Bling For the Modern Bride: Carried Jewels

This week I was dazzled by lovely jewelry at the launch party for Carried Jewels, an online shop for unique bridal jewelry!

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Happy weekend Birdies! I’m so excited about today’s post. One of my favorite things to do is meet lovely human beings in the wedding industry who are offering unique and fantastic services to brides. This week, I attended a launch party for Carried Jewels, an online jewelry boutique specializing in engagement and bridal jewelry for the modern day bride. Why do i love them? Not only is the business run by the two most fantastically refreshing women, but the pieces are affordable, nontraditional, and just stunning. No two rings are alike and they’re all made to order. As someone that keeps my eyes open to bridal trends, I find that most of the big box jewelers carry the same styles of rings. It’s so refreshing to find Carried Jewels that really cares about catering to brides that aren’t looking for rings that all the other brides have. I was fortunate enough to see (and try on) some of their beautiful wares in person at the launch party hosted by Honey Bridal . Such a fun way to spend a Thursday evening: sipping cocktails courtesy of Crafthouse Cocktails , indulging in sweet treats by Altissima Cake Co. , and trying on sparkly jewelry! Each ring has it’s own personality, and you can even, layer, stack, and mix and match your favorites for the perfect bridal set! If you’re in the market for a ring, whether its for the ceremony or an anniversary, Carried Jewels is definitely the place to look. You can see their full collection online here

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New Bridal Boutique: Honey Bridal!

We’re super excited about the opening of a the new bridal boutique Honey Bridal in Andersonville!

Happy Monday birdies! Its finally June, peak wedding season where brides are planning their big day, getting married and writing sweet vows to their beloved! Its a wonderful time of year. One of the best parts of planning is finding the perfect gown. I love wedding downs, so many styles, so many fabrics and so many bridal shops to choose from. I am super excited about a new bridal boutique that opened up this month called Honey Bridal in Andersonville. Brought to you by the lovely ladies behind the Milk Handmade shop right next door, Honey Bridal is a place where a bride-to-be can be whatever kind of bride she wants. Honey carries so many different styles of gowns and separates, and is brimming with sparkly accessories for the perfect bridal look. The store is adorable and they only take one bride at a time for the best and most personal experience. If you’re looking for a place where they make your bridal dreams come true, look no further than Honey! See some captured moments from the opening and click here to learn more about Honey!FullSizeRender 2FullSizeRender 3FullSizeRender 4FullSizeRender 5FullSizeRender 6FullSizeRenderIMG_6186

FRIDAY GIVEAWAY: Evening of Bridal Luxury Event in Chicago!

Enter for a chance to win TWO complimentary passes to Modern Luxury Wedding Chicago’s Evening of Bridal Luxury Event!

Happy Friday Birdies! I have a fun giveaway for my lovey brides to be!!! Make sure you subscribe to Birdcage and Blushers and you’re automatically entered into a drawing for TWO complimentary passes ($75 value) to attend Modern Luxury Weddings’ Evening of Bridal Luxury event. Join them for bites and bubbly and check out Vera Wang’s Fall 2017 bridal collection and the latest collection of sparkles from Harry Winston! Its definitely an evening you won’t want to miss!

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Upcoming Event: 3Larks Bridal Pop-up

15540750_1824830864455061_7196962430697055225_oHi Birdies! Its almost the weekend! If you don’t have any plans, definitely check out 3Larks Bridal Pop-up Shop this Saturday! 3Larks does bridal pop ups, offering once-wed and designer sample gowns at discounted prices! Sounds like a bride’s dream right? The upcoming pop-up will be taking place this Saturday at Naturally Yours Events studio. It is by appointment only so make sure you email to register. You can find additional details here. Just like any other dress hunt, don’t forget to come prepared with all the necessities when trying on wedding gowns! Check out my list of dress shopping essentials here !

Happy hunting and I hope you find the dress of your dreams!

XOXO

Birdcage and Blushers Event Calendar

pexels-photo-196650Hi Birdies! I just wanted to update you all and let you know that i have updated the Upcoming Events Calendar on the page. Use the calendar to keep track of the wedding events going on in the Chicagoland area. The calendar includes bridal shows and expos, trunk shows for wedding dresses and more! You can find the link to the calendar here

Enjoy!

XOXO

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

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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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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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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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!

Last Chance: Win Bridal Expo Tickets!!

Hi birdies! Don’t forget today Is your last day for a chance to win a ticket to the Luxury Bridal Expo (Chicago and Milwaukee, WI)! I’m partnering with the lovely Severin Photography to give away three Admit One” expo tickets to brides and grooms to be! All you have to do is like Birdcage and Blushers and Severin Weddings on Faceebook and comment “blushing bride to be!” 0n either page. The winner will be selected this evening! 

South Loop Sophistication: 19 East

Join me on my behind the scenes tour of the coolest new venue in the Chicago’s South Loop!

 

 

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Hello Birdies! It’s officially spring time and that means the beginning of weddings season! Everyone where from Brides in the last few weeks or months before the wedding, to brides early in the planning process. And as always, B & B is here as a resource for all brides planing weddings in Chicago.

This week, we’re highlighting a fabulous venue in heart of Chicago’s South Loop: 19 East. I had the pleasure of corresponding with the lovely ladies of Food For Thought, Kendall Tuite, Catering manager, and Anna Boltz, Assistant Venue Manager, to hear more about 19 East!

B & B: Chicago is a big city. How should a bride go about navigate finding a venue?

KT: I think the most important factor in locating a venue is figuring out guest count. Once you have that nailed down it will be easier to filter through the many different venues in the city as your guest count will determine whether or not you can fit everyone into the venue. Next, narrow down by style. There are so many unique venues in this city!

AB: The internet is going to be your very best friend! There are so many different and unique spaces in Chicago and it can be overwhelming at times to navigate. Details such as guest count and style will help immensely in narrowing your search.

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B & B: Can you give us a brief history of 19 East?

KT: 19 East is a flexible event space located in the South Loop. The venue boasts an urban, contemporary flair. The building has a rich history that dates back to the 1800’s when it belonged to the Chicago Illuminating Company, a predecessor of ComEd. Prior to being a ComEd run facility, it housed a shooting range for the infamous Al Capone.

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It was recently acquired by Food For Thought, a premiere catering and events company who’s been helping clients create unforgettable moments for over 30 years.

B & B: What sets 19 East apart from other venues in the city?

KT: The versatility! There is so much wonderful built-in architectural adornment. This allows the space to stand alone without having to bring in too many extra garnishes to enhance the space. On the other hand, the built in pieces are neutral enough that it is still very much a blank canvas. Therefore, those looking to transform a space into their own unique vision have the perfect stage here at 19 East.

AB: 19 East has so many unique features from the built-in bars to mosaic tiles that sets it apart from other similar venues. The size and setup of the space really lends to the ability to bring in a variety of different events as unique as the space itself!

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B & B: What type of bride do you find is attracted to 19 East?

KT: 19 East attracts the modern-day couple. This couple is looking to provide an urban and exciting experience for their guests. Each room has its own unique characteristics that lend to the ambience of the space. It is inviting and warm, while still offering that industrial look that is so on trend right now.

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B & B: The space is gorgeous on its own as a blank slate. What is one of standout features of the space?

KT: The alley! I love it when clients choose to dress it up and make use of it. From lounge groupings to sprawling palms, it is a dramatic way to tie in the urban flair to the space. I also absolutely love the beautiful view we have in the Hideaway space. You get the entire cityscape with the bonus of an El that zips by just a mere few feet from our building.

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AB: The shelving units in Commonwealth! It is always so neat to see what clients will put up there next. From simple yet beautiful votive candles to full-scale canvas paintings, product placement and more. The sky is the limit on how you dress up the shelves!

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B & B: What is one of your favorite wedding set-ups that you’ve seen in the space so far?

KT: Each set-up is unique in its own way, but I think my favorite is when we utilize a mix of different table shapes. Rounds, rectangles and squares all add so much texture to the room. A unique space should have a unique set up!

AB: I would have to agree with Kendall! I think the mix of different shaped tables is my absolute favorite. It adds so much to the dimension and overall look of the room. I really love when different chairs are used at the different tables too.

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B & B: Where did the gorgeous paintings throughout the space come from?

KT: There are two paintings on site from Chicago Native Susan M. Olmetti. The larger paintings in the main spaces are by Indiana artist David Randall.

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B & B: In your time with Food For Thought, you’ve obviously seen lots of weddings so I have to ask: What’s your Favorite wedding treat?

KT: I am a big fan of anything that has a personal touch that reflects the couple. When we have the opportunity to recreate a family recipe or come up with a specialty cocktail that is personal to the couple, it is so exciting to me!

AB: Anything the represents the couple or their families! I love when cultural or family treats are tied into their day. The personal nature of it is just so special and adds a huge layer to the day.

B & B: What’s your favorite part of a wedding?

KT: At 19 East we are lucky enough to be able to host ceremonies in addition to the reception. My favorite moment of the entire day is right after the ceremony. This is the moment in which we whisk the couple away from the crowd to have a moment to themselves in the wedding suite located upstairs in the Hideaway. During this time, I have the opportunity to send them food and beverages while they bask in their first few minutes together as a married couple. There is no greater feeling in knowing we made those first few moments together a little bit more special with treats made especially for them.

B & B: Your favorite color palette?

KT: I love the look of mixed metals in this space. Coppers, silvers, golds, rose golds, gun metals and etc. all really play up the industrial accents. I absolutely love soft greys, crisp whites and lush greenery.

AB: I’m really loving jewel tones right now! I’ve seen so many beautiful arrangements utilizing them and I can’t get enough. They work really nice in the space too because of the natural palette the white walls offer.

B & B: When you’re on-site for an event, what is one thing that you always have with you?

KT: A watch! During events it is very important that I am aware of the time. As a caterer it is important that we are sticking to a timeline as closely as possible. While I do always have my phone (I love taking photos) I think it is important to also have a watch during those times when it might not be appropriate to check the time on your phone.

AB: My phone for sure! Whether it’s keeping track of the time, weather forecast, in touch with other vendors or taking photos of the space all set up, I will always have my phone with me. It’s so crucial to be easy to get ahold of during an event!

B & B: Fun Fact about yourself!

KT: I went to culinary school! I absolutely love food and working with it. While I no longer work in the back of house I do try to cook any chance I get. I learned so much in Culinary school that has been so beneficial to me in my catering career. Writing new menus for client’s is one of my favorite activities. I am so lucky to have found a profession in which I can express my culinary creativity, while still being able to connect with my clients on a personal level.

AB: I used to be a ballet dancer! I grew up dancing and actually majored in dance in college. In the dance and arts world, I was a part of and attended many events growing up. Working in events felt like a natural progression because I was around them my whole life. Events themselves are very similar to a performance in the sense that there is a lot of practice and time spent leading up to them. Each event is another performance to me!

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Venue: 19 East

Venue Manager and Caterer: Food For Thought

Featured Photographers: Cristina G Photography, Roni Rose Photography, Avery House