Wedding File: A NYE Gold Coast Affair

525744_10151424785684605_65778179_n  There really is no better way to ring in the New Year than with a wedding–even better yet, a black tie Chicago affair in the Gold Coast no less!  Add the old glamour of the Racquet Club and you have one fairytale wedding full of glitzy New Year’s Eve goodness.  A year ago today, I had just such a privilege.  Heart aflutter in my bridesmaid best donning a statuesque floor length Jenny Yoo creation for my oldest and dearest friend (not to mention one of the most stylish, witty and fun ladies I know–just sayin), I can’t think of a better way to launch the New Year!  In shades of gray, blush, gold and silver, this swanky soiree captured old Chicago glamour with modern, elegant perfection.  So much fabulousness!

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Dress: Lela Rose // Flowers: Hello Darling // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Reception: Racquet Club of Chicago // Photography: JPP Studios

A Charleston Wedding

With wedding season in full swing, I thought it fitting to feature one of my favorites–my youngest brother being the groom might have something to do with it…just sayin!  Charleston was a no-brainer when it came to deciding the locale (the couple met at the College of Charleston) and Fenwick Hall, a stately pre-civil war plantation off the intercoastal,  served as an idyllic backdrop merging Southern charm and casual elegance.

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Calder Clark put on a fabulous event styled with accents of emerald green, navy and white.  Striped drum shades echoed the preppy vibe while milk glass vases and hand tied arrangements lent a dose of vintage elegance to the tablescape.   And the food–amazing!

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I’ve never really been into wedding cake, however, this monogrammed showstopper was a game changer… Gorgeous!

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Congrats guys!

Photography by Gayle Brooker Photography

Southern Charm, Vintage Sophistication

As I prepare to be a bridesmaid this weekend, I couldn’t think of a better location or time of year for a wedding in Charleston.  I never put much thought into it until I was picking up my dress from alterations (a long charcoal grey Amsale number) and came across the September edition of Charleston Weddings.  While I have this thing against reading wedding magazines when you’re not engaged or have any real reason to be reading them, I was ten minutes early(a rarity) and there was nothing else to read…  So, I put my eccentricities aside and I have to say I was truly enamored by this October 2010 wedding at the Thomas Bennett House.  Umm, it’s pretty ideal. 

LOVE the dress, a family heirloom belonging to the bride’s great-great-great grandmother.  Go figure.

Like most southern weddings, this couple opted for food stations over a sit down dinner.  With bistro-style tables, the casual seating and strands of lights lend a romantic european feel.  Add some handsome live oak trees, spanish moss and sounthern charm- you can’t go wrong!  They definitely do weddings right in Charleston.