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0 In Accessories/ Chicago/ Jewelry/ Vendors

Hand-Made Monday – Delicate Lace Jewelry by Branch

Happy Hand-Made Monday, friends! Today’s featured hand-maker is Sarah Louise Walker, the Chicago-based creator of Branchbound. Sarah creates the most lovely lace accessories — including jewelry, belts and headpieces. These lovely, delicate pieces would go great with a simple, feminine gowns or make perfect bridesmaid gifts, don’t you agree?

{Mint Lace Necklace}

{Victorian Lace Earrings}

{Lace Bracelet}

{Lavender Lace Necklace}

{Mirrored Leaves Sash}

{Silver Lace Earrings}

Corinne Van Arsdale is a Wedding Coordinator based in Madison, Wisconsin and serving Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago. Check out her website, blogFacebook and Pinterest. If you know of a small business/hand-crafter you’d like to recommend for a feature on Hand-Made Monday, email Corinne at

0 In Accessories/ Destination Weddings/ Eco-Friendly/ Fashion/ The Bride

Searching for Handmade Flair for Festivities?


Photo Credits: Nels Akerlund |

Aloha!  My name is Stephanie Fontaine & I’m the person behind Clark & Diversey, a small local business.  My company features one-of-a-kind handmade flair for festivities, including head pieces, flower fascinators, dress adornments & accessories influenced by adventures abroad (my goal is to travel to as many countries as my age) and my swanky hometown of Chicago.  Many goodies are created from eco-friendly fabric, luxurious scrap material from bridal gowns & cruelty-free feathers.  Clark & Diversey creates handmade flair fit for any festivity.

Since tying the knot at our July 2010 destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, I’m partial to collaborating with brides-to-be on an original, custom creation for the big day.  We’re overjoyed to once again be a part of IndieWed – the most fabulously creative bridal event, period.  For the first 50 couples in line tomorrow, you’ll snag an amazing reusable, silkscreened swag bag filled to the brim with some spectacular goodies from many of the talented IndieWed vendors!  Here’s a sneak peek of Clark & Diversey’s swag treats:


Check out Clark & Diversey’s blog next week for the full reveal.  Looking forward to meeting y’all this weekend!

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Twitter: @ClarknDiversey

0 In Paper Goods

Hello! I’m Steel Petal Press

Rustic Fall Wedding InvitationsMy name is Shayna and I’m the one -woman show behind Steel Petal Press.   I am dedicated to making high quality custom letterpress invitations and announcements with an edge for modern and less conventional brides.  I understand that every couple is different and every wedding has its own personality. I am here to help create a wedding invitation set that perfectly matches the couple and their vision for their special day.

I’m really excited to be back at Indie Wed again this year.  Alternative wedding planning is something that I have personal experience with and that I feel strongly about.  Below is a post adapted from something I recently wrote on my own blog about alternative wedding planning, and I why I love weddings :)  …..

One thing I read that stuck with me while planning my own wedding was to be true to yourself and make sure your wedding is a reflection of you.  It’s so easy to get caught up in reading all the bridal magazines filled with advertisements and images of “ideal weddings.”  But in reality everyone is different and there is not one right way to do anything.

For me, I was a *very* reluctant bride.  I did not want to wear a big white gown, nor did I want to walk down an isle.  In fact, at the time, I would have rather eloped in Vegas or had a City Hall wedding, but hubby-to-be really wanted the big celebration.

Please don’t get me wrong.. I absolutely LOVE weddings; I love attending friends’ weddings, witnessing their vows, I love the romance of it,  I love the dancing, the party, (the open bar) I love getting dressed up, and I love all the attention to detail that goes into the design and planning of the events.  (There’s a reason I’m in the wedding industry after all..) It’s just I had never pictured myself in the role of the bride, so the idea of being one felt false to me. But there was no way around it, I WAS a bride, just not a typical bride.

And, to be totally honest, looking back on the day, I’m really glad we spent the time to gather our friends and family together to witness our vows and to help celebrate the momentous occasion.  I realize it IS one of the most important days of your life, so why not create a celebration around it to reflect it’s significance?  Several years later I still  look back on the photos from the day and I feel happy knowing I married a wonderful man and we will be together forever.. (aah, sigh.. the cheese)

Anyways, to make a long rambling story short.. I am here because I 100% relate to brides and couples who love the idea of weddings and marriage but don’t want to take the typical route. I also totally understand the love of weddings, because really, I do love  weddings.

More important than being either alternative or traditional a wedding should be a reflection of the couple getting married.  This is something I felt strongly about when planning my own wedding and something I keep in sight when creating invitations for other people’s weddings.  It feels great knowing I can help contribute to help make a couple’s big day really special.  And it’s great that events like Indie Wed exist to showcase there’s more than one way to get married.

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0 In Decor/ Flowers/ Inspiration/ Uncategorized

Introducing Reenie Rose

Well, I say let’s get this posting party started!

Allow me to introduce myself…my name is Loreen and I am the owner/artist behind Reenie Rose.  Reenie Rose specializes in creating a modern approach to traditional bridal bouquet preservation via a custom oil painting on canvas.  To further explain, I’ll share a little story with you….

Here’s a beautiful wedding tale of a bride and groom that had a fairy godmother swoop in to rescue them from dust and clutter and ugliness.  A true Cinderella story of something not so pretty being touched by a magic wand and transformed into a timeless treasure for always.

Our story starts with our happy couple.  Aww, they are married and blissful.


And, they have chosen a most lovely bouquet of purple dahlias, lisianthus, merlot calla lilies and hypericum berries.  It was a gorgeous combination they wanted to last forever.


So, they dried it.  What was once a vibrant display became a brittle, lack luster representation of their special wedding.

Then one day, a fairy godmother came along and said, “Tsk tsk, this will not do.  Is this how you want to remember your wedding day?  I think not!”  With a sweep of her magic wand, a call into Reenie Rose and 41 hours of painting later, the happy couple received the glass slipper of all glass slippers….a Reenie Rose painting of their bouquet as it was on their wedding day.
Of course they lived happily ever after.  The End.

Moral of the story kids….do you really want to have your dried, dusty flowers sitting around when the alternative is so much better….I think not.  Be a fairy godmother to yourself or someone who would like a visual of fresh flowers with the fragrance of memories year round.

Hop over to my website to view my full garden portfolio of fresh floral paintings.  And, for a little extra, check out my blog to see what marvelous projects I am currently working on.

Happy Painting!