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

Planning: Money Saving Tips!

Every bride has a budget! Here are some great tips on how to save while planning the perfect wedding day.

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s the weekend, which means brides are in the throws of venue hunting, wedding dress shopping, and other details!

Here are some great ways to save brought to you by Vouchercloud.com all about the little ways you can save.

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You can check out the full post here! Happy planning!

Birdcage and Blushers x Rent The Runway: Bridal Looks For the Bride to Be!

Everyone knows that your wedding dress is probably the most important dress a bride will wear. However, what about all your other wedding events i.e. engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, welcome party etc.? With your family and friends celebrating your upcoming nuptials, why not look gorgeous and polished every step towards walking down the isle. This was very special! For this I partnered with fabulously stylish Rent The Runway for a fun shoot in downtown Chicago. If you’ve never tried RTR, you should! RTR offers designer clothes and accessories to rent for any occasion and affordable prices!  I worked with the lovely Camille Ries from the Chicago showroom and we pulled some fun looks featuring some of their newest pieces that would be great for your wedding event needs!

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The first look we shot was this sassy black popover jumpsuit by Jill Stuart. I really wanted to feature at least on jumpsuit since they are so in right now. I loved it because it reminded me of the black jumpsuit Carrie Bradshaw wore to her rehearsal dinner in the SATC movie! This is a super chic look, great for engagement photos, or rehearsal dinner (or whatever you want really! The stunning gold earrings are Lizzie Fortunate, and also available to rent!

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The next dress was so eye catching! I love jewel tones! They are bold and look goo on everyone. This J. Mendel Plunge Neck Draped Slit dress was so elegant, and unique. I love this dress! Its in a different direction than your typical white dress. But it’s so unique and classy. Here’s a close up! Hello legs!

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And last but certainly not least, my favorite dress of the day. The absolutely classic and absolutely stunning White Harlow dress by Jill Stuart. If i were getting ready to walk down the isle, I’d definitely wear this at the rehearsal dinner or a very elegant shower. The shape is so flattering and the dress is comfortable to wear. We decided to pair this dress with gorgeous Crystal Rimmed Pendant Earrings by Oscar De La Renta!

Here are the links for each piece below!

Contining Scrolling Below for the full gallery! Enjoy, and don’t forget to use Rent The Runway for any and all of your needs for your wedding events!
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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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Happy New Year and Happy Planning!

Happy New Year and congratulations to the newly engaged! Here’s your planning starter kit to help you on the right track to planning the big day!

I can’t believe its 2017! Seems as if 2016 came and went so quickly. But the new year is about fresh starts and new beginnings. There’s nothing I love more than a wedding engagement during the holiday season. It’s said that the most engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Years. So heres to a fresh stat and congratulations to all of the newly engaged couples out there! img_4556

Below you’ll find post to help you get started with your planning, the Wedding Planning Starter Pack. These five posts have very helpful tips to get you started on the path to planning your big day!

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now what?

Friday Quick Tips and Tricks: Venue Hunting

Wedding Planners 101: To Hire or Not To Hire, That Is The Question

Wedding Planner Match Making!

Friday Tips and Tricks: Budgeting

Be sure to keep up with Birdcage and Blushers on Facebook and Instagram for all of my latest tips and wedding obsessions.

Congratulations again and happy planning! XOXO!

Favorite Wedding Movies!

Happy Sunday! There’s nothing like curling up on the couch and having a movie day on a Sunday.  Wedding movies are awesome for getting excited about your own big day, or if you’re just looking to take a break from all the planning.

I don’t know about you, but wedding movies are some of my favorite! Some of my go-to wedding movies include: Bridesmaids (of course!), My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Best Man, Sex and the City, The Wedding Planner, and Bride Wars just to name a few.

As important as it is to get all your nuptial ducks in a row, it’s also just as important to take a break every now and again! Check out these list via Buzzfeed and Vogue.com for list of some great wedding movies!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a wonderful week!

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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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!