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Moroccan Daydream Wedding Lounge

If you don’t already have enough reasons to attend the upcoming 6th 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 stylist (and Indie Wed alum) Katie Jayne from Jayne Weddings to plan this year’s lounge.  After some serious brainstorming, we are excited to introduce….

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Interested?  Well let me tell you more!

Inspired by a 1970’s California-meets-Morocco vibe, Katie is bringing the warmth and radiance of the sun to Indie Wed! Experience a state of zen while sipping on bright libations in our mystically alluring Moroccan cabana. Treat yourself to our complementary manicures and massages. Nibble on global themed fair while listening to some relaxing melodies. Catch up with friends or capture the moment in our photo booth. Soak in the good vibes and plentiful inspiration provided by the unique wedding vendors. Yes this is a wedding show, but the 3rd floor will be the perfect oasis for you and your love to unwind from all that wedding planning.

 

To entice you just a bit more, here is a list of the amazing vendors who will be participating in the lounge.

Under the careful stylings of Jayne Weddings, Art of Imagination will magically transform the 3rd floor space with a beautifully draped cabana, lighting and over 900 feet of tissue paper swag crafted by Jayne Weddings.  Katie from Jayne will also have a boho tablescape as inspiration to help anchor the room.  Bowery & Bash, Chicago Farm Tables, Chicago Vintage Weddings and Re:Find Joy will be providing vintage rugs, gorgeous furniture and details for the space while Ultrapom will bring the sexy to the lounge with their sequin linens and gold poufs.  Paper Stories is designing all the signage and paper goods while Julia Franzosa captures some amazing photos throughout the day.  Elysia Root Cakes will have a sublime Moroccan inspired cake on display.  If you are hungry, The Publican/Publican Quality Meats will have a tasting menu that is sure to dazzle and will be providing the perfect libations for this fete.  Have a sweet tooth?  Blackdog Gelato can sweeten you up with their tasty gelato cookie sandwiches.  After noshing, head over to the Smilebooth photo booth to snap a few pictures or get inspired to move with the playlist provided by Cage and Aquarium.  And if all that doesn’t get your relaxed enough, Spa In Your Space will be providing free mini-manis and massages from 11-3.

So if that doesn’t get you in the mood 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.

Pop-Up Shop Preview: Accessories

Only a week to go until Indie Wed’s first-ever pop-up shop! So here’s our last roundup of vendor previews. All of these folks will have their lovely wares for sale or special order at the pop-up September 27 and 28. To purchase tickets, visit the event page for more info.

Your ring is probably one of those things that you spend as much time shopping for as your dress, right? So you need to consider Simply Wood Rings. They’re made of natural, beautiful, and responsibly sourced wood, plus whatever special materials you want to add: gemstones, shells, fossils, or (for one client) antique bagpipe keys.

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Simply Wood Rings

For your head: Designer Nancy McAllister of Wildflower Couture hand-cuts and -dyes the silk flowers she uses in her headpieces and combs, and on her off days she studies with a master milliner. She’s also a wiz with sparkly things. AND she’s bringing a brand-new line of veils to this show.

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Wildflower Couture

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Wildflower Couture

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Previously

Looking for garters? But something special, right? The level of detail in Previously‘s work speaks for itself; designer Elide’s vintage reproduction garters are inspired by the illustrations of George Barbier and 1920s ribbon work.

The right dress needs the right bag, whether it’s for you or a gift for your bridesmaids. Kristine Fachet of Sur Le Feu has you covered. Armed with a BFA in costume design, she makes heirloom-quality handbags one piece at a time in her Chicago studio, using a mix of new and vintage materials, and even pieces of vintage wedding dresses.

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Sur Le Feu

Looking for garters? But something special, right? The level of detail in Previously's work speaks for itself; designer Elide's vintage reproduction garters are inspired by the illustrations of George Barbier and 1920s ribbon work.

Rock Candy by Helen

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Rock Candy by Helen

You might know Rock Candy by Helen for its pendants based on Jon Langford paintings and vintage stamps. But did you know Helen Tsatsos also creates one of a kind pieces from vintage jewelry remnants? Yup. Sparkly. And wedding-y.

Columbus, Ohio-based Peace Love Bling sources its products from women around the world following Fair Trade principles. The designs themselves? Sophisticated, fresh, and a great addition to a modern bride’s look.

See you at the pop-up!

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Peace Love Bling

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Peace Love Bling

More Pop-Up Vendor Previews!

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. This is the third in our series of previews profiling our pop-up vendors.

Today: Rania Hatoum, Celia Grace, and Pure Magnolia. All three 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.

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“Dora” by Rania Hatoum

 

Orlando-based Rania Hatoum‘s says her sophisticated designs are influenced by her cultural background (she’s half Chinese and half Egyptian) and her international point of view; she was raised in Hong Kong by parents who’ve worked in the apparel industry for more than 30 years. Rania’s tailored silhouettes and luxurious fabrics speak for themselves; her latest collection is focused on the use of luxurious laces sourced from Italy and France, Japanese pearls, and Swarovski crystals.

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Rania Hatoum’s “Maria” dress

When Celia Grace founder Marcie Muehlke couldn’t find a wedding dress that matched her values of sustainability and human rights, she was inspired to travel the world to find ethical and highly skilled fabric and dress makers, and she ended up creating a line of wedding dresses made with eco silks under Fair Trade conditions. Her Massachusetts-based company works to promote its values by donating a water filter to a family in need in Cambodia with each dress sold.

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Celia Grace’s “Marie” dress

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“Lucille” by Celia Grace

 

Pure Magnolia was started in 2009 by Vancouver designer Patty Nayel, who wanted to give local and international brides an eco option for their wedding dress. Navel’s collection is made up of customizable dresses made from European laces, Indian silks, organic cottons, and vintage and recycled fabrics.

Scroll down for more dress photos, and stay tuned for more pop-up previews!

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Pure Magnolia’s ballerina gown

 

 

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Pure Magnolia’s “winter lace” dress

Pop-Up Preview, Part II

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. This is the second in our series of previews profiling our pop-up vendors.

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“Dottie” by Maggie Evans Designs

Today: Maggie Evans Designs, Cicada Bridal, and Kendal Leonard. All three 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.

Maggie Evans is a Boulder-based designer who has been doing custom bridal since 2011 and recently launched her first collection. She believes brides should express their individuality through their wedding dress, and she names her gowns very thoughtfully; the Dottie gown, named after Dorothy Parker, is “sharp and witty”; the Mae (after Mae West) dress, with its colorful velvet bodice, pushes boundaries just like its namesake. And check out the “love” embroidered on the back of the Mae dress!

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“Mae” detail (Maggie Evans Designs)

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“Elizabeth” by Cicada Bridal

Twenty years ago in Seattle, Cicada Bridal was born, and co-owners Jen Gay and Elizabeth Klob are now master craftswomen. Their design philosophy is to combine figure-enhancing structure with fluidity and movement, and they make a wide variety of styles at a wide variety of prices (as you might expect from two down-to-earth Seattle gals). Best of all for Chicago brides: Elizabeth will be on site at the pop-up September 27 and 28 to consult with brides personally!

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Cicada Bridal’s “Cassandra” dress

Designer Kendal Leonard, who works out of Charleston, South Carolina, embraces clean, simple lines and uses organic cottons, natural dyes, and other sustainable materials. That’s right: not only are her dresses vegan (and comfy!), but she can custom dye your wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses. Most dresses are under $1,200.

Scroll down for more dress photos, and stay tuned for more pop-up previews!

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Kendal Leonard’s “Daffodil” dress

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“Iris” (left) and “Orchid” by Kendal Leonard Designs

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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