Welcome to my Wedding Wednesday series! It would be too easy to bombard you with wedding related content every day of the week, so in an effort to keep things interesting around here I’ll be sticking to Wednesdays for these posts.
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite details from a stylish wedding I planned and designed last year. I lucked out big time with this bride and groom! Besides the fact that they are gorgeous and belong on the cover of a magazine, they also had impeccable taste, great attitudes, and put a lot of trust in me to make their day something special (spoiler: it was). You can see the full wedding over on Green Wedding Shoes, but here I’ll be breaking down the design and talking about my favorite elements. All photos are by Merari (my fave!).
You guys. It doesn’t get better than Deering Estate in South Florida. Vintage appeal? Check. Waterfront ceremony site? Check. Outdoor dining? Check. Black-and-white-checkered-dance-floor-with-gorgeous-hanging-chandeliers? Check! This is Old Florida at it’s very best.
THE COLOR PALETTE
Right off the bat, the bride gravitated to very on-trend blush tones, but we both agreed that we didn’t want another soft, pastel “pinterest” wedding. Both Colleen and Chris are lawyers, so of course we edged things up with black. The combination was so moody and unexpected that they needed a tiny bit of convincing that it would all make sense together. I’m thrilled that they trusted me! Their big day took place during the glittering holiday season, so gold was necessary.
Remember that waterfront ceremony site I told you about? Well it didn’t disappoint. We ditched the traditional white wedding chairs and opted for black instead. The showstopper of the ceremony, however–other than the bride and groom–was this wood arbor by Unearthed Vintage that Helen and the Ever After Floral Design team decked out in carefully draped black fabric, eucalyptus greens, and gold lanterns. Perfection! The whole thing came together like a symphony.
THE SEATING CHART
Every wedding I plan has some sort of passion project. For Colleen and Chris, it was all of their paper goods and signage that I designed in-house. The biggest project being this 8×8 seating chart that we constructed with the help of Unearthed Vintage. If you haven’t caught on yet, great vendors are so key in creating an awesome wedding. The vignette had a lot of elements — custom signage, vintage frames, handmade ribbon backdrop. It was ridiculously windy that day. I don’t think the ribbons hung still for even a second but that gave it an ethereal quality that I knew the bride would love.
BLACK TABLE RUNNERS
Fact: Farm tables are my favorite, but I knew they needed something special to keep the overall design cohesive. Cue these black table runners that were made from the same fabric used to drape the ceremony arbor. Small detail, big impact. The gold centerpieces popped like never before and it was truly the detail that tied everything together in a perfect, neat bow.
Nothing creates a romantic, al-fresco vibe like bistro lights (also by Unearthed Vintage). Need I say more? This is a must-have for all of my weddings!
THE PHOTO BOOTH
Besides the fact that photo booths are just FUN, I have two words for you: Gold. Sequins. How am I supposed to resist? Can you believe this quality from Capture POD?
That’s just a glimpse into Colleen and Chris’ wedding day! Be sure to come back next Wednesday if you enjoyed it!