12 Mar

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

…Notice the words ‘elopement’ and ‘vow renewal’ in the title? That’s how Dana + her guy Reuben celebrated ten years after their 2004 elopement. At the time, they didn’t have their two boys to celebrate with, had to rush back to a long distance living sitch, and didn’t have a collection of digital images to relive the memories with like everyone does now. They knew they’d want to honor their commitment again when the time was right, so D + R booked Blackberry Farm for their venue, accommodations, and food. This time, captured in full with crisp, clear, romantic images by Leslee Mitchell

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Jimmy Choo‘s ‘Lang’ shoes are just so darn pretty.

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Dana says, Reuben promised me that we would do it again, and we decided to make plans for our celebration to coincide with our 10th anniversary this past July (2014). We wanted to include our boys. We had this chance to celebrate our love—a little bit vow renewal, and a little bit re-elopement (if there is such a thing)—and we were going to do it up right to honor our extraordinary love for each other. And, without a doubt, it would be documented.

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

The day began with breakfast together in the Main House, horseback riding, exploration, and the Wellhouse Spa for Dana. The Renewal of Vows ceremony was at the boathouse, followed by a private “dinner-a-field” via the farm’s staff + executive chef. Sounds amazing!

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

For our little ceremony, I wore a Temperley London Bellerose lace gown cut from ivory satin and overlaid with delicate French lace. I fell in love with the timelessness and supremely glamorous design of this dress. The waist is cinched and narrow, while the gown kicks out into a full flare at the floor. The lace is sheer around the neck and scoops to a low open back.

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

This dusty rose is the perfect pink, yes?

Elopement Blackberry Farm vow renewal | Photo by Dana Bueno | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Blackberry-Farm-elopement

Wishing you the best, Dana + Reuben! Check out her blog for more photos.

Photographer: Leslee Mitchell / Location & Food: Blackberry Farm / Accommodations: Singing Brook Cottage Side-by-Side Suites / Styling & Florals: Jessica Sloane / Hair: Spa at the Wellhouse, Blackberry Farm / Dress: Temperley London ‘Bellerose’ from The Dress Theory / White Maxi Dress: Alice and Olivia / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Jeweled Gold Cuff & Pearl Earrings: Judith Bright / Engagement & Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co. / Love Bracelet: Cartier / Suit: Hugo Boss / Tie: Otis James in Nashville / Wedding Ring: Tiffany & Co. Platinum Band / Boy’s Suit: J. Crew / Bow Ties: Otis James

 
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11 Mar

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Notice a little something sparkly on Jillian’s finger? That modern ring was actually her grandmother’s that she recently had reset and restyled with Gemvara (who are pros at customizable, handcrafted jewelry). They’re the first to offer diamond + gemstone resetting online with their new service, Stone Reset by Gemvara (discount code below!). She was able to send her stones in to be reset into a new piece by their experts. Allow Jilly to explain…

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

Talk about a before and after, right?

Over the holidays my mother handed me down a ring that my grandmother had designed. It held three engagement diamonds—one from her and two from her aunts. I loved the ring and the sentiment, but it wasn’t my style. Gemvara seemed like a great site to reset the ring, and since 49% of the people they studied have fine jewelry they don’t wear, you might want to dig up your own pieces to restyle too!

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

I worked with them and we created a ring that feels elegant and timeless. After trying on a few styles and throughly combing their site I went with the Renee ring in a rose gold setting. It’s the perfect blend of modern and classic. I can’t stop staring at it.The Stone Reset was a great way to preserve the ring’s history while transforming it into something that wouldn’t just sit in a jewelry box gathering dust. My grandmother was quite the fashionista in her day so I know she’d be thrilled to see how I transformed her design.

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

It took a whole three steps to complete the process. Quite simple really:

1. Send Stone. Gemvara sends a free, prepaid + insured mailer for you to send your stone in. You can also preview possible designs + pricing for your stones by entering info online. I was so nervous about mailing in my ring, but everything went smoothly. Even in the midst of a crazy New England snow storm, ha!

2. Stone Assessment. They’ll inspect the stone, confirm the measurements, and secure it.

3. Handcraft. You select the perfect design and a Gemvara jeweler handcrafts the new setting from scratch and sets the stone. The restyled piece is delivered just one week (umm yeah!) after Gemvara receives the stone.

*You still get the same 101-day return policy, 1 year warranty, and customer service that comes with every Gemvara purchase.

Gemvara ring | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cake

A little more info about Gemvara…

Gemvara offers 29 different gemstones, 9 precious metals, and hundreds of style to create one-of-a-kind, personal jewelry. Each is handcrafted to order in New York with free shipping + free engraving. They combine the value of traditional jewelry creation with modern technology so you always get exactly what you want.

What do you think? Do you have jewelry that you’d like to restyle? Head to Stone Reset by Gemvara, and fill out the form to request your prepaid, insured mailer by March 15th. Once you send in your stone or jewelry, you will be contacted by a Gemvara Jewelry Consultant who will work with you to create your perfect piece. Mention 100 Layer Cake during this consultation and receive a 10% discount toward your new piece! Just submit the form by Sunday, March 15th to be eligible for the discount.

 
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11 Mar

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Evelina + Marty took a ‘less is more’ approach to their wedding, opting for a timeless feel with Lithuanian traditions throughout, instead of getting lost in trends and details that weren’t super authentic. With hearts set on a garden wedding, they managed to find a divine reception venue at Palm Court Loyola Univerity Chicago–one that was like being outdoors without gambling on the weather. Sounds like the best kind of compromise!

Photog Lauren Balingit‘s work was an Instagram discovery by the bride. She only needed to see a few photos before knowing Lauren was the gal to book!

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Totally into this soft makeup look by Evelina’s friend + makeup artist Marla del Angel.

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Isn’t Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Chicago stunning?!

Very early in our wedding planning we knew we wanted to have something symbolic and personal during the ceremony. We decided that my father will walk me half way down the aisle where my father will hand over my hand to Marty and we will walk the rest of the way together.  

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

They didn’t want to book a garden venue just to put up tents if it rained, so after searching for an indoor setting that still felt natural (and getting a bit discouraged), they checked out the Palm Court atrium. Evelina says, The beautiful atrium with the abundance of natural light and wrap-around outdoor terrace was a perfect solution for the unpredictable summers in Chicago. Such a good find!

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

Evelina, on incorporating their Lithuanian heritage:

As a traditional Lithuanian wedding extends over two days and is filled with beautiful traditions and endless festivitie,s it was hard to choose just a few. We decided to incorporate some of the oldest and most symbolic traditions to us such as greeting of the newlyweds and passage of the parents’ hearth fire. As we arrived at the reception venue we were greeted by our parents with rye bread, salt and water. Bread is a symbol of wealth, abundance of food and fulfilled lives. Salt is a symbol of longevity and eternal love.  Water is a symbol life and new beginning. 

Beautiful Lithuanian wedding | Photo by Lauren Balingit | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Beautiful-Lithuanian-wedding

PS: Evelina enjoyed the planning process so much, she recently decided to help other couples plan too! Find her at Ethereal by Evelina.

Cheers you guys!

Photographer: Lauren Balingit / Videographer: TVS Digital Media / Ceremony Venue: Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Parish / Reception at Palm Court Loyola University Chicago / Event Design & Styling: Ethereal by Evelina / Florist: Windy City Lily / Hair: Salon Buzz / Makeup: Marla del Angel / Invitations: Minted / Cake: Vanille Patisserie / Catering: Aramark /Chairs: Halls Rental / Sofa: Shadow Box Dreams / Votive Holders: Ulrapom / Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic / Film Developing & Scanning: PhotoVision / Bride’s Dresses: Dolce & Gabbana & Custom by Ausra Kasperiuniene / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Veil: BHLDN / Earrings: J. Crew / Rings: Custom by Family Friend / Lipstick: NARS ‘Dolce Vita’ / Groom’s Suit: Burberry / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Bow Tie: Calvin Klein / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ML Monique Lhuillier from Bella Bridesmaids / Groomsmen Ties: Calvin Klein

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