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

Country Club Soiree – Elizabeth and Amit

With so many beautiful custom details for Elizabeth and Amit’s Country Club Soiree, it’s hard to know where to begin. However, I will gladly start with how funny these two are! Planning Elizabeth and Amit’s wedding was one of the funnest and funniest experiences this past summer.

For their wedding venue, the couple was instantly drawn to the luxurious Minikahda Club, located on the hills above Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN.  Desiring a wedding that exuded love and romance, Elizabeth and Amit opted for a sophisticated yet romantic color palette of crème and taupe with pops of blush and muted gold.

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Elizabeth had not only one but two pairs of Badgley Mischka shoes! The soft dusty blue ones were her something blue and both stunning peep-toe heels adorned a beautiful jeweled brooch.

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A romantic custom wedding monogram was designed for the couple by the talented Katie Murphy of Katie Murphy Stationery. So many of the details throughout the wedding boasted the couples signature logo.  From there the elegant letterpress stationery suite adorned everything from the custom cigar humidor the couple used for their wedding cards, the signature bar signage, napkins and petite favor boxes. This fun accessory definitely gave their day an extra special touch!

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Each of their out of town guests were greeted with a custom Welcome Box adorned with the couples’ monogram, a welcome note, some sweet and savory snacks and a mini emergency.

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On the sunny afternoon of Elizabeth & Amit’s June outdoor ceremony, 200 of their closest friends and family found their seats on the Club’s croquet lawn beneath Après’ clear-span tent. The tent was draped in white billowing fabric panels and accented by thirty-five thousand white and champagne rose petals. The center aisle was delicately lined with lush floral arrangements consisting of peonies, roses and hydrangea, set atop varied height mercury glass vessels showcased on transparent columns.  Karolee and her entire creative team at Zinnia Design Floral really knocked it out for the park for this one!

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Live musicians including a violinist serenaded loved ones with contemporary melodies throughout the processional. Elizabeth appeared on the arm of her father outfitted in an elegant, sophisticated gown with peplum detail and an eye catching belt heavily encrusted with pearls and crystals. Her bridal bouquet was a blend of white and crème roses and the softest of pink peonies accented with cascading vines. Bridesmaids in navy floor-length dresses carried bouquets of crème and blush roses and pink peonies as they were joined by the groomsmen dressed in sharp navy suits. After a heartfelt vow exchange and the customary breaking of the glass, the festivities reconvened inside the private venue where guests enjoyed cocktail hour with signature cocktails featuring the “Liz’s Tee-d Off” and the “Amit & Greet”, and noshed on small delectable bites.

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Guests then entered the striking ballroom with crystal chandeliers creating an elegant reception.  Tables were draped in a combination of mocha satin and ivory linens topped with a delicate sheer overlay.  Monogramed menu cards were tucked into triple folded napkins wrapped around Minikahda’ s own celery-hued monogramed chargers.  An array of glass and silver mercury glass vessels held copious amounts of flowers and candles.  Three distinct but complimentary floral centerpieces graced tabletops and beautiful champagne-tone lighting by Instant Request accented the room with a romantic glow.

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Following a decadent three-course sit-down dinner, guests enjoyed a delectable dessert spread by Cocoa & Fig displaying fruit & chocolate tarts, dessert shooters and even gold brushed macarons. The banquet was offered from an impressive 16-foot table display with varying cake stands showcasing each yummy bite.

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The R-Factor Band performed on a stage bordered by a custom hedge of cream and blush roses. They definitely kept the dance floor full the entire evening! Of course, the entire day was captured to perfection by the uber-talented Betsy Wall of Betsy Wall Photography!

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Creative Team:

Wedding Planning, Styling and Coordination:  Julia LaCroix Styled Events

Photography:  Betsy Wall Photography

Wedding Gown:  Posh Bridal Couture

Ceremony/Reception:  The Minikahda Club

Officiant:  Judge Tom Armstrong

Live Music / Band:  Marsh Productions and The R Factor Band

Floral:  Zinnia Design Florals

Ceremony Sound / Lighting:  Instant Request

Tent / Décor / Rentals:  Après Party & Tent Rental

Lucite Risers:  Linen Effects

Stationery:  Katie Murphy Stationery

Cake + Desserts:  Cocoa & Fig

Makeup:  Nan Fletcher

Hair:  Sil’Vie Hair Studio

Transportation: Star Transportation

 

 

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