All Things Marsala!

Last month, Pantone announced Marsala as the 2015 Color of the Year. We couldn’t be more delighted! There are so many elegant ways to incorporate this stylish hue into your wedding, look below for just a few of our favorites.

Don’t you love how creative you can be with Marsala colored flowers?

Whether a fun shoe accent, a killer bridesmaid dress, or even your wedding dress, marsala is a bold and elegant choice!

From candles to cakes to invites – you really can’t go wrong with a color like marsala!

For more marsala inspiration, we have a couple of blogs to recommend. We love all of the fashion choices on CeciStyle and the whimsical floral centerpieces found on Xaazablog.

Reception Flowers

I recently discovered how beautiful baby’s breath looks in bulk. It is simply perfect for my wedding. It gives a dreamy, romantic look and is exactly what I needed to make my reception look wintery. I am going to have 8 tall centerpieces like the picture below. I will also be using them to line my aisle during the ceremony!

I love the tight, bulb look it gives as well…simple, yet elegant.

Because I’m having 8 tall and 8 short centerpieces, I wanted to include a variety of flowers. I still want to keep baby’s breath in the short centerpiece. I love this picture with the hydrangeas, anemones and baby’s breath. I think it ties my colors, black and white, perfectly together!

The last item to find to bring in the silver component are vases. I’ve always loved solid color vases over clear ones filled with flowers, water, etc. These are on my wish list but are most likely over my budget…I am thinking about maybe this becoming my first DIY project.

Picture from Pottery Barn

Mariana + Matt – The Details

My last post featured Mariana and Matt’s ceremony and reception. Now let’s look at the fun stuff: the details!

All photos by Rachel Owen of Modern Image Studios.

Mariana’s purse was so fun! And the perfect shade of purple.

She made these letters to hang on the church doors.

Unique ring bearer pillows and her flower girl’s basket.

These signs designated seating for the bride, groom and immediate family members.

The wedding cake matched their color scheme,
but Mariana had a surprise groom’s cake made for Matt.

Menu cards complemented the rest of the stationery, and were topped off with a purple orchid.

Their guest book contained photographs of Mariana and Matt over the years.

I did the calligraphy for their colorful escort card table.

Favors were Russian nesting dolls tucked into a purple organza bag.

Congratulations, Mariana and Matt! Thanks for letting me be a part of your wedding!

Kristen + Scott: The Details

As mentioned earlier this week, Kristen and Scott were recently featured in Brides Magazine. My first post highlighted Kristen and Scott’s ceremony. My last post showed their reception photos.

All photos by Olivia Leigh.

The flowers in Kristen’s jewelry were complemented by her beautiful Oscar de la Renta shoes.

I love all things paper, and I definitely appreciate a cohesive stationery suite. Here are their programs.

The bridal bouquet incorporated hydrangeas and orchids.

They used a book from the Art Institute as a guest book. It was fun for out of town guests to flip through the colorful pages about Chicago.

Their modern centerpieces included moss, orchids, carnations and succulents. Here is the arrangement on the head table.

These books from the Art Institute doubled as favors and escort cards. I did the calligraphy on the belly bands, which matched the invitations.

Decor included letters from Anthropologie and framed family photos.

This was such a fun wedding. Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day!

Dreaming of Aqua

Although I never wanted to have a modern wedding… if I did, I would do something like this. The photo reminds me of being underwater on a beautiful beach. The only thing that I would do differently is ghost chairs.

What is the perfect Chicago venue for such a vision? No doubt, the Chicago Illuminating Company.

Our Wedding Presents: Home Decor

Besides getting a slew of gifts off our registry, we received mostly money.  It’s a Chicago thing.
We did get 3 presents that were neither cash or registry items.  They were all wonderful, heartfelt gifts. I already blogged about the fabulous earrings my best friend bought us (read me). 
Another gift came in the mail a few months after our wedding from one of our groomsman and his wife.  It was a framed photo from the company, Just The Thing.
Close up of the gift

The artist, Erin Duggin, has a wide of array of services beyond her name collages.  She does framed collages in both color and print.  

In our dining room, above the bar

Florist VS Event Decor Companies

If there is one thing that I want to be extravagent for our wedding, it’s the decor. I want my wedding to be visually stunning. Since my entire wedding budget is the budget for most decor budgets, I’m going to have to scrimp!

Here are my needs:

  • linens
  • lighting
  • flowers
  • chivari chairs

For my needs, event design companies are a perfect match. Well, everywhere except for the budget!

So now I have to make a hard decision– do I leave it up to the professionals or do I go DIY? Other knotties have inspired me… but I am a wee bit nervous.