What do you do in a warehouse venue filled with classic cars, vintage motorcycles and an old Airstream trailer?!…Throw the most elegant jewel-toned wedding with copper touches ever!
Our team did JUST that. The bride wore not one, but TWO gorgeous dresses by Essence of Australia including a sweetheart lace bodice gown with a tulle skirt and grosgrain sash for the ceremony and dinner and an A-line lace gown with sleeves was worn for the remainder of the reception. A braided bun served as the perfect hairstyle to highlight both the necklines of the gowns and the botanical necklaces the bride wore with each. A berry-toned lip was added for more drama in her evening look.
The botanical necklaces worn by the bride were total works of art. One featured floral “beads” and some hanging elements of pepper berry and amaranthus and the other featured copper-painted leaves with copper-dipped berries and vintage costume jewelry accents. Both were designed with leather cord and metal closures just like real necklaces.
A glorious garden-style bouquet complimented both of the looks the bride wore. It was made of a variety of textural flowers and foliages including protea, spider mokara, vanda, garden roses, spray roses, queen Anne’s lace, roses, leucadendron, silver dollar eucalyptus, copper salal foliage, blushing bride, pepperberry, privet berry, jasmine, and ruscus.
To juxtapose the venue’s eclectic decor an elegant spread of textural jewel-toned flowers, linens and paper items adorned the tables. Cakes and cupcakes adorned with flowers and fruits sat perfectly in front of vintage motorcycles. A floral chandelier hung from an arch over the sweetheart table, and a decadent tablescape of textural compote-style floral arrangements, lanterns, copper mercury glass votives, vintage botanical pages, china, goblets and beautiful paper items served as the perfect seating area for guests.
Touches of metallic copper appeared in the invitations, ribbons on the champagne favors, programs, escort cards, bar menu, vases, votives and even in the cake! One of the cake’s tiers was actually painted with an edible copper metallic finish. It looked AMAZING!
One of our most unique wedding decorations was the hanging ribbon escort card display. Navy diamond-shaped cardstock escort cards were handwritten in copper ink by a calligrapher and slotted to hang on the curtain-like ribbon display. Once the cards were taken, the ribbon display made for a beautiful backdrop behind the sweetheart table.
We tried to use every inch of this amazing venue…the retro bar was decked out with beer from the local brewery and Moscow Mules in copper mugs with mint leaf accents. The venue’s Airstream trailer made for the perfect photobooth. It is truly a one-of-a-kind wedding setting!
Big thanks to my amazing vendor team:
Photography: Elite Photo http://www.
Venue: Warehouse 109 (located in Plainfield, Illinois) http://www.warehouse109.com/
Florist/Styling: Kio Kreations http://kiokreations.com/
Stationery/Styling: Greenstar Paperie http://
Hair/Makeup: Blend Beauty http://blendbeautystudio.
Bakery/Cake: The Sugar Path http://www.thesugarpath.com/
Linens: The Chair Couture http://www.thechaircouture.
Dress Boutique: White Satin Bridal http://www.whitesatinbridal.
Alcohol: Werk Force Brewing Co. http://www.
Calligraphy: Letters From Lindsey http://www.lettersfromlindsey.com/
Blush, light pink, ivory, and green toned flowers and foliage including peonies, ranunculus, roses and viburnum were used to create a gardeny, romantic feel in the bouquets. Branches and more textural flowers and foliage were used for the centerpieces.
There were three centerpiece styles: A framed lantern; A grapewood branch with floral clusters surrounded by pedestal candlesticks; and a tall hour-glass vase with a textural mix and a sculptural manzanita branch inside. All of them were fabulous and looked great throughout the room.
Jessica and Daniel also used our candy buffet vases, scoops and custom signs to display late night treats for their guests.
There were so many beautiful details in this beautiful space! So glad we get to relive it through these beautiful photos!
Aimee’s bouquet was an all-white/ivory mix of garden roses, peonies, callas and phaleanopsis orchids. It was just stunning!
Pretty tall branch centerpieces with hanging bling and candles adorned some of the tables, framed cylinders surrounded with floral was another style and mixed arrangements surrounded by pedestal candlesticks also decked the table. The end result was a chic, albeit subdued, winter wonderland feel.
Thanks to Lex Alexander Photography for these photos!]]>
I love the classic movie Mary Poppins and am happy to report that my daughter loves it as well! We enjoy singing all of the songs together and she really loves the part where they jump into a colorful chalk painting and enjoy “a Jolly Holiday with Mary” while dancing with penguin waiters and racing carousel horses through the English countryside! I felt this would be an awesome party theme for her third birthday…“A Jolly Holiday with Aria!”
I like to include a portrait or likeness of my daughter in all of her birthday invitations, so for this one I made a custom silhouette of her that reminiscent of Mary Poppins herself. I used this “cameo” for signage, stickers, seals, and even on some cupcake picks! There were 60 cupcakes so lots of decorative picks were created for them including 3-D paper rosettes, penguin ones, kite ones, and little birdies too. Decorations were very important to make it feel fancy in our otherwise messy floral studio space so I draped the shelves with curtains and covered all of the tables with tablecloths and made lots of floral arrangements in tea cups, cute signage and used vintage plates and glass apothecary jars to display food and favor items. The main floral piece was a gold candelabra on the gift table which looked like something the Banks’ family might have owned!
A “chalk painting” was also needed to really nail this theme — so I did a chalk pastel piece inspired by the movie and had it blown up to be a photo backdrop. I decorated a carousel horse with a floral wreath and used it as the perfect “Jolly Holiday photo booth” for all of the guests to pose in front of. It was awesome to see all of the guests post their family shots to Facebook and Instagram! It was very well-received!
Food and drinks were also integral to the theme; I really wanted delicate tea sandwiches and other British-inspired items to be the main focus along with some delicious cupcakes and desserts! We also did a Mary Poppins-themed “favor buffet” with nods to the movie including boxes of sidewalk chalk, mini kites, rulers (to see how you measure up!), tuppence and other goodies! When there are a lot of different ages of kids attending our parties, I think a favor buffet is a great option so parents can pick things that are age-appropriate (and abide by their dietary standards) for their kiddos!
We also had some great Mary Poppins games and activities at the party. Including: “a spoonful of sugar (cubes) relay race,” “pin on the bowtie penguin” game, sidewalk chalk creative time, and we even had out 3 vintage Mary Poppins eBay finds: Mary Poppins Carousel Game, Jolly Holiday Jigsaw Puzzle and a Mary Poppins card game!
Of course the guest of honor wore a Mary Poppins hat and gloves (for about 1/3 the party) and dressed in white to honor Mary’s Jolly Holiday attire. Aria had the best time ever at her party and everyone would agree it was practically perfect in every way!]]>
We got to work with another wonderful mother-daughter duo Stephanie (bride) and Stella (mom) this September for Stephanie + Jason’s wedding at The Crystal Ballroom in Evanston. Loved working at this beautifully re-done vintage venue–it was so charming and beautifully updated! The grays in the ballroom perfectly complimented the shades of purple, ivory and green in our centerpieces. To further emphasize the venue’s high ceilings, we mixed some tall centerpieces in with 2 short/medium styles–all of which looked awesome in the space!
Stephanie found a photo bouquet we had to match, or TOP rather, with garden roses and open roses in ivory and blush tones with hydrangea and hosta leaf collar. The one I designed totally resembled but was even better than the inspiration photo! The maids carried bouquets of lavender and ivory-toned roses with some variegated pittosporum foliage accents. They looked great with the dark dresses!
Something new I got to design was floral accents on giant candles for their Romanian Orthodox ceremony. That was a fun challenge and they turned out awesome! The altarpieces and cake were also fabulous! It was just such a lovely wedding from start to finish and I just loved working with Steph and her mom! We are so lucky to have so many awesome clients <3 .
Special thanks to Jazi Photo for these lovely images.]]>
Tunberg Creative took some lovely photos of the wedding details featured here. Taylor was such a gorgeous bride! Some of my favorite things from the wedding (besides Taylor and her mom) were her bouquet, the cake (job well done to our designer Laura on that one!), the typewriter floral and the escort card display (which was a combo of efforts by Tammy, Laura, Joanna and myself).
We love working at Abbey Farms with Wendy + Adam and their team. Looking forward to more weddings in the years to come! And of course we loved working with this wonderful couple and wish them a lifetime of happiness!]]>
Rosa and Chris’ wedding at Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Hotel was a beautiful mix of light pink, white and lavender with accents of gold. The women carried full, fluffy bouquets of roses, peonies, garden roses, lisianthus and spray roses–they were just perfect with the dresses. Rosa’s bouquet was exquisite and of course I have to say that Rosa looked stunningly beautiful as well!
Other notable flowers include the beautiful escort card table candelabra, the tall + fluffy branch centerpieces and the short and full framed lantern centerpieces. Everything was so chic and romantic!
We loved working with Rosa and wish her and Chris a wonderful + happy marriage.
Also, thanks to Timothy Whaley and Associates for sharing these photos with us!
Another gorgeous shoot with Kristin La Voie Photography featured today… This one featured both a dress and the dressing room at Alice in Ivory (a chic bridal boutique in Chicago). This beautiful shoot is also featured on Belle Lumiere here!
I made a lovely bouquet of garden roses, rice flower, snapdragons, larkspur, roses, and zinnas in pink, peach, coral and blush tones. I also constructed a floral boa/swag for the mirror in the dressing room using similar blooms with some stock, hydrangea and metallic foliages added into the mix.
I cannot wait to work with these wonderful vendors again!]]>
Flowers included orchids, lisianthus, roses, spray roses, stock, hydrangea and callas. Three varieties of orchids were used including mokara, vanda, and dendrobium.
There were three styles of centerpieces–a framed quad of vases with floating candles surrounded by a floral rim; a mixed arrangement in a square vase; and a trio of submerged flowers in cylinders with floating candles. I love when clients do multiple styles! It always looks so chic and is more visually interesting than having the same thing on every table.
The bouquets totally POPPED off of the dresses. What a BOLD statement indeed!
We loved working with B&B at one of our favorite venues with some of our favorite vendors! Such a pleasure!
I love when my friend Kristin of Kristin La Voie Photography asks me to make pretty things for her boudoir shoots…here are the results of one of the collaborations we did earlier this year…
I fashioned two botanic wearables–one was an actual botanic necklace, and one was more of a floral boa…but both looked awesome on the beautiful model. Also, totally love the heirloom veil she wore in some of the photos!
The necklace was constructed with real jewelry-making materials–clasps, leather cord, and felt backing with freesia, kale, succulents, helleborus and anemones used as the fresh floral materials adhered with cold floral adhesive.
The boa was made using a completely different method; magnolia leaves were hole-punched and strung together using wire and then ruscus, dianthus, garden roses, and dendrobium orchids were woven around the leaf ring tightly to form the boa.
I LOVED making these botanic wearables and cannot wait to make more!