Wednesday, March 30, 2016


"Cooper and I met in college while living in the same dorm. We had a class together and he sat next to me during each lecture. He wanted to ask me out during our time in school, but when he learned that I was in a relationship already, he exercised chivalry and didn’t pursue me.

"We both graduated and moved separately to the Twin Cities area. Then, one day, he asked me out! We went to Lake Harriet and canoed, walked, and then played trivia over dinner at a local restaurant. It was a great first date and we kept seeing each other after that. Eventually we moved in together. Three years went by and one day he and I went for a walk around Lake Harriet. I knew he had been working on a hand-bound journal that he brought with him but he wouldn’t let me see it and was hiding it from me.

"Finally we sat down at a bench looking out over the lake and he took it out. He had written a note in it to me and asked if he could read it to me. It was his proposal! His letter was about the adventures we'd had through the years how we fell in love through exploring and learning from one another. It was a wonderfully written letter. I am so lucky to have the handmade journal and written proposal to look back on. On our wedding day, as a surprise, I wrote Cooper my vows in the same journal.

"Cooper and I got married on a warm, 90 degree September day at Midway Village. The ceremony was outside, next to the red barn, and the reception followed inside the barn. Cooper and I did a first look before the ceremony because we are both emotional and knew if it didn’t happen then we’d be teary eyed during the ceremony. The feelings that came from the first look leading into the ceremony were pure happiness. Marrying my best friend and the love of my life, I felt so lucky and overjoyed.

"The whole day was a great time, despite the heat. The décor was rustic and simplistic, with white strand lights draped throughout the venue. We did all the signage, table printouts, and favors ourselves. Were very happy with how everything turned out and wouldn’t have changed a thing." --Ellen















Vendors:
Ceremony + Reception Site: Midway Village // Photography: Sweetcheeks Photography // Officiant: The Bride's Brother // Bride's Gown: David's Bridal // Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various // Formalwear: Men's Wearhouse and JCPenney // Stationery: Pulp Smash // Flowers: Floral Expressions // Catering: ABC Catering // Entertainment: Luxe Productions // Sweets: Groom's Mom


Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring has sprung and with the feel of the Easter holiday still fresh in our bodies, CSW rounded up some of the sweetest springtime wedding ideas. Enjoy and add your own fun ideas to the comments!

Orange tulips and carrots. So lovely for Easter!:
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#Wedding #favor ideas – let your guests plant seeds:
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Easter Wedding Decorations - Wedding Colours, Wedding Themes, Wedding colour palettes:
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Powder Pink and Duck Egg Blue wedding colour palette | onefabday.com:
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For a spring wedding instead of floral centerpieces try a row of birds nests. If it is around easter they have the egg shipped bubblegum for everyone to enjoy:
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calligraphy egg place cards | Ali Harper #wedding:
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spring bouquet - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte #weddingbouquet #flowers #bouquets:
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vintage wedding ideas | Gorgeous painted mason jars! | Things that make me stop and say..."I ...:
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could use these for italian sugared almonds, traditional at italian weddings:
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e a s t e r . p a l e t t e design seeds spring color palette easter color palette:
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Sweet Spring Serenbe Wedding by Gracie Blue | Southern Weddings:
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Speckled egg liqueur cake with passion fruit frosting and strawberry-rhubarb jam | Photo and recipe by Claudia Godke:
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Image by <a href="http://www.nickmurrayphotography.co.uk" target="_blank">Nick Murray Photography</a>:
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This blue wedding cake with buttercream and succulents looks gorgeous. That pale blue looks so beachy and fun!:
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Romantic #toile #placesetting Toronto Graydon Hall Wedding:
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Thinking children playing with these would make some great photos.  I also think this is a super cute idea for the kids to play around outside (if the venue calls for it) doesn't seem to expensive to make?:
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tweed and patterned bow tie groom look #groom #tweedgroomlook #weddingchicks http://www.weddingchicks.com/2014/02/17/feel-good-floral-wedding-ideas/:
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Perfect for a Summer Day - a Blue, Peach & Dusky Rose Pink Wedding Color Palette | www.onefabday.com:
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No need for a florist! The women planted tulip bulbs in autumn and the flowers bloomed days before their wedding. Their cousins had the creative idea to hang mason jars filled with tulips around the area where the women had their ceremony.:
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Pretty Toronto Wedding Ceremony - MODwedding  Photo: Laura Jane Photography:
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blush peach and white centerpieces. love these light colors together for a spring wedding with burlap and lace:
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Planning a spring wedding? These romantic bohemian style invitations, printed on our thick, luxurious savoy cotton stock will be sure to have:
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25 Chic Country Rustic Wedding Tablescapes | http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/25-chic-country-rustic-wedding-tablescapes/:
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Friday, March 25, 2016


"Mark and I met on a recruitment trip to The Ohio State University as high school seniors in 2002. Although we were friends throughout college, we didn’t start dating until almost exactly four years after meeting. We dated and fell in love during the next five years. 

"Despite this, from 2011 to 2014, our relationship took a backseat while we were pursuing our careers. I was finishing law school and starting my career. Meanwhile, Mark was in medical school. We reconnected in early 2014.  By the spring of 2015, we were moving back to Columbus, Ohio for Mark’s residency in Anesthesia. Mark and I became engaged in October 2015, and we quickly decided to plan a wedding for early January 2016.   

"Our wedding day was relaxed and elegant. We picked our color scheme by using each of our favorite colors -- navy blue and kelly green. We picked venues with décor that could stand up on its own, so we kept the flowers simple with white roses, tulips, peonies, and hydrangeas. 


"We both got ready in separate suites at the Westin Chicago River North. Neither of us had a defined wedding party, but we got ready with our mothers, Mark’s sisters, my grandmother, and our closest friends. For my something old, new, borrowed, and blue, I wore my great-grandmother’s veil from the 1920’s, my dress, and blue shoes. I borrowed Mark’s grand-mother’s handkerchief. I also had a six pence in my shoe in remembrance of my English ancestry.  

"Mark and I had our first look photos taken at the Westin prior to going to our ceremony. We especially loved the photos with Chicago in the background. We had an intimate ceremony and dinner with our immediate family at Paris Club. The ceremony was perfect, I was either laughing or crying throughout the whole thing. Right before we started the ceremony, we found out that we would be the last event ever to be held at Paris Club. Mark’s brother-in-law was our officiant and both of Mark’s sisters were readers. 

"After an amazing French-inspired dinner, the celebration began. We walked down the block to Sub 51. We cut our cake and had our first dance as husband and wife. Then we kept the party going with the help of DJ Harsh, and we had a great time dancing with our family and friends. We used our favor as the moment to give a huge nod to where we met, by having each guest receive two candy buckeyes. After a great dance party, we hosted a small after party back at the Westin." -- Emily























Vendors:
Ceremony: Paris Club // Reception: Sub 51 // Photography: Cage + Aquarium Productions // Officiant: Daniel Zenisek, Mark’s Brother-in-Law // Bride's Gown: Reddington Bridal // Hair + Makeup: Appease Inc. // Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse // Invitations: Minted // Flowers: Pollen // 
Catering: Paris Club for dinner; Hub 51 for hors d'oeuvres; and Grace Lee for edible favors (#gyldesserts) // Entertainment: DJ Harsh // Sweets: Oak Mill Bakery