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This wedding we’re sharing today strikes a really delicate balance between elegant and quirky. The black and red color palette, the bride’s dress and shoes, the beautiful ceremony and reception decor are all traditionally gorgeous. But then the transportation, the wedding “cake” and topper, the flower girl and ring bearer, and other DIY details really bring out Brianne and Jeffrey’s personal touches and life together. And I am seriously loving their escort cards votives – practical and innovative!

From the Photographer:

Brianne was a timeless vision in her Lazaro for Tara Keely dress, and she wore her grandmother’s vintage jewelry. Jeffery was fetching in his Hugo Boss suit with custom bow tie by Shrine on Oak. The guys wore their own black suits, and the ladies did the same in their own black cocktail dresses. The Bride’s bouquet as well boutonnieres and corsages were created by Sprout Home, and featured deep red roses, rosemary, and organic mosses which accented the black and white attire classically. Red was the visual pop of the day, and it played beautifully against the black furnishings and stark white interior of Prairie Production where the ceremony and reception was held.

Brianne and Jeffrey’s dogs Raspberry Beret and Mike Jones were the flower girl and ring bearer; Mike Jones donned a bone shaped pillow found on Etsy, and Raspberry wore a lovely corsage by Sprout Home. Many DIY touches were laced into the day. Brianne, an Interior Designer, and inspired by her creative background, created cones made from her favorite black wall paper and filled them with white rose petals that hung from the chair backs along the aisle. After Raspberry Beret was escorted down the aisle, guests were prompted to help throw the petals to the floor as Raspberry passed by. In lieu of a traditional cake, the bride and groom opted for a tower of Oreo cookies, and they dipped them in milk while the Cookie Monster’s song played. The “cake” was topped with watch over voodoo dolls purchased by the bride in Palm Springs.

Vintage touches added to the decor by way of a Vietnam relic bell rung during the ceremony to honor those no longer present, candle holders and vases that were collected by Brianne, vintage door knobs held the birch table numbers. Birch bark was gathered by a bridesmaid from her yard and used for the menus and table numbers. Votives acted as escort cards, and glowed throughout the evening which added to the already dramatic lighting of the room.

Photographer: Jennography / Catering: Pure Kitchen Catering / Flowers & Decor: Sprout Home Chicago / Reception Venue: Prairie Production / Videographer: Studio Q Production / DJ: J. Rose / Transportation: Official Cubs Trolley / Cake Baker: Floriole Bakery

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