Welcome to Narnia (A Wedding for the Storybooks)

Sheri and Michael had their storybook wedding at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Orland Park and celebrated their nuptials at The Narnia Estate in Lemont following the ceremony. Their colors were ivory, champagne and fuchsia with touches of gold. Flowers included hydrangea, roses, orchids, callas, stock and curly willow branches. For the personal flowers, Sheri wanted a bouquet similar to my own wedding bouquet but in more of a full, round shape and featuring her colors with some white touches. The end result turned out to be one of my favorite bouquets of all time! I created a mix of Phaleanopsis orchids, Cymbidium orchids, dendrobium orchids, mokara orchids, mini callas, hydrangea, and spray roses with pearl and bling accents and a handle wrapped in champagne with an ivory organza overlay and pearl and bling detail. The bridesmaids wore fuchsia dresses and carried bouquets of white hydrangea, champagne roses and sweetheart roses and magenta spray roses with white mini callas and handles wrapped in dress remnants. The bouts were all made of callas and the corsages were made of a mix of roses and callas. The ring bearer carried a pillow with a handmade lace rose on it and the flower girls carried floral pomanders for the ceremony and floral wands at the the reception. Sheri and Michael also had a "Just Married" umbrella to pose with in photos after the ceremony. For the ceremony, I painted a monogrammed aisle runner and also designed 4-page programs. We hung ivory hydrangea from magenta ribbons down the aisle and flanked the altar with 2 large altarpieces which we later moved to the reception. For the reception, we did a ton of flowers and paper items. Let's start from the first thing the guests would see and then walk through the venue to the rest of it. First off, I designed directional outdoor signage (think Real Estate sign size/style) on VistaPrint which the couple purchased and placed outside the venue since its a little off the beaten path. The next detail we provided were the magenta silk rose "kissing balls" or pomanders that hung from the trees in the front of the Estate. When you enter the Estate, the next thing you'd see is one of the altarpieces and surrounded by smaller vases of hydrangea and votive candles and a sign that says "Reception this way". All over the Estate house there were small vases with hydrangea and magenta ribbons along with photos of the couple. It basically felt like the couple lived there and guests were welcomed into their lovely home. There was also a bar in the main house part of the Estate and on the bar sat a Signature drink menu and Appetizers list. As you made your way into the tented part of the venue, you were greeted by highboy tables with square vases filled with orchid heads and floating candles. The middle highboy also had a birdcage and papers to write out wishes and advice for the couple. To the left of the highboys was a large Candy Buffet filled with 24 different varieties of candy. To the left of the Candy Buffet was a Photo Booth and that is where I hung the monogram that I cut off of the ceremony aisle runner as well. To the right of the highboys was another bar flanked with signs and martini glasses with floating orchids and candles. Next to that was the Seating Chart, Place cards, Guest Book, and Gift Card Holding vase with floral rim. Sheri and Michael also had the room up-lit with purple lights and pin-lit some of the centerpieces as well. It really made for a perfect, dreamy ambiance. After passing all of these details, you would enter the main part of the tent which is where the guest tables, head table and dance floor were placed. Multiple votive candles were placed on every table and we did 3 styles of centerpiece to better show off the space and distribute the colors throughout. The guest tables were square and covered with champagne linens and surrounded by gold chiviari chairs. I designed menus which were placed within each guest napkin and also Chicago-themed table numbers which were placed one-per table. There were eight of the first centerpiece style which was a short full mixed arrangement with a 12" cylinder vase with a submerged fuchsia orchid and floating candle inside. There were nine of the second centerpiece style which was a ceramic container with a mixed arrangement and manzanita branches coming out of the center of it decorated with hanging votives, pearl and bling strands, and hanging crystals. These were pin-lit to add emphasis. There were eight of the final style of centerpiece which were full mixed hydrangea and rose rims with fuchsia orchids and gold curly willow branches popping out of the center on top of a tall pilsner vase filled with a submerged orchid and purple submersible LED light to echo the spot lighting around the perimeter of the room. The head table was decorated with tons of petals and votives and also had vases for the bouquets on it. The cake was a work of art all on its own so I only put petals on the table around it rather than on it. It was one of the nicest cakes I've ever seen!  A final touch in the space was the GOBO which is a light that shines on the dancefloor or wall of the venue that features the couple's monogram (which I designed). Basically, the entire wedding was like a dream--from the venue to the decor and everything in between. I really enjoyed working with Sheri and her mom, Jill to plan this fabulous event. It all came together so beautifully and I know that Sheri and Michael loved it all! I hope that Dr. and Mrs. Michael Lawler live happily ever after!

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  1. aiesha popal
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    its very beautiful and I want to see more.

  2. Angela Drotts
    Posted July 21, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    Amazing!!!! Wow and Wow!! The most beautiful, amazing, and elegant wedding I have ever been to. I am excited to see more pictures of the event.