Friday, December 19, 2008

i am a lucky girl

Our wedding was chosen for the next issue of Brides Chicago magazine! Here is a sneak peak, courtesy of my photographer, Dean Thorsen. Thanks, Dean, for making a bite size image for the post.


There is a little more on Charlene's blog, too. I am still waiting (impatiently! ;) for my hard copy. The digital version will have to work for now. It is so surreal to see your wedding photos laid out in this way, and to read captions like "Natalie and Jake chose this because." It has been very exciting!

If you live in the Chicago area, look out for the real deal on December 23rd!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

to my chicago girls


and boys- are you out there?

Last year, at the encouragement of Weddingbee's Mrs. Jasmine, my mom and I participated in the Sun Times' Letters to Santa project. The program pairs local Chicago children with volunteer Santas. These children are from low-income areas and may not receive a Christmas gift this year. As Santa, I was asked to buy a $25-30 gift. I received an adorable hand-written and illustrated letter from Jose, sweetly asking for a pair of Heelys or "books and stuff." The kid knew what he wanted and, fortunately, it was in my price range!

I can't even tell you how much fun we had buying, wrapping and shipping those gifts. I was even invited to write a note from Santa, telling Jose to be a good boy this year. I know that material goods aren't the most important thing, but I cannot give Jose peace or stability. I just gave him a little hope that Santa exists and that there is someone out there watching out for him. My letter this year (from Cruz) was just as adorable. He even clipped a coupon from Toys R Us for me :)

Anyway, with this crappy economy and normal holiday stress, this project might give you a little holiday cheer. Even if you don't live in the Chicago area, I guarantee that you will feel a little holly jolly when you send off that gift.

The Sun Times is currently short 7,471 Santas. Ho, ho, ho?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

a dress that could have changed it all

I have been slacking on the blog lately, but this dress forced me to post immediately.

Reem Acra Gown

This would have changed my entire wedding. Winter wedding, pale blues and silvers, hopefully some fresh snow. I am not sold on the billowy arm cuffs, but the rest of this dress is completely perfect.

If you live in the Chicago area, Belle Vie is hosting Reem Acra and Justina McCaffrey trunk shows this weekend and next. You could go see this dress in person! They have a beautiful salon, and with Vera Wang a few floors down, it could be quite a weekend.
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