All white weddings are oh so chic! This gorgeous garden wedding captured by bonphotage will make you think twice about the bride only wearing white rule. How stunning are the bridesmaids’ lace dresses?
We always wanted to have an outdoor wedding. We imagined stunning photos surrounded by water and greenery, lit by candles. Originally, we planned to have our wedding in Istanbul since Seda has a big family in Turkey. Ultimately, we decided to host our wedding near Chicago at the Morton Arboretum. Luckily all of our families and friends were able to attend thus making the event a huge success.
At the beginning I was looking for boho style, outdoor wedding dresses. Then we began talking about a classic, chic outdoor wedding and I began considering some different styles. When I see my wedding dress “Anya Gown” by Karen Willis Holmes I was in love with it. It was as simple as possible but at the same time as glittery and chic as possible. I knew that this dress would surprise everybody. For the after party, I picked my first choice strapless corset top and flowy skirt with a front slit from BHLDN. This way I was able to wear both styles I liked. My bridesmaids found very affordable white, laced dresses and they looked gorgeous in this style.
The Morton Arboretum was the best spot to have an outdoor wedding. Saying our I do’s under a large drooping willow tree right next to a picturesque lake was a dream come true. We started planning all the details with a vision of a classic, chic, garden wedding. With the natural landscape of the arboretum already being so beautiful, we attempted to keep everything as natural as possible. We utilized multiple shades of green and white to highlight all the different settings.
For us, the most important (and most also nerve-racking) was getting our two families together for the first time. Bringing Seda’s family to the US was a big challenge for us. We splurged on the travel, accommodations and dinners leading up to the wedding. We wanted to spoil our families to ensure they enjoyed such an important moment in our lives. Other than this family effect, the most important thing was having a fun wedding. In fact our first dance was very very important to us. We never wanted to count our step while our first dance, we wanted to dance how we feel at the moment, because we knew that all those emotions we have would create the perfect dance.
Our wedding favors were very special to me. My family carried them all the way from Turkey. We put a Turkish Delight (candy delicacy) in a Turkish style mini-silver tray. It was topped by a traditional Turkish “evil eye” to go along with a thank you tag. They were beautiful, meaningful and delicious. You could even use the silver tray as a jewelry box or home decoration. Our table numbers for dinner were not your traditional place numbers. We handcrafted small wooden blocks with city names etched into each wooden piece. The city names represented special locations around the world where we were born, lived or had visited.
A night before the rehearsal dinner we had a very traditional Turkish henna night accompanied by a Turkish coffee ceremony. This night was all about Turkish music, food, dance, heirlooms and traditions. To match with our culture, I wore a traditional Ottoman Sultan dress. During the evening, Mike’s mom had to give me gold coins as a sign of trust and love.
Photography | bonphotage | Venue | Morton Arboretum | Floral | Katherines Garden | Cake | The Cakery | Hair & Makeup | Sheena Marie Beauty | Dress | Karen Willis Holmes | Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses | Akira |Groom’s Attire | Hugo Boss | Submitted via Matchology
If you love color and gorgeous florals, you will be sure to be inspired by today’s gorgeous wedding from Eclipse Event Co. captured by Brio Photography. With floral print bridesmaid dresses, lush dahlias, and a breath-taking setting, this wedding is a floral lover’s dream!
I had a lot of family coming from China to attend the wedding which was very special to me because it is an expensive trip and they’re making it for me. Every time my family has visited before, I always notice how much they love the beautiful nature and greenery here (especially in contrast to the crowded big-cities in China). So I wanted to do an outside wedding at a venue with beautiful views and lots of beautiful flowers. Both of us love the old European inspired architecture so Villa Antonia was perfect because it had the old world Tuscany feel and a gorgeous view.
I love bold vibrant colors (which is also reflected in my own wardrobe) so I knew I wanted a lot of bright colors in my wedding. While I was looking for inspirations on Pinterest, I really liked the bridesmaid dresses where every girl wears a different color but they all complement each other. I also liked floral bridesmaid dresses. Then I found a woman on Etsy that custom make skirts and had a huge selection of floral patterns! So I decided each bridesmaid was going to get the same skirt but in a different pattern. To make sure each girl can potentially wear their skirt again, I had them pick their own patterns. As for my gown, I love pink so of course I went with a blush colored wedding dress. And because we want lots of color in the wedding we went with a dark blue suit for the guys instead of black or grey.
We added a series of bows (1 to heaven and earth to honor nature, 1 to each set of parents to thank them for everything, and 1 to each other to promise respect) which is part of the Chinese wedding ceremony into the middle of our ceremony.
It was important to us that our guests enjoyed themselves. So we made sure we had delicious food and cake and a good variety and abundance of alcohol. Next was the decor. A lot of our guests were coming from out of state and out of the country so we wanted to make sure this wedding also looked visually impressive so they would feel like it’s worth the trip.
I had lots of beautiful vibrant colored flowers in my bouquet and the table centerpieces. Since the bridesmaids were already wearing floral, we went with a simply blush colored bouquet with a large cafe au lait dahlia as the centerpiece. I made all the black board signs and did the calligraphy myself. There was a sign for the red envelopes to let guest know if they would like to gift money (which is the Chinese tradition) they could take an envelope and put money in it.
My favorite part of the day was when we opened up the dance floor and invited everyone onto the floor to dance. I wasn’t sure if my Chinese family was going to dance or not but when I looked around everyone was dancing and everyone looked like they were all having a lot of fun.
Photography | Brio Photography | Venue | Villa Antonia | Planning | Eclipse Event Co. | Florals | Stems Floral | Stationery | Minted | Videography | FG Filmhouse | Cake | Coco Paloma | Catering | Royal Fig Catering | Rentals | Mancino Ironworks | Linens | Monarch Event Rentals | DJ | Texas Professional DJ | Harpist | Austin’s Harpist Kristen Gibbs | Dress | Essence of Australia | Hair | flair style louge | Makeup | Flair Style Lounge | Veil & Headpiece | Unbridaled | Jewelry | Tiffany & Co and Diamonds Direct | Bridesmaid Dresses | BHLDN and Mokkafiveoclock | Bridesmaid Jewelry | Kendra Scott | Groomswear | Generation Tux | Engagement Ring | Tacori |Photo Booth | Oh Happy Day Photobooth | Transportation | 4 Leaf Limo | Submitted via Matchology
Everyone knows the old adage “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe”. Today’s couple took that classic rhyme to heart as the main inspiration for their vintage Art Deco wedding captured by Alecia Lauren Photography.
The theme of our wedding was Art Deco. We took inspiration for our wedding from the old English rhyme, Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and A Sixpence in your Shoe. We wanted to honor our families and our past as much as our present and future.
The bride is extremely close with her paternal grandmother and has always admired the stories her grandmother told of her own wedding day in August 1945. The bride’s paternal grandparents were married towards the end of World War II. As this was a time of austerity as well as generosity, the newlyweds received sugar and gas ration coupons from friends and family. These gifts ensured there was enough sugar to make a wedding cake and enough gas for the newlyweds to drive from Mississippi to New Orleans for a honeymoon. Although her grandmother was unable to attend the ceremony, the bride wanted to make sure she was still there in spirit. The bride’s rosary was a gift from this grandmother and birdcage earrings were once owned by her.
Katie carried a white handkerchief borrowed from the groom’s mother. The handkerchief was originally carried by the groom’s maternal grandmother on her wedding day in 1939 and later carried by the groom’s mother on her wedding day in 1973.
The groom has several bakers on his family. His paternal grandparents saved the cake topper from their wedding in 1946. The groom was able to borrow that cake topper and with a little help from Wedding Cake/Unforgettable Weddings Cakes, we were able to use it for our wedding.
Photography | Alecia Lauren Photography | Venue | The Whitlock Inn | Florals | Carithers Flowers | Caterer | Carriage House Catering | Desserts | Perfect Wedding Cake and Unforgettable Weddings Cakes | Invitations | Invitations by Ajalon | Band | Emerald Empire Band | Wedding Dress | Sottero and Midgley from Diane’s Formal Affair | Reception Dress | ModCloth | Shoes | BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses | Azazie and Macy’s | Engagement Ring | Addy’s Vintage | Groomswear | Jos A Bank