Thursday, December 8, 2011

Karen & Jason: Old New York Glamour & Modern Trends

What I loved about Karen & Jason's wedding at the beautiful Hilton Orrington in Evanston was that it was the perfect combination of old New York glamour with the latest wedding trends mixed in.  Check out some of the fabulous photos by tim coughlin photographer:

A sneak peak of the bride getting ready
These hanging flowers lined the aisle
The candlelit trees decorated the stage during the ceremony
Trend #1: Incorporating family photos into the wedding decor
So many of my couples this season wanted to include photos of family members at the wedding.  It's such a nice way to personalize the event and honor those that are close to you.  Here, we used them to decorate the guestbook/gift table. I especially love the black & white photos of the weddings of parents and grandparents!

Trend #2: Alternative Guestbook
I did not see a traditional guestbook at all this season! Couples are opting for guestbook alternatives that they will have as a keepsake to actually use or display in their home.  Here, we did a guestbook platter, where guests could etch (with a special pen) their names and well wishes on a beautiful platter.

I'm a behind-the-scenes kind of gal on wedding day, so I try to avoid the camera! But Tim caught me giving instructions to the Bride & Groom before their grand entrance into the reception. Don't ya just adore that gorgeous wedding gown!
A beautiful fall-themed cake. Love that beautiful cake stand!
The  centerpieces consisted of three hurricane vases with floating flowers and candles.  And we placed an orchid on each napkin.
Trend #3: Floating Flowers
I'm seeing the floating flower centerpieces more and more.  It's a great option for a bride who either doesn't want a lot of flowers, wants to save some money, or just wants something that's different yet still elegant.

The Gold Coast Orchestra had the dance floor full the entire night!
The couple wanted a "New York Style Reception," meaning the band played and guests danced between courses.  Creating the wedding day timeline around that type of format is a wonderful way to keep guests entertained and keep the party lively.

Trend #4: The Sweet Table
 In addition to a classic wedding cake, sweet tables have become hugely popular.  Typically, the sweet table opens later in the night, and guests love getting to select from an array of beautiful mini-desserts.

The happy groom stealing a kiss in the elevator
Congratulations Karen & Jason!

Venue/Catering - Hilton Orrington
Officiant - Reverend Carol Munro Mosley
Bouquets - Saville Flowers
Ceremony Music - Jen Stedman String Trio
Reception Band - Gold Coast Orchestra
Wedding Coordinator - Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

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