A Magical Five Years: Our Vow Renewal!

HI Birdies! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I’m super excited for this post! Today is the day that I share with you all about my vow renewal! For those of you who missed my anniversary post last year, my husband and i decided that we wanted to celebrate our five year wedding anniversary with a vow renewal with our friends and family. We wanted to do this because when we got married, we had a city hall ceremony, which was perfect for us. What was missing was the vows. I had written personal vows and inadvertently left them behind and Luis, well I don’t really know what happened with the vows on his end. Needless to say we did not exchange personal vows, not to mention there were people that missed the ceremony that we would’ve liked to be there. So it was decided! We would renew our vows and recommit our love to one another with all of the most important people in our lives in attendance. The process took a little over a year to plan with venue and vendor hunting. There were definitely some bumps in the road along the way, but the end result was perfect.

First we had to pick a place! Luis is a pretty easy going guy so it was mostly up to me to narrow down places that would be suitable. I really wanted something glamorous. We looked at restaurants, venues, and boutique hotels, and decided on the Ivy Hotel in downtown Chicago. It was intimate, but modern and perfect. After finding the venue all of the other vendors fell into place: DJ, Planner, Photographer, etc.

Sometimes when you’re planning a wedding, shit happens. Our “shit” was that I had experienced a job change where i took a minimal pay-cut to be somewhere where i would be happier and have more growth. Unfortunately the “minimal pay-cut” added up to the point where when crunching the numbers we could no longer afford all that we wanted to do. Devastated, we had to cancel the venue and the few vendors that we booked. I even considered returning my dress. I’ll admit, there were tears. Luckily I have the best husband in the world, who assured me that everything would work out.

After drying my tears, and pulling up my big girl pants (sweat pants, ha!) I was struck with the determination to find a place within our new means. Just when I was about to throw my hands up in defeat, I decide to reach out to one of our favorite restaurants, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Wicker Park. I was thinking to myself, “There’s no chance in hell that this amazing restaurant is going to open before regular business hours for a private group, especially not for less than thousands of dollars”. To my surprise, not only did they do private events, but at a price that we could actually afford! After that, everything fell into place for us. We did super fun custom invites,  confirmed our photographers and coasted through the rest of the process. Everything certainly happens for a reason and we ended up having the perfect day! See some stunning photos from our anniversary shoot with Elena Bazini a week before our anniversary and photos from our actual renewal event with Severin Weddings!

Anniversary Shots Courtesy of Elena Bazini Photography

Location: Winnemac Park

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Custom Designed Invitations Courtesy of The Art In Tara

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Vow Renewal Photography Courtesy of Severin Weddings

Location: Wicker Park

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Thank you to all of the industry professionals that helped make the day spectacular!

Venue: Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Neighborhood: Wicker Park

Catering: Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Dress: BHLDN Chicago

Veil and Alterations: Mignonette Bridal

Shoes: The Left Bank

Hair: Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio – Andersonville

Tuxedo: Men’s Warehouse

Flowers: Pistil and Vine

Invitations: The Art In Tara

Anniversary Photography: Elena Bazini

Vow Renewal Photography: Severin Photography

Accommodations: Godfrey Hotel Chicago

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B & B Does Wedtoberfest 2016!

Hi Birdies! It’s been a while but I hope all of you are enjoying the crisp fall weather that has finally rested on Chicago!

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Perfect for kicking off the fall season , I attended a super fun and appropriately named Wedtoberfest. Brought to you by the ladies behind IndieWed, Wedtoberfest is a fun wedding show combining wonderfully unique local wedding industry vendors with equally unique beer from Breweries in and around the Chicagoland area. The show took place at the lofty Artifact Events venue and was laid out perfectly. There were things to see in every area, with vendors on both the first and second levels, as well as the outdoor courtyard. Below are some of the wonderful professionals that i saw!

Molly’s Cupcakes

Molly’s Cupcakes is a Chicago staple and house-hold name when it comes to cupcakes. Known for a wide range of flavors, Molly’s is a great choice for cupcakes, other sweets (like rice crispy treats – yum!) and wedding cakes!

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http://www.mollyscupcakes.com/chicago/home.aspx

Regina Jules Bridal

One of the most exciting and eye catching components of the bridal planning process is obviously the wedding dresses! I was fortunate enough to meet Julia Tiedt, the creative, and fashionable mastermind behind Regina Jules Bridal. She specializes in custom, handcrafted bridal gowns and the fun part is that the bride is involved every step of the way! Just from clicking through her online gallery, the dresses that she designs vary in pattern, silhouette, texture, and style. I was lucky enough to get a shot of one for her stunning designs!

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http://reginajulesbridal.squarespace.com/#our-story

Bottles & Cans

Bottles & Cans is a lovely shop that specializes in unique beers, wines, and spirits. Why showcase at Wedtoberfest, you ask? Bottles and Cans is great for couples who have particular tastes in beer, wine, and spirits. They work with couples to customize a liquor package that meets their needs and reflects their taste. The cool thing about them is that they have a liquor license so they can come on-site and handle the bar portion of your wedding (if your venue allows). They are located right in the heart of Chicago’s North Center so definitely check it out!

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http://bottlesandcanschicago.com

3Larks Bridal Boutique

3Larks is such a cute concept! It’s a bridal pop-up shop that specializes in “once wed and designer sample gowns”. You’ll find in their inventory many of the bridal couture favorites like Maggie Soterro and Vera Wang, all at discounted prices. Keep up with 3Larks on Facebook to see their next pop-up! Below is a stunning gown from their inventory by Romona Keveza!

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http://www.facebook.com/3Larks/ 


Atmosphere Events Group

This was a lovely, rustic-glam display courtesy of Atmosphere Events Group that specializes, in floral, lighting, and other event design!

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http://aegproduction.com


Jazi Photo (Photo Booth)

The Jazi Photo Booth was by far one of the coolest things I saw. Not only is it a Photo Booth but it’s a cute little trailer retrofitted with a Photo Booth inside. It’s the cutest photo trailer ever, where your guests can actually step into the trailer and have fun photo sessions. This is an absolutely perfect option for someone having a wedding that has some sort of outside space or cool loft space where you can fit the trailer. Below are photos from the Jazi Photo website (my pics don’t do it justice-in my defense it was dark)!

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http://jaziphoto.com

I hope you enjoyed the recap of Wedtoberfest and the featured vendors! Keep an eye out on the B & B Event calendar for other fun wedding events and shows going on around the city and Chicagoland area!

Happy Planning!