First of all, I just want to thank you all for your patience and your really, really sweet comments as I shared all our wedding details these past few weeks. I know it's been a lot, but before I completely step away from it, I'd like to highlight some of the smaller details because we had the most incredible vendors and I'd love to show off their beautiful handiwork!
Although the vintage California postcard was our main inspiration, there was another obvious passion that made its way into the day: books. To start, we rented this beautiful card catalog from One True Love Vintage, which Megan and Emily filled with my favorite blooms: ranunculas and dahlias.
Inside the drawers were our guests' escort cards. I'd envisioned a cool, old-school library card, and the lovely ladies at Posh Paperie kept it clean and simple — exactly what I'd hoped for!
Megan and Emily had a million great ideas, but one of my favorites was their plan to hang flower boxes above the bar for our cocktail hour. It was a sweet, simple touch that left a major impact:
For our reception area, we thought it would be great to have a mini-lounge area where guests could sit during their dancing breaks, and these pieces from One True Love Vintage were perfect! To stick with our navy-and-sunset-shades color palette, they upholstered the sofa in a rich navy hue and chose a peachy shade for the chairs. Megan and Emily spiced up the bookshelf with gold-painted books and bunches of flowers, while the coffee table served as our guest book area.
For our guest book, we collected a variety of vintage California postcards:
One of the best pieces of advice from Megan and Emily? Style your wedding like you style your home, because that's your truest taste. Since our home is mostly white, wood, and gold, we decided to stick with a generally neutral palette and use the floral arrangements for fun pops of color.
I knew I wanted one thing from the beginning: gold flatware. It was a great way to give our outdoor venue a more upscale feel, and I loved how the pieces looked alongside our navy napkins.
As a total paper-goods nerd, I wanted to use signs with a similar style throughout the day to keep all the events cohesive. (They were also a great, easy way to bring some personality into the mix.)
My mom took care of our cake knife and server, and she engraved it with the infinity sign as a nod to the phrase we've said for as long as I can remember — "I love you infinity times infinity."
I really wanted to incorporate my hometown, so we decided to order Chicago's world-famous Garrett's Popcorn as a favor for our guests. Bonus: we ate all the extras at every meal for weeks afterward.
To complement the Chicago dessert, we also offered some (amazing) See's Candies lollipops:
The overall look was clean, casual, and simple, but still colorful and festive. Not only did Megan and Emily transform our vision into a reality, but they also brought so many creative ideas into the mix, and I can't believe how well they captured our personalities. I couldn't have love(d) them more.
I give all our vendors the highest recommendation!
Venue: Silverado Resort & Spa
Event Coordination: Enjoy Events Co.
Flowers: Shotgun Floral Studio
Rentals: One True Love Vintage
Paper Goods: Posh Paperie
(Photos by Cooper Carras)