This was an extra special event for the Whimsical Gatherings team. When our Project Manager Carrie planned her own wedding a few years ago, she was looking for a talented singer to perform a few songs at her reception. She met Aaron Freeman from Pale Root who was getting married the weekend following Carrie’s but was willing to help her with her requests. Following both weddings, Carrie became a client of Aaron’s wife Megan and her twin sister Kara at Salon Visage. Kara is the bride you see here and when she posted on Facebook that she had gotten engaged, Carrie could hardly keep herself from bugging and begging to contract her wedding. She knew Kara had a unique style and after viewing her engagement photos on Dixie Pixel‘s blog (see here), she knew the wedding would be an event that Whimsical Gatherings would add magic to.
Kara is very artistic. She knows what she wants and she likes to get her hands dirty in projects. But as many of you know, planning and pulling off a wedding is not a task that the bride herself can (or should) do alone. So when she and Chris contacted us about their special day, we were almost two steps ahead of them! It was a joy to work with the couple on their ideas. We pieced together items that Kara and her mom had collected and added some props and details from the WG studio. The best part about putting this together was that we could not find photos online to demonstrate exactly what we wanted to do. From what we could tell, there wasn’t another wedding like this on Pinterest, found on inspiration boards yet, and believe it or not, the plans for this started months before The Great Gatsby movie came out. We had the vision in our minds though, we listened closely to what Kara communicated about her dreams, and we let the creative process evolve on its own.
As we got closer to the wedding date, we worked with Table Five on putting together a unique mix of speakeasy style linens. We enlisted Ogle Entertainment & Ambiance Light Design to add an amber glow to The Foundry. We spent late nights wrestling with metallic fringe and Art Deco wallpaper to create a few backdrops. We had numerous Facebook conversations, texts, emails, a team outing to see The Great Gatsby to get us in the mood, and a few meetings over margaritas to prepare and exchange goods (Chris was meticulous about packing items in plastic bins and photographing each item next to dollar bills for size comparison so we would not have to unwrap everything. What a great groom…and likely an experienced eBayer!) We should also mention that we had a venue change mid-way through the planning, a last-minute hustle to find chalk pens and get a projector working to get chalkboards made, and the groom & groomsmen almost had to wear the wrong suits to the wedding! Oh wait – we also made TWO bridal bouquets; a light colored one and dark colored one (Kara may not even know this)! We decided on the dark bouquet and luckily it was the right choice to compliment Kara’s lip color and contrast her gown.
But enough about the background details! We will let you get to the lovely photos from Dixie Pixel Photography. Don’t miss the magnificent Jenny Packham bridal gown, the amazing bridal party photo taken at The Oliver Hotel, and the wild burgundy tree peonies. If you’re itching for more from this event, you can visit Dixie Pixel’s blog post, our Facebook page, and the Green Wedding Shoes’ feature!
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All of the photos above were captured by Dixie Pixel Photography.