7 Mar

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Judging from Shaw Photo Co.’s pictures, Keri + Shawn seem like a couple we’d want to hang out with: easy going, fun loving, family oriented, and a little bit eclectic. And our suspicions about their laidback attitude were only confirmed by Keri’s tale of their bus breakdown that you’ll hear below. These two were just in it to have fun and wouldn’t let anything get in their way.

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

From Keri: One of my best friends and bridesmaids, Johanna, offered to do my flowers as a gift. She had worked at a florist all through high school and college and is incredible. I loved going through the process with her and her design was stunning and absolutely took my breath away. It was more than I ever imagined.

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Keri’s romantic meets whimsical bouquet recipe: lisianthus, peonies, sahara roses, jade roses, spray roses, veronica, limonium, wax flower, dusty miller, and statice.

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

The tale of the bus breakdown… Our bus broke down after we left the ceremony and were going to take pictures. We had our whole family and wedding party aboard, and it wouldn’t start! Luckily for us our photographers double as chauffeurs, and didn’t skip a beat. We jumped in their car and the bridal party hopped in Shawn’s Aunt Bonnie’s minivan. And away we went! It was the smoothest hiccup in history, and worked out for the best since the cars had air conditioning!

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Such a fun little garland!

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Whimsical New York wedding | Photo by Christina Shaw Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69508

Keri + Shawn, it looks like you and all of your guests had a grand old time. Congrats!

Photographer: Shaw Photo Co. / Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church / Reception Venue: Hotel at the Lafayette / Hair & Makeup: Euphoria Salon / Florist: Johanna Walczyk / Cake: Dustyn Ford / Catering: Pearl Street Grill and Brewery / Bride’s Dress: Watters from M.A. Carr / Shoes: Le Pepite / Veil: Tessa Kim / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A Bank / Shoes: Aldo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Yumi Kim & Jill Stuart

 

 
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7 Mar

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

Smile cakies, it’s Friday! But if the impending weekend isn’t enough to put a big grin on your face, this cheery, DIY wedding from XO Azuree should do the trick. Jessica + Robert wanted to honor the bride’s Mexican heritage, which is where they got their fun, succulent-inspired color story. Plus, it’s just full of cute, little handmade details, from the tissue paper flowers and garlands to the centerpieces and table numbers. And did we mention these two did all that crafting in six months flat? Along with some help from their fam of course. Phew!

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

Jessica says, For our favors, we decided to do our own take on Mexican prayer candles. A friend photographed us and my husband designed the rest of the candle, which included our cats and a love song by one of our favorite artists, Bright Eyes.

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

For the centerpieces, Jessica spray painted a bunch of thrifted bud vases she collected in the months before the wedding. Cute!

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

Gold letter balloons | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

When in doubt, just serve donuts at your wedding. Can’t go wrong there.

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

DIY Mexican themed Chicago wedding | Photo by XO Azuree | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69427

A little more from the bride… We were married in Illinois before the marriage equality bill passed. At that time, some of our most beloved friends and family members were unable to get married, and were denied the same benefits my husband and I would enjoy simply because of who they loved. We thought it fitting to use an excerpt from the landmark Massachusetts marriage equality case, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health—which declared marriage a civil right—as the main reading during our ceremony.

What a fun wedding! We wish you all the best, Jessica + Robert!

Photographer: Azuree, Kyle, and Christopher from XO Azuree / Venue: Kitchen Chicago / Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Parlor / Bouquets, Boutonnieres, & Corsages: Fasan Florist / Centerpieces: DIY / Invitation Designer: Robert G. Feie (the groom) / Cake: Cafe Vienna / Donuts: Bridgeport Bakery / Catering: First Slice / Rentals: Tablescapes / Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal / Shoes: BC Footwear / Veil: David’s Bridal / Cardigan: ModCloth / Earrings: Betsey Johnson / Groom’s Suit: ASOS / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bowtie: American Apparel / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal, Pin Up Girl, & Alfred Sung

 
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7 Mar

Hey hey hey, it’s time for another anniversary giveaway. (In case you haven’t heard, we’re celebrating FIVE years in the blogosphere!) And since it’s Friday and all, you know we’re gonna end the week in a big way…

Misa Jewelry Giveaway on 100 Layer Cake

Do you all remember Misa Jewelry from our Pop-Up Shop back in January? Those dainty gold rings went like hot cakes. Well, our girl Misa is back, and this time she’s giving away the mini beak ring that we’re all obsessed with. It comes in 14K yellow, rose, or white gold, and looks great stacked, alongside your engagement ring, or all by itself. Um, Misa, can we get one too?

Enter to win this delicate + stunning ring from Misa Jewelry below. Good luck everyone!

*This giveaway ends on Monday, March 10th and is open to U.S. entrants only.

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Congrats to our winner Elysia Hwang!
 
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