Natalie & Jake, 09.06.08

(Uhmm, has it really been a month since my last post?! Bad blogger!) Today I want to showcase the stunning wedding of Natalie and Jake. Some of you may recognize Natalie as my fellow Weddingbee blogger, Mrs. Peacock! I was absolutely ecstatic when she asked me to coordinate her wedding, because I knew how much thought and effort she put into all the details. I had no doubt that everything would be picture perfect, and I have two full DVDs of amazing photos from Dean Thorsen to prove it!

They are a good looking couple, no? Natalie was breathtaking in her Vera Wang, and I loved that Jake kept it classic with the bow-tie! Not every guy can pull that off.

Gorgeous in every way. I adore her organic bouquet... unfortunately it went missing by the end of the night. We wonder if someone walked off with it (who would DO that??)

There are no words for this picture.

The day was overcast, but the weather held! Check out the perfect Chicago skyline...

Natalie has undeniably great taste and style... She let all her bridesmaids pick out a

Simple Silhouettes

dress in Aubergine in the silhouette of their choice. They ended up with three different styles, and I especially love the one with the ruffled collar!

Now let's talk about some of the details, which I had so much fun setting up!

The Great Hall of Cafe Brauer. We filled the place with candles!

Natalie and her mom collected


of milk glass vessels, which their florist filled with beautiful, loose arrangements.

Natalie made these "cootie catchers" which were actually her menus. (Didn't everyone make these in grade school? I certainly did!) Clever!

One of my very favorite elements - the escort card arrangement. Natalie's dad made the wooden boxes, and they even grew their own moss! Garden stakes were used to hold the escort cards in place.

Moss letters hung on the back of their chairs.

Photobooth, which came with a guy to man the station.

The Kolo scrapbook album for the photobooth pictures.

The candy buffet was a big hit!

Guests digging in. I tried to encourage everyone to take as much as they could possibly take. There was so. much. candy!! (I especially enjoyed the Swedish Fish =)

And finally, this picture just makes me swoon! There is something so glamorous and romantic about it... If I were Natalie and Jake, I would totally blow this up, and display it in a place of honor!

Thanks Natalie and Jake, for letting me part of your most wonderful day!!


Thorsen Photography


Rusty Dog Films


Petal Play Design


Calihan Catering


Colby Beserra


Photobooth Express