Archives for April 2013

Mint, Gold, Cream, and Peach Tablescape

A few weeks ago, my dear friend and florist Zenia of Flor del Monte hosted a lovely event at her shop in Pilsen (have to support my fellow Pilsen small businesses!) She asked if I would be interested in helping her style the focal point tablescape, and of course I jumped at the opportunity! Zenia gave me free reign to design, and I LOVE having a chance to do whatever I want!

I decided on a palette of mint, gold, cream and peach… and I love how it turned out! Here are some purty pictures from Veronica of Hinojosa Photography. Zenia worked her floral magic by creating this tall, lush, dramatic arrangement in shades of cream, white, and accents of peach and pink. I am obsessed with the draping of the orchids.

White Orchids, White and Peach Rose, with Gold Accent Centerpiece. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Hinojosa Photography. I Do Event.

I adored the soft romantic mix of hydrangea, roses, spray roses, stock, phalaenopsis orchids – and one of my favorite elements – greenery that Zenia spray painted a dramatic metallic gold!

White Orchids, White and Peach Rose, with Gold Accent Centerpiece. Flor Del Monte. Hinojosa Photography. I Do Event. (2)

I had fun picking the mint green linens from Chaircovers by Sylwia and accenting the table with white scalloped plates, rose gold silverware, gold-trimmed goblets, gold mercury glass, and berries spray painted gold tucked into the napkins!

Mint and Peach Tablescape with Gold Accents. Sweetchic Events. Hinojosa Photography. I Do Event.

Mint and Peach Tablescape with Gold Accents. Sweetchic Events. Hinojosa Photogrpahy. I Do Event.

Adorable accent arrangements in delicate fluted glasses with soft peach Juliet garden roses and dusty miller.

Mint and Peach Tablescape with Gold Accents. Peach Peony and Dusty Miller. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Hinojosa Photography. I Do Event.

Perfect green succulents atop fluted glasses, the base filled with gold berries for a bit of fun sparkle.

Succulent Table Accent. Flor Del Monte. Sweetchic Events. Hinojosa Photography. I Do Event

Mint Linens, Gold Menu. Peach Peonies and Dusty Miller Accents. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Hinojosa Photography. I Do Event.

Mint, Peach, Gold Tablescape. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Hinojosa Photography. I Do Event.

I Do Event. Sweetchic Events. Hinojosa Photography.

Zenia created a gorgeous matching bridal bouquet with peach Juliet garden roses, peach ranunculous, hydrangea, spray roses,
dusty miller and gold painted scabiosa.

Flor del Monte bridal bouquet juliet garden roses ranunculous spray roses scabiosa dusty miller

I Do Event. Sweetchic Events. Hinojosa Photography. (2)

 David Jensen Catering provided some delicious finger foods for guests to nosh on as they perused the shop and mingled. The beef tenderloin sandwiches on the left were melt-in-your-mouth-amaaaazing.

I DO Event. David Jensen Catering. Hinojosa Photography  Zenia’s brides oohing-and-ahhing over our tablescape!

I Do Event. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Hinojosa Photography.

I Do Event. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Hinojosa Photography. (2)

Zenia’s mom is holding Zenia’s precious daughter, Inez.

I Do Event. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Hinojosa Photography. (3)

 I loved collaborating with Flor del Monte!

I Do Event. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Hinojosa Photography. (4)

 A rare shot of our fabulous foursome:
Veronica of Hinojosa Photography, Zenia of Flor del Monte, Grace of Vale of Enna, and Charlene of Sweetchic Events. I love these women…

I Do Event. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Vale of Enna. Hinojosa Photography.

Sweetchic Events: Five Year Anniversary

Hello, dear Readers! Today is Sweetchic’s official FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY from the day we were incorporated! It’s hard to believe that time has flown by so fast, and here I am today… with a business that I love, wonderful clients, a team of amazing women, a beautiful office space, and the friendship of fellow vendors that I adore. I am lucky indeed!

In honor of my 5th Anniversary, I am re-posting photos from my Very. First. Wedding. EVER! I met Rebecca and Brian back in 2007 at a mutual friend’s birthday dinner. They were engaged and in the early stages of planning their wedding… and I (not-so-casually) mentioned that I was in the process of starting my own wedding planning business in the near future. Much to my surprise, Rebecca emailed me a few weeks later and the rest is history!

Rebecca and Brian were one of the kindest, sweetest and most easy-going couples I have had the pleasure of working with. I lucked out when they ended up being my first clients, and I got to help them plan their gorgeous wedding at the University Club Chicago. Thank you Albert from Secondprint Productions for these beautiful photos that I love, to this day! This wedding also began my long-standing partnership and friendship with floral designer extraordinaire, Grace from Vale of Enna!

1 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second print productions

Tony Chan's Pics

3  University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Bride Getting Ready.

 Fluffy white ranunculous boutonniere

4  University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. White Grooms boutonniere

Rebecca and Brian were a beautiful couple!

5 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Bride and Groom. White and Green Bridal Bouquet.

6 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions.

7 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Bridal Party Jump Shot. The Bean.

 Stunning fireplace floral treatment by Vale of Enna, I love all the vibrant shades of fuchsia, oranges and greens!

8 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow Rose, Hydrangea, Orchid Fireplace Mantel Display. Floating Candles.

Tony Chan's Pics

Aptly named “Cathedral Hall”, this amazing ballroom at the University Club is perhaps one of the most dramatic venues in Chicago, and the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony. The gothic architecture is something straight out of Hogwarts Academy!

10. University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Ceremony. Floating Candle Isle Decor.

11 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Ceremony. Floating Candle Isle Decor.

12 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Ceremony. White Isle Runner. Floating Candle Isle Decor.

13 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Ceremony. Bridal Processional.

14 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Bridal Processional. Ceremony.

15 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Purple Bridemaids Dresses.

Post-ceremony fist pumps!

16 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Ceremony. Bride and Groom Recessional.

17 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow Rose and Orchid Centerpiece

In honor of their Chinese heritage, they also held a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony during cocktail hour.

18 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Traditional Tea Ceremony.

Tony Chan's Pics

During cocktail hour, Cathedral Hall was transformed into their stunning reception, complete with warm amber uplights around the room, and floral motif gobo lighting on the dance floor.

Tony Chan's Pics

A petite collection-style centerpiece with purple mokara orchids, hot pink garden roses, fuchsia peonies and pale green hydrangea.

Tony Chan's Pics

Tall centerpieces featuring curly willow, bells of Ireland, fuchsia peonies and garden roses and mokara orchids.

Tony Chan's Pics

Tony Chan's Pics

About 2 weeks before the wedding, Rebecca fell in love with a cake design that incorporated delicate lace appliques. The in-house baker at the University Club said that they wouldn’t be able to replicate the lace… so I did some homework and ordered the lace applique molds and had them shipped directly to the Club, as a surprise to Rebecca. Needless to say, she loved her cake!!

Tony Chan's Pics

Tony Chan's Pics

Tony Chan's Pics

Their enormous head table, lined with tall water pieces from their ceremony.

27 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Traditional Head Table.

Tony Chan's Pics

After the First Dance, the bridal party surprised guests with a lip-synched performance to Sugar Pie Honeybunch!

28 University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Line Dance.

30University Club Chicago Wedding Sweetchic Events Second Print Productions. Bride and Groom. Wine Toast. Cheers.

CHEERS, Rebecca and Brian! I am so appreciative that you entrusted your wedding to me, as a total novice!  :)

Venue & Catering: University Club of Chicago
Photography: SecondPrint Productions
Florals: Vale of Enna
DJ: Sound Entertainment
Lighting: Frost Lighting