Strictly Weddings recognizes high-style floral artistry for weddings when we see it. With hallmarks of unique flower selections, expertly designed arrangements, brilliant attention to exquisite detail, and overall impeccable taste, Cornelia McNamara Flowers and Parties of Chicago, IL is among the finest in floral stylists.
In Laura and Ryan’s gorgeous September wedding, Cornelia McNamara’s signature trademarks of design work were on full display. Influenced by the rich history of the wedding’s environment, the Chicago History Museum, Cornelia McNamara Flowers and Parties delivered an “elegant vintage” aesthetic as requested by the bride and groom. The desired vintage wedding theme perfectly echoed the museum’s architectural sophistication and picturesque outdoor event space.
As guests entered, they stepped into a private retreat trimmed in timeless beauty. Loose, garden-inspired floral designs weren’t overly manipulated, retaining naturally beautiful qualities. Sweeping garlands of greenery lined aisle-side chairs, dramatic statement pieces atop antiqued urns marked the outdoor ceremonial altar, and more than 70 organic floral collections contained in vintage vessels graced dinner tables. Lush greenery in each design beautifully contrasted the delicate floral, making the gorgeous blooms pop even more.
Cornelia McNamara Flowers and Parties built the wedding palette around neutral hues with just the right amount of blush pink. Bridesmaids’ bouquets of fanciful white and pale pink Astilbe enveloped clusters of blush Cymbidium orchids, while the bride’s romantic bouquet full of texture featured exquisite garden roses, white Hydrangea, Astilbe, and muted Lamb’s Ear.
Though the vintage wedding vibe was certainly conveyed through touches such as mercury glass votives and milk glass and jadeite floral vessels, elegance of the modern-day variety was certainly minded by Cornelia McNamara Flowers and Parties. For example, neutral shantung linens with a shimmering sheen brought a contemporary sophistication to each tablescape and delicate sprigs of greenery punctuated hemstitched napkins.
Our highlight of partner Cornelia McNamara is in thanks to an original feature by Style me Pretty found here.
Photography: Studio Starling | Event Planner: LOLA Event Productions | Florist: Cornelia McNamara | Dress: Paloma Blanca | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Blue Plate | Lighting: Sound Investments | Hotel: Sheraton Towers | Music: Steve Edwards Orchestra | Paperie: Magnificent Milestones | Venue: Chicago History Museum
With summer weddings in full swing, Strictly Weddings has their eye on inspiration for our Winter brides who will soon be taking their much anticipated walk down the aisle. Lucky for us, we have stumbled upon a very chic Winter wedding encompassing both high-style grandeur and the warmth and intimacy we all crave in the colder temps. To start, we are in-love with the beauty of this Chicago architectural masterpiece, the Rookery, whose regal ivory palette and gorgeous gold trimmings make for the perfect Winter white wedding tale. What bride wouldn’t dream of making their big debut down this beautifully ornate master staircase?
Bringing balance to this regally expansive space are soft and graceful bundles of white blooms including roses, anemones, ranunculus, sweet peas, and hydrangeas. Adding additional warmth are golden mercury glass votives casting their romantic glow. We are equally enamoured by the charm and elegance of the bride’s vintage look; a sophisticated Rafael Cennamo ace gown, gorgeous stole fur, and thoughtful selection of 1920’s inspired accessories. Finally, her choice of classic black & white for the bridal party brings ultimate sophistication to this classy Winter affair.
Today’s Winter wedding inspiration comes to us from Elizabeth Anne Designs. To see more photos, visit their blog “Sophisticated Black & White Weddings” featured here.
Photography – Two Birds Photography | Venue – The Rookery | Floral – Exquisite Designs | Day-of Coordination – Pop.Plan.Party. | Stationery – Smitten On Paper | Catering – Blue Plate | Bakery – Sweet Mandy B’s | Rentals – Rent Vintage Chicago | Photo Booth – Magbooth | DJ – Toast & Jam | Luxury Fabric Drapings and Lighting – Art of Imagination | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist – Vanessa’s Art of Beauty | Bridesmaids Dresses – Amsale | Bridesmaids Jewelry – Kenneth Jay Lane | Gown – Rafael Cennamo | Bridal Salon – Dimitra’s | Shoes – Jimmy Choo | Suit – Suit Supply | Tie – Lord Willy’s | Shoes – Cole Haan
With the unofficial start to summer kicking off this Memorial Day weekend, we at Strictly Weddings are already daydreaming of the ice cream flavors we’ll indulge in as the weather heats up. Which got us thinking…what is the ideal summertime destination wedding with HOT temps, COOL treats, and HIGH style?
Image below courtesy of Italy Magazine
We’ve jet set our sights on the timeless jewel of all wedding destinations, the Amalfi coast. It’s the perfect spot for our brides dreaming up a luxury wedding enveloped in culture and natural beauty. Spectacular stretches of shoreline to excite, idyllic towns decorated with perfumed floral to awaken the senses, and panoramic views of the twinkling Mediterranean to take your breath away. And especially as the temperatures soar in summer, sea breezes and chilly dips in the water (not to mention the gelato!) will definitely keep you cool.
Above image courtesy of Lin and Jirsa
Above images courtesy of National Geographic
Wedding ceremony in a centuries-old gothic cathedral?
Bridal party photo shoot in a historical piazza?
Private charter cocktail cruise at sunset along miles of coastline?
Reception at a five-star internationally renowned hotel?
Wedding night stay in a romantic villa tucked away in the hills?
Check, check, check, check, check!!!
Image below courtesy of JustLuxe.com.
Above image courtesy of WeddingStyleMagazine.com
The Amalfi coast is the quintessential getaway for romance with unparalleled natural beauty found nowhere else in the world. With the Italian shoreline as your backdrop and picturesque landscape underfoot, imagine the Mediterranean breeze catching your veil as you say “I do”.
Take your pick of abundant beauty. Nestled among the Amalfi coast are several towns and villages teeming with romantic charm and each the classic setting for wedding nuptials. Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Praiano, Atrani, and Conca Dei Marini, each a feast for the eyes and contender for “most romantic destination,” will effortlessly evoke la dolce vita.
Before and after the wedding, the Amalfi coastline has charms for every guest to discover and plenty of options to stay cool. Visit a different beach every day or nestle into a favorite shady haven for the duration of your stay. Discover sandy coves and claim your own lagoon, hike the mountains for a favorite perch, feast on elegant Italian fare and sip local wines, shop treasure-filled boutiques, take a winding coastline drive, go snap-happy on a photo safari – there is much to delight!
Above images courtesy of ItalyMagazine.com.
It’s been said many towns along the Amalfi are “straight out of a Gucci ad”, so why not live the dream in Gucci’s 2014 cruise collection? Above image courtesy of Marie Clairvoyant.