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.


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Inspiration for a Peacock Themed Wedding

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Stationery

Have you seen our new inspiration boards yet?

Ah, for the love of peacocks … their brilliant and extravagant plumage is captivating. Don’t you love how nature just hands us these exquisite color schemes? A peacock themed wedding has a modern-vintage feel that shouts “look at me” and “I am stunning”–in a really good way! Its dreamy yet energetic mix of blues and greens lays a perfect foundation for a spring or summer wedding. Be inspired–whether you want to identify with the peacock and share your flamboyant style, or you simply love these gorgeous jewel tones and want them for your wedding colors. Are you a fan?

See this peacock inspiration board and many more at MagnetStreet.

Featuring brilliant blues and greens in this peacock wedding inspiration board.



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Another Wedding Stationery Giveaway!

Categories Budget + Wedding Stationery

Don’t you just love a good giveaway? We do too–so be sure to enter to win 150 Wedding Thank You Cards from MagnetStreet!

A Giveaway! Enter to win 150 Thank You Cards from MagnetStreet


The Deets on the Giveaway

Who: MagnetStreet
What: We’re giving away 150 Thank You Cards. Your choice of Photo Thank You Cards or No Photo Thank You Cards.
When: Giveaway runs through 1/16/14.
Where: MagnetStreet’s Facebook page. Enter now.


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Edwin and Ivy’s Colorful, California Wedding

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

Witnessed by their dearest family and friends, Edwin and Ivy said their vows under a white gazebo that overlooked a lake on the grounds of Alhambra Golf Course near downtown Los Angeles. Ivy, a classic beauty with a contagious smile, looked incredible in her Dolce Satin Essence of Australia wedding gown next to her handsome groom. Their citrus-y color scheme was a delicious treat that was beautifully rendered throughout their wedding–beginning with their wedding invitations. Edwin and Ivy chose MagnetStreet for their wedding invitations and thank you cards and we are so excited to bring you their lovely wedding today!

Ivy was kind enough to share some of their precious moments and shrewd advice from their big day {note: Converse All Stars for the ladies!} Enjoy.

Wedding Style: Christian, Modern-Traditional
Wedding Colors: Tangerine Orange & Lime Green
Ceremony & Reception: Almansor Court, Banquet and Conference Center, Alhambra, CA

Edwin and Ivy's California wedding-photos by Adan Photo

PhotographerAdan Photo
Wedding Stationery: MagnetStreet Weddings

To set the tone for their event, Edwin & Ivy chose the Romatic Ruche Wedding Invitation Suite design:
“Romantic Ruche had the perfect balance of simplicity and elegance. Although my colors were bright and fun, the design of Romantic Ruche was mature and classic.”

Romantic Ruche Wedding Invitation Suite from MagnetStreet

"Getting ready" wedding photos by Adan Photo

What were some highlights from your big day?

  • Dancing with my dad during the father daughter dance–then, having my mom join us at the end brought tears to my eyes!
  • Dancing with my oldest nephew and finding out that he can dance!! I was so happily surprised.
  • Being held by my husband as we danced our first dance as husband and wife.
  • The toasts … all of them were very meaningful.

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

Orange Calla Lilly wedding bouquets-photos by Adan Photo

What was the best part of the whole wedding day?

I think the best part was mine and Edwin’s first dance. We danced to Greatest Love by Musiq Soulchild. It’s such a beautiful song. The love and passion we feel for one another was easily seen while we danced.

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course real wedding photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo


Oh how I love my dress. It’s a Dolce Satin Essence of Australia gown. The style is Mermaid and it has pickups with small amount of beads across the chest, down to my mid-back and around my lower thigh area. The bottom was covered with pickups and oh, how I love the look of pickups! The color is called Pewter but it looked more like champagne. It was the perfect color! I didn’t want traditional white or ivory and the style was perfect for my body type. My dress fit so perfectly. I didn’t want to take the dress off at the end of the night. I accented my dress with a birdcage veil and handmade drop pearl earrings, bracelet, and hair pieces.

I purchased and returned about six pairs of shoes before I found the perfect ones. My shoes were by Ivanka Trump and were the perfect shade of champagne for my dress. They were strappy open toe shoes with circles of rhinestones going down the top of my foot. I have a very narrow foot so I had to the have the straps shortened so that my feet wouldn’t slide.

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

First Dance wedding photos by Adan Photo

Father-daughter dance with mom-photo by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding--photos by Adan Photo

What advice are you glad you took?

I am so happy one of my Bridesmaids suggested we change into Chuck Taylors (All Stars) after the ceremony. Prior to the suggestion, I had thought of buying them ballet shoes to change into but I couldn’t decide on a color and wasn’t very fond of the look with the bridesmaid dresses. The Chucks were a great idea! The bridesmaid dresses were orange so I had them purchase lime green Chucks and I purchased orange Chucks. I’m so happy I took that suggestion. We were all so comfortable after the ceremony and everyone loved that we had color coordinated All Stars!

California golf course wedding reception--photos by Adan Photo

What advice would you like to give?

Pick a strong team of women for your bridal party. You want women that understand they have agreed to support you throughout the wedding planning process–not just on the wedding day. I had a great team supporting me!

California golf course wedding reception--photos by Adan Photo

Cuties dancing at the wedding reception-photo by Adan Photo

Kids dancing at California wedding reception-by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding reception-photos by Adan Photo

California golf course wedding reception--photos by Adan Photo


Carrying the wedding look: Romantic Ruche Wedding Thank You Cards

Romantic Ruche Wedding Card design from MagnetStreet


On behalf of all your wedding pros, thank you Edwin and Ivy for all the kind words and kudos!
We wish you peace, love and joy!

Praises for the Pros

MagnetStreet Weddings
Stationery: The Romantic Ruche design was simple, classic and mature. When I began searching for wedding invitations, it was difficult to find an invitation that met all of my needs. I either didn’t like the paper, the design was too busy, or the colors and font weren’t right. Romantic Ruche had the perfect balance of simplicity and elegance. Although my colors were bright and fun, the design of Romantic Ruche was mature and classic. It was exactly what I was looking for. The flexibility MagnetStreet provides in customizing their designs is absolutely amazing. I loved the samples, the color swatches, and the matching accessories for the design. And, the prices and customer service are amazing!

Jewelry: handmade by a family friend.

Bqute Beauty Bar & Boutique
Hair Stylist: Shannon Prince-Peters, owner of Bqute Beauty Bar & Boutique. Shannon is my sister, and an extremely talented hair stylist. She needed very little direction to give me the look I was going for. She did most of my girls and was able to take my idea for my BM’s hair and add a little flare that really topped off their look. Although my hair was in a classic high bun, Shannon styled the bun at the perfect height and size that gave what can be a plain hair style, an elegance worthy of my wedding day.

Bousie Make Up
Make-up artist: Stacey Manual owner of Bousie Makeup. Stacey is a phenomenal makeup artist and a dear friend! She flew in from Detroit, MI to do my makeup and attend the wedding. She was on point all day and night making sure my makeup remained flawless. I don’t normally wear makeup, and with very little direction, Stacey was able to create a flawless, natural, elegant and yet stylish look for myself and my bridesmaids–just what I wanted!! I love my wedding pictures, both professional and non-professional, and I know a large part of that is because of my hair stylist and makeup artists! Thanks ladies!!

DJ: DJ Peazy, bookpeazybaby@gmail.com: DJ Peazy is one of Edwin’s friends. She did an amazing job of keeping the party going. There were a few key songs for the ceremony and reception we let her select and we were pleased with her selections. We didn’t give her a very detailed play list for the reception–just a few special requests and a general information about the type of music and atmosphere we would like.  She delivered the perfect mix of songs that kept the dance floor packed!

Door to Door Cleaners
Dress Alternations: I had alterations done at Door to Door cleaners in Brentwood, CA. Dole did my alterations, she was amazing!

Arturo’s Shoe Fix, Beverly Hills
Shoe repair:  Arturo is amazing!!


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