Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party in Chicago
Hello Darling and Courtney Callahan Paper had a blast at Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party which came to Chicago for the first time on March 10th. Though we don’t normally take part in wedding shows, the name Martha Stewart certainly piqued our interest at the invitation (okay, we’re serious Martha fans) and we thought it was the perfect time of year to show what has been starting sparks in our creative hearts for upcoming trends, palettes, patterns, and stylish touches for events.
We decided upon a boho-chic garden vignette beneath a softly draped, vine-wrapped canopy featuring a sweet little table set for eight. The colors (corals, bright jewel purple, vibrant blues, and white) were our initial inspiration, then the mix of ikat patterns, ball fringe, garden blooms, and vintage place settings set our wheels in motion. We loved the color and texture of the shantung linens from Private Label Linens and the crystal chiavari chairs and simple Eno glassware from Tablescapes complemented the entire look seamlessly!
A runner of delicate glass bud vases were filled with primo spring blooms of peonies, ranunculus, and anemone accented by fiery little gloriosa lilies, draping jasmine vines, and soft davallia fern.
Courtney created these darling citrus slice place cards for each guest and petite accordion pleated menus which were both a huge hit. How amazing are these?!
After scouring local thrifts for each layered place setting we hand painted vintage flatware to coordinate with the bright pop of color brought in by the napkin, bundled them with silver rick rack and Courtney created a contrasting but complementary pattern on the table number which added more interest to the décor.
Behind our table a stylish bar was set using Hello Darling’s reclaimed wood bar, complete with Courtney’s custom “celebrate” signage set into the bar front (which we can custom design to suit all celebrations). Courtney also created these sweets favors set atop Hello Darling’s vintage silver serving tray.
Courtney’s signage and a petite sampling of her invitation prowess were displayed amongst ribbon wrapped flutes, a mélange of silver mercury and milk glass candlelight and fresh blooms nestled between our silver lanterns and blooming branch arrangement atop lucite and wooden pedestals.
I designed a hand-tied bridal bouquet of coral charm peonies, apricot ranunculus, white anemone, white lilac, white hyacinth, and white garden roses accented by jasmine vine and tied by a navy sash to complement our décor.
Thanks to Amanda Hein for the photo! We were thrilled to have our bouquet also showcased at the CBS morning news segment covering weddings trends where Anthony Luscia, Special Editions Editor of Martha Stewart, spoke about our flowers and Courtney’s paper.
We were excited to say hello to fellow wedding colleagues (Amanda Hein of Amanda Hein Photography and Élan Villamor of I Do Films, on the left and right of me) and the Martha Stewart Weddings team Amy Wilkins, Darcy Miller, and Anthony Luscia. We were extra excited to have MSW editor Darcy Miller photograph and tweet our table!
We can’t wait to unveil more of our collaborations with our studio mate Courtney Callahan and our fabulous clients later this season!