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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 Audrey
09.06.16

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You can’t get much more original a combination than the cultural blend of this Norwegian and Indian wedding.  Set in the coastal town of Galveston, Texas, photographer, Endless Exposures gives us the inside perspective…

When I first heard from my bride Nadia and asked about her love story, she said “I’m a Texan, he’s Norwegian,..and we met and now live in NYC together!” Nadia’s Hotel Galvez had beautiful colors: pinks, golds, oranges, and greenery throughout her reception.. with Indian, Texas, and Norwegian traditions incorporated throughout the day. We absolutely adored her boho-chic lace dress from BHLDN that she paired with a baby’s breath floral crown by Island Flowers. You know it’s going to be a fantastic wedding when there’s not just one, but two wedding dresses. Nadia later changed into her Indian wedding attire to dance the night away with her groom on the colorfully lit up dance floor inside the Galvez’s Terrace Ballroom. The couple loved that the hotel had so much historical and romantic charm.  Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the beautiful Terrace Ballroom while the couple and family took their formal portraits. When the couple was introduced to the reception they were greeted with their closest family and friends to watch them stride into their first dance. They had a Polaroid guest book table setup that entertained guests the entire evening, along with an Anniversary box for everyone to write a note of well wishes, sealed tight until their first anniversary.  We made sure and snapped a Polaroid of the couple at the end of the night so they could join in on the festivities!  I remember talking to Nadia in the hotel room while she was getting ready, and she had told me she wanted a beautiful, organic, and colorful wedding. Nadia got just that with the simplicity and airiness of everything from her beautiful gown, decorations, seagulls in the sky, air in the palm trees, and the sunset as they walked down the aisle.

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Photographer: Endless Exposures Photography | Reception Venue: Hotel Galvez | Bride’s Dress: BHLDN | Videographer: Blink Films | Cake Baker: Cakes by Jula | DJ: DJ Tariq | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Eventology Weddings | Flowers & Decor: Island Flowers | Groom’s Attire: J. Crew | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hairstylist: Orchid Beauty Salon

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by Audrey
08.30.16

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This post is brimming with cutie details inspired by Kate Spade and a hair tutorial for a lovely braided updo.  Here’s a little info from the photographer about their design process.

Kate Spade is known for being fun, colorful, and stylish, but we wanted to pull away from her more typical structured, modern style and add that whimsical feel with a free flowing bouquet, loose-messy hair, silk ribbons in the wind, etc. Additional inspiration came heritage, vintage furniture and historical houses–we were so lucky to be able to shoot at the North Star House designed by Julia Morgan.  In the spirit of shopping local, all the flowers were grown and styled by Little Boy Flowers. Of course being a girly girl, our bride had to show off three of her favorite pairs of heels throughout the day.  When it’s your wedding, you can do what you want!

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Braided Updo Hair Tutorial

It’s the age old question: hair up or hair down? Well, why not both?! This style has the comfort and relaxed edge of wearing your hair down while still maintaining the elegance of an updo. And the best part–It only looks more lovely while it loosens as you dance the night away.

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1. Using a 1″ curling iron, curl hair.

2. Leaving the sides alone, tease just the center of the crown from the front to about 1/3 of the way back down the center of the head. Two to three layers of teasing ought to do it!

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3. Gathering the center section of the crown that you just teased, smooth the top over and twist. Secure with a bobby pin (or two!). You can hide the pin within the twist.
4. Now take a section of the hair from the left side, twist, and wrap over your secured center twist. Secure with a pin.
5. Repeat step 4 on the right side. Secure again remembering to hide the pins in the twist so you can’t see them.
6. Next divide the remaining hair into three sections with the largest being the middle section. Gather that large center section of hair in the middle. We are about to wrap it.

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7. Take the left section and twist it over the middle section as before, but this time instead of securing it with a pin, twist it back underneath the middle section. Do the same with the right section so that both ends meet back underneath the middle section to create a ponytail.
8. With each twist wrapped around the pony, you’ll need to secure it. Use a small hair tie to connect the ends of the twists. The ends will easily hide within the curls of the ponytail.

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9. Style the front of your hair how you like, tendrils, swept bangs, anything.

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10. Finish with hairspray.

Photographer: Lydia Photography | Venue: The North Star House | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Taylor Kane Events | Hair + Makeup: Polish and Pout | Flowers & Decor: Little Boy Flowers | Invitations & Stationery: Elizabeth Mae Creative | Cake Baker: Vintage Blossom Cakes | Rentals: Roots Reclaimed

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Brunch Wedding Inspiration

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