Happy holidays!

Happy holidays! We hope this note finds you and yours happy and healthy!

As we bring 2013 to a close, we’ve been recollecting on this incredible, eventful year: we traveled with friends, painted our new apartment, sold a car, and oh yeah…got hitched! ;) Here’s a little update on where we’ve been this year, and what’s in store for 2014:

Beckett continues to enjoy his work at the Field Museum here in Chicago, and a few weeks ago, we were thrilled to learn that he’s been offered an opportunity to remain at the Field for another two years! The role, a postdoctoral fellowship, will allow him to continue his work in the philosophy of biology, focused on studying the nature of species and genes. Not only will he be able to expand on his current work, he’ll also be facilitating interdisciplinary work at the museum between biologists. We’re excited that he’ll be able to continue spending his days doing what he loves – thinking and writing – surrounded by his fantastic local network of mentors.

Erin, too, remains invigorated by her role at Planned Parenthood of Illinois. In addition to furthering PPIL’s data and strategy work, she’s recently had the opportunity to dig into operations, which has been a thrilling new challenge for her. She’s looking forward to continuing on both tracks – data and operations – in the new year as PPIL navigates the ever-evolving health care landscape.

We were over the moon to see so many of our loved ones at our wedding this past September, and we’ve included a few photos from the big day on our TinyPrints site. If you’re interested in seeing the *full set* of wedding photos, feel free to head over here.

From our hearts to yours, we wish you a warm, bright new year!

Love,
Beckett & Erin

The wedding photos are in!

Exciting news! With *huge* thanks to our fantastic photographer Brad, we’re thrilled to share a complete gallery photos from the big day. Just click the link below to visit the online gallery where you can view all the photos and purchase prints of your favorites:

Click here to view the photo gallery!

A few notes:

  • You’ll have to enter your email address to enter the gallery, but please know that your address will NOT be sold or distributed. It’s only to keep track of which photos you “favorite” and add to your shopping cart.
  • Should you wish to purchase a print, click the small shopping cart icon under the photo in the filmstrip at the bottom of the page. When you’re done shopping, click “Check Out Now” in the lower right of the page.
  • Prints will be processed directly by Brad, our photographer, and should be ready in just a week or two.

Getting excited!

Twenty-six days…holy cow! We’re getting *very* excited, and hope you are, too!!!

Here at Wedding Central, we’ve been busy, busy with preparation and planning. In the middle of it all, we found this fun photo from a friend’s wedding last year. Although we won’t have a photobooth at our reception (shucks!), we hope you’ll help us capture all the candid pics from the weekend by using this excellent and fun wedding app (just use wedding name: BeckettAndErin).

We can’t wait to see you later this month!

xoxo,
E&B

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Happy Ring

Visiting with our friend John the jeweler in Huntley, IL to resize my newly arrived wedding band and mend a small bend in my engagement ring. ;)

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A Vintage Kind of Gal

It’s no secret to my friends and family that I’m a ‘vintage’ kind of gal. I love rediscovering the stylings of a bygone era and figuring out how to incorporate those designs with today’s trends. Often, I like to imagine the life and experiences of the previous owner. (What was her life like? What was her favorite moment wearing this piece? Did she know my grandmother?) Beckett will add that I also have a tendency to anthropomorphize my favorite objects, and it’s true that sometimes I dialogue with my accessories: “You haven’t been outside in a while, suede vintage Parisian boots – how about we go for a walk?”

Above all that, though, I also feel it’s important to actively challenge the assumption that new is always better than old. So often, our world is defined by intense, targeted marketing: nearly every interaction we have with advertising is designed to rewire our brains into thinking that what we have – or don’t have – is not good enough. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I love a good shopping trip as much as the next gal – but time and again, I’ve also found great joy in reinvesting in old objects. Not only can a pre-loved piece satisfy our desire for ‘something new’, it can also confer a special sense of pride as you clean it up and steward it into another generation. (There’s nothing like freeing a classic 1980s Dooney & Bourke bag from stray ballpoint pen marks with a little saddle soap and elbow grease!) Of course, the great thing about all of this is that more and more ‘trendy’ resale shops are popping up, so we can have the ‘something new’ we want while also supporting a local business and preventing items from other fates.

With all this in mind, it was very important to me to find a vintage engagement ring and wedding band that represented these beliefs. Last summer, we searched Chicago high and low for antique shops with art deco engagement rings, only to find that the best ‘finds’ were out of the city, in the small shops away from the urban hustle. We found my engagement ring at a wonderful store called Huntley Antiques and Jewelry Mall owned by a great guy named John and his sweet, knowledgeable mother Dolores. They took the time to tutor us on antique jewelry buying, and even let us loose on the magnifying stand to look at the fine detail of the diamonds and setting in my ring. (It was so cool!) We were thrilled to find exactly what we were looking for – an art deco ring with an interesting design from honest-to-goodness Illinoisans. :)

This weekend we went back to Huntley to look at antique wedding bands; we hoped to find a simple dual-tone band to go along with my engagement ring. Unfortunately, Dolores told us that antique gold bands have become increasingly harder to find because people are melting them down for the gold, which is priced very high right now. All was not lost, though: we got pricing for a simple white gold band for Beckett and took detailed measurements for my engagement ring so that we could search on Etsy for an alternative. With great luck, one of my favorite Etsy shops, GoldAdore, had just the right piece: an antique 14k dual-tone band with simple styling and a few small diamonds. In conversing with the shop owner, Gillian, I learned that this piece is likely from the 1930s-40s, and was made by a well known brand called Keepsake. I found several excellent advertisements on eBay for Keepsake; my favorite of them is from 1954 – just look at the wily smile on that bride!

Here’s a sneak peek at the band – due to arrive in the mail soon! :)