Cody Krogman Photography
Requests come my way for guidance, inspiration, themes and design for upcoming weddings. To create fascinating themes, I ask questions to better understand my client’s desires and then visualize and curate celebrations representing their hopes and dreams. A wonderful example of a thoughtfully designed celebration was recently featured on the cake and lace website through a styled shoot. With the Roaring 20’s as inspiration, each and every detail was chosen to highlight this themed wedding and ensure it was memorable.
As a preferred vendor of the Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago, I knew that the Tip Top Tap’s ballroom was the perfect setting for this themed celebration. The Allerton was built in the 1920’s and the Tip Top Tap was known as a fantastic nightlife scene during the Jazz era. The architectural features, picturesque windows and modern elements set the stage for an incredible backdrop. Choosing to hold a celebration in a location that had welcomed Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball was the perfect way to make sure this wedding was filled with the laughter, sophistication, smiles and romance that had long existed in this iconic destination.
I selected red, black and ivory colors for the décor. These hues were immediately seen in the ballroom’s more contemporary elements. The gorgeous, modern and eye-catching floral valance complemented black window treatments gathered with a red tasseled sash. The black and ivory geometric patterned carpeting added interest. This sophisticated color palette was also highlighted in the celebration’s traditional elements; floral arrangements with ivory hydrangeas and red roses, the intricate details of the ivory tablescape with touches of golden decorative pieces and the ivory place settings with gilded highlights.
The focus of every celebration is, of course, the bride. Considering that the 1920s were one of the most dazzling decades of all time, the pieces we selected showcased that era while keeping today’s modern bride in mind. Through her ivory Jazz era inspired gown, opera length gloves, black stole and crystal hairpiece we ensured all eyes were on her. We placed a set of black and white mink stoles on the back of the head table chairs, adding to the festive era-inspired styling. The signature makeup of the decade was a smoky eye, lightly blushed cheeks and red lips. This beauty look added the finishing touch to her glamorous style and made her the showstopper in what was known as the location-to-be during the 1920’s.
I hope this styled shoot sparks some thought as to how all of the elements come together to create a wedding theme your friends and family will never forget. I also hope that this creates curiosity about how you can combine each feature to represent the theme you have selected.
I love working with couples to ensure that each and every detail is representative of the theme while also adding touches of your personal style so that the wedding is reflective of YOUR hopes and dreams.
link to online Cake and Lace publication: http://cakeandlace.com/red-ivory-and-black-gatsby-esque-wedding/
photo: Kelsi Kliethermes
Often, destination weddings bring to mind exquisite sunset ceremonies and exotic beachside receptions. Sometimes, though, the destination is a place where you are at ease, comfortable and peaceful, a feeling you experience when traveling through the French countryside.
Just as the French countryside combines rustic yet refined style, so did this outdoor celebration held at Dodson Orchards. As you approach the signature Dodson Orchards’ barn, you are greeted with a beautiful landscape; wildflowers, gravel pathways, cobbled stone bridges, grapevines, blackberries and blueberries.
For the wedding ceremony, the aisle was designed in a laissez-faire (let it be) style. Defined with varied antique rugs, it was lined with pastel flowers tied with soft velvet ribbons, organic elements and worn wooden touches. The scent of roses in the air and the bright blue sky enhanced this incredible setting.
The reception was held in the airy barn where subtle colors gently contrasted with the weathered wooden beams. To provide a warm welcome to guests, we brought nature from the outside in, added subtle lighting and arranged for family style seating which is typical for European gatherings. The tables were decorated with blush gauze runners, touches of succulents and wildflowers and mixed-patterned vintage place settings. The entire environment, sights, scents and sounds, created a contentment reminiscent of strolling through the markets of Provencal.
This same countryside chic style was seen in the bride’s wedding wear. An elegant, ivory, dupioni silk and lace grown was selected at the Enchanted Bride. In the spirit of having her mother at her side during the ceremony, the bride requested that pearls from her mother’s dress be handstitched on to both her gown and veil. As the old and new came together it created the one-of-a-kind dress desired by this bride. To embody the rustic yet refined style she paired distressed brown riding boots with her beautiful dress and carried an oversized wildflower bouquet.
She was overjoyed as she walked towards her husband-to-be and noticed him looking at her with love and tenderness. She felt exactly what she had been hoping to create for their wedding and life together. Watching, as they exchanged vows, I was delighted to share in the moment when Oui became we.
Cody Krogman Photography
Sometimes opposites attract. Or, as another saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. When glancing at this couple it was immediately evident they are the perfect partners for one another. Through their full-of-life smiles, dedication to one another, expression of their love of art through their tattoos and appreciation of eclectic accents and vintage style - check out the groom’s jacket - it was easy to see why they are a perfect pairing.
To express this through their want for a fresh and unique wedding, I ensured that the perfect partnerships of vendors were established. This allowed us to create the balance of romantic and modern elements the couple desired. It was crucial to help them find the right florist who understood their love of color. It was important to select a bakery who listened and created a beautiful gold gilded cake signaling their bright future. It was beneficial for them to find the right photographer who captured the special, touching and fun memories they will cherish for years to come.
As a wedding planner one of my favorite things is when it all comes together. I love seeing the couple’s vision evolve into reality. I love when the bride’s eyes light up when she sees the space transformed into what she wanted for her wedding day. I love when the flowers, the subtle décor, the table settings, the lighting and the venue all complement one another. At this celebration in particular, I love that we placed the couple’s vintage cloisonné pheasant birds at the head table. They had purchased these ornamental pieces during their travels throughout China as a memento of their journey through such an amazing place. Traditional Chinese culture shows pheasants to represent beauty and good fortune. The pheasant is known to encourage creativity and enhance energy. This symbolism fits this bride and groom perfectly.
Birds of a feather really do flock together.
To learn more about this celebration, see lovely photos from the day and review the list of vendors who created the perfect partnership please visit Burnetts Boards by clicking https://burnettsboards.com/2018/09/empire-wedding/
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