Monthly Archives: July 2013

Launch Our New Shop!

Hello Everyone!

If you’ve been keeping us with us on Facebook, you know that we have rented out a little storefront and are moving Crafty Broads out of our home and into a real shop! Very exciting!!

Well… we need your help! We have the space, but we are in need of equipment and furniture – such as work tables for our sewing machines, hanging racks for garments, office supplies, etc. So we set up an Indiegogo campaign to help launch the shop. We are offering some great perks to our contributors, and we hope we can count on you to support us with $25, $75, or more. If you don’t have cash to spare, please consider promoting our campaign to your friends or on your Facebook or Twitter account. You can find all the details here:

Launch the Crafty Broads Shop!

Crafty Broad Shop!

This is it – the Crafty Broads Shop!

Kinzie + Donnie’s Do-It-Together Wedding at The Art Theatre – Champaign, IL

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I first met Kinzie through A Practical Wedding and we became fast friends. I think I speak for both of us when I say I feel like we’ve been friends for decades already, even though that’s hardly the case. We have a lot in common, primarily a love of cooking and eating good food and belting show tunes at the top of our lungs in the car. When I met Donnie, it was easy to see they are a perfect match. I was truly honored to be part of their wedding day last May. (Yes, I am officially more than a year behind on blogging the work we have done…)

Kinzie and Donnie planned a wedding that was so very them: focused on their (delightful) families and friends, without neglecting artistic details. Let me show and tell some of my favorite parts!

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Since movies have played a key role in their relationship and they got married n a movie theater, they decided to embrace that theme – the ceremony began with a video they shot, starring themselves and their cats, which included the message to silence cell phones. They served popcorn in the lobby and made a movie poster for the feature film – their wedding – which was hung outside the entrance. The theater even announced their wedding with a custom marquee.

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They had one of the most touching ceremonies I’ve had the privilege to witness, officiated by a dear friend, with live music from another and a video reading of That Yucky Love Thing. The ceremony was slightly derailed when, overcome with emotion, Kinzie flung her arms around Donnie and kissed him before the prescribed time. In case you were wondering, this is the best kind of derailment a ceremony can take!

In what is a truly awesome feat, they fed nearly 200 people a delicious vegetarian meal prepared by… those delightful friends and family members I mentioned earlier. The crack catering team, headed by Kinzie’s Grandma Iris and Noo, a longtime friend and neighbor, put together salads, stews, and the most amazing guacamole I have ever tasted. Delicious soups were procured from their local Food Co-op. They easily rivaled the best caterers I have worked with, both on taste and teamwork. If only they were going into business, I would tell all my clients to hire them. =)

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They topped the dining tables with butcher paper, and left crayons and scissors so guests of all ages could create some artwork to leave behind for them. Simple centerpieces were made with farmers’ market flowers and empty wine bottles. The custom labels, designed by Donnie’s sister, feature an animated version of the two of them.

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For their cake, they served a homemade angel food cake – the same kind that Kinzie’s grandmother had at her wedding. The tablecloth beneath it was sewn by her great-grandmother. I really love it when couples choose to carry on traditions like this. Whether or not you adhere to the something-old-something-new thing, it is special to have bits of your family history with you as you mark the occasion.

Instead of a traditional guestbook, guests stamped a fingerprint and signed their names onto a tree (hand-painted by Kinzie!) to form leaves in shades of green. I have to say, this may be my favorite option in the current trend of not-your-parents’ guestbooks. I’m a big fan of something you can display prominently in your home to remind you of all the love and support your marriage has.

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They proved that a great iPod playlist can keep the dance floor rocking all night long – this crowd actually booed the last song, and did not want to leave!

And finally, they are just so in love with each other than you can’t help but be swept up in it when you’re around them.

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Kinzie, Donnie – I really mean it when I say I am so happy I was invited to your celebration, and I know you have many, many years of love and laughter ahead!!

VENDORS
Ceremony Venue: The Art Theater
Reception Venue: McKinley Foundation
Photography: Wasabi Photography
Soups: Common Ground Food Co-op
Everything else – food, decorations, flowers, music – was done by Kinzie, Donnie, and their incredible community of friends and family!

All photos were taken by Wasabi Photography and are reposted here with the photographer’s permission. Photos in this and all posts are protected by copyright, and are are not available for reproduction, redistribution or any other purpose without written authorization from the photographer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cake Cutting

Cutting our (homemade) wedding cake – July 5, 201

Three years ago, we got married. It wasn’t legally binding, and if it had been, it would not have been recognized in the state where we live nor by the federal government. (But we ate cake anyway!)

Two weeks after that, we made it legal with a visit to the Cambridge, Massachusetts courthouse – where the first same-sex wedding in the United States took place in 2004. In Boston’s Public Garden, a real Justice of the Peace from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certified our marriage. (And then we ate a swanky, delectable French dinner.)

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Getting legally married in Boston Public Garden.

Two years and four days ago, the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act went into effect, and we celebrated our first anniversary with an upgrade from legally unrelated people to members of a Civil Union.

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First Anniversary at the Pier

This year, we are celebrating our anniversary as federally-recognized spouses, thanks to the repeal of DOMA. Illinois is on the brink of becoming the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage (keep your fingers crossed this fall), and there are some cases making their way towards the Supreme Court that could result in marriage equality nationwide. That is a damn long way to come in three short years.

And we promise, when it happens, we will be throwing one kickass party.

For the time being, though, we’re eating Turkish breakfast, hitting the beach where we got married, grilling some burgers, and celebrating what we’ve got right now.

Third Anniversary at the Pier.

Third Anniversary at the Pier.