Photographer: Rob Warner Foto / Venue: Portuncula Chapel

I learned about Rob Warner Foto from Daily Candy Chicago and I wanted to share his work with you all.

Chicago-based Rob sent me some photos from a recent wedding he shot in cute little Portiuncula Chapel in Oak Brook, IL. The Chapel is actually a replica of the shrine in Assisi, Italy where St. Francis established his Order.

Jenn + Graham
‘s Wedding

Rob Warner Photo Portiuncula Chapel Oak Brook

Rob Warner Photo Portiuncula Chapel Oak Brook - 2
Rob Warner Photo Portiuncula Chapel Oak Brook - 3

What a quaint + cute ceremony space!

For more information and to check out some great images, check out the Rob Warner Foto Web site.

Inspiration of the Week:Unique Centerpieces

This week’s inspiration {of the week} ideas focuses on unique centerpieces…each post will focus on different inspiring ideas to make tables more eye-catching and so not passe.

Today: Candle Centerpieces

Will you light my candle? Okay, I am not Mimi but I love the musical Rent, what can I say…
I love how candles add a romantic touch to evening receptions…or otherwise dark reception spaces.

I like this paper lantern and candle centerpiece from Every Day with Rachael Ray for a laid back shower or a less formal wedding..

I also like these ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings…

DIY corrugated paper and twine candle wraps

DIY stamped glass candleholders

DIY lovely photo frame lanterns with votives
see a ‘how to’ here.

And check out these lovely pew lanterns, not a centerpiece, but lovely, lovely, lovely!

Lovely, Lovely Handcrafted Wedding Ring Pilows

I am so glad that Anna Whitford and I came across each other on Twitter. Anna is a UK textile designer who creates beautiful wedding ring pillows. Take a look at the Anna Whitford Web site or blog for further information. And, they ship internationally!

Anna Whitford Ring Pillow - 1Anna Whitford Ring Pillow - 2

Anna Whitford Ring Pillow - 3Anna Whitford Ring Pillow - 4

Oh So Not Traditional Men's Wedding Bands

My fashion-forward sister told me about the following…and I am glad she did!

I am a fan of any designer with 'out of the box' thinking {did I mention, that is part of my day job, too?} and designing, which Mark Silverstein Imagines does. The product offerings are c-r-e-a-t-i-v-e. Props to truly veering away from what is the traditional men's wedding band.

If your soon-to-be husband wants a wedding ring that is different, or say, he loves playing a certain sport, or is even a pro-sports player {friends, I know you're shy}…take a look at these rings… all are available in Platinum or 18K Gold…

MS Football Wedding Band MS Golf Wedding Band MS Basketball Wedding Band   MS Tennis Wedding Band
MS Baseball Wedding Band
MS Auto Racing Wedding Band

Game on!

You named it…football, golf, basketball, tennis, baseball and auto racing themed wedding bands. This is one situation where groom-to-be-browsing-on-bridal-sites won't make him a little embarrassed, right? Of course…grooms always welcome.

Branch Centerpieces

Quite a number of you have inquired about branch centerpieces. Of course, I am not surprised given how popular using branches this year is (and aiding in cutting floral costs). My trendy sister came across these images in an insideweddings.com magazine she had. The branches are utilized so simply but they, combined with the candles, really pack a punch.


{Credits: Images-insideweddings.com; photography-Heather & Rick Kingensmith; couple-Rebecca Halpern & Adam Draizin}

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