Congratulations to Kim and Zach!!!  Not only for recently getting married but also for creating the perfect combination of traditional and modern style.  Their traditional wedding really had a lot of great modern features. 

To start, the couple chose a fantastic venue.  The Grand Ballroom at the Joliet Union Station is a National Historic building and perfect for your wedding or corporate event.  The Grand Ballroom can hold up to 350 guests and features amazing architecture, marble staircases and beautiful 45 foot ceilings with chandeliers. 

The couple chose a really refreshing color palate of black, white and light blue with accents of bright green.  It all pulled together beautifully.  My favorite aspect of this wedding is the use of the modern black and white pattern that was showcased within many of the details from invitations, ceremony programs, linens and the wedding cake display.  As you know, I LOVE patterns and texture.  Kim and Zach’s eye for style really helped create a modern look yet they were able to keep the wedding traditional. 

The bridal party looked sharp, sophisticated and perfect for summer.  I love how the bridesmaids stand out in their blue dresses and yet the reception decor really focuses more on the black, white and green.  Kim didn’t go overboard with the blue and it really worked well to incorporate more than just two colors. 

This picture of the bride with her sister/Matron of Honor and her mom is so beautiful.    Even the mother of the bride fits into the overall style of the wedding in her fantastic black and white dress (very chic). 

If you find that you have always wanted a traditional wedding but you are more of a modern girl, use some of Kim’s ideas to create the best of both worlds.  Have fun with your style and you’ll discover the perfect look for your big day!

 

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Most of us have been lucky enough to be a guest at a wedding where the bride was generous enough to supply flip-flops for all the female guests.  Whoever originally came up with this idea is a genius. 

Another great idea is to provide yourself and your bridal party with stylish flats that match your wedding colors.  These ideas can be found at Lori’s – the Sole of Chicago. 

I have a client getting married this upcoming summer and she is buying adorable flats from The Dessy Group for her wedding party.  I also like how you can order other accessories like purses, tote bags and headbands that all match perfectly. 

Having a cute pair of flats will help you and your bridal party last longer on the dance floor without ruining your wedding day look.

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As most of you know 1154 Lill is an amazing “create your own purse” boutique located in many cities.   It is the perfect idea for your bridesmaids gifts.  You can create them all yourself and surprise your ladies or you can host a purse making party and let them design their bag however they want!  You can even choose your wedding colors if you would like them to carry the purses the day of the wedding. 

Below are some ideas I just created on their website: 

 

Here is a great shot of 1154 Lill purses on the big day!  Every bridesmaid got a different color ruffle (pink, green, yellow, turquoise and purple)  that were all jewel toned to compliment the dresses. 

 

As you can see……it can be used over and over again!  It’s a great gift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love these bright, adorable bridesmaid dresses!  The pop of color is a burst of energy.  Deep, bright colors like this yellow or  jewel tones such as fuchsia, jade and teal are flattering on all skin tones. 

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This bride didn’t go over the top with color everywhere – just in the dresses so it really made the beautiful ladies stand out and shine!  The rest of her decor was primarily white.  This is the perfect example of  a wedding where everything wasn’t so matchy matchy and it worked amazingly well.

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