Destination Wedding Style with

What American girl doesn’t dream of spending her days wandering the streets of Paris, sipping espresso by day and champagne by night? So when asked me to choose a dream wedding destination and then select a wedding wardrobe to complement the locale, Paris was at the top of my list.

An über-romantic city naturally calls for an über-romantic wedding dress making Carol Hannah’s Chambord ballgown the perfect choice for my dream fetê. The shape of the skirt and delicate straps satisfy my need to be slightly traditional while the peachy-hue and explosion of tulle speak to my edgier side. Plus, the shade goes perfectly with rose gold – my current metallic obsession.

Destination Wedding Style with Loverly // Courtney Callahan

1: Carol Hannah Wedding Dress // 2: Judith Leiber Clutch {Rent} //3: Rose Gold Heels // 4: Rose Gold Halo Ring //
5: Rose Gold Stone Stud Earrings // 6: Vintage Lace Cuff // 7: Moet  & Chandon Rosé // 8: NARS Ophelia Lip Gloss //
9: NARS Orgasm Blush // 10: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color // 11: Chanel COCO MADEMOISELLE 

Since the dress is already a statement-maker, the accessories need-not steal the show. I chose to go a little understated with my jewelry choices – leaving my neck bare but dressing things up with these delicate rose gold stud earrings. That is, of course, until I found a WOW piece like this vintage lace cuff.  Then all bets were off! This is a true splurge but something I could continue to wear in the years to come. Toss in a to-die-for Judith Leiber clutch to hold all my beauty essentials and a pair of strappy rose gold heels and I’m ready to pop open the rosé!

When it comes to makeup, I turn to expert Susan Hood Evans of Makeup by S.H.E. She recommended a rosy lip and cheek color to complement the wedding dress – NARS Ophelia Lip Gloss and NARS Orgasm Blush – which “looks pretty on all skin tones because of its golden hue”. A neutral nail color and a spritz of Chanel COCO MADEMOISELLE, and I am all set for my perfectly Parisian wedding.

Thank you for allowing me to dream!

Black Basics // All 25% off!

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It’s time for the Shopbop Friends and Family sale which means 25% most everything on the site! I am taking this opportunity to stock up on some Black Basics that have been on my radar for some time plus a few standby’s – my black Wayfarers and Frye boots.

The sale is going now through 10/16 with the code FAMILY25 at Shopbop. Happy Shopping!

Skirting the Issue

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Skirting the Issue // Courtney Callahan

Wool mini skirt // Denim jacket // Quilted purse // Black boots // Gingham shirt  (navy version here) //
Earrings // Sunglasses // Watch  // Lip Color // Nail Polish

Each day at work provides a new set of to-do’s – meet with clients, run to printers, pick supplies, assemble wedding invitations and a whole list of other non-glamourous tasks. So, I want to maintain a professional, pulled-together look that I can also move around in and be somewhat comfortable for what can sometimes turn into a 14-hour day.

Enter the flat boot. My favorite fall-into-winter boots for Chicago are my black Frye’s. They look great with jeans, leggings, skinny black pants and even a mini-skirt like this super-cute wool one I got a couple weeks ago. I topped it with my trusty gingham shirt (old from J. Crew but navy version here) , jean jacket and new fall bag  and I am out the door in twenty-minutes flat.

Ellen and Jacob: Married

Over the Fourth of July holiday, Ellen and Jacob tied the knot in an outdoor ceremony at Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, Missouri. Guests (including Michael and I) joined the couple on the bluff top to witness their vows and dance the night away under the bistro lights and festive fireworks, all captured by LoveTreeStudios.

Designing this bright and colorful letterpress wedding invitation suite was especially meaningful to me as the bride and I were roommates for ten years. From sorority sisters to bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, our friendship runs deep and I was so excited to be a part of their wedding day.

Ellen & Jacob Married // Courtney Callahan

Ellen & Jacob married // Courtney Callahan Paper

The coral-ink letterpress invitation featured spot calligraphy from Write by Mike and was printed on luxurious, double-thick Mohawk Superfine paper while the response card, details, and rehearsal dinner card coordinated with a deep, rich green.

But, I think the map on the details card was my favorite piece…with a drawing of the Katy Trail joining both Ellen and Jacob’s hometowns, their current home in Columbia, and running along the base of the bluff where they became husband and wife. Truly personal details that I can incorporate into wedding invitations make me giddy!

Since the bride is so crafty and loves to create as well, I designed and she stamped the return address on both of the envelopes, lined the envelopes in this adorable floral print and tied the suite with a yellow, herringbone ribbon.

Come wedding day, the details were perfectly coordinated. A fan program tied with a green, herringbone ribbon were given to guests as they entered the ceremony and hanging banners showed guests to their seats as they entered the reception. The seating chart and menu were both designed as banners by me, then printed as a custom fabric by Spoonflower. They looked perfect hanging from the wood beams in the candlelit room that was adorned with oodles and oodles of gorgeous flowers, all designed by a friend of the brides (and mine) who worked tirelessly to create all this gorgeousness (plus the bouquets)!


Venue: Les Bourgeois Vineyards // Photography: LoveTree Studios // Invitations:  Courtney Callahan Paper //
Flowers: Friend of the Bride // Makeup: Makeup by SHE

  • Rachel

    Simply stunning! The bride is beautiful and your details just enhance the magical day perfectly!ReplyCancel

Day trip to Harbor Country

Over the weekend, Michael and I took a day trip to Harbor Country – a chain of small towns nestled along the coast of Lake Michigan a little over an hour outside of Chicago. After a string of ten clients tying the knot in September, I was ready for a little “getaway”.

We hopped in the car early Saturday morning and even though we weren’t cruising in a vintage Grand Wagoneer (my dream car that would have been PERFECT for the trip), the sun was shining and the changing leaves provided a colorful backdrop for a quick drive up the Red Arrow Highway.

Our first stop (the northernmost point) was Sawyer where we dined outside on the back patio at Mesa Luna (the former Soe Cafe) and shopped at Sojourn – a carefully-crafted selection of modern and vintage home goods, Shinola watches and Faribault blankets with a killer design and open-air front entrance.


Sojourn // Courtney Callahan

Next up was Greenbush Brewing located in downtown Sawyer and a spot recommended by our friends’ Hillary and Nate, who were married in Harbor Country last year. We stood in line with the masses to taste a few of their delicious, craft beers and enjoy the beautiful weather in their open-air annex. Next time, we’ll bring back some of our friends and play a little bocce.

Greenbush Brewing // Courtney Callahan

Heading south, we stopped at Marco Polo, another home store filled to the brim with antiques and curiosities that would find a perfect home in a minimalist farmhouse, then snacked on chocolate chip cookies from Whistle Stop Grocery.

Marco Polo // Courtney Callahan

To round out our trip, we explored Three Oaks which has a really charming downtown where you can walk the length of the cute shopping district in no time. We went into a few stores, my favorite being Blais: Rustic Chic, and checked out the crowd at Pleasant House,  a restaurant and microbrewery known for their pies and to me, their cool black, white and gold foil logo and branding.

And since no trip to Three Oaks is complete without Journeyman Distillery, we bellied up to the bar and I was able to indulge in a seriously-amazing Lavender Gimlet which I first had the year before.

Journeyman // Courtney Callahan

The carefully-restored building was first a factory where Featherbone, a turkey feather used in women’s corsets and over 100 different buggy whips, was produced and the new owners went to great lengths to maintain the look and feel with locally-sourced wood, brick and other building materials. You can have lunch or dinner, take a tour of the facility or simply enjoy the innovative cocktail selection at one of two bars. This is a MUST!

Amidst the routine of city living, it is easy to get lost in the daily grind. Sometimes you need to leave the weekday stresses in the rearview mirror, let the wind blow through your hair, and explore some place new. Share some of your favorite getaway spots in the comment section…

  • Rachel

    That gimlet sounds amazing! What a fun day trip in the cutest little town!ReplyCancel