The Reception – Part I

November 11, 2011

The celebration…….the party……. The RECEPTION!!  For some people the reception is the main reason to go to weddings.  Where else can you dance with good lookin’ wedding guest, drink for free, dance with your tie around your head (this happened…..well it all happened!) and make a fool of yourself in front of out of town guest that you will probably never see again?!?

Floral centerpieces.

We wanted to make sure that all of our guest had A LOT of FUN!!  One of these little beauties sat on every table.  The back of the tag said “Sip and Share with your table!”  Once a table finished theirs…..

this happened…..

and this happened.  Until everyone was finished.  It was definitely a FUN way to start a reception.  Our guest are still talking about it! 🙂  The next day we noticed that Facebook was covered with pictures of these jars by friends and family.

Dinner Menu.  Our menu was completely personalized.

I grew up in Maryland and Ryan grew up outside of Chicago so our menu was full of our favorite foods. I wish that there was a photo of the sweet message that we had on the back for our guest.

To be continued……

The Ladies and Gents

November 11, 2011

We are having a few issues with getting Christi’s Part II of the set up to post. Soooo….  We are posting out of order.  Enjoy!!  There are a few more postings coming later today!

One of the most important parts of a wedding other than the bride/groom and parents is the wedding party!  Our family and closest friends.  The people that have been there through the good times and bad.  The people that know us better than anyone else.  The people that know all of our secrets and still love us anyways.

Ryan and I both agreed that we wanted to have our siblings and very best friends as our wedding party.  We both have a brother and a sister so we obviously included them and then asked our two very best friends.  We are so thankful for them and the time (and money) spent being a huge part of our special day.  I invite you to meet the most important people in our lives…….

LOVE my momma!!

My handsome hubby and my new father-in-law.

Ryan’s Grandma and my new mother-in-law.

My dad and I before we walked down the aisle!

The guys getting pumped for the walk down the aisle.

My ladies and I before the ceremony.

YAY!!!  We finally did it!

Two families brought together by LOVE.

Everybody get SILLY!!

Ladies posed pretty.
Our beautiful bouquets by Just Priceless.

Tough guys 😉

Although we have said it many times before…..THANK YOU to all of our family and friends!!!

How many people were in your bridal party?  Did you have a big wedding or a small intimate  affair?  Please do tell.  We would love to hear from you!

-MRS Brianne Verstat

Anytime we have lots of flowers in the office its a pretty special day.  But when those flowers are for one of your very own – it takes your game to an entirely new level.

The day Bri told us she was getting married was probably one of the happiest days our office has seen.  You can imagine lots of gals – all of whom consider themselves like older sisters – whooping and squealing with delight over this good news.  Needless to say it was never a question or discussion of WHO was going to handle the wedding; it was simply a matter of HOW.  Bri had a very clear vision of what she wanted {note: we love to have clients who have clear vision of their likes/dislikes} and that made it easy because she knew what she wanted and didn’t mind the time and effort it required to create it.

Our job was pretty simple:  support and show up.  The rest just worked itself out.  Now don’t get me wrong:  on wedding day there were lots of – shall we say – superlatives used (and not the kind your grammar teacher taught you) to go along with the pounding hearts, racing time clock and stressed out team.  This is when a video crew rather than a few photos for a blog would have been priceless.  But not for why you might think.  The moments of  pyscho-holy-crap-are-we-ever-gonna-get-this-done kind of crazy minutes throughout the day were not from lack of direction or design; we simply wanted it to be perfect, and just the way Brianne imagined. So you could say it was a labor of love.  Literally.

Our Wedding Day Setup began weeks before with “The Event” meetings.  Brianne went over her notebook and the orders she placed, we brainstormed about ideas on what could be done and how to pull it off in the time we had to do it and we made suggestions on things to get or how to do it for less.

Next stop:  Logistics.

The day before the wedding we started with transporting the large floral delivery from our office over to WinMock to see the space inside {I knew I would sleep better after knowing what I was facing!}  We had been by a couple of times while they were renovating but I have to admit – when we pulled up and all the landscaping was complete, the flowers planted, the fresh new paint….my breath was taken away.  This was going to be nothing short of spectacular.

If you know Bri you know she loves GREEN so it was no surprise her flowers were all green and white.  Here is our handcart with the fresh flower delivery ready to be taken to my car:

(sorry for the bad iphone photos!)

You can’t go wrong with Maggie B’s sweets – a large delivery was exactly what we needed to get the party started!

Maggie B’s cute packaging {I’m convinced} is what sold Bri first, then one bite and she discovered heaven on earth!

After loading my car the next step was to head to WinMock.  The staff there was incredibly friendly and helped us unload my car and safely store all the flowers and other wedding goodies.

The next morning my first stop was our friend Sami Price at Just Priceless.  She was in charge of the boutonnieres, corsages and bouquets {thank goodness}!

Sami was kind enough to meet me very early {it’s so nice to have friends – it makes the world a better place} and even help me load the car!

Having just loaded my car we evaluate the situation and decide the box is pretty accurate!

Stay tuned – wedding day set up to come!

xo Christi

Photo credits:

All really crappy iphone photos I will proudly claim.  All the lovely professional images from WinMock came from their website photo page which you can find here.

Oooh the details.  The little things that we as designers focus on as well as the big picture of any project.  It’s the details that make a huge difference and make any project personal.  Whether it’s a simple frame with a family photo or the perfect piece of artwork.  The details are what sets a space apart and truly makes it special.

How fabulous are these yarn balls?  This wedding photo shoot featured on Style Me Pretty is one not to miss.  I would LOVE to see an entire wedding or party based off of this photo shoot idea.  This definitely takes grandma’s yarn to a whole other level with this neutral color scheme.

Paper and Fabric buntings have been a huge trend lately.  What a fun a whimsical way to add a “pop” of color to your big day or party!

Granny Smith apples used as place cards tie everything together in this brightly colored wedding.

Ribbon and Pom Pom Streamers aren’t just for birthday parties anymore.  Have some fun on your big day!

Have fun with your ceremony program! If your wedding is outside make it a fan.  Add photos of the wedding party so everyone knows who is who.

A place for guest to put cards for the newlyweds.  Gone are the days of the cardboard box wrapped in paper.

We think that moment and detail of a wedding should be filled with personal touches.  Stay tuned to see the details what we are putting together.


p.s.- I am really bad about keeping record of where I get inspiration photos from.  If any of these happen to be yours just let me know and I will give you the credit you deserve.  🙂

A little bit of flower eye candy!  Flowers definitely tie any space together and bring life to the room.  Here are a few of our favorite wedding flower ideas:

Mix real blooms with handmade paper flowers for a whimsical centerpiece.

Casual Mason jars with a variety of flowers.

Sweet and Simple Pink Gerbera Daisies and Belles of Ireland.

Petite rose bud vases used as table numbers.

Nancy Liu Chin‘s arrangements are simple, beautiful but super creative.

Vintage bottles and jars with simple stems make a big statement when gathered together.

Just Priceless adds a fun touch to the bright red centerpiece with red wire.

(Sami  Price and her team are making all of my bouquets and boutonnieres!)

What flowers did you use at your wedding??  Stay tuned to see what we will be doing at mine this weekend.