From Mimosa Flower Studio...When I first met with the bride, she said that she didn't want her wedding to feel like a wedding. She said she loved the store Anthropologie and, in this case, I decided to get involved a little bit more with the staging aspect and the fabrics, pillows and the antiques. So we kind of made that a base to build off of.
I’ve got this old yellow couch that was sort of one of the main things that started the whole ball rolling, that’s where the idea for all the antiques started to come into play. We used a lot of custom pillows and hand-sewn birds in the trees. We also designed a flag garland that uses the same fabric as the napkins. I had a local potter create some of the vessels for the flowers. And, of course, canning jars are were everywhere with flowers and candles in them.
The flowers were mainly all yellow, we used garden roses, local dahlias, a lot of herbs from the garden, lavender, lavender foliage, camomile and yarrow, a lot of very local things that were coming up out of the ground at that time of the year.
We were really excited about designing this wedding because it’s really different than what you’d normally see or expect at a wedding. It was the ‘un-wedding’! The bride and groom were very focused on just creating a comfortable atmosphere for their guests and I’m all about that!
From the Bride...As a child I never dreamed of my wedding or planned a big wedding. I always figured that I would elope. Once a summer 2011 wedding was being considered I knew that it had to be small and had to be unique. Luckily for me, I was marrying a man who went along for the ride and was happy to support my unusual (aka ‘non-bridal’) vision. We immediately settled on Niagara’s wine region as our wedding destination. After visiting several locations I knew that Inn on the Twenty and Cave Spring Vineyards would meet all of my criteria: outdoor ceremony (with a Plan B for rain - and rain it did!), idyllic location and great food.
It was after meeting with Jennifer Eliotson from Mimosa Flower Studio when my ‘non-weddingy’ wedding started to take shape! Jennifer took my Anthropologie and vintage inspired ideas and ran with them. Once she was on board, everything else fell into place including connecting us with the insanely talented photographer Nataschia Wielink.
I am a huge foodie and wanted our reception to feel more like a dinner party and not a typical wedding. We opted for a harvest table and a food focus without all the usual wedding fuss (DJ, band, cake cutting, etc). After conference calls, countless emails, and a fabulous tasting we decided to go with a 5 course tasting menu highlighting some of our favorite foods: pork belly, gnocchi and short ribs.
The design by Mimosa Flower Studio was what made this wedding a reality, supported by a few too many hours on Etsy and a few DIY projects along the way.
Flowers + Event Design: Mimosa Flower Studio / Wedding Photography: Nataschia Wielink Photography / Ceremony Location: Cave Spring Cellars Vineyard Retreat / Day of Coordinator: Jaime Kourieh-Cottrill, Blueprint Events Inc. / Reception Location: Inn on the Twenty / Hair + Make-up: Bridal Beauty-Mobile Artistry Group / 'Stack of Books’ Wedding Cake: Vineyard Sweets / Custom Pillows, Napkins + Table Runner: Sew Amused / Bride’s Shoes: Badgely Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew + Nordstrom / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Invitations: Etsy / Save-the-Date: Minted / Moustaches: Etsy / Ketubah: Etsy / Cookies: Sweetie Pies Cookies / String Quartet: Diana Sachs Music / Wedding Cinematography: Enns Visuals