A new wave of weddings: Fun wedding ideas to incorporate into your wedding

A new wave of weddings: Fun wedding ideas to incorporate into your wedding

Sophia Viramontes | July 3, 2018

A new wave of weddings: Fun wedding ideas to incorporate into your wedding

Yanni Design Studio’s Stunning set up at Thursday Therapy  give us some serious wedding goals.

Everyone wants their wedding to be the best. So what is the best mean these days? Traditional wedding can still be fun but trends are changing. There are a variety of new fun wedding ideas. A few of them include a twist to the way your guests eat.

Mishkalo CEO, Charu Swaminathan, recently attended an event called Thursday Therapy. Thursday Therapy is a unique showcase of different wedding vendors. Vendors set up as they would to work a wedding. By doing this, they can show what they have to offer potential clients such as wedding planners, brides etc.

So what are these fun wedding trends? 

Different types of “bars” have become popular. It allows guests t have a fun wedding experience but making their food unique to them. They can create what they would like to have while still enjoying your food choice for the reception


Guacamole bar:

Talk about  fun wedding ideas! This bar includes plain guacamole with a variety of traditional along with some not so traditional toppings. The topping include tomato, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño as well as diced mango and pineapple.




Ceviche bar:

Ceviche is a Mexican dish that is a mixture of cold seafood, onion, cilantro and a variety of other ingredients. This delicious dish would be a create addition to a wedding especially at an outdoor reception on a hot day.





Dipsy is a unique service that allows you to make your own ice cream popsicle. This is a fun wedding idea for a different spin on deserts. This service also allows you to make a unique wedding decal that they can put onto an edible piece of chocolate to add an extra touch to your special dessert.





Yanni Design Studio created a beautiful atmosphere perfect for a wedding reception. The space had a stunning back drop in place for guests to take photos.With social media at a high, this was the perfect addition for guests to take photos.The backdrop seen below, as well as the rest of the set up is the work of Yanni Design Studio.

With the addition of art,your back drop will be different and unique as your wedding. Mishkalo’s unique wedding registry lets you have your piece on display at your reception.

These fun wedding ideas a just a few to get you thinking about how spectacular your wedding can be!

If you want more inspiration check out  Yanni Design Studio

Tel: 847.419.9999



Preoccupied Bride: The Behind the Scenes Superwoman

Preoccupied Bride: The Behind the Scenes Superwoman

Emma Kriho | July 2, 2018

Preoccupied Bride: The Behind the Scenes Superwoman

Photo courtesy of Dabble Me This

Wedding planning is different for every bride, but one thing most every one shares is stress. Surrounding yourself with close family is friends is one of the best ways to help relieve some of your pre-wedding stresses and connect with those you love. The perfect pal to add to the mix?  Chicago’s very own Maya Devassy Tarach of “Preoccupied Bride“!

Every bride is different, and whether or not you opt for a wedding planner is a personal choice. Maya decided to make the leap into wedding planning after she realized her knack for it while pulling together her own big day. And for her clients, her services are totally customizable! Ranging from day-of coordination to scheduling every detail of the shabang, Maya has got your back.

Photo courtesy of Nate Crouch Photography

Like your closest friends, Maya is here to assist with the less-glamorous, not-so-exciting parts of wedding planning so her brides can focus on the stuff they really care about! Their family and friends, work and social commitments can all come first, with the peace of mind that Maya is used to juggling busy brides’ schedules (and with flare, of course!).

If logistics and timing seem like a drag, don’t worry! Maya ready to pull it all together, so you can help with the fun stuff! Did somebody say cake tasting?

Photo courtesy of Hannah Persson Photography

As in any great friendship, the chemistry between bride and planner is key for a beneficial relationship, so the first meeting is essential for Maya.

Unless both parties are on the same page from the get-go, collaboration is going to be an uphill battle. And if the spark just isn’t there, Maya is happy to hand out the names of other planners who might better suit the bride’s desires. It’s your big day after all, and Maya wants every bride to feel totally confident in their special day decisions.

Photo courtesy of Jasmeen Calhoun Photography


Changing your state of mind to create your own brand is no small feat, and Maya has not been afraid to experiment to reach her goals. By embracing the new experience and putting her best efforts into the project she was passionate about, Maya has made the Preoccupied Bride a successful and reputable wedding planning service for all of her brides!


Get to know Maya: A Quick Q&A!

What is your favorite part of the wedding planning process?

“Being a part of the celebration of love between two people.”

How did you develop your outlook on wedding planning?

“Similar to a successful marriage, my wedding planning outlook includes good communication and preparation. In order for any relationship to be successful both parties need to communicate well, so the same concept definitely applies in the working relationship between me and my clients”

What is your favorite part of a wedding ceremony?

“The vows. Watching a couple recite their love and commitment to each other, whether it’s prearranged or written from scratch, is always a special experience. Every time I witness the vows I get a little choked up because it’s always unique and sweet.“
What sets you apart from other wedding planners or companies?

“I believe my perspective on wedding planning and my clients sharing in that same perspective is what makes me different. To me, the wedding details are important, but they shouldn’t cloud the reason why a couple is getting married in the first place. I’ll do everything in my power to prepare as much as possible before the wedding and make sure everything goes right at the wedding (or be ready to fix anything that goes wrong), but the details aren’t as important as the marriage.”

What’s the best piece of advice you have for brides-to-be approaching their wedding dates?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff. You can prepare as much as possible but still not be in control of what will actually happen. It’s important for my couples to remember the big picture: If they get married on their wedding day—that is, both people get to recite their love and vows to each other—the wedding is an automatic success. Nothing—not even all the wedding details that were planned for months on end—is more important than that. If all the other details and elements come together nicely on the wedding day, it’s a bonus.”

A highly personalized wedding planner and a highly personalized wedding registry would make your special day very unique!

Want to know more about Maya?  Check out Preoccupied Bride!

Want to know more about a unique registry for art ? Check out Mishkalo Registry!



Perfection is in the Details: Make Every Penny Count on Your Big Day

Perfection is in the Details: Make Every Penny Count on Your Big Day

Sophia Viramontes | June 26, 2018
Perfection is in the Details: Make Every Penny Count on Your Big Day

We all know weddings can be expensive. Making every penny count is important in planning your special day. Although some may think that it is okay to go all out on your big day, it is also okay to look for creative ways to stay on budget and maybe even save a few bucks. Details can range from the table centerpiece to the lighting, it all depends on your aesthetic.

Inexpensive details that will put your wedding over the top without breaking the bank:


Less can be more. Simple weddings can be just as beautiful as weddings that have flashy and expensive details. There are also various ways to mimic the expensive ideas using simple inexpensive hacks.Simplicity can go a long way. It also helps avoid a clutter of ideas that can make a wedding seem unorganized. Yes, there are so many things that people want to pack into one day but it is important to stick to the ideas you really like rather than all of the ideas you can come up with. This will make your aesthetic clear to your guests.


For a smaller wedding, consider doing a Pinterest inspired guest bag, for those who are into DIY. By doing this, you can personalize them and add unique elements. Buying in bulk is key for wedding favors. This is another way you can save some money. By creating your own wedding favors, you can eliminate the cost, as well as the stress, of getting them from a website risking delivery delays.



Lighting can change the dynamic of the space you have chosen. Candles are perfect for creating a more intimate space. This detail will add elegance and the romance your wedding already is exuding the feeling! Candles are also a detail that can help you cut the cost of flowers, which have been shown to be a bit expensive. Adding a mixture of candles and smaller inexpensive flowers, baby’s breath perhaps, will create a unique, elegant centerpiece for your guests. By cutting the cost of flowers and adding inexpensive candles, you can create an inexpensive yet elegant center piece.

A few inexpensive tricks to add beautiful details to your special day!

Making the Wedding Venue of Your Dreams: Room 1520

Making the Wedding Venue of Your Dreams: Room 1520

Sophia Viramontes | June 19, 2018

Making the Wedding Venue of Your Dreams: Room 1520


Image from Room 1520.com gallery

The perfect wedding venue can be a difficult decision to make. With so many amazing wedding venues in the city of Chicago and all over the country, the right one can be a tough choice. It is important to pick one that allows for your to make it your own. Aesthetic is key to creating a unique space that is compatible with the aesthetic of your partner.

With this in mind, it is important that couples take time to assess what exactly it is that they want from a wedding venue. Each wedding is unique so why not look for a unique venue that can be made specifically for you?

Room 1520 is a beautiful wedding venue that has simplicity and elegance while being a unique space. The simplicity may be a turn off for some but, with the use of imagination, the simplicity may be what makes it the perfect space for your special day.


Room 1520 is a unique space on 1520 W. Fulton. With 4,000 square feet, the space can seat up to 150 people for a seated dinner with a dance floor. There is also a beautiful white marble vintage bar that adds a unique detail to this wedding venue.


Image from Room 1520.com gallery

Other features that will add to your dream wedding venue is their roof top that has a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline. Capturing the skyline in your wedding pictures will create beautiful pictures that will last a life time.

With this space, you are able to create your ideal wedding venue. The white walls and open spaces lend themselves perfectly to adding pieces of art that will customize the space.

Customization is important to make this wedding venue yours on your special day. The simple addition of a few pieces can change the aesthetic of the space.  Let your family and friends see your style as a couple.

Pick Your Pieces

 Mishkalo can add the personal touches that will make this venue yours. Though our website you can make a wedding registry, picking out pieces that describe you and your significant other. These pieces can then be transported to the wedding venue adding special touches to a unique space such as Room 1520.

Image from Room 1520.com gallery with art added


Another special addition you can consider is having a painting commissioned for your big day. The paintings will make for beautiful back drops for you and your guests. This gift keeps on giving, once your reception is over, the painting that made your wedding venue beautiful will make your home just as stunning!

Image from Room 1520.com gallery with art added





Engagement Ring Trends: 2018

Engagement Ring Trends: 2018

Emma Kriho | June 18, 2018

Engagement Ring Trends: 2018

Couples today are opting for more non-traditional routes when it comes to wedding planning, and these modern touches aren’t neglecting engagement rings. A tradition dating back to the 15th century, the concept of an engagement ring has withstood the test of time, but styling has definitely changed. Brides and grooms are personalizing every aspect of their weddings, including that special sparkler! 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year of engagement ring trends that flaunt a personalized style.

Expect the Unexpected

Brides looking to step outside-the-box may opt away from traditional brilliant or princess cuts, and instead, go for more artistic cuts, like pear shape, trillion, or marquise. East-west styles and even hexagon cuts have grown in popularity as well.

Colored stones are also on the rise, from gray diamonds to other precious stones.

Some brides are also straying from classic style and choosing a mix of metals or multiple bands. These popular new trends are making the engagement ring more of a personal style expression than a tradition.

Keeping it Classic

While the definition of traditional may be changing in the engagement ring department, when modern brides hope to find a more classic look, they are gravitating towards vintage and antique rings.

By choosing a vintage style, brides can achieve the best of both worlds by displaying their personal style while also keeping some traditional aspect.

It is very important to today’s brides to find a unique ring, and antique rings are one-of-a-kind pieces full of classic elegance and personality.

Commitment Issues?

As today’s brides are preferring more unique engagement rings, some may worry that they may regret their decision to opt for a trendier setting a few years down the line. However, resetting the stone is easy, and you can easily transform your rock into a beautifully classic ring.

Some couples decide to get their rings redesigned for anniversaries.

Re-working wedding and engagement rings can give new life to a ring and represent the current personal style of the bride through the years.


Engagement rings are one of the most traditional elements of a wedding and a marriage, and modern couples are looking for ways to transform the tradition into a personal statement. Through the use of unique colors, cuts, and settings, couples can design a piece that perfectly encompasses their personal style. And there are plenty of options for creating a more traditional ring later on down the line. With every element of a wedding becoming more individualized, the personalization of engagement rings is the perfect way to show off your personal style in a permanent way.


All photos courtesy of: https://www.glamour.com/gallery/10-engagement-ring-trends-youll-see-everywhere-in-2018

Art Gallery Wedding

Art Gallery Wedding

Sophia Viramontes | June 14, 2018

Becky Brown Photography

Art Galley Wedding

Anna and Paul, an adventurous couple who love music, art and traveling recently got married. Their love for art led them to a unique wedding venue.

They got married at the Jackson Junge Gallery. in Chicago. Picking this venue resonated with their style and aesthetic, it emphasized their love for art creating a beautiful back drop for their wedding. The gallery was accommodating and helped them create a special space the way they had envisioned it.




Carrie Holbo Photography

Wedding photographer, Becky Brown who also owns ‘Elope to Chicago’ captured the ceremony. Becky integrated the art into the various wedding pictures she took. By having a variety of colors and paintings, she was able to capture the beautiful details of their special day and their special venue both inside as well as outside. The Wicker Park Street festival added more excitement and colors to their photos shot outside the venue.

The walls of the gallery were filled with beautiful pieces giving Anna and Paul’s family and friends an idea. In a spur of the moment decision, their guests pooled together to buy them a piece of art from the gallery where the wedding was held.

This was not the only piece of art that they received as a gift. Another friend bought the couple a piece of art that reminded them of their bachelor party. Both paintings signified important events in their wedding celebration.



Becky Brown Photography

Mishkalo is opening doors for couples like Anna and Paul who appreciate art. We aim to help couples get art into their first shared space as husband and wife. Mishkalo is unique in the way that it does this because it is a wedding registry for art.

Couples can receive a unique gift of art, which they have picked out, helping turn their house into a home with the help of their friends and family. The piece can also be incorporated into the wedding or reception. The piece will add an artistic element for friends and family to enjoy by using it as a back drop for pictures or simply to admire the beauty it brings to the already beautiful event.



Mishkalo can go a step further and make your piece of art unique to you and your wedding day by commissioning a Mishkalo artist of your choice to paint a photo that was captured at your wedding. A wedding photographer captures the special moments that can be translated into beautiful pieces of art. Weddings can be expensive but it is important to capture the memories that will last a lifetime.

Want to create a unique wedding registry for art?  click here –  Create Registry

Modern Art Inspiration for a Modern Day Wedding

Modern Art Inspiration for a Modern Day Wedding

Emma Kriho | June 11, 2018

Photo Courtesy of Katie Stoops

Modern Art Inspiration for a Modern Day Wedding

More couples today are looking to add twists to make their special day uniquely personal, but couples interested in art may be left to question how they can integrate their favorite art styles into their wedding. For the modern art lovers, here is some inspiration for bringing elements of modern art into our wedding photography.

An editorial collaboration between Type A Society and photographer Katie Stoops pushes wedding day norms through their use of color and texture to create an artistic vibe. Every element from the dress to the décor was chosen to inspire couples with a passion for art and are looking for creative ways to incorporate their artsy sides into their big day.

Photo Courtesy of Katie Stoops


The dress used in the shoot is by designer Mira Zwillinger, and features plenty of unique design qualities that make it an inspiration-worthy ensemble for the outside-the-box bride. The dress features lace flowers from top to bottom, sheer cloth, and a sweetheart neckline, making it the perfect mix of traditional aspects youthful, modern twists.

The collaboration also featured two painted backdrops for photographing the couple. Bright yellow, pink, and red stripes melt into dripping flowers, and splattered greens mesh with surrounding ferns to create artistic and original wedding photos that compliment and emphasize the bride and groom themselves.

Photo Courtesy of Katie Stoops





The wedding décor and cakes that were assembled for the shoot are minimalistic, a popular millennial trend, while still retaining a lot of unique character. From plain white frosting with fern leaves, to a white cake that appears to be water-colored, these cakes inspire admiration for their simplistic elegance and style.

Photo Courtesy of Katie Stoops



This collaboration between Type A Society and Katie Stoops is a gorgeous representation of modern couples’ take on wedding day modern art. Although utilizing elements of art in a wedding make be a more non-traditional route, couples are becoming more creative in finding ways to use what they love to make their

special day personal.

Check out the collaboration! Here.





Want to  create a unique wedding registry for art?
Click Here – Create Registry
Art and Love Letters

Art and Love Letters

Sophia Viramontes | June 5, 2018

Ara’s Art and Love Letters:


Ara Lucia, artist on Mishkalo creates pieces that add a unique element, love letters which speaks to Mishkalo’s mission of love. “I introduced a narrative element by using snippets of love letters between women. With these elements I explore the body, identity and intimacy”, Ara Lucia say while talking about her process.

Art with love letters

Ara Lucia also talks about her new work and how these love letters weave into her new pieces. She says, “my new work, including small bits and pieces of the text of love letters allowed me to illuminate the intimate relationship expressed by the painting.” She does this by using the text along with paint allowing for glimpses of the love letters to be seen through the paint therefore, the complete, intimate message is not completely seen.


Ara Lucia’s art can also be identified through her passion for the color blue. Her passion for this color started in the second grade with a pair of navy blue shoes and continued with her prom dress and even her wedding dress which was a deep blue. Her passion for this color has been translated into her art, making it unique along with the addition of love letters which can be added in a commissioned piece of art.



Ara as part of Mishkalo:

Art with love letters

As an artist that is part of Mishkalo, Ara Lucia and her art connect to love through the use of love letters which are unique to her pieces. Art is something that will remind the couple of their love while adding beauty to their home. She believes that marriage is something that has a major impact on people including herself saying, “Choosing artwork as a couple can be deeply meaningful. It can often symbolize aspects of a relationship, the hopes and vision the couple has for their life together.” Mishkalo looks for artists that will put the love the couple has into pieces that they will cherish for years to come.


If you would like to create a unique wedding registry, click here  Create Registry