Friday, December 17, 2010

amy & chris's wedding featured on weddings unveiled blog!

we just found out that a wedding we designed and planned back in august is being featured today on the weddings unveiled blog, completely unveiled! we're so excited to share amy and chris's day with you all. we really loved the vintage vibe of this wedding, and photographer caroline fontenot's pictures totally captured that feel. take a look at the feature here, and see below for more details from us on this special day!

amy loves anemones and so do we...and so we made them the focus of her bridal bouquet....don't you adore the vintage handkerchief pinned to the base???

we custom ordered amy and chris's guest book

arrangement in the entry with a mix of branches, hydrangeas, greenery, and dusty miller, in old world stone urns, added to the vintage feel

bridesmaids' bouquets with more dusty miller (and lovely tv console by the hermitage hotel, where the girls got ready)

we were all in love with amy's custom made necklace and birdcage veil. so old hollywood!

aisle markers were hanging balls made of pages from vintage encyclopedias

we always love seeing different photographers' viewpoints on keeps our eyes fresh...we really enjoyed caroline's take on war memorial plaza

amy and chris chose to do cupcakes for their wedding dessert, but kept a little bit of tradition with the small cake topper...great way to mix the old and the new, and that way you still have something to cut!

wheatgrass with votives and antique paper balls served as decor on the guest book table

we kept the florals on the tables pretty simple, cocktail tables and hiboys got glass vessels filled with black river rocks, water, floating candles, and fresh green ferns

we've said it before, we'll say it again: candles= low cost + BIG impact

the patterns in light on the dance floor really popped!

be sure to check out the feature on weddings unveiled for more info, and caroline fontenot's blog for more pictures (including some portraits in the world famous art deco men's bathroom at the hermitage hotel)!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

emily & lucas: the rehearsal dinner

we had the pleasure of designing and planning both the rehearsal dinner and wedding of emily and lucas back in july...and we're finally getting around to sharing with you some details from both events! first up, the casual and fun rehearsal dinner at the market street emporium on 2nd avenue downtown. this venue's exposed brick and old world charm definitely make for a great event setting!

we wanted to do something fun that related into the couple's wedding colors and look (post about that coming up soon), so we went with a purple and blue scheme with graphic flower shapes. we placed the board with the seating assignments out in the cocktail area so guests could find their table as they mingled and enjoyed a drink.

the table linens were awesome purple sheers with big aqua flowers, which we paired with aqua napkins. we wanted to do centerpieces that were inexpensive but still had a great look, so we found mexican paper flowers and arranged them in low black metal containers. super cute and budget-friendly!

clean plate club provided a seated dinner of italian specialties, like caprese salad, chicken piccata, and tiramisu....yum!

the lovely bride with her parents!

string lights completed the italian market look

full frame cinema played the charming video they had shot interviewing emily and lucas about how they met, started dating, and got engaged. so creative and all their guests really enjoyed hearing the stories!

and then, at the very end of the dinner, there was a surprise for all...a perfect view out the windows of a huge fireworks show at lp field!! it was seriously like it had been planned especially for them! we happened to grab a photo with an iphone to prove that it actually happened!

we'll be back soon with more on emily & lucas's wedding and reception...and thanks to paul wharton for the great pics!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

kate & justin

we had a great time with the garman wedding....not only were the bride and groom fun spirits to work with (she's a huge fan of all things disney!), but we got to go for a more modern and monochromatic look which turned out to be one of our favorites to date. we were back at one of our favorite venues, war memorial, for both the ceremony and reception. and luckily, the weather had (finally) cooled down a bit, so it made for a lovely day! we were also reunited with mary rosenbaum, photographer extraordinaire, so we knew these photos would be amazing, and they are...

kate's dress hanging in the hermitage hotel....what a gorgeous gown!

kate, her mom, and sister. love this shot!

kate's precious shoes! what a great way to show that extra bit of personality !

simple bouquets of calla lillies for the bridesmaids

mary guided us over to this wall covered in vines in a parking lot...i knew the picture would be cool, but I didn't expect it to be this AMAZING. now that's a photographer with vision!!

we loved the way kate's bouquet turned out- roses, callas, and arabicum

justin sent over a gift to kate right before the of the cutest things we have ever was the beautiful tiffany key with a key ring- and attached was a key to justin's house! how creative and thoughtful??!!

the letterpress wedding invites...we carried this motif throughout the wedding as their "brand," from the water bottles to the menu cards

the black chairs really popped against the stone plaza

even though it was cooler, it was still warm enough that guests needed a water!

pomanders made of cream roses hung on the aisle chairs

we incorporated manzanita branches into floral arrangements for a natural feel

another adorable ring bearer and flower girl!

cocktail hour in the courtyard

more manzanita branches with hydrangeas and white orchids
warm amber uplighting
as guests entered war memorial, they saw this sign...

and these were the escort cards with the names and table numbers!! miniature black chairs. we meant it when we said "take a seat" :)

centerpieces were more manzanita branches with orchids and crystals dripping off of them. the amber tones of the lighting looked great with the black and white details!

there was lots of soft candlelight- always a great bang for your buck!

long tables flanked the sides with banquettes and more white chiavari chairs with low floral arrangements of roses and candles

a crystal chandelier is so beautiful in the auditorium!

the cake was arranged on a floating platform, underneath which had moss, green orchids, and branches

justin surprised kate with the perfect first dance song for a disney lover- a whole new world!

justin's favorite dessert is bananas foster, so instead of a traditional groom's cake, kristen winston catering did a bananas foster station. YUM

and then, kate passed out blinking rings to all her guests. it created quite a dance party!

sam levine and the city lights orchestra got the party going!

and there was a candy bar with all of kate & justin's favorites for guests to help themselves to

at the end of the night, justin surprised kate with sparklers for guests to wave at them for their exit

thanks to kate and justin and their families for a great night, and thanks to everyone involved!