

Monday, April 23, 2012

Venue: University Club of Chicago
Wedding Planner: LK Events
Photographers: Pen Carlson
Band: Spoken Four
Floral/Décor: Kehoe Designs
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth

Friday, April 20, 2012

Macy's Bridal Salon Marisa Trunk Show [special invite]

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

James Ambler has no photographic evidence of his own engagement. His friends and family asked if he had caught the moment on tape, but Ambler, a photographer, didn’t think about it at the time.

Two years later, in late 2010, the former paparazzo founded Pap the Question, a Manhattan-based company that takes Ambler’s skills and experience for stealthily photographing people and turns them on unsuspecting brides or grooms. He and his photographers have also expanded to other cities, appearing on Chicago’s Windy City Live in February.

Ambler also counsels his proposers on how to make the proposal one for the photo albums. Below, Ambler shares some tips with ChicagoStyle Weddings.—Ruthie Kott

*What makes a great proposal?

For me, a great proposal is one that the fiancée does not see coming. I love the surprise and reaction of a woman's face when a guy drops to one knee. We always tell our clients to keep it personal: go back to the spot you first met or a place that holds a special meaning to you both. You should know what your fiancée to be would want so try and cater for that. I just the love the engagement when the guy has really thought through what is important to her and what will make her happy, and that is reflected not only in the proposal but also the pictures.

*What is the biggest mistake most proposers make?

There is no bad way to propose—if you have a beautiful ring and the time is right you have covered nearly everything. However, that said, this is the moment she has been waiting for her whole life, so don't make it about what you want. This should be everything and more than she has ever dreamed of. If she is a very private person, keep it personal—a flash mob in a public place may be cool for you, but she will probably not be as impressed.

The other important factor to remember is that it will all happen in a blur of nervous excitement, and if you have gone to great lengths to make it a prefect proposal, have some pictures to capture it all so you can share the moment with friends and family. The first things everyone will ask after you announce the news is "How did he do it!?" This way you can show them, as well as tell them.

*What's the most memorable experience you've had with one of your clients?

We were contacted by a client in London that was coming over to New York in the late fall for a weekend with his girlfriend and wanted to propose. He had given her a book on a graffiti artist based in Philly who wrote a love poem on the rooftops of the buildings along a train line that ended with the line “Forever begins when you say yes!” He wanted to propose on top of this building under the sign. We set about getting everything sorted, but when we visited the site, the building was so ruined that we could not get him and his girlfriend onto the roof safely. We set about contacting the artist, and we got permission to use the lines. We then hired a New York–based graffiti team to make a massive 10 x 6 canvas, made a wooden frame, and had it put up in a romantic spot in Central Park. After lunch at the Boathouse, he walked her to the sign and proposed. It was such an adventure to get the final result, and the couple had an amazing proposal made into a great film and a 10x6 canvas to forever remember their proposal.

*What are some tips for couples to look their best in engagement photos?

This all really depends on the couple. We often say that the best pictures take place outside, where we can be as far away as we can, and then capture the raw emotion and the exact moment without her thinking, what is that weird guy do over there taking pictures of us? Keeping it romantic and making a day of it is also a great way for us to document the whole proceedings. We often have guys getting family members in a nearby bar or restaurant so they can walk in and surprise her again with everyone there. This is a great way to document it all and have a way for the family to be involved but still having the guy keep that special moment private and romantic.

Courtesy of James Ambler

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thursday May 10th, 2012
Atha Sharod Bridal 60 W. Walton Chicago, IL 60610

“In The Name of Love” will be an afternoon of romance and fantasy as local Bridal Designer Robert Sharod of Atha Sharod Bridal, showcases the “White Collection - LUXE” a bridal collection featuring bridal gowns and negligees made of 100% silk and french imported laces

In the main room, we will be wowed by the majestic backdrop of The Newberry creating the mood of fantasy.

While you princes and princesses enjoy our Martini menu and dine on the food of royalty , you will also be offered to partake in a host of spa services.

For your entertainment, we will prelude the fashion presentation of Atha Sharod Bridal collection “The White Collection - LUXE” with a musical concert.

The magic of the night will be crowned when Chicago’s most beautiful women hit the runway dressed in Atha Sharod Bridal’s finest couture gowns.

All of our brides will go home with a Bag of gift valued at over $200. Please join us!

Wedding Planner: LK Events

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday April 19th, 2012
312.861.1100 |
The Mid-America Club 200 East Randolph Drive 80th Floor Chicago, IL 60601

4:30PM - 7:30PM
Please join us for an exciting evening. There will be Photographers, Florists, Musicians etc. Everything you need to plan the perfect day! Admission is complimentary to pre-registered brides and $10.00 per guest. Entrance at the door will be $15.00. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20th, 21st, 22nd

Where: All three James & Sons Locations




 Hours: Friday 10a-8p, Saturday 10a-6p , Sunday 11a-5p

Details: International Diamond Importers will be on site at all three locations to offer HUNDREDS of loose diamonds. This event will showcase an inordinate amount of loose diamonds rarely seen on site at any one location. The prices on these top quality diamonds will be the lowest prices consumers can find in store or on-line.

For example, ½ carat diamonds are priced at $1,495, ¾ carat for $2,495 and 1 carat at $3,995. Choose from ideal cut rounds up to 5 carat!

Additional incentives include NO SALES TAX, James & Sons will pay the sales tax for you. For those interested in financing, they are offering interest free financing for one year.


James & Sons presents the SPRING TACORI BRIDAL AND FASHION JEWELRY EVENT AND TRUNK SHOW. Meet international jewelry designer PAUL TACORIAN, in Orland Park on Friday the 20th and in Lincoln Park on Saturday the 21st.

Get a FREE pair of Tacori earrings with every Tacori purchase, and a free engagement journal with every engagement ring purchase.

James & Sons is also the #1 Tacori dealer in ALL of Chicagoland. In conjunction with this Diamond Expo, Tacori representatives will host on-site Tacori Trunk shows, with incredible savings and selection of the Tacori bridal line.

Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring, anniversary ring, diamond earrings or pendants, or want to trade-in and trade-up, you simply will not find the selection and low pricing anywhere except at James & Sons during the DIAMOND EXPO and TACORI TRUNK SHOW.

More information can be found at

Monday, April 9, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

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The Team:
Planner/Stylist: Big City Bride
Floral: Elizabeth Wray Design
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Invitations: With Grace
Linens: Carousel Linen
Table, Stemware and Flatware: Tablescapes
Mirror: Yanni Design Studio
Chandelier and Draping: Modern Event Rental
Lighting: Precision Sound and Lighting

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Venue: Griffin Court/Terzo Piano @ the Art Institute of Chicago
Wedding Planner: LK Events
Caterer: Bon Appetit
Floral: Botanicals
Music: Entourage
Photography: Peter Thompson Photography
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Wedding Planner: Clemetine Custom Events
Photographer: Pen Carlson
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Transportation:  Classic-Chassis