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An Elegant, Poppy-Hued Chicago Wedding at The Ivy Room

 Chicago, Classic, Real Weddings, Red, Romantic, Spring, Traditional  Comments Off on An Elegant, Poppy-Hued Chicago Wedding at The Ivy Room
Oct 222013
 

After both moving to a small town in Missouri, Lacy and Pat had turned to the internet to help them meet someone who lived nearby. Fate (and odd work schedules) brought the two together for their first date on Valentine's Day, when a successful dinner date led to a competitive night of bowling, and they've been inseparable ever since.

In April of 2012, Pat and Lacy took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming with her parents and sister. Their shared love of skiing brought them to the top of a more difficult slope, while her family took an easier route to the bottom. Pat asked Lacy to help him with his ski boot and, after checking to make sure his buckles were fine, Lacy stood up to find Pat with a ring in his hand. On May 4th, 2013, Pat and Lacy invited 170 guests to an elegant, colorful celebration in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Lacy fell "madly in love" with J.Crew's Poppy King lipstick and included the orangey-red hue throughout the wedding. Gold touches and ivy details—a nod to the ivy-covered façade of their venue—completed the invitation suite.

For her "something blue", Lacy wore a sapphire ring that she borrowed from her good friend's mom. The antique design contrasted beautifully with her ornate, modern gown.

Lacy's Stephen Yearick gown was a real show-stopper. The bling, beading and intricate leaf pattern immediately caught her eye. Says Lacy, "I love to stand out and I love bling, but I also like to be classy and elegant. This dress had it all." She paired her wedding dress with a rock star updo, giving the gown some extra edge.

Lacy accessorized her embellished gown with even more bling, wearing vintage earrings and bracelets as well as an antique brooch in her hair. "I had a veil made, but I didn't wear it," says the bride. "It did not work with my hair style and the overall look. I bailed on it on my wedding day - my mom was a little sad."

Springtime in Chicago can be wet and cold, but Pat and Lacy got lucky with the weather. Pat's cousin drove the pair around the city in a beautiful Mercedes so that they could take pictures in some of Chicago's iconic settings.

Lacy's love of J.Crew's poppy hue hit a high point when the brand designed bridesmaids' dresses in the same vibrant color. She let her bridesmaids pick their dress style and asked them to wear funky, bright or patterned shoes. She gifted them with jewelry to make their looks unique.

The bride's bouquet was all about bright, fun colors. The loose, romantic shape got a modern twist from the combination of coral, ivory, poppy, fuchsia and green. Peonies, ranunculus, parrot tulips, sweet peas, garden roses and hypernicum berries were wrapped in Lacy's grandmother's handkerchief.

The five bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets using similar elements to Lacy's. Peonies, roses, tulips and hypernicum berries were the perfect match for the bridesmaids' colorful dresses.

The ceremony took place at The Ivy Room. Lacy "loved the French doors that opened into the courtyard to help bring the outside in."

Tall vases, rimmed with lace, featured floating candles. The candles were accented by petite arrangements of peonies and roses in vibrant pinks. Lace ribbon was draped along the edges of the aisle.

Lacy's father escorted her down the aisle. She and Pat were wed by her father's best friend, who is like a second father to the bride. The ceremony featured a Unity Tree ceremony, during which a young tree was planted in dirt from the couple's childhood homes. The couple is preparing to plant the tree outside of their home in Missouri.

Pat and Lacy's wedding coordinator carried the touches of poppy and gold through to the reception, using bright linens and gilded candles to decorate the entryway.

Escort cards, in shades of pale peach and taupe, featured a lace pattern.

The reception was designed to be relaxing, pretty, and timelessly elegant. Stone-colored linens were topped with peach napkins. Centerpieces featured peonies, lisianthus, ranunculus, garden roses and spray roses in coral, poppy, fuchsia, and ivory hues. Gold mercury votive holders completed the tablescapes.

Other tables featured tall vases wrapped in lace and filled with floating candles. Small arrangements of coral an fuchsia peonies added a pop of color.

Instead of a wedding cake, Pat and Lacy treated their guests to an assortment of their favorite sweets, from chocolate chip cookies to salted caramels to chocolate-covered pretzels.

The dessert table also featured a tower of miniature cupcakes and dessert bites in the couple's favorite flavors, from salted caramel and red velvet to strawberry cheesecake.

Lacy and Pat's first dance was to Etta James's At Last. They hired a fantastic band to keep their guests on the dance floor all night. In fact, the band's availability was what led the couple to choose their wedding date!

After the wedding, Lacy and Pat jetted off to Turks and Caicos for some much-needed relaxation. Says Lacy, "We are so thrilled to not have to do any more wedding planning!" Her advice for brides is that it's worth it to spend a little extra money in order to have really fantastic vendors. "We had no stress on the wedding day, and everything was perfect," she says.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Ivy Room || Coordinator: Kelly of Sip Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick || Hair: Jaclyn Thompson || Makeup: Jen Kozlarek || Shoes: Nine West || Wedding Bands: Ahee Jeweler || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Groom's Suit: Halberstadt's || Invitations: Lindsay Arneson Creative || Paper Products: Courtney Callahan || Florist: Natalie Walsh of Hello Darling || Catering: Limelight Catering || Music: Larry King Orchestra || Photographer: Katie Lewis Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Cozy Fall Wedding at an Undiscovered Washington, D.C. Venue

 Anna Maier Ulla-Maija, Classic, Fall, Purple, Real Weddings, Red, Romantic, Traditional, Washington D.C.  Comments Off on A Cozy Fall Wedding at an Undiscovered Washington, D.C. Venue
Oct 172013
 

Freshman orientation can be a blur of new names and faces, but when Terri and Curt, now both 26, met during their first few days at Tufts University, they both knew that they had met someone they wouldn't soon forget. Within hours, Curt knew that Terri was The One, and that was that.

A few years later, Curt prepared a candlelit dinner for Terri as their weekly date night. The meal came to an end with a single star-dotted Baci, Terri's favorite chocolate. Calling upon a game Terri plays with her sister before opening fortune cookies, Curt suggested that Terri ask a question for the quote inside the Baci wrapper to answer. Referencing the meal Curt had just prepared, she asked, "How did I end up with such a wonderful guy?" as she opened the wrapper. Curt fell to one knee and presented Terri with a ring as she read the question concealed inside - "Will you marry me?" Says Terri, "I was in disbelief!"

On October 20, 2012, they invited 120 guests to join them at a celebration full of love, whimsy and the cozy comforts of fall.

"St. Francis Hall was the perfect venue with its exposed beams, wooden floors, and rustic charm," says the bride. "It was really the perfect venue, hidden within D.C. We would have never discovered the venue without our wedding planner's help. After stepping onto the grounds of St. Francis, it felt as though we were transported to an old town in Europe."

Terri paired her fluted Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija wedding dress with sparkling gold pumps from Kelly & Katie, a gift from her sister. She knew that she wanted a fit-and-flare style with lace, and fell in love with the details of her gown—but only after trying on more than 20 styles in her quest for the perfect dress.

An organza belt and birdcage veil (made by a close family friend who also did her hair) put the finishing touches on Terri's wedding day look. To play off her gown's romantic vibe, she carried a loose bouquet of dahlias, cymbidium orchids and freesia. Scattered orange hypernicum berries added a subtle hint of fall.

Terri's bridesmaids wore floor-length Bari Jay dresses in a cheery coral hue. Their gold leaf earrings were a gift from the bride. The jewelry maker created a special pair of coordinating earrings for Terri, whose ears aren't pierced.

Curt and Terri said "I Do" at an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of St. Francis Hall. The aisle was lined with mason jars overflowing with soft pink and cream dinner plate dahlias.

The ceremony was a mix of religious and secular, designed to be reverent but also comfortable for the couple and their guests. Their readings were followed by a unity cup ceremony which, fitting with the season, featured warm apple cider. After their first kiss, the bride and groom headed back up the aisle to an instrumental version of First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.

A teal runner, topped with orange napkins and white pumpkins, "evokes the richness and beauty of fall without being the basic orange, red, and yellow," says Terri. Long tables spanned the space to turn the reception into a great hall feast.

Table assignments were hand-written on cards shaped like leaves, which Terri pinned to lengths of twine.

The couple sought out a venue with warmth and character for their fall-inspired wedding. St. Francis Hall, with exposed beams and rustic charm hidden within D.C., fit the bill perfectly.

Terri and Curt took a spin on the dance floor to Etta James' At Last for their first dance. Curt worked closely with the DJ to compile a list of music choices, and his handiwork kept guests on the dance floor all night. Being surrounded by the love of their family and friends was a surreal experience. "After two years of planning and envisioning our wedding, having everything come together so well was a huge accomplishment for us."

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall || Planner: Pavaune Pearson of Invited Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija via Hitched Salon || Shoes: Kelly & Katie || Makeup: Dawn Newsome || Hair and Veil: Mairelis Sanchez || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay || Accessories: TheHoneyCup and SevenNin9 Shoppe || Invitations and Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Escort Cards: Jen Aitchison || Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company || Catering: Putting on the Ritz || Music: MyDeeJay || Favors: Baci || Transportation: UberBLACK || Photography: Michelle VanTine

—Jaimie Schoen

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Oct 172013
 

Freshman orientation can be a blur of new names and faces, but when Terri and Curt, now both 26, met during their first few days at Tufts University, they both knew that they had met someone they wouldn't soon forget. Within hours, Curt knew that Terri was The One, and that was that.

A few years later, Curt prepared a candlelit dinner for Terri as their weekly date night. The meal came to an end with a single star-dotted Baci, Terri's favorite chocolate. Calling upon a game Terri plays with her sister before opening fortune cookies, Curt suggested that Terri ask a question for the quote inside the Baci wrapper to answer. Referencing the meal Curt had just prepared, she asked, "How did I end up with such a wonderful guy?" as she opened the wrapper. Curt fell to one knee and presented Terri with a ring as she read the question concealed inside - "Will you marry me?" Says Terri, "I was in disbelief!"

On October 20, 2012, they invited 120 guests to join them at a celebration full of love, whimsy and the cozy comforts of fall.

"St. Francis Hall was the perfect venue with its exposed beams, wooden floors, and rustic charm," says the bride. "It was really the perfect venue, hidden within D.C. We would have never discovered the venue without our wedding planner's help. After stepping onto the grounds of St. Francis, it felt as though we were transported to an old town in Europe."

Terri paired her fluted Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija wedding dress with sparkling gold pumps from Kelly & Katie, a gift from her sister. She knew that she wanted a fit-and-flare style with lace, and fell in love with the details of her gown—but only after trying on more than 20 styles in her quest for the perfect dress.

An organza belt and birdcage veil (made by a close family friend who also did her hair) put the finishing touches on Terri's wedding day look. To play off her gown's romantic vibe, she carried a loose bouquet of dahlias, cymbidium orchids and freesia. Scattered orange hypernicum berries added a subtle hint of fall.

Terri's bridesmaids wore floor-length Bari Jay dresses in a cheery coral hue. Their gold leaf earrings were a gift from the bride. The jewelry maker created a special pair of coordinating earrings for Terri, whose ears aren't pierced.

Curt and Terri said "I Do" at an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of St. Francis Hall. The aisle was lined with mason jars overflowing with soft pink and cream dinner plate dahlias.

The ceremony was a mix of religious and secular, designed to be reverent but also comfortable for the couple and their guests. Their readings were followed by a unity cup ceremony which, fitting with the season, featured warm apple cider. After their first kiss, the bride and groom headed back up the aisle to an instrumental version of First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.

A teal runner, topped with orange napkins and white pumpkins, "evokes the richness and beauty of fall without being the basic orange, red, and yellow," says Terri. Long tables spanned the space to turn the reception into a great hall feast.

Table assignments were hand-written on cards shaped like leaves, which Terri pinned to lengths of twine.

The couple sought out a venue with warmth and character for their fall-inspired wedding. St. Francis Hall, with exposed beams and rustic charm hidden within D.C., fit the bill perfectly.

Terri and Curt took a spin on the dance floor to Etta James' At Last for their first dance. Curt worked closely with the DJ to compile a list of music choices, and his handiwork kept guests on the dance floor all night. Being surrounded by the love of their family and friends was a surreal experience. "After two years of planning and envisioning our wedding, having everything come together so well was a huge accomplishment for us."

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Francis Hall || Planner: Pavaune Pearson of Invited Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija via Hitched Salon || Shoes: Kelly & Katie || Makeup: Dawn Newsome || Hair and Veil: Mairelis Sanchez || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay || Accessories: TheHoneyCup and SevenNin9 Shoppe || Invitations and Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas || Escort Cards: Jen Aitchison || Florist: Growing Wild Floral Company || Catering: Putting on the Ritz || Music: MyDeeJay || Favors: Baci || Transportation: UberBLACK || Photography: Michelle VanTine

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Red Anemone Bouquet for a Modern Summer Wedding

 Flowers & Decor, Modern, Red, Wedding Flowers  Comments Off on A Red Anemone Bouquet for a Modern Summer Wedding
Jun 102013
 
red anemone wedding bouquet

Photo: Gisel Florez

This bold, red wedding bouquet is just what we envision for a stylish rooftop wedding in the city. Though the eye-catching anemone is a favorite amongst rustic décor-loving brides in white, we love how edgy the red-black pairing looks against a crisp ivory wedding dress. Going for a bouquet with a single bloom this bold makes a big style statement—and we can't get enough.

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—Lauren Frankfort

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