Lauren and Michael love brunch (who doesn’t?!), and they decided to celebrate their marriage with a modern morning wedding, complete with a donut truck. Details we can’t wait to pin include the darling tassle backdrop for their ceremony, the bride’s chic gown with pockets, and the gorgeous greenery at the couple’s reception!

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS MODERN CHICAGO WEDDING BY STACY ABLE.

 

“My best advice for brides-to-be is to make the day about your marriage. Celebrate who you are as a couple and the exciting road ahead of you. As beautiful as it is, your wedding is only one day – the day after is even better, especially if you invest in it!”

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief down the aisle, the same one my cousin held in her wedding. And at the last minute, I borrowed a bracelet, my something blue, from my sister.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  For the ceremony, my maid of honor, my sister, my soon-to-be-husband and even my dad chipped in making tassels for our backdrop. I wanted something that wouldn’t take away from the venue or light, but that created a focal point for our ceremony. I was worried tassels had been overdone, but I love them, and they brought the color palette together and added impact on a very small budget.

 

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The Ceremony

“Our officiant told us to ‘do whatever you need to do to feel married.’ At first, the concept was so abstract I never thought we’d figure it out. But we chose readings that felt right, even though one was a quote, and we wrote our own vows. As an introvert, I wasn’t looking forward to being the center of attention, but the ceremony ended up being a highlight of the day.”

 

 

Your ceremony in three words.  The bomb diggity – see also: modern, intimate, relaxed.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our ceremony was officiated by a childhood friend of Mike’s, and he did an amazing job. After an unexpected life event, Dan was essential in getting us back on our feet. Because of him, our ceremony was funny, heartfelt, and personal.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  Our bridal party walked down the asile to “All You Need Is Love“, and my father and I were grinning as “Here Comes the Sun” played. Our recessional was “Love on Top” by Beyonce.

What were your ceremony readings?  Our ceremony readings were, “I Love You Means…”, “Blessing for a Marriage” by James Freeman and an excerpt from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

 

 

What were your vows like?  We chose to write our own vows. Even though we talked about writing them months before, we ended up writing them a mere seven hours before we said ‘I do’. We wrote them sitting in bed together and, both teary-eyed, decided to share them alone with one another first. It may not have been by the book, but it is a moment we cherish.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Just finally being married was pretty awesome; being surrounded by people we both love was icing on the cake!

 

 

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We knew we wanted to have an urban setting, and Room 1520 is a hidden treasure. It’s part of an industrial neighborhood, but you walk into this stunningly understated interior that is the perfect canvas to build your day upon.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My very wise aunt noted that wedding planning was the first project we would ever work on as a married couple. She said the foundation we laid there, and the lessons we learned about each other, would be things we carried throughout our marriage. With that perspective in mind, we developed a solid understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses that we might not have known about for years.

 

 

How did you manage the logistics have having your ceremony and reception in the same space?  We had a Donut Hour! We wanted to get a few photos on the roof while our space was being transformed for the reception, so we hired Beaver Donuts to bring their truck by with an assortment of mini donuts for our guests. We got to sneak the first batch and it made our donut loving hearts complete!

 

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The Reception

“Our favorite meal is brunch, and our Sunday morning wedding gave us the perfect opportunity to share it with our nearest and dearest. It was surreal to see all of our extended family and close friends under one roof, enjoying one of our favorite things!”

 

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Tell us about your centerpieces.  Our venue was really simple, so I wanted a few visual statements while keeping everything else simple. The garland runners on each table were full of magnolia leaves, ferns and eucalyptus.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Keeping things simple was pretty important to us. The goal was to have a really beautiful space to welcome our friends and family to, and I think we succeeded. I don’t have a particularly “bridal” aesthetic, so the fresh white space really lent itself to the vibe of the day.

 

 

What was your wedding menu?  We served brioche french toast, vegetable frittatas, herbed scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, cheese and charcuterie, fresh fruit and an assortment of breakfast breads. The buffet setup allowed guests the freedom to mingle, dance, and eat without worrying about a strict schedule.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  A few sheet cakes from Whole Foods made sure everyone left appropriately sugar happy.

 

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What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Our father-daughter dance was to “I Wish You Love” by Dean Martin, and Michael and his mom danced to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Hands down the speeches. Everything came across well to those who knew us and there was the right balance of intimacy and humor. We felt incredibly lucky to have such great people speak on our behalf.

 

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Photography: Stacy Able / Venue: Room 1520 in Chicago, Illinois / Dress: Priscilla of Boston via Once Wed / Earrings: J. Crew / Shoes: Ferragamo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Pim + Larkin via Piperlime / Suit: Zara / Groomsmen Attire, Tie: J. Crew / Stationery: Minted / Envelope Liner: Striped Cat Studio / Floral Design: Anna Held / Hair: Paige Balach, Pin Me Up Chicago / Makeup: Amelia Ryczek / Catering: Cocina Fusion / Cake: Whole Foods Market / Donut Truck: Beaver’s Coffee + Donuts / Rings: Gemvara

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Elizabeth Ann & Adam’s South Carolina celebration is chock full of gorgeous details, but there’s one we simply can’t stop talking about – the bride’s spectacular lace and chiffon gown! We give you plenty of looks at this long-sleeve stunner, which was a beautiful centerpiece for this stylish Southern wedding.

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS CHIC SOUTH CAROLINA WEDDING BY CHRIS ISHAM.

 

“Our wedding was a beautiful picture of two families coming together in support of us. It was a celebration of love all over the place – between Adam and me, and across both sides of our family and friends.”

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  It wasn’t planned, but my something borrowed was actually my Matron of Honor’s underwear! After hours and an army of help getting me ready, I was two hours late for my first look with Adam. I thought I was ready to walk out the door, but all my girls were adamant that my underwear wasn’t working. I panicked – I didn’t have a backup! Kristen did what only the truest friend would, and offered to trade underwear with me. Just like that, I had something borrowed!

 

 

Do you have any budget tips for brides?  Prioritize what is most important to you and your partner. When you picture your wedding, what do you see and what do you want to remember? This is what’s worth spending money on.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The Westin Poinsett is grand and effortlessly beautiful. The high ballroom ceilings, the woodwork, the black and white tile veranda, and the hotel staff won me over. It was not only an amazing place for our celebration, but a hotel where we were thrilled to host our guests for the weekend.

 

 

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Yes – two things. I wish I’d found a special moment for my mom and I to do photos, and I would have hired a coordinator for the full day. // I had a first look with Dad, I walked down the aisle with Dad and we had a dance together at the reception, but I didn’t have anything similar planned with my mom. She was such an integral part of the wedding planning, so not having special photos of the two of us is a little disappointing. // We hired a coordinator for our wedding and reception, but if I had to do it again I would have hired her for my entire day. Our coordinator was the most wonderful wedding drill sergeant, and she would have never let us get behind schedule after brunch. Hair and makeup ran way over and before I knew it, we were two hours late to start photos! Luckily, I had a pro team so we got back on track, but not without a little stress.

 

 

The Ceremony

“At weddings we’ve attended, it often feels like the couple is rushing through the ceremony to get to the reception. Throughout the hype and excitement, we tried to stay focused on the meaning of the day, so it was important to us that the ceremony be purposeful. We wanted every song, reading, and prayer to be significant. We spent time discussing our goals with our officiate and made a genuine effort to craft a meaningful ceremony.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, elegant, musical

Did you do include any traditions in your ceremony?  We did, but we also changed things up a bit – Adam and I switched places for the ceremony. I stood opposite my guests and bridesmaids on the left of the ballroom, while Adam could see his guests and groomsmen behind me. When I looked past Adam’s shoulder, I saw all my girls standing there, glowing and looking gorgeous. Being able to catch their eyes and their sweet smiles during the ceremony was amazing.

Who officiated your ceremony?  I asked a close family friend and my Matron of Honor’s father, Tom Beal, to officiate our ceremony. Tom has been an influential leader in my life since I was seven, and he was as devoted as we were to building a purposeful ceremony.

What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows over coffee at Panera one afternoon a few weeks before the wedding. We felt like writing them ourselves would force us to think about them and take them more seriously when we said them in front of all our family and friends, and it absolutely did.

 

 

What was your ceremony music?  A trio of three individual professionals – Adam’s brother-in-law, a pianist; Adam’s college friend, a trumpeter; and my friend from the Navy, a violinist – came together and performed flawlessly. Our guests had no idea they had only practiced once together at our rehearsal the night before! For our prelude, they played jazzy versions of our favorite hymns. Our grandmothers and my bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. For the bridal processional, they played “Trumpet Voluntary.” During the ceremony, my mother sang “We Are Standing on Holy Ground,” and while we signed our marriage license, my mother and my sister-in-law sang “The Prayer.” For our recessional, the trio played Handel’s “La Réjouissance.”

 

 

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The bride said, “It’s hard to pick a favorite moment, but something that will always stand out in my mind was my Mom singing, “We Are Standing on Holy Ground.” Just after my father gave me away and while our guests were still standing, Mom began to sing, “We are standing on holy ground, and I know that there are angels all around…” It sent a clear message that this is why we were all gathered together – to witness a holy matrimony. Our guests joined in the last verse to include them in the celebration and make their importance at our ceremony understood by all. It was tremendously moving.

 

 

The groom’s most memorable moment of the ceremony? “When we walked to the table to sign our marriage license during The Prayer. Liz tried several times to lean in and kiss me, and she was confused about why I kept backing away. I finally had to whisper, ‘I can’t kiss you yet!'”

 

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The Reception

I wanted the reception to be a reflection of us. Adam plays the trumpet, so it was important to him to have a band with a horn section. I love beautiful photos, so for our guest book, each guest took a polaroid photo in front of a backdrop we customized with our monogram. Each table was named for one of our favorite cities, and the table card included a small story about the role that city had played in our lives. We value our relationships more than anything else, so when making our guest list, we kept the guest list small. It allowed us to create memories of our wedding with those special to us.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Dreamy, picture-perfect, fun.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Vanilla cake with almond icing.

What was your first dance song?  Adam and I did a coordinated dance with twirls and dips galore to “This Will Be An Everlasting Love.”

The bride’s favorite moment of the reception?  My 96-year-old grandmother was able to attend all the way from San Diego, California. Seeing her dancing in the Conga line was amazing!

The groom’s favorite part of the reception?  We had a sweetheart table, directly in front of the stage and across from the band. On either side of the stage sat our guests. I loved being able to sit there with my wife and look out at all of our friends and family together in one room.

 

What was your last dance?  The last dance that the band played before we fled the scene was “Last Dance” by Donna Summers. Everyone was on the dance floor and gathered around us as we kicked the song off. By the end of the song, everyone was dancing and having a ball. It was perfect.

 

Photography: Chris Isham / Venu, Catering: The Poinsett Ballroom at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina / Coordinator: Mary Hearne / Officiant: Tom Beal
Dress, Veil: Mendi’s Creations, Melinda Waddell / Shoes: Nina via Nordstrom / Jewelry: JCPenney’s / Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent the Runway / Stationery: Champagne Press / Floral Design: Pam Rowland & Design Co. / Hair, Makeup: Bo Stegall / Rentals: Professional Party Rentals Inc. / Reception Music: Band “HITMOB” Lead – Joe Wehunt / Cake, Dessert: With Love and Confection / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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Libby and Whit’s North Carolina wedding exuded Southern hospitality and elegance through and through. We love the bride’s stunning white bouquet, the couple’s backyard ceremony, and the crazy-fun dance party at the reception – but best of all, we love this wedding’s timeless appeal. If you have a weakness for toile wallpaper and classic calligraphy, you’ll want to pace yourself!

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS CLASSIC NORTH CAROLINA WEDDING BY A BRYAN PHOTO & MARIEE AMI.

 

“The best advice I received as a bride was to make a conscious effort to take mental ‘snap shots’ of the day. I still remember exactly what my bedroom looked like when I woke up the day of our wedding, and each memory is precious to me.”

 

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Was there anyone who played a special role in planning your wedding?  My mother was a rockstar. She had just planned my older sister’s wedding, our family’s first wedding, six months before mine, and she had as much enthusiasm for our celebration as she did for Virginia’s – I’m still in awe of her energy and grace.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Start your thank you notes early.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Go to the facial your mom booked. And don’t try to bake a pie for your in-laws one day before the wedding in the venue’s kitchen.

Did you have something borrowed and something new?  I paired my mother’s vintage veil with a modern Le Spose di Gio strapless gown.

 

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The Ceremony

“We were married at our home in Cashiers, NC. I spent my summers at Camp Merrie-Woode with my sisters, and Whit’s family is from nearby Atlanta, so Cashiers is a beloved vacation spot for both of us. Cashiers’ proximity to Atlanta and Birmingham made it an easy destination for both families.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Comfortable, Peaceful, Charming.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Dr. Conrad Sharps, pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL and Libby’s family pastor.

 

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What were your ceremony readings? Jeremiah 17:7-8 and Romans 11: 33,36

What were your vows like? We exchanged traditional wedding vows during the ceremony, and wrote letters to one another with our personal vows.

 

 

What was the most memorable moment of your ceremony?  We took a big chance on the weather by holding our June wedding outdoors in the unpredictable North Carolina mountains. However, it was my opinion that if we were to be married in Cashiers, the ceremony simply had to be outside. We were married in our backyard, before the gray face of Whiteside Mountain. We’ve spent three years trying to get used to that view, yet it remains stunning and majestic. In the moment of the Declaration of Marriage, the sun suddenly poured gold over us and across Whiteside’s bare, open face. If I have ever felt the presence of God, it was then.

 

 

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Everything- it was such a lovely day. The music was beautiful and set a peaceful, joyous tone. I have the clearest memory of saying our vows to one another in the supportive and loving presence of our friends and family.

 

 

The Reception

“We built a reception site in the middle of an empty field at our club, Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club. It was away from the other guest homes, so we could be as loud as we wanted, and there was lots of space to dance and eat. We were completely in awe of the tent – it was so comfortable, and it even had a sunken dance floor!”

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a brown butter pound cake with buttercream frosting, and served a tower of Krispy Kreme donuts in honor of Whit’s favorite food.

 

 

How would you describe your reception? It was the most fun dance party, ever.

What was your first dance song?  You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Our props were so much fun. We had Star Wars themed masks, tennis headbands, and sparkly gold hats.

 

 

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The mountains and the music. Our band, Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters, was incredible.

 

 

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Changing into my short dress and dancing in a Chewbacca mask.

 

Photography: A Bryan Photo / Venue: Private Residence in Cashiers, North Carolina / Event Planning & Design, Stationery: Mariee Ami / Floral Design, Event Design: Wildflower Designs / Officiant: Conrad Sharps / Dress: Le Spose di Gio / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August via Bella Bridesmaids / Wedding Stationery Calligraphy: Jan Pruitt / Addressing Calligraphy: Steve Logan / Hair, Makeup: Kerri Bunn / Rentals: Beachview Rentals / Ceremony Music: Allegro Music / Reception Music: Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters / Catering: Mountain Top Golf and Lake Club / Cake, Dessert: Creative Pastries by Sid

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Somehow it’s been nearly a month since I posted weekend links, but I’m still here! Promise! Family visiting, then a bout of the flu, then I think I just forgot, then I had to make this glorious cake! Oh my gosh – this cake. I’ve made Momofuku Milk Bar‘s Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies before, and they are delicious, so I decided to tackle their Chocolate Chip Cake for my friend Kara‘s birthday (Happy Birthday Week Kara!). Buttermilk cake with mini chocolate chips, passion fruit curd, chocolate cookie crumbs, and coffee buttercream… it was everything I love about dessert. I was a bit skeptical about the naked cake thing at first (I LOVE frosting), but this cake was perfect, and being able to see all the layers like that was impressive. So, if you enjoy baking, and have a bit of time, I highly encourage one of Christina Tosi’s layer cakes… next on my list is the banana cake with chocolate and hazelnut…

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Smitten with the illustrated journals of Anna Rastorgueva, especially her recipes.

Chocolate asparagus for a grown-up Easter basket.

Cheery little coin purse.

And happy little handwoven pouches.

Do you have a procrastination monkey?

Surprise biscuits for Easter morning breakfast.

Can’t get over these incredible floral arrangements.

Botanical inspired Easter eggs, big and small.

Picking up the tab.

Congrats Simply Chic Events on a beautiful new site!

Thanks to Swiss Cottage Designs, we’re selling her Words To Love By prints in our Etsy shop!

Please help us welcome Nancy Ray, Momental Designs and Robin Hollow Farm to  Snippet & Ink Select!

Have a happy weekend!

 

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