Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Lindsey & Nick: Blessed Bliss

You couldn't help but feel the genuine emotion of the day at Lindsey and Nick's Chicago wedding. It was truly touching to see this couple's tenderness toward each other and their heartfelt spirituality. The beautiful photos by Studio Rebekah capture these moving moments.

Both the bride and groom took time before the ceremony for prayer, a poignant reminder of the significance of the day.

A faux first look can be even more emotional than actually seeing each other!

Even with an outdoor ceremony, a pair of vintage doors held by ushers created a grand entrance 
for the bridesmaids, as they hid behind the doors before walking down the aisle.

But the doors only opened for the beautiful bride, creating a wow moment, as they parted!

A unique alternative to a guestbook

The bridal party having some fun.

First Dance

Congrats to Lindsey & Nick!

Photography - Studio Rebekah
Florist - Pastiche Floral
Cake - Lezza Bakery

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hannah & Dan: Winter Wonderland Wedding

The air is already getting a little brisk this week, hinting that winter is just around the corner. So, I thought I'd share this enchanting winter wonderland themed wedding. Being from North Dakota, Hannah was no stranger to the cold. I loved how she embraced the winter with unique and intricate details. Check out the beautiful photos from Katie Kett Photography:

The invitation suite is the first chance to introduce your theme to guests.
These invitations are simple and elegant with a touch of the winter magic to come.

Love the bride's delicate snowflake jewelry!

The bride wore these faux-fur lined boots.

Me giving the guys a little help with their boutonnieres.

With a matching cloak, the flower girl was a little fairy snow princess!

The ceremony program

I love texture in a bouquet and this bright white bouquet with brunia, pine cones, and dusty miller reminds me of a winter landscape.

Our bride was ready to brave the elements in this gorgous ice blue cloak.
The bridesmaids carried muffs instead of bouquets down the aisle!

Baby's breath pomanders lined the aisles, like little hanging snowballs.

The Ceremony

There is something so demure about wearing a stoll!

Winter accents abounded at the reception at European Crystal Banquets.
The bride gave us a box of decor and gave us free reign to find ways to use it.
We had so much fun!

No need for bride and groom signs. 
These crystal snowflakes indicated the seats for the guests of honor.

A mini winter forest scene at the couple's place setting.

The sausage hut is a Polish tradition that defnitely has a wow-factor.
To me, it also brought a cozy feeling, reminiscent of the European holiday markets


Snowflakes fell during the First Dance.

Congratulations to Hannah & Dan!


Reception Venue - European Crystal Banquets
Photography - Katie Kett Photography
Flowers - Bella Flora
Invitations - MagnetStreet
Wedding Planning - Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

Monday, October 19, 2015

Samantha & Ken: Tech, Love, and Video Games

Planning a wedding with a theme is so much fun! Samantha and Ken were college sweethearts who both majored in computer science and shared a love of video games. The goal was to personalize their wedding with a computer and video game theme, while still creating an elegant event. Of course, the key was in the playful details. The photos by Michael Rastall Photography capture the magic:

The bridal party having fun.

Many churches and venues do not allow flower petals to be thrown. 
As an alternative, we had the flower girl hand full-stemmed flowers, 
to guests, as she made her way up the aisle. 
Guests were surprised and delighted by the twist on tradition!

The themed details started with the escort cards, which were displayed as keys on a keyboard. 
As guests removed their cards, the keyboard underneath was revealed.

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

The tablescape featured the purple and yellow color scheme with custom cookies in the shape of video game characters at each place setting.

Instead of table numbers, each table was named after a video game or gaming console. 

Some of the custom cookie favors included Kirby and GameBoy.

Wedding Cake with Custom Video Game Topper

Super Mario Groom's Cake

Cute and yummy!

The traditional money dance involves guests pinning dollar bills to the wedding dress.
But using a sash for pinning can help avoid tears or sticks. 

Whimsical signature drinks added to the theme.

The cardbox - can you guess which video game it's from?

A guestbook puzzle

Congratulations to Samantha & Ken!


Photographer -Michael Rastall Photography
Videographer - Wynn Films
Cake - Lezza Desserts
Escort Card Board - Letterpress by Lydia
Florist - Flowers by Color
Wedding Planning - Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This old English rhyme dates back to 1898 and describes a tradition still carried out by many brides today. Over the years, brides have adhered to this poem to incorporate some special wedding day good luck charms into their attire or ceremony. Want to follow the advice of this age-old adage? Knowing the meaning behind each line will help you choose the perfect old, new, borrowed, and blue item for your wedding day. Check out our ideas for both traditional and modern takes on this custom for your big day.

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“Something Old” signifies the connection and love a bride will always have with her family and her life before marriage.

Cutting a small piece of fabric or lace from your mother or grandmother’s wedding gown and preserving it in a necklace is a beautiful and sentimental way to include something old in your wedding. You could also use the lace from a family gown to wrap your bouquet, make a garter, or even have a seamstress make gloves for a true vintage look! More traditionally, wear an old piece of jewelry, such as a hair comb, watch, or set of pearls.

The line “Something New” describes the anticipation of the bride’s new life, with hope for success and happiness.

Many brides consider their ring or the wedding gown as their something new. But your “something new” could be a new set of earrings from your fiancé, parents, or friend. The “something new” certainly does not have to be a gift that you have received. You can also get creative by buying your dream pair of pumps to walk down the aisle.  

“Something Borrowed” symbolizes the support the bride receives from friends and family and how they will always be part of her life. This item traditionally comes from a couple who has had a long happy marriage.

Did you drool over a friend or sister’s impeccable veil? Have you admired that stunning tennis bracelet your aunt always wears? These important people in your life would certainly be thrilled to know how much you like their piece and would be honored to lend it to your for the big day. Just be sure to take excellent care of the borrowed item and return it to its owner promptly.

“Something Blue” represents the bride’s faith, loyalty, fidelity, and purity. From blue lingerie to fun blue heels, you can really get creative with this one! Ask your fiancé to write a note on the soles of your wedding day shoes in blue marker to read before walking down the aisle. Include blue flowers in your bouquet. Or for something extra special, sew a heart-shaped piece of your dad’s blue dress shirt on the inside of your wedding dress.

Typically only those closest to the bride are privvy to what the bride has chosen for her "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Since the selected items usually carry great significance to the bride, why not share the meaning of these tokens with your guests? Include a short blurb in your ceremony program that describes your selected mementos and the importance behind them.

It’s fun and easy to keep this sweet tradition alive. Tell us what special good luck charms you’ll have with you on your big day!

*Sara Steinhoff contributed to this article.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wedding Songs to Make the Day Special

There is nothing like the perfect tune to capture the wonder and happiness felt while a bride makes her way down the aisle. A well-chosen father-daughter or mother-son dance can leave all of your guests sniffling. Use our curated song lists to choose your wedding soundtrack for those special moments on the big day.


Richard Wagner’s Bridal Chorus or “Here Comes the Bride” has held its place as a traditional wedding song since 1850. However, there are many different versions of this well-known tune. If you want a more modern sound, try Jonathan Cain’s Bridal March. Click here to listen.  

more contemporary entrance songs

Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran 

Marry Me - Train 

Hallelujah Instrumental - Jeff Buckley 

The Luckiest Piano - Ben Folds 

Your Guardian Angel - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 

First Dance

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All I Ever Want is You - Megan Davies

Amazed - Lonestar 

Never Stop - Safetysuit 

Bring Me the Night - Sam Tsui and Kina Grannis

Gone, Gone, Gone - Phillip Phillips

Father-Daughter Dance

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The father-daughter dance is always an emotional part of the reception. Choose a song that reflects how you want this moment to feel-- uplifting, sweet, or even fun! Think about what the song will mean to your father.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - IZ Kamakawiwo'ole

You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban 

Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle 

I Loved Her First - Heartland 

Kind and Generous - Natalie Merchant 

My Little Girl - Tim McGraw 

My Wish - Rascal Flatts

Mother-Son Dance

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The mother-son dance is a beautiful moment where the groom can give a tribute to his mother and all of the things she has taught him. The songs below capture the friendship and bond between mother and son.

Everything - Michael Bublé 

Child of Mine - Carole King 

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel 

Do I Make You Proud - Taylor Hicks 

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong 

For all of the music on your wedding day, choose songs to reflect your personality and the relationships with all of the important people in your life. Happy listening!

Resource: Laich, C. (2010, September 23). History of Here Comes the Bride and the Wedding March.

*Sara Steinhoff contributed to this article.