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.
Brooke and Harrison were married at a private property in September. Their wedding was inspired by an art installation at the wedding site – a 25′ tall stainless steel tree entitled Dada by Supodh Gupta. Brooke knew she wanted to be married at the base of the tree, so we designed their wedding celebration to complement the hyper-reflective and mythological qualities of the art piece. The wedding design combined metallic finishes, celestial references, and design elements that felt both organic and etherial.
The wedding invitations featured lunar illustrations printed on vellum paper with subtle iridescent flecks. Matte silver foil printing on grey paper added tonal modernity and elegance to the suite.
Brooke wore a custom Hayley Paige gown with a lavender-grey Dori skirt and appliqué Pascal top. For the reception, she wore a simplistic Rebecca Schoneveld gown with an Alexandra Grecco cape accented with delicate celestial beadwork. Harrison wore a textured black and charcoal suit. The bridesmaids wore Amsale Eden gowns in Dove to complement Brooke’s voluminous skirt.
The color palette was a surprising combination of warm autumnal tones including taupe, mauve, and rust mixed with pastel cool tones to tie in the etherial qualities of Brooke’s wedding gown. The wedding flowers included koko loko garden roses, butterfly ranunculus, and lisianthus in the warm tones with pops of periwinkle scabiosa and lavender delphinium, Japanese anemone and toad lily. Painted dried palms were incorporated into the placed floral to add angular radial shapes, reminiscent of stars, to the soft-bloomed flower mix.
For the ceremony, Brooke processed down a natural walkway of lush grapevines before joining Harrison at the base of the Dada Tree. The ceremony design was kept simple to allow the art installation to shine. Acrylic cane chairs and an acrylic officiant podium were accented with artful floral arrangements.
During cocktail hour, guests were offered passed wine and signature moscow mules along with an assortment of savory bites. Passed items were served on petrified wood and capiz shell trays to reference the Dada Tree. Servers wore lavender linen aprons embellished with star pins.
We helped the mother of the bride coordinate a surprise for the couple. While the couple was off taking post-ceremony photos, we lined up the guests in the tall grasses leading to the tent and handed out wire mesh wands with the guests’ seating assignments wrapped around the wand handles. When they returned from photos, Brooke and Harrison lead the way to dinner under a tunnel of glowing light.
Guests were welcomed into the sailcloth dinner tent by a floral arch featuring lunar-inspired painted discs and handmade wire mesh flowers. Thirty woven wire pendant lights swirled with whimsical baby’s breath clouds were suspended over the dance floor and created a focal point inside the tent. Guest Tables were layered with metallic silver linens with a birch bark pattern. Matte grey ceramic chargers stacked with hand-painted glass plates added depth to the place settings along with two-toned gold flatware and letterpress menus. Centerpieces included the unique mix of wedding blooms and were arranged with artful flower offshoots for a “shooting star” effect.
Dinner was served as the sun was setting. Dessert included mini sour cream pound cake with lemon mascarpone cakelets wrapped with white chocolate and edible silver leaf. The individual desserts were served on hand-painted acrylic discs. French macarons splattered with metallic paint served as favors and were wrapped in printed vellum secured with an embossed silver seal. The favors were packaged in custom letterpress boxes with a velvet ribbon pull.
As the evening drew to a close, Brooke and Harrison surprised their guests with McDonald’s cheeseburgers served in hawking trays customized with the well-known jingle from the fast food chain. Guests danced under the mesh pendants and sung along to their favorite songs until the event’s joyful conclusion.
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.