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Wed d os s i e r · now! · S c o op An eco-lovely table set by Naturally Yours Events Bella Bridesmaid’s beautiful new location on Delaware Spotlight Frock Star! seeing Green Th e environmentally conscious Chicago bride has more options these days thanks to three companies hoping to help plan the spectacular—and sustainable— wedding of her dreams. Chicago Green Wedding Alliance certifi es local vendors (think Fig Catering and Greenhouse Loft) who use eco-smart methods to bring together big days. greenweddingalliance.com Naturally Yours Events believes couples should “start a healthy life together,” off ering services such as eco-chic vendor suggestions and recyclable favors. naturallyyoursevents.com Launching this month is the Green Wed Project , devoted to educating vendors on how to give their biz an eco-makeover and endorsing those who are already green. –Lily Hansen Bella Bridesmaid ’s new location above Salon Buzz on Delaware (just around the corner from their original sweet-but-small, 850-square-foot boutique) gives maids—and dresses—more room to stretch: At 2,000 square feet, it has spacious dressing rooms, four distinct appointment areas and 30 additional feet of rack space. After just four years in business, the expansion was already long overdue, says Erin Casey Wolf, the younger half of the mother-daughter team who opened the shop in 2007. “We were overcrowding racks in our old space, trying to have a broad selection of the best designers.” Bridal parties are giving the new appointment areas rave reviews. “You can still see, hear and feel the excitement from the next group over, but you don’t have to share the same couch or mirror,” Wolf explains. With so much extra real estate, look for several new dress lines to be added this spring. 1 E. Delaware Place, Ste. 200, 312.943.0344, bellabridesmaid. com –Amalie Drury Tr e n d Go retro with vintage stamps from Elizabeth Grace. stamp Approval In the era of iPads, Facebook and Evites, it’s nice to open a letter fresh out of the mailbox once in a while. Laura Manteuff el’s Lincoln Park paperie Elizabeth Grace has found another way to make snail mail a nostalgic experience: by covering wedding correspondence with vintage stamps. “Th e key is trying to mimic the look and feel of a couple’s colors and calligraphy,” says Manteuff el, who reaches out to collectors to fi nd the bygone stamps. No time to lick and stick? Th e Elizabeth Grace staff is up to the task. 2438 N. Clark St., 773.477.9830, elizabethgrace. com –Carly Geer A i s l e Fil e  BLiNG BUZZ in 2012, tiffany & co. will celebrate a milestone anniversary of 175 years. the bucktown artisanal craft, jewelry and gifts boutique Virtu is celebrating 10 years with a series of trunk shows throughout the season. FAsHioN NeWs in january, Vera wang chicago will open the doors to its new, larger location at 945 n. rush st. on the third fl oor. brides can expect a full assortment of gowns and accessories. james ciccotti, the beloved lincoln park destination for bridal shoes and accessories, has picked up hot handbag line sondra roberts. after 16 years in business, susan metropoulos, owner of continued ... 110 s p r i ng / su mme r 2 0 1 2 naturally yours eVents table photo by melissa hayes; bella bridesmaid and Vintage stamps photos by greg gillis

Wed Dossier Now!

Scoop

Seeing Green

The environmentally conscious Chicago bride has more options these days thanks to three companies hoping to help plan the spectacular—and sustainable— wedding of her dreams.

Chicago Green Wedding Alliance certifies local vendors (think Fig Catering and Greenhouse Loft) who use ecosmart methods to bring together big days. Greenweddingalliance.com

Naturally Yours Events believes couples should “start a healthy life together,” off ering services such as eco-chic vendor suggestions and recyclable favors. Naturallyyoursevents.com

Launching this month is the Green Wed Project, devoted to educating vendors on how to give their biz an eco-makeover and endorsing those who are already green. –Lily Hansen

Spotlight

Frock Star!

Bella Bridesmaid’s new location above Salon Buzz on Delaware (just around the corner from their original sweet-but-small, 850-square-foot boutique) gives maids—and dresses—more room to stretch: At 2,000 square feet, it has spacious dressing rooms, four distinct appointment areas and 30 additional feet of rack space. After just four years in business, the expansion was already long overdue, says Erin Casey Wolf, the younger half of the motherdaughter team who opened the shop in 2007. “We were overcrowding racks in our old space, trying to have a broad selection of the best designers.” Bridal parties are giving the new appointment areas rave reviews. “You can still see, hear and feel the excitement from the next group over, but you don’t have to share the same couch or mirror,” Wolf explains. With so much extra real estate, look for several new dress lines to be added this spring. 1 E. Delaware Place, Ste. 200, 312.943.0344, bellabridesmaid. Com –Amalie Drury

Tr e n d

Stamp Approval

In the era of iPads, Facebook and Evites, it’s nice to open a letter fresh out of the mailbox once in a while. Laura Manteuff el’s Lincoln Park paperie Elizabeth Grace has found another way to make snail mail a nostalgic experience: by covering wedding correspondence with vintage stamps. “The key is trying to mimic the look and feel of a couple’s colors and calligraphy,” says Manteuff el, who reaches out to collectors to find the bygone stamps. No time to lick and stick? The Elizabeth Grace staff is up to the task. 2438 N. Clark St., 773. 477.9830, elizabethgrace. Com –Carly Geer

On the Bauble

Romancing the Stones

From the rocks that set everything in motion to big-day bling for you and your maids, windy city brides have boundless jewelry options.

Chicago-based jewelry line Pretty Bird’s leather Wearable Juju bracelets— which can incorporate everything from grandma’s pearls to mom’s charms— have been a hit among bohemian brides since the brand launched in 2009. This season, try on Pretty Bird’s Mary wrist rosary (made with the bride’s own rosary). Price upon request at hereprettybird. Com >> Another Chicago bauble-maker, M&B Vintage, came out with a new diamond-encrusted version of its ’50s-inspired monogram necklaces this year—and the pieces are perfect down-the-aisle gifts. Available in both large ($2,850) and mini ($1,650) versions at mandbvintage.com >> Karen Lindner’s layered Tangle necklaces blend vintage rhinestone elements to stunning eff ect, and the glam strands recently caught the eye of country crooner Miranda Lambert. When she married Blake Shelton earlier this year, the singer donned a custom Lindner Bird necklace for the reception. Similar statement necklaces by Linder range from $1,500 to $2,000. Available at Belle Vie Bridal Couture, 34 E. Oak St., 312.751.2222 and karenlindnerdesigns. Com >> Gold Coast jeweler Geneva Seal moved around the corner to expanded digs on Oak Street this fall, and with the location change came a new bridal department. Six glittering cases fill the store’s mezzanine and, in addition to the house collection of engagement and wedding rings, the jeweler has added styles by Verragio and Simon G. 112 E. Oak St., 312.944.3100, genevaseal. Com –AD

Book Report

Say What?

Worried your best man will fail to leave his wisecracks at the bachelor party? Here’s something to slip under his pillow in the weeks before your big day: the newly updated version of the decade-old classic, Words for the Wedding: Creative Ideas for Personalizing Your Vows, Toasts, Invitations and More (Perigee Trade Paperback, $15). The book contains page upon page of poems, quotes and blessings that go way beyond website compilations. –Rose Clark

Trend

Small Wonders

“Ever since my very first wedding 20 years ago, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the children at the receptions,” says Debi Lilly, owner of A Perfect Event. Lilly’s firm has been handling requests for children’s birthday parties for years, and now, she says, brides are asking for the same kinds of sticky sweet diversions for young guests at their weddings. “The themes go on and on,” Lilly explains. “A petite beach luau for a recent Pebble Beach wedding; movie night; arts and crafts tables; and Candyland never fails—kids will sit fascinated by the pull-apart centerpieces and other décor elements for the entire duration of the adult dinner.” Kids’ menus usually include an amuse of celery and carrots with hummus and ranch, chicken noodle soup with oyster crackers, and chicken fingers with sweet potato baked fries. “We can create these tables for any bride on any budget, and kids will have a wonderful, interactive wedding adventure.” 3050 N. Lincoln Ave., 773. 244.9333, aperfectevent. Com –AD

Spotlight

VIP Venue

Just big enough for a rehearsal dinner or even an intimate wedding and reception, the new Private Dining by Sepia is all about applying the downtown restaurant’s vintage-meetsmodern aesthetic to private events. Gary Lee Partners spruced up existing design features by layering in a palette of neutral, sophisticated colors and dramatic touches like a Tony Duquette sunburst light fixture and an antique walnut and pewter bar. Menus cover Sepia’s usual Michelin-starred take on the farm-to-table movement (coff ee-cured beef carpaccio, braised duck, slow-cooked salmon), and capacity ranges from 60 for an outdoor reception on the patio to 70 for an indoor seated dinner (120 for a floating cocktail reception). Owner Emmanuel Nony is an expert scene-setter, and this is no exception. 123 N. Jeff erson St., 312.441.1920, sepiachicago. Com –CG

Number Crunch

687

The number of Chicago couples we’ve been honored to have grace our pages since CS Brides debuted five years ago with our spring 2007 issue.

I Do !

Pop Goes the Question!

Chicago native Timothy Hillegonds has always been a man with a plan. When he first spotted Erin Barker on his morning commute, he began inching closer, day by day, row by row, until he reached her regular seat on the Metra. Their first date was a week later. Two years down the road, Hillegonds devised a new plan. This one, however, involved a ring, an iconic Mag Mile setting, and months of good-hearted scheming.

“I’m probably a little bit more of a romantic than the regular guy,” says Hillegonds, who knew he wanted a uniquely Chicago proposal. Here’s how it went down...

Barker left the house on July 7 in her cocktail best, under the impression that she was attending a “young entrepreneurs event” at e Drake that evening with her boyfriend. “If she wasn’t dressed to the nines and someone was taking her picture, she’d kill me,” laughs Hillegonds. The hotel’s senior catering manager, Bill McCluskey, met the couple in the Cape Cod Room bar and escorted them to the Gold Coast Ballroom. When they reached the famous room’s closed doors, Hillegonds grabbed Barker’s hand for the big reveal: a single table set with roses from Mangel Florist for a private candlelit dinner, a violinist and photographer Amanda Hein discreetly capturing the moment. Hillegonds dropped to one knee and presented Barker with a round sparkler from Creative Design Jewelers in Palos Hills— which Barker happily accepted. The couple was married on October 2 at the Glessner House Museum. The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place, 312.787.2200, thedrakehotel. Com –Emily Howald

Fashion Flash

The short of it

Like so many brides, Rosie Clayton wasn’t quite ready to extract herself from the wedding world once her own spring 2011 nuptials had passed. So, she decided to keep the flame alive by turning a portion of her Bucktown boutique, Roslyn, into a salon for the untraditional bride. And while Roslyn carries several full-length gowns and takes custom orders, the majority of the salon’s 25-dress-strong selection is about cocktail frocks for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and more. “Our dresses would be great as second dresses for the reception, or perfect for brides doing beach weddings or civil ceremonies,” says Clayton. Designers include Sir, Suite, Elise Bergman and Sarah Seven, and prices range from $275 to $575 (long gowns are $1,200 and up). 2035 N. Damen Ave., 773. 489.1311, roslynboutique. Com –AD

Sweets Beat

Sugar Rush!

Pudding pops, pastries and whoopie pies, oh my! Chicago confectioners are making sweets tables simply irresistible.

TONI PATISSERIE & CAFÉ The Frenchy Art-Deco interior of Toni Marie Cox’s new downtown patisserie (a sister location to her Hinsdale shop) is a true reflection of her cake style: flavors are classic (think Southern white buttermilk cake with caramel buttercream), but her designs cater to the modern bride. We’re craving Toni’s chocolate-dipped strawberry trees for spring. 65 E. Washington St., 312.726.2020, tonipatisserie. Com

SALTED CARAMEL Ginna Haravon and Bridget Doherty’s Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn might be their biggest hit, but their new seasonal treats like chocolate molé pudding pops, watermelon coriander ice, and lemon raspberry goat cheese cups are home runs as late-night reception snacks. 847.345.6354, saltedcaramel. Net

SUGAR CHIC DESIGNS Amy DiTomasso makes even Raisin Bran seem glam. We love her twist on the typical sweets table: a “for the morning after” breakfast bar with make-your-own mimosas (Veuve Clicquot mixed with fresh-squeezed orange juice) and take-home homemade pastries, glass jars of yogurt tied with tiny vials of honey, and a DIY oatmeal station. 773.569.6506, sugarchicdesigns. Com

THREE TARTS BAKERY Three Tarts is all over the whoopie pie trend. Classic flavors— chocolate, red velvet and oatmeal—are sublime, but we think the banana split pie (sweet white cream filling wedged between two banana cakes spread with chocolate ganache) really takes the cake. 301 S. Happ Road, Northfield, 847.446.5444, threetartsbakery. Com –Kelsey Bjelland

The Buzz

Nice stems!

From his workspace in the Flatiron Arts Building, StemLine, Creative owner Ryan Turner designs like an artist, making up new styles as he goes, using props and vessels in unexpected ways, and constantly thinking up new ideas for wowing bridal clients with budgets both small and large. “I hand-select all of our product at the Chicago flower markets, picking only the best in color, longevity and appearance,” Turner says. Since opening last winter, StemLine meets with clients mostly by appointment, but the studio also fills everyday delivery orders—corporate, personal and social—by phone. Sounds like business is blooming. 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 214, 773. 227.7325, stemlinecreative. Com –AD

Burning Question

Looking back, what’s a bigday decision you fell in love with and would recommend to couples today?

Jesse deckard, event Creative

“I once designed a wedding for a couple that had this cool floral pattern on their invitations. We ran with it and incorporated the design on everything from the aisle runner to the cocktail napkins. Their guests appreciated all the thought and care that went into tying so many details back to a central element.”

Hilary schwartz, estera events

“The escort card is the first impression of the reception, so why not make it a statement? We did a wedding last year where we circulated a signature drink to each guest that had a tag on the straw with the table number and a band around the glass with the guest’s name. It was a big hit.”

Jackie James, Mojuba Wedding

“Last summer I attended an indoor/outdoor summer soirée in Michigan. The day was full of sentimental touches, and the bride’s fashion choice was the icing on the cake. She redesigned her mother’s beaded wedding gown into a short halter style that she paired with Christian Louboutin peep-toe, rhinestone pumps. She even saved the leftover fabric to one day make a christening gown for her future family.”

Fitto Be Bride

Posture Made Perfect!

Last summer, jenna zaffino, owner of pilates studio Helios Center for Movement in roscoe Village, launched a six-week b.r.i.d.e. boot camp program. Here are her hints for looking long and lean. –CG

Congrats on your recent wedding! How did Pilates help you get through the day? Having a strong foundation in Pilates allowed me to really ‘wear’ my dress as opposed to the dress ‘wearing me.’ My training strengthened the postural muscles of my upper back, abdominals and legs to the point that I was able to stand tall through the ceremony—and keep my shoes on the whole night!

Did your own wedding inspire the B. R.I.D.E. program? As I was considering my workout regimen prior to my wedding, it seemed that most were militant, boot-camplike programs that would turn you into a ‘buff bride.’ I truly wanted a more elegant, long, refined look for my body.

What breathing techniques help brides look slimmer in pictures? Try exhaling and rotating your torso slightly to create the appearance of a slimmer waistline.

How much time should brides give themselves to tune up before the wedding? It depends on your objective, but I think for anyone starting a brand-new fitness program, you need at least one month for your body to adapt, one month to progress your strength and one month to hone in on your goals.

What’s your No. 1 tip for brides hoping to reshape before the big day? Getting married is a progression and a transition in your life, so you should reasonably address your fitness goals in the same way.

Helios Center for Movement, 2258 W. Belmont Ave., 773.248.0920, heliosmovement. Com

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