20 Jun

indie wed

OMG. If you ever have the opportunity to attend an Indie Wed show, jump on it!!

What is Indie Wed, you ask? Well, Indie Wed is the alternative to the traditional bridal expo - considered wedding planning redefined.

I love this event for so many reasons...the support of small local businesses, truly unique talent, ideas and products, the embracing of couples with an independent spirit - and a cool, intimate setting that feels like a cocktail party AND artisan market at the same time. Heaven.

To date the Indie Wed shows have been strictly in the Midwest...but rumor has it they are expanding nationally in 2013! Super exciting. Their next show is in Denver on July 31st (their Rocky Mountain debut- and in my mind, a perfect place for this event!)

After attending my first Indie Wed show in Milwaukee, I give it a definite thumbs up - and even recommend it for those who just love cool, unique inspiration for fashion, entertaining, food, paper goods, photography...not necessarily just wedding. They pick such great venues to host the show & market!

Here is a peek at the Milwaukee show...

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indie wed milwaukee

indie wed milwaukeeImage via IndieWed

 Who knows? Maybe I will see you mingling with a cocktail, dancing to the live music or browsing the market at one of these upcoming events...


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20 Jun

Chalkboard wedding details are such an amazing way to add charming details to your wedding without breaking bank all while adding personality+ to your celebration!

These custom signs add the perfect punch to menus, escort cards - and even your photo booth or invitatations!

Check out some of my faves that you could easily whip up yourself (or enlist the help of some new found friends on Etsy!).

Chalkboard floralCenterpiece via Style Me Pretty Chalkboard Photo PropChalkboard Photo Prop via Ruffled

Save the DateSave the Date via Minted

oldSchoolUnder the Willows Boutique - Invitations by Dawn

ceremony platformCeremony Platform via The Loveliest Day

Chalkboard wine bottlesChalkboard Bottles via Ruthi Auda Chalkboard doorChalkboard door via Benfield Photography 

Photo propsPhoto Booth Props via Itty Bitty Wedding

chalkboard labelsChalkboard Labels via Etsy printable chalkboard invitationsPrintable Invitations via Etsy

 Happy Chalking!!

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18 Jun

Harley + Ralph Lauren = URban Cowboy Cool

I was recently in Milwaukee and heard such rave reviews about the Iron Horse Hotel that I could not NOT stay there and check it out.
Milwaukee is the world headquarters for Harley-Davidson and the Iron Horse is literally a stone's throw from the new Harley-Davidson Museum. Even if you are not exactly a motorcycle enthusiast, you will fall in love with this place! The Iron Horse oozes the luxury of a polo pony and the musk (literally!) of the Marlboro Man...you can't help but want to belly up to the bar!
This uber chic renovated 100-year old warehouse presents a stunning blend of Americana, the heritage of Harley Davidson, sexiness and just plan cool... 
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The hotel has an amazing location near Milwaukee's trendy Third Ward. Needless to say, this exceptional architecture and design are an unforgettable backdrop to a wedding celebration.
 IHH Exterior at night
The Iron Horse Hotel offers the style of a boutique hotel in NYC or LA with Midwestern friendliness...even for Fido!
Iron Horse Hotel Dogs Welcome
I still find myself thinking about the beauty and awesomeness of this hotel - and only wish I lived in Milwaukee and could host a party here! In the meantime, I am inspired to infuse this rustic, masculine, warm Americana vibe into my home and celebrations!
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