Earlier last year Nick arrived at ASA for a our initial design meeting and Darcey soon follows. As Nick peppers Darcey’s cheek with kisses like a teenager as I wonder how long its been since they’ve seen each other. Last week? Last month???? I ask in curiosity and they reply, “we saw each other just this morning.” Witnessing true love shared by two wonderful people reminds us why we love what we do.
How do you create the most awing entrance to bring together a top industry planner and acclaimed photographer, whose full-time job is to make life’s most important events and memories possible for others? The challenge was on for us to accentuate both Darcey and Nick’s personalities, combining vintage inspired design with interesting floral.
And the day was finally upon us, which began unseasonably warm at 70 degrees in November. As the clouds rolled in with a mid-morning rain, the saying came to mind, rain on your wedding day is good luck. As the clouds parted and the sun shinned, Nick and Darcey shared their first look on top Salvage One, where their wedding and reception would take place later that day. A beautiful moment that I didn’t think could be captured in a photo, but our talented ASA photographer Dana did the moment justice.
Salvage One, located conveniently across the street from ASA, brought character and class while demonstrating a whimsical way to play off of the past-present-and-future of such a special love with the inspiration of “vintage” that helps relive the novelty of artifacts that “used to be” into what glamorized this wedding’s unique theme. For the floral, Darcey chose a combination of textural elements including sword fern, open garden roses, air-plants, seeded eucalyptus, lisianthus blooms, and matrecaria. A timeless look that matched her bridesmaid’s combination and the boutonnieres of scabiosa pod, matrecaria, and seeded eucalyptus. Darcey chose Vera, which was simply amazing. The touch of lace inspired the vintage look we worked from to create the overall look. The bridesmaids looked smashing in a deep blue shantung.
Personal touches ooozzzed in the entire space, Darcey’s talented Mother created the beautiful all ribbon/fabric backdrop for the ceremony as well as the cage veil Darcey wore. A few snips of tulle from her own wedding dress created the perfect head piece for her daughter. The reception also included “poof” balls of crepe paper in coordinating hues hung over the dance floor.
Planning this wedding for Darcey and Nick was like me trying to create the “ultimate centerpiece”… As a very successful planner at Big City Bride, we can only imagine how much fun it would have been to create your very own wedding which led us to challenge ourselves to “top this one-off” as the epitome of all the projects. Our floral was subtle, yet playfully placed among hundreds of pieces of vintage treasures. Anywhere from stems popping out of roller skates, craspedia balls placed on candelabra, and the lavish table settings wrapped around by an old film reel. Who would have thought these pieces of “old junk” could be the solution when avoiding the typical vase and (bowl).
We could have been happier with the overall result and Nick and Darcey agree. We are honored we were asked to work with such a wonderful couple and friends. Congratulations Nick and Darc, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and are glad we’ll be around to share it!
Dress Designer: Vera Wang/ Planning: Big City Bride/ Photographer: Gerber and Scarpelli/ Venue: Salvage One/ Caterer: Devon with Blue Plate/ DJ: Roberto Monastero/ Cake Shop: Hoosier Mama Pie Company/ Make Up: Juli Valdez / Hair: Nicci Loiacono/ Stationary and Table Numbers: Bride and Groom / Hotel: Hotel Palomar/ Transportation: Chicago Minibus Travel/ Videography: Ben Mahoney Productions