Thursday, April 20, 2017

wedding decor

One of the most amazing parts of our wedding day was getting to see how our ten months of hard work and endless planning paid off. Everything just sort of seemed to magically come together (of course with heaps of behind the scenes hard work by our vendors!) and our vision was truly brought to life.

My favorite part of our floral design was the three over sized rings that hung from the ceiling which were completely covered in evergreen. They hung over the isle during the ceremony, which then transformed into the dance floor for the reception. They made the room feel cozy and they smelled divine. The florist had them hung the day before, which was the best surprise to walk into during the rehearsal at the venue!

The ceremony space felt so intimate and romantic. I hadn't seen the room before I walked down the isle, and I have to admit I wanted to just stop and look around at everything! Jackie O created this stunning arch way which was asymmetrically draped with lush evergreens. It worked double duty and framed the speech podium during the reception. 

The photos don't quite capture the draping, but we strung a simple white sheer to balance the asymmetrical archway. Along with the draping on the pillars and the room divider, it brought an ethereal softness to the space that only added to the intimacy. 

Our ceremony programs highlighted the two readings we had chosen that each of our aunts read. We also included a mini bio for each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen. Our hope was that our guests would get a tiny glimpse into our relationships and make sense of the special people who made up our bridal party!

We didn't necessarily have 'colors' for the wedding decor but rather used a carrera marble design to compliment the natural evergreen florals and romantic wintery decor. I loved the way the oversized seating chart turned out and the stationer ended up giving us a second one, which was great for allowing guests to find their seat. 

We had custom cocktail napkins made with our wedding logo pressed in silver foil. We found some leftover when we stopped by the venue the next day and they've been a fun keepsake to use around the house when we have guests. 

When we were searching for venues I knew that I wanted harvest tables that would allow for a fun, social seating plan. The event space at 99 Sudbury was a blank slate, which worked wonderfully and allowed us to bring in all of our own rentals. We rented beautiful antique harvest tables from Marvelle. Each one was a little bit different from the next and they really worked as a perfect base to build the warm, winter look we were going for. 

All of our table top rentals came from Chairman Mills. They have a showroom where you can go and look at different options and layout your final choice - it was great for both D and I to visualize how a table setting would look. We chose silver rimmed plates and chargers which sparkled in the candle light. Our stationer at Paper & Poste helped bring my idea to life, with round menus that doubled as name cards and were printed with a subtle marble print. 

We worked with the best floral design team at Jackie O. From the first day we met at our consult, we clicked and I had every confidence they would execute our vision perfectly. We had a lush garland that ran down each 50' table - the evergreen smelled divine and there were delicate cream flowers and mercury glass votives spotted throughout. There were also strings of cafe lighting strung over the tables and dance floor which provided a beautiful soft glow. 

We chose a simple white hemstitch napkin that hung over the table at each place setting. Funnily enough, someone gifted us white hemstitch napkins as a wedding gift, which will be such a lovely little wedding reminder every time we use them. 

The event space is literally a big white box, so we wanted to come up with a design feature to give visual interest to the large white wall opposite the dance floor. We set up a bar for all the guests at the far side of the room and the florist made over sized wreaths with all different types of evergreen. The natural textures provided such a understated beauty. 

While the overall feel of the reception was exactly as we had envisioned, it was so much fun noticing the little decor and design details. We chose luxurious linen chairs and it felt like we were sitting on thrones all night. D's mom lent me my ostrich shawl that I wore throughout dinner - it had extra special meaning being a hand-me-down from D's grandmother! The oversized marque letter lit up the dance floor and was a fun acknowledgement to my newly becoming Mrs. Gray! 

Vendors :: 
Venue- 99 Sudbury
Harvest Tables- Marvelle
Table Settings (plates, chargers, glasses, silverware, napkins) - Chairman Mills
Florals + Candles + Draping - Jackie O
Chairs - Chairman Mills
Marquee Letter - Event Graffiti
Linen Bride/Groom Chairs - Divine Decor
Cafe Lighting - Berries & Blooms
Menus/Place Cards - Paper & Poste

All photos by the insanely talented Hugh Whitaker

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