Classic Spring Wedding at W Chicago City Center

Classic Spring Wedding at W Chicago City Center

Classic Spring Wedding at W Chicago City Center with Chicago as it's backdrop celebrating, love, family and traditions new and old

      Andreea and Benjamin's Romantic Summer Wedding at  Chevy Chase Country Club    Their is a love story my husband and I would get monthly updates on over dinner, and as we saw Benjamin's heart and life fill with love, we knew we'd love Andreea even before we met her. On a perfect breezy June day, Andreea and Benjamin tied the knot in Northbrook and celebrated with lots of friends and family at the beautiful Chevy Chase Country Club.  It's not often that I find myself straddling the line between wedding designer and guest (and for good reason), but this time around I am glad I got to experience this beautiful day fully by adding decor and celebrating with two amazing friends.  It also helps when the bride has beautiful taste, tying together romantic elements and a classic design.  Photo Credit:   Codrean Photography

Andreea and Benjamin's Romantic Summer Wedding at Chevy Chase Country Club 

On a perfect breezy June day, Andreea and Benjamin tied the knot in Northbrook and celebrated with lots of friends and family at the beautiful Chevy Chase Country Club.  

      The Case for Color  The last few years have taken a softer tone in terms of color, and I loved the romantic ethereal feel that came with it, but as a planner and and as a designer I'm so excited to see brides and event planners merge these softer tones with bolder, splashier palettes. You don't have to sacrifice elegance, romance or sophistication in order to add color to your event, more than ever, event vendors are incorporating rich patterns and colors into everything from floral, attire, cake, linens, and pretty much every element you can think of.  Go beyond the blush box that is often Pinterest and elevate your event with bold vibrant yet elegant vibes that will make your big day stand out.  And here's a little secret, your vendors will be excited to stretch their creative muscles, create something truly special for you, and might event thank you for going against the grain.  Here are a few ideas on how to make a splash ... of color that is ... on your big day.    1.  Your Dress  is probably the most photographed element of your wedding, along with  your bouquet,  and bridal designers are leading the color movement.  If you are not brave enough to rock a fully colored gown (I know I wouldn't be), how gorgeous is this sophisticated floral gown paired together with equally breathtaking blooms?  Full disclosure, Kiana Underwood, who is behind this styled shoot, is my floral hero and a color wizard!  Though the watercolors are subtle, the statement is anything but, and the look oozes romance and elegance.     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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     Design:     tulipina.com/ Kinana Underwood    | Photography: /    Corbin Gurkin    2.  Don't forget the groom.   He's likely to be in  almost  as many pictures as you will be in, and though no one should try to compete with your look on your wedding day, nothing is more dapper than a groom who feels comfortable stepping a little bit out of his comfort zone.  Navy is a great solid, elegant color that is sure to complement a floral print, or soft hues of gray, pink,  and of course a classic ivory gown.  Remember, the goal is not to pull off an avant-garde look, but rather to bring out your personality into each element of your wedding, so make sure he's comfortable rocking that suit!     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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      3.   What is sweeter than a  show-  stopping cake!?  Instead of going into your cake design appointment with an arsenal of designs, give your baker/designer an opportunity to shine by asking them to wow you with a design featuring your bold color choices.  Have them incorporate texture, floral, jewel tones or shapes, and the result will probably go way beyond your imagination.  4.   The details  tie a wedding, or any great event, together.  And they are also a great opportunity to breathe color and personality into your event.  Start setting the tone for a great party the minute your guests open their invitations.     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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     5.   Decor is everything!   The idea of creating a theme for your wedding is overwhelming and can come off as forced or dated.  Instead, use color as a thread, and strive to create a mood, or feeling by incorporating things you love into a party that reflects your style. Florals, linens, glassware, tableware, candles and other decor pieces, are not just elements that you check off the list when planning your wedding, but rather puzzle pieces that come together beautifully.  Whether modern or vintage, bright or moody, or a mix of the two, these elements create the ultimate backdrop for whatever ambiance you are trying to set for your guests.     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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      6.  Your Squad.   Long gone are the days of burn-worthy bridesmaids dresses, and boring bouquets.  Your girls (and guys) are probably in your wedding party because they are the people in your life you have the most fun with.  So show it in the way you style their dresses, suits and flowers, you'll smile back every time you look at your wedding pictures.     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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     Weather you love bold colors, soft tones or lush greens, there's always room to feature these throughout your event and treat your guests to elements of your personality, because after all they came to celebrate YOU.

The Case for Color

You don't have to sacrifice elegance, romance or sophistication in order to add color to your event, more than ever, event vendors are incorporating rich patterns and colors into everything from floral, attire, cake, linens, and pretty much every element you can think of.  Go beyond the blush box that is often Pinterest and elevate your event with bold vibrant yet elegant vibes that will make your big day stand out.  

      Pretty in Pink      It's a myth that pink is a color that's only appropriate for Spring months.  Elegant dark pink hues, and soft blushes can be used to set a romantic or modern mood in any season.  In fact here is a throwback to an event we did for a holiday party where we paired different shades of pink with deep wine shades and greens to set a whimsical and organic scene without being too literal.     



  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      
    
   

  

 




 
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Pretty in Pink

It’s a myth that pink is a color that’s only appropriate for Spring months.  Elegant dark pink hues, and soft blushes can be used to set a romantic or modern mood in any season.  In fact here is a throwback to an event we did for a holiday party where we paired different shades of

      Love Is in the Air  “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.”―  Alfred Tennyson   This week we share some beautiful blooms we worked on for Valentine's day.  It's no wonder flowers are the most common gift one gives to show affection, sympathy,  and love.  A bouquet of flowers is like a snapshot of God's endless creativity,  not many man-made things can compete with that!     



  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      
    
   

  

 




 
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Love Is in the Air

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson This week we share some beautiful blooms we worked on for Valentine’s day.  It’s no wonder flowers are the most common gift one gives to show affection, sympathy,  and love.  A bouquet of flowers

      Kristen & Jeff's Winter Wonderland Wedding       What better way to close out the year than with a beautiful wedding at Pazzo's?    Kristen and Jeff lit up this beautiful atrium space with their constant smiles and the vibrant energy of their bridal party.  We hoped to further brighten the space with tons of  candles, flowers and gold branches for the reception.  The bride wanted a warm atmosphere that would make guests forget the bitter-cold Chicago day.   We used pink blooms, submerged orchids and tons of candles to achieve this goal; and the beautiful backdrop at Pazzo's only enhanced the elegant atmosphere.  Some of the images used in the gallery are my own and the rest are the wonderful work of Matt Mason.  Kristen and Jeff thanks for allowing us to be part of your special day!
      



  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      
    
   

  

 




 
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Kristen & Jeff's Winter Wonderland Wedding

What better way to close out the year than with a beautiful wedding at Pazzo’s 311?    Kristen and Jeff lit up this beautiful atrium space with their constant smiles and the vibrant energy of their bridal party. We hoped to further brighten the space with tons of  candles, flowers and gold branches for the reception.

      Christa and Dave's Fun Family Affair at  Carnivale Chicago      We had the pleasure of creating the decor for Christa and Dave's big day this past September.   The weather was gloomy but that didn't put a damper on this fun intimate event.  The bride is one of the most chill people you'll ever meet and wanted a ceremony and reception to match her laid back disposition ... we achieved this with lots of warm glow candles, beautiful rich purple tones and subdued white centerpieces that would not clash with the vibrant atmosphere of the reception venue.  The happy ( and gorgeous) couple got to enjoy their big day with an intimate group, in an intimate setting with a big city as their backdrop!  Photo credit goes to Jamie Vester Photography and Design     



  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      
    
   

  

 




 
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Christa and Dave's Fun Family Affair at Carnivale Chicago

We had the pleasure of doing the decor for Christa and Dave’s big day this past September.   The weather was gloomy but that didn’t put a damper on this fun intimate event.  The bride is one of the most chill people you’ll ever meet and wanted a ceremony and reception to match her laid

      Coral and Pink Bliss Wedding at  Winnetka Community House    What do you do on a cold November day to stay warm?  You remember the beautiful days of summer.  Happy dreaming with this post that's WAY overdue.  I can't think of a better color scheme to capture a perfect summer wedding than coral, pink and peach.  The background was a Winnetka garden, a gathering of friends and family, a stunning bride and dapper groom, flowers galore,  all weaving together into a perfect event.  Among other personal touches,  the bride wanted to honor her grandmother with her favorite flowers, peonies, and we were happy to oblige.  We caught the perfect seasonal window for coral peonies, mixed with rich pink peopnies, vendela roses, spray roses in all shades, deep pink ranunculus, baby succulents, dhalias and coral berries.  Words can't really capture the beauty of these colors, but the great photos captured by  http://www.njeribishota.com/  can ... We enjoyed putting together these blooms, and can't stop swooning over these gorgeous pics!     



  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

     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Coral and Pink Bliss Wedding at Winnetka Community House

What do you do on a cold November day to stay warm?  You remember the beautiful days of summer.  Happy dreaming with this post that’s WAY overdue.  I can’t think of a better color scheme to capture a perfect summer wedding than coral, pink and peach.  The background was a Winnetka garden, a gathering of