Tuesday, December 29, 2009

DIY Emergency Kit

Just a few months ago I had a Client email me to find out the items that I traditionally carry in my Emergency Kit. She wanted to make a mini one for her friend who was getting married.

Here is a list of items that I would really recommend. These are the items that I most commonly use from my emergency kit:


Bobby pins

Safety pins


Facial powder or Blotting Papers (to reduce shine in photos)

Baby Powder (to shake in your shoes so your feet don’t get sweaty)


Handy wipes or wet ones



Doublesided tape

Small sewing kit




I usually go to Walmart, Target and Jewel for travel size items. But you could buy full sized if you can’t find a mini of a certain item.

Photo provided by:fireflygroupevents.com

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Its that time of year that we can all relax and enjoy the holidays with friends and family.

Merry Christmas from my family, to yours.

Amanda, David and Peanut Butter Burdick

photo by Malia Rae Photography

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

NIU Bridal Expo 2010

Attention all local Brides! We are just a few short weeks away from the NIU Bridal Expo, January 10, 2010. The best part is Admission is FREE! We will be there so come out and see us! Here is all of the information that you will need:

Bridal Expo - January 10, 2010
Duke Ellington Ballroom

Sunday, January 10, 2010 11:00am - 4:00pm
Everything you need for your wedding:
Over 40 exhibitors
Groom's Room
Bridal fashion show
Taste testing

Admission is free

Buffet lunch provided in the Capitol Room
Food & beverage service to public provided by HSC Food Service
Complimentary wireless network access available

Holmes Student Center
340 Carroll Ave
DeKalb, IL, 60115
Phone: 815-753-6389
Fax: 815-753-3725

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In the Spotlight

Heather Parker of Heather Parker Photography recently put La di events on the spot. Or shall we say in the spotlight. After working together this fall on Naomi and Andrews wedding vow renewal, Heather interviewed me to find out more about La di Events.
Check out Heather's Blog to see the interview and her awesome photos of Naomi and Andrews wedding.

Monday, December 14, 2009

La di Real Wedding: Kelly and Doug

This summer we had the pleasure of working with Kelly and Doug for their Lincoln Park wedding. Kelly tied all of the elements of the day together with a theme of black and white damask with a hot pink accent. Here is a snapshot of the beautiful day. All photos thanks to Malia Rae Photography.Prior to the ceremony Kelly and her maids stopped at Oz Park for some pre- ceremony shots. Here you see the hot pink accent come into play with her beautiful bouquet made by Dilly Lilly.

Oh how I love the pictures of the Groom anxiously awaiting his Bride. Here is Doug, smiling as we watches his Bride walk down the aisle at St James Lutheran, Chicago.

With a quick switch of a camera angle, Malia shows us exactly what it looks like from Dougs point of view.

And they are husband and wife!

Family photos were taken right outside on the church steps. Furry family included! Tucker, Kelly and Dougs dog was able to come for a few photos. He wore a hot pink bow to match the theme. Tucker was featured in our furry friends and family post earlier this year.

Kelly and Doug provided music and refreshments to entertain the bridal party and guests while they were taking their family photos. Everyone was in a great mood! Keenan Kamae played the Ukulele and sang along to many songs including the ever so beautiful "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Since Kelly and Doug's reception was just a few blocks away, the wedding party and guests chose to walk to BOKA. While the ceremony was taking place we made the walk and placed signs like this one above, along the way to guide guests to the reception.

Playing all the way, Keenan lead the walk to BOKA.

The reception was held at one of Kelly and Dougs favorite restuarants, BOKA, located at 1729 N. Halsted, in Lincoln Park.

Each table was decorated to match the theme with Black linens and a splash of Hot pink flowers as a centerpiece.

The damask excort cards were placed outside the restuarant for the guests to find their table assignment. Each card was placed nicely under a rock to keep them from blowing in the wind.

A copy of the invitation and menu card created by Andrea at Float Paperie, were placed in the menu box at the entrance for guests to preview.

Congratulations Kelly and Doug!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Looking to bring a touch of the holidays into your wedding day? How about incorporating Ornaments! They are a simple and inexpensive way to make your day unique. For those of you winter 2010 Brides, try shopping the after Christmas sales this year to pick up your ornaments at a great price. Here are some of the ideas I found that could be used in your wedding! Modern Girl Invitations offers this fun customisable invitation. They also offer all of the other stationary needs in this ornament design including; Direction, Response, Reception, Date, Thank you and Place cards.
To make a simple centerpiece place ornaments of assorted colors and sizes in a tall vase. This vase shown can be found at Micheal's.

I love this!!! What a simple way to decorate the cake.

Each escort card can be placed in these ornament card holders by wine enthusiast.
The possibilities are endless! And the best part is, when the wedding is over you will have all the ornaments to decorate the tree!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Reenie Rose

If you are one of the many brides sad to watch your bridal bouquet wilt away.......I have the solution for you!! Reenie Rose lets you keep your bouquet forever in the form of a custom designed oil painting.
Owner and Artist Loreen Hospodar starting her business by giving paintings to family and friends getting married. Her gift idea has now blossomed into a very exciting business. To find out more about her services visit her website here. To see her paintings in progress stop by her blog.

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