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10 In Inspiration/ Real Weddings

Colorful California Wedding

When it was wedding planner Cassandra’s turn to walk down the aisle to marry her fiance, Jeremy, she knew she wanted to incorporate all of her favorite things. Balloons, confetti, and sparkles were essential for this California shindig.


Cassandra’s dress featured a detachable sparkly cape to take the place of a veil while she rocked a crystal gemstone tiara, while Jeremy donned a three-piece, gray suit. The ceremony took place in a studio space filled with balloons and string lighting. As the couple were pronounced husband and wife, confetti cannons went off, filling the space with


What really stole the show at the reception? It wasn’t the handsome groom or the lovely bride but rather the ring ‘bear’er and the flower girl.


The reception took place at the historic Padre Hotel in Bakersfield, CA on their rooftop terrace. Guests were greeted with bottle opener party favors that also doubled as their seating assignment. After dinner and toasts,  guests could visit an entire room dedicated to the sweets of Harry Potter and Willy Wonka, featuring chocolate golden snitches and lickable wallpaper. Towards the end, the bride changed into a shorter, second dress and sparkly converse, perfect for dancing the night away with her new husband.



Bridesmaid Dresses: Stop Staring! Clothing
Balloons: Ballooniverse
Invitation Designer: Matinae Design Studio
Apparel: Fino’s Menswear and Tuxedo
Dress Store: Enchanted Bridal Boutique
Hair Stylist: Daniella Ozuna
Beauty: The Beautiful Life LLC
Floral Designer: House of Flowers Ca
DJ: Donald Glenn
Bakery: GhilaDolci Bakery
Ceremony Venue: Beacon Studios
Reception Venue: The Padre Hotel
Cinema and Video: Patrick Ang Photography
Event Designer: Fairy Godmother a Wedding & Event Company
Photographer: Left Coast Design Studio//

19 In Inspiration/ Styled Shoot

Garden of Eden Inspired Styled Shoot

When photographer Kat Wooten recently sent over photos from a Kansas City, styled shoot, I was immediately struck by the bright, bold colors.  A few years ago we held our own Indie Wed event in KC so I was excited to see some familiar names involved with this shoot.


The vendor team came up with a concept that was a little dark and moody incorporating the concept of ‘forbidden fruit’ into the lush florals. The models are stunning set among the Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins, which has its own history set in sadness and grief, starting with a fatal car accident and ending with a devastating fire.


Despite the haunting setting, these vendors delivered an inspirational shoot with elements that any couple could mimic. The cut cantaloupe was the most unexpected element and just proves that thinking out-of-the-box can produce beautiful results.



Event Venue: Ha Ha Tonka
Hair Stylist: Beauty Evolved KC
Models: John Wilson III & Latrice McClinton
Jewelry: Ann Mann Designs
Equipment Rentals: Ultrapom Event Rental
Invitation Designer: Sugarbean Paper Company
Cake Designer: Petals and Pastries
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Tip Top Tux
Dress Store: J Lynn Bridal
Event Planner: Worth The Wait Studios
Floral Designer: Botanical Floral Design
Photographer: Kat Wooten Studios


0 In Lounge/ Show Spotlight

Diamond Daydream Lounge

In honor of the tenth year of Indie Wed, we’ve partnered with Chicago Vintage Weddings and Lakeshore In Love to bring you the Diamond Daydream Lounge! We’ve curated the winter wonderland of your wildest dreams inspired by iridescent colors and abstract shapes. Follow the twinkling signs by Paper Love Club to the third floor to meet our exclusive Indie Wed vendors.

Hang out in The Cube, a shimmering collaboration by Zuzu’s Petals and Atmosphere Events Group, with furniture from Chicago Vintage Weddings. Let Northern Fork Catering & Events lift your spirits after a long day of wedding planning with their own special take on some cocktails and light bites that you know and love, then show off your true colors on the dance floor with music provided by Toast & Jam DJs. Make sure to check out our beautiful custom art installation by Black Candy Design and maybe even have Colin Lyons Photography  snap a photo of your crew in front of it! Make sure to visit the Surmesur table for tips on how to look your best on your big day. And what’s better than that sun-kissed look in the Summer? Icy, iridescent glitter freckles from Fearless & Bella that will have you showing off your arctic sparkle to all your friends.

*If you haven’t had enough to eat, don’t miss Doughnut Vault ’s doughnut wall (as if we could ever say no to a doughnut).

Want to see more? Check out the Pinterest board we used during the planning of this lounge.

0 In Holidays/ Newlywed

A Newlywed’s Guide to Gifting

It’s your first holiday together as a married couple.  Even if you have been together forever, the pressure is on to make this important first a memorable one. That includes the gift(s) you plan to give each other. Sometimes trying too hard is all it takes to send your stress level, budget, and the occasion spiraling out of control.  Before you venture too far down that path and make it memorable for all the wrong reasons, use the following tips as a guide to help you plan your wish list.

Talk It Over

While this holiday represents an important milestone in your lives together, it is very different than navigating the first holiday after you met.  Back then budget differentials and awkward unknowns made determining an appropriate gift virtually impossible.  The chances of an epic failure were high, and someone was bound to be disappointed or read too much into the cost or nature of a gift.  Now you are a married couple.  You have navigated through the deal-breakers and decided to make it legal.  You know one another’s fears, incomes, debts, personalities, and deepest desires.  Don’t set yourselves up for disappointment.  Discuss your expectations well in advance, and decide together how much to spend, and what level of thought needs to be put into the purchases.

Practical Solutions

If the transition into marriage has left you with household needs, consider using your holiday budget to acquire some of the items that didn’t make it from your registry to your wedding reception.  Knife sets and vacuum cleaners may not be as exciting as jewelry or new tech toys, but they very effectively reflect the deep meaning of the commitment you have made to one another. Just make sure if you go the practical route that you both agree.  Stepping outside of this agreement harkens back to that very first holiday after you met, and can lead to hurt feelings and disappointment. Here are more gift ideas that every couple needs in their home.


Low on Budget, High on Fun

Couple’s today are covering more, if not all, of the cost of their own wedding.  That often means the first holiday is a cash-strapped one. Newlyweds can combat the urge to dig the debt hole even deeper by turning the holiday into an adventure.  Set a very specific spending limit, and consider gift shopping only at thrift stores.  For added fun, shop your personal items that made it into the marriage, but not into the house or apartment. This will also serve as a reminder to make a final decision about those items instead of leaving them in permanent storage in your attic or basement.

Maximum Impact

If budget is not an issue for you and you’re hoping for a major wow-factor, consider purchasing that one item that your spouse has been eyeing but just couldn’t bring themselves to splurge on.  This might be as small as a new cell phone or as large as a new car.  Just make sure if it is a major purchase – anything requiring a contract commitment, or anything else they will have to live with for years to come – that it is something they truly want, and you have been given the authority within your relationship to make that decision without them.  An alternative, to avoid any fallout that might result, is to make this major purchasing commitment together.


Financial circumstances will certainly dictate the gift exchange for this first official holiday as a married couple, but it doesn’t have to dictate your level of enthusiasm.  Setting expectations in advance will help you both navigate the gift exchange with minimal stress.  It will be a wonderful and memorable experience as long as you remember to enjoy the time together and make gift decisions that strengthen your bond and help build your future together.


Article by contributor, Julie Morris
Ms. Morris is a life and career coach who strives to help others live the best lives that they can. She believes she can relate to clients who feel run over by life because of her own experiences. She spent years in an unfulfilling career in finance before deciding to help people in other ways.

Images via Pixabay

0 In Color Palettes

Color Crazed: Nautical Navy, Yellow & Tiffany Blue

In another life, I’d have loved to be the kind of person who owns a sailboat and knows how to operate it. Growing up in the middle of Illinois my whole life made that slightly difficult, but the great thing about a wedding theme is that it gives you the chance to create a world for yourself and your fiance that incorporates a little fantasy. For those of us living vicariously through the fancy families on the coast, here’s an inspiration board full of ways to bring ocean life to any part of the country.


image credits {clockwise from top left} : yellow rose via Style Me Pretty / cake via a bicycle built for two / shoes via tumblr / vases via etsy / bridal party via destination weddings / stationery via minted / table number via wedding wire

1 In Events

Announcing FREE Workshops at Indie Wed

For the first time, Indie Wed will include a series of fun and informative workshops for engaged couples. We have plucked some of the finest vendors to provide a well rounded day of classes. Attendance is FREE but we highly suggest you register to reserve a spot. Space is limited to around 75-100 individuals per class. Please note, you MUST already have an admission ticket to attend the event in order to attend the free workshops.

Workshop Schedule 

  • 10:15 – 10:45 — Make it to the Ceremony on Time: Creating the Perfect Wedding Schedule led by Elevage Events
  • 11:00 – 11:30 — The Perfect “I Do” for You (personalizing your wedding ceremony) led by Anita Weds
  • 11:45 – 12:00 — Registries 101 led by Foodie Registry
  • 12:30 – 12:45 — Creating Your Dream Day, Stress Free led by Sweet Escapes
  • 1:00 – 1:45 — Eco-Chic Wedding Tips led by members of the Green Wedding Alliance
  • 2:15 – 2:45 — Bride-to-be Burlesque Striptease led by Windy City Pin-Ups
  • 3:00 – 3:45 — Let’s Get Your Hips and Feet Moving! (fun moves for the first dance) led by Chicago Wedding Dance

Full descriptions on each of the workshops can be found on the registration page.  Again, while you are free to drop in and out throughout the day, you may want to reserve a spot first as space is limited in each workshop.

0 In Catering/ Chicago/ Events/ Food/ Sweets & Treats/ Wedding Planning

Craving A Sweet Table

Having A Sweet Table at a wedding is a simple and lovely way to add vintage inspired romance to the event, but many brides just don’t know where to start.


At a A Sweet Table, we have a huge collection of vintage cakes stands, antique silver trays, colored glass bowls and delicate china dessert plates. The best part is, we also bake everything and make it look and taste as good as the table that it all sits on.

We are in love with baking cakes and cookies and nothing makes us happier than thinking of the perfect details that can set your event apart from the rest. From bit size items to beautiful layer cakes, we can certainly satisfy your sweet tooth.

So if your dreaming of A Sweet Table at your wedding, leave all the preparations to us!

Post by: A Sweet Table