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. With beautiful Chicago weather upon us, we are loving everything related to the outdoors.  Chicago has so many beautiful green spaces, so we’ve been pinning a lot of outdoor-inspired ideas.  And this pin, well it might be one of our favorites.  Pictures have often been a part of weddings, and many couples choose to play a slideshow at their reception.  But for couples who celebrate with mother nature, a slideshow might prove to be challenging.  However, this gives couples a fabulous way to showcase special memories, while still keeping with the authenticity and vibe of an outdoor celebration.  So give us some twine and photos, and we’ll be on our way!

Photography: The Leekers

Instagram  Your Day.  Speaking of pictures, are you on the Instagram bandwagon yet?  We love this fun photo sharing site, and we are particularly smitten with how couples are integrating it into their day.  This pin gives you a great idea of just how easy this techie idea is.  Choosing a hashtag and letting your guests know the tag gives a great (and hip) way to collect your wedding day memories!  #countusin

Gold + White.  This pin is proof that sometimes simple is best.  Mix and match gold candlesticks with simple white taper candles for a sweet yet refined mood.  Grouped together they make quite the statement, and we can see this idea working for a garden party or an elegant celebration in a grand hall.  Want this look on a budget?  Scour thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales for mismatched candlesticks.

Photography: Julie Cate


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Baby’s Breath Boutonniere.  Take one look at our Pinterest boards and you’ll know how much we love baby’s breath.  This floral accent seems to show up in almost every single one of our boards, and we’re not sure we’ll ever stop loving this “filler floral.”  Because baby’s breath is simple in size, shape, and color, it adds beautiful texture and layers, without being too overpowering.  This boutonniere is the perfect example that sometimes less is more.  A small bunch of baby’s breath, wrapped in twine, makes the perfect floral piece for grooms, groomsmen, ushers, and fathers.

DIY Photo Chandelier. Though this pin wasn’t originally intended to be a wedding idea, (it came from HGTV’s blog), we couldn’t help but swoon when we saw it.  We instantly started thinking of how you could work this into your big day, and we love the idea of having personalized chandeliers hanging throughout your reception space.  Include pictures of you and your partner, friends, and family.  This could also be a fun way to designate seating, having guests locate their photo on a DIY chandelier above their table!  We love to see couples personalize their special day, and this DIY wedding project is certainly a great way to do just that.

Floral Crown.  The sun continues to make small appearances in Chicago, which has most Windy City residents itching for spring.  And nothing says spring quite like flowers.  So it’s no surprise that this floral crown caught our attention, making a bold statement.  The majority of the flowers are fairly over sized for a headpiece, so we like the unexpected proportions of this crown.  We also love the small pieces of greenery mixed in, as well as the off-centered placement of the piece.  This is a twist on the more common and dainty floral crown, and for the bride wanting to make a statement, we say go for it!

Amber Weimer Photography


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Custom Paper Favor Bags.  We love when couples go the extra mile to integrate wedding favors into their big day.  The thought means a lot to guests, and it’s a great way to extend the memory, even once guests leave.  And because we love all things food related, we tend to be partial to yummy treats.  These personalized bags are the perfect vessel for a sweet or salty treat, great for guests to take home once the celebrations are over.  We can imagine popcorn, candy, or even freshly baked cookies tucked inside, though the possibilities are endless!

Peonies + Sunny Yellow Bouquet.  The Chicago temperatures have been teetering on the edge of spring lately, and the increased rays have left us wanting all things bright and cheery.  This wedding bouquet of white peonies is perfectly accented with pops of yellow floral, making the perfect statement for spring.  And the not-so-put-together bunch makes the look complete, finding a great balance between organic and polished, the perfect combination for spring.

Glass Ring Box.  Ring bearers tend to bring up images of small toddlers in suits, teetering down the aisle with a soft satin pillow, with three rings tucked in the center.  As much as we love that classic scene, we also love this more modern take on a transporting rings down the aisle.  The glass and metal combination keeps the box from looking too sweet, and the moss adds just the right amount of whimsy and nature.  Pretty rings and a pretty box, sounds like a winning combo to us!


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Candy Necklace Napkin Ring.  The blog we found this image on may be written in another language, but that didn’t stop us from loving this idea and pinning its gorgeousness!  The candy necklace provides the ideal amount of childhood nostalgia, while the pastel color is perfect for the quickly approaching spring.  The simple white linens and old school name tag keep the focus on the candy necklace.   And if guests can’t wait for wedding cake, they can always take a nibble or two out of their napkin ring!

The Naked Wedding Cake.  Wedding cakes have long served as the symbol for tradition and wedding day celebrations, and over the years, they’ve gone through quite the transformation.  From tiered and tall to substituted with cupcakes, the wedding cake has seen it all.  Now, a new trend is taking over, as couples embrace “naked” cakes.  With exposed layers, stacked butter cream, and simply displayed fruit, these cakes take a “less frills” approach.  Perhaps this cake is the perfect example of less is more, because we are in love!

Pine cone Place cards.  Pine cones tend to be something we only see once a year, as the holiday season hits it’s peak.  They conjure up images of warm nights by the fire and cinnamon scented candles.  However, this pin has us rethinking the holiday only name that pine cones have taken on.  The neon paint gives this natural place card holder a fresh look, making it appropriate for just about any season.  Aren’t quite a fan of neon?  Think about a more subtle color, such as robin’s egg blue or lavender.  Perfect for a spring soirée.



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Succulent Bouquet.  Succulents are literally popping up all over Pinterest.  Whether in terrariums, garden accent walls, or wedding centerpieces, we’re loving them!  They add a great sense of the outdoors, while being fairly low-maintenance.  They also add a touch of spunk to a space, perfect for the couple who wants to infuse a hint of personality into their florals.  But they’re not just for tables and outdoor spaces; they’re beautiful in wedding bouquets too!  Cluster several together for a big statement, or mix them in with other florals for a subtler look.  This bouquet is a perfect example of how succulents can be mixed into other florals for a fabulous overall look.

Statement Brooch.  We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again.  We love all things J.Crew, this look included.  But this look caught our eye even before we realized the look was J.Crew.  Brooches are no strangers to our Pinterest page, and they’re certainly not strangers among brides.  But the simplicity of this look and the placement of this brooch, well, it left us speechless.  No sash, no large floral, just a simple piece of bling, perfectly placed at the waistline.  Can’t afford the J.Crew price?  No worries, just about any brooch with do.  Scour thrift stores, flea markets, or your grandmother’s closet for a great statement piece.


Dress Display.  You know those people who say you only use your wedding dress once?  Well, this pin challenges their theory just a little bit.  This couple decided to showcase the beautiful dresses of the important women in their lives, sharing not only the dresses, but also special photos from their loved ones’ big day.  It’s a different idea for sure; proof there are always new and creative ideas in wedding world!

Jen Fariello Photography

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Mason Jar InvitesEtsy has quickly become one of our favorite wedding resources.  Not only does it showcase great handmade products, but it also allows couples the chance to connect with beautiful artists all over the world.  Wedding invitations are one of our favorite things to browse on Etsy, and these beauties caught our eye this week.  They set the tone for an elegant and classic wedding, with touches of rustic simplicity.  Both the color and font create a relaxed, yet special feel, preparing guests for a one-of-a-kind celebration.  If you’re looking for that extra special touch when it comes to your invitations, may we suggest Etsy as delightful resource.

Mason Jar

DIY Silk Hairpin.  Do it yourself projects have been taking the blog world by storm lately, with more and more people embracing their inner artist and giving handmade creations a chance.  DIY in the wedding world is of course a longtime favorite, but with easy-to-follow tutorials and great resources, they’re becoming easier than ever.  This silk hairpin tutorial is a simple project, perfect for the bride who wants to add an extra something to her wedding day hair.  This would be perfect with an updo or loose curls, and may also be something to make for bridesmaids on the big day.

Flower Tray Centerpiece. As winter continues to wrap most of the country, we can’t help but look forward to spring and the warmth it brings.  (It’s probably not a coincidence that most of our recent pins involve bright sunlight, glorious florals, and grassy outdoor spaces!)  So of course, we loved this simple yet cheerful wedding centerpiece, made easy with classic florals and a wooden tray.  This could also be recreated with wooden drawers, mismatched in size and color.  This pin is proof centerpieces don’t need to be over-the-top to make a statement!


Amelia Johnson Photography

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This week, we are loving all things table related.  We’re pretty sure our obsession is Turkey-Day related, induced by hours around the table with friends and family.  So this week, we’re embracing the theme, showing off some of our favorite reception worthy table settings!

Tory Burch’s Table.  This first pin comes from one of the most popular designers of our time, Tory Burch.  She posted this table setting on her blog, and we were smitten at first glance.  We love the rich jewel tones, particularly the deep fuchsia and marigold.  The patterned plate adds an ounce of the unexpected, and the monogrammed napkin takes the cake.  Add a few candles and some metallic pumpkins, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous fall table!

Green Glass.  This pin is one of the most unique table settings we’ve seen in a while, and we’re totally digging the green glass.  Something about it is unexpected yet unique, adding a great sense of depth to the table.  The light wood and scattering of pine cones brings nature to table, with simple and colorful plates keep things classic.  Think you might want to recreate this look for your big day?  Scour thrift stores and flea markets for green glass, matching various shades and sizes.

 Souder Photography

Gold, Green, and a Striped Tablecloth.  This table setting is perfect now that we’re almost in December, though we can certainly see this setting working in a variety of seasons.  We’re not sure what we love more…the bold black and white stripe, the simple greenery box, or the hand printed menus.  But honestly, who are we kidding?  We are swooning over the gold dipped classes!  Wedding or no wedding, this is one DIY we’re dying to try.  Can you say weekend project?

Renee Brock Photography

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Make a Statement.  We did a complete double take when we saw this image.  This bride is absolutely breath-taking, no doubt about it.  The statement headpiece, the slightly vintage inspired dress, the bold peach blush, the ruffled sweetheart necklace…it all works.  The look is elegant, special, and unique, a perfect combination for any bride on her wedding day!  However, we know the headpiece is a bit of a bold choice, so we’re curious; how many of you would embrace this look for your special day?

Austin Warnock Photography

Simple SeatingPlace cards are one of our most favorite parts of wedding receptions.  Perhaps because they’re a small expression of love, perhaps because they show a special touch of personality; we love to see how couples recognize their beloved guests.  We recently spotted this pin on Style Me Pretty, and we love the seasonal simplicity of it.  A simple linen, a small piece of greenery, a piece of twine, and a simple font makes for a delightful place card, certain to make any guest feel right at home.  And if you’re wedding isn’t for a few months, may we suggest trying this look at your Thanksgiving dinner?

Jillian Mitchell Photography

An Oh-Sew-Cool Cake Table.  Pardon our pun, but is this cake table not one of the coolest cake tables you’ve seen in a while?  It manages to look effortlessly cool, combining old and new, gilded and natural, glass and fire.  The florals add the perfect pop of color, while keeping the focus on the real star of the show, the cake.  Want to recreate this look on your own?  Scour thrift stores, garage sales, and attics for long lost treasures.  And don’t worry about finding a machine that’s in perfect condition; it’s the flaws that give it real character!  Mix it with an oversized metallic frame, a few glass canisters, and some mismatched florals, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous DIY cake table!

Tiny Water Photography

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Wheat Centerpieces.  It’s no secret that we love the look of seasonal favorites, so when we saw these wheat inspired centerpieces, we couldn’t possibly keep them to ourselves.  The combination of wheat, floral, berries, and burlap, gives a great combination of both color and texture.  We also love the oversized nature of these centerpieces, as just a few make quite a statement.   These centerpieces would look great in an outdoor reception or underneath twinkle lights inside of a barnyard celebration.  Wheat isn’t the most common floral element, but after seeing these centerpieces, we’re sure this won’t be our last wheat loving pin!

Aves Photographic Design

Gray + Brown. We love to see the fun color combinations that grooms come up with for their big day, and in all the wedding images we’ve pinned, we think this combination might be a new one.  We are smitten with the gray and brown combination, utilizing two much loved, but rarely  paired together neutrals.  The look is classic with a twist of playfulness, and we of course love the seasonal nod of the brown accents.  And the gold tie clip?  Well, that just takes this groom’s style to a whole other level!

Harwell Photography

Tiered Wooden Cupcake Stand.  Cupcakes have become quite the wedding dessert favorite, coming onto the wedding scene strong in recent years and earning a special place among couples and guests alike.  We love to see the creative genius behind not just the cupcakes themselves, but also behind the presentation of the cupcakes.  This tiered cupcake stand is the perfect way to show off your bite sized desserts, adding a sweet touch of the outdoors.  This stand would also be great for mini-milkshakes, chocolate chip cookies, stacked macrons or any other pint-sized dessert.

Available on Etsy

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Braided Crown Tutorial.  We love the look of relaxed yet elegant updos, especially when paired with a magical and formal wedding down.  The juxtaposition is unique and keeps the bride’s overall look cool and relaxed.  We’ve blogged about braids before, so when we saw this DIY braided crown tutorial, we knew we had to share.  The instructions are simple and low-stress, both important qualities for the DIY bride.  So click, learn, and braid away!

Balloons + Golf Tees = Floating Balloons: When we saw this picture, we had to look twice; are these balloons floating?  Well…not really, but the effect is pretty amazing!  And the look is pretty easy to achieve!  Anchor balloon with eye hooks, tent stakes, or golf tees, and stand back to watch the magic.  This would look beautiful in so many settings, colors, and patterns; we’re in floating balloon love!

Feather Boutonnieres.  We spotted these feathered creations on a popular art blog, and to be honest, we’re not sure whether they’re darts, feather dusters, or conversation starters.  We were drawn to them, however, because we think they’d make the most rockin’ boutonnieres!  We can see them pinned against a grey suit or some funky suspenders, perfect for the groom and groomsmen who want a little spunk in their wedding day look!