Science Majors’ Wedding

February 5th, 2018

I worked on the loveliest little wedding last summer.  The two people who got married are in science, with a lot of friends who are also in that field.  They are both also handicrafters.  The bride knitted the gorgeous lace shawl that she wore on her wedding day, and the groom crocheted all the flower decorations–including the bride’s bouquet!  I’ve never seen anything like it.  Take a close look at these beautiful photos from Allison Williams Photography for all the ways that science and hand crafts had a part in their very special day.

The ceremony was at Berger Park in Edgwater.  The reception was at Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square.  Guitar music was provided by John Behling.  Truffles came from Katherine Anne Confections.  And the trolley was from 2nd City Trolley.

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Get Your “Committed” Tickets Now!

January 15th, 2018
A sample from last year's show.  Photo by Genevieve Lauren Photography.

A sample from last year’s show. Photo by Genevieve Lauren Photography.

Okay, this is it!  The Green Wedding Alliance’s annual wedding show, Committed, is coming right up on Sunday, January 21.  That’s next Sunday!  Don’t wait.  Buy your tickets now.

The show is from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Greenhouse Loft, 2545 West Diversey Ave. 2nd Floor.

And why should you buy a ticket today and go on Sunday?  I’ll tell you!  Committed is a mellow gathering of the multi-talented vendors belonging to the Green Wedding Alliance.  Every vendor is committed not only to high quality service to couples getting married, but also to the principles of environmental sustainability.  It’s a win for everyone.

So, if you’re committed to someone and looking for a terrific collection of wedding vendors, check out Committed.  There will be food and beverages to sample; photographers’ work to admire; florists and bakers with their wares; music and maybe even dancing.  Bring your partner or a friend or your mom and enjoy an afternoon exploring wedding vendor possibilities.  Get your tickets today!

Green Resource: SWANNC

December 4th, 2017
Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Okay, so technically this is not just a resource for weddings, events, and parties.  It’s for everyone, all the time.  And it’s not glamorous.  I’m talking about the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (or SWANNC).  Even for people who don’t live in Northern Cook County, this website has a huge amount of information that is useful.

There is a directory of resources for reusing and recycling that covers everything from Appliances and Automobiles through Fire extinguishers, Make-up containers, and Shoes to Wood recycling and Yard waste.  Many of the resources are local, but many can be found regionally or nationally.  My favorite discovery so far is places you can take polystyrene (Styrofoam) to be downcycled into other materials.

If you look under business resources, you will also find a Green Meeting Guide and a Zero Waste Event Guide.  They are designed for use by businesses and mostly for corporate events, but there are some good tips that would also be useful for social events.  Check them out if you’re planning a party and want to go green.

If you have questions about recycling, about donating goods, about composting–about pretty much anything that has to do with disposing of things–check out SWANNC and make them part of your next party.

Committed 2017

March 6th, 2017

Did you miss Committed 2017, the annual wedding show staged by the Green Wedding Alliance?  It was a couple of weeks ago at the Greenhouse Loft.  As always, it was a fun, low-key afternoon of food and flowers and happy people planning their weddings.  All the vendors are members of the Green Wedding Alliance.  Here are a few photos from the show.

Committed wedding show

Greenhouse Loft was decked out for the occasion.

FIG Catering was there with their delicious food.

FIG Catering was there with their delicious food.

So was Food for Thought.

So was Food for Thought.

Cacao Bakery was right next to me.

Cacao Bakery was right next to me.

Erickson Design was across from me with their invitations and paper products.

Erickson Design was across from me with their invitations and paper products.

Spilled Ink Press was there, too.

Spilled Ink Press was there, too.

Fab Flora had a fab display.

Fab Flora had a fab display.

And Pollen had some of their floral displays there.

And Pollen had some of their floral displays there.

One of the most unusual vendors, PoemGrown will write custom poetry for your event!

One of the most unusual vendors, PoemGrown will write custom poetry for your event!

And here was my table.  Green wedding planners always bring their bicycles!

And here was my table. Green wedding planners always bring their bicycles!

A little close-up.

A little close-up.