My good friends Kim and Jason just tied the knot at Arrowhead on Sunday and it was beautiful! Kim and Jason chose aqua, orange, yellow and white as their colors and just wanted fun, summer flowers (including some callas which they both like)… Because they know and trust me–they let me act as their wedding planner (way to use my wedding consulting certificate!) and also trusted me to make some floral and decor decisions…! So, it was really fun for me to plan their wedding and make it awesome for them!
We started the planning process by checking out 3 venues that would accommodate smaller-size weddings, had a ceremony location onsite and were available on the wedding date Kim and Jason desired. We toured Arrowhead and loved the Sun Room and its adjacent porch. It was a front-runner from the beginning. We also toured Carlucci in Downers Grove and Public Landing in Lockport. Carlucci’s smaller banquet room was a little too Tuscan in feel and their outdoor space was not private enough. It was pretty, but not what Kim and Jason had in mind. Public Landing is in an awesome historic building, but the smaller banquet rooms were a little dated-looking and there was not a good option for a ceremony site if it rained. We also were a little freaked out by how loud/close it is to the train tracks. We did enjoy their food though. After seeing all of the spaces and weighing the ambiance, packages, and costs, Kim and Jason ultimately chose the Sun Room at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton.
After venue was chosen, Kim found a great officiant, The Rev for Whatev (aka Reverend Anne Styx) and also found a hair & makeup team (Total Image Bridal). Kim, Jason and I worked with Arrowhead to plan the room layout, menu and timing for the wedding day.
Meanwhile, I got quotes from 4 photographers for a limited-hour photography package for the wedding day. After looking over the quotes/portfolios online, Kim ended up choosing my friend Cailtin Hazelton of Hazelton Photography for a multitude of reasons including her beautiful portfolio, her flexibility, her fun personality and her pricing/package offerings.
I also lined up the flowers, paper products and linens through my sources. Flowers and paper items were all designed by us, and the specialty linens were provided by The Chair Couture and the rest by the venue.
For the invitations, I designed some fun, bright ones that incorporated the colors and feel Kim and Jason were going for. I mirrored the look in all of the paper items including the place cards, table numbers, and thank you cards. I also used the same font for the card holder.
For Kim’s bouquet I did a mix of callas, pin cushion protea, spray roses, calendula, marigolds, billy balls and lisianthus. Kim’s bouquet handle had some aqua/peacock blue ruffled ribbon and a ruffle of leopard print to match her sexy leopard print shoes! Jason had a bout made with a calla and 2 billy ball accents to match. Their kids got awesome flowers too–the boys, Liam and Richie got double billy ball bouts and daughter Dani got a mini bouquet with similar flowers to Kim’s bouquet. Jason’s parents also got flowers to match.
For the ceremony flowers, we did two large altarpieces on ornate columns to frame Kim and Jason while they exchanged vows. The altarpieces had birch branches, hydrangea, calendula, snapdragons, protea, spray roses, thistle, stock and other yellow, white and orange flowers.
For the reception decor, I decorated the mantle with cylinder vases of water, yellow petals, colored votive candles and aqua blue mason jars filled with colorful flowers. The centerpieces were a round and textural floral mix of hydrangea, craspedia, dahlias, marigolds, protea, spray roses, lisianthus, geranium leaf, and calendula with turquoise ribbons around them. They were surrounded by colored votive candles and placed on top of aqua table runners. I also had The Chair Couture to aqua chair sashes over their white chair covers and an aqua linen on the cake table. The cake itself was decorated with blue icing and accented with some yellow and orange flowers on the top. Jason picked up the cake from Cathy’s Sweet Creations in Plainfeld.
The cake tasted amazing as did the rest of the food at Arrowhead! The staff was very attentive and we really had a great time.
Perhaps the funnest part of this wedding was getting to be a big part of it. I went with Kim to her hair and makeup trial and Kim and Jason picked my brain and trusted me to help with the planning along the way, and then Matt and I had the pleasure of attending the wedding too.
I was honored to be involved in the wedding, and really loved to be there to see them exchange vows. Kim had the giggles and Jason got misty-eyed and the officiant’s words of advice for a happy marriage I took to heart. I got to know Kim and Jason’s friends and families better at the wedding. In particular, I finally got to spend more time with their adorable kids who all read from Dr. Seuss’ “Oh The Places You’ll Go” during the vows and they were bouncing all over the space dancing and just being kids. Kim and Jason have their hands full with these three! But boy, were they fun to watch! How nice it must be to be a kid with energy like that! I can’t even begin to remember those days…!
Perhaps the best part of the day was just seeing how happy and seemingly stress-free Kim and Jason were on their wedding day. They are such a great couple and I am so glad that they found each other and that their 2 families are now one, complete family.
I wish the new Mr. & Mrs. Crider a long, happy life together! Thank you for letting me be a part of your big day! Love you guys!