We spent the afternoon working with a unique color and texture palette for a wedding reception at The Renaissance Hotel in Cincinnati. Among the eucalyptus and sedum were milky mauve and cream roses, dazzling white hydrangeas, and snapdragons whose blooms were the deep wine of cherry skin. The rose whose bloom is a vortex of blush is called ‘Constance’, a favorite at our studio.
Hand in hand Caitlin and Matt...
. . . walked the lawn and gardens of Cincinnati's Taft Museum of Art on an absolutely gorgeous late spring day. Caitlin and Matt's wedding ceremony and reception took place behind the Taft in the garden, a beautifully tended landscape of trees and flowers.
We created a climbing floral arch using a large tree as an armature for the exchange of vows which tied in with the Taft's "TWISTED" installation sculpture by artist Patrick Dougherty on the front lawn.
Guests dined outdoor under the Taft's large garden tent. White billowy draping and warm cafe lights created a beautiful ceiling.
Delft blue patterned linens, stationery, and glasses enhanced the garden setting. Floral arrangements included elegant white peony, roses, stock, clematis, with subtle pops of violet and lots of greenery.
Venue: Taft Museum of Art | Event Planner: Kristen Kloth of Tres Chic Event Planning | Linens: All Occasions | Draping: Fitz the Occasion | Catering & Sweets: Eatwell | Cake: Tres Belle Cakes and Coffee Shop | Florals: Yellow Canary | Photography: tm photography
Fragrant pink roses and frilly white peonies...
. . . tucked into layers of greenery brought the garden indoors to fill the former nave of what is now the Monastery Event Center in Mount Adams. Soft pinks, creamy whites and emerald foliage seemed to bloom from every nook and cranny in the historic space during Sarah and David's afternoon wedding reception.
One of our favorite details is the escort card case. A beautifully finished vintage card catalogue was reborn as a gorgeous welcome display for escort cards. We tucked fresh white stock, roses, lisianthus, handfuls of green tendrils and foliage into the sturdy, dark wooden drawers until it looked like something from a dream.
Sugar Realm created a stunning tiered cake with blooming pastel sugar flowers that added another level of artistic beauty to the celebration. What an honor to have been a part of Sarah and David's wedding story!
Photos by Jonathan Gibson Photography.
Photography: Jonathan Gibson, Cincinnati | Pin lighting : ClearLighting, Cincinnati | Sarah's Dress: Alta Moda, Salt Lake; custom design from Augusta Jones Bridal | Wedding Cake: Sugar Realm | Venue: Monastery Event Center, Cincinnati | Florals: Yellow Canary Floral Event & Design
See Sarah + David's wedding on Jonathan Gibson's blog
Summery orange roses, bright yellow craspedia, soft pink Japanese asters, and sunflowers were just a few of the beautiful flowers we arranged at our first Flower Foundations Workshop at The Fig Leaf in Hyde Park Square. Stay tuned for our next workshop coming up in September!
What happens when a wedding planner gets to plan her own wedding? Monica Gaddis had already established herself at Viva Bella Events when she got engaged to her future husband Brandon and started comparing color swatches, sampling cake, and trying on gowns. Monica + Brandon's romantic winter wedding at Cincinnati's Rhinegeist brewery was a gorgeous mix of deep berry reds, tropical and soft pinks, milky white and lots of fresh greenery. Garlands, chandeliers, and the warm glow of hundreds of strung lights softened the industrial rawness of the brewery.
Monica + Brandon exchanged vows in a ceremony in the round. The space was a perfect juxtaposition of softness and time worn edginess with a wall of sheer draping suspended like a waterfall in a room whose brick walls were mortared by men who lived over a century ago.
For the reception the draping was transformed from a solid wall into several elegant tie backs that added an inviting and romantic ambiance to the room, catching and reflecting the various types of lighting. We are honored to have been a part of Monica and Brandon's gorgeous day!
Photos: Tine Hofmann - TM Photography | Makeup: Nancy Dawson - Brideface | Hair: Sarah Stear - Eros Salon | Flowers: Yellow Canary Floral & Event Design | Stationery: loon + co | Cake: Sugar Realm | Catering: Funky's Catering | Venue: Rhinegeist Brewery | Draping: Kim Fitzpatrick - Fitz the Occasion, LLC | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental | DJ: Wyatt - Toad Productions | Coordinator: Wild Belle Events - Christina Penfield
Pink macarons, creamy roses and peonies, gold beaded chargers, and sequined linens only begin to hint at the textured loveliness of Jamie + Jeff's spring wedding day. Vows were exchanged in East Walnut Hills' St. Francis de Sales church followed by an elegant reception downtown Cincinnati at The Center.
Jamie was beautiful in her white mermaid style gown with beaded belt and veil. Her bridesmaids wore barely blush dresses in mixed necklines and cuts. White bouquets included roses, peonies, and hydrangeas for a rounded, neat look.
Reception tables were set with a variety of textured floor-length linens. Round and rectangular tables were covered with tiny opal white and champagne sequined cloths with ribboned white satin on the long, family style head table that sat over 20 guests. Jamie + Jeff sat in a small loveseat with their closest friends. Guests sat on silver chiavari chairs.
The floral palette was soft white, creams, and several shades of pink. Full floral arrangements with roses and peonies reflected the abundance of the spring season. A lively mix of tall and short clear glass centerpieces added a glamorous touch to The Center's contemporary space of high ceilings, hardwood floors, and crisp, clean walls.
Gold beaded chargers hinted at the gold polka dot stationery, dinner menus, and layered chevron patterned wedding cake. Gold votives and gilt bowls were clustered around for an overall dreamy, elegant, and perfectly Queen City wedding day.
Becca was stunning in her long, elegant gown which set the tone for a breezy, sophisticated celebration. She carried a full bouquet of orchid, rose, peony, succulent, and eucalyptus. Her bridesmaids wore flowing mix and match white dresses and carried slightly smaller elegant white floral bouquets.
A lush white and green living table runner with roses, orchids, and peonies dressed the long family table of Burnham Hall at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. Natural linens covered the circular tables which held mixes of white roses, hydrangea, peonies, green succulents and eucalyptus interspersed with the stunning king protea. The simple white and green palette beautifully incorporated the gold of the chiavari chairs and historic railings encircling the historic Hall.
A long, simple white aisle runner led Becca to the chuppah, a Jewish symbol of the couple's future home. The chuppah was dressed asymmetrically in white hydrangea and green vine. The textured hydrangea, roses, and long tendrils of greenery brought the bright summer day into Burnham Hall.
Cincinnati's Ault Park is one of the most beautiful and sought after wedding venues in the region. Tree lined sidewalks, carefully planted and tended garden beds, and Italianate style Grand Pavilion built in 1930 make it a romantic urban destination.
Ault Park's Grand Pavilion's perfectly proportioned arches frame panoramic views of its wide, impressive gardens and lawns. A cascading fountain of water streams down between two broad sets of stairs, the sound of flowing water a subtle delight.
Kristin and Jonathan's wedding ceremony took place under a wooden arbor covered in vine and flower. The reception was light filled, with fabric, flowers, and candles in pale shades of pink, cream and white. Sunlight reflected and refracted throughout every nook and cranny of stone.
Gold chiavari chairs, bright white translucent draping and cafe lights hung like low clouds extending the guest seating to the overlook areas. Long tables were set with runners of greenery that ran the length of tables with floral sprays of fragrant roses at the center - a unique departure from vessels and vases. Tall glass candles and small amber votives added a warm glow to the afternoon.
A romantic, quiet elopement is a godsend for couples who prefer to stay out of the spotlight on their wedding day. Exchanging vows along a secluded sandy river shore is as quiet, romantic, and private as it comes. Elopements can be a bit daring too - a quiet slip away from the demands of the world. Time stands still and you feel quite invincible.
Caroline Koehler, of Caroline Koehler Photography and Lexi Clifford styled this loose, earthy, romantic elopement along the river's edge. Delores, the beautiful bride, tied her long hair back loosely and let the wind rustle through its strands. Her flowing, sandstone Gossamer gown billowed and sailed when it caught a breeze. The trees pushed their mighty branches across the dark green water and the wind shook the leaves into a long song.
Relaxed, organic elements, the simple colors of river, sand, and sky found expression in Delores' full and wild ribbon tied bouquet. Sun washed summer greens of eucalyptus, vibrant coleus whose green and purple mimics fine brocade. Lacy love in a mist twirls atop sinewy stems like a stage of Degas' dancers. Veronica, larkspur, Queen Anne's lace, and stock gather round the beaming face of an unfolding, milky dahlia.
Owl Post Calligraphy created stationery with a pressed frame edge, just enough definition to draw its thickness out. Ink the color of dark sand marks the page with a record of our hope.
Rivers hold our human stories in their bedrock, furled and tangled in the roots and shallows. Its no wonder we seek them out for inspiration, choosing them as a starting point of our journey. They connect and course along furrows and water-filled canyons whose deepness is unknown disappearing into cracks, crevices or the open sea. Approaching a river at night, in total darkness, one can listen for the sound of the water and know its depth.
A few simple elements - water, flowers, paper, soft fabrics gathered on a afternoon, bound with the emerald ribbon of passing time hemming our wishes together under a bright, cotton white sky.
Photography: Caroline Koehler Photography | Florals: Yellow Canary Floral & Event Design | Makeup: Delores Martin of Toi et Moi Salon | Gown: Gossamer | Paper goods: Owl Post Calligraphy | Styled by: Lexi Clifford and Caroline Koehler Photography | Couple: Delores and Mike Martin | Film Lab: Photovision Prints | Ring: Susie Saltzman
There are endless ways to incorporate your natural surroundings - flowers, field, fruit - into your wedding or special celebration.
We often think of elements like weathered barn wood and canning jars to set a rustic, country atmosphere where guests can relax, and enjoy the simple pleasures of food and good company. In this inspired wedding shoot featured on Wedding Sparrow, however, a talented group of planners, photographers, stationers, and designers departed from the usual decorative elements of the country to create a timeless, dreamy ambiance using a soft, subtle color palette, airy fabrics, laces, and fresh woodland cuttings.
Queen Anne's lace is a chameleon wildflower that can be paired with everything from tulips to billy balls to lupine and will do the work of setting different moods depending on its mate. We love adding it to wedding florals to see what it can do. Want a soft, spring bouquet of softness? Snuggle it up to some pink sweet peas. Grab a long piece of linen and wrap it up with a handful of sunflowers for instant summer happiness.
For this early spring day we paired Queen Anne's lace and small ivy with one of the earliest risers of the season - the hellebore also known as the lenten rose. Hellebores were originally brought from Europe and over the years a niche of expert growers have provided the market with a rich palette of colors from smokey coal blacks to satin pinks and honey yellows.
We chose an earthy green hellebore with burgundy, milky white and chartreuse markings. It's painterly petals resemble the young skin of the pomegranate. The overcast day provided the perfect light and infused everything from linen to vine with a glowing, effervescent quality.
Photography, Styling & Hair: Lexi Vornberg | Workshop: Lemonade and Lenses | Florals: Yellow Canary | Paper Goods: The Little North Sea Studio | Dress: Hyde Park Bridal - Dress + Bolero Designer: Hayley Paige "Kira" Gown, Hayley Paige "Juliet" Bolero | Earrings: Haute Bride | Rentals: Grey Salt | Lab: Photovision | MUA: Gina Weathersby