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Modern Print Tablescape Inspiration

Real weddings are the heartbeat of our content on SMP, but every now and again we like to focus in on stand-alone design inspiration that pushes the envelope. It’s the result of vendors like SQN Events who dreamt up this modern tablescape with bold prints from BBJ Linen that managed to steal the show. One part pink, one part teal, one part gold, one part coral, and all parts fabulous. More from Kina Wicks‘ lens right here.

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From SQN EventsOur inspiration for this shoot was putting a modern, urban spin on what could have turned into a very “beachy” theme based on the color palette we used (teal and coral). Of course we added a touch of gold since everything looks better with a little sparkle and metallics are hot right now. We selected a bold, pattern linen (it’s brand new from BBJ this year), but paired it with classic hemstitch napkins. The oversized white leather chairs added yet another element of the sleek and modern feel we were going for.

We also challenged our cake designer to mimic the pattern of the linen on the cake and were beyond thrilled with the results. While the floral featured some romantic and lush varieties such as peonies, ranunculus, and hydrangea, spray painting some of the flowers and foliage, including succulents, added an unexpected modern twist. Choosing a linear “script” for the paper suite was also intentional; even the “script” had a twist to it since it lacked the traditional curves generally associated with calligraphy. The private dining room at NoMI (one of Chicago’s top restaurants, located in the Park Hyatt) was the perfect venue for this as it features crisp white walls, windows overlooking bustling city life, and a gorgeous bold and bright art piece.

Photography: Kina Wicks Photography | Floral Design: Fleur | Cake: Cake Chicago | Stationery: Magnificent Milestones | Calligrapher: Kelle McCarter | Chair Rentals: AFR Event Furnishings | Charger Rentals: Tablescapes | Linens: BBJ Linen | Planning & Design: SQN Events | Venue: NoMi Restaurant

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Romantic Chicago River Wedding

A soiree layered with blush tones is inevitably bound to warm me up like a sweet, late summer sunset. And when it’s woven with classic details from La Belle Fleur Events like these Chicago I-do’s are? It’s all over. From the fluffy, pink cherry blossom portraits to the stunning Bride’s crown lace veil, Cristina G Photography snapped every inch of lovely up right here.

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From Cristina G Photography… Some weddings are so so so fun that you wish they’d last for weeks! And some clients are so sweet and so amazing to work with that when their wedding is over, you shed a tear cause you are going to miss them so much. That was Megan & Ray’s wedding! And the pictures are here to prove it. Plus I really love a wedding at Fulton’s on the River. A great venue, great location and great staff. Oh, did I mention, great food! Delish! And last, but definitely not least, this wedding had an incredible lineup of vendors. The very best of everything!

Lots of special, unique little details made this wedding an unforgettable one. The place cards were displayed on a bed of lavender in Megan’s parents antique drawers! They not only looked good, but smelled really amazing too! The head table was sprinkled with beautiful custom made coasters with sweet messages on them. The drinks had Happily Ever After flags in them and the decadent cake was decorated with fresh flowers and custom gold cake topper with the newlyweds names on it.

Sunset on the river for their outdoor cocktail hour, dancing the night away to the beats of some of the very best DJs in Chicago and dashing into the night through a tunnel of sparklers down the bridge… the elements of a truly amazing celebration. As unique and fun as Megan and Ray!

Photography: Cristina G Photography | Wedding Planner: La Belle Fleur Events | Floral Design: Fleur | Ceremony Venue: Saint James Cathedral | Reception Venue: Fulton's On The River | Jewelry: The Left Bank Jewelry & Bridal Finery | Hair And Makeup: Vanessa's Art Of Beauty | DJ: Toast And Jam

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Eclectic Chicago Loft Wedding

If you ask me, lofts are kind of the new barn. Take an old warehouse, pretty up those exposed beams + industrial windows and boom! You’ve got a killer venue to tie the knot. It’s exactly the route this Chicago couple went, and thanks to Jayne Weddings & EventsArt Of ImaginationRe:find JoyToast And Jam and others, the day was a complete and total hit. See here for yourself.

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From The Bride…Although Dave is from Arizona and I am from Maryland, we met in Chicago and built our lives here, which is why we were sure this was the right place for us to get married. When we got engaged last spring, I knew I wanted our wedding to highlight our style and quirks, which is why I immediately contacted Katie Jayne from Jayne Weddings. Before we met for the first time, I had picked out a bunch of random images for our pinterest board – art that I liked and images I found interesting. When looking through everything that I had put together, there was one image of natural marble in pink and grey tones that really jumped out. Katie Jayne immediately ran with it and created the soft, yet edgy, color palette and introduced the idea of incorporating mirror prints in a few different ways to go along with the marble.

We decided to have the wedding at Loft on Lake because of the gorgeous exposed brick walls (which was the feature we loved most in our first home together) and the city vibe that went with it. We loved that you could hear the train sailing past our venue – a real nod to Chicago, where we met. About 80% of our guests traveled from out of town so we really wanted them to get a sense of how we see the city outside of the tourist areas downtown.

With the warmth of the venue set, we really had a blast finding ways to bring all of the patterns into the day. Megan at Ruby The Fox took our “inkblot” ideas and ran with them, creating the soft and modern pink invitations to go along with the custom mirror print pattern Katie Jayne created for the RSVP cards and the ceremony backdrop fabric. We found the marbled paper for the table runners at an art supply store. I hand crafted all of the paper flowers to spell out “A & D” out of crepe paper for the eye catching installation right when guests walked in the door. Of course, the pop of real flowers from Fleur helped too!

We had a blast working with Kelly Marie from Fleur to come up with the flowers for the tables using the marble paper as inspiration for colors and textures. We wanted it to look organic and flow, like the marble. The random assortment of brass vases and coups along with the pottery was exactly what we had envisioned!

Lastly, I had given my bridesmaids very lose direction on the dresses – metallic with texture. There was a bit of hesitation all around, but in the end I knew that all of their incredible styles would turn out perfectly all together. I could not have been happier with their choices – they all looked fabulous!

All in all, it was the best day of our lives and we loved every second of it. From having my Maid of Honor sing Sea of Love by Cat Power while my dad walked me down the aisle, to the heartfelt speeches, we couldn’t have asked for more. Seeing all of our guests of all ages smiling throughout the day was something neither of us will ever forget.

Photography: Pen/Carlson | Event Design: Jayne Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Fleur | Wedding Dress: Pronovias Barcelona | Ceremony Venue: Loft On Lake | Catering: Hearty Boys | Hair And Makeup: Morgan Blaul | Calligraphy: Jilly Ink | DJ: Toast And Jam | Grooms Attire: Nordstrom | Cake And Cookies: Flour Cake And Pastry | Ceremony Backdrop: Art Of Imagination | Invitations And Programs: Ruby The Fox | Vases And Pottery: Re:find Joy

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