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Pop Art Wedding Inspiration

I’m all about breaking the “mold” and when it comes in the form of one absurdly cool shoot from Magnificent Milestones, you better believe things are about to get good. Inspired by the ’60′s Pop Art movement and translated into a wedding setup  - not to mention the most amazing floral backdrop by Dilly Lily - the gallery from Amanda Hein is modern bride’s heaven on earth.


From Magnificent MilestonesOne of the most familiar representations of Americana and the party decade of the 1960s, the Pop Art Movement also acted as inspiration for this colorful shoot. From bold, saturated colors and fonts to cheeky floral portraits of the bride and groom, the details came together to create a party as lively as the couple it celebrates. This perfectly executed shoot, captured by Amanda Hein Photography, drew on the spirit of sheer joy and vibrancy that can be found in Pop Art and in celebrations of love everywhere.

The crisp, clean venue of Chez-Chicago, new to the city of Chicago, added contemporary glamour to the festive details and provided an elegant backdrop to the amped-up color palette of the décor.

Invitations, menus, and other punchy paper pieces created by Magnificent Milestones used multiple Pop Art elements, from geometric designs and patterns to ultra-Mod fonts. Splashes of lively pinks, oranges, yellows, and reds reflected the energetic soul central to Pop Art. Even Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans made an appearance, acting as labels for veggie chips as colorful as their surroundings!

The expertly selected floral arrangements, done by Dilly Lily/Christine Noelle Design, were a kaleidoscopic vision of hot pinks, sunny yellows, and vivid tangerines. The floral mosaics of the couple drew on the work of Roy Lichtenstein—another respected Pop Art personality. Renowned for his comic strip-inspired paintings, Lichtenstein used large dots in bold colors in the same technique used to print graphic novels and cartoons. These playful portraits added an ultra-personal touch while keeping with the lighthearted theme.

The floral centerpieces and the bright white tables from Tablescapes were a match made in heaven. The crisp, clean surroundings were reflected flawlessly in the simple, bright white furniture, creating a stunning contemporary canvas for the Pop Art-inspired details.

This play between contemporary flair and Pop Art playfulness was further repeated in the fabulous fare from Entertaining Company—from the vibrant, fresh green color of the chimichurri and triangular shapes of the New Zealand baby lamb chops, to the bold circles found in the Round Crabcake and the Layered Vegetable Tian with heirloom tomatoes, to the vibrant Blood Orange Martini. We absolutely loved the application of geometric shapes and bright colors found throughout the shoot!

Photography: Amanda Hein Photography | Floral Design: Dilly Lily | Catering: Entertaining Company | Paper: Magnificent Milestones | Rentals: Tablescapes | Wedding Venue: Chez Chicago

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DIY Gold Heart Arrows + Rustic Whimsical Wedding Inspiration

This rustic-whimsy infusion from Studio Finch is literally packed with pretty. The gems from Artifact Vintage bring a slightly boho touch, Pollen‘s florals are crawling with a wild beauty and the playful cake from Lovely Bake Shop is the slice of sweetness to balance out the unrefined backdrop. Feast your eyes on the gallery and take a peek below for Revelry Creative‘s fabulous gold heart arrows!

Urban Space

From Studio Finch Photography… Gold, Arrow infused with antlers and whimsical florals bejeweled with antique turquoise jewelry was the inspiration for this rustic styled shoot in Chicago. We wanted to emphasize a woman’s strength and pair it with a soft whimsey and rustic elements paired with gold. The whimsical tulle dress contrasts beautifully with the strong curves of the antlers and the golden arrows. Turquoise added the pop of color along with the pinks and blushes in the florals. Allie Hasson provided amazing watercolor invitations to be paired with Artifact Vintage’s amazing collection of antique bridal jewelry. Rustic, Whimsical and Timeless. Project Runway’s Kate Pankoke of Elaya Vaughn paired the shoot with a beautiful tulle wedding gown.

A Signature Cocktail was inspired by the forging roots of Ginger, provided by the Chicago Distiller Koval and the Ice for the Signature Cocktail was Provided by Just Ice, INC. We wanted to keep the shoot as Chicago as possible with local vendors. Signature Cocktail: Ginger Root Citrus Wagon, 1 Part Koval Bourbon Whiskey, 1 Part Koval Ginger Liquor, Large Square Ice Cube, Fill with San Pellegrino Sparkling Lemon Citrus Soda. Add Rosemary for an aromatic garnish.



Fine Paper
Kabob sticks
Heart Template
Hot Glue
Gold Spray Paint


step-1Take the heart template and cut out 6 hearts for each arrow. You will need 4 hearts for the fletching portion (back) of the arrow and 2 hearts for the broadhead (front).

step-2Spray kabob sticks with the spray paint.

step-3Take 2 heart cutouts for the head of the arrow and glue them together with the kabob in between

step-4Take the 4 heart cutouts and fold them each in half, they will be glued together at 90 degrees

step-5Once the glue has dried, slip the 4 glued fletchings through the back part of the kabob

step-6Trim the fletchings as you with, we used a fringe technique to mimic feathers.

step-7Viola! DIY arrow bunch. The arrows paired with the eucalyptus and strung hearts, all became tied together with the gold dotted antlers spanning the table. A nod to The Hunger Games.

Photography: Studio Finch | Wedding Gown: Elaya Vaughn | Shoes: Dolce Vita | Jewelry: Artifact Vintage | Cake : Lovely: A Bake Shop | DIY Arrows: Revelry Creative | Florals: Pollen | Hairpiece: Elaya Vaughn | Hand Crafted Cocktail Ice: Just Ice, INC | Invitations And Hand Lettering: Allie Hasson | Makeup: Katie Hughes Makeup | Signature Cocktail: Koval Distillery | Venue: Lovely A Bake Shop

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Romantic BHLDN Inspired Inspiration Shoot

Gorgeous things happen when you pair a fabulous team of vendors with a breathtaking setting like Berger Mansion and some of the prettiest BHLDN gowns ever.  Crazy gorgeous things.  I’m talking vintage goodness from Chicago Vintage Weddings, lush florals from Asrai Garden and a whole lot of awesome captured by Amy Jo Royall.  Soak in the pretty in the full gallery.


From Amy Jo Royall Photography… I had met Elizabeth from Asrai Garden last fall. She was the floral designer for a Kinfolk Dinner here in Chicago and I was the photographer. We talked about working together on some wedding inspiration and decided it was just what we would need to break up our Chicago winter! Danielle from BHLDN Chicago helped to style this shoot with me and we got to use BHLDN’s seriously amazing gowns and products. Danielle introduced her friend Kate from Chicago Vintage Weddings and voila, we bring you this amazing collaboration I am honored to be a part of. The beautiful ladies modeling are Lauren and Brailey who are actually stylists at BHLDN in Chicago. It was just what we needed to get us all excited for wedding season!

Photography: Amy Jo Royall | Floral Design: Asrai Garden | Gowns, Accessories & Props: BHLDN | Location: Berger Mansion | Vintage Rentals: Chicago Vintage Weddings

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