Groom Joey Mathews and wife Alisa Timmerman shown in a selfie video

This Naperville groom lip-synced to “#Selfie” and made a video with selfies from (almost) all of his wedding guests

Groom Joey Mathews compiled this video of himself lip syncing to “#Selfie” by The Chainsmokers and added selfies from almost every guest at his wedding. Joey is a Chicago native and moved to Naperville for high school. Joey and Alisa Timmerman, from Iowa, married at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore. Check out the video below and stay tuned for more photos and info from their wedding.

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#TipTuesday How to plan a green wedding: July 22, plated dinner

A photo of Carlene Smith, owner of Naturally Yours Events, a Chicago company that specializes in crafting environmentally friendly weddings.Every Tuesday, Carlene Smith of Naturally Yours Events will share one easy tip to make your wedding more environmentally friendly.

TIP: Choose a plated dinner from your caterer. It is less wasteful than family style and buffet since you can control portions to avoid food waste. Not only does it allow for creatively displayed food, but it also can cut down on the costs of additional rentals!

Carlene Smith is the owner of Naturally Yours Events, an eco-friendly event planning company here in Chicago. After pursuing her degree in Michigan, she moved to Chicago because this city rocks!  When she isn’t planning fabulous events, Carlene is riding her bike around town, exploring new eats & local brews, catching up on the best HBO shows, and taking hilarious videos of her cats Newt and Bug (or at least she thinks they are hilarious.)

Featured image courtesy of Katie Kett Photography


Man steals money from video game machines, ATMs to pay for wedding

Some people will go through all sorts of extremes to come up with the cash needed for a wedding. Some are more extreme than others however, especially in this case. A Norridge man was caught pocketing more than $1,000 from his job to pay for his upcoming wedding. According to DNAinfo:

“A suburban man allegedly pocketed more than $1,000 from his job stocking ATMs and collecting money from video games to help pay for his upcoming wedding, prosecutors said.

Carlos Dominguez, 23, of Norridge, worked for Thillens Armored Security, said Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti.”

[Read the full article at DNAinfo]

Featured image courtesy of Chicago PD

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Brooklyn wedding venue owner sentenced to 10 years in prison

The owner of a popular Brooklyn restaurant has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for tax evasion. The restaurant was a popular place for wedding receptions and nearly 100 couples had theirs scheduled when the place closed without warning in May. According to NBC:

“The owner of a popular Brooklyn restaurant that closed abruptly and left dozens of couples without a wedding venue was sentenced Monday to up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud and grand larceny. Continue reading

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First photos from AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb’s wedding released

NFL quarterback AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb have released the first photos of their beautiful wedding and they include a special photo with AJ’s goddaughter Starla Chapman. Starla, who battled cancer and met AJ in 2011, was the flower girl at the wedding. Katherine posted a sneak photo of her wedding dress and the wedding rings on Instagram.

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