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MILESTONES MAG by magnificent milestones


TABLE of CONTENTS

About MM..............................................2

Real Weddings

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Kate and Tim..........................8-12

Card Catalog................................3

Jaclyn and John....................13-17

Third Coast Collection..................4

Melissa and Zach.................18-21

Spotlight

Whitney and Andrew.............22-26

Femme Du Coupe........................5

Charlotte and Marshall..........27-31

Vwidon.........................................6

Jennifer and Tyler..................32-35

Setting the Pantone

Magnificent Memories

Petal Pink....................................7

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Mary Kate and Ryan.............36-39


Photography by Helen Berkun

As we begin the new year, we are kicking off the busiest months of the season and could not be more thrilled! The holidays bring newly engaged brides eager to start planning... And where does a bride-to-be start? Save the dates! Although it has been a cold and dreary January in Chicago, the store is full of cheery brides planning colorful spring and summer weddings that keep us smiling. No matter the season, wedding photos are always beautiful and we hope this issue of Milestones Mag brings you cheer! Enjoy! MM P.S. We’re planning some fabulous in-store soirées – see below for details! Blooms & Brunch: Sunday, February 17 from 11-2 Toast with mom at Sunday brunch while you admire the beauty of Reenie Roses’s custom bridal bouquet paintings. Reenie Rose captures your bridal blooms on canvas for you to cherish long after you say “I Do.” Each bride who orders will receive one free canvas print for mom – a perfect way to say thank you to the mother-of-the-bride! RSVP required: rsvp@magnificentmilestones.com Smock Letterpress Trunk Show: Thursday, March 7 from 6-8 Sip, see and swoon! You’re invited to an exclusive look at the latest wedding invitation collection from Smock Letterpress! From bold and bright to soft and romantic, design experts will guide you through Smock’s completely customizable suites. RSVP required: rsvp@magnificentmilestones.com ABOUT MM, page 2


r u o f o s w g e f n i a vorite th fa

Photography by J Wiley Photography

CARD CATALOG Love the Dewey Decimal System? Or the mystery of unopened books buried in libraries? Well, this is a couple who did! And so, they decided to weave a library theme throughout their summer wedding. A great opportunity to convey a theme is through creative escort card display. For this wedding (planned by LOLA Event Productions), the cards were alphabetized and stacked in a vintage library card catalog – a fun and adorable way to guide guests to their table. The invitation set the tone by asking guests to respond if they were attending by checking “To Be” or “Not To Be”. A beautiful start to their very own love story!

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Photography by Amanda Hein Photography

THIRD COAST COLLECTION Pretty embellishments are always trending when it comes to invitations. This season, gorgeous die-cut wraps are catching our attention and making brides swoon. In this custom wrap, the great city of Chicago is brought to life in the shape of that famous skyline. This sample opens up to a chic, blush pink invitation panel with shimmering silver foil calligraphy text. To complete the look, the matching envelopes are lined with a lovely charcoal paper. Have different wedding colors? Not a problem! The color of the die-cut can be customized along with the fonts, design and hues of the invitation. This is just one of the five newest designs in the Third Coast Collection by Magnificent Milestones. The custom line features invitation suites for all kinds of weddings and appeal to every type of bride whether you’re looking for something whimsical, modern or traditional!

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SPOTLIGHT Femme Du Coupe

A delicious signature drink is a fun way to serve something extra special and unique at a wedding reception. We chatted with Revae Schneider, founder of the fabulous Femme Du Coupe, to get her advice on creating the perfect custom cocktail. In your experience, how do most couples choose a signature drink for their wedding? If we do custom cocktails for the couple it truly is unique to them. I try to find out the classic cocktails they like, the flavors they love, and anything they don’t like. How far in advance should a couple start thinking about alcohol for their wedding? I think deciding on a cocktail around 1-2 months ahead of time is best. You’ll get the best representation of the seasonal flavors! Is there a general well-received drink that you recommend? I find that smashes are usually a hit and a personal favorite. A french 75 or a well made whiskey sour are also usually crowd pleasers. What is your favorite drink for the winter season (if you can even pick just one!)? Right now I’m in love with drinking gin, lemon, our Le Sirop Winter Spice, with just a bit of Angostura bitters. It’s delish! Can you tell us a little about Femme Du Coupe’s line of cocktail syrups? Sounds like a great favor idea! Le Sirop, our line of Curated Cocktail Syrups are meant to be used for cocktails at home. They can either be used to sweeten your cocktails or made into really fantastic lemonades and sodas! They’ll change with the seasons just as your wardrobe does. Use your favorite spirit, add a little fresh citrus, a bit of syrup and you’re on your way! 777 North Michican Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611 www.femmeducoupe.com

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Photography by Vwidon

SPOTLIGHT Vwidon

If you’re in the market for a stunning, one-of-a-kind gown, stop by VWIDON in River North. The timeless gowns are designed by husband and wife duo, Carla Hwang and Kenneth Park, and showcased in a beautifully modern salon on Superior Street. They only work with one bride at a time, so while you’re there you feel like the entire salon exists for you – every bride’s fantasy! Shopping for a gown in VWIDON becomes an experience to remember and cherish. No stress within those walls! We do admit to a teensy bit of bias since both Kara and Charlotte bought their wedding dresses from Carla and Kenneth. But we can attest firsthand to the quality and beauty of the gowns, as well as the personal customer service. 360 West Superior Street Chicago, Illinois 60654 www.vwidon.com SPOTLIGHT, page 6


SETTING THE (PAN)TONE petal pink

the TONE

Whimsical, string calligraphy accents a delicate, hand painted watercolor peony. Alternating alignments bring soft, natural contours to the layout.

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REAL WEDDING summer love

KATE & TIM 08.04 12 REAL WEDDINGS, page 8


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the PAIR

Kate and Tim were married in a summer soiree bursting with warmth, fun and whimsy.

the PICS

{from left to right} All Dressed Up in Blue Gold Sparkle Final Touches Summery Chicago Invite Cheerful Bouquet Woohoo! Program Fan On the Rocks Signature Signage Succulent Splendor Kraft Escort Cards All You Need Is…

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the PLAYERS

Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuiller Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew Caterer: Limelight food illuminated Ceremony and Cocktail Band: Arlen Music Productions DJ: Toast and Jam Florist/Planner: LOLA Event Productions Photographer: Pamela Luedeke Photography Stationery: Magnificent Milestones Venue: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Videographer: Smiling Toad Productions


REAL WEDDING soft and sweet

JACLYN & JOHN 08.11.12 REAL WEDDINGS, page 13


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the PAIR

Jaclyn and John planned a deliciously romantic August wedding. Full of gorgeous florals, pink and blue accents and a double “J” monogram to top it all off.

the PICS

{from left to right} Pretty with Pink The Vows J and J Cute Straws for Sippin’ Chic Tablescape Lovely Toasts Dessert Treats Romantic Touches Smiles All Around

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the PLAYERS

Bride’s Dress: Rivini Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Beauty on Call Caterer: Food For Thought Florist: Event Creative Photographer: Becky Hill Photography Planner: LK Events Stationery: Magnificent Milestones Venues: St. Clement Church The Chicago History Museum Videographer: Poetic Productions Videography


REAL WEDDING dreamy and dramatic

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the PAIR

Melissa and Zach used bold florals with beautiful neutral tones to create an utterly unforgettable evening.

the PICS

{from left to right} Vision in White Taupe and Gray: The Perfect Match Bouquet Beauties Stolen Kiss Bold and Beautiful Florals Pretty Place Cards To Love and Laughter

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the PLAYERS Band: Deja Vu Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Florist: Fleur Couture Lighting: Frost Chicago Photographer: Vrai Photography Planner: LK Events Stationery: Magnificent Milestones Venue: Peninsula Hotel Videographer: Emotia


REAL WEDDING sunny romance

WHITNEY & ANDREW 10.19.12 REAL WEDDINGS, page 22


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the PAIR

Dripping with gold accents, Whitney and Andrew’s Florida wedding is romance at its best.

the PICS

{from left to right} Glowing Peony Perfection Lovely Programs Path of Petals Aisle Decor First Look Magic Roses in Candlelight Chavari Chic A Rose For You Cake Delight Dance Floor Monogram

the PLAYERS

Band: The Headliners Bride’s Hair and Makeup: ncolor {salon + boutique} Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza Bride’s Jewelry: MJ Reed Jewelers Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose Floral and Décor: Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples Groomsmen Tuxedos: Calvin Klein Photography: Matt DeBackere Photography Stationery: Magnificent Milestones Venue: Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples

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REAL WEDDING falling in love

CHARLOTTE & MARSHALL 10.27.12 REAL WEDDINGS, page 27


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the PAIR

Charlotte and Marshall combined vibrant purple hues with classic style to create an elegant fall fete.

the PICS

{from left to right} All that Glitters Lovely Leaves His & Hers Door to Your Heart Daddy Daughter Blissful Blooms ABC’s The Attendants To Have & To Hold

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the PLAYERS

Bride’s Dress: VWIDON Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Caterer: Main Course Catering Cocktail Jazz Trio: Muskrat Productions DJ: Kunjan Collective Floral and Décor: Betsy & Company Photography: Paper + Frame Planner: Life of the Party Productions Stationery: Magnificent Milestones Venues: Union Church of Pocantico Hills Ballroom at Beechwood of Scarborough, NY


REAL WEDDING skyline nuptials

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the PAIR

Jennifer and Tyler’s big day was filled to the brim with perfectly matched details and gorgeous golden hues.

the PICS

{from left to right} Buttons and Bows Scent of a Rose Beautiful Paper, Oh My! Peachy Petals Stunning Cake Topper Monogrammed Menu Escort Card Detail

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the PLAYERS

Band: Arlen Music Productions Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera Bride’s Shoes: James Ciccotti Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Cake: Oak Mill Bakery Caterer: Kenmare Catering & Events Florist: Richard Remiard Event Design Photography: Wedding Creativo Photography Planner: LK Events Stationery: Magnificent Milestones Venues: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church Germania Place


MAGNIFICENT MEMORIES chicago chic

MARY KATE & RYAN 07.23.11 MAGNIFICENT MEMORIES, page 36


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the PAIR

Mary Kate and Ryan’s 2011 nuptials had all kinds of Chicago charm.

the PICS

{from left to right} Magnificent Ring Pillow Debonair Boutonniere Precious Ring Bearers with Programs Tower of Cupcakes Chicago El Style Escort Cards and Favors Majestic Staircase Mr. & Mrs.

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the PLAYERS

Band: Stitley Orchestra Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo Caterer: Blue Plate Florist: Blum Photography: Riverbend Studio Planner: Big City Bride Stationery: Magnificent Milestones Venues: St. James Episcopal Cathedral The Chicago Cultural Center


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