The sweet color palette of pale pink with green and gold accents, a dramatic ballroom venue, garlands and candelabras – so much inspiration in Gina and Tim’s Chicago wedding! Kina Wicks captured the day in these beautiful photos…

From the bride: “Far and away my favorite moment was my first look with Tim. We met in one of the gardens across the hotel in Grant Park and I will never forget the look on his face when we finally saw each other. All of my anxiety melted away and I was the most calm and happy during that private time together. It was also great to get our portraits before our ceremony so we could enjoy cocktail hour with our guests.”

The signature cocktail was The George’s Grapefruit Gimlet: tequila, grapefruit, soda, and a spring of fresh thyme.

Lush garlands and centerpieces of pink roses and dahlias gave the ballroom a touch of garden romance.



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We always knew we wanted to get married in Chicago. It is where we met, fell in love, and where we are choosing to plant our roots. Logistically, it also made the most sense for our families and friends to have it in the city. We wanted to give our guests a classic Chicago feel, and the Renaissance Blackstone fit the bill. Situated directly across from beautiful Grant Park, it felt like it was in the center of all Chicago had to offer. I loved how the ballroom was primarily white and gold, a blank palette for my ideas. At first I thought I wanted an outdoor wedding, but when I saw how the windows of the ballroom open and you could see out to the treetops of the gardens across the street, it was the best of both worlds and we really brought the garden romance we wanted inside the ballroom. The food at Blackstone also blew us away and we were so lucky to be able to work with their chef to customize our menu, as we are very particular about what we like!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Before I was even engaged, I had been in love with Happy Menocal‘s custom crests. They come off as both elegant and playful which echoed the tone we wanted to create for our celebration. We got in contact with Happy, and she spent some time getting to know us as a couple, what was important to us, and created the most beautiful custom crest that became a central element to our day. We used the crest on the invites, menus, ceremony programs, as well as individual flourishes on the escort cards such as shamrocks, arrows, and flowers. The crest felt like the perfect way to signify our new family, with our own traditions that we will create together.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I was very lucky to borrow jewelry from my mom and stepmom. The crown my grandmother wore on her wedding day topped our cake. My grandmother’s Bible we had placed on our altar. My Pi Beta Phi badge was pinned to my bouquet. I also included my sorority’s Bible verse in our ceremony. Tim’s grandmother was a very special and important person in his life and to honor her, we handed out Oreo cookies and milk on the dance floor, a favorite memory that Tim shared with his Grandma. The women in my family also made hundreds upon hundreds of traditional Italian cookies that we gave as favors to our guests.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Build a few moments in your timeline where just you and your groom can be alone together on your wedding day. It is true that everything just flies by, and I was so thankful to have those moments during our first look, and again before we walked into cocktails to just talk, take it all in, and say “Can you believe it?!? We’re married!”

What advice do you have for other brides?  Work with vendors you trust and admire. When meeting with potential vendors, bring them your inspiration photos and ideas but also be open to their suggestions and what they can creatively bring to the table. They are the professionals, after all. I was incredibly lucky to find vendors who were not only were organized, professional, and great to work with, but every meeting I felt their passion for what they did come across in everything. It is inspiring to work with people who love what the do and are in it for the right reasons. Since the wedding, I have remained friends with these inspiring women!

Photography: Kina Wicks / Venue, Catering: Blackstone Renaissance in Chicago, Illinois / Event Planning & Design: Anne Book Signature Style / Dress, Veil: Vera Wang / Shoes: Burberry / Clutch: BHLDN / Robe: Girl With a Serious Dream / Suit, Shirt, Tie: Paul Stuart / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Stationery: Magnificent Milestones / Stationery Artwork: Happy Menocal / Floral Design: Pistil & Vine / Rentals: Private Label Linens, Prestige / Music: Magnolia Strings Chicago, FIG DJ / Cake: Cake Chicago
  • Romantic Ballroom Wedding in Chicago

    6 May 2014
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    It’s not often I have the chance to feature friends’ weddings here, but it’s always such a treat when I do! Katie and Daniel are two of my favorite people, and their Texas wedding was full of color and joy. The way Katie writes about the day, you almost don’t need photos to imagine it – of course InTandem‘s beautiful images speak for themselves, and capture the vibrancy of the day perfectly…

    For the invitation suite, Katie gave Lucky Luxe freedom to design with only a few words for direction: colorful, Texas, fiesta, playful, fun. Says Erin from Lucky Luxe, “Katie chose our Souvenir Destination save-the-date postcard so we could really pack lots of kitschy, fun Texas imagery into the design, and I worked with a papel picado motif for the actual invitation.”

    Says the bride: “I wasn’t especially picky about my hair, other than wanting it up and pretty, but I had to have baby’s breath in it because my mom wore baby’s breath in her hair when she married my dad. Our drastically different heights prevented me from wearing her wedding dress (despite a hilarious fitting attempt the day before we went dress shopping), so this was the simplest way to copycat my adorable mom.”

    “We had a full Catholic mass, so the ceremony was a tradition unto itself. The music – one of the few areas of flexibility – really thrilled me. Mission San Jose is well known around here for its weekly mariachi mass, so we asked a very talented mariachi band to put their spin on the traditional and Spanish hymns we’d chosen. Their version of songs like ‘Softly and Tenderly’ was familiar enough to recognize but gorgeously unique.”

    “Daniel took advantage of the military tradition that allows service members to be married in uniform. He won’t be in the Air Force forever so wearing the uniform was another way to mark where we were in our lives at the time. The Air Force is the reason we met, after all, and we owe it a debt of gratitude for that, as well as for all the dear friends it brought us. I can already imagine looking back at the wedding photos as an old lady and recalling the adventure of it all.”

    A favorite moment from the day? “We walked into our reception down the grand staircase (where Selena herself once filmed a music video!) to the Friday Night Lights theme by W.G. Snuffy Walden. Clearly, neither of us has any shame about being FNL superfans. The music swells perfectly for the type of moment where you just married your best friend and look into a crowd of all your favorite people. Plus, it felt like the greatest TV couple of all time – Coach and Tami – were smiling upon us in Texas. Your marriage can’t really go wrong if those two approve.”

    Katie’s inspiration in wedding planning? “When I really think about it, I suppose the inspiration was the city itself. I never had a grand vision for the wedding, which sounds like heresy in the age of Pinterest, but it’s true. The upside of my lack of vision was that it gave me lots of leeway to incorporate everything I stumbled upon, whether it fit into a ‘theme’ or not. I liked the simultaneous austerity and grandeur of Mission San Jose where our ceremony took place. I liked the ornate insides of Sunset Station for our reception. I especially liked bold colors, so things like bridesmaid accessories and flowers were as bright as possible.”

    A sparkler sendoff was the perfect way for the newlyweds to make their exit.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose San Antonio, Texas because this city, more than any other I’ve lived in, feels like my hometown. So much so that I didn’t think twice about having an August wedding in the heart of Texas. San Antonio is so rich with color, culture, and a festive spirit – it was perfect for the joyful day we pictured. Plus, selfishly, there’s no city I like to show off more than San Antonio. Larry McMurtry says San Antonio transcends Texas the same way San Francisco transcends California and New Orleans transcends Louisiana. Couldn’t agree more. There were also some practical considerations that made San Antonio a good choice, like needing a geographically central spot for our friends and family, who are spread out across the U.S. and beyond. I was previously in the Air Force and Daniel is currently in the Air Force, so the friends we’ve made over the years are scattered in too many places to count. No matter if we got married near my parents in Bellingham, Washington or in his hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, people were going to be traveling. San Antonio seemed like the best halfway point.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My childhood friend David, who is now a deacon, gave the homily during our wedding mass. Hearing Davey deliver the sermon – which struck the perfect balance of humor, gravitas, and love – was a precious moment.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My sweet mother refashioned my first communion dress into a ring pillow for us. She made the dress when I was 7 years old and kept it all these years. At the last minute she tried to convince me not to use it, probably because she didn’t want to make me feel like I had to, which was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard! Of course we used it and I think it’s so, so beautiful.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t expect to have the energy to leave for your honeymoon the day after the wedding. Build a day into your plans to be utterly exhausted (in a happy way!). Anything beyond eating, saying goodbye to friends and family, and laying poolside sounds too ambitious to me.

    Photography: InTandem / Event Planning: Tracy Reeder, Ooh La La Couture Events Reception Venue: Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas / Church: Mission San Jose / Stationery: Lucky Luxe / Bride’s Dress: Melissa by Monique Lhuillier via Marcella’s La Boutique / Shoes: Nine West / Floral Design: Erin McLarty at Eden’s Echo / Ceremony Music: Mariachi del Alamo / Band: The Nick Lawrence Band / Catering: The RK Group / Cake: Sweet Elegance by Carolina Santoya / Hairstyle: Art Herrera at Salon Avaja / Hair Color: Sarah Hatch at Studio 500 / Makeup: Vilma Delia Makeup Artistry
  • Festive San Antonio Wedding from In Tandem

    5 May 2014
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    Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Here’s a handful of links for your Friday…

    The Color Condition can come to my house anytime, via You Are My Fave.

    Beautiful market-inspired invitation suite.

    Easy tissue paper bunting.

    I think a Mother’s Day picnic is a great idea!

    DIY cement dominos.

    An illustrated guide to curls.

    Make thrift store art your own (have I shared this before? because I love it!).

    We’re having a bit of a heat wave and I’m dreaming of diving into this Pinterest board.

    I never knew cafeteria trays could look so appealing.

    Rhubarb raspberry tart.

    I would just love a bespoke bookplate.

    10 chicken coops nicer than my house.

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    Brighten up the middle of your week with this sweet yacht club wedding full of cheerful sorbet colors from Finch & Thistle! Photos by The Popes.

    The bride wore her mother’s wedding dress, from Priscilla of Boston’s original petite collection, “Teeny by Priscilla.”

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    “My favorite moment, besides saying our vows, was having our little dog, our chihuahua, Gia, be a part of the day,” shares the bride. “She was an excellent traveler and she did so well as the flower girl, although she slept through the ceremony! The fact that we got to share our day with her was so fun and memorable!”

    Escort cards were pinned to a pink board for a simple, lovely display.

    The groom is a health and wellness coach, and he created a fitting signature “cocktail”: the non-alcoholic Mango Madness, a healthy (and yummy!) protein rich energy drink. The bride’s signature coctkail was the “Salty Chihuahua” – pink grapefruit juice, orange liqueur and tequila – in honor of the flower girl dog.

    The best advice Edwina received as a bride? “No matter what happens, be flexible and remain calm on your wedding day! It’s not going to go exactly as planned, so go with the flow and you’ll be much happier.”

    There were two flavors of wedding cake, red velvet and chocolate truffle. The groom’s cake was lemon. “It was egg and gluten-free,” says Edwina, “as some of our family members have food allergies. We wanted everyone to participate in having some wedding cake!”

    It wouldn’t be a July wedding without a sparkler send off!



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  My family lives in the Pacific Northwest, but Seattle was a destination wedding for 30% of the guest list (and for us as well – we live in Dallas, Texas). I really wanted our location to be near the water. Plus, my husband grew up in Dallas and hadn’t really experienced the beautiful Puget Sound and Lake Union. July is the sunniest month of the year in Seattle, and a perfect month for guests to travel. The Yacht Club’s hardwood floors, covered balcony and accessible dock was perfect for both the ceremony and reception, convenient for our guests, and also for my 94 year old grandfather who was able to fly in from Virginia to share our day with us.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Everything that is vintage, classic, traditional and beautiful. I have a master’s degree in Art History, so I wanted a timeless, beautiful look, but still make the day uniquely ours.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  My dad was instrumental in planning the traditional aspects of our wedding. He planned and coordinated the father/daughter dance and gave a very thoughtful and humorous toast. According to tradition, I wore something borrowed, my mother’s Priscilla of Boston wedding dress from 1969, something old, my grandmother’s pearl earrings, and something blue – a blue ribbon attached to a tiny medallion from my maternal grandmother that was pinned inside my dress.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Make the planning of your day your own! You can get lost in so many beautiful inspirational Pinterest boards and bridal blogs and forget about what you really want for your day. Focus on just three things you absolutely must have at your wedding and don’t worry so much about the other things. You’ll be less stressed. It’s hard to balance everything, but above all trust the vendors you chose for your day – let their talents shine!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Again, figuring out what is really important to you and spending money on those things will make all the difference. There were some ways we were able to save – the ceremony and reception were in the same place, and we booked the venue early when they offered to waive the site fee if we booked by a certain date. Our venue was flexible in that we were able to provide all of our own alcohol as long as we paid the state liquor board permit, which was only $10. I didn’t hire any transportation the day of, we just used our family cars – freshly washed and detailed. I wore my mother’s wedding dress – which happened to be fabulous and vintage so I really lucked out! I found my shoes on for $31.99! I had a small bridal party -which meant fewer expenses and fewer people to coordinate. I also opted out of the popular trend of getting ready photos, so I could focus my amazing photographers attention and more hours on the event itself and the people I loved (instead of me in the mirror, freaking out, half dressed…)

    Photographer: The Popes / Event Planning & Design: Rachel Bowes of Finch & Thistle Event Design / Venue: The Yacht Club on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington / Caterer: Ravishing Radish Catering / Dress: vintage Priscilla of Boston / Shoes: Paladin by Nina via 6pm / Veil: Bellevue Bridal / Rings: ebay / Videographer: Laura Randall at Edit 1 Media / Suit: Jos A Bank / Shirt: Nordstrom Rack / Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan via Nordstrom / Makeup: Sara Lily Kahn / Hair: Sompon Green / Save the Dates: Vista Print / Stationery: Invitations by Dawn / Music: Sounds Unlimited / Cake: Honeycrumb Cake Studio / Favors: Seattle Chocolates
  • Yacht Club Wedding from The Popes

    30 April 2014
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