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The Perfect Pastel Wedding

I’m not going to lie to you, resort weddings are kind of our jam. Take this stunning celebration from Natashia Nicole Photography as proof. Because the design details? Totally chic. And the love between this sweet pair? Absolutely adorable. See it all for yourself in The Vault!

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From Natashia Nicole PhotographyAllison & Eric were married on an beautiful day in early June 2016 at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Allison & Eric reside in Colorado, and traveled to Wisconsin for their wedding. Allison grew up spending summers at Holiday Acres with her family, and the first place Eric ever met her family was at the resort; it holds many precious memories for her and Eric. It only made sense to have the wedding at a place that has brought so much love and joy to their family for many years.

Holiday Acres is nestled far back in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, situated on the ever beautiful Lake Thompson. Holiday Acres has been a vacation destination for over 60 years. For accommodations, it boasts multiple vacation homes, a lodge with guest rooms, and a wide variety of one to four bedroom cabins. Summer activities include horseback riding; rentals of boats, jet skis, canoes, and kayaks; outdoor sports, fishing, swimming, hiking, and more. It is truly a dream resort for those who love being in the outdoors.

The ceremony took place outdoors, overlooking the lake in the late afternoon. The arch they were married under was made of birch, and blended beautifully with the tall pines surrounding the ceremony site. Allison’s bridesmaid’s wore stunning knee length sage green gowns, while the men wore gray suit pants with white button downs and the coolest suspenders! The florals were absolutely stunning. They were wild yet elegant; neutral with small pops of color. Their ceremony was one of the most emotional I have ever been lucky enough to witness. Sometimes at weddings, you can literally feel all the love around you from everyone in attendance, and this was definitely one of those times. It’s a feeling unlike any other.

The reception was held in a beautiful tent on the grounds. Allison & Eric decorated with amazing vintage touches, and little bits of their lives together. They both love skiing and love to travel, so they incorporated small elements of their adventures into their decor. Their naked cake was absolutely stunning, and pulled together their decor beautifully. We were able to sneak away after dinner to get some amazing golden hour shots of just the two of them.

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Photography: Natashia Nicole Photography | Cinematography: Justin Kauffman | Floral Design: Triggs | Cake: Trigs | DJ: Pat McKillen | Venue: Holiday Acres Resort

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Why These Two Brides Invited Wedding Crashers to Their Wedding

If you don’t like being the center of attention, weddings can be a little tough. But these brides just came up with the perfect solution. After an intimate ceremony surrounded by immediate family and a few close friends, they invited 200 guests for dinner and an additional 50 “Wedding Crashers” to dance the night away with Toast & Jam. See every beautiful detail from Dabble Me This in The Vault!

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From Dabble Me This Mike Ditka’s granddaughter Lauren tied the knot to the love of her life Mary Kate at an intimate ceremony and reception at Salvage One. Surrounded by their closest friends and family these two could not have asked for a better day to share their love together. Capturing Lauren and Mary at some of their favorite spots off Green Street in the West Loop you could tell LOVE ALWAYS WINS! These two were all smiles and there was so much excitement in making a commitment to each other. From the art deco dresses to the florals by Pistil + Vine to Salvage One’s vintage Chicago charm everything was simply divine. I simply love these two to pieces and know nothing but the best is in store for them!

From the Brides Lauren + Mary… Mary and I met in college (Illinois State University) her sophomore year and my freshman year (2007). We were friends for a while and started dating shortly after getting back from winter break. It’s been a lovely ride ever since. For our six-year anniversary we went skiing in Crested Butte, Colorado. Mary’s plan was to propose at this ski-in ice bar on the mountain (you have to take a blue run to get to the bar), but we soon learned that I wasn’t the biggest fan of anything steeper than a green run so the plan changed. Mary ended up proposing at the bottom of the mountain around a private fire over some drinks. I told her to STFU when she first asked; I thought she was joking for a solid minute. After the initial shock wore off I said yes and immediately started to cry. It’s what I do when I’m excited.

The vision was laid back, we wanted it to feel like a giant party and leave a lot of the stuffiness and corniness about weddings out of our day. As far as a feel, it definitely had a fall feel to it, we got married on October 24th. As for the colors, we told our bridesmaids to wear any form of gold and sprinkled that into the invitations and elsewhere. Lots of golds, and blues and white pumpkins. Mary’s mom is sort of obsessed with white pumpkins and wouldn’t hear about a fall wedding without them. We had 20 guests for the ceremony, 200 guests for the dinner and an additional 50 official “Wedding Crashers” joined us after dinner. We actually sent out official “crasher” invites and it was the best idea we had. They helped pack the dance floor, drink up the booze and celebrate into the early morning hours.

For the venue we told our planner, Lindsay Green the feel we were looking for and Salvage One was the first venue she took us to (talk about killer wedding planner instinct). After that nothing else compared, we just kept going back to Salvage One. It was gorgeous, and unique and everything about it was a conversation piece. Exactly what we wanted. The ceremony was short, sweet, small and private. Mary isn’t great with being the center of attention so the ceremony was definitely her biggest concern. We ended up only inviting immediate family and a couple of very close friends. In total I think it clocked in under 5 minutes: Our parents walked us down the aisle while Mary’s brothers played Van Morrison’s ‘Sweet Thing’, a close friend married us, our dog (it’s a lesbian thing) was the flower girl and even in front of a small group of our closest confidants Mary messed up the vows. Everything about it was lovely and down to earth.

So many special things: In lieu of speeches we had Mary’s great uncle give an old English toast. The crowd got super into it and I swear we made that venue shake. It was one of the highlights of the night. Also, instead of a traditional first dance we invited all of the guests to get up and share in our first dance together (Otis Redding’s rendition of Sam Cook’s ‘Wonderful World’). It was a great way to get everyone on the dance floor, and because our DJ, Toast & Jam, was legit the best and made it impossible for anyone to leave the dance floor after that. We mentioned the wedding crashers earlier; they brought new energy to the party as they started showing up. It allowed us to invite friends that we love and care about that we couldn’t invite for dinner because of seating capacity. It was an incredible feeling to have everyone that we love in one room to celebrate.

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Photography: Dabble Me This | Event Planning: Lindsay Green | Floral Design: Pistil & Vine | Wedding Dress: J.Crew | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Catering: Jewell Events | Hair + Makeup: Salon Blue | Lighting: Frost Chicago | DJ: Toast and Jam | Hotel: Virgin Hotels | Venue: Salvage One | Pies: Hoosier Mama Pies

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Classic Spring Blush Wedding – Overflowing with Cherry Blossoms!

We may be approaching fall but my mind is stuck in spring. And cherry blossoms in particular! Their beauty is just not easily forgotten. Case in point, this classic spring wedding captured by Alea Lovely. From the light blue Jenny Yoo bridesmaids’ dresses to the insanely sweet video clip from Creative Films, cherry blossoms bedeck the background with pink petals – and I can’t get enough! All in our Vault here!

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From Creative Films… Jillian and Brent wanted nothing more than to spoil their guests with comfort food, great music and cocktails as they celebrated their beginning to marriage. Their event design was inspired by the architectural elements found in their ceremony and reception venue, the importance of Southern hospitality and the soft colors of spring. The Brass on Baltimore is a historic Kansas City building that has been renovated and is now a highly sought-after event space. The reading of love letters to one another during their traditional ceremony invited guests into their story. The day was filled with intention and personal touches such as a Groom’s Cake donning the Chicago skyline (the Groom’s hometown) and a special visit by their pup, Sadie during portraits. Even the couple’s wedding date held special meaning as it was the Bride’s parent’s 28th wedding anniversary.

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Photography: Alea Lovely | Cinematography: Creative Films | Event Planning: Madison Sanders Events | Floral Design: Beco Flowers | Cake: Classic Cakes | Invitations: Announce This Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Olive Events | Makeup: Mary Shalee - Mary Morrison | Hair: Mikayla Crane - White Carpet Bride | Lighting: Platinum Productions | Band: The Patrick Lentz Band | Favors: Andre's Confiserie Suisse | String Quartet: Juniper String Ensemble | Venue: The Brass on Baltimore | Photo Booth: The Photo Bus KC | Rentals: Ultrapom | Rentals: BBJ | Rentals: All Season's Event Rental

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Fashion Blogger “Somewhere Lately” Shares Her Engagement Session!

When Meggan, one half of the blogger duo behind Somewhere Lately, offered a look inside her Chicago engagement session we couldn’t say yes fast enough. Especially because she brought on Jacqui Cole to capture her signature light-filled prettiness that makes our hearts sing. Congrats lovers, your urban engagement session is EVERYTHING.

From Jacqui Cole PhotographyWhen a fashion blogger has her engagement session you KNOW it’s going to be beautiful! This is Meggan from the blog Somewhere LatelyMeggan got engaged at the end of last year in Dallas and is planning a destination Cabo wedding!

From Meggan… Kyle and I are getting married in Cabo next June. We decided on Cabo because we wanted a fun location that we could celebrate with our closest friends and family. We are very much “go with the flow” people, who enjoy basking in the sun with a cold drink (or two) in our hands. We are having our rehearsal dinner at the gorgeous Flora Farms and wedding on the beach at Cabo Azul. The style of the wedding is bohemian, whimsical, chic, but there will be a touch of Mexico, think lot’s of tequila and a mariachi band ;) I haven’t got too far into the decor yet but I want to create an intimate feel. My color palette is very neutral (bridesmaids will be wearing white), with hints of light pink and gold. It seems like forever away but I know it will be here before we know it!

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Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography

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