Monday, October 31, 2011

Indie Wed is Coming!

As you probably know from past posts, I'm a big fan of Indie Wed.

Well, I'm thrilled to tell you that I will be an exhibitor at the upcoming Indie Wed!! (squee!!)
I can't wait to join some of my favorite wedding vendors in this fantastic event! (Can you tell I'm excited?)

Indie Wed will take place on Saturday, January 28th at Ravenswood Event Center.
It will feature:
  • Two floors of exhibitors with over 100 exhibitors
  • Food & drink tastings
  • Musical & dance performances
  • Models featuring bridal fashions
  • Free wedding workshops
Get your tickets now. Early bird tickets are currently on sale for $12 each or two for $20.

If you're interested in checking it out, you can purchase your tickets HERE.

Be sure to stop by the AnitaWeds table to say hello!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cori & Steve's Wedding!

Cori and Steve's wedding at the Metropolis Ballroom was just featured on the Angel Eyes Photography blog. Since Hilda is not just a fantastic photographer, but also a brilliant blogger, she did an excellent job of highlighting all the fun. Check out her post.

But, of course, I couldn't resist sharing my favorite shot of the day....

Thanks, Hilda, for the great blog post - and for being so much fun!

And a million thanks to Cori and Steve for letting me be a part of your wonderful wedding day.

Now that we've discovered our shared love of Chipotle burrito bowls, you will never be rid of me.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wish Upon a Wedding will be granting a wedding wish to Deshawn & Monica next month, a couple who met in high school and re-connected last year, via Facebook.

After 25 years, and many health-related struggles for Deshawn, they will have their dream wedding on 11-11-11.

Congratulations, Monica & Deshawn!

And, as always, thank you to all the wonderful people who volunteer their time and services to make couples' wedding wishes come true!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall Wedding Ideas

My close, personal friend Martha has some great ideas for fall weddings. Everything from marzipan acorn garnishes to autumn boutonnieres.

But my favorite has to be a basket of leaves for the flower girl. Simple, yet so perfect.

Instead of dropping rose petals, your little cutie can toss colorful fall leaves on her way down the aisle. Not only is it completely adorable (and environmentally friendly!), the lucky bride will get to walk down a path of leaves.

And..... if you collect your own leaves - it's completely free. Better yet, let the flower girl do it for you.

Love it!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Being YOU on Your Big Day

I have an acquaintance who opted not to wear make-up on her wedding day. She never wore make-up in her daily life and didn't see the point of putting it on for the wedding. She mentioned this to a co-worker and was asked, "But don't you want to look good for your wedding?" She responded with, "Don't I look good now?" That ended that debate.

I just came across the post, Beautiful Without Makeup, on 2000 Dollar Wedding. It was about this very same thing!

The story made me remember my own wedding day. A friend, who was a professional cosmetologist, offered to do my make-up before the wedding. I went to her home studio, where gave me my "new look," insisting I needed to be "more dramatic" for the photos.

When I got to my car to go home, I checked my face in the mirror. I looked ridiculous! I burst out laughing and wound up wiping most of it off.

So, why do brides feel compelled to be someone different on their wedding day? There is so much pressure put on women to conform to a fairy-tale version of beauty on the Big Day. It's compounded by magazines, t.v. shows - and even friends and family,
But if you're not inclined to go that route, is it really such a big deal? So what if you don't want to put on make-up? Who cares if you wear your hair down, just like you always do? It's YOUR wedding!

I am happy to say I've met many wonderful brides who've chosen to do their own thing - without worrying about other people.

My favorite was a recent bride who wore a gorgeous, traditional, long, white wedding gown - with sneakers. I overheard two older family members talking about it. One lady said incredulously, "Wow - she just does whatever she wants." And the other replied, "And it works." Love it!

I'm all for doing what ever the heck you want on your big day. If you want to wear crazy-high stilettos, go for it. But if you want to wear flip-flops instead, you have my blessing. Just be YOU.