Floral-Focused Country Club Wedding

Samantha and Mike’s Royal Melbourne wedding was one of the most authentic and heartfelt weddings I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of.  Samantha has great style and is a self-proclaimed perfectionist, so it was no surprise to me that she made all her own signage, hand stamped each place card, and thought of special details to bring to the hotel for photos while getting ready.  

The floral arrangements that Samantha and Mike chose created beautiful backdrops for their day by adding asymmetrical detail to the ceremony chuppah, a lush runner to the head table, and height to the guest tables.  Gold chargers, chairs, and a touch of candlelighting, completed the romantic feel.

For the ceremony, Jewish and Catholic wedding traditions were woven together perfectly by a rabbi and priest duo.  It was so unique and one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen.   Most impressively, the chuppah stayed in place during 35 mph gusts of wind (!) while they signed the Ketubah, exchanged vows, heard readings from the bible, and broke the glass - making for the coolest picture, I must add.  Even the couple’s dog, Parker, was a part of the ceremony acting as the ring bearer.

From the first look with Samantha’s dad, to the sweet moments before they walked down the aisle, to the [happy] tear-filled toast, their father/daughter bond was undeniable.  (I’m literally tearing up as I’m writing this.)  

After fabulous toasts, father/daughter and mother/son dances, a delicious plated dinner and the cake cutting, guests were invited onto the dance floor with the hora and the party really began!

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What Not to Skip When Having a [Super] Small Wedding!

Many future brides might think that, as a planner, my business would target big weddings, but that’s not true. For me, wedding planning is about partnering with you to make the first day of your MARRIAGE amazing; to honor you and the love of your life; to join two families together; to celebrate love. So I want to tell you something important: it’s ok to have a small wedding, a courthouse wedding, or any other kind of wedding, if that’s what your and your fiancé want. Yup, I said it.  That may sound strange coming from a wedding planner, but this is your permission to have the tiny wedding you’ve dreamed of, and below are the things I recommend to not skip:    

1. Hire an amazing photographer.  This is the first and most important.  Just because it’s small doesn’t mean you don’t need amazing pictures to cherish forever and pass down to your grandchildren.  Look for a photographer who will allow you to hire per hour and schedule them to be there for the ceremony and to get some photos afterward.  Think about what is important to you in that day and have amazing photos taken of that.

2. Invite only the people you want.  Maybe it’s just the two of you; maybe it’s your immediate families; maybe it’s some friends.  Whatever you decide, make sure you aren’t inviting people just because you feel like you have to.  Invite them because they are a special part of your lives and you love them.  If you get any questions about the wedding, just be open with people and own your decision.  Simply explain you’ve decided to have a very small wedding and leave it at that.  There is no rulebook on who you HAVE to invite to a wedding.  It’s your wedding after all!  

3. Get a really gorgeous bouquet.  There’s something about flowers that just feel bridal.  Your wedding day is a special chance to carry a bouquet, so make sure to budget for it and get the most perfect one you could ever imagine. If a bouquet isn’t your thing then consider a floral crown, or spend extra money getting your hair and makeup done.  The point is: treat yourself and take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  

4. Wear a dress you love.  It doesn’t have to be expensive, brand new, or even white, but choose a dress that YOU feel amazing in and suits your personality.  It’s your day and you want to be comfortable and confident!

5. Do something fun and memorable after the ceremony.  Whether you have a small ceremony at a church, or  a courthouse wedding with just a couple family members, make a reservation somewhere special (for lunch, dinner, or even just dessert) for afterwards to keep the celebration going with your guests.  You may be thinking “the reason I wanted a small wedding was so I didn’t have to buy everyone dinner” and it’s perfectly appropriate to have each guest pay their own bill.  These are your closest family and friends and they will understand.  Just be upfront with everyone in advance so they know what to expect and, I promise you, they will just be excited to be included in your day.  

Photo by Metts Photo

Photo by Metts Photo

Thinking about having an intimate wedding?  I’d love to help and I’m offering a special rate through September 30th for anyone having a wedding fewer than 30 guests.  Shoot me an email (kelley@havilandevents.com) and let’s set up a time to talk about your vision! 

Heritage-filled Wedding at LondonHouse Chicago

Kate and Longe’s wedding this past May incorporated American and Congolese traditions to create an amazing, energetic celebration focused on the couple’s heritage.

Their ceremony at Park Community Church was a true reflection of their love for Christ and their guests, and they even served communion to each person in attendance.  One very special ceremony detail was a vintage handmade tapestry from the Congo which we used as an aisle runner - thanks to Meredith from Canary Lane for helping us find it.  

The couple chose LondonHouse Chicago for their reception, which offered classical architecture, breathtaking views of Chicago (talk about memorable photos), and impeccable service. The team there was so wonderful to work with and I cannot wait for more weddings together.  

For their first dance, Kate and Longe started with “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and then transitioned into the Congolese song “Kema Fumbe” - and everyone from Longe’s family joined them on the dance floor!  How fun is that, ya’ll?!  Everyone then sat down to a wonderful meal with American and Congolese influence weaved throughout, including Congolese beignets that were to die for.  After dinner, the whole bridal party changed into custom-made Congolese attire and reentered to another Congolese song to kick off the dance party!  

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Reception Venue: LondonHouse Chicago
Ceremony: Park Community Church, Near North Campus
Paper Goods: Sweet Love Paperie
Ceremony Runner: Canary Lane
Linens: BBJ Linen
Floral: Flowerville

 

  

Classic Wedding at Arlington Racetrack

Margo and Will were such a joy to work with on their Arlington Racetrack wedding.  From our first phone consultation to our final details double-date meeting we had a blast working together to add details that reflect their story.  Everything from the heirloom silver and crystal pieces used as centerpieces on all the guest tables, the subtle horse racing theme seen in the paper goods by Noteworthy Expressions and the Greek dance, everything had a meaning and tied back to how close they are with their wonderful families.  For the head table, Margo knew she wanted something to make the table pop and add a bit of fun to the room while still keeping it classic.  We decided to use delicate white-on-white china, a handmade leafy runner and of course, mint juleps to add to the horse racing theme.  After hilarious speeches, they cut the cake and danced the night away.  It was such a wonderful evening.  Cheers to the Olsons!  

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Photography: Metts Photo

Venue: Arlington Park

Florals: Prairie Basket

Paper Goods: Noteworthy Expressions 

Calligraphy: Laura Reilly Calligraphy 

Head Table Place Settings: Vintage Place Settings

DJ: Toast and Jam