Page 1


spring 2010

fashion forward



Eco-Friendly Weddings, Photo Booths, the Housing Market, How to Live Happily Ever After


Get Inspired

Breathtaking Photography from the Midwest to Mexico

Villa Cesare I

nviting atmosphere, here, here culinary expertise, and nd impeccable service create the he perfect combination forr your special occasion. It pays to trust your special event to our excellent staff. Our menu is truly inviting. from creamy portobello mushroom ravioli, to golden fried chicken, to tender filet mignon tail. Whatever on and an lobster lo er your plea pleasure, you can be sure your pl ur guests w will illl eenjoy a meal they won’t soon oon forget. Beca Because ecaause usee take great pride in ourr food service and warm atmosphere. se ser osphere. We spacious accommodations W offer o mmodations for parties ies of 50 - 900.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Wedding Dates are available. The main entrance is enhanced by a canopy and is complemented by a lovely fountain imported from Italy surrounded by stone benches in a garden-like setting. A computerized marquee announces your event as your guests arrive. Our picturesque Gazebo is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and the perfect settings for wedding photos. The building is handicapped accessible with ramps leading from several areas of handicapped parking.

For an elegant, affordable gathering, call villa Cesare! 900 Eagle Ridge Drive • Schererville, IN.,

w w w. v i l l a c e s a re . c o m


Highland, IN 219.923.6446 Merrillville, IN 219.769.7471 St. John, IN 219.365.8159 Grand Rapids, MI 616.365.2912 Holland, MI 616.393.8120 Grand Rapids, MI 616.949.9560

• FREE Groom’s Tuxedo • FREE Ring Bearer Tuxedo • FREE Invitations • OVER $1,300 in Gift Certificates

w w w . d u n h i l l t u x e d o s . c o m


We’ve got the hottest trends for bridal gowns in 2010, and we guarantee you’ve never seen anything like ’em. BY JULIA PERLA



16 PLAN Think having your wedding at home costs less? Think again. Also, learn about 2010’s hottest colors and the area’s most outside-the-box reception venues.


20 ANTICIPATE Find out what foods you should and

shouldn’t eat before the wedding, plus the low-down on limos, and the new and improved bridesmaid dress.


22 CELEBRATE Tired of the traditional wedding cake? IN EVERY ISSUE Letter from the Editor 4 Inspire 6 Planning Checklist 36 List 38 Service Directory 39 Capture 40


Try a dessert bar instead. Also find out how to get your wedding pics in a book, and how to recycle the leftovers from your big day. BY CAITLIN ELSAESSER

30 RELAX Hoping for a honeymoon but don’t have

the cash? We recommend a minimoon, in one of five great destinations close to home. BY HEATHER AUGUSTYN

34 LIVE After the wedding, you’ll want to know when to tell the truth, how to exercise with your spouse, and where to invest your money. BY DANIELLE BRAFF

photograph courtesy of MARTINA LIANA


VOLUME 4 – ISSUE 1 Publisher Bill Masterson, Jr. AssociAte Publisher/editor Pat ColanDer Advertising director CHris loretto MAnAging editor JUlia Perla Art director Joe DUrK AssistAnt MAnAging editor KatHrYn MaCneil designers aPril BUrForD, Matt HUss online editor asHleY BoYer contributing editors HeatHer aUGUstYn, CHristY Bonstell, Danielle BraFF, JUli DosHan, Caitlin elsaesser, Jen FloreK, CasanDra riDDle, sHaron BiGGs Waller

Niche PublicatioN SaleS senior Account executive // illinois/northwest indiana lisa taVoletti Account executive // Michigan MarY sorensen Advertising MAnAgers DeB anselM, FranK Perea, JeFFreY PreCoUrt PubliShed by lee enterprises/the times of northwest indiana niche Productions division 601 W 45th ave, Munster, indiana 46321 // 219.933.3200 2080 n Main st, Crown Point, indiana 46307 // 219.662.5300 1111 Glendale Blvd, Valparaiso, indiana 46383 // 219.462.5151 copyright, reprints and Permissions: You must have permission before reproducing material from shore Bride magazine.

Welcome to the ALL NEW! After months of research, brainstorming and deliberation, we’ve decided to create an all-new website to accompany our biannual printed magazine! Here’s what you’ll find at A directory of bridal vendors serving Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Beautiful photography of local brides and grooms. Advice from local experts on wedding planning, relationships, finances, wedding entertainment, and more! Videos about local bridal businesses, events and engaged couples. Blogs from local brides. Ideas about the little details that make your big day special!

Go to to plan your wedding today!


Northwest Indiana’s Premiere Banquet Facility. � Family Style to Custom Menus � Executive Chef � Indoor Ceremonies � Multiple Rooms

� Showers � Anniversaries � Rehearsal Dinners � Seating for over 700

w w w. o l d t o w n b a n q u e t c e n t e r. c o m 2 1 9 . 4 6 5 . 5 4 4 4 � 7 1 1 C a l u m e t Av e . � V a l p a r a i s o

A UTOPIAN EXPERIENCE, PERFECT FOR ALL YOUR CELEBRATIONS. Specialist in Wedding & Event Planning Wedding Receptions • Indoor Ceremonies • Rehearsal Dinners • Showers • Anniversaries • Parties

The Perfect Wedding. When only the best will satisfy, the extraordinary atmosphere and culinary expertise at Casa del Roma’s beautiful facility with a private entrance and parking will make your most important day the most memorable.

Welcome To Our Home • 219.465.0478 712 Calumet Avenue • Valparaiso


real weddings

c o m p i l e d b y J U LA I PE RL A

Southshore Photography “Our style is defined by fresh, vibrant color and enchanting romance. We shoot the most important moments of the day unobtrusively, but we’re also passionate about crafting and composing modern art images for couples’ happily ever after.” -AUDREY WEAVER AND JOSE PEREZ [clockwise from right] Aimee and Jeffrey Moriarty wedding in Michigan City, Ind.; Michelle and James Burns wedding in Merrillville, Ind.; Kelly and Todd Sobieck wedding in Munster, Ind.; Courtney and Kevin Kil in Schererville, Ind. Southshore Photography 219.455.7230










YOU’LL REMEMBER EVERY GLAMOROUS MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY. For more information call Jayne, Katie or Leticia at 219.945.0888

INSPIRE Monica Z. Photography â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are driven by the energy of the wedding day and strive to capture the love between the couple and their families! We like to have fun while we take photos, which keeps everyone very relaxed and into the photography process.â&#x20AC;? -MONICA ZIBUTIS [clockwise from right] Mandy and Eric Crowley in Niles, Mich.; Beth and Joel Phillips wedding in Chesterton, Ind.; Jennifer and Jason Gaspar wedding in Chesterton, Ind. Monica Z. Photography 219.229.0796


� 36 Years of experience in custom tailored events � Private dining rooms accommodate parties of 20 to 250 guests � Your choice of fresh flowers or our elegant 30" crystal floral centerpieces � Candles and crisp linens on every table � Valet parking

106 North Main St., Glenwood, IL

(708) 758-4400


Zeta-Alpha Studio “I work as a documentary wedding photographer, doing my best to capture the best candid moments of the wedding day. I do photograph posed portraits, but all of my best photos happen when the bride and groom have forgotten I’m there.” -MATTHEW WHITLOCK [clockwise from top] Laura and Andrew Karl in Notre Dame, Ind.; Margaret and Robert Clemency wedding in South Bend, Ind.; Alison and Alex Bauer in Notre Dame, Ind.; Carrie and Stephen Brennan in Notre Dame, Ind. Zeta-Alpha Studio 574.315.1608




The Factory 1050 105 Broadway, Suite 14 Chesterton www ww w.ha allph 219-929-1710 Tolll Free Free: (800) 293-9451


Face Photography “No bride and groom are the same, and we strive to capture what is most important to each of them, and not miss a single detail of the wedding day! We laugh a lot—and the atmosphere around us is easy and natural. The comfort level we have with our couples helps us to create beautiful photographs. We are photographers and artists and are personally invested in our couples and the work we do.” -SHELLEY LALONDE [clockwise from top] Marisa and Jason Boston in Whitehall, Mich.; Ashleigh and Steve Perkins in Holland, Mich.; Amy and Josh Silvis in Spring Lake, Mich.; Julia and Harry Petaway in Middleville, Mich. Face Photography 616.402.7400


Book our room for any occasion and we’ll add a complimentary lakefront setting and sunset. SEATING UP TO 200

Experience the same excellence with our food and service in our banquet room that made the Lighthouse famous!




7501 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake, IN • 219-374-9283

For banquets ask for Maureen 219-374-9283 ext. #2

Northwest Indiana’s Best Kept Secret Saint Elijah Hall Weddings, Showers Banquets, Charity Balls Business Seminars Parties Corporate Events Graduation Parties, Proms

New West Hall! A new beautiful and elegant ballroom specially designed for smaller events! (accommodates 50–160 people)

Saint Elijah


Above & Beyond Service Competitive Pricing

(219) 769-4375



Genevieve McKeiver “My inspiration comes from the bride and groom. Really getting to know the couple and their story before the wedding day helps me to capture the emotions and interactions between the two. I like my images to be uncomplicated, simplistic and clean. They capture all of the emotions and little moments of the day in their natural settings, never forced or created.“ -GENEVIEVE MCKEIVER [clockwise from top] Kati Scalabrino and Chris Zuver in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Carla and Alex Zidarevich in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Amy and Zeb Frazee in Grandville, Mich.; Megan Loeks’ trash-the-dress session in Grand Rapids, Mich. Genevieve McKeiver 616.334.8094


Paid advertisement


Where a Wedding Becomes a getaWay


obyn and Chris DeRuyver still hear many wonderful comments from friends and family about their destination wedding held last Labor Day weekend at The Homestead in Glen Arbor, Michigan. “They say it was a fun party, one of the best weddings,” Chris said. “They loved the resort’s location, the facility, the quality of the service, and the chairlift ride to the top of Bay Mountain, with that amazing Lake Michigan view.” Robyn and Chris became engaged in Napa Valley and were drawn to northern Michigan’s comparable rolling landscape of vineyards and the sparkling beaches of Sleeping Bear Dunes. During their initial tour with Barb, The Homestead’s wedding coordinator, the couple was impressed not only with the resort’s waterfront setting and spectacular vista, but with its many thoughtfully planned conveniences. They loved the closeness of their mountaintop ceremony site to the great hall, Mountain Flowers, where they later dined and danced with 150 relatives and friends, and sipped cocktails while star-gazing from the patio. They appreciated sharing spacious rental accommodations, like their mountain-view Chimney Ridge homes, and the ability to offer guests an array of accommodations to match their

budgets—from lodge rooms and hotel suites near the mountain or beach, to condominiums with forest, lake or water views. They were relieved to hear that resort personnel would take care of the smallest details. The Homestead’s chef helped them choose a local sparkling wine and add personal touches to the menus, including their special surprise for guests: a Prime Rib hand-carving station. Barb coordinated the local florist, baker and photographer and confirmed that everyone received lodging. The banquet team made certain that tabletop arrangements were carried from one location to another. “Staff was amazing,” enthused Chris, who was the go-to guy while Robyn finished her graduate studies. “We felt really comfortable with the planning process; Barb walked us through it, and everything just fell into place.” Their “Wedding Weekend

Extravaganza” began Thursday with a sunset bonfire on The Homestead’s beach near Café Manitou, where Robyn said children skipped stones and tasted their first s’mores. On Friday, the gals visited the spa and the guys golfed at “Manitou Passage,” a newly renovated Arnold Palmer signature course. The wedding party enjoyed an exclusive, pre-ceremony visit to the resort’s fitness room on Saturday. Sunday’s breakfast included made-to-order omelets served at Camp Firefly, the resort’s timber-and-fieldstone hall. Guests climbed dunes, rode bicycles, kayaked and swam. The DeRuyvers’ favorite wedding memories are of evenings spent with family and friends. “Our routine every night was to walk on trails to the top of the mountain where we were married,” Robyn sighed. “It was great to be there and to share that experience with so many of our loved ones.”

To take your first step toward the destination wedding of your dreams, and to arrange a personal visit, call or email us at: The homesTead Wood Ridge Road, Glen arbor, mI 49636 231.334.5000,


first things first


Home Weddings

“It’s a lot of work. Portapotties, tents, dance floors— you sort of take that stuff for granted. The list was neverending,” Sites says. So, where does the extra work come in? For starters, Sites says, you have to think of every tiny detail—many of which are normally taken care of by a rental space or When Jill Sites and her husband Jayson decided to get event planner. Everything married, there was no question where the ceremony must be rented—not just the tables and chairs, but would take place. The couple couldn’t picture it being also the generators, tents, anywhere other than the lovely property on which they dance floors, outdoor bathroom facilities and lighting. live, in Three Oaks, Michigan. What they didn’t know “There were a lot of phone was how much work it would turn out to be. calls, a lot of emails and a lot of meetings,” Sites says. “I think I went to the rental place twelve times.” ore work, and a lot more money, Sites adds. In fact, an at-home wedding cost the couple nearly $7,000 more than they’d originally budgeted for. The budget was hard to stick to because extra expenses just kept popping up. The budget had to expand to incorporate items such as an extra twenty tables just for the caterer to use for serving. An outdoor, at-home wedding also requires landscaping and lighting professionals. In short, Sites says, if you plan on organizing the wedding yourself, just be sure you’re one prepared planner and that you have a budget that can handle some surprises. But just because it’s more work, Sites says, doesn’t mean it can’t be worth it. After all, there are some benefits to being at home on your wedding day. You can be more creative there than most rental properties, you can use landscaping that will be an investment into your property instead of buying flowers and, most importantly, you’ll live in the place where you made your vows. “It was absolutely worth it,” Sites says. “I would not change our location for anything in the world. It was phenomenal.” –CHRISTY

More work (and money) than you think




Go Vibrant! wedding colors for 2010 Christina Page, owner of Devoted Weddings and Events in Merrillville, Indiana, says the key to this season’s wedding colors is to start off simple—with classic black and white. Then, add just a hint of one of these vibrant jewel tones. –CHRISTY BONSTELL

sapphire fuchsia

According to Page, pink will never go out of style for warm-weather weddings; it’s just the shade that changes. Fuchsia is an easy hue for finding matching flowers—just be sure not to overdo it with too much pink.


Amethyst is a perfect choice for anyone who wants a combination of colors at their wedding. This vibrant purple shade pairs well with other brights. An added bonus—purples are flattering to most.

The key with sapphire is to be subtle with it, using it as an accent where possible. If you wish to use sapphire, make it easier on yourself by combining it with other, less-vibrant blues. You should avoid sapphire for an outdoor wedding, unless you want your girls to disappear in photos.

apple green

Apple green is at the height of its popularity this season. But, it’s a tricky one. It can be difficult for most complexions to pull off. However, green does lend itself to creative centerpieces, like grasses, apples or limes. Avoid green for a garden wedding, but it looks lovely on the beach.


Turquoise is a bold and beautiful color that works well paired with other strong hues. Flowers can be somewhat impossible, but it tends to be a crowd-pleaser for bridesmaids since it flatters pretty much any complexion.

The average bride will spend about $100 on flower petals. No stems attached. The average bride will spend more on an anklet for her wedding day than on a bracelet. SOURCE:

spring 2010


compiled by JEN FLOREK



The bride and groom looking to take their wedding into uncharted territory can choose from venues such as an orchard, a boat and an art museum. The difficult part is picking only one. Venue

APPLE BLOSSOM CHAPEL 2337 63rd St Fennville, Mich. 269.561.5563 Capacity: 33 This little chapel offers a relaxed atmosphere for small weddings. Located in a former apple orchard, the grounds include a variety of new trees and bushes overlooking a

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

pond. Couples can choose an indoor ceremony in the chapel with beveled glass window panels and a raised altar area, or a garden wedding in the domed gazebo. LUBEZNIK CENTER FOR THE ARTS 101 W 2nd St Michigan City, Ind. 219.874.4900 Capacity: 150 banquet, 250 cocktails This art museum is a sophisticated venue that can transform a wedding into its own work of art. Located on Michigan City’s lakefront, the building features impressive architecture both inside and out. With fine art, photography and sculpture as a backdrop, its three galleries, including the library with its lake view, provide a variety of spaces.

Millcreek Barns

Apple Blossom Chapel


MILLCREEK BARNS 68770 80th Ave Watervliet, Mich. 269.325.2583 Capacity: 250 Millcreek Barns was created for the bride and groom who love the simple things in life like a secluded garden environment, bonfire area and walking paths. From May through October, this location in Southwest Michigan’s orchard country can accommodate up to 250 with the option of tent rental. A ceremony site on the grounds is also available. SHORELINE CHARTERS Navy Pier Chicago, Ill. 312.373.7255 Capacity: 225 Shoreline Charters allows couples to celebrate while cruising along Lake Michigan or the Chicago River on one of its two ships. Celebration holds up to 100 people and is an elegant vessel with indoor and outdoor seating. Evening Star, an open air vessel, can accommodate up to 225.

Shoreline Charters

VENUE 74 Lincolnway Valparaiso, Ind. 219.983.2632 Capacity: 65 banquet, 90 cocktails Venue, in Valparaiso’s historic downtown Dining District, can provide small weddings with a stylish flair. Catered by critically acclaimed Bistro 157, Venue can help couples who have a big-city vision of style but want a small-town, intimate setting.





before the wedding

w r i tte n b y CARRIE STEINWEG



Want to look and feel your best for the big day? There are some obvious items you want to avoid in the preceding days, such as high-sodium foods that may cause bloating or high-fat foods that can cause skin breakouts, but Lauren Zuro, registered dietician at St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago, Indiana, offers some tips on what you should eat to feel and look great.

1) Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries They’re high in antioxidants, which contribute to clear, healthylooking skin.

TrEnD aLErT If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’re in luck. Candy bars are becoming more popular for receptions, allowing you to offer your guests all of your favorite candies and treats. If you’re worried about having too many leftovers, festive boxes or Chinese takeout boxes will allow your guests to cart away confections for later. 20

2) Salmon and walnuts

They’re high in omega 3 fatty acids, which contribute to healthy cell membranes by holding water. It results in skin with a youthful and tighter appearance.

3) Citrus fruits

Who wants a runny nose as they’re walking down the aisle? Oranges and other citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which will help prevent a cold.

4) Water

It helps clear toxins out of the blood, which contributes to healthy skin. Also, it doesn’t irritate the stomach, so if you get the jitters, it won’t cause a reaction.

5) Whole grains and high fiber foods They help with regularity and

keep you feeling full, which promotes weight maintenance and weight loss.

Arriving in Style

There are so many details that go into planning the ceremony and reception, and the act of literally getting there gives couples another opportunity to express their taste and personality. While a standard limousine sedan is a convenient and elegant way for a bride to arrive at the church or for the couple to depart to the reception, there are many additional options— from carriages to classic automobiles to slick sports cars—when it comes to transportation. Exotic car SharE in Palatine, Illinois, is a membership-based organization where a $250 membership fee is assessed to administer credit and background checks. Once a member, a qualified driver over 23 can reserve high-end sports and luxury cars. A wedding package includes two-day use for a flat fee that includes indoor storage of your car, fuel, insurance, toll passes and orientation and training for the driver and another family member. George Kiebala, one of the owners of the decade-old company, says there are more than 1,000 members and the Ferrari (which runs $1,190 for the wedding package), 1969 Mustang Mach I and Dodge Viper (which are $740) are popular choices to be driven by the groom. Of the three, only the Mustang has a backseat, allowing a member of the wedding party to act as chauffeur. “For a lot of grooms, this is their first time driving a Ferrari, and they prefer to drive themselves,” Kiebala says. He also says many couples return on their anniversary to relive the ride. One tip he mentions: Make an advance appointment with the dress to make sure it will fit comfortably. a PluS limouSinE, with Griffith and Portage locations, services Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan and offers a massive Hummer limo big enough for the whole wedding party. A 16passenger 4-hour wedding package starts at $799 and a 22passenger starts at $899. claSSic chaSSiS is based in the Chicago suburbs and offers chauffeur-driven classics, like a 1953 Bentley, a 1940 Packard and a 1962 Silver Cloud Rolls-Royce. Prices start at $600 plus 20 percent gratuity and a fuel surcharge may apply outside of the Chicago suburbs. country lanE carriagES offers another option for completing a fairy-tale wedding. The company operates out of LaPorte, Ind., with horse-drawn standard open carriages, limo-style extended carriages and Cinderella-style pumpkin-shaped carriages. Rates start at $375 an hour for the standard carriage.

the new,

improved bridesmaid dress

one are the days of frilly bridesmaid gowns that were worn once and then banished to a dark corner in the closet. Today’s styles are more—well, stylish. They don’t scream “bridesmaid” at first glance, allowing wedding attendants to wear the dress again on other occasions. Designers are making “a lot of younger-looking shor t pieces that you could wear again for a cocktail par ty or for attending a wedding,” says Charlott Sitarski, owner BravIng of Elegance WedTHE STorm ding & Evening Wear in Highland, If your wedding day forecast shows Ind. showers, beat The colors are the urge to pout also straying from with a stylish the traditional umbrella from Pare pastels. “There Umbrella. Available are a lot of viin a wide variety of brant colors being colors and patterns, used,” Sitarski says. the classic-but“There are also fun shapes will quite a few dress complement your styles you can ability to put a do as a two-tone spin on a soggy dress, with a botsituation. Match tom one color and your colors, or go bodice another.” with a classic white Today’s brides number. Nab one seem to be giving for about $65. bridesmaids more input as well, by selecting a style and giving bridesmaids color options or picking one color theme, but letting bridesmaids select their favorite style. “Brides are trying to be more conscious and allow bridesmaids to use the dress again, rather than using it one time and throwing it in a closet.”

spring 2010



the big day

w r i tte n b y CAITLIN ELSAESSER

dessert? what’s for

Though the concept of the dessert bar is not new, it has become more widespread in weddings as couples take its interpretation to the next level. With lots of fun possibilities for color and taste combinations, dessert bars can be a true reflection of a couple’s vision. (Check out party planner Amy Atlas’ picture portfolio at to get a sense of how beautiful the combinations can be.)


hicago-based wedding planner Marcia Hemphill of An Urban Affair ( says dessert bars are becoming part of the décor—based on color and theme—rather than just about the sweets. Think throwback candies, Bermuda-themed desserts for a destination wedding, or pink-themed truffles and cupcakes. “With a dessert bar, couples can make it more personal,” Hemphill says. Dessert bars can be more affordable than buying a traditional wedding cake, though Hemphill says the cost of a dessert bar can vary widely. “What brides envision in their head for a dessert bar is often not what is actually cost-saving,” she says. In order to be cost-effective, dessert bars


should be kept simple and be in place of, not in addition to, a wedding cake. Without a doubt, however, a dessert bar will lend itself to a more fun and social atmosphere. “It is interactive, gets people up and moving around and talking,” Hemphill says. Dessert bars also eliminate the need for cutting and serving a cake: guests can easily serve themselves, picking from their favorite offerings. With cupcakes, couples may even avoid providing plates or forks. More traditional couples may worry that a dessert bar eliminates the focal cake-cutting event and the accompanying cake-in-face photos. But couples can have their cake and dessert bar, too: just order a small wedding cake for photos, but give the guests the additional option of the dessert bar.

PUBLISH YOUR LOVE You have all those beautiful wedding snapshots, but now, what to do with them? More and more, couples are getting involved in how to present the images from their special day. Blurb books ( have worked to capitalize on a growing group of people who want to be creators of their content. Blurb is an online book business that allows consumers to create professional books at an affordable price. Founded by a photographer, the company has complex software that allows custom-produced books, including a text engine and online templates. For couples that want to capture their entire love story, a Blurb book may tell it better than a Snapfish or Shutterfly book. Blurb’s BookSmart software allows creators to drag and drop not just pictures, but stories, blog entries, emails or other content into predesigned (but customizable) layouts. The books also offer commercial quality with custom dust jackets and library bindery. A Blurb book is more than just a creative outlet. It will allow you to share your wedding photos—and perhaps your whole wedding story—easily and accessibly for years to come.


67 percent

of brides will use a magazine to help them plan. You’re on the right path. Source: Bridal Association of America

RECYCLING YOUR WEDDING LEFTOVERS Couples spend a lot of time planning for the wedding but often don’t think much about what to do with the celebration’s leftovers. For the socially and environmentally concerned duo, there is now a service that will take the often-considerable wedding leftovers and redirect them to food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations serving those in need. “We started under the premise that there was a component that is left at the end of events that can be put to use,” says Robert Kalt, owner of Special E (, which he started a year ago. “We are akin to a recycling company, but here the end result is something that benefits people in need.” Special E’s “rescue teams” collect and deliver leftover flowers and unopened leftover food to its Chicago partners, including Salvation Army, Goodwill Chicago and the Pacific Garden Mission. Pricing varies by event size and the leftovers the party wants to save, but Kalt says most weddings average a fee from $350 to $750. Special E provides services in more than thirty cities, and about a third of its business is weddings. Brides within a 90-minute radius of Chicago can schedule services from Special E, although Kalt says they have never turned down a request.


Party On If you’re not entirely sure what type of gift your bridesmaids will enjoy, Philosophy knows how to bring the party. A trio of 6-ounce shower gels in the Bridal Party kit will be a sweet reminder of your big day, from the Bubbly to the Wedding Cake to the Bouquet. Find it for $30 at

fall 2009 23

Perhaps it’s the economy. Or the Twitter invasion. Whatever the reason, the evidence is clear : this year’s brides want to stand out. We’re seeing things in bridal gowns that we’ve never seen before, nor even imagined. Tradition, step aside.


hannel your inner Aphrodite with a gown that clings close to the heart but then flows with a sensuous freedom. The striking silhouette flatters an hour-glass figure and also commands a powerful presence, just like the goddess of love herself.

Photography courtesy of [full page] ESSENSE OF AUSTRALIA; [inset] MARTINA LIANA

spring 2010


ring out your dark side by incorporating black accents into your otherwise innocent ensemble. But don’t overdo it. (You don’t want to scare away the groom!) Delicate black lace and small satin ribbons add just the right touch of attitude without going all-out goth.


Shore Magazine



ou don’t have to have a green thumb to appreciate the mysterious femininity of a garden. Flowers, leaves and ruffles step out of the garden and onto this year’s bridal gowns, adding texture and complexity to an already alluring canvas. Photography [full page] courtesy of MARTINA LIANA; [inset] by DAN AND CORINA LECCA/CAROLINA HERRERA

spring 2010


ap into your playful nature with a kneelength gown that leaves plenty of room for dancing. While some designers offer a long and short version (long for the ceremony, short for the reception), these flirty gowns were designed for girls who think outside the box.


Photography courtesy of MARTINA LIANA

he princess dress gets a facelift, with the trendier, pouffier skirt that suggests high fashion more so than girly-girl frill. With layers of tulle that look and feel as light as a cloud, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll fulfill your childhood dream of having a big and bold wedding gown, but with modern flair.

Photography [full page] courtesy of ESSENSE OF AUSTRALIA; [inset] by DAN AND CORINA LECCA/CAROLINA HERRERA

spring 2010



the honeymoon


Mini moons

Honeymoon spots close to Home So you’ve spent all of your dough on the dress, flowers, photographer, reception, and now you’re expected to go on an expensive trip on top of it? Starting out a marriage in debt may not be the best way to build a solid foundation, especially in today’s economy. So more and more couples are planning smart and choosing a honeymoon location close to home—after all, the region boasts some of the best beaches, resorts, activities and nature in the world. So save your money, pack your bags and get ready for a beautiful minimoon to remember forever.



photography courtesy of [opposite page and this page, top and bottom] DoorCounty.Com/Door County Visitor Bureau; [this page, far right top and bottom] feliCia fairChilD

DOOR COUNTY | Wisconsin With its many bays, islands and harbors, Door County is a paradise of remote natural landscapes. Perhaps best known for the richness of its fall foliage displays, Door County is great for scenic sightseeing, relaxing and enhancing the seclusion of the newlywed couple. Activities include hiking, biking, antiquing, fishing, camping and water sports. The region’s restaurants feature dining from casual to formal, and there are a variety of niche wineries for enthusiasts. Shopping includes fantastic antiquing opportunities, and local art galleries feature an array of media.

From cozy cottages to weekly rentals overlooking the dunes, accommodations at Saugatuck and Douglas are anything but ordinary. Property selection services will help to choose the perfect destination according to clients’ wishes. Saugatuck and Douglas, two sister towns, offer a variety of unique shops including numerous art galleries for which the towns are renowned. Charter a serene sunset boat ride or an early morning fishing tour, relax on the beach, picnic, golf, bike ride, or dine in one of the many fine restaurants in these charming towns, which were designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the nation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Having an ice cream cone and strolling along the beach while watching sailboats slide by is true romance.


MACKINAC ISLAND | Michigan Cross over the Mackinac Bridge as you cross into the next beautiful phase of your life. Mackinac Island may have plenty of touristy fudge shops and bustling horse-laden streets, but there is another side to Mackinac Island that is remote, romantic and a respite from modern life. Charming bed and breakfasts, inns and hotels such as the famous Grand Hotel bring a touch of Victorian charm to the scenic beauty of the island, including magnificent cliffs and rock formations, hills of green and flowers, and sun-glistening beaches. No cars are allowed but bike rentals are readily available, as are romantic horse-drawn carriage rides around the 8.3-mile perimeter of the island. Activities include hiking, guided tours, horse rides, golf, shopping and exploring the historical parks.



CHICAGO Illinois Blocks of Indian restaurants dishing up spicy curries on Devon Street, downtown samba rhythms pulsating as ceviche with lime is served in chilled martini glasses, flowing Perrier Jouët on the 95th floor overlooking the lights of the bustling city below . . . In addition to the nation’s finest dining, Chicago has all of the museums, history, architecture, shopping, beaches, parks, zoos and entertainment to make it the world-class city it is. Share a kiss atop the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel or embrace on marble steps that were once trod by travelers to the Columbian Exposition. Most hotels, including the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton, offer honeymoon suites and tours, from a simple carriage ride around Streeterville, to walking tours of modern skyscrapers, to a sunset dinner cruise along the lakefront.

photography courtesy of [clockwise, from top left] Christine liVinGston; maCKinaCislanD.orG; ChiCaGo ConVention & tourism Bureau

Collecting rocks along the shoreline as beach grass and cottonwood leaves wave in the wind, nestling near a crackling campfire, or browsing through markets and art fairs, the Indiana Dunes is natural romance. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is 25 miles in Northwest Indiana and is largely untouched with a variety of habitats, including beach, dunes, wetlands and forests. The towns associated with the dunes— Miller, Portage, Porter, Chesterton, Burns Harbor and Michigan City— boast a number of exquisite dining, shopping and lodging options, including secluded bed and breakfasts and inns, beach house rentals and cottages.

M[ZZ_d]iWj M^_j[>Wma9ekdjho9bkX

šI[Wj_d]\ehkfje(+&]k[iji$ šCkbj_fb[c[dkefj_edim_j^^Wbb"XWhWdZ]hWjk_jo_dYbkZ[Z$ šEkjZeehWdZ_dZeehY[h[cedoi_j[i$ šFWhjo8kiWlW_bWXb[\ehM[ZZ_d]:Woeh 8WY^[beh%8WY^[beh[jj[FWhjojhWdifehjWj_ed$ š7d[nf[h_[dY[ZM[ZZ_d]9eehZ_dWjehje]k_Z[oek$ jecWa[oekh 3TahW4Wka`VZh[WciWh[Wb_jo


:+,7(+$:. COUNTRY CLUB

'&&'M^_j[>Wma:h_l[ 9hemdFe_dj"?D*,)&;l[djiE\ÓY[0('/#,,'#()(( mmm$m^_j[^WmaYekdjhoYbkX$Yec

LIVE w r i tte n b y DANIELLE BRAFF

Is Honesty the Best Policy?

Sometimes, telling the truth can backfire—even in a marriage. Sure, he’s your best friend, your best confidant and your one and only partner through life. But once in a while, your hubby’s breath stinks. Or he truly believes that his striped green shirt matches his blue plaid pants. Is it really necessary to point out his stinky breath or his utter lack of fashion sense?

No, says Nick Constantine, a psychologist with a private practice in Merrillville. “Give him some breath mints, or buy some clothing for him,” Constantine suggests. Unless, he says, you know that your spouse would be okay with knowing—or would even want to know—that he has a hygiene problem, or some other issue. “Ask them first, ‘Can you handle this?’” Constantine says. “There are some relationships where the person can handle the truth. It would take time and experience to sense if that person can take honesty.” But if you know that your spouse would be mortified and simply ashamed and depressed if you told him that his hygiene wasn’t up to par, then you can simply suggest fun, hygienic ideas—such as taking a soapy shower together—to get him super clean. There are some truths, however, that even the most confident spouses wouldn’t be


able to handle. Would you ever be okay with knowing that your husband fantasizes about other women while he’s making love to you? It’s a totally normal, healthy activity—but it’s probably best if you don’t tell your husband about your fantasy about you and his best friend, says Terry Top, marriage and family therapist, and executive director at New Leaf Resources in Lansing. “You should refrain from talking about things that would obviously be hurtful. You want to be honest, but you don’t have to be brutally honest,” Top says. “If it’s not problematic, I wouldn’t share the fantasies.” But if the fantasies have gotten to the point where you’re obsessed with someone else, and it’s causing problems in your relationship, you’ll need to talk about it and deal with it. The key, Top says, is deciding not to say hurtful things—even if you’re trying to be honest. “You have to think, ‘Is this really going to be helpful? Why would I do something intentionally hurtful to the person I love?’” And there are always ways of getting around the truth while still getting the point across to your spouse, Top says. If he asks if his outfit makes him look fat, there’s no reason to simply say “yes,” even if it’s the truth. Instead, you could say, “I think your other outfits look better on you,” Top suggests. It turns a lose-lose question into a win-win. He’ll understand that you don’t like the outfit, but he won’t get upset and think that he personally is looking awful.

fitness post-wedding

If your pants feel snug after the wedding, you’re not alone. It turns out most people gain a significant amount of weight after getting married. A study recently published in the journal Obesity finds that married couples are more likely to become obese than single or even dating couples.


his “happy weight” most likely results from laziness and comfort, says Terry Top, marriage and family therapist and executive director at New Leaf Resources in Lansing. You’ve got the man, and now it’s not so necessary to go to the gym and watch what you eat. But if the happy weight doesn’t make you so happy, there are a few tricks to help you

prevent and zap those pounds ASAP. It may be romantic to grab a hot cocoa with your sweetie on a cold winter day, or to share an ice cream sundae in the middle of a summer afternoon. But if you add as few as 100 calories a day to your diet, you’ll gain a pound per month and nearly 12 pounds in just a year, says Debi Pillarella, certified personal trainer and fitness program director at the Community Hospital Fitness Pointe in Munster. Instead of spending hours leaning over that fondue pot, try to find romance in more active activities. Instead of going out for dinner, drinks and a movie, try taking a ballroom dance class, going bowling, golfing or even walking. If you really want to stay at home and be a couch potato, you can do some crunches or push-ups during the commercials, Pillarella says. You could also take a healthy cooking class together. Or, simply take turns cooking for each other instead of going out to eat. “Focus on including whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats in your meal planning,” Pillarella says. “Keep an eye on portion control. Every little bit counts.”

FINANCE TIP FROM A PRO “One of the most important things newlyweds can do when it comes to financial planning is to start an IRA. It can either be a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA. When investing, it’s time in the market—not timing the market. Another important and often overlooked aspect to a couple’s financial plan is life insurance. What is the spouse going to do when their loved one dies? As horrible as it is to think about your newlywed passing away, the truth is it can happen and burials are expensive. Above all, the most important thing a newlywed can do is to find a trustworthy financial planner and work out a financial life plan so you can put all the pieces together.” — Sean Kingston, senior advisor with the Airey Financial Group in Merrillville, Indiana

spring 2010


wedding planner twelve months or before: _ Announce the engagement.

_ Decide on the men’s formalwear and order it.

_ Ask friends and relatives to participate in the wedding party.

_ Make arrangements for the rehearsal dinner.

_ Decide what kind of wedding you want, including when and where it will be. Choose a few different dates and sites in case your favorite location is already booked.

_ Find accessories, including jewelry and shoes. Wear shoes around the house to begin to break them in.

_ Book the ceremony site, officiant and the reception venue. _ Start thinking about the guest list. Divide your list between people who need to be invited and those whom it would be nice to invite, in case you need to downsize later. _ Set a budget early and try to stick to it throughout the planning process. _ Order or renew passports if required for your honeymoon. six to nine months before: _ Decide on the cut, color and style of your dream gown. Take your time shopping to make sure you order the perfect one. _ Research and book the photographer, videographer, florist and entertainment. _ Register for gifts. _ Select a flower girl and ring bearer. _ Choose and order the bridesmaids’ dresses. _ Start planning your honeymoon. _ Have your engagement portrait taken. four to six months before: _ Finalize the guest list and order wedding invitations. _ Reserve lodging for out-of-town guests. _ Shop for and order wedding rings. Allow up to four weeks for engraving.


_ Buy gifts for wedding party, parents and each other. three months before: _ Research bakeries and order the wedding cake. _ Select and hire transportation for the wedding day. _ Purchase reception decorations and party favors. _ Look into wedding license requirements. _ Plan activities for out-of-town guests for before and after the wedding. _ Schedule appointments for getting hair, makeup and nails done. six to eight weeks before: _ Address and mail out invitations. _ Check with newspaper for wedding announcement requirements. Write it up and send in with photograph.

caterer. Arrange seating and create place cards, if desired. _ Discuss must-have shots with the photographer and videographer. Give final song list to band or DJ. _ Start packing for the honeymoon. _ Keep up to date on thank-you notes as gifts arrive. one week before: _ Have final dress fitting and bring it home. Make sure maid of honor knows how to bustle the dress. _ Confirm honeymoon reservations and other arrangements. Finish packing. _ Attend bachelor and bachelorette parties. _ Confirm all arrangements made for the wedding day. day before: _ Give the best man the officiant’s fee and any other checks to be paid. _ Make sure a member of the wedding party is in charge of bringing the wedding accessories to the service. _ Rehearse the ceremony and give marriage license to the officiant.

_ Obtain marriage license. Have name changed, if you choose, on all important documents.

_ Give gifts to the wedding party.

_ Mail invitations to rehearsal dinner.

_ Give wedding bands to the best man and the maid of honor.

_ Collect your “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” _ Write your vows. _ Create a wedding program. two to six weeks before: _ Contact guests who haven’t responded to invitations. _ Finalize menu for the reception and give a final head count to the

day of:

_ Present gifts to parents and each other. _ Take a deep breath and enjoy your day.

beauty planner five to six months before:

one to two months before:

one week before:

_ Begin to take one night a week to do something fun and get away from the stress of planning the wedding.

_ Go to your makeup artist for a trial run. Discuss your best feature with them and highlight that.

_ Allow yourself to enjoy the prewedding parties and festivities, but be selective in what you eat there.

_ Get plenty of sleep and try to stay away from a lot of caffeine and unhealthy food to reduce stress.

_ Take your veil to your hairdresser for a trial run. Don’t hesitate to let them know of any concerns you may have now.

_ Start researching hair and makeup ideas. _ Try a new style or color for your hair now, before it’s too late to change back. _ Start a strict skin care regimen, cleansing and moisturizing daily, and schedule a facial once a month. _ Start exercising at least three times a week. Enlist one of your bridesmaids to help if you need to get motivated. Try yoga or aerobic exercises—such as cycling or running—that will help you look great and relieve stress. _ If you want to lose weight before the wedding, talk to your doctor to set up a plan to lose the weight and then keep it off after dress fittings are underway. Don’t lose more than two pounds in a single week because by doing so, you will only be losing firm muscle. three to four months before: _ Research options for hairdressers and makeup artists. Meet with them and bring pictures you like along to show them. _ Book appointments with a hairdresser, makeup artist and nail salon for the wedding day. _ Test out different types of selftanner now for a streak-free glow. Pay special attention to the neckline of your dress so that you don’t miss anything.

_ Begin to cut down on coffee, tea and dark sodas to whiten your smile. Try whitening toothpaste, an at-home bleaching kit, or talk to your dentist about professional bleaching. _ Start getting weekly manicures for healthy nails. two weeks before: _ Get a basic haircut or trim and touch up your hair color. With just weeks to go, don’t do anything drastic. Just stick to a look you love. _ Make sure your fiancé gets a haircut and manicure if needed as well. _ Continue to eat a healthy diet, and try to avoid salt and fat. _ Drink lots of water to keep your skin clear and moisturized. _ Maintain a normal exercise schedule to keep up energy and reduce stress.

_ Pamper yourself with a spa day, complete with massage, waxing appointments and a final facial. _ Confirm your hair and makeup appointments. day before: _ Gather items you shouldn’t be without on your wedding day and put them into a beauty kit. Give this kit to your maid of honor to keep in case of an emergency. _ Exfoliate your skin for a perfect glow. Use a product that you’ve used before so there are no surprises.

Items for an emergency beauty kit:

Aspirin Bobby pins Breath mints Clear nail polish Comb or brush Eye drops Feminine hygiene products Hair spray Hand sanitizer Lotion Makeup for touchups Nail file Perfume Safety pins Small sewing kit Spot remover Sunscreen Superglue Tissues

_ Get a final manicure and pedicure. _ Treat yourself to a long, hot bath to relax. Deep condition your hair while you’re at it. day of: _ Make sure you eat something. _ Remember to wear a buttonup shirt to your appointments. _ Get your hair and makeup done. _ Give yourself one last look in the mirror and go get married!

spring 2010



shops & services

making your list and checking it twice Newly engaged and don’t know where to start? We’ve listed some of the area’s best in the categories of apparel, beauty, receptions, photography and more. Highlight, circle and start shopping!

design KRISTINA LYNN FLORAL 1642 Britton Dr, schererville, ind. 219.865.8663. Kristina Lynn, who offers delivery, will meet every floral need for the wedding— from the boutonnieres to the corsages—including the engagement party, bridal shower, church and reception. eat GREAT LAKES CATERING 701 Washington st, Michigan City, ind. 219.898.1501. With a combined 75 years of experience, father and son Matt and Ed Kis are some of the area’s leading caterers. Services include catered food and beverages, hall rental assistance, flowers, DJs, bands, tents, tables and more. H&R CATERING, INC. 528 W 77th Ave, schererville, ind. 219.864.1458. banquetsatstgeorge. com. H&R Catering strives for culinary expertise in its freshly prepared food, extensive menu options and ability to fulfill special requests, while offering free tastings throughout the process to help with tough decisions. listen DYNAMIC MUSIC DJ SERVICE 656 s Franklin st, Valparaiso, ind. 219.464.9237. dynamicmusic.htm. For more than fifteen years, the Dynamic Music DJs have provided Northwest Indiana with a multitude of options in music and lighting, with more than 30,000 songs. pamper CENTER FOR OTOLARYNGOLOGY 9120 Columbia Ave, ste A, Munster, ind. 219.836.4820. Dr. Bethany A. Cataldi specializes in general otolaryngology, nasal/sinus surgery, allergy and facial plastics


and cosmetics. Dr. Cataldi offers Botox, otoplasty, liposuction, face lifts and blepharoplasty through the most advanced, precise and cutting-edge procedures. ST. ANTHONY MEMORIAL 301 W Homer st, Michigan City, ind. 888.879.8511. This acute care hospital boasts an integrated health care network that is made up of an intensive care unit, a new birthing unit, an emergency department, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation services, medical surgery units, oncology, pediatrics and a multidiscipline physician practice. party THE ALLURE 301 B st, laPorte, ind. 219.477.9666. Recently renovated, this 1920s building now houses the area’s newest banquet hall. This unique venue combines modern design with classic ambience and features balconies, lofts, lounges and a gorgeous cascading staircase that descends into a grand ballroom. AVALON MANOR 3550 E Us 30, Merrillville, ind. 219.945.0888. theavalonmanor. com. The largest freestanding banquet facility in Northwest Indiana, Avalon Manor has exquisite outdoor gardens, a new ballroom and seating available for up to 1,200 guests. BLUE CHIP CASINO 2 Easy st, Michigan City, ind. 219.851.4852. Blue Chip’s brand-new Stardust Event Center offers 20,000 square feet of space, to accommodate a wedding of any size. Pre-wedding pampering is offered at Spa Blu, and guests can

stay at the new, luxurious hotel. BRIAR RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB 123 Clubhouse Dr, schererville, ind. 219.322.3660. briarridgecc. com. Both wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held at one of the top country clubs in Northwest Indiana. Briar Ridge’s banquet facility overlooks one of the three nine-hole championship golf courses, as well as the many beautiful homes on the property. CASA DEL ROMA 712 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, ind. 219.465.0478. casadelroma. com. This full-service banquet facility offers a wedding chapel, catering services for up to 700 people, and a quaint Italian ambience.There are five banquet rooms to choose from, to accommodate any size and style of wedding. CASTLE FARMS 5052 M-66 N, Charlevoix, Mich. 231.237.0884. The breathtaking European motif at this elegant estate creates an ideal setting for weddings. A ceremony can be held in the outdoor courtyards, gardens or an indoor chapel. There are also six reception halls to accommodate weddings of all sizes. THE CENTER FOR VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster, ind. 219.836.1950. Up to 400 guests can share in your joy at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, where “happily ever after begins.” THE FELT MANSION 6597 138th Ave, Holland, Mich. 616.335.3050. The Felt Mansion offers an open parlor, covered terrace, fine dining rooms and a third-floor grand ballroom. The surrounding gar-

dens offer the bride and groom a magnificent backdrop for their special day. The historical mansion holds up to 90 guests in the grand ballroom. GLENWOOD OAKS 106 N Main st, Glenwood, ill. 708.758.4400. The private dining rooms at Glenwood Oaks can accommodate 20 to 250 guests. Valet parking, complimentary wedding cake and free limousine services are available. THE HOMESTEAD RESORT Wood Ridge Rd, Glen Arbor, Mich. 231.334.5000. This Midwestern resort—situated right on Lake Michigan—offers three sites for weddings and receptions. Accommodating up to 180 guests, there are several options for the small and intimate wedding or the grand and opulent affair. INNSBROOK COUNTRY CLUB 6701 taft st, Merrillville, ind. 219.980.9060. Innsbrook Country Club’s newly remodeled banquet hall can accommodate up to 350 guests, and the floor-to-ceiling windows offer a beautiful backdrop to any photo. Innsbrook’s staff will work with any specialty themes, decorations, flowers or entertainment you would like to have at your reception. THE LIGHTHOUSE 7501 Constitution Ave, Cedar lake, ind. 219.374.9283. The Lighthouse’s banquet facility, located on the second floor, features it all—atmosphere, good food and great service. A wooden dance floor surrounded by windows offers picturesque lakeside views.

service directory LUBEZNIK CENTER FOR THE ARTS 101 W 2nd st, Michigan City, ind. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter. org. With more than 5,000 total square feet, the Lubeznik Center is a unique and ideal setting for brides and grooms who love art. Large and small galleries can be rented for both wedding receptions and bridal showers. SERBIAN SOCIAL CENTER 18550 stony island Ave, lansing, ill. 708.895.8998. serbiansocialcenter. com. The servers at the Serbian Social Center guarantee outstanding service for the bridal party and guests. The ballrooms can comfortably accommodate up to 700 guests underneath the magnificence of the crystal chandeliers. VILLA CESARE 900 Eagle Ridge Dr, schererville, ind. 219.322.3011. With two large banquet halls available to accommodate up to 900 people, Villa Cesare has an inviting atmosphere with impeccable service. WHITE HAWK COUNTRY CLUB 1001 White Hawk Dr, Crown Point, ind. 219.661.2322. The elegant banquet rooms at White Hawk collectively seat 230 people. All couples will be provided with a wedding coordinator for planning purposes. Additionally, an outdoor gazebo overlooking the 36-hole golf course is available for wedding ceremonies. plan CHANTAL’S BRIDAL STUDIO 219.381.0201. 708.921.7958. The experienced wedding consultants at Chantal’s specialize in assisting couples with planning wedding details, plus creating favors and centerpieces and sending invitations. All of their wedding packages include monthly meetings to discuss the status of the wedding. view HALL PHOTOGRAPHY 1050 Broadway, ste 14, Chesterton, ind. 219.929.1710. With nearly

20 years of wedding photography experience, Hall Photography is known for its highquality work and customer service. In addition to photo packages, the couple receives an informal album of originals shortly after the wedding. PRO-PHOTO & VIDEO 219.942.2746. pro-photovideo. com. The experienced photographer and videographer at Pro-Photo work together to create the full story of a couple’s wedding day. Affordable packages are available for both photo and video services, either combined or individually.

�ddin� W R Let us create a

�membe� for you to

Please call ahead for a free consultation 219-865-8663

wear ALBERT’S DIAMOND JEWELERS 711 Main st, schererville, ind. 219.322.2700. Family-owned and -operated, Albert’s offers an entire wall of bridal jewelry and accessories at the back of the store featuring names such as Scott Kay, Bez Ambar and Tacori. CUPID WEDDING & PORTRAIT STUDIOS 151 W lincolnway, Valparaiso, ind. 219.242.8367. This studio offers both couture wedding dresses as well as photography services. Cupid is the exclusive provider of gowns from Asoen America, and there are several affordable photo packages available. DUNHILL TUXEDOS Various locations in Northwest indiana and southwest Michigan 800.445.1889. Names such as After Six, Oscar de la Renta and Perry Ellis fill the six different locations of Dunhill Tuxedos, with special wedding deals including free groom’s tuxedos and invitations. ELEGANCE WEDDING & EVENING WEAR 2820 Highway Ave, Highland, ind. 219.923.0977. elegancewedding. net. With a dedication to its customers and commitment to excellence, Elegance Wedding & Evening Wear is a one-stop shop for all bridal needs, including gowns, jewelry and invitations.

Your One Stop Wedding Shop

Cupid Wedding & Portrait Studios 151 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 219-242-8367 | 219-242-8312

s Wedding Photography s Special Events Photography s On Location Photography s Individual Portraits s Family Portraits s Senior Pictures s Wedding Dresses s Wedding Accessories s Jewelry for the Bride

We’ll take care of the details. While you enjoy your Wedding! Our services include: planning your entire event, to the day of the wedding.

Calumet City, IL 708.921.7958 • Schererville, IN 219.381.0201 •

V id eo Pr o- Ph ot o & 46 21 9- 94 2- 27 to vi de o. co m w w w .p ro -p ho spring 2009



a moment in time


September 12, 2009

Lauren and Bill Moore The Bellagio Las Vegas, Nevada


Shore Bride Magazine  
Shore Bride Magazine  

Spring 2010