By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist
This past summer, I styled a wedding in a beautiful historic spot-turned-art gallery. The inspiration and theme were drawn from art-inspired media and surfaces: Ink, marbled paper, and watercolor washes. Check it out for all the details, along with a handful of tips on how it came together.
The wedding took place at the Historic Loft on Roswell Square. The space is perfectly beautiful and almost glows with light. The building also has a storied past, previously home to a civil war hospital, art gallery and now an event venue full of character. My vision for this special space was drawn from the colors in Minted’s Modern Marble party decor set. I wanted a white room (representative of a clean artists palette) layered with ribbons of soft blush and mint, along with strokes of pretty feminine color to punctuate the pared-down space.
The flowers consisted of pink and peach garden roses, light pink tea roses and a handful of poppies tucked in for whimsy and to add a vibrant ‘pop’ to the composition. I ordered my flowers through a local wholesaler and learned a fantastic tip when working with poppies: They come in bunches of assorted colors, so when working with these flowers, be prepared to embrace the color variations in the form of reds, oranges, yellows, whites and pastels (or sift through and pick out your favorites).
The ceremony was simple and pared down, with washes of color in the form of a statement-making aisle runner crafted by transferring a pattern onto an over-sized canvas. For a focal element (and as a counterpoint to the modern details in the space) I hung a pint-sized vintage chandelier at the end of the aisle. This fantastic piece came from Blue Eyed Yonder’s collection of antique finds. Simple draped banners frame the chandelier and soften the space.
For favors, Each chair had a special card for guests. The couple made an honor donation to the World Wildlife Fund, and we included the details on these Ikat business cards. A simple hole punch and satin ribbon transformed the cards into colorful tags to act as both decor elements and thank you favors dangling from chair backs.
Morgan Blake of Three Pennies captured all the little details and special moments of the day.
One of my favorite details of the day was the program card. A single program was placed in the seat of each chair. It was a simple presentation, but the beautiful washes of color in Linda and Harriet’s Ombre design added the perfect amount of color. The overall effect was very pretty–with hints of vibrant color dotting the seats that flanked a bold aisle runner.
Each place card was hand-lettered by the fantastically talented Meme Davis.
The table linens and ombre napkins were custom made by Tamara of I Do Linens. She worked with me to create the perfect foundation for our table: Linens with modern line and small color accents in the form of delicate mint piping. Tamara also offered the clever idea of adding blush box pleats for a tailored look and a hint of color.
The wedding cake was simple and unfussy, with smooth fondant and a delicately dotted border (the minimal shape of the cake was actually inspired by the clean lines of this cake stand). For a little added accent, I trimmed a small piece of patterned paper and lined the top of the plate.
The striking gumpaste poppy was hand-crafted by Sweet Little Morsels. Stephanie can create masterful sugar flowers in custom colors or varieties. I especially love how the single bloom feels like a sculptural art piece in its own right. Her work is pretty amazing and they can keep for several months!
A couple of pretty tissue fans on chair backs gives just the right touch of mint!
A simple drink sign complements the mix and match cocktail options. This blush concoction is one of my favorite summer drinks: The Paloma Cocktail. (My version gets its pink hue from pink grapefruit Italian soda.)
A wonderful complement to a Paloma Cocktail: Cocktail napkins with a pretty embellishment. Any sticker will work, but I used these Wooded Blooms stickers to add some floral detail and make a standard cocktail napkin more special.
An elegant settee added just the right amount of curvilinear line to break up the white space (I also love how the fluid lines in the piece give a subtle suggestion to the ribbons of paint in the marble pattern). I found this gorgeous piece along with several others for this event through Settee Event Decor Rental in Atlanta.
The wedding invitation, Gallery Hopping, was the perfect choice to set the tone for the wedding. It’s fresh and modern, but also a little playful in its broad areas of color and brushy detail.
For a twist on the classic Champagne Cocktail, I used rock candy swizzle sticks garnished with these mini drink flags. It’s super easy to serve, simply add a dash of Angostura bitters to the candy stick and drop it in a glass of Champagne or Prosecco just before serving. (You can find the swizzle sticks I used in almost every color here.) I also added a little sign for the serving tray by re-purposing these Color Wash business cards.
The cake table was simply set beneath a small Modern Marble Banner with the couple’s initials. To add some variety in the display, I chose a simple large cake stand to support a smooth fondant cake, and mixed things up by choosing jadeite milk glass cake stands to support two smaller cakes with roughly textured icing.
The custom pendant shades were a huge detail, so I put a lot of thought into creating them. The final product turned out to be even easier than I expected. These are covered in a Modern Marble wrapping paper and held in place by scotch tape! The key is creating a template. I purchased these shades from Ikea, and affixed kraft paper onto the shade using paper clips. I then used a pencil to shade the outline of the paper where it met the shade edge and trimmed it to create a slightly curved template. I traced this onto the patterned paper, trimmed it and wrapped it onto the lampshade. If you want to make these yourself, and prefer not to mess with a template, opt for a drum shade over the flare shape i used. It’s as simple as rolling paper around a shade.
Apothecary jars aren’t just for sweets. I love to use them as vessels to hold a bouquets after the ceremony. The beautiful part is, they look lovely grouped while empty and, during the reception, you can drop in a bouquet to double as an extra centerpiece. I think they look really great with a nosegay added at an artful angle.
Another one of my favorite touches is this Antique Monogram personal stationery, given as a mother’s gift to her daughter on the day of her wedding. It’s a sweet and simple gesture, but notecards take on a special meaning when they have the bride’s new last name (and she sees it in print for the first time!)
For a special send-off, I filled these small favor boxes with white rice for tossing. It’s a classic send-off and, contrary to recent belief, won’t hurt the birds! The labels were also hand-lettered in white ink by Meme Davis.
Most often, the best details come with the venue. In this case, we needed a fun getaway, and the Loft had some vintage bicycles onsite. We added a custom sign for the both bride and groom on his and hers bikes to read “Mrs. Davis” and “Mr. Davis”. To complete the look, we strung tissue poms behind each bike.
Photography Morgan Blake of Three Pennies
Upholstered settee, chairs and table rental Settee
Vintage Chandelier Rental Blue Eyed Yonder
Custom Linens I Do Linens
Floral Design Dolores Chavers
Calligraphy Meme Davis
Modern Marble Party Decor Minted
Estate Dinner Menu Minted
Watercolor Frame Table Numbers Minted
Ikat Favor Tag Minted
Ecru Ribbon Minted
Ombre Wedding Program Minted
Modern White Cake Stand Minted
Sugar Poppy Flower Etsy
Mint Petal Tissue Fan Minted
Wooded Blooms Cocktail Napkin Stickers Minted
Gallery Hopping Wedding Invitation Minted
Strawberry Swizzle Sticks Candy Warehouse
Champagne Flutes CB2
Color Wash Drink Sign Minted
Jadeite Cake Stands Minted
Pendant Lights and Shades Ikea
Apothecary Jars Minted
Antique Monogram Stationery Minted
Favor Boxes Minted
Bride’s Dress Vintage
Bride’s Hair Soda Salon
Bridesmaids Dress Rent the Runway
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