Honeymoon Photos: Greece

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hi! Earlier this week I shared our France honeymoon photos! Now I'd love to share some from Greece, if you'd like to see ;-) We went to Santorini, the Greek island famous for its sunsets. The island was breathtaking, with dramatic cliffs, whitewashed houses and a sparkling sea as far as the eye could see.

Honeymoon Photos: France

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Brian and I kept joking while we were away that while we're not experts on marriage (yet!), we wholeheartedly recommend getting married on cake tasting and honeymooning alone. Two weeks ago we got back from the best 16-day vacation, and we still can't stop talking about it. It was so relaxing and breathtaking, it's hard to be back in damp, dreary Chicago. 

We'd love to share (A LOT OF) photos, if you'd like to see. First up, our time in France. We stayed in Nice but traveled much of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera ;-) ... 

Bits and Pieces

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hi!!! We're back!!! We got back last Monday, but things got busy in full force right away, so we're only now, slowly, getting back into the swing of things. I've never really been sensitive to jet lag — I'm so confident in my ability to recover, when we're booking flights I'm willing to fly in and head straight to work — but that's changed. Last week was a blur of naps, catching up on work (while at a conference, I'm drained) and reuniting with friends, coworkers and our families.

We had such a nice time away, but it also feels great to be back. I can't wait to share photos from France and Greece (the whole thing was a dream), but in the meantime I wanted to post some photos from life lately — before we headed to Europe and from this past weekend. As we prep for the holidays, we keep reminiscing about the past year, and, man, what a wonderful year it has been.

We're Honeymoon Bound!

Friday, September 16, 2016

We're celebrating another friend's marriage this weekend (our first black tie wedding! I'm a bridesmaid), and then we're off to France and Greece for our honeymoon. We've had a crazy few weeks around here (I'll be sharing some news soon!) and can't wait to explore and relax for days on end.

Thank you for indulging me in two weeks of wedding posts. I was skeptical I'd think this, but our wedding truly was the best day of my life. There had never been a time when I had been surrounded by all my favorite people in one place, and it was an honor to share our love and commitment to each other in their presence. Thank you again for all of your kind words and support. See you in a few weeks! xo

Wedding Thank You Cards

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Throughout our wedding planning process I took pretty much every step very, very seriously. I enjoyed it all, but there wasn't a single decision I didn't deliberate over (I remember drawing out place card sizes on graph paper with Brian one Sunday afternoon for way too many minutes...).  

But while we put a lot of time into every detail, we really wanted a simple, clean aesthetic for everything, especially our paper goods. We opted to send a single card for our invitation (people RSVPed online) and a simple square card for our save-the-date. Our programs and menu followed similar designs, as did all other signage day of. 

We were thrilled when Wedding Paper Divas offered to work with us on our thank you cards (we love their embossers so much!) because all of their products are just that: simple and chic. We love the card we picked (from the Elegant Exchange collection), it matched our overall theme and shows off my new last name (!!!). Another bonus is that we can use these cards for years to come. We have a number leftover and have already sent several outside of wedding-related purposes. And, as I've said before, I like using our embossers an inappropriate amount (Bills! Parking fines! Grocery lists!). If you get something from the Hayeses in the mail, it's guaranteed to have some gold and be embossed ;-)

(This post was sponsored by Wedding Paper Divas. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Make the Most.)

Our Wedding: A Little Church Ceremony

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We went back and forth on what type of wedding ceremony we wanted to have (I initially wanted my cousin from Australia to marry us in my parents' beautiful, open backyard in the suburbs, but the guest count didn't allow for that. "IMAGINE THE LINE FOR THE BATHROOM," they said) but ultimately decided on a big, fat Iranian wedding — a secular ceremony in Farsi and English. It was the most joyous day, better than we could have ever imagined, but when we first started planning, it felt like something was missing.

Our Wedding: Cake Toppers

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

We were so, so, so incredibly lucky to be sent custom cake toppers from Esther of Lil' Cake Toppers a few months before our wedding. I was squealing when I received her email offering them to us. They were a big hit on the big day (everyone was asking about them!) and have earned a spot, front and center, on our bookshelf since. I see them every day and can't believe how spot on Esther (who's also the design mastermind behind Little Fury) got all the details — my jewelry, Brian's beard, the front and back of my dress, our respective flowers; it's unbelievable. I also love how she represents different ethnicities and backgrounds. If you're looking to personalize your wedding in a small, classy way, we can't recommend Lil' Cake Toppers enough. Such a beautiful, unique souvenir for us to keep forever. 

That said, don't make the mistake I did! I didn't show my dress to anyone but my mom and sister before the wedding (Brian, my bridesmaids, dad and mother-in-law did just about everything in hopes of me budging), and I was so careful to keep it a secret ... until I showed Brian the cake toppers in extreme excitement and gave it away a bit! That's OK. I couldn't have possibly kept the thrill of these beauties to myself that long. 

P.S. You can find all of our wedding photos, video and details on the planning process here

Our Wedding: Video

Monday, September 12, 2016

I'm thrilled to share a sneak peek of our wedding video. It captures the vibe from that day so wonderfully and I love watching the little moments that I either missed or forgot.

We hired Brian Bass, a friend of a friend, months after choosing our other vendors. We had initially opted out of videography, but slowly we worried we'd regret that decision and are now so glad Brian could be there to capture everything. We also received a full, 20-minute video, which we're keeping private to close friends and family, and we're obsessed with that coverage (I've watched it at least 50 times!). I couldn't be happier with both videos. They resurrect the day and depict it in a way that simply couldn't have been revealed through photographs alone. I hope you enjoy!

You can see all of our wedding posts here.

Wedding Vendors 
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Monte Bello Estate 
Photographer: Tim Tab Studios
Videographer: Brian Bass 
Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal (private label)
Wedding Shoes: BHLDN
Wedding Earrings: J.Crew 
Groom's Suit: Banana Republic
Groom's and Groomsmen's Ties: Tie Bar 
Groom's Cuff Links and Tie Clip: Tie Bar
Groomsmen's Cuff Links: styledgents (Arsenal)
Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew (in dusty thistle)
Maid of Honor's Belt: Jill's Boutique 
Flowers/Decor: Kio Kreations 
Hair/Makeup: Patty McGuire Hair & Makeup Artists  
Wooden Sign: Greenstar Paperie 
Favors: Matchbooks by dippylulu
Cake Toppers: Lil Cake Toppers 

* Other details: The bridesmaids' robes, my veil and hair piece were custom made during a recent trip to Iran. My mom was the mastermind behind the Iranian sweets and ceremony spread. We designed all paper goods with Brian's sister and printed them ourselves.

Our Wedding: Party

Friday, September 9, 2016

Finally, the reception. First, our guests had cocktails and hors devours on the estate driveway, between our ceremony spot and reception tent. With Chicago-area traffic and a lot of out-of-town guests, having both the ceremony and wedding reception at the same place made everything run so smoothly.

Our Wedding: Ceremony

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Now for the best part: the ceremony! Overall, the Iranian ceremony, which was in Farsi and English, a traditional sofreh aghd, was a bit of a blur, so I'm extra thankful for these pictures that remind me of all the sweet moments. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many of our family and friends, but also difficult to know where to look!