Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I had the opportunity to stage a vintage wedding for one of the sweetest couples ever. Sometimes you only need an instant to watch two people interact to understand that their connection is incredible. This was the case with Taylor and Logan.

Upper level of the boat club. Hard wood floors. Fireplace. Stunning.
The corner of the fireplace
My gift to the bride and groom. Personalized forks to eat their wedding cake! 
The lovely fireplace. 
Taylor wanted a vintage atmosphere set at their venue which was the historical Ottawa Boat Club in downtown Ottawa, Illinois. This remarkable building was built around the 1930's and is close to my heart. It was where my older son and his wife held their reception.

Taylor decided she wanted to rent our lovely dining chairs for the head table. Vintage china place settings for the bridal party. 
One of the table centerpieces 
These old chairs really made a statement at the head table. Fit for a king and his queen!
More centerpieces
Taylor wanted lace and pearls for her card box. We used an old wicker basket as the base and created this lovely display
Let them eat cake! And that they did. This gluten free strawberry and coconut cake was delicious. Made by friend Joy Ortiz.
Guests were greeted by a cream bicycle tied with white tulle. Of course we added a bicycle basket with more hydrangea's.

I can't tell you how exciting it was to add all the special touches for that day…old hat boxes, dried hydrangea and fresh baby's breath. An old bike tied with tulle at the entrance way. Tons of candles, tarnished silver and old books wrapped with lace.
Part of the fireplace mantel. Old lace, vintage curtains, candles and white milk glass.
Beautiful, inside and out.
Who doesn't love a guy with suspenders?
Old chest painted with Annie Sloan paint. Vintage lace table cloths and a chalkboard banner for gifts! 

Taylor was positively radiant. Her gown was a redo of an older wedding dress. Logan was mighty handsome. Loved the suspenders and bow ties.  And, there was a great group of family and friends that had a lot of love for this bride and groom. So touching.

Best wishes to the Roixs.

And from the bride...
"We LOVED your absolutely stunning decor. You transformed our reception into exactly what I dreamt of & more! Thank you for all your time and hard work, you made our day incredibly special!" 

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