Spiaggia Wedding by Steve Koo Photography + Honey Bee Weddings
February 3, 2012

This Chicago wedding by Steve Koo Photography is proof that you don't have to be uber-crafty to have a beautiful (semi)DIY wedding and that a DIY wedding can be absolutely elegant and beautiful.  This self-proclaimed non-crafty bride personalized her wedding in the loveliest of ways by adding small handcrafted details like the ceremony programs, guest book and cake pops.  Of course, being a wedding coordinator doesn't hurt either and all of her expertise and creativity definitely paid off.  See it all in the full gallery!

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From the bride... The day could not have been more perfect. I pictured myself over-the-top emotional and full of tears, but instead I was beaming with excitement and joy every second. From getting ready with all my best friends and family to ending the night dancing away I was constantly happy! I currently am a wedding coordinator for Honey Bee Weddings, so knowing what goes into making a day run smoothly, I was worried I wouldn't be able to relax. However, I was surprisingly calm and loved watching all the details fall into place. I also had the best team of vendors including Honey Bee Weddings, who coordinated my wedding. A few highlights of the morning were having a wonderful glam team making me feel like a celebrity, my BEAUTIFUL bouquet and putting on the dress (later I added a gorgeous hand-made sash!). Then, seeing Kyle for the first time was so surreal yet calming. We had been waiting for this moment for a long time (dated for 11 years) and having the moment come true was magical. We kept looking at each other saying, “Can you believe it’s here?”

Kyle and I knew from the beginning we wanted our wedding to feature our love of food and wine, yet not be stuffy and make our guests feel like they were at party. We hit the jackpot with Spiaggia because its food is exquisite and the décor went perfectly with my black, silver and white theme. It was also my goal to add as many personal details as possible. I don’t think of myself as crafty, but after hours of online research, I realized how much I could create by turning my wedding into semi-DIY. My favorite projects would have to be the programs, wine bottle “guest book,” tissue pouches and  homemade cake-pops for our favors.          

Overall, I felt like the wedding truly represented Kyle and I as a couple and celebrated our love for each other.  And to make it even better, our guests seemed to have a blast! It was the perfect day!

Wedding Photography: Steve Koo Photography / Flowers: Tina and Dollie / Event Design + Planning: Honey Bee Weddings / Wedding Venue: Spiaggia / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Bride's Shoes: Enzo Angiolini via Nordstrom / Bride's Bracelet: Macy's / Hair: Livia Caporale / Makeup: Sonia Roselli / Wedding Cake: Sarah's Candies and Pastries / DJ: DJ Erik