Amethyst + Bradford | Haley Paige Real Wedding From Bellow Blue

This Chicago wedding is full of charm. Amethyst, a graphic designer (and self proclaimed slightly neurotic organizer) created the entire aesthetic herself. From the invitations to the ceremony arch to the reception design, she created the shabby chic feel she’d always wanted for her wedding. You’ll be inspired by all of the prettiness, and the fact that a bride can bring her vision to life so beautifully.

Amethyst + Bradford | June 18, 2016 | Chicago, Illinois

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The Ceremony
South Branch Tavern and Grille, our ceremony venue seamlessly combined my awe of urban architecture and desire for serenity. The Princess Bride theme cued my walk towards a beaming Brad, ready to profess and commit under our enchanted arch. After sobbing through my vows, we left the aisle, finally sharing the a last name. The Star Wars End Title and a sea of bubbles accompanied our exit. What’s bliss without a hint of nerd?

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The Reception
Our cocktail hour and reception was also stationed at South Branch. Their décor and presentation mirrored the minimal feel we craved. Speeches were delivered, tears were shed and incredible fare was savored by all. Once plates were cleared and guests traveled to the music, the night blurred.

Twirling around the dance floor with my best friend/husband in front of friends and family made for an indescribable coda to the best day of my life.

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Amethyst’s Wedding Dress Search
I tried on about 10 dresses and picked my dress at the first boutique we visited. I knew I wanted a Hayley Paige gown (I love her work) and actually went in thinking I would like the Guindon gown the most.  The woman who was helping me that day suggested the Keaton gown and after trying that on I was hooked.  I wanted a bit of glam and something that was a bit unusual – I definitely got that with my dress!

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How She Felt In Her Hayley Paige Gown
Glamorous, radiant and beautiful

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
As much as I love my dress I just don’t have the room to store it and I obviously won’t be wearing it again. I also want to help make someone else’s day just as amazing as our wedding day was!

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Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige Keaton | Photography: Bellow Blue | Venue: South Branch Tavern and Grille | Floral Design: J & H Decor | Cake & Cupcakes:  Sweet Mandy B’s | Makeup & Hair: Angela Makeup Chicago |  DJ: Okyne Media Lab |