Friday, January 25, 2013

Laura & Joe: Candlelight & Romance

My bride, Laura, had fantastic ideas for a wedding full of personalized details. On wedding day, Mother Nature chose not to cooperate. A huge storm rolled through, briefly knocking out the power during our setup and drenching the outdoor patio. But with a little maneuvering, nothing would stand in our way to bring the bride's vision to life. Check out the stunning photos by Dayna Schroeder Photography:

 Pinning on boutonnieres to ensure the guys look dapper.

The ceremony programs doubled as fans for the hot summer day.

We hung the bride's beautiful framed photos along the church pews. 
It was a unique touch and a great use of engagement photos. 

 Grand Exit
Your wedding coordinator will orchestrate your grand exit from the ceremony by guiding guests outside to form two lines, distributing the bubbles, and cueing the bride and groom.

On to the reception at the beautiful Ravisloe Country Club.
(The calm before the storm...literally!)

Instead of lining up the escort cards in rows, 
we hung them from these wrought iron decorative pieces.

A scotch bar atop the fireplace mantle gave the cocktail hour a cozy touch. 

Wedding coordinators often have to make quick judgments and split decisions. With the storm, we knew we'd have to do cocktails inside and found new places for the cigar & scotch bar on the fly. 

No detail was overlooked, with personalized drink stirrers and napkins.

The dinner table signs featured family member pets, 
and this board introduced and showcased each furry friend.
If you look closely on the bottom row, you'll notice the bride's new pet...the groom! ;)

Here is the gorgeous view from atop the stairs.

Black and Gold Tablescape

A big part of a wedding coordinator's job is setup. Yes, we make sure your other vendors are setting up according to plan. But think of all those little details that don't fall under any other vendor's responsibilities. 
That's where we come in! 
Those miscellaneous details that we setup can include escort cards, menu cards, favors, table signs, candles, cake toppers, and DIY centerpieces and decor.

Menu cards in a vertical pocket fold napkin.

 The table decor featured two different looks interspersed throughout the room: candlelit lanterns and tall floral stands.

 The Cake

The storm caused all sorts of trouble, knocking down power lines and causing traffic delays. When the cake had yet to show up, I was just about to send my team off to pickup a backup when ...Voila! The beautiful cake arrived in the nick of time, just as we were about to seat the guests. We like to have a backup plan but are thrilled when we don't have to use it!

The Head Table.

Using the bridesmaid bouquets is a great way to decorate a long head table and gives a place for the ladies to keep their bouquets. Your wedding coordinator will gather up the bouquets to put in place, as the bridesmaids arrive at the venue. 

 Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
When the sun went down, the room was awash in romantic candlelight.

Late Night Snack
How often do you get White Castle hamburgers on silver platters?

Congratulations to Laura & Joe!

Videographer: Leap Weddings
Reception Venue: Ravisloe Country Club
Wedding Coordination: Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Audrey & Carlos: Love Around the World

Our bride, Audrey, was a craft maven with an eye for details. The heart and soul that she poured into the planning was evident in every moment and detail. And her travel-themed wedding perfectly exemplified how DIY decor can be both fun and elegant. The beautiful, photojournalistic images by Emily Zoladz Photography tell the story of the big day:

Primping for Photos

 Instead of petals, the flower girls tossed hearts cut from maps to showcase the couple's travel theme.

The ceremony was heartfelt and moving (even I got teary-eyed!).
Incorporating cultural or family traditions adds a personalized touch to the service. 
The Mexican custom of the lasso symbolizes the everlasting union of the bride and groom.

 Who needs confetti or bubbles when you have an exuberant bridal party!

Boys vs. Girls

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

The travel theme was evident throughout the reception decor.
Instead of a guestbook, we spread out postcards for guests to write their well-wishes, 
and collected them in a vintage suitcase. 

The bride and groom were completely surprised by a family member's gift of a mariachi band to serenade them. When the band appeared right when we were about to transition from cocktail hour to the reception room, it required some quick thinking. To keep us on schedule, we had the mariachi band lead guests upstairs in a spontaneous parade and play while dinner commenced. 

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
The Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

 Instead of table numbers, each table was named after a place the couple had visited.
A great way to further showcase your bouquets is to use the bridesmaid bouquets again as centerpieces.

If dessert is included in your catering package, you may not want a full-scale wedding cake too. 
A small cake on a pedestal is perfect so that you can still capture the classic cake cutting.

 Formal affairs don't have to be stuffy! 
With a game table, the couple gave a nod toward their fun-loving and whimsical sides.

Congratulations to Audrey and Carlos!

Reception Venue: The Nineteenth Century Club
Makeup/Hair: Appease, Inc. 
Wedding Coordination: Camille Victoria Weddings LLC