Real Weddings

by Cynthia
05.04.17

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten Magazine

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineWhen we first saw the images of Kari & Scott’s Chicago wedding, we were totally smitten!  It is the perfect mix of industrial edginess paired with black tie formality.  And the custom crafted chuppah and centerpieces made out of air plants and copper pipe make for one of the most creative weddings we have seen!

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From the bride, Kari:
Scott and I attempted to pull off an oxymoron of sorts: we wanted to create a natural, industrial glam aesthetic. To do it, we used lots of warm copper, living green plants, great lighting, vintage pieces and black and white accents with hints of brass and gold. As artists, we wanted to find ways to assimilate our art into the wedding without turning it into an art show. We had already been working with copper to make sculptures and functional pieces like coffee pour-over stands, so creating our own centerpieces out of copper was a natural choice. We got our artist friends involved to help us create the sculptures (we may have bribed them a bit with beer and food!) and each sculpture is different. We loved seeing what our friends came up with! We also used airplants instead of flowers — we wanted to create the effect that living plants had taken over the industrial-looking sculptures – sort of in the way nature slowly reclaims abandoned buildings!

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Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineOur good friend Edward Cabral, a sculptor and cake decorator, made our cake (he also made a few of the centerpieces). His cake design went perfectly with our décor – it was all black with a copper structure painted on it.

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Instead of place cards, we cut out a picture of each guest and hung them on a copper stand we made. We edited all the pictures to be black and white to give it a bit of a vintage glam look, like when you see actors’ headshots in an old playbill. It was a lot of work hunting down a photo of each guest, but it was totally worth it! It was a great way to “welcome” the guests and it set a nice tone in the beginning of the evening.

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineWe can be a bit unconventional at times, and our wedding contained a bunch of seemingly improbably mash-ups. We tried to balance our less orthodox decisions with more widely accepted wedding traditions. While we broke with tradition by both changing our names to one we made up together: Otteburn, we still exchanged vows, cut the cake, and danced to Modern Swing for our first dance. Our bridal party had boys and girls on both sides (my brother Kyle was my Man of Honor and Scott had grooms ladies), but I tossed my bouquet.

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Photographer: Two Birds Photography | Location: Bridgeport Art Center | Catering: Beyond Events Chicago | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Events by Carolyn Labahn | Event Design: Chicago Vintage Weddings | Makeup Artist: Makeup With Nikki | Cake Baker: TipsyCake | Lighting: Art of Imagination | DJ: Toast and Jam

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by Cynthia
03.14.17

We are so smitten with the idea of getting married at an antique carousel, or as we like to call it, the “Marry Go Round”.  Especially when the carousel is on the beautiful Connecticut shore with stunning vistas of Long Island Sound. 

The details from the photographer Joanna Fisher:

Hayley & Alex wanted to celebrate their love somewhere unique and fun, hoping to capture the essence of their relationship on the day they became husband and wife. At Lighthouse Point Carousel, a Connecticut historic landmark, they achieved just that. Built in 1916, the historic carousel is housed in the pavilion building, a large, open building right on the Long Island Sound. Guests spent the evening alternating between fun on the dance floor, and fun on the unique hand carved wooden horses – a piece of New England history! The bride wore a blush pink gown encrusted in rhinestones and dripping with ruffles – a perfect nod to her fun, artistic spirit. The flowers, designed by Bleached Butterfly, were the perfect complement to the day, showing off unique and unexpected blooms, playing off of the quirky spirit of the location.

Photographer: Joanna Fisher Photography | Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal | Reception Venue: The Carousel at Lighthouse Point | Catering: Ciao! Catering | Flowers & Decor: The Bleached Butterfly | Hairstylist: Utopia Salon | Cake Baker: You Take The Cake | DJ: DJ Richy Steele

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We are #smittenwith the rise in elopements collecting in our inbox.  This new trend encompasses all of our favorite elements of a styled shoot with the true love and commitment of a wedding.  Of course a big dreamy wedding with lots of loved ones in attendance will never go out of style, consider a new idea, and maybe even save a little bit of money.  The reception is hands down the biggest expense of a wedding, so by eliminating it, you can splurge on photography, flowers, attire, and even location by starting your honeymoon with a breathtaking backdrop, like this elopement in Crimea, Russia overlooking the Black Sea.  After your return (and the pictures come back) host a casual house party with your friends and family to show off your beautiful images.  Now this is a vacation slideshow everyone will love.  If your elopement is going to break a few hearts, then bring a minimal amount of loved ones with you (like five or six on each side).  This is the perfect marriage between a variety of budget sizes and a super swoon/Pinterest worthy nuptial.

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Photographer: Alexander Santi | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: JRweddings | Flowers & Decor: Zeffir Decor | Bride’s Dress: The Ivory Silk | Groom’s Attire: Patrik Man | Hair + Makeup: Kolibri | Calligraphy: Handwriting.life

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Norwegian + Indian Texas Wedding

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Classic Garden Party Wedding

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