A Seat at My Table: December Edition

I think it’s official - 2018 was the fastest year ever. Seriously, it’s gone by in a blink.

Here we are on the last day of the year and I’m so excited to bring you our final installment of the series we’ve been sharing all year. For the December edition of A Seat at My Table, we chose to create a New Year’s Eve-inspired tablescape full of sparkle and shine. Once again, I was lucky enough to work with my creative soulmates, Belen Aquino and Lindsay Campbell, to bring this fun table to life.

The Joinery in Logan Square was the perfect venue for this shoot - with its rough painted brick walls, beautiful wood floors and stunning skylight. If you’re looking for a unique venue for your wedding, this one fits the bill for sure. And yes, those killer teal chairs are included when you rent the space!

Can you even deal with the ridiculous balloon installation behind our table?! Ozzie of Gromeza Designs brought our vision to life so perfectly and created the most beautiful focal point for our shoot. We knew we didn’t want to incorporate floral into this table, so balloons felt like the perfect solution. What very little floral he did use was spray painted a blushy gold and added into the backdrop after he created it. It was so incredible to watch the backdrop come to life!

To be honest, the sequin linen from BBJ Linen very quickly became the color palette inspiration for our table - it’s the perfect combination of sparkle and color. The velvet napkins were the perfect way to add some texture. We chose to go simple with matte black plates and flatware and gold-accented glassware. After all, that linen needed to shine! I’m obsessed with the Madame and Monsieur glasses from West Elm!

Hope you enjoy these photos and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wishing you all the best for 2019!

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Thanks again to our awesome team:


Belen Aquino Perfilio, Gerber & Scarpelli
West Elm Chicago
The Joinery
Gromeza Designs
BBJ Linen

Real Chicago Wedding: Leta & Joe, The Murphy Auditorium

Last December we had the pleasure of working with Leta and Joe on their holiday-inspired wedding at the beautiful Murphy Auditorium. With holiday cheer all around us, we thought it would be fun to revisit their festive wedding day!

All photos were taken by Matt Mason Photography.

Leta and Joe got ready at the Viceroy Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast. They chose to surround themselves with family in their wedding party, including Joe’s daughters, Leta’s sister and their niece and nephews. We love to see couples surrounded by family on their wedding day!

One of our favorite moments of the whole day was Leta’s first look with her darling father. He was so moved when he saw her for the first time in her stunning wedding dress! Leta and Joe’s first look in the sun-filled, bright penthouse at the Viceroy was so lovely as well.

The couple and their wedding party went up to the rooftop for photos and then headed over to the Murphy to prepare for the ceremony!

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Leta and Joe’s ceremony was officiated by their dear friend who personalized it so beautifully for them. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room during their vows!

All of the jaw-dropping floral and decor you see was done by The Flower Firm. Leta had a very specific vision (that included as many Christmas trees as possible!) and Ashley and her team executed it flawlessly. We used a simple line of pipe and drape to hide the band’s equipment and serve as a crisp white ceremony backdrop. So obsessed with all the stained glass and architectural elements at this venue!

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While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, we were all busy flipping the event space from ceremony to dinner and dancing. It was all hands on deck for an hour as we completely transformed the space. Paramount Events and their team did an amazing job getting the tables set and served the guests the most delicious dinner. Flower Firm stunned, yet again, with the holiday-inspired centerpieces. It was so festive and twinkly in the room!

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As soon as dinner ended, the one and only Chicago Catz kicked off the opening of the dance floor with some very special dances. In addition to Leta and Joe’s first dance, Leta had a sweet dance with her father and Joe chose to dance with his twin daughters. It was so adorable!

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This was such a special day and we’re so grateful to Leta and Joe for including all of us! The team they assembled was top-notch and the day went off without a hitch! Happy holidays, everyone!

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Three cheers for a rockstar team!


Venue: The Murphy Auditorium
Photography: Matt Mason Photography
Floral & Decor: The Flower Firm
Catering: Paramount Events
Entertainment: Chicago Catz
Lighting: Frost
Getting Ready Venue: Viceroy Chicago
Hair: Changes Salon
Makeup: Dawn Bliss Beauty

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