erin gallagher jewelry

Today is the last day for Christmas delivery for the lovely custom jewelry by erin gallagher. This versatile jewelry is not only great for the bride-to-be and bridal party, but also for a special woman in your life!  Customize with your favorite style, color stone and more!

Unique, Non Traditional-Looking Bridesmaid Dresses

Hi ya’ll…yes, it has been a while since posting. Have been extra busy busy…so, I stepped away from the blog for a bit. So anyway, let’s get on with the show…

Bridesmaid dresses don’t ever have to look like bridesmaid dresses.  I was perusing one of my favorite sites (as I always do), Mod Cloth, and they have some beautiful non-traditional-looking bridesmaid dresses. These are some of my faves…

Add some dimension to your wedding party and photos with this fab dress…(just make sure the groomsmen attire complements the color + style).

The Raise the Roof dress

I picture an ultra modern, somewhat less formal wedding for this one, say at museum of modern art or an art center. Having a black, white and yellow wedding? This Op Art Enthusiast dress would be perfectly stylish.

Speaking of stripes, this Cruising Together dress (which I myself own), would be great for a beach-inspired, less formal wedding. (the material looks “more dressy” in person).

Having a little more dressy of an affair and looking to incorporating navy? This Navy Say Navy dress is adorable.

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Inktastic Giveaway Winner ANNOUNCED

Hi all,

Thank you to all who participated in the great Inktastic giveaway! The randomly chosen winner was commenter #11, Ally.

Ally said: “I love the tote bags and v-neck t-shirts. My bridal party would love those for our lake bachelorette party!”

Congratulations, Ally! Enjoy!

Traditional Meets Modern Chicago Wedding

Craig John sent over these images of a great Chicago wedding he photographed, which featured a traditional ceremony and a very chic and modern reception. The day started at the newer and ultra modern hotel The Wit, where the bride Lindsey got ready for her big day. The ceremony took place at St. Michael…another example of the gorgeous architecture and beauty of all historic Catholic Churches. What a nice ceremony location and lovely backdrop for photos! The reception was held at A New Leaf. I like the mix of traditional and modern that this wedding features. I also had a mainly traditional ceremony and a reception that skewed modern. I always love Church ceremonies. I also love the groom Mark’s choice of a grey suit and the floral arrangements and their stunning colors…and did I mention that cake?

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LAST CHANCE for Giveaway Entries!

I kept the opportunity to enter the Inktastic giveaway available a lot longer than normal because it is such a GREAT giveaway! And it is customizable meaning something for everyone. So, I am giving you ONE LAST CHANCE to enter the giveaway. If  you’ve already entered – yay, you! If not, why not head over and comment to win something fun and free?!

A Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago Wedding

Heather Parker sent over these photos from a recent Chicago wedding she shot at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Check out the wonderful city architecture, Metra and greenery as the backdrop!

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TOMS Wedges For Your Wedding


If you’re not already familiar with TOMS shoes…TOMS is the One for One company that gives a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair you purchase. TOMS is launching a brand new line of espadrille wedges. The shoes are comprised of lightweight fabrics in various colors and prints. These wedges would be great for the beach bride, the philanthropic bride or a bride who’d like to forgo heels for more comfortable wedges. Or of course, get a pair or two for your honeymoon. You can check the wedges out here. TOMS also has a wedding styles line as well as a vegan line.

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A Vintage Warehouse Engagement Session in Chicago

This fun vintage-inspired engagement session was sent to us by Photographer Heather Parker. The engagement session took place at Architectural Artifacts, a large antique showroom (featuring other treasures as well!) in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. What a creative location for an engagement session / photo shoot. Very cool.

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A Giveaway from Inktastic!

Today, I am happy to announce a giveaway from Inktastic. Inktastic offers customized apparel and unique gift ideas and they will be giving a $25 gift certificate to one lucky trendsetting wedding reader that can be redeemed online (or in store, near Wooster, Ohio).



- Take a look around the site.

- Leave a comment on this post with your first name stating what your favorite item(s) is and what you’d use them for.

From women’s and men’s shirts and bags, to baby and pet products, Inktastic has you covered. Planning a bachelorette or bachelor party and want custom shirts? check. What matching shirts for your bridesmaids? check. I’ve received both this raglan tee and this handle tote bag, and I have to say the print quality is great! So check it out.

In no earlier than 2 weeks, the giveaway will be closed and the winner will be chosen randomly. So don’t wait to comment. Good luck!

A Fun + Urban Engagement Session in Chicago

You know I like engagement sessions that show different sides to the couples’ personalities, so it is no wonder that I am a fan of this engagement session of Monica and Tomás by Miller + Miller. They rode bikes, posed with the city and the city lights as a backdrop and more…

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