Archive for October, 2011

60′s Themed Birthday Party!!!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Elynor had a wonderful birthday last week. It was completely 60′s themed! She was after all celebrating 60 years of looking good and living life to the fullest. We decided to ask Colin from Pulp and Ink for a little inspiration as he created the invitations and napkins for the event. He created these beautiful, elegant and fun invitations for Elynor’s birthday.




The event was taking place at Sepia’s private dinning space. It’s an elegant location therefore, we decided to go with rhinestone peace signs, tie dyed vases and a bounty of colorful gerber daises.

We decided to do glittered peace signs along with gerber daises for the entrance arrangement.

You can’t have a 60′s themed party without a lava lamp! We had quite a few of them all over the place.


Thank you Colin for letting us partner with you on this event and Happy Birthday Elynor!

Max’s Post Bar Mitzvah Brunch

Monday, October 24th, 2011

I recently had the pleasure to work with the wonderful ladies at Michelle Durpetti Events to create arrangements in the shape of basketballs for their client Max (or better yet Max’s grandparents) who had a great Post Bar Mitzvah Brunch. Max’s theme was The Chicago Bulls and Basketball.

To read more about this event, please visit Michelle Durpetti Event’s Blog by clicking here

We created orange carnation balls that were made to look like basketballs as centerpieces in addition to mini basketball courts outfitted with mini basketballs because it’s never too early in the morning to shoot some hoops.

Thanks to the ladies at Michelle Durpetti Events for letting us be part of the dream team for this event!

Vintage Wedding ~ Ipek and Morgan at the Millcreek Barn

Monday, October 17th, 2011

I started working with Ipek and Morgan last year. They came as a referral to me from my good friend Liz Sisson at Studio Starling. From the moment I met them I knew I wanted to work with them. Ipek has the most beautiful smile that can light up a room and Morgan is so easy going… I knew I would have a great time.

Ipek and Morgan love all things vintage, and Ipek is pretty good at finding the diamonds in the rough in the middle of a flea market. They decided upon the Millcreek Barn without even setting foot on it, and what a find it was. It had everything they wanted in a venue to get married. The Millcreek Barn is two and half hours away from Chicago in a little town in South West Michigan called Watervilet. The barn has a beautiful outdoor area were couples can get married, an indoor area with lots of windows, a cute built-in bar, a stage for the band and oh yes… a fire pit. Hello s’mores late night food station!


Ipek also knew she wanted a very rustic but vintage look to her wedding. So we designed floral centerpieces, invitations and just about everything with that in mind. Signature cocktails….  we had to go old skool with those too. Morgan decided on Manhattas and Tom Collins. They were a hit with all the guests.


Our centerpieces were all similar but all slightly different. We covered the tables with burlap overlays and created collections of vases with the mason jars, books, votives wrapped in vintage lace and for the flowers we decided to give dahlias, olive leaves, queen anne’s lace, jasmine vine, white astarantia and privet berries a wildflower look.


Ipek carried a bridal bouquet of white astilbe, white wax flowers, queen anne’s lace, white dahlias, dusty miller, fiddle fern, scabiosa pods and white lisianthus.  We wrapped the stems with a burlap (for that rustic barn look!) but also gave it a bridal feel with vintage lace.

The men sported boutonnieres of white wax flowers and scabiosa pods. The stems were wrapped with twine.

We hung mini blue mason jars with chamomile and queen anne’s lace from the small ceremony pergola at the Millcreek Barn’s outdoor area.  I absolutely loved this look.

For the tables I let Ipek find all the little items that would adorn the tables. She visited flea markets and looked around places like etsy and ebay. She found quite a nice little loot…From old milk bottles, antique books, vintage bottles, blue mason jars, antique signs, an antique typewriter,  and even vintage handkerchieves.



We had a great time on the day of the wedding. For good luck the heavens opened and it even rained a little. We sure didn’t let that spoil the fun. Eventually, the rain stopped and we were able to do the ceremony outside. Morgan’s friend played the violin during the ceremony. Afterwards, we decided to kick things up a notch with a local bluegrass and folk band from Chicago who  played during cocktails and dinner. It truly set the mood for the day.

We couldn’t go all vintage though! So an 80′s cover band was hired to play tunes for dancing. Ipek and Morgan it was a pleasure working with you!

This wedding was featured in Style Me Pretty ~ Illinois. Visit the website to view more pictures by Studio Starling and learn more about the couple.