Weddings

Holly and Dan’s Backyard Wedding | Indianapolis, IN | Day-of-Coordination

Here’s another throwback post for you – this couple will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary in just a few weeks!!

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Holly and Dan found us through A Practical Wedding. They were living in San Francisco and planning a wedding in Indianapolis, and wisely decided to get some help pulling everything together!

So, we harnessed the power of the internet for video chats and many emails, added a few phone calls for good measure, and then made the quick drive down to Indianapolis for their wedding weekend! (Yes – we travel!)

Speaking of details, there are so many from this wedding that I’d like to share with you…

When I pulled up to this beautiful home, I immediately felt I was in an era of old Hollywood glamour! Photo: Eric Rudd Photography

This is Holly’s grandmother’s house. It is unbelievably beautiful. Of course they leapt at the opportunity to use it at the backdrop for their wedding! Aside from its obvious charm, this house is a place where the two of them had spent many, many days together so it holds a special place in their hearts.

Don't you love this outdoor family photo wall? Photo: Eric Rudd Photography

They decided to fully embrace the era of the home, using vintage colored glass goblets at their place settings and retro cotton prints for the napkins and table linens. Each table had a different print, and Holly sewed all of the linens herself.

Vintage goblets and bowls gave the wedding a retro vibe. Photo: Eric Rudd Photography

And my favorite thing? The seating assignments! Holly made magnets using the same fabrics as the tablecloths and napkins and used them to hold up polaroids of each guest; they found their table by matching the magnet to the tablecloth. What fun!

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After a lovely ceremony in the side yard, everyone moved through the historic home for cocktail hour, and then into a tent in the backyard for the reception. Though they’d loaded an iPod with music for the night, it ended up mostly collecting dust – Holly’s Uncle and his band were expected to play for an hour or two, but they honored the crowd’s request to go all night long!

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Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, Holly & Dan!

VENDORS
Officiant: Dan’s Brother
Photography: Eric Rudd Photography
Catering & Cupcakes: Monon Food Company
Florist: Circle City Planners
Band: Holly’s Uncle Tim
Hair & Makeup: Spa French Pharmacie
Vintage Rentals: Violet Vintage
Tent & Other Rentals: A Classic Party Rental
Portable Restrooms: Hoosier Portable Restrooms
Transportation: Integrity Limo Service

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

Crafty Broads is one of the Top 10 Wedding Planners in Chicago!

Chicago's Top 10 Wedding Planners according to Yelp includes Crafty Broads!

 

On Friday morning, we awoke to the very exciting news that we’d been named to Yelp‘s list of the Top 10 Wedding Planners in Chicago! We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, and we’re always happy to read reviews that tell us we are doing well, but it is amazing to be recognized like this in a city full of so many wonderful wedding vendors!!

This photo was from a recent wedding with a Pixar theme - so much fun! Julia got to be the remote control operator for WALL-E, the ring bearer!

This photo was from a recent wedding with a Pixar theme – so much fun! Julia got to be the remote control operator for WALL-E, the ring bearer, who rolled up the aisle and danced at the front!

We’d like to give a shout out to our clients – getting to know you and be a part of your big life moments is so amazing, and it’s why we do this job! We absolutely love meeting each of you, hearing all about your lives and your plans, and we sure like to think we are friends at the end of it! So THANK YOU!!

(And please keep spreading the word so we can stick around!)

Shauna and Mike’s Rainy Day Beer Garden Wedding | Chicago, Illinois | Day-of-Coordination

Continuing to play catch up on things we did many moons ago…

Shauna and Mike had a great plan for a fun and casual wedding – head to an Irish pub, get hitched the beer garden, spend the evening alternating breaks on the grass with spins on the dance floor. After all, what is a summer night in Chicago, if not spent on a patio seat with a cold brew in hand?

Sometimes, the weather does not quite cooperate with our delightfully imagined plans. It rained in the early afternoon. As we were setting up chairs outside, the clouds gathered and threatened to unleash a torrent. Shortly before the ceremony was set to begin, the downpour started. And that is why we make back up plans!

Shauna and Mike, along with their guests, were great sports as we quickly rearranged the schedule, moving everyone into the pub for a pre-ceremony cocktail hour. That gave the rain enough time to stop (almost as soon as it had started), and gave us enough time to quickly towel dry the chairs.

The ceremony, though slightly delayed, was absolutely lovely, with a stunning couple and some gorgeous post-rain light. Shauna wore her mother’s wedding dress, which she’d had restyled to better suit her tastes, for the ceremony. We really love it when heirlooms can be passed down and re-imagined this way! And rather than the traditional wedding party, these two chose to have their families walk down the aisle instead.

Thankfully, that was the end of the precipitation, and guests were able to enjoy the beer garden for the duration! Congratulations Shauna & Mike!

VENDORS
Photographer: Emilia Jane Photography
Florist: Ashland-Addison Florist
Cupcakes: Bittersweet
Photo Booth: Photo Booth Express
Venue & Catering: Chief O’Neill’s Pub

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

And the Winners Are…

Thanks for joining us at the Finally Forever Wedding Expo!

Without further ado, we’d like  to announce the giveaway winners:

Congratulations to Samuel Green! He and his future spouse have won their choice of a Budget Strategy Session, registration for two to our Wedding Planning 101 Workshop, or having the design fee waived on a Custom Wedding Garment. They’ve also won free admission to The Planning Party on April 1st.

Three additional couples have won admission to The Planning Party – Congratulations to:
Angela & Nicole Bolding
Stephen Lutes
Maribel Arroyo

We had a wonderful time meeting all of you, and we hope you got some great ideas and resources to plan a fantastic wedding! Don’t forget about our Marriage Equality Discount, valid for all wedding planning services booked by March 31st for weddings taking place in 2014.

What is this Planning Party thing?

If you are stressed out with wedding planning and you need a little bit of expert help and/or a big glass of wine, then it might be just the party for you! The Planning Party is a casual get together where couples are invited to ask us absolutely anything about planning their weddings. We’ll be featuring a different vendor each month to talk about their specialty and answer questions as well. At our inaugural Party on Tuesday April 1st, our guest will be Emilia Schobeiri of Emilia Jane Photography. (You may remember her lovely photos of Sarah’s wedding dress and winter coat or James and Liz’s wedding.) And, of course, refreshments will be provided. Follow the link above to register or get more information.

Kate | Custom Pink Silk Dupioni Wedding Gown

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When you’re over 6′ tall, it can be pretty difficult to find anything that fits off the rack. If you’re on the hunt for a wedding gown, you’d like to have straps, you don’t want a pouffy princess ballgown, and you don’t even want it to be white, it’s damn near impossible. And that’s why Kate came to see us.

She was looking for something classy and fitted through the torso with a trumpet flare at the bottom. She wanted her dress to have lots of texture to it. Of the design options we presented, Kate’s top choice was our “starburst” design, featuring seamed panels of fabric angling outwards in all directions from a central point of the dress.

Concept Sketch for Kate's Wedding Dress © Crafty Broads

Concept Sketch for Kate’s Wedding Dress © Crafty Broads

Work-in-Progress & Challenges

We often use padding to make a dress form into the same shape as a client so that we can drape our design on it; however there are some limitations. While you can add material to make a dress form wider, there’s no good way to make one taller in any area except the legs. And though many tall people are tall because they have super long legs, Kate is tall in every aspect – long legs, long torso, she is even long from shoulder to bustline. So for this project we chose to use a flat-patterning method – taking Kate’s exact measurements and using a computer and a lot of very specific math to create a paper patter that we could work from. It worked out very well and needed surprisingly little adjustment at our mockup fitting.

Seamed bodice in progress, as seen on a not-quite-proportional dress form! Photo © Crafty Broads

Seamed bodice in progress, as seen on a not-quite-proportional dress form! Photo © Crafty Broads

Finished Garment

We selected silk dupioni for the seamed portion of the dress from the knees up, and a 4-ply silk crepe to create a flowing skirt on the bottom, both in a blushy pink shade. This was our first time working with the silk crepe, and it was delightful to cut and sew. It has a nice medium weight to it, which made the whole garment hang nicely. The seamed dupioni portion of the dress created a lot of visual texture, and turned out beautifully!

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

Join us at the Finally Forever wedding expo!

We are thrilled that marriage equality has finally come to Illinois, and even more so that a recent ruling has put the new law into immediate effect.

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Please join us in celebrating and get started planning your wedding at the Finally Forever wedding show this Sunday, March 9th! The Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is bringing together all kinds of vendors, including us, to help you get started on planning your big day. DJs will be spinning, caterers will be giving out samples, and we’re told the wine will be flowing! Over at the Crafty Broads table, we’ll be giving away a free budget strategy session to one lucky couple – so stop by and chat with us!

This event is FREE and open to ALL couples, because equality is for everyone. Click here to register.

Meghan + Stephan | Lakeside Inn | Lakeside, Michigan | Day-of-Coordination

Continuing with our recap of weddings and projects, today I’d like to take you on a short trip to Michigan for Meghan and Stephan’s cozy lakeside celebration!

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We met these two at the Indie Wed show waaaaay back in the winter of 2012, which makes sense because their wedding was in the fall of 2012, which means, yes, I’ve been holding onto their stories and photos for a year and a half without sharing. Sorry. I hope you’ll agree it was worth the wait.

Meghan and Stephan rented out the quaint Lakeside Inn for a weekend of celebration. (Note: if one of your priorities is spending quality time with all of your guests, hosting them all for a cozy long weekend is a sure way to make that happen!)

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They planned an outdoor ceremony on the grounds behind the Inn, with the reception following inside. Unfortunately mother nature had other plans, and after setting up the chairs, taking down the chairs, and setting them up again, we had to make the call to move the whole party indoors due to rain.

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BUT. It wasn’t so bad, because we ended up staging the ceremony in front of the Inn’s lovely stone fireplace. With candles lining the aisle and their lovingly handmade details featured behind them, it was one of the warmest and most romantic settings you could dream up for a wedding.

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One of my favorite parts of this wedding was the inclusion of a few traditions from Stephan’s Ukrainian heritage. During the ceremony, there was a part similar to a handfasting, during which the officiant wrapped their hands in a traditional cloth, beautifully embroidered by Stephan’s mother. They took a walk three times around the altar to signify that marriage is a never-ending journey. At the start of the reception, they had some private moments with each other and their immediate families, where they broke a traditional korovai bread and shared it together.

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Custom spilled over onto the dance floor with a few traditional Ukrainian songs and dances. These two had one of the most rockin’ dance parties I have ever seen! Virtually every guest was on the dance floor, and most of them stayed there all night long.

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I couldn’t have asked for a lovelier couple or nicer friends and family to spend a weekend in the woods with. Congratulations Meghan and Stephan!

VENDORS
Venue: Lakeside Inn
Catering: Cravings Catering
Officiant: Rev. Carol Munroe Mosley
Photographer: Amanda Megan Miller Photography (follow the link for more photos!)
Florist: Asrai Garden
Cake: Bit of Swiss Bakery
DJ: Rachel of Toast and Jam DJs

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

Two New Wedding Planning Services from Crafty Broads

Wedding season is upon us once again, and this year we are pleased to roll out some brand new services! Without further ado, here’s what we’ve cooked up for you:

Wedding Planning 101

Did you recently get engaged, and have no idea where to start when it comes to wedding planning? Stop stressing out, and come get the basics figured out with us. In this 2-hour workshop, we will help you determine your wedding priorities and create your wedding mission statement; establish an overall wedding budget and get a handle on typical wedding costs; and get started planning a celebration that truly reflects the two of you! Couples will take away their own planning binder, including Crafty Broads’ wedding to do list, sample wedding budgets and timelines, and our list of the best wedding vendors in town.

Day-of-Coordination (DOC) Bootcamp

No room in your budget for a professional day-of-coordinator? Get all your wedding ducks in a row with our DOC Bootcamp! At this session, we’ll go over your plans and contracts, and provide you with the organizational documents we personally use for each wedding we coordinate. We’ll make sure you’ve the right amount of time for each part of the big day, and identify places where you may need additional help. We’ll also train your volunteer day-of-coordinator on how to run your wedding smoothly, including dealing with the most common situations that arise at weddings. Bring all your questions, and we’ll give you our secrets!

Please see our website for details and current pricing.

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.