In May of 2019, David proposed to Jill at the JC Nichols Memorial Fountain in Kansas City. That moment became the inspiration for their wedding. Both Joslyn Art Museum and Lauritzen Gardens, their ceremony and reception venues in Omaha, Nebraska, were selected in part for the ornate fountains found within each venue.
To peak guests’ anticipation for the wedding celebration, we designed the traditional-style invitation with an unexpected color palette that incorporated cool water tones – soft blues, seafoam, deep blue-green – with warm tones to invoke an anticipation of Autumn – crimson, blush, and golden bronze. Our graphic designer created a floral pattern with delicate grout lines to mimic the intricate tile mosaics incorporated into many fountain designs. The pattern was utilized throughout the wedding design including the envelope liner of the invitation.
Guests were greeted with champagne and petite ceremony programs secured with handmade silk ribbon as they walked up Joslyn Art Museum’s grand staircase to the ceremony.
The fountain in the Storz Fountain Court at the Joslyn serves as the room’s centerpiece. Moravian floor tiles include symbols for literature, music, architecture, and painting – all passions of George Joslyn to whom the building is dedicated. Hand-crafted ceramic tiles and a thunderbird motif adorn the fountain.
To complete the ceremony design, we brought in warm fruitwood chairs, linen-like draping to soften the venue’s tile and marble, and a raised altar accented with floral. Jill and David’s entourage of flower girls and ring bearers tossed pennies and warm wishes for the bride and groom into the fountain as they processed up the aisle.
Lauritzen Gardens, the reception site, has several water features on display. The fountain, situated outside the front doors of the visitor center is a tribute to Helena Street who launched the idea to build the botanical gardens in 1982.
We created two main focal areas in the Gardens for cocktail hour. The lower level of The Floral Display Hall featured a 14 foot diameter custom round bar painted a deep Rocky River green and inset with custom wallpaper panels. The round bar shelf housed glassware and supported a dramatic floral arrangement. The far end of the Hall was anchored by the band’s stage built under a custom wooden pergola that was painted to match the bar. Fresh floral and green vines were arranged on the pergola to give it a natural, garden-like feel.
The opposite end of The Floral Display Hall featured a massive custom wall with shelving for the escort display. The shelves were inset with wallpaper to complement the bar. Intricate escort cards were embellished with handmade mini flower bouquets that added depth and delicacy to the calligraphy table assignments. Two soft seating areas were positioned in front of the escort display to create an intimate and cozy area for guests to converse and take a break from the dance floor. Chocolate pennies in an antique compote were placed on a side table as a whimsical nod to the fountain inspiration.
The dining tables were dressed in a light blue linen with embroidered flourishes that resembled water shooting out from a fountain. Formal place settings included gold accents, and velvet table numbers complemented the ornate shape of the presentation plates.
Guests returned to The Floral Display Hall for dancing. As an entertaining surprise for guests, hawking trays with embroidered ribbon straps were filled with mini pizzas packaged in letterpress boxes.
Alicia and Austin’s wedding was a beautiful celebration of their relationship. The design was inspired by the bride’s Yankton Sioux Native American heritage; the rich art forms, powerful design motifs, and unique methods of visual storytelling crafted the design strategy and influenced each selection.
The letterpress invitations were pressed into a suede-textured paper. The warmth of the rust-colored ink provided a nice contrast to the blue duplexed paper and envelopes. The Pendleton-inspired diamond pattern and cleverly-composed monogram added a modern touch to the formal suite. Blue leather cording and foil-stamped wooden tags accented the paper.
Cocktail hour and dancing took place in a tent featuring a suspended installation of 30″ white fringe – reminiscent of the long, straight fringe adorning the tribes of The Great Plains. The installation’s welded tracks were arranged in an arabesque pattern, so that any breeze would stimulate soft and rhythmic swaying motions in the fringe much like the movements seen during a Native American ceremonial dance.
The tent walls were cladded with wooden panels with an angular pattern to contrast the delicate fringe installation. A 12′ bar with laser-cut panels to match the invitation anchored the far end of the tent. Gold and wood shelving was accented by sconces made from welded iron rods that bore visual similarities to the hair pipe breastplates worn by the Plains Indians. The opposite side of the tent included the tiered wedding cake adorned with hand-torn wafer paper to embody the spirit of the fringe installation. The cake was placed near the escort display made from laser-etched blue leather triangles that collectively formed a Pendleton pattern.
For the dining tables, we selected a patterned linen that featured turquoise, rust, and citron. The place settings included selections that had handmade qualities and/or were made from humble, earthy materials. A woven charger was layered with ceramic blue china that complemented the natural-linen texture of the table linen and added a soft gradation of color from the linen’s most dominant turquoise hue. Natural-wood infinity chairs were selected for their silhouette’s reminiscence to a dream catcher while two-tone flatware added a masculine and modern edge to the setting. Lush centerpieces composed of romantic blush and ivory blooms were arranged in ceramic vessels with textured foliage foraged from the fields surrounding the wedding site. Rattan and pleated glass votives were scattered down the table to add a soft glow of candlelight.
We designed a menu that was pressed with a rust-colored ink to emphasize the table linen’s accent color. Hand-loomed beaded bracelets accented the menus and doubled as a take home favor. The head table was emphasized with two “clouds” of citron-painted eucalyptus that were arranged with beautiful movement that encouraged your eyes to dance down the focal table.
Regan and Adam were married in September at the Omar Building. We connected with Regan and Adam’s personalities and design vision immediately upon meeting them. Their wedding was inspired by Regan’s refined and earthy personal style. We also wanted the design to feel playful and hint at the couple’s quirkiness and love of Star Wars.
The couple hosted an intimate ceremony in their industrial venue. A modern house structure surrounded by foliage and flowers acted as the ceremony altar. Guests were given ceremony programs wrapped with personalized vintage hankies that doubled as a wedding keepsake.
After cocktail hour, guests visited the interactive escort display, a custom-welded wall featuring laser-etched wooden tiles that rotated to reveal each guests’s table assignment. The dinner space was layered with earthy-textures: linen tablecloths with a bold geometric pattern, two-tone gold and wood flatware, matte china with an organic edge, and wooden chairs in a modern silhouette and raw finish.
The centerpieces were a collection of ivory blooms and green textured foliage built in eclectic ceramic vessels. For additional metallic accents, some of the smaller arrangements were housed in modern glass terrariums.
As a couple that favors bars and cookies over traditional wedding cake, they opted to serve dessert “charcuterie” boards for their guests to share family-style. Each sweet was carefully selected and styled to resemble a cheese wedge, lavosh, or other items found on a traditional charcuterie display. Guests were later surprised with a late-night treat of mini ice cream sandwiches made by Coneflower Creamery, a local hot spot frequented by the couple.
After toasts and spotlight dances, we handed out light sabers to each guest (a special request from the groom), which made the packed dance floor even more lively and memorable.
As outdoor enthusiasts, Maggie and Matthew chose Aspen, one of their favorite vacation destinations, for their Summer wedding.
Participating in a religious ceremony was of great importance to the couple, so they chose St. Mary’s Church for their traditional nuptials. The catholic church underwent major renovation in 2018 in which the church employed architectural specialists from New York to restore the 125 year old building. After the building’s structural integrity was reconstructed, muralists artfully filled the sanctuary with ethereal, nature-inspired paintings that created both a joyful and dignified ambiance.
When asked about the inspiration for the renovation, the local priest described entering the church as “entering the New Eden, the New Paradise with one foot on earth and one foot in Heaven”. The stained glass windows, architectural features, and decorative paintings throughout the church are filled with images of vines, fruit and flowers that symbolize this New Eden.
Drawing similarities between this divine visual concept and the things Maggie and Matthew love about Aspen – the harmonious mix of humble, rugged surroundings with breathtaking, otherworldly beauty – we designed their entire wedding celebration around the “New Eden” imagery.
The invitation suite included the couple’s names hand-lettered with exaggerated glyphs that formed the shape of fruit and birds. In order to mix the feeling of organic and ethereal, the stationery was printed on triple thick, highly-textured cotton paper and stamped with gold foil. The envelope liner was foiled onto textured, silver metallic paper with a pattern pulled from an altar mural. The shape of the die-cut detail cards was inspired by a motif that repeated across the walls of the church’s nave. The paper suite was accented with a soft mist color on the beveled edge of the main invite and the stationery envelopes. This blue-green tone was incorporated throughout the wedding from the Dream Weaver bridesmaid gowns to the custom chinoiserie murals adorning the reception.
Guests enjoyed cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing at the top of The Little Nell. Guests were greeted by a floral escort display designed to create a gateway to the most glorious view of the mountains. The asymmetrical floral arch created an impactful entrance without impeding the breathtaking view. Custom-made lattices anchored the arch and featured diamond-shaped escort cards (another nod to the church murals) with foil-stamped fruit glyphs and hand- lettered seating assignments.
Guests were offered passed cocktails and canapés during cocktail hour. Signature drinks were served at a wooden bar wrapped with a hand-painted chinoiserie mural. At the bride’s special request, we brought in llamas dapperly dressed in bow-ties and floral wreaths to provide a photo opportunity for the guests.
The lodge dining space was softened with textured linen draping and custom lampshades painted with the same chinoiserie pattern from the cocktail bar. The lights were accented with green vines to evoke the feeling organic growth down the fixtures.
The tables were draped with linen in a mixture of light blue and celadon colors. Select tables were adorned with patterned linen to create movement throughout the dining room. The centerpieces were arranged to look like artful still-life paintings with lush floral centerpieces accented with bowls of fruit. The regal place settings featured gold and blush tones, and the scalloped shape of the dinner charger tied in the design motif from the invitation suite.
Guests dined on a four-course meal and danced with an energy-filled band before descending down the mountain in the ski gondolas through the dark, peaceful sky.
Katie and PK’s wedding was inspired by the couple’s love of clean, modern design. We incorporated linear elements in the stationery and custom builds to tie in the architecture of Toro, the dining space at The Viceroy Snowmass. Toro is appointed with warm finishes including cognac leather, medium-stained wood, and cow hide tiles. We curated a color palette that broke up and provided some relief from those deep warm tones while still complementing the space with dusty taupe, mauve, terra cotta, rust, sandstone, and an accent of jade blue for a surprise pop of color.
The design emphasized the artful combination of the couple’s modern esthetic with the organic and rugged qualities of the mountains that surround Snowmass. We added a 60 foot ivory sisal runner to the raised ceremony aisle’s simplistic design to complement the wild, but refined floral arch designed by Tinge. Multipurpose ceremony programs included an escort card wrap that instructed guests on their dinner table assignments and secured a pair of sunglasses to the back of the programs for the outdoor ceremony.
The cocktail hour was hosted outside on a large wooden deck, so guests could spend more time enjoying the expansive mountain views. We designed a custom 12 foot bar that featured a wooden tambour facade and an oversized informal photo area that perfectly framed the couple during their first dance held nontraditionally during cocktail hour.
The indoor dining tables included acrylic chairs, blush velvet linens, smokey jade water glasses, low profile speckled ceramic plates, embossed and foiled dinner menus, and artfully arranged centerpieces which featured pristine garden roses and locally foraged floral accents.
Emily and Joey were married on a surprisingly cool July day. The bride wore a Monique Lhuiller gown and the groom wore a custom black suit. We selected various Jenny Yoo floor-length gowns in Serenity Blue for the bridesmaids.
The clear-top tent which was used for both cocktail hour and dancing was the heart of the couple’s french garden-inspired celebration. The tent was draped in gray fabric and featured a six foot wide crystal chandelier. A grand lattice structure was welded on the front of the tent and expertly adorned with confederate jasmine to add to the garden ambiance. The seating assignment display was arranged on linen-backed frames with custom vellum pockets for each escort card. A free-standing bar and vintage furniture lounge created an inviting atmosphere inside the tent.
The dining room inside Happy Hollow Country Club featured light blue velvet linens mixed with patterned blue linen. Gray taper candles and lush blush and ivory centerpieces elevated the tablescape design.
After dinner was served, guests moved backed to the tent for dancing, ice cream, and a sparkler farewell.
Stephanie and Travis were married right on the cusp of Spring. When they chose their March wedding date, we knew that The Midwest wouldn’t have a chance to green up before their nuptials, so we transformed their indoor wedding venue and designed their celebration to excite their wedding guests for the warmer temperatures and delicate blooms that Spring would soon bring.
Their color palette played a huge role in visually representing the transition into Spring. The palette was largely made up of the soft, delicate colors you would find in the Springtime: dusty pink, spring green and latte. We added in accents of rust and amber, deeper tones that symbolize Winter. This beautiful palette was expertly applied in the flower arrangements. Textural collections of hellebore, sweetpea, spirea, and garden roses were arranged so they appeared to be sprouting out of matte ceramic bowls.
The wedding design included modern elements to evoke the feeling of a crisp, Spring morning. We brought in various acrylic pieces to emphasize that modernity while providing a textural transition to the crystal chandeliers which were permanent fixtures in the wedding venue. Large-scale installations wow’d the wedding guests as they entered the venue. An oversized acrylic seating assignment board featured flowers and greens growing over six feet behind it. Huge mounds of spirea and spring foliage were arranged so they appeared to be shooting up from acrylic pedestals on the ceremony altar. A custom dessert cart featured mini desserts like macarons, fruit tarts, cake shooters, champagne gummy bears, and artful petit fours. The dance floor was highlighted by a canopy of greens and crystal dew drops growing out from a large crystal chandelier hung in the center.