This project was inspired my something I had seen in Martha Stewart Weddings a while ago.  Each boutonniere was a mix of textural fabrics; corduroy, suiting, and felt.  I layered the fabrics, stitched them together at one end, and tucked in a spray of berries and greens. Pssst……..the greenery and china berries are fake!

 As a wedding gift our friend who owns, ‘A Stem Above’, in Chicago gave us our flowers. My Mom, bridesmaids, and I arranged the bouquets of white roses, anemones, scabiosa pods, hydrangeas, china berries, and curly willow.


Jeremy and I were excited to create something different for our centerpieces.  We wanted something rustic, textural, and warm to place on each table. My Dad cut up a fallen tree in my parents’ backyard for the centerpiece base. Glass hurricanes with ivory pillar candles, wooden flowers, ribbons and yarn sat on top of an oak slice in the center of each table.  It was the most stunning sight to walk into the dimly lit barn and see the warm glow on each table!


I purchased a label-less gown at a local boutique In Chicago. I custom detailed the gown myself. Taking pieces of organza, I created a ruffle trim along the bust line. With careful attention, I added an elegant button closure on the back of the gown. The same details were used to construct my veil. The silk shrug was made by Jenny Yoo.

Kelly put together a wonderful DIY tutorial for her centerpieces coming up next…

[Images c/o Benjamin Dell and Shay Spaniola]


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There is something about a tropical wedding that just feels so effortless, so carefree -- even when all the details are thoughtfully planned and executed, like in this Hawaiian wedding inspiration and bridal portrait shoot.