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Create Your Own Backdrop.  We love when couples choose a wedding venue that isn’t typical or expected, but we often hear them wish there were a focal point to help frame their space.  So when we saw this custom wedding ceremony backdrop, we couldn’t help but think back to those couples and how perfect this backdrop is!  We love that even in the middle of the woods, there is a unique and special centerpiece for a couple’s “I Do’s.”  Thinking of making your own?  Look for dreamy fabrics in creams and ivory, including lace and linen, and tie the whole piece together with some natural and lush floral.

Put It On the Map.  Though traditional and formal invitations are still popular, we can’t help but swoon over all of the unique and creative options that are popping up.  This map invitation from jackandjillwedding is just adorable, and we can’t help but picture how awesome our Windy City would look on that map.

Up and Low.  We’re always intrigued at how many different ways brides style their hair on their big day.  The options seem endless!  This low updo caught our eye, as it manages to marry a more formal style with soft and loosely pinned curls.  This style would look perfect with or without a veil, and we can also see a few pieces of baby’s breath tucked in for a touch of nature.  Gorgeous!

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Vintage Tea Length Love.  We pinned several tea length dresses this week, and all we can say  is blame it on Chicago’s gorgeous spring weather!  We fell head over heels for the vintage inspired frock below, and we imagine we’re not the only ones.  With classic lines, a beautiful cut, and a few special details, we have no doubt any Music By Design bride would be stunning in this number.  We also can’t help but think how fabulous it would look topped with the perfect birdcage veil!

Custom Wood Cake Toppers.  We’ll admit, we’re suckers for just about anything sweet, so we love almost any wedding cake we see.  And with these cute wooden cake toppers, how could you not love what you see?  We think these toppers would be perfect on a simple cake, just right for the couple wanting a hint of the outdoors.  Even better, the Etsy shop responsible for these toppers offers custom wooden accents for your big day.

Childhood Photo Op.  We’re always on the hunt for cute photo ideas, and this is one we haven’t seen before.  Seeing a couple’s personality is so important on the big day, so to see a little “old school” personality, well, we dig it.

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Bridesmaid Boxes.  Choosing your attendants is an exciting and important task.  Selecting the people who will stand with you on your wedding day is a big deal.  While many brides ask as they share their engagement news with friends and family, we love the idea of planfully asking your bridesmaids the-oh-so-important question. “Will you be my bridesmaid?” boxes are both simple and special.  And with easy DIY instructions, they’re achievable for even the most craft challenged bride!

Ditch the Jacket.  With spring weather at our fingertips, we’re thinking about outdoor weddings, and we can’t help but love groom’s decision to ditch the traditional jacket.  While a plain or patterned button up would also look great, we love his decision to don a cardigan and bowtie, both with great color.  Weddings are all about personality, and we love that this groom is showing off his!

First Kiss, without the First Look.  Couples everywhere are challenging the idea of not having contact the day of the wedding.  We’ve heard of couples doing just about everything under the sun, from sticking to the traditional not seeing each other, to the intimate first look pictures.  We’ve always been a bit torn between the two options, so we can’t help but swoon over this perfect combination of seeing each other, but not seeing each other.  It allows for fun pictures and a quick moment together, while still preserving the sense of magic that happens when the bride first starts down the aisle.  This blindfold might just be the way to go!


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Carolina Herrera’s brilliance is no secret; celebrities having been loving her for years, faithfully wearing her gowns to premieres and red carpet events.  But celebrities step aside, it’s the brides turn!  We love the simple elegance of the wedding dress below; perfect for a Chicago bride.  We love that the look can go so many ways, depending on hair, makeup, and accessories.  What better palette to start with than Carolina Herrera?


We love a good outdoor wedding ceremony, as nature has a special way of highlighting a couple’s love, and this circular arrangement took our breath away. We love that the set up incorporates the traditional aisle runner and beautiful outdoor altar, and the arrangement of the chairs just adds that extra ounce of majesty. How incredible to see a couple surrounded by friends and family, literally circled in their love!

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Feathers are making a big comeback, and we love the touch of whimsy and elegance they add to a celebration.  We particularly love peacock feathers, as their vibrant hues add something special.  The peacock boutonnière is simple, yet it makes a statement.  We love that it stands alone and says so much.  And considering how much of the wedding budget floral can take up, this is a great option to reduce the cost of floral!

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We’re not sure if it’s a pre-spring sweet tooth a post-Valentine’s Day crash, but this week on Pinterest, we were all about cakes.  And surprisingly, we noticed a trend with our cake pins.  Lately we are all about the sweet and simple.

Back to Basics
.  We couldn’t help but appreciate the surprising simplicity of this wedding cake: white, two tiers, smooth fondant, and minimal extras. In an age of giant cake competitions and a pop culture craze for ultimate cakes, we kind love how classic and simple this cake is.

 A Cake Ball Cake.  This cake upped the ante and went for a fun double effect, cake with cake balls.  And though the concept might sound a little strange, we’re loving the effect.  The subtle ombre and the awesome sense of texture keep it interesting, but not the slightest bit overworked.  Now we’re just wondering how difficult that cake is to cut!

Perfect for a Petite Fete.  Though we love a big party, we can also appreciate a smaller, more intimate gathering.  And if that’s the case, why mess with a multi-tier cake?  Go for the unexpected yet simple.  The decadent chocolate pour adds just the right touch of pizzazz, and we think this cake would be perfect for an afternoon celebration or a romantic garden party.  Love this cake, but not quite sure if it’s “wedding” enough?  Think about it for a bridal shower, family luncheon, or morning after brunch treat!

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This trend has been all the rage on the runways, and we’re loving that it’s making its way into wedding world.  There are lots of possibilities for incorporating ombre (i.e. bridesmaids’ dresses, floral, table linens), but this cake has to be one of our favorites!  If you’re not big on the hearts, you could stick with circles for a simpler look.


We’ve blogged about our love for BHLDN before, but this dress caught us by surprise.  The sleeves, the delicate floral, the cinched waist, we love it all!  And the color, we can’t think of a better alternative to white.  And if you’re a Chicago bride who has fallen in love with BHLDN, you’re in luck!  Because their second brick and mortar store just opened in the beautiful Windy City.  Read more about the store’s opening here.


We’re always looking for a fun way to add personality into weddings, and these suspenders are the perfect solution for the groom and/or groomsman who want to add a little something extra.  The gingham adds just a touch of playfulness and would be a fun surprise under the most formal of tuxes.  If the multicolored is a bit much for your taste, stick with a classic black and white pattern.  And for another sweet surprise, snag a pair for the fathers of the bride and groom!