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Bold & Feminine Summer Editorial Shoot | Company 251 | Aurora Illinois | Ever After Planning

Jun 6, 2019

Bold and Feminine Summer Editorial Shoot

As a wedding designer, I’ve seen a common trend in recent years: everyone’s wedding looks the same. Although these weddings are always beautiful, they’re lacking one thing- bold color. I wanted to create something that not only showcased a wedding full of color, but that also broke the mold of what we are so used to seeing day in and day out. There truly was no better way to do this (in my opinion) than to utilize the color red. In addition, I wanted to use the color red in a way that showcased how it could be used outside of Valentine’s Day and Christmas. It’s not often that you see this color in a spring or summer wedding.  Thus, I chose the color red and begin designing and planning around it.

The first thing I selected was our venue. Company 251 provided such a gorgeous backdrop with its vibrant whites, bold blacks and elegant touches of gold. Utilizing this venue is how I brought the color black into the color palette. The venue has stunning marble top tables with black legs and black cross back chairs that accented the red colors beautifully, without being too dark or moody. It was the perfect balance.

I was also the floral designer for the shoot, and so I sourced some of the boldest reds I could find in floral while also softening the palette slightly with greenery, blushes, and whites. I chose to include anemones throughout the entire event due to their gorgeous black centers, because this was a way to bring that black tone into everything we did. We used florals for all of detail photographs to give a fun summer vibe to everything. I also utilized both bold and soft toned ribbons from Midori Ribbon to trail off of the bouquet and to tone down the colors.

I employed white/cream colored dinnerware that was accented with black flatware and red menus. Each place setting had a favor box of 2 macarons, a small flower as an accent, and stemware. After dinner each place setting was given a bold red plate with gorgeous cake slices and a single macaron.

For bridal fashion we chose to have our model, Jamie, wear 2 dresses that were hand chosen from Savy’s Chic Bridal Boutique in Dixon, IL. Both are Justin Alexander designer gowns. The first dress, worn for the ceremony, was a fit and flare gown with thin spaghetti straps and a gorgeous open back with a chapel length train. The second dress, which was worn for the reception, was a gorgeous beaded top ball gown that featured a natural waistline and intricately beaded neckline. The full tulle skirt is perfect for a first dance! We chose to showcase our models long locks by having The Bridal Brigade keep her hair down and swept to one side, and her makeup was soft and romantic. For the groom’s fashion, we wanted to keep him looking bold in all black with a deep red tie (both from Express) in order to accent the soft and romantic look we had for the bride.

I paired with Nellie Sparkman, a wedding planning and stationery designer from Kansas, to design the stationary for this event. Nellie brought so many fresh ideas, including a gorgeous monogram that we used throughout the stationery. I chose to have Nellie utilize Red paper for our menus and ceremony programs to bring the red into each place setting.

We also featured Nellie’s monogram in the deserts that were created by Barb at The Noble Cakery.  Barb was able to put the monogram on top of the Macarons to give them a personal touch and continue the decor trend into the desserts.  It was such a sweet and unique touch to these cookies!

Barb also wanted to tie in to the desserts the classic bold vibe that we were going for. She used a sleek buttercream finish paired with deckled edge for the perfect combination of classic and modern. She accented it with luminous champagne metallic, flowing ribbons (the same that I used in the bouquet!) and bold florals to tie in the summer feeling from the rest of the event design. In addition to the main cake, she had a petite satellite cake for the couple to cut and hand stamped French macarons to complete the desert offerings. We also brought in Chicagoland Barista to serve espresso drinks to guests! This was such a fun twist on the usual coffee service that’s offered to guests at a reception!

Overall, we set out to create a bold and feminine, but original, bridal shoot that was unique from your typical spring and summer weddings, and I think we accomplished that.  We were able to carry this theme throughout everything from the venue to the fashion to the food, and ultimately this shows that you shouldn’t be afraid to use bold colors in every season!  The color red symbolizes passion, and this is something that can (and should!) be present in all wedding plans, regardless of the season. Hopefully this shoot inspires couples to think outside the box when planning their wedding, because anything is possible.

Pour me some Champagne, because this baby was featured in Print!

You are able to see this project showcased in print in the Summer 2019 Issue of The Celebration Society Chicago, or via this online link!

The Gorgeous, Jaw DROPPING, Video!
Our amazing friend, Katie, over at Anchored Films captured this day so wonderfully, you do not want to miss viewing this gorgeous film!

Vendors |

Design and Planning – Ever After Planning,, Instagram @everafterplanning

Floral Design – Ever After Planning,, Instagram @everafterplanning

Photography – Rachael Osborn Photography,, Instagram @rachaelosbornphoto

Videography – Anchored Films,, Instagram @anchoredfilms

Venue – Company 251, Aurora Illinois,, Instagram @company251

Deserts- The Noble Cakery,, Instagram @thenoblecakery

Stationery – Nellie Sparkman,, Instagram @nelliesparkman

Dress Shop – Savy’s Chic Bridal Boutique,, Instagram @savyschic

Dress Designer – Justin Alexander,, Instagram @justinalexander

Hair and Make Up – The Bridal Brigade,, Instagram @bridal_brigade

Mobile Espresso Bar – Chicagoland Barista,, Instagram @chicagolandbarista

Groom’s Suit- Express

Bridal Shoes and Jewelry – Badgley Mischka

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