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:


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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: September Edition

Fall! Oh how I love fall - it might even be my most favorite season. I love the crisp temperatures, the ever-changing colors, and the feelings of being reinvigorated that come with a changing season.

I love soaking up those last few warm nights, even as the sun sets a little earlier each day, by dining outside with friends while our kids run around the yard. For our September table, we were inspired by those meals al fresco! We brought back the amazing team from our August shoot (read it here if you haven’t done that already) and put together an inviting, colorful table worthy of any gathering!

I love how the orange and yellow hues play off of the natural greenery in the background. This color palette feels like the perfect bridge from summer to fall. Of course, you see that fantastic blue and white combo again as well - such a perfect compliment to the bright citrus!

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Our incredible team of creative ladies knocked it out of the park yet again on this design. Staci from Flowers for Dreams filled our table with so much color and texture. Did you notice the sweet little clementines tucked into the large centerpiece?! I love the concept of incorporating food into a tablescape, so was thrilled with her idea to use oranges as the base for the place cards. So festive and fun!

Lindsay from West Elm Chicago brought so many beautiful pieces to add to the table. I love the simplicity of the china, glasses and flatware - they really allowed the natural elements to shine. We couldn’t help ourselves and had to use those incredible Constellation plates again!

We got to see more creativity from Emily with La Vaca Design House with the menu cards and bar cart sign. She created them to look like clear boxes, which we filled with greenery that tied into our centerpieces. Obsessed!

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Thanks again to our awesome team:


Belen Aquino Perfilio, Gerber & Scarpelli
West Elm Chicago
La Vaca Design House
Flowers for Dreams