Wedding Idea: white gloves for flower girls

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If there is a special young girl (or girls) you are planning to have perform flower girl duties, we think a great way to notch up the cuteness factor is having them wear white gloves.  For girls who are at that age when they like to play dress-up, this might be something they get excited about too.  Make getting dressed for the wedding into a game of make-believe for young kids, and perhaps they will be more likely to be cooperative. 

While adding white gloves will for sure add cuteness, we cannot guarantee it will inspire spontaneous moments in the great way that only kids can do, but they will certainly be dressed the part.  This this little bundle of adorableness sure was, as she dropped all of her flowers at the end of the aisle.  A magic moment indeed.

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Mother and Bride framed prints for Mothers Day

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Mother's Day is almost here! We suggest framing a special moment between mom and daughter as a lovely gift idea.  Candid and emotional moments are a nice complement to any home or office, and can add some variety to wall displays that may have more traditional posed portraits.  Mix it up with some spontaneous moments and formal portraits!

Wedding Creativo offers a wide selection of frames with our Creativo Couture services, including custom framing like the samples shown below.

By the way, congratulations to several of the brides shown here who are now new moms!

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Audrey Hepburn Style Wedding Dresses 2012

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Style icon and Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn continues to be a source of inspiration nearly 20 years after she passed away.  Here is a round-up of wedding gowns with elements of Audrey Hepburn style.




Hepburn's classic Hubert de Givenchy black dress, next to a recent wedding gown design,  J. Crew's Anouk Gown.


Remembering Loved Ones at Your Wedding

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Unfortunately, we all have known the loss of loved ones throughout our lives.  The absence of a loved one on your wedding can cause significant heartache, but many of our brides have come up with wonderful ways to symbolize the presence of loved-ones in their hearts and minds on their wedding day.

Keep a grandparent in mind by wearing a picture locket necklace, or carrying an inherited heirloom with your bouquet as you walk down the aisle down the aisle.

Framed portraits on display from your ancestor's wedding day are a lovely way to incorporate their memory on your special day.  Vintage looking frames add a nice touch of nostalgia.  It is interesting for guests and relatives to see the wedding fashions in your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents era, and also see how you resemble them today.

One of the most moving tributes we've seen was a bride keeping her mother close to her heart by wearing her mother's wedding ring on a necklace.

Finally, for loved-ones lost to illness, a contribution to a foundation in lieu of guest favors can be a loving way to pay tribute to a departed close friend or relative who would otherwise be an important part of your wedding day.

Wedding Ceremony Music : Classical and Opera 101

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While many couples may be well versed in classical and opera music, we know there are plenty of folks who might be familiar with the melodies, but might not know the titles.  For a quick reference, we present a few favorite classical and opera songs for wedding ceremonies.

PRELUDE (while guests are arriving)

and PROCESSIONAL (bridal party and bride entrance)

"Air on a G String" - Bach

"Canon in D" - Pachelbel

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" - Bach

"Clair de Lune" - Debussy

 "The Prince of Denmark's March" - Jeremiah Clarke


MID-CEREMONY (prayers, after readings, musical interlude, etc.)

"Panis Angelicus" (Bread of Angels) - traditional Gregorian Chant

"Ave Maria" - Bach version

"Ave Maria" - Schubert version

"Arabesque" - Debussy

"O Mio Babbino Caro" - Puccini


RECESSIONAL (the bridal party exit)

"Ode to Joy" - Beethoven

"Spring" from Four Seasons - Vivaldi

"Watermusic / Wasermusik" alla hornpipe - Händel

"Wedding March" from Midsummer Night's Dream - Mendelssohn

2012 Spring Wedding Colors

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Inspired by Pantone's Spring 2012 color report, we assembled this color wheel with ideas for 2012 spring weddings.  Here are the details (clockwise, starting from upper left):


dress – ModCloth Here and Wow Dress

sunglasses – Topshop Lilac Chunky Cats Eye Sunglasses

clutch purse – Mar Y Sol Maybelle Crochet Raffia Rose Clutch


little book - Pinhole Press 8-photo Accordion Brag Book

nail polish - Forever 21 Love & Beauty Blush Nail Polish

shoe - Charlotte Russe Blossom Accent Canvas Pump


clutch - Tiffany & Co. Holly Laurel Clutch

dress - Milly Dress with Cap Sleeve

flower - Calendula


dress - Kay Unger Floral Print Sheath Dress

dinner and cocktail glasses - Nirvana Glassware


scarf - Forzieri Blooming Roses Printed Silk Square Scarf

shoe - Miz Mooz Yona Wedge Sandal

flower - Clivia

2012 Wedding Dress Trends

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Browsing through recent runway shows, we noticed a few trends emerging in dress designs for 2012 brides:

1. Corset bodice wedding gowns

Designer Monique Lhuiller has at least a dozen corset style dresses in her spring and fall 2012 collections.  Other designers including Romona Keveza, Lazaro and Claire Pettibone also have corset gowns in their collections.

Monique Lhuiller gown from

2. Cap-shoulder wedding gowns

One of our absolute favorite gowns we've seen lately (check it out here) has beautiful cap sleeves and is by Chicago designer Alice Padrul.  She has a few similar styles in her beautiful collection.  We've also seen the cap-sleeves and other similar covered shoulder designs in collections by Nicole Miller and Marchesa.

Marchesa cap-shoulder

3. Early Hollywood glamour wedding dresses

Several of the latest vintage style gowns seem to be inspired by classic 1920s and 1930s Hollywood glamour, with shimmering silver and gold fabrics and details.  Designers that primarily incorporate these looks into their collections include Johanna Johnson, Jenny Packham, Ines DiSanto and Atelier Aimée.

Atelier Aimée gown, Juliet and Romeo Collection,

4. Antique shabby vintage wedding dresses

We noticed several country music stars wearing shabby chic vintage style dresses this year at the Grammy awards, and likewise have also spotted similar trends in wedding dresses.  We regularly see these types of vintage styles on and, but designer Clair Pettibone has had fantastic vintage gowns go down the runway for 2012 and prior seasons that absolutely take our breath away.

 Clair Pettibone vintage gown,

5. Plunging V necklines and backs wedding gowns

Designers Badgely Mishchka seemed to showcase all of these trends in their most recent runway shows, but most prominently their designs featured dropped V necklines and backs, which we also noticed in a some other collections including Anne Bowen, Caroline Castigliano, and Jim Hjelm.

Great Chicago Hotel Rooms for Brides

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When it comes to envisioning the wedding morning, and all of the elaborate preparations that will go on, we imagine most brides would like their special day to start in a beautiful and relaxing environment.  For many that may be their own home, but for others there may be a search involved when it comes to finding the optimal location to get ready.

Trump Hotel

From a photography perspective, we're experts on what makes locations more appealing than others, and we think the best hotel rooms have all or most of the following features:

1. BIG windows.  Rooms with grand floor to ceiling windows are optimal, but rooms with many big windows are good too.

2. Good natural light.  This inherently comes with big window room, but a room with any windows is better than no windows.  Natural light is best for checking your makeup for color and tone accuracy, and most desirable for those fresh face close-up portraits. For the best natural light request a room with north or south facing windows, or optimally a corner suite with windows along two walls.

Dana Hotel

3. White, cream or very lightly warm colored walls.  In general light or pastel tones of beige and ambers are best for skin tones.  Dark walls in brown, blue or purple are okay, but make rooms very dark.  Above all, avoid green painted walls.  We love the color light green as much as the next person, especially for wedding colors.  However, green walls, especially darker hues, make everyone look sick. 

4. Suites or a larger room.  If you can swing it, or can get a great deal, try to get the largest room or suite you can afford, especially if you plan on having your bridal party get ready in the same room.  No one enjoys getting ready in cramped quarters.  Having a comfortable space definitely helps reduce stress.

Sax Hotel

5. Creature comforts.  Often hotels are very good at making brides feel like queens for a day by including pampering perks.  But even if they do, it is a good idea to bring extra treats if you are planning to have a roomful of ladies getting ready.  Champaign, white grape juice, water, fruit, as well as some sweet and salty snacks, or whatever you fancy, is good to have around in order to keep your blood sugar stable and stress levels down.

Sofitel Water Tower

With these criteria in mind, here are some hotels in or near downtown Chicago that offer brides and grooms ultimate spaces for getting ready, and of course also for your wedding night stay.  They all have rooms that meet our optimal conditions for lighting and decor for great "getting ready" spaces, and are listed in random order:

Dana Hotel

InterContinental Chicago

Trump Hotel

Wit Hotel

Drake Hotel

Waldorf Astoria Chicago (formally Elysian Chicago)

Park Hyatt Chicago

Wyndham Blake Chicago

Raffaello Hotel

Hotel Palomar

The Peninsula Chicago

Hotel Sax

The Ritz-Carlton

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Public Chicago

JW Marriott Chicago

Blackstone Hotel

The James Hotel

Engagement Rings Fall 2011

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'Tis the season for engagements, so we thought we would help out by taking a look at some unique rings we've seen recently.  Regarding the actual proposal, we really have only one note of advice:  don't do it in a super public way (e.g. not center court of NBA basketball game, or any other way where 1000 people are looking at your potential spouse to say "yes.")  If you're both ready, there is no bad way to propose, but it should really be a meaningful deeply personal experience, not a public fiasco,   We realize there is this notion where some might think declaring your intentions to the world is a grand gesture, but if you really think about it, your sweetheart only cares that YOU want to get married, and what onlookers think is not important.

Bridal Beauty Roundup: Hair and Makeup Trends 2011

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As photographers, we always have a close eye on the work of hair and makeup professionals, and we would like to spotlight the lovely looks of some of our recent brides, made possible with the help of their talented stylists.

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Bride Nadia: hair and makeup by Heather Rae from Art + Science Salon


Bride Marissa: makeup by Elisa Vekkos, hair by Montage Salon


Bride Vicky: hair by Samara Toby, makeup by Krystyn from Bridal Beauty Chicago


Bride Megan: hair and makeup by Holly Kasprisin / Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup


Bride Kallie: hair by Lauren Brashears from ONE Salon & Spa, makeup by Valerie Ward from Mario Tricoci Salon


Bride Kate: hair and makeup by Beauty on Call

Ruffles are a mainstay for Wedding Fashions

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Ruffles have been a part of weddings and formal fashions for generations.  However, we've been noticing ruffles incorporated in interesting new ways with our bride's wedding fashions and themes, and of course they are a mainstay for children's dresses.

Here are some recent ruffled wedding fashions we've recently come across.

Notte by Marchesa ruffle neck halter gown
Allen Schwartz vintage cascading ruffle gown
Notte by Marchesa strapless ruffle dress
J. Crew Starling short ruffle dress
Adam pastel peach ruffle tank dress
Lipsy frilled hem chiffon smock dress
Armand Basi short blue ruffled dress


Wedding Photo of the Week: Have Fun No Matter What

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Attention wedding sure to bring loads of fun on your big day! 

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With all of the months (often well over a year) of hard work involved with planning your wedding, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the process and forget that this whole thing is about having a special celebration with your sweetheart and all of your favorite people in the world. 

We always tell couples, no matter what, just have fun.  Marissa and Alex were great at espousing this attitude.  Drenching thunderstorms rolled through right at the time we were scheduled to head out to the park for their bridal party and family portraits.  While we waited out the storm (and on the way to plan B), the couple decided to make a stop at a store for some quick refreshments. Let's just say we all got swept away with having way more fun than anyone should have in a supermarket.  But, the bottom line, they didn't let the storms ruin their wedding day fun.

Expect the unexpected, and often when we improvise off of the planned schedule it can be one of the most memorable parts of the day.

Wedding Fashions: Prairie Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses

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We recently enjoyed photographing Vicky and David's vintage style summer wedding, which included lovely cream and yellow colors, and fashions with an overall organic and natural feeling. 

Lately we've been seeing more cotton and natural fibers in wedding fashions. Here we share a few of these lovely finds of vintage prairie, pioneer, farm, and old-time country inspired styles for wedding dresses that we think Laura Ingalls Wilder (author of Little House on the Prairie) would pray for.

Free People vintage lace prairie dress
Chloé Linen and cotton maxi dress


Cynthia Vincent tiered cami maxi dress
Richard Nicoll Jersey Maxi Dress


Album Design Coordinates: Python and Silver

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So, perhaps you would like your wedding album cover to match the kick-butt snakeskin and rhinestones heels you wore on your wedding day?  Not a problem for Wedding Creativo.  For these design coordinates, we are featuring snakeskin, python and silver.  And not a moment too soon, as this season's fashions seem to be flowing with snake-inspired styles.  For this coordinated pair of custom designed albums, our main inspiration was bride Steffanie's shoes and jewelry.  The large flush mount album cover is leather treated to look like silvery snake skin and the cute clutch book is shiny silver leather.

Chicago Creative Spotlight: Alice Padrul Bridal Couture

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We have long admired the wedding dresses of Alice Padrul Bridal Couture.  Alice has been designing high fashion for decades, and exclusively creating couture wedding gowns since 2004.  Giorgio and I started to see her beautiful gowns in wedding magazines several years ago, and were excited to find out that Alice's boutique studio is located nearby us in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.  One of our brides recently wore a beautiful gown designed by Alice, and then we had the fortunate opportunity to visit Alice and her husband Gene at their boutique studio.  We loved seeing all of her fabulous dresses and accessories, which are all made at her studio with Alice overseeing every last detail.  We were also thrilled to learn that Alice imports her organza silk from Italy, and that she loves Giorgio's native country just as much as we do.

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Wedding Fashion Inspiration: Wedding Shoe Trends Summer 2011

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As we are now past the half way mark for 2011 wedding season (Labor Day is right around the corner!!!), we thought it would be a good time to take a look at wedding shoe trends we've been seeing lately. 

Top three colors with a bullet:

1. Black

2. Creams or nudes

3. Vibrant colors, the ever popular blue, but also reds and pinks

Top three details or styles of shoes:

1. Things that bling (did we mention our favorite color is shiny), rhinestones and other gems on the toe vamp or that cover the full shoe, as well as decorative silver, copper or gold toned shoe materials

2. Pearls or studs of some sort on the front vamp or that cover the full shoe.  Also we're still seeing the material flower details on the vamps that we started to notice last summer...glad to see those are still popular.  Similarly, we're now seeing more ruffle details over the toes as well.

3. Flats! Yes, ladies, sandals, flats and ballerina style slip-ons are making a big move this summer.  We're especially seeing this look with brides that are taller (or would be taller in high heels) than their grooms.

Here's the roundup highlighting the biggest trends we have been seeing in our recent weddings:

And, for the reception or after-party:

Hot designer styles:





Help Wanted: Great Bridesmaids

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So, what exactly makes a great bridesmaid?

We take a fun look at typical bridesmaids duties in the form of a hypothetical job listing.  Brides can be equal-opportunity "employers," so we just want to point out that both men and women can qualify for this position these days.

JOB TITLE: Bridal Attendant

COMPANY: Bride & Groom Inc.

REPORTS TO: Bride-to-Be

POSITIONS: Up to 10 openings available


JOB DESCRIPTION:  Assist the bride on the wedding day with any specific assigned tasks, along with practical and emotional support. Attend and possibly help organize wedding day and ancillary wedding events and details.

IDEAL CANDIDATES:  Positive, cheerful and supportive attitude, problem solver, detail oriented, organized and works well with a diverse group.  Does not complain, even during formal wedding portraits in hot or cold weather. ;-)


1. Able to handle heavy lifting (emotional or otherwise).

2. Comes to work prepared and organized with "wedding day survival" bag.  Bonus points if bag matches shoes or other accessories.

3. Gets along well with others and is a team player.

4. Has strong command of tools used for wedding preparations and general problem solving.

5. Maintains a tidy workspace free of dust and lint.

6. Good with fastening microscopic jewelry clasps.

7. Has nimble fingers.

8. Helps bride get into dress without getting stuck, falling, or messing up hair and makeup.

9. Knows what "bustle" means, and can figure out how those gosh darn thingies work.

10. Experience in shoe retail is a plus.

11. Assist fellow team members as needed.

12. Set a good example for junior team members and trainees.

13. Excellent conflict resolution skills are a major plus. Confrontations should be avoided on the wedding day, especially with any company board members, such as the mother of the bride.  If any conflicts arise they should be handled calmly and discretely, and preferably addressed at another time either prior to or after the wedding date.

14. Having a keen eye for details is essential.

15. Ability to break out into spontaneous comedy or stress relief exercises will be required of all successful candidates for this position.

16. The candidate with the best dress "floofing" skills will quickly be promoted to Head Floofer.  This person is responsible for maintaining high quality "floofiness" of the wedding dress throughout the day, especially during the wedding ceremony.

17. Candidates with M.D. degrees, "Masters of Doting," are highly desired.

18. Those who are interested in being considered for the Maid of Honor position must be willing to take on a central role as a team leader, and should also have the ability to give a reception toast that evokes reactions of both laughter and tears, no more than 30 second apart, or optimally, at the same time.

19. Past experience as a cheerleader is helpful, but having great enthusiasm and a supportive attitude is really what matters most.

20. Finally, having specialized party and entertainment skills is not required, but they can certainly be a big advantage.

We dedicate this humorous post in honor of Lucille Ball's 100th Birthday today...and salute all women with a funny bone who help keep us all in good spirits.  For more serious tips on how to choose your bridesmaids, and a guide for how to include them in your plans once you have them selected, check out this helpful article on The Dessy Group website.

Awesomeness Giveaway: Bridesmaid Invitation Cards

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We recently spotted these cute "Will you be my Bridesmaid?" cards and they got us thinking.  The first thing we thought was that these cards are adorable. They are from a creative husband and wife, Anna and Nathan, along with their team of talented folks who make hand-pained illustrations and whimsical designs for stationery at Rifle Paper Co.  The peachy-pink ranunculus flowers illustrated on these cards should be a sure-fire way to get any friend or relative excited about being included in your bridal party.

Then, we though about the process each couple goes though when choosing their bridal party, and that sometimes the decision may be complicated.

We would love to hear what you think about when selecting your bridal party members. We are also excited about giving away a pack (8-count) of these beautiful cards, courtesy of Rifle Paper Co., to two lucky (and random) winners. 

To enter in our Awesomeness Giveaway drawing for this week, please fill out this form by midnight, Thursday August 4th.  We'll announce the winners on Friday.