Archives for November 2010

Chicago Wedding at Holy Innocents Church & The Rookery

When I first met Suneeta and David over the summer, we immediately hit it off… they were just the nicest couple (I know that’s such a generic word, but they truly are such NICE people!!) and I loved the way they interacted with each other. I was beyond excited for their wedding at the Rookery, a venue I had just been itching to work at for ages!  They chose an amazing team of vendors and thus made my job that much easier. I love it when that happens :)

Suneeta and David chose photographer Dean Thorsen, of my favorites, and definitely one of the speediest I know. Within just a few short weeks I had the full DVD with over 1,500 glorious hi-res images to choose from. Yay!

Gorgeous ceremony at Holy Innocents Church and officiated by Suneeta’s uncle; I love it when there’s a family connection.

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This picture outside the church is just too cute! Hooray!
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Dean is such an amazing photographer, and no one does portraits the way he does!
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I was crazy about the teal and orange color scheme, perfect for fall!
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The Rookery at last! There is nothing I don’t love about this venue, but most definitely the glass ceiling, the white airiness of the space and the grand staircase.
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Suneeta embraced the Art Nouveau feel of the space and incorporated it into her stationery.
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Nearly all of their guests, young AND old, stayed and danced until the sweet end… the sign of a great party!

Coordinator: Sweetchic Events, Inc.
Photographer: Thorsen Photography
Videographer: Once Still
Church: Holy Innocents Church
Venue: The Rookery Building
Floral: Flor del Monte
Draping & Lighting: Art of Imagination
Paper Items: Grain Works (design only; printed and assembled by Suneeta)
DJ: Chicago Premiere DJs


Unique Table Number Ideas for a Wedding

Don’t forget about your table numbers! If you do, you may end up with the venue’s standard fare, which may look something along the lines of this:

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While there is nothing wrong with these, they are just a bit… utilitarian. (But if your venue has nicer framed table numbers, then score!) TIP: The easiest thing to do is to use the venue’s existing holder, stand or frame, and then insert your own number that matches your color scheme.

One popular trend these days is to name your tables after locations, such as places you’ve been to as a couple, famous local landmarks, or perhaps even your favorite books or movies. But here’s another TIP: Also assign that table a number. That will make it SO much easier and faster for guests to find their table, and just as importantly, for your caterer and their wait staff to find their way around.

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Here are other ways to still simply number your tables the old fashion way, but adding a unique twist to the display:

yellow white table number ikea frame Delbarr Moradi via SMP

image Sara France Photography Via The Bride’s Cafe

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Via SMP and Snippet & Ink

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Via Sixpence for Your Shoe and Ruffled

image Via Steve Koo Photography

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Have you given much thought to your table numbers? What do you plan to do?


Friday Faves: Blogs We Loved This Week

1. Leave it to Martha Stewart Weddings to compile such a great list of unique wedding favors (that won’t end up in the trash… at least we can hope)

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Images via The Bride’s Guide

2. I could barely contain my envy as I read through Big Apple Nosh’s adventure at the 2010 New York Taste where she got to sample the unparalleled goodness of some of the country’s most fabulous celebrity chefs.

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Images via Big Apple Nosh

3. A post about “original” decorating ideas … and how very little is truly original these days, by my favorite home blog, Young House Love.

4. I’m a sucker for holiday parties, so I love Apartment Therapy’s basic tips on Things to Remember When Hosting a Holiday Party

5. You know you have a big stack of thank you cards to write after the wedding, so take a few tips from AT on How to Write a Thoughtful Thank You Note

6. You know the rose and the peony… but have you met the DAHLIA yet? Miss Panther introduces you to this lush, gorgeous bloom!