Are you a baseball fan? Who do you stand up and cheer your heart out for? Growing up a Chicago Cubs fan I experienced so many years of heartache. Years of almost there, but not quite and then years of the worst team in the league. I never gave up on my team even when there were years I thought about it. Some of my fondest childhood memories revolved around baseball games at Wrigley Field. Like so many in Chicago and around the world; each and every year I had the hope for "next year". Hey, Eddie Vedder even wrote and recorded "All The Way" about his undying love for and faith in the Chicago Cubs.
From the start of the 2016 season I knew it was something special. Early in the summer my boyfriend and I even blocked out World Series week. With all of the magic in the air I decided not to book a wedding that weekend, just "in case" the Cubs were in it. I have always watched or listened to a lot of baseball, but during the 2016 season I just couldn't get enough of the game. With a very busy wedding season the Cubs and their announcers were my editing buddies. There was just something magical about the mix of players and watching them each game you could tell they were out there having the time of their lives.
The Chicago Cubs ended the regular season with 103 wins and my heart soared, I knew deep down this would be the year. As the playoffs went on, my creative juices were flowing. A bit of a backstory for my inspiration; I have friends that have joked for 15 years now that when the Cubs win the World Series they will finally get married. They have joked for as long as I can remember that they would run off and elope on the day Chicago celebrates the win. This gave me an idea, what would a Chicago Cubs World Series Champion styled wedding inspiration look like. My brain was full of ideas, but being a Cubs fan and not wanting to jinx anything because of "the curse" I let the ideas bounce around in my brain and decided to hold off on acting on the ideas until they officially made all 108 outs needed to clinch the series.
During game 7 my emotions were taken on a rollercoaster ride. The Cubs started out so strong, but that 2 run homer by Rajai Davis in the bottom of the 8th had me hovering over the sink, so nauseated thinking how quickly the game had changed. I couldn't sit still and yet it was the best game I had ever watched in my entire life. Both teams played their hearts out! After the brief rain delay at the bottom of the 10th inning, one of my biggest dreams and a celebration that was 108 years in the making came true when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
That night, after celebrating on my balcony and with a drive around the city waving our big W flag, I laid in bed with more ideas bouncing around in my head. It was time to create the perfect Chicago Cubs wedding inspiration. I took to Pinterest to see what was out there. There were some cute ideas, but nothing as elegant and unique as I was imagining, a lot of the inspiration had a major patriotic vibe because of the red, white, and blue. As a Chicago based wedding photographer, I have some great contacts in the industry that I know for a fact are also Cubs fans and so the collaboration began. The incredible win had inspired many people in the Chicago area, I knew we needed to showcase our Cubbie love. I wanted to feature only Chicago vendors and with help from Carrie of Orchid Weddings & Events we were able to do just that.
Holy Cow!! All the hard work paid off. Please enjoy what our dream Chicago Cubs inspired wedding would look like.
Custom Chicago Cubs Colors Wedding Gown
Crystal encrusted belt
Hand tooled rings by MetalheartbyRenee
Stunning Chicago Cubs Inspired Bridal Bouquet
Hair & Makeup by Meghana Prasad Just because you eloped doesn't mean you don't want to celebrate. Announce your happy news with custom Chicago Cubs baseball inspired Elopement Announcement, Reception Invitation, and RSVP Card.
Paper Suite by Your Happily Ever After
Chicago Cubs Pendant made from an actual baseball by BallHawkNet
Hand lettered bride & groom ball by DelainaJDesigns
Ivy Pipe & Drape Ceremony Altar Design by Anemone Creative
Show your Cubs love with Hashtag signs by Your Happily Ever After
"Sure as God made green apples, someday, the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series." - Harry Caray
Cocktail time! Have you ever heard of a Cubbie Cooler? It is blue and red, just like the Cubs colors. Sweetheart tablescape florals by Anemone Creative Linens thanks to Classic Party Rentals and place setting by Orchid Weddings & Events
Fly the W "I Do" Mug by Double Dee Designs
Thank you to the entire Chicago Cubs Organization. Thank you to the Ricketts family for putting the hearts, time and money into the Cubs organization; Thank you to Theo Epstein for turning around the "loveable losers"; and thank you to the Chicago Cubs players for making it the most entertaining baseball season I have ever seen. Watching the highlights from the year (especially that final catch by Rizzo) still gets me choked up and I am sure it will for years to come.
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Thank you to my amazing boyfriend Mehul for listening to my brainstorming and being the most supportive person I have ever had in my life.
I also want to say a big thank you to all of those involved in making this styled inspiration happen. Please make sure to check out all of the creatives involved.
Cupcakes: Sweet N’ Dainty Cupcakery |@sweet_n_dainty_cupcakery
Jewelry (Honeymoon Ring): MetalHeartbyRenee | Renee
Jewelry (Cufflinks/Bouquet Charm): BallHawkNet | Dave Davison
Signage + Glassware: Double Dee Designs