Archives for March 2011

Room 1520 Bridal Fete

If you know anything at all about me, you’ll know that I. LOVE. SWEETS.

So when I got the invite for Room 1520’s Bridal Fete, I rsvp’d right away. Why? Because it was all about cakes and sweets (ok, and wedding dresses too, but I was more into the desserts) :)

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I love Room 1520 for its clean, white, space and especially the crystal chandeliers.

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Some of my favorite bakeries were there!

Our friends at Tipsycake welcomed us with caramel cake and red velvet cake pops…

Room 1520 Event Tipsycake

Bombon… They had my favorite display, inspired by the dress in the corner with the black sash!

Room 1520 Event Bon Bon Bakery


Room 1520 Event Cacao 1

Never met a whoopie pie I didn’t love…

Room 1520 Event Cacao whoopie pies

Flour Cake & Pastry… notice how their cake coordinates perfectly with the dress!!

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Katherine Anne Confections… her citrus truffles are divine!

Room 1520 Event Katherine Anne Truffles

More Cupcakes, I <3 their red velvet cupcakes (and that Vera Wang dress!!)

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Take the Cake, I think I’ve had their cake more often than any other… and loved every bite :)

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What are your favorite Chicago bakeries? There are SO many good ones, it’s really hard to choose…

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Charlene’s ABCs

Happy Monday! I used to fill out those long email chain surveys back in the day, so I couldn’t resist filling out this quickie! (Do you remember those surveys?! Coke or Pepsi? Colgate or Crest? haha)

A. Age: 30

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you hate: Vacuuming! My chore growing up was to vacuum our entire house every week, and I still hate it…

D. Dogs: 7 year old greyhound, Gia (the one in the undignified position) and an occasional foster  greyhound. Currently we have Sid!

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E. Essential start to your day: COFFEE!! In my Starbucks venti-sized mug… I can’t function without it!

F. Favorite color: Grey, currently, combined with reds/pinks/corals

G. Gold or silver: Previously silver, but starting to embrace gold

H. Height: 5’0”

I. Instruments you play: Violin from ages 5 – 18, voice lessons from ages 12 – 20

J. Job title: Wedding Planner, Business Owner

K. Kids: None, yet! One or two eventually

L. Live: Chicago, IL

M. Mom’s name: Abby

N. Nicknames: Char… that’s about it

O. Overnight hospital stays: None *knock on wood*

P. Pet peeve: Public ladies rooms that don’t have hooks for coats/purses; Automatic toilet flushers, VPL, haha

Q. Quote from a movie: “You gave me what I never expected to find again. A gift of your trust and love. And nothing can take that grace away. The best is yet to be, Norstadt. So do it well…”
~ The Man Without a Face (my favorite movie, watched it over 30 times)

R. Right or left handed: Right

S. Siblings: 19 yr old sister, Maylene

T. Time you wake up: 7:50 AM

U. Underwear: Yes

V. Vegetables you dislike: Eggplant, asparagus, brussel sprouts

W. What makes you run late: Walking the dog

X. X-Rays you’ve had: The chiropractor took a neck x-ray a few months ago, and apparently my neck alignment was quite off!

Y. Yummy food you make: I’m all about comfort food: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, pot roast, lasagna, mac n’ cheese, spam masubis!! Yes, we LOVE to cook and eat.

Z. Zoo- favorite animal: Monkeys and beluga whales at the aquarium


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Tip: How to Arrange the BIG Group Shot

Have you considered a BIG group shot with all (or the majority of) your guests? What better way to commemorate your wedding day and the joining of all of your favorite people in the world! This is easier to manage if you have a guestlist that is on the smaller side, perhaps 100 or less. But with some thought and planning, you can certainly manage this with a larger guestlist as well! I personally think the best time for this shot is immediately after the ceremony. To inform your guests, simply put a note in your wedding program, and if possible, ask your Officiant to make an announcement (if you think he/she wouldn’t mind). And make sure your Ushers are aware so that they can direct any stray guests who try and wander off after the ceremony :)

If your ceremony is A) at a church, then request that guests wait outside the church steps for you to come out. If your ceremony is B) at a venue, request that guests remain seated and then come back out with your bridal party to join everyone for the picture.

If this is something you are considering, be sure to let your photographer know in advance so that you can talk through the logistics. They will need to figure out where to position themselves so they can fit everyone in the shot. And don’t forget to allocate at least an extra 10 minutes for this process before your cocktail hour!

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Via Style Me Pretty; Photo by Anna Page Photography

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Via The Bride’s Cafe; Photo by Unusually Fine Photography


For our 2007 wedding, we noted in our ceremony program for everyone to remain seated and then we walked back out after the recessional. Looking at the picture now, I would have liked to ask the guests in the far back to fill in behind us, but oh well… Our photographer, Dennis Lee, perched perilously on a ladder to capture this moment!.

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Photo by Dennis Lee Photography

Are you planning on taking a group shot?