Oh how I wish I could dive head first into this adorable and delicious photo shoot by Scheme Events and A Milestone Paper Co. I’m not quite sure what I would reach for first. The bottle of red wine or the scoops upon scoops of ice cream at the float and milkshake stand? I guess it would depend on the time of day. But really, how stinkin’ cute is that? I’m feeling lots and lots of inspiration coming on…and there’s so much more in the gallery! And if that’s not enough for some of you, there’s even more inspiration here. Happy planning!
Our story began with a soldier overseas at war. He and his fiancé have been writing love letters back and forth, until one day she received a military release order asking her to “save the date” for his return. She and her two bridesmaids anxiously awaited his arrival at the airport. The soldier and his bride enjoyed an intimate ceremony on the tarmac while reading old love letters to each other. An all American reception followed in an airplane hangar.
We used a modern take on the traditional red, white and blue by using navy, ivory and scarlet. We created a tablescape for four including navy linen and mahogany cafe chairs. The table featured antique washed wooden chargers, red dinner plates and American flag salad plates topped with a trio of silverware tied with blue and brown twine. Deep red votives provided romantic candlelight against a row of fresh floral.
The bride wore a short lace dress with a scalloped bottom from Amsale’s Little White Dress Collection and accessorized with strappy gold Jimmy Choo’s. The bridesmaids wore strapless knee length dresses from Jenny Yoo and Dessy Collections, accented with vintage brooches. The groom provided his own Air Force Dress Blues.
All American desserts were served: milkshakes and Coke floats. Strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream was set out with fresh berries and milk for handmade shakes along with a selection of toppings included chopped nuts, sprinkles and mini chocolate chips.
I wanted the stationery to reflect the aviation, all-American and romantic themes of this event. For the save the date, I created a discharge notice reworded as a save the date. The invitation was mailed in a tin box reflecting the aviation theme. An airmail inspired label adorned the outside, while inside the tin was lined with a vintage map design. The invitation has a romantic, vintage flair and is wrapped in a gros grain ribbon hand embroidered with the couple’s initials and a heart alluding to skywriting. We continued the theme with sweet menus again embellished with a ribbon banner with an embroidered heart. Itty-bitty banners, some of which we attached to miniature silver airplanes, label each of the dessert items, and a large banner draws guests to the dessert table. Finally, guests signed a passport inspired guest book.
The bridal bouquet was composed of a lush combination of ruffly magenta peonies, white sweet pea, eye catching anemones, some sweet smelling cheerfulness, touches of dark red ranunculus, filled with different types of greens to bring texture and than accented with a little bit of muscari to highlight with a pop of blue in the design. We wrapped the bouquet with a navy vintage lace and embellished it with a medallion. For the bridesmaids bouquets we played off of the bridal bouquet to make it a cohesive look but mostly used ivory floral and subtle touches of red floral and wrapped them with dark red lace. The centerpiece was designed with a symphony of different bud vases and jars filled with small blooms to create one large piece. Blooming almond branches helped bring a little bit of height to the design while also working as a highlight floral at the base. The light blue of the muscari popped off of the navy linen while the dark almost metallic look helped tie everything together.
Concept, Coordination & Design: Scheme Events / Floral Design: Layers of Lovely / Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals / Attire: Bella Bridesmaid / Wedding Gown: Amsale / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo + Dessy / Hair & Makeup: Your Beauty Call / Venue: Sky Combat Ace / Stationery: A Milestone Paper Co. / Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography