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Indie Wed Pop-Up: A Wed Altered Bridal Shop

By now you might have heard that Indie Wed is collaborating with Wed Altered to host its first-ever pop-up shop this September, bringing a variety of out-of-town independent bridal designers to Chicago for the first time. So we thought we’d preview some of the designers and goodies that will be for sale! Starting this week, we’ll do a regular post profiling our pop-up vendors.

Today: Janay A HandmadeThe Cotton Bride, and Deborah Lindquist. All three of these designers will have gowns available to try on and order at the pop-up September 27 and 28. Tickets are a mere $5 (to offset costs of dressing rooms and the venue) and include a complimentary drink. Purchase 3 or more tickets and they are only $4 a piece. To purchase tickets, visit the event page for more info.

Janay Mallela, the design force behind Kansas City-based Janay A Handmade, is passionate about sustainability; many her dresses are made from organic cottons and hemp-silk blends. Her silhouettes are organic too, evoking natural shapes like flowers and flowing water. 

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“Willow” by Janay A Handmade

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Janay A’s “Yarrow” dress



Los Angeles designer Deborah Lindquist has been working with environmentally conscious fabrics for more than three decades; her gowns incorporate a mix of a mix of recycled, sustainable, and organic fabrics. But the details–oh, the details. Just check out the embellishment on her blush “Rose” dress.

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“Rose” by Deborah Lindquist
















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Deborah Lindquist’s “Cinderella” gown

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“Valerie” by the Cotton Bride




Long Island City label The Cotton Bride started designing wedding gowns in cotton because designer Chris Kole thought they would be more comfortable that way. But vegan brides didn’t take long to catch on to the idea, and now Cotton Bride is known for sustainable, breathable, and beautiful cotton lace and textured cotton dresses.













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The Cotton Bride’s “Harper” dress

Stay tuned for more pop-up previews!

Oscar Inspiration

For those looking for fashion inspiration for their big day, many turn to events such as the Oscars. Lets face it. People watch for the fashion just as much, if not more than for the awards themselves.  Its where all the gorgeous, rich people are found in one place, at the same time.

Lupita Nyong’o accepts her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in ’12 years A Slave’

Love it or hate it, what people show up wearing can inspire and dictate future trends, including those in the wedding industry.  So I’m jumping in the fray with a few of my picks for dresses that would inspire any bride to be for her wedding day.


from L to R: Portia De Rosi in Naeem Khan, Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta, Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra, Maria Menunos in Johanna Johnson

There were a lot (A LOT) of nude and blush tone dresses and a lot of detail from cut outs to sparkles and bits of fluff.  For the most part, these dresses were very form fitting with a lot of trains that puddle on the floor.  I’m glad to see that those big Disney princess ballgowns of years past are no longer.  While there was plenty of skin it seemed to make its way mostly through plunging necklines or sheer  panels.  It was subtle and classy.  Overall the ladies looked lovely and I think any of these dresses would make wonderful inspiration for a bride.


from L to R: Julia Delpy in Jenny Packham, Lupita Nyong’o in Prada, Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé, Jessica Biel in Chanel Haute Couture

I think my favorite look of the night was Lupita Nyong’o.  I loved her soft blue dress, simple jewelry, and sparkling headband.  She was just stunning.  I think her dress seemed so light and airy compared to many of these other heavily decorated and bejeweled dresses.  She looked effortless.

For those of you getting married, did any of the oscar looks inspire you?  Do tell.

The Cirque de l’Amour Wedding Lounge

If you don’t already have enough reasons to attend the upcoming 5th Annual Winter Indie Wed, let me give you one more!  Similar to last year’s event we will be transforming the entire 3rd floor of the Ravenswood Event Center into a lounge for attendees to relax in between visits with vendors below.  I asked local event planner (and Indie Wed alum) Carlene from Naturally Yours Events to plan this year’s lounge.  After some serious brainstorming, we are excited to introduce….

Cirque de l'Amour Wedding Lounge at Indie Wed Wedding Show & Market

Interested?  Well let me tell you more!

Inspired by an era where Vaudeville shows and carnivals provided entertainment and glamour, Carlene with Naturally Yours Events is bringing all the romance and whimsy of a vintage circus to Indie Wed! Imagine relaxing under the big top of twinkling cafe lights and ruffled parasols or cozying up with a craft cocktail on a vintage settee. Enjoy performances that will spark wonder and music that will whisk you away to a Parisian jazz lounge. Sample circus themed bites and decadent sweets before puckering up in a handmade kissing booth. Casually chat will vendors and other guests or test your skills at our carnival inspired games to win some prizes for your big day! Best yet, all these vendors are committed to being eco-friendly both professionally and personally. This lounge is a perfect retreat for both guys and gals to relax, meet cool vendors, and be inspired.

To entice you just a bit more, here is a list of the amazing vendors who will be participating in the lounge.  Many of them also have booths on the first and second floors as well (denoted by *).

Art of Imagination will magically transform the 3rd floor space with beautiful draping and lighting, utilizing the eclectic bunch of parasols from Bella UmbrellaFab Flora* will add a touch of romance with textured florals in burgundy and blush. Vintage couches, settees, trunks, and gorgeous furniture will be provided by Shadowbox Dreams Vintage RentalsNimblewell* will work with Luscious Layers Bakery* in providing rustic crates and vintage platters for all their yummy baked goods to sample. What would a carnival be without cotton candy? Our friends at Spin-Spun will be whipping up their all natural cotton candy to enjoy. FIG Catering is working on a menu that is sure to dazzle and will be providing the perfect libations for this soiree. We heard a rumor of craft cocktails! Fumee Gypsy Project will be on stage and Doodle Booth* will be providing hand drawn caricatures. Vaudezilla will dazzle and delight guests with vintage inspired can can performances.  Cage and Aquarium* will put together the perfect playlist while our performers are on break. Paper Stories is designing all the signage and paper goods to pull in all the details, while Tuan H. Bui Photographer captures some amazing photos to document our fantastic lounge. Don’t forget to hop behind the kissing booth and say hello to the gal who put this all together, Carlene of Naturally Yours Events.

So if that doesn’t sweeten the pot even more, I don’t know what will.  This year’s show is going to be amazing and this will be just one more reason you will be glad you came.  Tickets are on sale now.  Visit here to get yours while they are still available.

Date Nite with Red Envelope

As the date for our next Indie Wed event approaches, it is hard not to think about all the couples who will be getting not only married, but those who will also be getting engaged.  The holiday season is the most popular time of the year for engagements!  After the holidays pass, we fall pretty quickly into Valentines Day.  Did you know that February 14th is the single most popular date for weddings in the U.S.?

For anyone who is looking for an uber romantic wedding idea for V-day nuptials, the Empire State Building is hosting their 20th annual Valentine’s Day Contest.  Not one but three lucky couples will win a wedding (or vow renewal) atop the Empire State Building.  (Any Sleepless in Seattle or Affair to Remember fans out there?)  Our friends with Red Envelope, along with Pro Flowers have been asked to be the lead designers for the three weddings.

In anticipation of the contest, Red Envelope approached Indie Wed to curate a collection of our favorite items from their wedding gifts collection.  We happily obliged, picking items with the theme “Date Nite At Home” in mind.

Indie Wed for Red Envelopeclockwise from top left… personalized mason jar kitchen towels,
personalized cutting board, stoneware bowl set,
8-piece beer tasting set, eco pillow – happily ever after

I could totally imagine a night home with your sweetie, cooking dinner together then curling up on the couch with some beer and popcorn for a late night movie.  While these 5 items were chosen from their wedding collection, honestly there are so many interesting gift ideas throughout the whole site, many of which are created by independent designers in the U.S.  (check out their rotating Meet the Makers section)

To enter the Empire State Building Valentine’s Day Contest, simply head over to their facebook page for more details.  Entries must be submitted by December 5th.

Note: Indie Wed received no compensation of any kind for this post.  The items selected were based on our own opinion of fun and useful gifts for a newly married couple.

Color Crazed: Olive & Blackberry

It’s hard to believe summer is on it’s way out already, so let’s take the time to fit in some fruity drinks, floral wreaths and fresh accents – the essentials for a summer wedding.



image credits {clockwise from top left}: cocktail via We Heart It / centerpiece via Bollea / bouquet via Elizabeth Anne Designs / floral wreath via A Northwoods Wedding / invitation via Minted / bridesmaids via Style Me Pretty

How About A Giveaway?

The Summer Indie Wed is officially less than two weeks away!  Eeek.  I always get excited and nervous at the same time.  Just like a real wedding.  Well, almost.  Anyway, in honor of our impending big event, I’ve decided to do something special.Summer 2013 postcard front

If you haven’t bought your tickets to Indie Wed yet (what are you waiting for?) then perhaps this little giveaway will be perfect for you.  I’m giving away a handful of tickets to some lucky folks.  Just enter using one of the three methods listed… comment below, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.  Easy as pie!  Mmmm. Pie!  One person will win a tw0-pack of tickets and another winner will win a four-pack of tickets.  Perfect for bringing your betrothed and maybe even a few besties too.

Enter now through Wednesday the 17th.  Winners will be announced and notified at the end of the week.

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