Archives for March 2013

Spring Tablescape: Modern, Crisp, Bold, and Green!

… just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!!

What happens when you put a Wedding Planner, a Photographer, and two Florists together in one room? A lovely tablescape inspiration shoot, that’s what! With spring just around the corner (we hope!), we were inspired by a fresh palette of greens and whites, and a definite nod to Pantone’s color of the year, Emerald. We also wanted to create a more crisp, bold and contemporary aesthetic… there is plenty of vintage inspiration out there!

Key Vendors: Table design and styling by Sweetchic Events, photos by Hinojosa Photography, and florals by Vale of Enna and Flor del Monte.

We shot this in the hallway of the Loft office space that I share with Veronica Hinojosa! Hardwood floors and white walls were all we needed as a backdrop for our vibrant tablescape.

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. navy blue linens. white chiavari chairs

One of my favorite elements is the tall, textural centerpiece that we set atop a 24″ high acrylic pedestal… we wanted to create height without blocking one’s view across the table! Grace and Zenia created a dramatic focal piece with lots of hydrangea, flowering kale, green trick, bells of ireland and other exotic blooms!

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. navy blue linens. white chiavari chairs

 Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. navy blue linens. white chiavari chairs

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. tall centerpiece

I set the table with modern, clean-lined dinnerware, stemware and flatware. The green and white patterned napkins were wrapped with a laser-cut bellyband place card, custom designed for us by Red Tree Creations.

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. navy blue linens. white chiavari chairs detail shot

The guest’s first named was lightly etched into the thick cardstock, and their last names were laser cut so that the patterned napkin showed through.

 7  Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. see thru menu card. laser cut escort card

I printed the menu cards on transparency paper (yes, they still do sell those!!) and they were measured and cut to perfectly fit on top of the white appetizer plate, as if it was “floating”.

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. see thru menu card close up


18  Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. navy blue linens. white chiavari chairs. modern place setting

To continue with the “see-through” trend (menus, acrylic pedestal), the table number was also printed on transparency paper and set inside a white standing frame.

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. see thru table number

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. navy blue linens. see thru clear table number. white tulips. bells of ireland

Grace and Zenia created amazing accent florals with white anemones, green trick, ti leaves, and other exotic leaves.

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. navy blue linens. white chiavari chairs. white anemones green leaves. green trick

 The tealight candle holders were also made of acrylic!

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. small accent floral. acrylic candle tea light candle holders

We played around with my engagement ring tucked into the ranunculous with green centers.
The chairs were accented with brunia berries and wrapped leaves.

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. green eyed goddess. emerald cut pave halo engagement ring. brunia berry chair accent

We also created a floating escort card arrangement by stacking multiple acrylic stands, and strategically placing floral and candles on and within the acrylic. So fun, modern and unique!

19 Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. modern escort card arrangement. laser cut escort cards. acrylic pedestals

I am obsessed with these laser cut escort cards, also custom designed for us by Red Tree Creations!

20 Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. modern escort card arrangement. laser cut escort cards. acrylic pedestals

Have a closer look…

Sweetchic green modern fresh tablescape hinojosa photography. loft. modern escort card arrangement. laser cut escort cards

I hope you enjoyed our tablescape inspiration shoot!

Shoutout to our participating vendors:

Concept & Design: Sweetchic Events
Floral Design: Vale of Enna & Flor del Monte
Belly Bands & Escort Cards: Red Tree Creations
Table Linens: BBJ Linens
Napkins: Z Gallerie
Chairs & Tabletop ware: Personal collection

Wish Upon a Wedding – Lori & Mark

As the Marketing & Social Media chair, I am so proud to be on the Chicago Board of Wish Upon A Wedding… and excited for our newest  couple, Lori & Mark, to celebrate their wedding at Room 1520. They will say “I do!” this Sunday on St. Patrick’s Day! To read more about this deserving couple and their inspiring story, check out their Love Story on the WUW Blog!

Lori & Mark Engagement Session (2)

Wish Upon a Wedding  is the world’s first non-profit  wish granting organization providing weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness or serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation.

So many amazing vendors have volunteered their time, resources and talent to making this wedding possible, and we couldn’t make these wedding wishes come true without you… Thank You!

Wedding Planner: Beth Bernstein, SQN Events
Venue: Room 1520
Catering: Paramount Events
Photographer: Rick Aguilar Studios 
DJ: Toast & Jam
Floral: Flower Firm
Invitation: Natural Impressions
Make-Up & Hair: Wendy City Faces
Bakery: Elysia Root Cakes 
Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musicians: Larry King Orchestra 
Photobooth: Shutterbooth
Favors: Weddingstar
Videography: Aria Films
Jewelry: Tejani