If I was flying into Chicago tomorrow, my very first stop would be Salvage One.  This urban garden oasis has most definitely made its way to the top of my favorite venues list… and it’s sweet, eclectic weddings like this one by Angela Renee Photography that have me so completely obsessed.  Boasting a charming color palette of pink and peach and a “modern vintage meets carnival” theme, I’ve spent my Monday morning falling madly in love with every last swoon-worthy detail.  And with the gorgeous bride’s dedicated family DIY-ing all of the lovely, there’s entire gallery worth of special moments still to be seen.  Join me there for more.

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From the Bride… I wasn’t the girl who grew up dreaming about her wedding day, so once I started planning all I knew is that I wanted our day to be unique to Todd and I as a couple. Not too formal, a bit unexpected and a whole lot of fun. What we landed up with was a wedding I called “modern-vintage with a carnival twist.” Imagine telling that to people. “Well it’s a subtle carnival twist, of course.”

I come from a very creative, talented family and almost everything you see in these pictures was a labor of love. My sister designed our invitations and all of the paper elements, including our cute little bride and groom characters.  My mom made the flower belt on my dress, our candle centerpieces and the hand-painted card box. I asked my dad to make our cake topper, and he surprised us with an entire set of hand-made toppers that resemble our entire wedding party!

Salvage One in Chicago is an amazing venue all on its own, so we just included our own personal touches wherever we could. Star Wars cuff links for the guys, a string duo playing Queen and the Beatles, a cake buffet that included the most delicious french toast-flavored cake ever, a hot pink photobooth and vows we wrote ourselves. By making it so personal, the ceremony and our “first look” beforehand became my favorite part of the entire day–though coming in as a close second was the end-of-the-night dance party I wish never had to end!

Wedding Photography: Angela Renee Photography / Videographer: JR Bangit, Friend of the Bride / Getting Ready Photos: The Wit / Wedding Venue: Salvage One / Wedding Coordinator: Amy Stockbridge of Salvage One / Officiant: Rev. Tom Perrucci / Print Design: Lauren Okura, Graphic Designer and Sister of the Bride / Floral Design: Gratitude-Heart-Garden / DJ: Ralph Darden, a.k.a. Major Taylor of Style Matters / Makeup: Krystyn Johnson from Bridal Beauty Chicago / Hair: Samara Toby from Bridal Beauty Chicago / Caterer: Maison Cuisine / Cakes: Sweet Mandy B’s / Dress: Pronovias via Dimitras / Belt: DIY by Mother of the Bride / Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom / Hair Comb: ChantalEveleen / Cufflinks: Crimsonking / Shoes: Top Shop / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Striped Orange and Gray Straws: HeyYoYo / Flower Hairpins in Bridesmaids’ Hair: ProjectU

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