by: Lauren

A modern minimalist farmhouse style with a black and white color palette and natural colors and textures created the perfect look for 8 Maids a Milking in our 12 Days of Christmas Tabletops series.

We love that they took elements, that on paper can seem very rustic, and gave us a beautifully unexpected modern style that is elegant and sleek. We’re excited to share the details from Treasury Rentals and Ashton Events as they walk us through the design choices that were captured by Jenna Nicole Photography.

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Laura from Ashton Events:

“This look quickly became one of our favorites as we look back on many of the tables we created. Using elements and textures that seem so unexpected with a modern style was a fun way for us to create something outside of the box, and stretch our creativity. For the centerpiece, we used a mix of cream roses and buttery golden brown blooms, cotton, and dried babies breath in a low, narrow arrangement. Choosing a black ceramic container allowed for a strong contrast with the blooms, and tied together the black details in the table settings. Creating a garland runner around the centerpiece with delicate branches allowed us to make the table feel full, but stick with the minimal style for the design.”

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Emily from Treasury Rentals:

“Creating this design, we knew we wanted to do a nod to a farmhouse style along with the contrast of the black and white color palette as we associate the theme with farm style and the colors of a characterized maid costume, but wanted to create something unique and special. We absolutely loved playing with the contrast for this tabletop style. Pairing our driftwood chargers with black stoneware and flatware, and selecting a sleek style smokey gray glass allowed us to create some drama with the setting. By keeping the main elements monochromatic, it played well with the minimal style, and the charger pulled together some of the colors and natural textures found in both the linen from Nuage Designs, Inc. and Laura’s centerpiece design. A knotted white napkin placed on the setting helped completed the look creating contrast and balance that worked perfectly with the style.”

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We love that they took farmhouse elements, that are so very much on trend right now, and gave them a sleek modern upgrade with the black details that created a style that could be easily translated all year long.

Make sure you catch all of the other looks in this series as we celebrate the countdown to Christmas Day!

12 Drummers Drumming

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords a Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Jenna Nicole Photography // Florals + Design: Ashton Events // Tabletop Rentals + Design: Treasury Rentals // Linens: Nuage Designs, Inc. // Venue: Haus 820



by: Lauren

ROQUE Events took it to the beach for this modern elegant coastal wedding inspiration. This team of creatives drew inspiration from hues of blue and marsala, with chic details and geometric accents that added depth to this gorgeous style.

The ceremony was the perfect backdrop, with the couple centered under a large geometric structure complimented with pops of burgundy florals from April Baytan Designs. We absolutely love the triangular shape that accentuated the mountain views as they overlooked the ocean for this beachfront wedding.

No seaside celebration would be complete without a stunning tablescape, and this setup did not disappoint. Gorgeous linens from La Tavola Linen provided the perfect shade of aqua, and deep navy napkins with a nautical-inspired napkin ring looped back to this seaside look. Menus from Laura Lambrix Designs added the perfect modern touch to each place setting, complimenting the elegance of the entire style.

We love every intentional detail that this team created to complete this elegant seaside design, and c.m. elle studios  captured every moment beautifully. We think you’ll love how romantic these coastal wedding ideas turned out!

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It would be a shame if we overlooked the stunning style of this bride and groom. We love that they chose a chic, form-fitting lace gown from Kinsley James Couture Bridal for the bride, and a sharp navy Michael Kors suit for the groom. Their attire set the tone for the entire style, and we love how elegant and unexpected it felt for beach wedding, but how perfect it complimented this modern design.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Design + Production: ROQUE Events // Photographer: c.m. elle studios  // Floral Design: April Baytan Designs  // Signage: Laura Lambrix Designs // Linen: La Tavola Linen // Rentals: Encore Events Rentals // Tabletop: cb2 // Cake: Just Delightful Cakery // Bridal Gown: Kinsley James Couture Bridal // Groom’s Suit: Michael Kors // Jewelry: Scout Mandolin // Hair + Makeuo: La Jo Studios // Models: Alyssa Fumagalli & Kam Newton



by: Lauren

We’re turning to a more feminine style for our 12 Days of Christmas Tabletops inspired by the song, 12 Days of Christmas, with “9 Ladies Dancing”. We’ve seen elegant, rustic, and masculine styles, and we love the icy femininity that this table presents.

Lace details, soft colors, simple white blooms tucked around flickering candles- we love the simplicity and elegance of this style. Enjoy the beautiful details crafted by Ashton Events  and Treasury Rentals as they were captured by Jenna Nicole Photography.

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Laura from Ashton Events:

“We really wanted to focus on a delicate feminine style with this look since many of our designs have taken on a masculine tone for this series. With a theme of Ladies Dancing, we loved the idea of a light, almost icy color palette with a romantic glow. Mercury glass votives, pillar candles, fluffy blooms and lace details helped us achieve a whimsical feel that reminded us of ballet dancers moving with grace and poise.”

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Emily from Treasury Rentals:

“The simplicity and elegance created with the icy tones and feminine textures really carried the beauty of this style. We chose to keep the place settings simple and neutral as a way to compliment this rather minimal style. White dinner plates with gray salad plates allowed the beautiful texture of the linen and lace detailing of the napkin to really stand out, while our gold flatware picked up the shimmering metallic of the mercury glass votives. We love that Laura added a cluster of mini ornaments into the champagne coupes that were placed on the plates as a way to add a little pop of whimsy and color to the table.”

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What do you think so far? Do you have a favorite Christmas table style yet? So many unique looks are ahead, so make sure you check back as we continue to the celebration.

Make sure you catch all of the other looks in this series as we celebrate the countdown to Christmas Day!

12 Drummers Drumming

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords a Leaping

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Jenna Nicole Photography // Florals + Design: Ashton Events // Tabletop Rentals + Design: Treasury Rentals // Linens: Nuage Designs, Inc. // Venue: Haus 820

 



by: Lauren

We love this sweet love story as we are approaching the holidays, especially New Years Eve! You see, Jennifer and Karl dated briefly when they were in high school, and fate brought them back together on New Year’s Eve!  Their wedding day was a beautiful modern elegant design set at The Waterfall in Delaware. With the grand feel of both the ceremony and reception space, this venue allowed them to achieve the look and style that they were going for with ease.

We hope you enjoy the beauty of this couple’s elegant celebration captured by Kelli Wilke Photography, and be sure to catch the details that Jennifer and Karl shared about what made their day so special.

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Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).

Our vision was Modern Elegance with Class yet no sign of a Stuffy vibe! We chose a blend of soft Spring dreamy colors with a bold midnight blue contrast and a touch of silver and rose-gold accents. Our ceremony at The Waterfall, was outside with a grand Coliseum feel with nature to soften the marble and stoic look. It was a space to take on our ever growing family and to incorporate the sounds, the beautiful weather and the grand feel of the day itself. The reception was in the Cascade Ballroom; this embodied our Modern Elegance style. It felt uplifting and a breath of fresh air when we walked in the room. It was dreamy… the perimeter marked with strong pillars the custom oval shaped marble dance floor and the ever so soft yet bold and stunning chandeliers that hung above, 5 to be exact! 

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What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

Important: The Venue, Entertainment and Formality   Splurge: On Three Main Areas;   1). The Venue; it welcomed our 2 styles of modern and elegance. We knew our guests would feel comfortable yet fancy! Their in-house catering team is more than talented. Chef Neil worked with us directly to achieve a custom menu selection. The display and offerings of food was heaven-like. Months later the guests still rave about it!   2).Entertainment; it is a huge part of who we are. We both have a love for music and dancing. Also our family and friends are the same so we wanted to assure their full enjoyment from beginning to end. Ceremony: Live 3 piece band and singer. Piano, Guitarist and Violinist. 3 Amazing music students studying at the University of Delaware. They put in many hours of rehearsal and were very professional. Very impressed! Cocktail into Dinner Hour: The Smooth Sounds of Steve Silicato; local Solo Italian Singer in my area where I grew up (Wilmington, DE). He has performed many times at the big annual St. Anthony’s Italian Festival and at many other venues in the area. It was a playful joke at the time amongst my coworkers and I that we would one day have him sing at my wedding (I wasn’t even engaged at the time!). Well I stuck to it and surprised them and all other guests with him at our wedding. My Father is Italian, I grew up listening to all of the ‘smooth sounds’ from back than. Sunday with Sinatra was a given to be on throughout the surround sound in our home every week. I decided to bring that element of familiarity and warmth to the mingle hours and dinnertime. It was perfect, guest expressed their awareness of how special it was and how talented Steve Silicato is. Reception: DJ time! About 9:30PM until the end, Midnight he got the guests on their feet and moving all sorts of ways. Tom Barrett Disc Jockey’s knew how to feel the crowd. 3). Stationery; Lynn Theresa Designs (privately owned business) Provided endless proofs and quick turn around times. Carried our modern elegance through each piece of stationary that makes up a wedding. We loved all of it to the fullest! Our designer even helped us design our ‘Wedding Logo,’ that we adore and have used in other elements since the wedding. ‘JKForev 4.29.17’   Skip: Nothing – we went all out!

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What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)

Bride’s Favorite Part of the Day: Ceremony; truly unimaginably perfect. When looking back at the pictures, when listening back to the video and when hearing the stories of our guests that witnessed our marriage it says it all. Simplistic happiness arrives in surmountable measures when it’s with your person… your forever and always. Having my Father walk me down the very long aisle (one favored element that the Venue has!) we had indescribable surreal moments shared. A connection between us that is so strong even grew stronger that day. The surprise element of asking my Mom to join us in giving away their daughter to Karl. The embracing and genuine hugs exchanged between my parents and Karl… the many laughs, unscripted and vibrant glow that we shared at the altar… the exchange of our written vows… down to the last moment on the aisle together sharing a movie-esque kiss while ‘An Everlasting Love’ was being played…’ Perfection.  

Groom’s Favorite Part of the Day: Introductions; Karl designed a video that was presented before our Bridal party walked in to travel you through the city of Chicago… he worked one on one with the Chicago Bulls announcer. His hometown, Chi-Town had to play a role in our wedding. Each member of the Bridal Party was introduced in a playful way as if they were a player on the team. When it came to introducing us, the newly married couple this is what was announced; ‘And now… For the second time today proud to announce the Bride coming in at 5’8″ representing Delaware and the Groom standing 6’5″ from the south side of Chicago both Salisbury Alumni Jennifer and Karl Acker!! (Imagine it in the recognizable ‘announcer tone’… it was an entrance filled with hyped adrenaline) *the perfect moment was captured to prove it! Thanks to our photographer, Kelli Wilke!   Bride and Grooms Favorite Parts of the Day: 1). Seeing one another for the first time on our wedding day… that moment you envision of how you will feel and what it will be like is that times that… times that.. times that.. times that..times that… times that…   2).A moment at the Sweetheart Table; sitting back seeing all guests in movement with chatter, laughter, eating and dancing. We caught a quick moment to reflect, it was perfect. And yes! finally getting to eat all and every delectable dinner option that patiently awaited for our indulgence! The crab on crab on crab cakes, wild rice stuffed chicken, sweet potato mash, brown butter greens beans, shaved seared broccoli… you get the picture ;) 3). Even though it takes a lot of time, the special one on one time you get when taking your pictures right after your married is the ultimate and cheesiest smiles you will ever get to capture. What a carefree time to express your insane amount of love for one another in a refined and timeless way. 4). Joining our guests on the dance floor. Oddly enough was a moment of relaxation, to finally intertwine ourselves as a married couple with all of our family and friends celebrating with us. It was priceless.

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Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Take a moment to think what is extremely important to you personally and as a couple. What is it that you simply cannot do with out… what ever it is, make it happen! Don’t think twice about it! Seriously, don’t! Also, try to get any little things out of the way early on; for example, non perishable items such as; signage of any elements throughout the wedding that don’t depend on guests RSVP’s or final decisions about your Bridal Party. (Ex.:Instagram Sign/Remembrance Sign/Thank you Sign/Guest Book, etc.)

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My Mother was a driving force to help guide me through emotional decision making and countless hours of pondering moments. She guided me and reminded me of what I continually wished for, wanted and needed to have. She recognized my levels of sanity and how to help me regain my focus. I truly thank her for the many hours and nights spent re-thinking and thinking again to assure all aspects were perfect.  

My wonderful team at Flowers by Yukie! I was a lucky Bride-to-be to have resources at my fingertips, years of experience to turn to and guidance from a woman that I look up to. Yukie herself was a calming force for me and assured the stability of our vision. Her countless hours and selfless acts of kindness made our dreamy wedding come to life; from our guests being able to limitlessly experience a day filled with talented passion to help us express the fearless act of forever love with magical elements and the timeless, simplistic purity of romantic threads throughout. We undoubtedly are forever thankful for her gracious gratitude.

Overall my Fiance at the time… and now husband of mine. The amazing Mr. Karl Acker encompassed the understanding of my wild ways. He stuck by me through it all! God bless his heart ;) It made me love him even more ;)

We absolutely love hearing these words from this bride. It takes an incredible team of support to pull off this type of celebration, and the vendors they hired came through in big ways to create such a gorgeous event.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Kelli Wilke Photography // Ceremony Venue: the Waterfall // Reception Venue: The Waterfall // Floral: Flowers by yukie // Wedding Cake: the masters baker // Videography: AOV Productions // Hair: Michael Christopher // Makeup: Kristina Ruggerio // Stationery: Lynn Theresa Designs // Linens: Party Rental Ltd // Linens: SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND QUEEN STREET LINENS // Officiant: ANDY MAHANEY // Ceremony Musicians: UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE // Transportation: DELAWARE EXPRESS | Entertainment: STEVE SILICATO // Rehearsal Venue: COLUMBUS INN // Wedding Dress: The Wedding Shoppe in Wayne PA // Bride’s Shoes: INC SHOES |// Bride’s Shoes: Daniel Floral & Events, Inc // Bridesmaid Dresses: MARSEN // Veil: Toni Federici // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus // Bridesmaid Dresses: JS Collections // Flower Girl Dress: BTWEEN // Groomsmen Attire: Rudi’s Formal Wear // Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo // Watch: FOSSIL // Robes: Le Rose // Wedding Ring: Jared // Engagement Ring: Jared // Ring Bearer Outfit: Rudi’s Formal Wear // Gifts: My Other Bag