{real weddings} Erin & Todd – Part 2

Last week I shared with you Erin and Todd’s gorgeous engagement photos, as well as the adorable story of how they met. Today I’m excited to show you their wedding photos! Keep reading for more details about their classic, summer wedding — and a look at their video!

erin-todd-3First and foremost, when and where was your wedding?
We were married on Saturday, August 17, 2013 in Farmingdale, New Jersey at the Eagle Oaks Country Club.

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During one evening commute home from New York City to Connecticut, the man sitting next to me on the train noticed me flipping through wedding magazines and asked if I was planning a wedding. His curiosity stemmed from the fact that his wife, Ashley, was months away from opening a wedding dress boutique in Darien, CT (just a few miles from home) and suggested that I visit the boutique. I wandered into Ashley’s boutique one afternoon shortly after she opened and found a lovely, energetic and knowledgeable boutique owner who had a room filled with gorgeous dresses. I visited the boutique on three occasions (at least!) and continued to gravitate towards the same Liancarlo dress which I found to be perfectly representative of my personality – all business and classic on the top and fun, flirty and whimsical on the bottom. The perfect complements to the dress were a gorgeous cathedral veil I “borrowed” from my lifelong friend, Lisa, and a fabulous sparkly pair of “new” Kate Spade ‘Charm’ Slingback Pumps inspired by my friend Meghan who wore the same shoes at her wedding two years prior.

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Band! I grew up in a family who had a fine dining/catering business, and my cousins and I spent countless weekends and holidays at the restaurant watching as children (and eventually working as young adults) weddings and events which nearly always had a live band for entertainment. While most little girls dream about the dress they will wear on their wedding day, I was the little girl who dreamed about which of the house bands from the family business would play at her wedding and which song the band would be playing when she and her husband were announced. It’s no surprise that one of my favorite memories from our wedding was the band’s introduction of our parents and wedding party to “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” by Bruce Springsteen. As said by my friend Meghan that evening, a perfect entrance for a Jersey Girl!

With the opportunity to do it all over again, and with unlimited financial resources, I would have both a band and a DJ, with the DJ playing through the band’s breaks and late into the evening after the band completes its final set.

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I am hoping Caitlin lets me share two pieces of advice here!

1. You often hear how important it is to steal a moment away with your husband and really soak it all in because your special day will be over in the blink of an eye. As much as your wedding is about family and friends and you want to thank them for being there to celebrate with you, it is so important to have some quiet moments alone with your husband to experience the magic of the day and to stand on the sidelines as an observer of the party watching your friends and family dance the night away on the dance floor!

2. I would encourage brides who do not engage a full-service wedding planner to seriously consider a day-of planner or a planner who provides support in the weeks leading up to the wedding. I did not have any wedding planners, and as a consequence, there were details that were missed that were certainly insignificant given the joy and magic of our special day. However, with the assistance and expertise of a planner to help you, your bridal party and family navigate through the wedding day, allows the focus to be entirely on the enjoyment of the day and not on the coordination of logistics and resolving issues that arise.

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erin-todd-8Thank you so much for sharing, Erin! And as an extra treat, here’s their beautiful wedding video!

Photographer: Kate Connolly from Off Beet Productions; Videographer: Mike Simons Video Productions; Wedding Dress & Flower Girl Dress: Liancarlo at A Little Something White Bridal Couture; Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale from Bliss Bridal Boutique and Special Occasion; Hair & Make-up: Hot Mess Studio; Venue: Eagle Oaks Country Club; Bridal Accommodations: The Savannah House at Eagle Oaks Country Club; Flowers: Van Brunt Florist; Band: Ariel Entertainment; String Quartet (Symphony): Shrewsbury String Quartet

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{real weddings} Erin & Todd – Part 1

I’m so excited to share the first part of Erin and Todd’s wedding story with you today! Erin (Caroline’s cousin) was sweet enough to share her wedding and engagement photos, as well as the adorable story of how she and her husband met. Read on for their story and shots from their engagement shoot captured by the talented Kate Connolly.

erin-engagement-1From Erin: Todd and I were introduced by a friend of mine from college. I met Brett in 1997 when I was a senior in high school visiting Bucknell University on a field hockey recruiting trip. She was my host that weekend and would soon become my teammate on the field and my “big sister” in our sorority. Who would have known that over ten years later she would introduce me to my husband! I owe you one Brett!

Brett met Todd in September 2008 at Todd’s cousin’s wedding. Brett attended the wedding as a friend of the bride and she and her date had a great time hanging out with Todd. At some point in the evening Brett texted me “I met your husband tonight!” Pretty crazy – She was right!

Thanks to the email below from Brett (We both saved the email, and Todd incorporated it into our rehearsal dinner slide show unbeknownst to our guests and to me until a picture of us as toddlers was followed by a photo of the email), Todd and I met in New York City about a month after I received her text message from the wedding.

Subject: Don’t hate me

Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 17:11:59 -0400

From: [Brett’s E-Mail]

To: [Todd’s E-Mail]; [Erin’s E-Mail]


I know this is weird and awkward but….
Erin meet Todd.
Todd meet Erin.
Email away!! (sorry for the lack of warning on both your parts!)
Drinks, all of us soon!

We went to a restaurant around the corner from my apartment in the West Village for dinner – Café Cluny; a restaurant we would come to frequent for brunch and dinner over the next few years. Todd and I have been together since the evening we met in October 2008 and were engaged in June 2012… at Café Cluny.

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erin-engagement-7Stay tuned for Part 2 to see Erin and Todd’s wedding photos and all their wedding details!

Photography by Kate Connolly

{real weddings} Erica & Adam

Today’s wedding is absolutely adorable and comes from Erica, blogger (and baker) of Sweet Sunday Mornings — You’re going to want to eat everything on her blog. But first, you’ve got to take a look at her wedding. I’m loving every single detail of it!

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What’s your love story? Or more simply, how did you and Adam meet?
Adam and I met five years before we got married – he actually knew my roommates (two of our bridesmaids) before we met and came over for dinner at my apartment. I could say the rest is history but really we didn’t start dating for a year. We started dating on September 29, 2009, four years to the day before we got married.

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When/where was your wedding?
We got married at Hacienda Vargas in Algodones, New Mexico, right outside Albuquerque where I grew up, on September 29, 2013.

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Tell me a little about your wedding style.
Adam and I both had a hard time defining a style or a theme for our wedding – we even had a hard time saying what our colors were because we weren’t sure (I think they came through in the end though). What was most important to us in wedding planning was throwing the best party we had ever been to. We wanted our friends and family to be involved and to love the day as much as we did. Adam’s mom and other women in our lives made the desserts for the dessert table and my sister-in-law made our wedding cake. My aunt and uncle built our chuppah (the wedding canopy), our family friends set up the day-of details (like the centerpieces), my mom did the calligraphy for everything wedding related including the signs, Adam’s aunt did all of the flowers for the wedding with the help of so many women close to us and one of Adam’s groomsmen played guitar as we walked down the aisle. We wanted everything to be personal and we wanted the people we love to love our wedding.

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What made your wedding dress you?
OH, my wedding dress….how I wish I could wear it all the time. My wedding dress was me because it was classic but had small, beautiful details. It was exactly what I wanted, sweetheart neckline, low back, buttons all the way down. And, I got it consignment, which is also just what I wanted.

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One piece of advice for brides-to-be. Go.
Don’t worry about every last detail – about ten days before your wedding, just let it all go. What hasn’t already been planned for will turn out OK. Instead of planning those infinitely small things in those last ten days, love every moment and be with those that are traveling from everywhere (all around the world in our case) and enjoy them. The color of your tablecloths or the misplaced welcome sign won’t matter as you marry the love of your life in front of everyone you love.

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Photography: K. Mari Photography (the best choice ever)
Bride’s Makeup: Kata Baron of The Pretty Committee
Bride’s Hair: Ashley Varela of Inspire Uptown Salon
Dress: I Do Consignment Bridal, Chicago
Shoes: Kate Spade
Groom’s Suit: Jack Spade, made in the USA
Invitation Suite & Wedding Signage Calligraphy: Leslie Slow Goldfine Kaufman
Wedding Cake: Lydia Goldfine
Bridesmaids Dresses & Groomsmen’s Suits: Variety of their choosing
Flowers: Adam’s aunt; flowers from local florist and Whole Foods

{real weddings} Caroline & Michael

Not only do I have a beautiful and classic wedding to share with you today – But I also get to introduce you to an amazing blog, HarpOnLife. Written by three best friends, HarpOnLife is an everyday blog brought to you by the unique perspective of each woman at a different stage of life at the same age. You have to check it out!

OK, now back to the wedding. I’m pleased to introduce Caroline (one of the three #HarpOn ladies) — who, wait for it, was married pre-Pinterest! I’ll let her interview and gorgeous photos take care of the rest!

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When/where was your wedding?
June 12, 2010 was the date we decided on. We got engaged in April 2009, and felt like a little over a year for planning was more than enough, plus we wanted warm weather.

Michael got ready at home with his groomsman and family, I got ready at the Bungalow in Pier Village in Long Branch with the girls and my mom. (I would highly recommend the Bungalow to anyone). We got married at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Long Branch and the reception was across the street at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa.

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Tell me a little about your wedding style.
While planning our wedding, I didn’t think I had a particular style, I just knew what I did and didn’t like. In hindsight, I would say it was pretty traditional, and classic. All I knew was that I wanted our guests to walk away feeling like everything was very US.

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It sounds like your wedding was pre-Pinterest (I can’t even imagine). Where did you get your inspiration?
Yes, I think Pinterest had just come out, and was still invite-only and not nearly as popular as it is now. I can’t even say with confidence that I had it at the time. In a way, I’m grateful. Pinterest is wonderful and I do my fair share of pinning, but I feel like it might have made me a little crazy.

My inspiration was Michael and I. Like I mentioned before, I just wanted the day to be an extension of ourselves. Nothing crazy, nothing over the top, because that wasn’t us. At the time, I had a serious aversion to lots of color (I still do, but I’m working very hard to incorporate it more into my life). I knew the flowers would be white, the groom and groomsmen in black and white (I don’t think I will ever be on board with ties/vests/cummerbunds that match the bridesmaids dresses, a little too Prom-ish for me). And since my favorite color is gray, it was a no-brainer that would be what the girls would wear. The only color I wanted at the church was the yellow roses that our moms carried. For every special occasion my dad always gave my mom yellow roses, so that was a nod to him. As for the reception, I wanted it [color] in the centerpieces and that would be blue since my favorite flower is a blue (& white) hydrangea. Everything else, I just decided along the way.

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What made your wedding dress you?
If there was one thing that definitely screamed ME at my wedding, it was my dress. I felt like it was what any person would have described, had they been asked what they thought I’d choose. I am a no-frills kind of girl (I admire it on others, but I have never liked it for myself). I have always been drawn to simple, classic lines. I am a big believer in the phrase, “You wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you” and I feel like I stayed true to that.

When that dress was handed to me (my mother-in-law actually scouted it out) there was just something about it. I put it on and I can’t say I had that moment where I knew I had on THE dress, and the tears started flowing and everyone breathed a sigh of relief, but it was my favorite out of all that I had previously tried on. It remained in the back of my head while I continued my search and really just saw how much I didn’t like what else was out there. When I went back and tried it on, that’s when I knew; there was no other dress for me. The best part about it, was that it went perfectly with my mom’s mantilla-style lace trimmed veil that I really wanted to wear as my something old.

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Looking back, what’s one of your favorite memories from your wedding?
The entire day was perfect. Picking one particular part is beyond difficult. I must say there really is nothing quite like the feeling of looking around at all of your loved ones and knowing how happy they are to be celebrating you. Your love for one another, it really is a beautiful thing and it made us both feel so unbelievably special. Another pretty surreal moment was saying my vows to Michael. We had dated since I was a sophomore in high school, so being together for about 10 years before getting married, and then standing up on that altar with him; my favorite person in the world, that was a HUGE moment.

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Photography – Kate Connolly; Dress – Tara Keely from Mustillo’s in Red Bank, NJ; Bridesmaid dresses – Vera Wang; Bridal accommodations – Bungalow Hotel; Church – Our Lady Star of the Sea; Reception Venue – Ocean Place Resort & Spa; Flowers – Craig Kiely and Darryn Murphy Designs

{real weddings} Jamie of Duffield Lane – Part 2

Remember this post – here – with Jamie of Duffield Lane?! And remember when I told you The Knot was doing a feature on her wedding?! Well it’s here! And it’s gorgeous.

Jamie was kind enough to send me one more teaser photo – But you’ll have to check out both The Knot and Hey Gorgeous Events (her wedding planner) for more photos! Links below.

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Oh hello adorable bridesmaids in polka dots! Those dresses are by Jenny Yoo too (my fave).

The Knot feature –> here.
Hey Gorgeous Events blog post –> here.

photograph by Harrison Studio 

{real weddings} Heather & Pat – Married

Sometimes life works in mysterious ways. There are people who come into your life for a reason. Heather is one of those people. She is so full of positive energy and inspires me every time I step into her class – high intensity spin, no less. As a fitness instructor at Work It Out in Hoboken, NJ, Heather has left the corporate world to do what she loves – and I have her to thank for some big changes in my life (as well as this blog feature). It’s no coincidence that we got married within a month of each other – So without further adieu, I bring you, Heather!

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When/where was your wedding?
Our wedding was on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Tell me a little about your wedding style.
I would say our wedding was simply-traditional and simply-elegant. I didn’t want a big color palette and chose to stick with white-ivory and gold-champagne tones throughout. The Fairmont is a gorgeous venue to begin with so I really only needed some beautiful white roses (my flower choice!) with some other complimentary white flowers. I loved choosing all of our flowers and centerpieces and our vendor, Artistic Blossoms took the lead on my vision and nailed it.
My bridesmaids wore champagne dresses, my mother wore a gold dress and I wore ivory. The men wore simple black on black tuxes and Pat wore a black tux with ivory vest and tie.
Our photos came out exactly how I wanted!

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What made your wedding dress you?
My dress was simple and special. There were some beautiful, yet subtle details that made the dress unique in its own way such as, the ribbon detail at the top, the strand of buttons that ran down the back of the entire dress and the belt I wore that added a bit of elegance and sparkle to my look.

As a fitness instructor, how did you get ready for the big day? Did you even need to change your daily routine?!
I lead a very routine and healthy life to begin with starting with my workouts, to my nutrition and to my sleep schedule. I didn’t really change too much and definitely didn’t deprive myself from anything. My goal was to stay healthy and feel my best, so I just stuck to what I knew would bring out the best in me.

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After planning your wedding, what’s one piece of advice you would give brides?
I have a couple – 1) Don’t stress out! 2) Have fun planning! It’s your wedding day!

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Thank you so much, Heather! Your wedding truly was classic and elegant, with a little sparkle!

Special thanks to her amazing vendors mentioned here – Venue: The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, Florist: Artistic Blossoms, Dress: Alvina Valenta, Photography: Dina – Roto Photography

{real weddings} Elizabeth & Jaryd – Engaged

Another real weddings feature for you today. This time from a fellow blogger, Elizabeth, of the very cool fashion blog, Contemperamental (here). Her style is edgy, yet contemporary, yet classic – Bottom line, she’s WAY cooler than me. But boy does this girl know how to bargain shop! She has scooped some seriously awesome buys. Really – Go check out her blog. Now.

Today, Elizabeth shares with us her engagement photos and some wedding details. Which also means you just have to come back for the actual wedding!

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Your blog has quickly become a daily read of mine. As a new blogger myself, what made you bite the bullet and start and your blog?
Thank you, I’m so glad!! I work in fashion PR so staying on top of the blogosphere has always been an important part of my job. I found myself reading blog posts and saying “I want to do that!”. I knew the longer I waited to start blogging, the harder it would be to break into such a saturated market. After familiarizing myself with the technical side of running a blog, I took the leap and launched Contemperamental. Running a fashion blog has given me the chance to act as Editor-In-Chief and Creative Director of my own “brand”. It offers me a bit of autonomy when my day job feels too constricting.

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What’s the meaning behind the name, Contemperamental?
Contemperamental is a fusion of the words “contemporary” and “temperamental”.  My blog concentrates heavily on contemporary fashion but it is important to me that the fashion be injected with humor, levity and accessibility. I tend to take a temperamental approach to fashion – some days I am consumed with trends, new collections and emerging designers and other days I couldn’t be bothered.  People who say they “live and breathe” fashion need to reexamine their priorities.

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I love how your engagement photos are a blend of romantic (with the twinkle lights) meets swagger (with the sunglasses). Tell me a little about the location of your shoot and your personal style.
These photos were shot outside Aria Wine Bar in the West Village. I am assuming that Aria has the twinkle lights up to mask the temporary scaffolding but I might suggest that they find a way to keep them – they make for such a magical entrance!  Jaryd and I wanted our shoot to feel timeless but still be an accurate representation of our style.  He tends to be more preppy while I mix in edgier pieces – we meet in the middle with a classic pair of Ray-Bans.

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How’s wedding planning going? Totally stressful or totally cool?
For the most part, totally cool. I had the big picture details ironed out within the first two weeks of being engaged; I didn’t want to be limited in vendor selection because I had let too much time pass before beginning the vetting process. My parents are generously hosting the wedding but have given me full control of the planning process. I have found it much easier to make decisions with limited cooks in the kitchen. Jaryd and I tend to be more on the fastidious side so our families trust that if it meets our standards, they will love it too!

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So when can we see more? When/where is your wedding?
Our wedding is in late September at Pier Village in Long Branch, New Jersey. Jaryd and I hail from the same area, so getting married where we grew up was the first and easiest wedding decision we made. We will be married in the same church in which I was christened and confirmed and our reception will be ocean-side at one of our favorite restaurants. It will hopefully be the perfect marriage (pun intended) between our beach town roots and our current life in Manhattan!

These photos are just too cute. What an adorable couple! With Elizabeth’s sense of style, I can only imagine what her wedding will look like – and I can’t wait!

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{real weddings} Q&A with Jamie of Duffield Lane

I’ve got another great interview for you today! I’m so excited to introduce you all to Jamie Loeks Duffield, founder of Duffield Lane – the newest line of cozy loungewear, which I think is just the perfect gift for your bridesmaids. And Jamie just so happens to have gotten married this past summer! Keep reading for more insight on her amazing company, as well as her wedding!

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What made you go into the fashion industry, more specifically loungewear?
I never really set out to go into fashion. Like a lot of girls, I love fashion and probably shopped too much and read too many glossy magazines, but I never dreamt that I could be lucky enough to make a career out of anything fashion related. I was actually a practicing attorney in Miami when I had the idea for Duffield Lane.

The idea for Duffield Lane came one Christmas while shopping for pjs for my family for our traditional Christmas Eve pj presents. I really couldn’t find anything I loved. It was all too goofy – like giant candy canes – or too sexy, and not really appropriate for hanging out with family! I decided that I could come up with something better! I’ve always wanted to go into business for myself and with the idea for Duffield Lane I was able to make that dream come true. I feel really lucky that I wound up in the fashion industry, after always pursuing the practical career path (no one goes to law school just for fun!) I am so happy and amazed that I wound up doing something so fun and creative!

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What’s the meaning behind the name, Duffield Lane?
Duffield is my married name, although at the time we decided to go with Duffield Lane as a name, it was my fiance’s last name, not mine (good thing he was comfortable with me borrowing it a little early!). I liked the idea of using my name as I think it makes me feel very connected to the company and keeps me focused on our original ideas and goals. I certainly don’t want to put my name on something I am not very proud of!

We decided to go with Duffield Lane (rather than just Duffield) as I think it evokes a sense of coziness and comfort, like that pretty street with all the lovely classic old houses on it. We even use a sketch of our home as part of our logo which makes the whole Duffield Lane brand feel very personal to me.

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I see you recently got married, tell me a little about your wedding style?
I would say our wedding style was classic and elegant but with a bit of fun and whimsy. At the beginning of planning I saw pictures of a wedding on a beach in the Bahamas that was fancy black tie, but no one wore shoes! All the men had their tuxedo pants rolled up around their ankles. I thought that was such a cool balance of being elegant without being stuffy. While our wedding was not black tie, I still would say we were going for a sort of barefoot black tie feel. Our bridesmaids wore navy and white polka dot dresses and our groomsmen wore khakis and navy blazers – and no one wore shoes!

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What made your wedding dress “you”?
I had never seen anything like my dress. It was made up of ivory ribbons, some of which even had a subtle stripe pattern on them. The ribbons gave the dress a sort of white on white stripe look causing it to look sort of nautical. I thought it fit with our wedding style because while it was certainly a very formal dress it had this nautical twist that made it fun. (Plus my husband, when we were still getting to know one another, told me that I was the only girl he’d met whose style he would describe as “nautical”. While I don’t think this was necessarily a compliment at the time, my tendency to love all things blue and white, has become a sort of ongoing joke through our relationship 🙂 )

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What’s one piece of wedding planning advice you would give to brides?
I think there are two things I would tell brides planning their wedding. First, I think what made our wedding so fun was our focus on making sure our guests were always comfortable. We did things like give them sandals, sunscreen and flip-flops when they got to the beach, and had water and iced tea waiting for them while they waited for the ceremony. We had big white sunglasses on every chair which helped everyone’s eyes on our sunny day, and also made for some great pictures!  Immediately after the ceremony we had waiters waiting with trays of champagne and cocktails, and the delicious appetizers were not far behind. I think when you’re comfortable you’re more likely to have a good time. I know when I’m hungry/thirsty/hot etc. I’m not super fun to be around so I wanted to make sure our guests had everything they needed to feel at ease.

Second, and I’m sure you’ve heard this before, don’t sweat the small stuff! I spent so much time stressing about the little details that I later realized was just so silly. I’m not saying don’t pay attention to the details but be sure to look at the big picture too, it will help you see what is really not worth your worry and what is.

Thank you so much, Jamie! Loving your tunics, style & advice – and of course, a sneak peak of your wedding! Readers, if you’re looking for more, be sure to pick up the next issue of The Knot (hitting newsstands in April) for more of Jamie’s wedding photos!!

all photos via Duffield Lane

{real weddings} Kerry & Colin – Engaged

Ask and you shall receive… I’m so excited to share my first real weddings feature with you today! Not only are the future bride & groom very near and dear to my heart, but their photographer is nothing short of fabulous. Kerry, the bride-to-be, fills us in on some behind-the-scenes details – While, Kina Wicks, captures their Chicago love story perfectly.

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Your engagement photos are gorgeous. How did you discover Kina Wicks?
Thank you!  We both are so excited with how they turned out!  As two not-so-normally-photogenic people, we were a little worried but we really couldn’t have asked for them to turn out any better.
We were really nervous about picking a photographer.  A certain style of photography for the wedding was really important to us and we had put a lot of pressure on finding the perfect one in our heads. We absolutely love the style of film photography as it has a real soft, almost antique look when it’s developed but knew that asking for film photography was raising the price bar significantly. Needless to say we were anxious to find someone who fit the bill and our budget.
I had worked with an amazing family and birth photographer (Suzy at Simply by Suzy) at my old job who shot mostly on film and had that soft, personable look that we loved.  Knowing she only does a select number of weddings each year, I reached out to ask if she had any recommendations for photographers that shared her style and love of film. As fate would have it, Suzy just opened a studio space with a wedding photographer, the lovely Mrs. Kina Wicks, and quickly passed us along to her!  We met her for an in-person consult a few days later and 100% fell in love.  Though we tried to play it cool in the meeting, the minute we both got in the cab to go home, we turned to each other with HUGE smiles and knew then and there that we had found the perfect person to capture our big day.

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Love that green dress. What made you chose your outfits for the shoot?
Ohh man…I spent hours thinking about what I wanted to wear and stalking other people’s (including yours) engagement pictures online. I knew I always wanted two different outfits — one a little dressy and one a bit more casual – but hadn’t really thought much about it outside of that.  Once we decided to do engagement pictures, I liked the idea of us wearing one “everyday” outfit so it felt more natural and less staged.
A few weeks before the shoot, I was browsing online and immediately spotted the green sheath at Banana Republic.  I love that it was long-sleeved and knew that I’d get wear out of it outside of the shoot so I took the plunge hoping it’d work out.  Luckily it did…and Colin loved the color!
I also really needed a new fall coat so what better time than now, right? I found the blue corduroy one I wore for some of the pictures while at LOFT one day after yoga and while there spotted the comfy cream and black sweater which I quickly snatched up. That sweater has actually become my favorite…it is SO soft and cuddly.
Colin didn’t really have a huge preference on what he wore so I picked up the grey sweater and plaid button up (which had some green in it to match my dress!) at Banana after work one day.  He chose the purple thermal for his second outfit from his closet that morning as we were getting ready, which turned out great.
The thing I love about the outfits is that they are completely our style and things that we continue to wear on an ongoing basis.  The more casual outfits make it feel like they don’t necessarily have to be engagement photos.  They could just be random pictures of us from a random day, which is nice to have!

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What’s the significance of the locations of your engagement photos?
The only place we really wanted to make sure we had pictures at was where Colin proposed – Diversey Harbor.  Over our years here in Chicago, we’ve developed a love of the city skyline view from this harbor and it’s really become a special place in our hearts.  Before we got engaged, we even bought a painting of the view because we love it so much.  That always makes Colin laugh because at that time he knew it would become an even more significant place for us a month later when he would propose.
The other locations we left up to Kina.  We told her we wanted some “downtown” looking ones so she brought us along the river on Wacker Drive where we got some amazing shots with the buildings behind us and some of our favorite “artsy” ones on the bridges down there.

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What made you decide to get engagement photos?
Going into the photographer hunt, we really had no thoughts about engagement photos.  I always thought they were really cute but didn’t see them as a necessity.  Kina’s packages always include engagement photos so that’s really how ours came to be.
Looking back, we’re really glad we did them for a few reasons.  They really gave us and Kina the opportunity to get to know each other and how we act in a photo shoot environment.  For most, you’re not used to getting your picture taken professionally and since you’ll be in the same situation on your wedding day, it’s nice to have a “dry-run” of sorts where you figure out what’s comfortable, what’s not, what angles you like of yourself and what works for the two of you.  For Kina, I’m sure it also gave her a better idea of how to get the best pictures out of us on the big day.
I also really like having nice, professional pictures of us that aren’t of me in a wedding dress and him in a suit.  Don’t get me wrong, I cannot wait for the wedding pictures and will for sure have a billion of them around the apartment, but these provide us with something that’s a little more typical or representative of us in daily life.

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So, when can we see more? When/where is your wedding?!
We are getting hitched on October 4 at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum here in Chicago and we couldn’t be more excited!
While it’s an out-of-town wedding for most of our friends and family, anything but a Chicago wedding just didn’t feel right to us.  We likely won’t be out here forever so wanted to have this be a really special day to celebrate our time here.

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Thank you Kerry for giving us a glimpse into your gorgeous shoot! (and thanks brother!) Be sure to stay tuned for more on their wedding journey!

note: I’m off for a little winter break – Back to blogging on Monday. Don’t miss me too much!

Photography: Kina Wicks Photography