A yacht club wedding with raspberry peonies? Yes, please.
November 9, 2016
Midwest
Al FrescoOutdoor WeddingsLakeside
The wedding of the year? We have it right here. It's sophisticated and romantic and features some of the most beautiful details you will ever see planned to perfection by the talented team at Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design. Think a gorgeous cake from Luna Bakery & Cafe, stunning florals from Blooms by Plantscaping (hello, raspberry peonies) and breathtaking images captured by Aster & Olive. See them all in THE VAULT right here.
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From the Bride... The excitement of "yes", unexpectedly, was followed by less than 125 days until the official "I do". I had no clear vision in sight - only Pinterest boards and magazine tear-outs which continued to grow. Favoring a diverse variety of styles, my confusion rapidly increased while time flitted away. Kirkbrides was needed and hired!

While the guests were seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin, my dad and I slipped away from the bridesmaids and the waiting processional line and boarded my uncle's boat. Attached to the roof and side were "HERE COMES THE BRIDE" signs. We were navigated down the river by a friend in captains attire. Bette Midler's Chapel of Love song was piped out onto the lawn for the seated guests to hear. Soon, friends and family began to spot our surprise entry and pointing for others to look... after a smooth landing, I walked down the sidewalk on my father's arm to the prepared aisle on the lawn. Opus 216, a stringed quartet soon played more solemn music for our wedding march.

Soon after our engagement in December, my future mother-in-law, an interior designer, texted my mom and I a photo of some David Stark centerpieces from a magazine. Aspiring for a unique look, and following the florists enthusiastic approval of Stark's work, we chose to replicate and build off this theme. After further deliberation we coupled this with rich, vibrant raspberry peonies bunched together set inside rough wooden boxes.

The palms, and other assorted greenery, paired with the vibrant peonies set on top of gorgeous La Tavola linens, created a dramatic effect. Ivy cascaded the head table, lined with candles, and glass, candle-lit orbs dangled from the main chandelier in the ballroom.

Kirkbrides helped with detailed tips and tricks that saved hours of time while also adding a personalized touch. For example, rather than using individual name placements that would accompany (potentially multiple) menus to accommodate the dinner selection of each guest, we created custom menus at individual place settings, with the guest's name and specific meal choice. Kirkbrides also helped us with special touches, like uplighting and pin spotting. Another favorite recommendation their team offered was to have the band kick off the reception with 2-3 songs before dinner to showcase a preview for the evening’s entertainment.

Throughout July 3, and certainly even more so by the end of the day, Taylor and I were overwhelmed with the love and excitement that evening and did not want it to end. A big thank you to our parents and to Kirkbrides Wedding Planning for helping create and pull off a vision I didn’t know was possible!
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