Brides Chicago Spring-Summer 2012 : Page 70

Contributors Spring/Summer 2012 As bureau chief of BizBash Chicago, Jenny Berg covers fund-raisers and corporate parties every week, so it was a fun change of pace for her to write about an event with a love story at its core: an August wedding planned by Birch Design Studio (“French Connection”). “Marina Birch has such a sense of style, and boundless creativity,” says Berg. “Luckily, so did the couple.” Her favorite touch from the Union Station affair? “The first dance had a romantic reveal,” says Berg. “I hope some brides are inspired to steal the idea!” Amalie Drury says her gig filling in for editor Elise Hofer on this issue (Hofer was on maternity leave) was even more fun than she first imagined. “Looking at weddings all day isn’t a bad way to occupy yourself,” says Drury, who in a former life worked in a bridal salon and would secretly try on veils when the customers weren’t looking. “The couples are all beautiful and happy, and it’s fascinating to get an insider’s peek at the creative details that make weddings memorable.” Drury also writes for Chicago , CS , Departures and others. “I love capturing personalities,” says photographer Jason Riker , who jumped at the opportunity to shoot Belle Vie Bridal Couture owner Amanda Bonnell for our back page (“The Lady Loves Luxury”). “Having a collaborative subject always makes for better shots,” he says. “Amanda knows her salon well, and she brought ideas to the shoot, which is always a gift.” New to Chicago, R iker has been busying himself working with nonprofits, using his camera to tell powerful stories to help with fund-raising efforts. Brunch in Chicago is practically a rite of passage, so when writer Jaydine Sayer discovered Sunday brunch weddings were on the rise, she wasn’t surprised (“Morning Glory”). “Everyone loves brunch, especially a big splashy one,” she says. And then wedding planner Beth Bernstein of Sine Qua Non Special Events mentioned brunch weddings were the perfect affair for fascinators... “I was sold! I’ve been dying for an excuse to start wearing those.” Sayer’s writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Self magazine. For this issue, Kate Stahl reveals the details of The View ’s Sherri Shepherd’s celeb-studded wedding (“A Match Made in TV Heaven”) and uncovers Chicago brides behaving badly (“Brides Gone Wild”). “I’ve been a bridesmaid and I’ve been a bride, so I know how difficult both sides can be,” says Stahl. “My advice: Give your friends a break. Weddings last one day, but friendships are hopefully forever.” When she’s not talking weddings or babies (daughter Mae was born this April), Stahl is also the editor of PopSugar Chicago. “During our long history together, 23 years and counting, my husband and I have exchanged 889 love letters, and who knows how many e-mails,” says Jenn Thornton , who wrote about her destination wedding and honeymoon in the Maldives for this issue (“Wedded Bliss”). “So, while it was a little strange to write about our story, it also felt natural.” As a journalist and a surfer, Jenn loves many of the world’s shorelines, “But in terms of sheer beauty, and for what it now symbolizes in my life, the Maldives is my favorite place. It’s absolute magic.” 70 s p r i ng / su mme r 2 0 1 2

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As bureau chief of BizBash Chicago, Jenny Berg covers fund-raisers and corporate parties every week, so it was a fun change of pace for her to write about an event with a love story at its core: an August wedding planned by Birch Design Studio (“French Connection”). “Marina Birch has such a sense of style, and boundless creativity,” says Berg. “Luckily, so did the couple.” Her favorite touch from the Union Station affair? “The first dance had a romantic reveal,” says Berg. “I hope some brides are inspired to steal the idea!”<br /> <br /> Amalie Drury says her gig filling in for editor Elise Hofer on this issue (Hofer was on maternity leave) was even more fun than she first imagined. “Looking at weddings all day isn’t a bad way to occupy yourself,” says Drury, who in a former life worked in a bridal salon and would secretly try on veils when the customers weren’t looking. “The couples are all beautiful and happy, and it’s fascinating to get an insider’s peek at the creative details that make weddings memorable.” Drury also writes for Chicago, CS, Departures and others.<br /> <br /> “I love capturing personalities,” says photographer Jason Riker, who jumped at the opportunity to shoot Belle Vie Bridal Couture owner Amanda Bonnell for our back page (“The Lady Loves Luxury”). “Having a collaborative subject always makes for better shots,” he says. “Amanda knows her salon well, and she brought ideas to the shoot, which is always a gift.” New to Chicago, Riker has been busying himself working with nonprofits, using his camera to tell powerful stories to help with fund-raising efforts.<br /> <br /> Brunch in Chicago is practically a rite of passage, so when writer Jaydine Sayer discovered Sunday brunch weddings were on the rise, she wasn’t surprised (“Morning Glory”). “Everyone loves brunch, especially a big splashy one,” she says. And then wedding planner Beth Bernstein of Sine Qua Non Special Events mentioned brunch weddings were the perfect affair for fascinators... “I was sold! I’ve been dying for an excuse to start wearing those.” Sayer’s writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Self magazine.<br /> <br /> For this issue, Kate Stahl reveals the details of The View’s Sherri Shepherd’s celeb-studded wedding (“A Match Made in TV Heaven”) and uncovers Chicago brides behaving badly (“Brides Gone Wild”). “I’ve been a bridesmaid and I’ve been a bride, so I know how difficult both sides can be,” says Stahl. “My advice: Give your friends a break. Weddings last one day, but friendships are hopefully forever.” When she’s not talking weddings or babies (daughter Mae was born this April), Stahl is also the editor of PopSugar Chicago.<br /> <br /> “During our long history together, 23 years and counting, my husband and I have exchanged 889 love letters, and who knows how many e-mails,” says Jenn Thornton, who wrote about her destination wedding and honeymoon in the Maldives for this issue (“Wedded Bliss”). “So, while it was a little strange to write about our story, it also felt natural.” As a journalist and a surfer, Jenn loves many of the world’s shorelines, “But in terms of sheer beauty, and for what it now symbolizes in my life, the Maldives is my favorite place. It’s absolute magic.”

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