Elegant Fall Wedding at the Morton Arboretum

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

“Not even the rain rattled my spirits,” said bride Cristina about their wedding ceremony that was moved inside due to inclement weather. Aaron and Cristina had a gorgeous–almost ethereal–fall wedding. Cristina had this say about their “Fall in Love” theme, “I have been in love with the aura of autumn ever since I was a child. There is something so beautiful about the changing colors, the smell of pumpkin spice, and the crisp, cool breezes that surround the season. Thinking about fall instantly brings a smile to my face, and I knew I had to be married during this gorgeous season.” Continue on to read more from our beautiful bride about their day, their colors, things learned, advice given. and shouts of praise to all that helped to bring their “big day” to fruition! Enjoy!

Wedding Style: Elegant with a “Fall in Love” theme
Wedding Colors: Copper| Olive Green| Ivory
CeremonyThe Morton Arboretum
ReceptionPescatore Palace

Photographer: Open Iris Photo
Thank You Cards: MagnetStreet Weddings

Elegant wedding at the Morton Arboretum

Bride and Groom getting ready for their wedding

Wedding dress and white wedding shoes

The dress …
My dress was Maggie Sottero’s Ambrosia style. It was the only dress I put on and had the instant feeling of, “This dress is just beautiful.” My shoes were Benjamin Adams London, completely crystal-encrusted and FIVE INCHES tall. My veil was shoulder length and had beading to match the beading in my dress bodice, and my florist made me a hair piece with Mokara Orchids.

Pre-wedding gift from groom to the bride

The color scheme 
I fell in love with a Jordan Moments bridesmaid dress that came in the perfect copper color, so everything kind of evolved off of that. My junior bridemaid dresses were my accent olive green color, and then ivory was present throughout the day, too. My colors were in everything from the dresses, to the programs, to my party favors!

Rustic fall wedding with an olive and pumpkin color scheme!

Rustic fall wedding bouquet of calla lilies, roses and berries

Rainy wedding day photo at Morton Arboretum

Walking down the inside the Morton Arboretum

Wedding ceremony at the Morton Arboretum

Wedding ceremony at the Morton Arboretum

Wedding ceremony at the Morton Arboretum

Reading vows during wedding ceremony

Exchanging Vows
Another highlight is definitely when my husband and I exchanged our vows. We both wrote our own, and hearing the kind words my husband expressed to me is something I will cherish for always. On top of that, I will never forget how he was on the verge of tears while I recited mine to him … Seeing how emotional he became was so special to me because it just shows how deep the love between us is.

Unity sand ceremony at Morton Arboretum

Outdoor wedding photo at the Morton Arboretum

Bride and Groom cake topper

White wedding cake with bride and groom cake topper

Northern IL's Pescatore Palace: wedding reception tables with floral centerpieces

Wedding reception buffet at The Pescatore Palace in Northern IL.

Bride and Groom's first dance: Northern IL's Pescatore Palace

Our First Dance was of course memorable. Aaron was so nervous to dance, but it flowed effortlessly. We danced to “So Beautiful” by Darren Hayes.

Wedding reception and getaway car

Congrats Aaron and Cristina! We wish you every happiness… thanks so much for sharing your wedding with us!

Highlights From The Day

The Speeches
I have to say, my husband’s toast was also an exceptional highlight. I was so proud of him standing there and thanking all of our guests and expressing how excited and happy he was that friends and family came from all over the country to share in our day. And, of course, he did a great job of complimenting me (and saying that all my hard wedding planning work paid off! Of course a girl LOVES hearing that, haha).

My Maid of Honor’s speech was also a great highlight. We have been friends for 10 years, and there is no one else on this planet that resembles me as much as she does. Her speech was just perfect. Reflecting on how far we have come in our friendship gives me chills sometimes—I remember being in biology and journalism with her, and there we were on my wedding day. It’s like I knew that we would be there for each other’s wedding days, but you can’t actually really imagine it until the day is there. I felt that way about the entire wedding, actually. You have such a dream and vision for everything, and then when it finally happens, you almost can’t believe it.

Talking with all of our guests – so many people said so many wonderful things. I will not forget my uncle telling me it was the best wedding he had ever been too.

The flowers! My goodness, I have never seen such beautiful flowers in my whole life. If there is one vendor that deserves high praise, it is definitely my florist. She is above and beyond an artist!

Our husband and wife entrance was pretty cute—Aaron is a soccer player, so we thought the FIFA 2010 World Cup song would be appropriate (it was also significant to us because we started dating the summer of the World Cup, so the song was memorable). The song is called “Waving Flag,” so, naturally, we came in waving flags (me, an Italian one, him, an American one).

Advice you’re glad you took
Many married couples told me to make sure I eat on my wedding day because they never got to taste their dinner! I am glad Aaron and I got to enjoy most of our Italian feast, because we both love food so much, so we kind of made it a priority to get to take more than just one bite of each of our courses. Dessert was kind of another story, but we made the dinner count!

Advice you wished you’d taken
Often my MOH and co-workers would tell me to not worry about the several different opinions people would present about this or that, and many times, it was hard for me to ignore the opinions of others, despite the decisions I knew I wanted to make. In the end, I usually went with what I wanted to do, but if I had taken more stock in the “this is your wedding, you do it how you want” way of thinking, I would have eliminated a lot of back-and-forth conversations and stressful thinking.

Advice you’d like to give?
I want to preface this by saying that I am ecstatic with the way my wedding turned out and would not change a thing. All of the hard work in planning really paid off for me BUT do not be fooled by wedding-planning seeming fun. I think the best advice I can give is that most of the time, wedding planning is not fun. Most of the time, you are pulling your hair out over the tiniest details – you will start second guessing decisions, and yes, you will have a fight with your fiancé over something at some point. There were many times where I started asking myself, “Is this normal? Am I supposed to feel this stressed out about getting married? Isn’t it supposed to be fun to plan a wedding?” When you are working a full time job, wedding planning becomes another full-time job. I can promise though that everything will be work it in the end—and that is what a honeymoon is for afterward, right? ;)

Also, wear low-heeled shoes!

The best part of the whole wedding day …
Is it cheating to say the whole thing? I think the best part was all of the love expressed by not only me and Aaron, but by all the people around us. There was just a general happy, loving feeling about the entire day that I will never forget.



Open Iris Photo
My photographer was recommended by a co-worker of mine, and after seeing his beautiful portfolio, I could not find a photographer I liked better. It’s why I flew him out from California to Illinois. I think the best comment I received so far is that the photos “belong in magazines.” I think that comment stands on its own to show how impressed I am, and how impressed others are, with the photos.

The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum was exceptional! Our photos came out so well partially thanks to them and their absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous scenery.

Pescatore Palace
The Pescatore Palace took extra special care of me and Aaron. I was able to have a traditional Italian banquet wedding just like my cousins, 2nd cousins, aunts, uncles, and parents because of Pescatore, and that meant so much. Thank you Frank!

All Flowers by Marisa
My florist made my dreams come true. The number one comment that was made about anything that day was the flowers. People were literally in awe. I am eternally grateful to Marisa for bringing my vision to life.

Eclipse Entertainment – DJ Elmo Arcari
Elmo is one of the kindest individuals I have ever worked with. I had a couple people express how they “never dance,” but at my wedding, they did. Elmo knows how to feel out a crowd and get everyone to have a great time.

MagnetStreet Weddings
MagnetStreet was the only company I could find that allowed me to personalize the photo card EXACTLY how I wanted it. The font, the color of the font, the layout of the card was exactly what I had pictured in my head, and they were the only company who could deliver that vision.

On choosing Life of Luxury Thank You Card design
I loved that design because it was simple, yet elegant. I didn’t want the words to block out the photo too much, but I wanted them to be there. The font was absolutely perfect, too. Again, it had the elegance I was looking for to pair perfectly with the photo.

How did it fit with your personality or wedding style?
When I think of fall, I think of it as an elegant season—this card helped portray that. There is sort of an ethereal nature behind it, and I feel like that is what made it fit so well with my theme.


Post your comment

Military-themed + Beach Engagement Session

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

*Deal Alert* It’s the last day to get 21.4% off any wedding stationery from MagnetStreet. Code: WEDVAL14. Check it out.

Last week we featured Kyle and Alex’s sweet proposal story and today we’re excited to be featuring their Save the Date Card and Biloxi, Mississippi military-themed engagement session. Why Biloxi? Kyle was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi for his technical training school. Being a huge fan of the beach, Alex knew they had to have their pictures taken there. And besides that, Kyle and Alex got engaged in Biloxi! They thought it would be a great way to capture the space that would always be special to them! So, off they went with Paige of Paige Reaux Photography, for some charming in-town shots and then out to the beach for more military-inspired shots in the sand. If you’re a military couple looking for creative photo ideas for your session, look no further! Love. LOVE! this military engagement session and this super cute couple. Enjoy.

Wedding Style: Traditional with a military (Air Force), vintage twist
Wedding Colors: Navy Blue, Ivory, & Gold.
E-Sesh Location: Biloxi, MS, near Keesler Air Force Base

PhotographerPaige Reaux Photography
Save the Date Card: MagnetStreet Weddings

Military engagement photos near Keesler Air Force Base

military engagement session and doing push-ups

military engagement photo and holding US Flag

miilitary engagement session Biloxi, MS

Biloxi, MS military engagement photos near Keesler Air Force Base

bride-to-be wearing military shirt in military engagement photos

Biloxi, MS military engagement photos at the beach


On choosing Photo Collage design for their {5×7} Save the Date Card …

“I chose my design because I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos with our friends and family who would be receiving the cards. This design face allowed me to display larger photos of Kyle and I, free of a border and other decorations. The layout was perfect, and the center section was the perfect size to represent all the necessary information we needed to get to our future guests! Plus, I wanted to show off to all our friends and family how photogenic Kyle was, so then maybe he wouldn’t fight me so much in the future if I wanted to take his picture.;)”  Alex

military-themed photo save the date magnet


On personalizing Photo Collage to match their wedding style …

“Our Save the Date fit our personality and wedding style in that it was Air Force-themed. Kyle currently serves in the Air Force, and intends to make a career out of it. Nothing has made me more proud than seeing him grow from a silly 21 year-old to a responsible, 24 year-old Airman. The Air Force has given Kyle an opportunity for an excellent career, and we are very fortunate for everything it has brought us. So, to honor Kyle and our country, we chose pictures that were not only our favorites, but that would incorporate and honor his military life (the push-up kiss and the flag wrap photos, to be exact).”  Alex

Beach military engagement photos

miilitary engagement session at the beach

couple wrapped in US Flag in military engagement session

bride and groom-to-be in beach, military engagement photos

Congratulations Kyle and Alex! Thanks so much for sharing your day with us. And to paraphrase what  T.J. Oshie from the USA Olympic Hockey Team said … The guys in camo are the heroes! Thank you both for your service!


Kudos for the Pros!

Paige Reaux Photography

Paige is a truly beautiful person. From start to finish, she was easy to communicate with and really cared about making sure we were happy with our experience. Kyle doesn’t like to get his picture taken, and I’m a ham! She made him feel comfortable, which in turn helped our photos turn out to look incredibly natural, not posed. She is a hard-working southern sweetheart – someone I will never forget! Really, I cannot say enough nice things about her!

MagnetStreet Weddings

Excellent! MagnetStreet offers so many options, and the design program is incredibly easy to work with. I was able to design many different Save the Dates, then pick the one I liked most. I absolutely loved the “Just One®“option as well. I think it’s great to offer this to customers so their absolutely sure they will be happy with what they are getting. Customer care was also very helpful as well when I needed to utilize them for a minor question.


Post your comment

Modern-Romantic Engagement Session

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

Takira and Sidney are *saving the date* for this May and we’re super excited to share their engagement photos and Save the Date Magnet with ya’ll today. This classy couple cleans up well but they also know how to play and have fun too! For their engagement photos, Takira and Sidney along with photographer, Daisy Moffatt, went to several locations in Chattanooga, TN. The first was staged in the Bluff View District. Takira said, “Bluff View has an old romantic feel that we thought mimicked the French alleys of Paris.” Enjoy as Takira walks us through their modern-romantic, 3-locations engagement session! And Takira, you had us at “old, romantic feel”!

Wedding Style: Fancy, Country-Chic
Wedding Colors: Peach and Sea-foam Green
3 Locations: Bluff View District, Renaissance Park, and Lake Chickamauga Reservoir

PhotographerDaisy Moffatt Photography
Save the Date: From Hello to I Do MagnetStreet Weddings


Bluff View District

“We got engaged in Paris, France and wanted that authentic feel. Of course flying to Paris and back for a photo shoot is not ideal on a wedding budget! However, the Italian brick buildings, romantic string lit gardens, and smell of party in the air was the perfect setting!”

Bluff View engagement photo in Chattanooga, TN

Mini photo Save the Date Magnet from MagnetStreet-photos by Daisy Moffat Photography

On Choosing From Hello to I Do Mini Save the Date Magnet

“Sidney and I wanted a smaller magnet, but did not want to lose the quality of our pictures. We chose not to have many colors or fancy fonts and embellishments on our announcements. This design allowed us to have more than one picture–all while keeping the size in mind. The simplicity in design allowed our love to shine without too many distractions.”

 Engagement photo with huge rose, Bluff View, Chattanooga, TN

Bluff View engagement session in Chattanooga, TN


Riding the hill at Renaissance Park

“The second location was a grass hill that is very popular in Chattanooga. Sidney took me to “ride the hill” as one of our first dates. His plan of sweeping me off my feet on a college budget worked! He brought the cardboard boxes to enjoy trips up and down the grass hill, and a picnic basket for lunch on the river afterwards! Such a sweet heart!”

Renaissance Park in Chattanooga, TN engagement photo

Engagement photos at Renaissance Park in Chattanooga, TN

Engagement photos at Renaissance Park in Chattanooga, TN


Relaxing by the Lake

“Our last location was more relaxed. It was shot on the lake as the sun was setting.”

Engagement photo at Lake Chickamauga, Chattanooga, TN

Engagement photo at Lake Chickamauga, Chattanooga, TN

Engagement photo at Lake Chickamauga, Chattanooga, TN

Engagement photo at Lake Chickamauga, Chattanooga, TN

Heart in the sand engagement photo at Lake Chickamauga, Chattanooga, TN

Congratulations Takira and Sidney. Thanks for sharing your photos with us! xo


Kudos for the Wedding Pros!

Daisy Moffat Photography

“Daisy is absolutely amazing! She took time to really get to know Sidney and I before our photo shoot even began! She and her husband did everything they could to make sure we enjoyed every minute of our shoot. She loves to catch the moments of love and life, instead of relying on poses to make the picture “look” good. Her magic happens naturally! Sidney and I had so many ideas on what we wanted out of our engagement shoot. She was such a “trooper” when it came to visiting three locations to get everything we wanted…and more! I would quickly refer Daisy to anyone who is looking for a photographer! Sidney and I look forward to doing so much more with Daisy! Not to mention the adorable gift bag I received when our pictures were ready! We can never thank her enough!”

MagnetStreet Weddings

On design, customer care, and the design editing tool…

“My fiancé and I were looking for a website that would allow us to customize our Save-The-Dates. He was stuck on our announcements being on a magnet, and I wanted our picture to express our love for one another. MagnetStreet gave us both with ease! We loved how easy it was to customize so many parts of the magnet! And the proof sample was amazingly accurate to what we received in the mail! During the ordering process, I had a few questions. And to my surprise, I received an email from someone who was personally handling my order! I didn’t receive an automated email with a 1-800 to call. I was VERY impressed! Thank you MagnetStreet for the amazing site and save-the-date.”




Post your comment

Christmas Carrier Card + Save the Date

Categories Real Weddings

Jessica and Andy recently got engaged {Congrats guys!} and are now planning for an April 2014 wedding. Befitting of their rustic-country sensibilities, Jessica and Andy went the route of casual and relaxed, and opted for a park engagement session. Wandering down country roads and into the woods, they fit right in to the natural beauty and surroundings of the park. They had a fabulous day–and thanks to photographer, Rachel Sydow, they now have photos to treasure! Jessica said, “Rachel did a great job on coordinating a variety of locations and poses. We had a lot of fun, it went very smoothly, and the whole experience exceeded our expectations. We really liked how the pictures turned out.”

Wedding Style: Rustic-Country
Colors: Pool. Accent color–Red
E-sesh locale: Vermillion Falls Park, Hastings, MN
Photographer: Rachel Sydow
Save the Date & Carrier Card: printed by MagnetStreet

A Festive Save the Date Greeting
Since Jessica and Andy are getting married in the spring, they decided to combine their save the dates with their holiday greetings. How’d they do it? They inserted their Custom Save the Date into a holiday-inspired Custom Carrier Card. They were able to carry the festivity of the season + their save the date, along with the details of their day. Brilliant! 

How cute is this? Here’s their save the date magnet–nestled into the slits of the carrier card. It’s personalized on the front and on the backside, too! When guests remove their magnet, they’ll be surprised to discover the details about Jess and Andy’s wedding date. Super cute! 

Save the Date and holiday Carrier Card

Minnesota park engagement photos


about their custom Carrier Card below {Left image: front side {save the date magnet is inserted into the slits to cover wedding details}. Right image: custom backside with a sweet photo from the sesh}.

Jess said, “Red is my absolute favorite color! We had additional text that we wanted to include with the Save the Date and we really liked how the carrier card and magnet went together.”

Holiday Carrier Card and Photo Save the Date Magnet

Minnesota park engagement photos

Minnesota park engagement photos Minnesota park engagement photos Minnesota park engagement photos

Minnesota park engagement photos Minnesota park engagement photos

park engagement photos + DIY chalkboard wedding sign

Congrats Andy and Jessica!

Interested in a custom design for your wedding stationery?
Click here if you’d like to learn more about providing MagnetStreet with your artwork and click here if you’d like to learn more about how MagnetStreet can create a custom-design for you.

Post your comment