Mike + Christina's Romantic, Intimate Summer Wedding
When Mike and Christina first contacted me, they had already booked their photographers ME + HIM Photography, who happen to be some of my favorite people on the planet. they had also booked an intimate venue, The Iroquois Club which was perfect for the small, quiet, Sunday afternoon wedding. I knew right away we would have some fun together over the next (almost) year. They expressed that they would like a little design help, but could handle most of the process on their own, so we established a mood board and met quarterly to make sure everything was going according to plan.
We discussed likes and dislikes and the overall feeling they wanted their day to have. They wanted something somewhat trendy, unique, and romantic, which meant candles were a necessity. We also talked about MUSTS for each of them. Mike’s was a custom suit. He’d been dreaming of this day for so long, a custom suit was a necessity.
Christina really wanted burgundy, but being that it was a summer wedding, she didn’t want it to be too dark and fall-y. (If fall-y isn’t a word, I just made it one.) We added some blush, mauve, ivory, and gold to lighten it up and kept the burgundy to a minimum with the bridesmaids dresses and florals only. We were both astonished at how much we actually LOVE the color mauve. It was the perfect complement.
We built from the linens up. We started with a light pink table cloth and mauve napkins from Linens by Harte. Then added everything on from there.
For their ceremony “arch,” I was inspired to use to a trio of gold hoops with long, floor length silk chiffon draping from the two outside hoops, all together suspended from the ceiling. Mike and Christina were fully on board and I almost jumped out of my seat in excitement.
They booked most of their vendors based on people I’d worked with in the past, which is every planners’ dream come true. You walk into the day with confidence knowing that everything is going to be perfection, and it was!
Amy, of Mi Honey Bee Flowers & Events was their florist. She prepped bouquets according to the bride’s wishes, not a perfect ball, but nothing too wild and foraged looking, which is right up her alley. Christina cried when she saw her bouquet for the first time. That’s when you know you’re winning.
After delivering the personal flowers, Amy came to the Iroquois Club to drop off centerpieces and assemble the hoop florals on site. She did some florals and greenery around the hurricane vases lining the aisle to add some extra beauty, as well as cake florals, and accents here and there for the gift table and memory table. We added an assortment of votives in mixed finishes around the venue to seal the deal and add the romantic ambience.
After the ceremony, we repurposed the aisle candles and florals to make the cutest sweetheart table we’ve ever done. We even kept the hoops suspended and pulled the chiffon draping up over the guests.
Their cake was simple and elegant, made by Holiday Market. Their favors were mini masterpieces, a set of macarons baked with love and artfully designed by One Thirty Nine Delights, who also did their bridal shower cake!
In the evening we were joined with a photo booth by Fusco Photo Booth (which they utilized for their guest book also!)
The night was completed with delicious plated meals provided by the Iroquois Club and DJ Dan, of Prestige Entertainment coming in clutch with the sweet tunes of N*Sync and Bruno Mars.
They didn’t really expect their guests to stay much beyond 8:00, stating that there weren’t many dancers in the family. They even contemplated a DJ! But everyone brought their party pants that night and kept the dance floor alive until closing time at 10:00.
It was such a pleasure working with Mike and Christina on their dream day. I’m so fortunate to have great friendors and couples like them!