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Romantic Details for a Valentine’s Day Wedding

Happy Valentine’s day, loves! No matter how you’re celebrating—a romantic candlelit dinner at your favorite restaurant or curling up on the couch with a bottle of wine and a rom-com (my plans)—Valentine’s Day is all about love. As are weddings, so why not combine the two? Get inspired and feel the love with these sweet Valentine’s Day wedding details!

Valentine's Day Wedding Inspiration
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Bouquet Breakdown: Modern + Chic Wedding Inspiration

Craving color? You’re in luck because this saturated stunner of a bouquet is all that and more. A lush array of blossoming blooms, we’ve asked Mum’s Flowers to share their vision behind this pretty and summer number and trust me, it’s one you won’t want to miss. Read on for more!

Modern + Chic Wedding Inspiration

  • Coral Charm Peonies
  • Poppies
  • Orange & Yellow Ranunculus
  • Italian Ruscus
  • Maiden Hair Fern
  • White/green hellebore
  • Juliet Garden Roses
  • Darcy Garden Roses
  • Kate Garden Roses
  • Peach Hypericum Berries

From Mum’s FlowersWe worked closely with Goldfinch Events & Design  on this modern styled shoot last spring. The overall theme of the shoot was a Kate Spade inspired color pop with bright citrus florals set against black and white stripes. For the bouquet we chose a punchy mix of our favorite spring blooms such as coral charm peonies with their variegated coral to peach petals and bright yellow centers. To add texture we pulled in berries and hellebore with a touch of maiden hair fern to soften.

When designing our bridal bouquets, we often ask to see a photo of the bride’s gown so that we can better determine the overall shape and size of the bouquet. In this case, the model was wearing a gorgeous Alvina Valenta ballgown with a very large and flowy skirt. So although the model was quite petite, we were able to make a larger, fuller bouquet with asymmetric movement and trailing greens to follow the lines of the dress. And we finished it all off with fluttering ribbons to match in crisp black and shades of pink.

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Floral Design: Mum’s Flowers | Photography: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography

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A Tea Time Galentine’s Day Party

Valentine’s is less than a day away (!!!!!) so just in case you’re the last minute planning type we’ve got a dose of inspiration to save the day. It’s a Galentine’s Party from our girl Lark & Linen plus The Vault File, featuring sweet treats, yummy teas, and the loveliest flower wall you ever did see. Heidi Lau photographed and there’s even more ideas to properly spoil your closet girlfriends inside The Vault.

From Lark & LinenI’m of the variety that looks for any and every excuse to celebrate. The one thing you’re guaranteed to find in my fridge at any given moment is a chilled bottle of champagne. I mean, you never really know when the need (or urge) to pop some bubbles will strike, and if I’ve learnt anything from those boyscouts it’s that one needs to be prepared at all times. I came to the realization long ago that we’re only here for a brief moment in time, so we’d better make the most of it while we’re able!

I know that Valentine’s day gets a bit of a bad wrap amongst some, but if you ask me, it’s just another excuse to consciously celebrate all of the relationships in your lives – romantic and otherwise. I adore my boyfriend, that goes without saying, but my girlfriends hold such a special place in my heart – one that could never be fulfilled by anyone else, and making them a priority is a must. So when my friend Gaby ( approached me about putting together a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea party for the girls, it was a bit of a no brainer.

Sweet treats, delicious eats, incredible cocktails, warm tea, and all things over-the-top-girly were abundant. Basically? It was the best way to spend an afternoon. If you have a chance to throw your own mini Galentine’s day party, I highly recommend it. With photos hailing straight from Heidi Lau‘s lens, and florals done by none other than Blush & Bloom, it was a dream from beginning to end.

Photography: Heidi Lau | Flowers: Blush & Bloom | Cookies: Teeny Tiny Bakery | Design/Styling: The Vault File | Design/Styling: Lark & Linen | Linens: Pehr | Tea & Teaware: Sloane Tea

#SMPWedding101 – Importance of Working With Your Venue’s Preferred Vendors

Choosing your vendors is one of the most overwhelming tasks during the planning process – but it doesn’t have to be. Michelle Durpetti is here to share the good news – working with your venue’s recommended vendors can be a surefire way to success. With 15 years of producing events under her belt and her recent venture opening The Estate, a venue outside Chicago, she knows what works. And one thing she doesn’t worry about is knowing who to work with – here’s why!

Partners Not Just Proximity Picks

We like taking the phrase “suggested vendor” and applying a much more accurate phrase “creative partner.” Either way, whatever these vendors are called, they’re not just vendors popping up due to proximity or because they have lobbied to be there. They are our partners as we work tirelessly to bring the weddings that our clients dream about to life.

Worth the Investment

There is always much discussion about these vendor lists, and finding excellent, reputable, dependable talent who can execute your vision should be a decision made with care and consideration. As a planner, I always tell my clients to of course, be wary of budget, but to understand that talent and dependability are always worth the investment. You’re investing in your day, and ultimately yourselves, to have a streamlined, creatively collaborative planning process that culminates in a beautifully produced wedding with flawless timing, details and most important – celebration!

Cohesive Synergy

When we first began creating the various elements that go into a venue, we wanted to make sure that we were all on the same page, including our recommended vendors. It was important for us to make sure that each and every creative partner on the list was one that matched what we were trying to do within the space; create a timeless, elegant ballroom, inspired by the Italian Villas. So I sat down with the team and started thinking about who could work within those parameters and feel creatively fulfilled while orchestrating unforgettable celebrations.

Beware of Kickbacks

Look for the venues that invite their vendors, after careful consideration, not those that offer financial incentives. If you are beginning the process of planning your wedding, a wedding planner can be an integral part of successfully navigating through all of this preliminary leg work necessary before getting to the “fun stuff” (design, entertainment, etc.). First there needs to be some homework and some boundaries set so that you are ensuring a planning process for yourself that has manageable expectations as well as the right people on your team.

Ask the Questions

Ask your venue what the qualifying process is for partners to be on the list. When I plan weddings, I always discuss with my clients that I will not guarantee a vendor that I have not worked with before, mainly because I do not want to use my client’s wedding day as a “trial run” to see how a vendor delivers. Venues often apply this to the process when creating their recommended list.

Experience Pays Off

Each vendor working in our space has worked with me multiple times on a variety of events and weddings, creative shoots, and on my own private events. These talented individuals and companies work in our space with us when we are hosting key events, and that is how we get to know them and vice versa – so when our client’s big day is happening, we are all a finely tuned machine.

Partners Know the Details

These creative partners understand the layout of the space, load in, load out and all of the various “do’s and don’ts” that come along with your venue. They understand how to bring a wedding to life beautifully while adhering to the guidelines that protect the integrity of the space. They are reputable, provide quality service and we can guarantee that based on the relationships that we have with them. This cuts down on logistics, time and planning. The streamlined process is right there for our clients, and that is a relief for them and us as well.

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Event Planning Advice: Michelle Durpetti Events | Venue Advice: The Estate

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