This is the perfect way to kick start a brand new week…

A quirky, urban chic wedding at an amazing, one of a kind venue (Salvage One in Chicago) all tied up with an over sized, grey satin bow.

There is so much to love about Matt and Kim’s creative, handcrafted nuptials. From the wood burned table numbers to the DIY fabric bouquets and bouts, and every eclectic, mismatched, colourful detail in between.  The one colour running strong throughout their day was teal, the color for Ovarian Cancer awareness, in honor of Kim’s mother. Isn’t that wonderful?

Two Birds Photography were on hand to capture all the beauty, joy and sheer awesomeness of Matt and Kim’s day.

 The Flowers

I created the bouquets and boutonnieres from mismatched squares of fabric, twisting and gathering them into bunches. The centerpieces were vases and jars I collected from resale shops along with mismatched bouquets of flowers I purchased. My bouquet was all sunflowers, my mom’s favorite.

 The Ceremony

The moment I heard my processional song and saw everyone stand and look toward me and my family, I just about lost it. Matt and I have been together over 9 years and engaged for just about 4, so a lot had gone into planning this one day and truly making it our own. Seeing it all come together in that moment and finally getting married was so exhilarating!

Our good friend officiated our ceremony and we had an excerpt from Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and a quote from Fred Rogers (the Mr. Rogers).

 The Décor & Details

While making all the Bridesmaid’s bouquets and boutonnieres by hand with fabric, I also created little program booklets as well. I drew the faces of everyone in our bridal party, as well as family. My Aunt created a vintage handkerchief banner for our dessert table, which I used a spare handkerchief to wrap my own bouquet in.

We had a photobooth for our guests to be part of our guest book and take home favors. The table numbers were square wood pieces that we burned the numbers, date, and wedding motif into. The vintage chandeliers, mismatched dining room tables, and most of the decor is part of Salvage One’s decor and retail items. Completely one of a kind.


 The Refreshments

For dinner we had, my favorite, a mashed potato bar! For drinks we hosted a full bar, plus a battle of signature cocktails Moscow Mules verse Dark and Stormys (Dark and Stormy won)

We had a dessert buffet made from family and friends including a delicious red velvet wedding cake from my Aunt and a surprise three tiered spiderman groom’s cake from Matt’s mother, sister, and cousin.

The Wedding Music

Our bridal party walked down the aisle to The Shins New Slang, I walked down with my brother and father to Queen Somebody to Love, our recessional was to Matt & Kim Daylight, of course, and our first dance was to Arctic Monkeys Baby, I’m Yours

The Photography

Taking one look at the Two Birds Photography website and I knew I wanted Jake and Jennifer to document our day. Their eye for color and composition was so different from any other photographer we looked at. They let the personalities of their subjects and the day shine through. They were incredibly easy to work with and our pictures turned out beautiful!

 Final Musings

The DIY quirks we added, the delicious food, including mac and cheese bites for appetizers, beautifully unique venue, and then of course our dancing skills, made the day beyond perfect! 

Many thanks to Kim and Matt for sharing their amazing day with us and to Two Birds Photography for these gorgeous photos!

Ok, who else is obsessed with Kimberly’s grey satin bow? And aren’t those fabric bouquets awesome?!

Photographer: Two Birds Photography / Venue: Salvage One, Chicago, USA / Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal (dress 1908 with custom made belt) / Groom’s Attire: Macy’s / Groomsmen Attire: Me and Matilda on Etsy / Catering: Hearty Boys / DJ: Toast & Jam DJs / Photobooth: 312 Photobooths / Published via: Two Bright Lights