Hello sunshines!  It’s Monday, which means we’re kicking off Bloggistas Take Over week here at TKB!  I gotta say, I’m crazy thrilled to introduce to you guys our first Bloggista of the week, Kristine!  You’re gonna LOVE Kristine; she’s a stellar writer, she’s got a crazy informative blog of her own called In Love, Engaged, and possibly best of all, she knows a pretty wedding when she sees one.  Her style and wit really won me over from the get-go, and I sincerely believe you’re gonna love her as much as I do.  So if you would, please show her some Monday lovin’!  Thanks, friendlies!!!

Alrighty, take it away, Kristine!

Hello, hello Knottistas! Knotty-istas? Knotty friends? (That last one made me chuckle a little.) I’m Kristine and I’m so very honored to be hanging out with you all today. I was beyond thrilled to be chosen as a bloggista–and a little dumbfounded to be honest. I swear, every day I read Alison’s posts and think, Man, she’s good. Way better than I am. But I think that’s how it is with writing, or anything you put your heart and soul into really. You invest so much of yourself that it becomes wrapped up in who you are–including your doubts, fears, and all those fun little insecurities. That’s kind of how it is with your wedding now that I think about it.

{How’s that for a transition, eh?}

As a very recent former bride, I KNOW how your wedding can feel HUGELY overwhelming at times. It’s supposed to be an expression of who you are, who your partner is, and who you are together {yeah, that’s A LOT}. It’s an event you {or your families} host for those closest to you but it’s also supposed to be a celebration of you and your spouse-to-be. Does anyone else sense the irony in that? Attempting to host friends and family while at the same time serving as the guest of honor? Any way you look at it, it’s a monumental task to accomplish. But that’s why I love wedding blogs and TKB in particular. These amazingly talented writers encourage us, daily, to focus on what matters, laugh off the insignificant stuff, and soak up all the beautiful, lovely, wonderful inspiration that make weddings so special and unique.

So without further ado {and seriously, enough out of me!}, let’s soak up some of that beautiful, lovely, wonderful inspiration, shall we? The wedding I have for you was shot by the very talented husband and wife duo of Roya Jade Photography based in–where else?!–Chicago, IL {cause that’s where I’m based and I just had to represent the good ol’ Windy City!}. Here’s what Roya shared about the couple and their fantastic wedding style:

Alicia and Chad are creative geniuses. Chad has a background in theater and Alicia is studying creative fictional writing. Together they designed a beautiful wedding with live music, dancing in the aisles, and a ton of creative DIY touches. They were married on the south side of Chicago at 63rd Street Beach House on the shore of Lake Michigan. Vintage books were used for their table numbers, glass milk bottles were used for vases, and wooden honey dippers were the favors that correlated with their Milk and Honey themed wedding. They even constructed a doorway for Alicia to walk through with her father down the aisle.  Each detail, color, and event was carefully constructed by the couple, and boy did it pay off. This was by far the most creative wedding my husband and I ever shot!

I’m such a sucker for DIY weddings! They’re so full of simple, unique ideas, perfectly crafted details, and–most of the time–mason jars {my favorite}. This wedding doesn’t disappoint. From the vintage handkerchiefs, to the pops of yellow and blue {craspedia rules, y’all}, to the books as table numbers and potted succulents as centerpieces {and don’t forget those blue mason jars}, this wedding takes your breath away one. detail. at. a. time. Oh, and Alison, those succulents are for you, my friend. Who loves ya babe?

PS. Slurpees as a photo prop? YES. PLEASE.

xoxo!  - Kristine, In Love, Engaged

Photography: Roya Jade Photography / Venue: 63rd Street Beach House (Chicago Park District) /Dress: Enzoani, Modeca Line from Weddings 826 /Bridesmaid dresses: Ruche /Hair: Hannah Bonham/Makeup: Kelly Smith/Flowers: Cattails /Catering: Phil Stefani /Cake: Jeremy Brutzkus, Longman & Eagle / DJ: Jesse Armerding

Label(s): The Bloggistas, {DIY + Freebies}, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Libby {Follow the Wife} on September 19, 2011

    Lovely! Very good point about planning a wedding. It’s a struggle to make the day a reflection of yourself, while also playing host. Luckily there’s someone else on hand to make sure all the guests have a full drink in hand. That’s a hostess task no bride should have to take on!

  2. Brancoprata on September 19, 2011

    So many beautiful details!!! Love how they used old books as table numbers!!!!

  3. Claire on September 19, 2011

    I LOVE yellow and those yellow shoes work magically with those dresses! I want them.

  4. Jayna on September 19, 2011

    Love the idea of a milk and honey themed wedding. So cute! Love her necklace too, really beautiful. I especially love the slurpees as props but also just to enjoy on a hot wedding day!!! And I’m a lover of succulents too, but I guess who isn’t these days? :) Perfect centerpiece idea. We’re doing succulent centerpieces at our wedding, too! Thanks for the great inspiration :)

  5. Marie @ Emici Bridal on September 19, 2011

    Really love the playful tug of war and the pics of the ceremony are so adorable! Too cute!

  6. Lena on September 19, 2011

    I might have a girl crush on Kristine, and I definitely have an event crush on this wedding-how gorgeous!

  7. Kristine {in love, engaged} on September 19, 2011

    Libby-I completely agree. I’m pretty sure I made an {unintentional} plug for hiring a planner but it’s important not to have to worry about playing hostess on your day!

    Jayna-Succulents rule. So glad you’re using them for your wedding!

    Lena-MUTUAL girl crush. The end.

  8. Linda at Cedarwood Weddings on September 20, 2011

    Some of our favorite elements all rolled together! We adore this one.

  9. Bridal Jewellery on September 20, 2011

    awwwww gorgeous shoot! and her necklace is so pretty. xx

  10. Hochzeits DJ on September 20, 2011

    Really love the table-settings. It’s so downsized and so inspirational to me. Love it!

  11. Lauren @ ELD on September 20, 2011

    Awesome wedding!!!

  12. Deanne on September 20, 2011

    I’ve been cynical about weddings for a few years now, but this DIY wedding has inspired me and got me believing that it is truly possible to have the wedding be both about you and about your guests. The magic of weddings left me when I was 25, but reading your blog, has got me rekindling that romance, Kristine. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your honesty at the beginning of this blog!

  13. Robin on September 20, 2011

    Really, really sweet and lovely. That yellow is just perfect – and so many incredible details. Love the old hankies!

  14. Marissa - After Flats on September 22, 2011

    Cool motif! I like the ‘feel’ on this wedding…very casual, light and romantic! very gorgeous!

  15. Erica Brooks on September 25, 2011

    What a sweet couple. Love all of the details.

  16. LC on October 5, 2011

    This is a great post! Thanks!

  17. Anna Pindara (caterer) on October 20, 2011

    Chad & Alicia were a dream to work with!
    I had so much fun helping them bring their theme full circle with the bar and menu!

  18. Lourdes Roberts on April 17, 2013

    looking at this venue as an option. I love Alicia and Chad’s detials.


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