Wedding Receptions

International Flair at Chicago's London House by Ryan Turner

Let's face it, in the Wedding Industry there is really no "slow time". When we are not running around executing weddings, we are in proposal and showings, trying to ensure that the next year is set up for success.

It's in the minutes between that you get a chance to sit down and look back at what you've done. This wedding is a perfect example. 

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Wedding Trends: Candle Arrangements by Ryan Turner

As the days begin to shorten and the season turn to winter, it’s the perfect time to capitalize on one of our favorite wedding trends: Candle Treatments. A perfect way to add ambiance to any space, candles add warmth, light, and a touch of romanticism to any wedding ceremony or reception. 

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Loft. Camera. Wedding. by Ryan Turner

Bridgeport Art Center - Skyline Loft Wedding - 04.22.17

Incredible Venue. Romantic Floral. Seamless Execution.

Chicago is home to the best unique wedding venues in the nation. For contemporary brides and grooms lofty venues with wooden beams, exposed duct work, and worn hardwood floors create a beautiful backdrop for their special day. 

We had the pleasure of partnering with Amanda & Ben for their wedding this past April at Chicago's Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft. Five stories high, this loft venue boasts incredible views of the Chicago Skyline and ample space for a sizable wedding. For Amanda and Ben, they knew they wanted a space that could host both the ceremony and reception so that guests did not have to move from one location to another. 

Combining Vintage and Natural with Industrial and Exposed

Combining a variety of textures, a hint of romanticism, and organic greenery, the venue was transformed from a raw wooden space to a beautifully juxtaposed environment of soft and hard textures. Varied glass vessels added a slight vintage flair, while seasonal white stock and garden roses filled the space with a warm and spicy scent. 


Amanda and Ben could not have been any more incredible to work with, and the line up of vendors they put together made the evening a breeze to execute. Huge shout out to Dabble Me This Photography for capturing the evening so well. You can see more pictures of the day HERE

Ceremony + Reception: Bridgeport Art Center | Wedding Coordinator + Paper Goods: Lindsay Green Weddings & Events | Photographer: Dabble Me This | Second Shooter: Nikole | Videographer: JV Studios Videography | Catering: Jewell Events Catering | Florist: StemLine Creative | Lighting: FROST Chicago Lighting | DJ: Toast & Jam | Makeup Artist: ShannonO’Brien | Hair Stylist: Erin Kerr | Wedding Dress Store: Bella Bianca | Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid Dress Store + Designer: Weddington Way | Groom + Groomsmen Tux Store + Designer: The Black Tux | Transportation: VIP Valet Services | Officiant: Lee Kolquist

Wedding Trends: Garland by Ryan Turner

Gaga for Garland

It was a few years back that we started to notice brides (and grooms) were exploring beyond round tables with a mix of tall and short centerpieces, and while there will always be a place for the more traditional approach, the advent of "feasting tables" has caused couples to ditch the linen, embrace the rustic, and experiment with a variety of different centerpieces. 

photo credit: Megan Robinson

photo credit: Megan Robinson

Now a few years into the trend, there has been an evolution of the centerpiece to include a dramatic and eye catching design: the table garland. Now before your mind jumps immediately to the holiday season with pine trees, pine cones, and red and gold ribbon, that's not what we are talking about.

What is Garland

Garland can be created from most anything and tends to be a completely natural woven display of greens and floral. From lush ivy and seeded eucalyptus, to more ornate floral garlands, there is no limit to the what can be included. 

forist: compass floral

forist: compass floral

How Garland is used

The reason the trend has been gaining popularity, is because garlands work best on long feasting tables, or a sweetheart table (a head table that consists of only the bride and groom). Think of a long 8 foot by 4 foot table. A typical setting (flatware, china, stemware) takes up 1 foot, so if you have two people sitting across from each other, there is still 2 feet in the center of the table to fill with decor. That's a lot of space! Garland is a great way to add lush and low textures that can spill over the table an help draw guest's eyes from the floor upwards to the table.


Garland Caveat

Depending on the amount of tables you have, and what the garland is going to consist of, it is easy for garland to get pricy quickly. But there is a great middle ground of incorporating garland on the head table, sweetheart table, or as one of two feasting table looks to save a bit on cost. Choosing greens over flowers will also help, but it may not be the look you are going for. 

Go for Garland

florist: botanica international design studio photographer: kristen weaer photography

florist: botanica international design studio
photographer: kristen weaer photography

Garlands work well with tables dressed with linen or raw and rustic tables, and can be designed to be any length. From traditional to contemporary, big budget or small, garland is an impressive way to create a trendy statement that enhances your reception setting, and leaves your guests with a lasting impression.