photo credit: Rebecca Thuss
Don't worry; for now, I'll get off my soap box, because today I'm not talking about reception venues. Nay, today I'd like to show you one of the most beautiful ceremony venues in the city...Loyola University's Madonna della Strada! Granted, I hear it's a bit of a hassle to get married there because it's not part of the Archdiocese, and thus you have to do a bunch of paperwork and whatnot... But, it may be worth it to get married in this Art Deco restored masterpiece!
PS, the main doors open on to a patio overlooking the lake...seriously, it's breathtaking!
photo credit: Loyola University Chicago
photo credit: The Bride's Café
Months ago I came across this amazing DIY Vinyl CD Project on the Almighty Style Me Pretty, and fell in love with it. Nathan and I love music, not to mention, a CD made to look like a record is the coolest play on vintage I've seen, like, ever!
However, I told myself that I would only move forward if, and only if, I stumbled upon a graphic that would capture the vintage vibe we're going for... (I wasn't going to actually spend time researching and editing graphics!) Well, lucky me...I stumbled upon a graphic that would be perfect! It's fun and kitschy! And, all I would have to do is change the background to Eggplant and Pomegranate - so to coordinate perfectly with our wedding...
Seriously, I wish I could turn my mind off! Seriously, I need to stop!
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photo credit: Styel Me Pretty, CreativeArchetype
So, naturally, I got right down to the business of finding new invitations, and expected that I was going to eat the cost of the crappy invites (after all, I contracted this lady on Etsy, and I kind of thought it was my own damn fault for not ordering a sample from the get go!)!!!
Then, Saturday afternoon rolled around and a package arrived. I ripped open the box and started riffling through it. It was our completed invitations. I must admit...I was pleasantly surprised. The paper was back to the 80lb weight that was advertised, the cuts were straight...etc. They still didn't look as good as they had on Etsy, but they were not NEARLY as bad as the sample. Not nearly.
So, now I'm attempting to find a new matte color (because rosey-pink is SO NOT what I wanted), and making them just plain "prettier". I'm definitely going with Ruby Stardream for the 5 x 7 matte. As for liners, I'm considering the same envelope liner (which comes pre-cut and pre-creased). But, I've also look through the dozens of specialty papers at Paper Source and Paper Mojo (thanks Ami @ EAD!). I'm not sure what I'll ultimately go with, but I know I've got quite a bit of DIY to do from this point. The next two weeks are going to SUCK.
Lesson learned: not everything needs to be budget friendly... If I had just gone to a god damn stationery store I would have avoided this entire situation!
Our "flower budget" took a big hit when I realized I didn't add in tax and gratuities in our overall budget (the first of my many wedding mistakes). Even though I can't afford the good stuff, I've been torturing myself with photos of beautiful (read: expensive) bouquets! Feast your eyes on these GORGEOUS anemone bouquets! So vintage, no?
photo credit: blushalicious
The photo below is a bit deceiving. Our book has the same aubergine katazome print and eggplant linen, but it's 9.25" x 10.5" (so long, not tall), and it has "hidden" posts.
Anyhow, I would totally recommend Enji Beck - she is professional, quick, and perfect!
Below are a couple shots from theknot.com; Shannon and Bobby had a beautiful, seemingly intimate, wedding. This is quite an accomplishment when you consider the size (Promenade alone equalling nearly 12,000 sq ft!).
M-Thu $1,200Fri-Sun $2,800
M-Thu $1,200Fri-Sun $1,800
M-Thu $1,200Fri-Sun $1,800
M-Thu $4,000Fri-Sun $5,000
photo credit: theknot.com
I need sleep....