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Monday, January, 2, 2012  |  Weddings
Real Chicago Wedding - Amanda & Darryl
Happy New Year Guys....let's kick off 2012 with the beautiful wedding story of Amanda & Darryl.....their wedding story took place in Chicago at Salvage One.....all the gorgeous wedding flowers were designed by Vale of Enna.....Cindy Shanholtz and her wonderful team of Effortless Events as the planners....and their special day was captured by one of our favorite photographers, Jeremy Lawson Photography, we love it when Jeremy stops by the cafe to visit.....his work is always so AMAZING...let's check out all of the beautiful details and Amanda shares a little info with us about their wedding day....Enjoy!!


What was the overall theme/feel of your wedding?

"We never actually defined it, but we wanted it to feel urban and modern, with a vintage edge. I never actually picked colors and we went with bright, happy, end-of-summer, garden type flowers. As much as possible, we stayed away from ever having to pick a theme."

What was the highlight of your wedding day?
 

"The highlight was everyone who loves us being in one place together. People came from all over the country and even from overseas (Ireland, Uruguay and Canada!) to be with us. I felt so surrounded by love and it was an incredible feeling, beyond anything I'd anticipated or expected.

I also had a really fun day, in general. I had a relaxing morning with my parents and closest friends, and a fun time getting ready with all of them.  Darryl and I also had a great time taking photos before the wedding – we wandered around the neighborhood, tromping through some weeds and jumping up on loading docks and train tracks. It loosened us up for the main event and made us feel like rockstars."








While guests were waiting for the ceremony to begin they were handed cards with a wedding quiz and a sodoku game about the bride and groom.



The ceremony (which was performed by Amanda's father, noted best-selling author and Stanford professor) honored both Jewish and African traditions with the breaking of the wine glass and then the broom jumping.









100 pictures of the bride and groom with friends and family members were hung on string throughout the venue.
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Cupcakes from Hey Sugar! Baked Goods



Take home favors were jam for which Amanda, friends and family picked the berries, made the jam and labels and had the jam shipped to Chicago.







Darryl recreated Ducky's dance from
Pretty in Pink for his bride!





 Butcher block paper and crayons were at each at each table under the runners and the bride and groom had their guests' "art" preserved for after the wedding.










Okay, now this moment is PRICELESS...I love it!




What advice would you give to brides?
 

"Choose your priorities, individually and as a couple, and put your time and money into those things, and worry less about the other things. Going along with that, you don't have to do something just because it's a tradition. If it doesn't fit into your vision or you don't particularly care about it, you don't have to do it. 

For example, we didn't care at all about cutting the cake, but I am a big lover of cake, so we didn't want to

get rid of cake entirely. So we had cupcakes, and we served them first, immediately after the ceremony, with champagne. That way, everyone got to eat my favorite food first, and it was a fun surprise for our guests.  We were then able to get rid of the cocktail hour, and move right into dinner, speeches and dancing (giving us more time to dance and saving money on appetizers and cocktails).

 
After dinner, we had a make-your-own strawberry shortcake station for dessert, which allowed us to incorporate one of Darryl's favorite summer desserts. We both got what we wanted, we did something fun and different, and we got double dessert - everyone won!

Think about weddings or other events that you've been to and think about what made you feel welcome and like an honored guest. Then think about what little touches you can do to make people feel special and that you really want them to be there with you and that you're appreciative of their travel and time.
 
Conversely, think about if there have been times when you didn't feel this way and how you can make sure to not create that feeling. I was so grateful to everyone for traveling to Chicago to be with us that I wanted to make sure that they really knew it and felt it in all the personal touches."

Is there anything that you would have done differently?

"I was so busy on the dance floor that I never made it to our make-your-own strawberry shortcake dessert station! There were also handmade truffles that everyone said were amazing and I didn't get to try any. But if that's the only thing I would have done differently, it was a pretty perfect day!"




Jeremy, thank you so much for kicking off the new year with us....we look forward to your next visit...guys, hurry over to Jeremy's site to see so much more of his beautiful work....and to Amanda & Darryl, we wish you a lifetime filled with happiness and love!!


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