A Seat at My Table: November Edition

It’s so hard to believe we’re already in holiday season mode - we’re wrapping up our final events of the year and fully embracing the magic that is Chicago during the holidays! With Thanksgiving just behind us, you may be looking for a fun way to bring your friends together to celebrate the season and express your gratitude for their friendship. Well you’re in luck! Today we’re bringing some serious Friendsgiving inspiration for our next installment of A Seat at My Table.

We used a warm, fall-inspired palette of camel, cranberry, mustard, hunter green and royal blue which is carried through the floral, table settings and even the delicious food!

Grab your favorite cozy blanket and a mug of something hot and tuck into these gorgeous photos from our beloved Belen of Gerber & Scarpelli Photography!

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Our incomparable hostess was Mary Simmons of Persephone Floral Atelier who had the perfect studio for this tablescape. On top of that, she’s an incredibly talented florist who took our ideas and ran with them. I can’t even get over how perfect the flowers were and can we talk about that killer suspended piece?! Amazing. It’s so rewarding collaborating with other creatives who really understand your vision and are just as excited about it!

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Our table was outfitted in the best way by beautiful pieces from West Elm and Williams-Sonoma. They have the best holiday collections! The entire tablescape may or may not have been planned around using those whimsical Dapper Animal plates. (Hint: it was)

We mixed and matched colors with wood, marble and china elements because we wanted the table to feel like something you could easily put together yourself with pieces you already have in your home. No need to bring out the crystal and fancy china for this party!

BBJ Linen provided us with the delicious camel-colored velvet linen that we couldn’t help but pet all day! Hall’s Rental was kind enough to provide the cross-back French country chairs that were the perfect addition to the table.

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This was a bit of a different tablescape for us because we incorporated FOOD, and what delicious food it was! Pyrite Sun Catering is a fantastic, up-and-coming caterer with a really great farm-to-table approach to food. Sarah, the owner, even grows a lot of her own vegetables and edible flowers. Together, we dreamt up an approachable, yummy feast that included many different kinds of pies and tarts, both sweet and savory. So in love the idea of using mini quiches as place card holders. Make elements of your tablescape edible and keep the floral simple!

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You’ve been viewing her beautiful work throughout this post; Jeannie from Simply Scripted Ink once again lended us her impeccable hand and created some really lovely printed pieces that tied all of the elements together. We covered a small window behind the table with a hand-written menu that create the perfect subtle backdrop for our table. Obsessed! And, of course, don’t forget to take a piece of pie home with you in one of those darling to-go boxes!

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AND NOW, WE FEAST! Cheers!

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On a personal note, I have to thank these amazing ladies who mean so much to me. We’ve worked tirelessly side by side all year on these tablescape shoots sharing ideas, inspiration, and many, many laughs. They’ve come into my home month after month and helped me transform it in ways I never thought imaginable.

This has been one of the most challenging and rewarding projects I’ve undertaken in my career and I can’t imagine doing it with anyone else.

Belen and Lindsay, so grateful to call you both dear friends!

xo,
Kath

Thanks again to our awesome team:


Belen Aquino Perfilio, Gerber & Scarpelli
Persephone Floral Atelier
West Elm Chicago
Williams-Sonoma
Pyrite Sun Catering
Simply Scripted Ink
BBJ Linen
Hall’s Rental

A Seat at My Table: October Edition

Halloween week is upon us and we have some seriously spooky inspiration in our latest installment of A Seat at my Table! We brought a great team of creative ladies together once again and created some magic. I have just two words: SMOKE MACHINE.

All photos are thanks to my wonderfully talented friend, Belen of Gerber & Scarpelli!

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West Elm Chicago and Pottery Barn Chicago helped us fill this table with so much texture and layers, not to mention all of the fun props that made their way into our shoot. Lindsay and Charlotte came along from the West Elm shop to help style the table and their eye for design was so crucial!

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with two new #ladybosses on this shoot as well! Jenna from Shop Vagabond created the striking floral pieces both on the table and on the mantel. It was so much fun to watch her draw inspiration from the pieces we had from West Elm and conceive of these beautiful centerpieces!

We have to talk about the jaw-dropping cake that came from Bon Vivant Cakes. The owner, Emily, took our inspiration and truly ran with it! Her design couldn’t have been more perfectly fit for the overall look of the shoot. Everything except the flowers on the top of the cake were completely edible and, bonus (!), the top tier was a real cake and you better believe we dug into that as a post-photo shoot treat!

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Thanks again to our awesome team:


Belen Aquino Perfilio, Gerber & Scarpelli
West Elm Chicago
Shop Vagabond
Bon Vivant Cakes

Real Chicago Wedding: Jessica & Alex, LondonHouse Chicago

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since Jess and Alex’s lovely LondonHouse Chicago wedding. 10/14/17 was one of those days you ask any Chicago wedding professional about and we go immediately to the weather - it was a complete wash-out! It rained all day, and I mean poured. Jess and Alex were so great about it though, and didn’t want to change any of their plans that day. It was so amazing to see them enjoy every second of their wedding day and not let the weather dampen (hah!) their spirits. They had some really great moments and fun details, all perfectly captured by Ed & Aileen Photography. Enjoy!

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The LondonHouse was the perfect setting for their quintessential Chicago wedding - breathtaking views of the city, stunning architecture and just a short walk to many of the best Chicago landmarks. The ladies spent the morning in the bridal suite getting beautified by the team at Bianca Sansosti Artistry, while the guys cleaned up and got ready just down the hall.

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One of the best features of the the LondonHouse is, of course, the stunning cupola on the top floor of the building - this is where you get the best views of our gorgeous city. Naturally, Jess and Alex decided to have their first look up there and we dodged some major raindrops to get them out there. I’d say it was worth it for these EPIC photos!

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After that stunner of a first look, Jess and Alex met up with their wedding party to head up to Lakeview for photos outside Wrigley Field. Did we mention they’re Cubs superfans?! They even got an interview with WGN!

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Perhaps one of the most memorable moments the entire day was when Alex surprised Jess with a visit from their beloved puppy, Wrigley. (Remember, they’re super fans!) He arranged for their dog walker to meet them across the street from the hotel on the riverwalk and got her over there under the guise of taking more photos. The rain and nearly 2 hours of photos were starting to get to Jess, but that all changed when she saw Wrigley walking towards her. We’re so in love with these photos of her reaction!

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After everyone came in and dried off, we got ready to send this lovely couple down the aisle. Jason and his team at Flowers for Dreams created the most beautiful chuppah to honor Alex’s Jewish heritage, including his family’s tallit that was strung from the top. The bold paper elements were provided by Magnificent Milestones, who always does such a wonderful job executing our clients’ visions!

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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a delicious and festive cocktail hour just outside the ballroom while the amazing teams at LondonHouse and Flowers for Dreams transformed the ballroom from ceremony to reception. The centerpieces from Flowers for Dreams were beautiful and understated and the long head table was just stunning! Jess and Alex’s guests grooved all night long to the sounds of Bluewater Kings Band. They had the dance floor packed all night long!

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A Seat at my Table: June Edition

I don't know about all of you, but this year is just whizzing past me! We're fully embracing summer and the warmer temps in our part of the world, and we have some super fun summery inspiration headed your way! Hope you'll stay tuned!

For our June tablescape, we decided to use the ever-present bridal shower as inspiration. After all, who doesn't love getting dressed up in your favorite sun dress to attend a fun ladies' luncheon?! We see so many showers being thrown for our clients over the summer as they prepare for their weddings later in the year, and it makes so much sense - the temps are perfect, we have so many seasonal flowers and produce to choose from and everyone is feeling so ready to get out of the house! I love the idea of gathering an intimate group of your best girl pals around a beautiful table to celebrate this very important occasion in your life.

For our table this month, we wanted it to be delicate and feminine, without going overboard with too much pink. I think the final outcome evokes all of that perfectly, with a modern and approachable touch. Hope you're as inspired as I am by this gorgeous tablescape!

All images are courtesy of the one and only Belen Aquino Perfilio, my fantastic partner-in-crime on this picturesque journey!

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We worked with our friends at Flowers for Dreams on this table, and boy, did they wow us! They created a perfect palette of soft whites, creams and pinks balanced by punches of green. We were able to create a stunning centerpiece by combining multiple vessels and vases filled with different combinations of blooms and greens. I'm obsessed with the marbled pieces!

Total side note: If you aren't familiar with what the lovely folks at Flowers for Dreams are doing, you must click here to read more! Each month they feature a different local charity or cause and donate a quarter of their profits to it. Amazing! Beautiful flowers with a charitable mission - LOVE.

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Jeannie from Simply Scripted knocked us off our feet again this month! Those menus and place cards are hand-drawn in the most delicate pink and light gray - the perfect finishing touch on our table! The personalized champagne bottles make for super fun favors or could serve as place cards instead as well!

BBJ Linen provided the beautiful linens, which added so much texture and dimension. The gray on the table helped the beautiful floral pop, and the pattern on the pink brocade napkins was one of my favorite things about this setting!

I can't get enough of the rose gold flatware and white "O" chairs from Hall's Rental!

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Thanks again to our awesome team:


Belen Aquino Perfilio, Gerber & Scarpelli
Simply Scripted Ink
Flowers for Dreams
BBJ Linen
Hall's Rental

A Seat at my Table: April Edition

Well, it seems Spring has finally decided to join us and maybe even stay this time! I don't think anyone in the Midwest would deny that it has certainly felt like the never-ending winter, what with 3 snowy days in April. That must be a record! It feels so good to see gardens and grassy areas starting to show signs of life. Personally, I can't wait for my lilac bushes to bloom!

For our April tablescape, I'm going back into my archives to share photos from a beautiful photoshoot I did last Spring with some very talented ladies. We called it "Easter in Paris," and I think the soft pastel color palette, overcast skies and the French macarons illustrate that theme to perfection. The greenhouse on the grounds of the historic Cheney Mansion was the perfect setting to transport us to the French countryside. It's the perfect space for an intimate birthday party or bridal shower! 

This was one of the those days where everything comes together more perfectly than I could have imagined and makes me so grateful to be surrounded by such creative professionals.

I hope you enjoy these dreamy photos from Kristin La Voie Photography!

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The gorgeous floral was done by Casey of La Rue Floral. Since this shoot, she has moved her business to Denver, so if there are any couples looking for an amazing florist in Colorado, Casey is your girl! We were so sad to lose her in Chicago, though!!

One of the first things Casey and I talked about when conceptualizing the decor for this shoot was adding a suspended floral element. I love the idea of filling the space on the table from the top and bottom - I think it makes for a cozier and lusher feel! She knocked me off my feet with this stunning hanging piece! I love the texture and dimension in the centerpiece as well. The colors were so perfectly springy in peaches, lilacs and baby blues.

The French country chairs and linens were provided by Classic Party Rentals. We chose an Ivory Imperial Stripe linen and went bold with the bright peach napkin to contrast the other more muted colors on the table. I think it was the perfect punch of brightness the table needed!

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I was lucky enough to team up with my dear friends Amanda of Gather Vintage Tablescapes and Jeannie of Simply Scripted Ink on the table settings and paper products. You've seen their names before in all of our other monthly tablescape shoots!

The light blue plate stack paired perfectly with the paper, flawlessly hand scripted by Jeannie. The silver flatware and crystal glassware added just the right amount of elegance to the table. Can I just say I'm obsessed with the tiny, blue rim footed dishes? They were splendid!

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I can't end this post without talking about the incredible sweets Sugar Fixe whipped up. The gold foil drip cakes are so on trend right now and there was no way we were going to have a Paris-inspired shoot without macarons! The cake stands and flowers were the perfect addition to bring it all together!

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Kristin snapped a few behind-the-scenes photos of us while we were setting up, and I thought it might be fun to share them. It's so rare to see what goes in to a gorgeous, stylized shoot like this - I can't tell you what a labor of love they are! That's why a team that's willing to collaborate together is so important! I definitely could not have pulled this off by myself!

Until next month...

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