Organic romance is at its finest in today’s inspiration from Nicole Jansma Photography. Bringing the French countryside to Chicago, this amazing team of vendors created the perfect inspiration for a couple wanting a simple and elegant wedding day.
First, I wanted to get as close to the French countryside as we could without leaving Chicago (because the French are masters at blending simplicity and elegance). Local French restaurant, Bistro Campagne, was the starting point for me. I knew I wanted to incorporate their patio, with those incredible green chairs, brick walls and wooden fence. Everything else was developed from there to ensure the colors and textures meshed well with the earthy vibe of the space.
Secondly, and more importantly, I wanted everything to be done with intention. This wasn’t a shoot where we were just going to pile a bunch of pretty things on top of each other. I wanted this to speak to a very specific type of couple. A bride and groom who value style, but are thoughtful about what they invest in. And who prefer to celebrate with a small, intimate gathering. We wanted to show this couple that an intimate wedding doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on quality. You can still have the gorgeous, customized elements of a big budget wedding.
Photography | Nicole Jansma Photography | Venue | Bistro Campagne | Planning | Haviland Events | Florals | Alyssa Jackson Floral Design | Stationery | Four Hats Press | Desserts | Bistro Campagne | Rentals | Vintage Place Settings | Linens | BBJ Linen | Hair & Makeup | Milian Bonillo Beauty | Lollipops | Flour & Fig | Vow Notebooks | Within & Without Co | Dress | Nha Khanh from Rent the Runway | Shoes | Bandolino | Earrings | Kate Spade | Submitted via Matchology
With soft pastels and handmade details, this mountain wedding from Laura Barnes Photo sure is sweet! The suspended greenery was the perfect touch to the ceremony. And we love the groomsmen’s floral print shirts to coordinate with the groom’s tie!
I wanted the wedding to feel relaxed, light, and airy. When we were looking for venues, Juliette Chapel was the perfect place to accomplish that. The peaceful, minimalist chapel became the inspiration for my color palette. I felt the blues and grays would be amazing accents to the simplicity of the chapel. I worked as an intern for Amberly, of Wrennwood Event Design, when she was in college and knew Amberly would be perfect for the kind of look and feel we were hoping to achieve. Amberly was incredible at helping me refine her vision and bring it to fruition. The floral installations brought such an ethereal and refreshing element to the venue. We could not have asked for a more perfect touch.
The pearls I wore were given to me by my aunt. The ring box was an antique piece from my paternal Grandfather, who was a watchmaker and antique collector. We mailed out our invitations with vintage stamps that were also from his collection. Jason carried a vintage handkerchief that belonged to Sarah’s maternal Grandmother to catch happy tears.
Budget was definitely something we had to keep in the forefront of our minds while we planned. I was in graduate school, earning a small monthly stipend through the entire engagement. We didn’t want to go crazy with our spending, and had to prioritize what elements were most important. Aside from that, it was really important for us to have unique and special touches.
I did not want a “pinterest” wedding, I wanted a “Sarah” wedding. We DIY’d quite a bit of the details, and although it was hard work, it was definitely worth it in the end! Some of my friends and I painted & planted the succulent favors. The decor outside of the ceremony honoring family members who were no longer with us was done by me. I also painted and hand lettered all of the signs used at the wedding.
It was incredible being surrounded by our friends and family that day. Love radiated through the space. We had so much fun catching up with everyone, enjoying amazing food, and being goofy in the photo booth.
Photography | Laura Barnes Photo | Venue | Juliette Chapel | Design, Florals, and Invitations | Wrennwood Design | Cake | One Sweet World Confections | Catering | Scrumptious Fare Catering | Bride’s Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses | BHLDN | Hair and Makeup | Rose + Mae Hair + Make-Up | Menswear | J.Crew
Floral print bridesmaid dresses, sentimental heirloom details, and a taco bar: what’s not to love about this boho wedding from The Nichols? There are just too many adorable details to count and so much love shining through!
Garrett and I were both raised in small towns in the Bay Area (CA). From a very young age, we both vacationed with extended family in the TINY mountain town of Arnold, CA. Shortly after dating, I decided to take the plunge and invite him to my annual family vacation. When we arrived to our cabin in Arnold, he pointed across the street from my family’s cabin and said “you see that house across the street, that was my grandmother’s vacation home!” A little quite voice inside me said that if we ever got married, we had to get married in this little special mountain town! 5 years later, that is how we chose our wedding location. Garrett and I are both creatures of hobbies, with insane passion for creativity. In addition to creatively honoring those that were watching down on us from heaven, we also were excited to incorporate some of our own personal and unique touches at the wedding.
Everyone loves a good floral print, right? I couldn’t resist doing floral bridesmaids dresses – the bright florals and dresses were a highlight of our wedding for me! Sewn onto the inside of my Amy Kuschel wedding gown is a small heart shaped piece of fabric from my Nana’s wedding gown.
I always dreamed of getting married in front of a fireplace, and wanted to build a DIY chandelier for our ceremony. I restored the vintage wagon wheel and turned it into a candle lit chandelier that hung above us as we said our vows.
Our bride and groom place settings were made up of our beloved grandparents china and flatware that they each received as their wedding gifts over 55 years ago (all were not with us at the wedding). Our seating assignments were hand written on Grandpa Lew’s vintage books. When Grandpa Lew passed, we were gifted some very special items from his home, several of which were some books from his age old collection – each that were escribed with our seating assignments and displayed on a vintage piano.
We both say goofy “I love you” things to each other, which we decided to make into signs for the back of our bride and groom chairs.
Our favorite food in the world is Mexican – so instead of some traditional steak/chicken wedding food, we did a taco bar. I wanted everyone to have chips and guacamole on the tables when they sat down, so I hunted stores like crazy and bought over 100 terra cotta pots as chip/salsa dishes on the tables.
Do you know of Steve Thomas? You have seen his artwork everywhere in California – he is a master. I took a LONG SHOT and reached out to him to see if he would be willing to create a one off piece of art featuring the tiny town of Arnold, so that we could use it as our guest book. He DID IT! He drove up from So Cal and traveled all around different sights and ultimately created this one-of-a-kind piece of art JUST FOR US that we then had our guests sign with pencil as our guest book
Garrett found peace in learning about automobiles and later learning to build them himself. For the year leading up to our wedding, he took it upon himself to build us our “wedding getaway” car. He bought a 1971 Toyota Land Cruiser that couldn’t even turn on, and restored it completely. The morning of our wedding, he drove it for the first time. He showed up looking like a boss to our first look, and later that night, friends decorated it with beer cans, toilet paper and lipstick – the coolest getaway car!
Photography | The Nichols | Venue | Black Bear Inn | Planning | Sasser Events | Florals | Shonna Lewis Floral Design | Cake | Knead to Make | Catering | Lunch Lady Catering | Paper Goods | Anna Malie Design | Calligraphy | Heart Paper Soul | Invitations | Minted | Dress | Amy Kuschel | Bridesmaid Dresses | Vici | Shoes | Imagine by Vince Camuto | Videography | Running Reel Films