Black, White & Chic All Over Wedding

Today’s Black, White & Chic All Over Wedding is dripping with gorgeousness! Almost instantly after meeting Jen for the first time, I knew we were going to become great friends. And indeed, this girl was after my heart! From fashion to home design and everything in between, we still joke that we are sisters from another mister.

To begin, Jen and Damon envisioned a chic, modern wedding infused with a touch of glamour.  So, naturally the Radisson BLU – MOA was the perfect choice to host this modern fete.  We chose a clean and modern color palette of black and white, while incorporating lots of textures and personalized elements to reflect Jen and Damon’s style and taste. Behold their stunning Black, White & Chic All Over Wedding.

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Jen looked positively glamorous wearing a fitted mermaid gown with intricate lace detail and a sash heavily encrusted with crystals. Her strappy wedding heels were bedecked with crystals to compliment her jeweled belt. A beautiful hand-tied bouquet consisting of snowy hydrangea, ranunculus and delicate anemones made for the perfect accessory.  Half-up, long, wavy locks paired with a cathedral length veil completed the stunning vision.

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Their black & white wedding stationery suite was a mix of modern with a stylish bold touch.

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For the boutonniers a single anemone and a sprig of greenery were delicately wrapped in silk ribbon.

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How’s this for heart melting, prior to seeing each other for the first time, Jen and Damon wanted to read their personal vows to one another and share a few quite moments together before the festivities began.

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For the ceremony, tall glass cylinder vases with floating candles and ivory rose petals lined the aisle.  Graceful white drapery up-lit in a soft champagne tone created a stunning backdrop, and two lush floral arrangements flanked Jen and Damon as they exchange their vows.

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The reception channeled a modern, chic vibe with colors of black and white, and pops of silver throughout.  Guest tables were draped in textured white linens topped with black napkins, and centerpieces featured two alternating designs of low, lush white blooms in black footed vases, or a combination of pillar candles and bud vases with single white blooms.

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In contrast, the Head Table was all about the drama!  In addition to the elegant white leather tufted opera chairs that surrounded the table, Jen and Damon were nestled in their very own dramatic white dome loveseat.  A glamorous black sequin taffeta linen draped the table while two soaring and decadent floral arrangements cascaded down the vases and spilled onto the table itself.  Low arrangements consisted of bunches of florals grouped by variety – hydrangea, roses, tulips, and ranunculus – resting in silver vases of deferring heights and textures. For extra ambience, candles were woven throught the centerpieces giving each table a romantic glow.

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Classic silver beaded chargers displayed white silk napkins with modern menus tucked inside.  Cut crystal stemware added the perfect bit of sparkle to the landscape and custom laser-cut names perched atop napkins acted as the perfect take-away from this chic affair.

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Making her second grand entrance in another sleek mermaid gown with delicate lace appliques, Jen signaled to her groom that it was time to sample the mouth-watering dessert bar.  Modern white cake pedestals set atop a glamorous black sequin linen allowed the dessert assortment to shine.  Everything from Key Lime shooters to Blackberry French Macarons and Banana Mini Cupcakes; there was not one piece of dessert left at the end of the night.

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Creative Team:

Wedding Planning, Styling and Coordinating: Julia LaCroix Styled Events

Photography: Betsy Wall Photography

Ceremony/Reception: Radisson Blu Mall of America

Officiant: Renee Vevea

Videography: A.B. Rich Films

DJ: Rock With U Entertainment

Lighting: Instant Request

Décor / Rentals: Après Party & Tent Rental

Floral: Just Bloomed

Stationery: A Milestone Paper Co.

Makeup: Amber Rose Hair + Makeup

Hair: Denny Kemp Salon Spa

Desserts: Cocoa & Fig

Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth

Bridal Salon: Bridal Accents Couture

American-Nigerian Fusion Wedding – Ada & Kay

Every once in a while, a couple so stylish comes along that you end up secretly doing the “happy dance”!  Well, that was the case for me after meeting Adannia and Kayode.  This couple was so on-point with their wedding esthetic that I could barely wait for their wedding day to come around.

Join us in reminicing over Ada & Kay’s spectacular day. As an added bonus, Ada and Kay got to double their fun by having not one but TWO weddings – a traditional cultural wedding in Nigeria and their American-Nigerian Fusion Wedding here in Minneapolis, MN.

Thank you to the extremely talented vendors who were a part of this beautiful wedding, and a special thank you to Cadence and Eli Photography for capturing this day to perfection!

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Carrying a richly hued bouquet of dahlias, delicate anemones, roses and succulents, Ada was a vision of perfection in her stunning Anne Barge gown.  A floor-sweeping veil held in place by a sparkling hair pin along with shimmery Louboutin’s completed her look.  Her bridesmaids were clad in floor-length off the shoulder scarlet gowns. They each carried a smaller versions of Ada’s lush bouquet. Kay was equally striking in a custom three-piece tuxedo topped off with a black velour bowtie.  His dashing groomsmen, too, donned custom suites, pulled together with navy bowties and a pocket square.

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Seeking a traditional church wedding for their big day, Ada and Kay exchanged vows at the magnificent Basilica of Saint Mary.

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Following the traditional catholic ceremony, guests departed for the reception to the beautiful Carlson Towers Rotunda. Guest tables were draped with metallic herringbone linens and topped with jewel toned napkins featuring individual guest menus.  The elegant place settings also offered personalized honey jars as keepsakes of the special day.  Lush flower arrangements were purposefully kept low as to not interfere with conversation.

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After the three-course dinner, Ada surprised Kay with a second, stunning form fitting strapless silk trumpet wedding gown designed by Matthew Christopher.  Making another grand entrance into the rotunda, Ada and Kay made their way to the beautiful multi-tiered buttercream cake which rested on a bed of lush florals and took their first bite as husband and wife.

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Of course, no Nigerian wedding would be complete without the custom of showering the bride with money, all-night-long!

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Spectacular up-lighting emphasized the venues towering columns and high ceilings and DJ kept the guests dancing well into the early hours of the morning.

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This was one of the most spectacular wedding celebrations I have ever been a part of and I feel incredibly lucky to call these two wonderful people my friends.

Creative Team:

Wedding Planning, Styling and Coordination:  Julia LaCroix Styled Events

Photography:  Cadence & Eli Photography

Videography: Snowshoe Productions

Ceremony: The Basilica of Saint Mary    

Reception: The Carlson Towers Rotunda

DJ: DAB Entertainment

MC: African Comedians

Lighting: Instant Request

Décor / Rentals: Linen Effects, Inc.

Floral: La Petite Fleur

Hair: Unique Berry Planet and Marvelous Hair by Marissa

Makeup: Makeup by Shandyy and Faces by Ronnie

Wedding Gowns: Anne Barge and Matthew Christopher

Bridal Salon: Posh Bridal Couture

Nature’s Glam Styled Shoot

I have been dreaming up my first styled shoot for some time now and what I envisioned couldn’t have come to life any better.  The vendors that I worked with were absolutely amazing!  I feel so honored to have worked with each and every one of them ans together we brought to life our Nature’s Glam Styled Shoot.

For the design I wanted to capture something that had contrasting feels, yet had unity and naturalness between them. The organic vibe for this tabletop shoot came from the gnarled grape wood and beautiful green succulents that were used in the floral design, the glamorous feel came from all of the luxurious tabletop elements.

 Our color palette was a perfect combination of glamour and elegance with a touch of organic nature, I created this by using rich black, hues of gold, a touch of platinum and shades of white.  Elements of glass, wood, candles, florals, and greenery emphasized the feeling of luxury I wanted to capture throughout the tablescape.

 Upon visiting the ultra-modern Walker Art Center, I immediately knew this was the place I wanted to use for this styled shoot, the scenic backdrop of the city and all the natural light pouring in from the floor to ceiling windows highlighted the beauty of this carefully curated tablescape just perfectly. Nuage Designs provided the exceptionally-glam black shimmering sequin linen that set the tone for the entire design.  The beautiful Curly Willow Silver Chair Sleeve’s were provided by Wildflower Linen and were the perfect complement to the luxurious King and Queen platinum velour chairs from Après Party and Tent.  Elegant gold rimmed china and flatware, also from Après Party and Tent, added the perfect amount of pop and sophistication to the overall tablescape design.

 No wedding would be complete without stunningly beautiful floral designs – and that’s exactly what Martha of Martha’s Gardens created. Her use of hydrangea, roses, succulents, anemones and cascading Phalaenopsis orchids were the perfect accent to my vision.

 The desserts! D’Amico Catering provided the most delicious little confections, and a gold-accented petite cutting cake to boot!

 One of my favorite things at weddings are the details, so it’s no surprise that I wanted to get a lot of specialty items made for the shoot. This included a gorgeous five-piece stationery set from Spark Letterpress, featuring gold foil, marble textures, and unique hexagon die cutting. Capping off each place setting was a custom hexagon letterpress menu, and black velour ribbons were used to hang calligraphy place cards off of individual petite Champagne splits.

 Of course, it goes without saying that none of this would be possible without an incredible talented photographer to capture all the beauty.  My dear, dear friend, Betsy Wall of Betsy Wall Photography worked her magic to shoot all of the details to perfection.

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Creative Team:

Styling, Planning & Coordinating: Julia LaCroix Styled Events

Photography: Betsy Wall Photography

Venue: Walker Art Center

Stationery Suite and Paper Elements: Spark Letterpress

Furniture, Linens, Tabletop Decor: Après Party and Tent

Table Linen: Nuage Designs

Cake and Desserts: D’Amico

Floral: Martha’s Gardens

Chair Covers: Wildflower Linens