We got a little behind in our blogging over wedding season, but with the slow season upon us we are ready to show you some of our real weddings from the past year. Get ready to be inspired by these gorgeous photos of Eric and Kristin’s candlelight wedding held at Pear Tree Estate on November 1, 2019. The theme for their wedding was romantic, playful, elegant and fun! See how this group of fabulous vendors came together and brought their theme to life.
Eric and Kristin were simply a delight to work with! They were so excited about their flowers and worked closely with us to have their vision of lush romantic wedding flowers combined with luscious jewel toned fruits create an explosion of color, scent and texture to surround their wedding ceremony and reception.
Candlelight created an intimate, romantic atmosphere for the evening ceremony at Pear Tree which was where the couple first met and then later became engaged. Taper candles in vintage candlesticks covered the ceremony table and coordinated with the tall gold candelabras which were topped with artistic floral designs incorporating fruit for a dramatic ceremony backdrop.
Eric and Kristin describe their relationship as a big, big love that was outside the scope of their imaginations. Once they found it they made the decision to commit their lives to protecting and growing it. Kristin’s favorite flower is the peony. Eric has promised Kristin a garden of 1,000 peonies and has already started fulfilling this goal. We are friends with peony farmers Kurt and Beth from Alaska and they are helping Eric procure peony roots. We love that we have also become friends with Eric and Kristin and can’t wait to watch this peony garden as well as their love for each other grow!!
We wanted to be able to get peonies for Kristin’s November 1st wedding but the South America season was just starting in November and only coral was available which didn’t fit the jewel tone palette. For her bridal bouquet we substituted with gorgeous garden roses; Yves Piaget (a large hot-pink), Keira (another large but soft pink), Grand Jubilee (deep burgundy) and Tess (dark red). We were thrilled to be able to get Mansfield Park spray roses which look like perfect little peonies!!
The bridesmaid dress fabrics were rich velvet in jewel tones of navy, fuchsia, purple and burgundy. As far as Kristin’s dress, she was sure she would wear an architecturally interesting sheath silhouette, free of embellishments from a very specific classic american design house. She wore just the opposite! After they were engaged, they spent the winter watching 17 seasons of Say Yes to the Dress (yes 17!!) Eric loved Hayley Paige’s work and felt that deep down inside Kristin was a princess who needed something fun and ethereal. Even though it wasn’t the style Kristin wanted, when she heard that Hayley was debuting her new collection at Bella Bianca Bridal Couture in Chicago, she quietly made an appointment to check it out. Wouldn’t you know, she fell in love with the 4th dress she tried on – “Nash”, an A-line gown with open back and deep sweetheart neckline with caviar beading, a full layered starlight tulle skirt and a sparkling train that went on and on…all the way back to the castle. When she returned home and told Eric, he excitedly exclaimed, “I knew it! I knew you were a Hayley Paige bride!”
These darling flower girls rocking their floral hair crowns and these handsome ring-bearers almost but not quite stole the show!!
Firelight and candlelight set the scene for this intimate and romantic wedding!
Their ceremony was a hybrid of a traditional religious service, conducted by their minister friend, and modern elements such as the reading of passages from books the couple read together and the planting of a tree for their new home in lieu of a unity candle.
Kristin’s mother hand-made the navy velvet table runners. The tall centerpieces graced the wedding aisles, then were moved to the reception tables. Pomegranates and other fruits added dark red color against the table runners.
Half of the farm tables had low centerpieces in gold compote bowls with taller candlesticks and mercury votive candles, while the other half had the tall centerpieces with flowers draping from the gold stands.
The ceremony backdrop floral candelabras were moved to Eric and Kristin’s sweetheart table in front of the fireplace where they framed the couple beautifully.
Each table was named after a book that Eric and Kristin had read together and the name of the book was presented on a hand painted, calligraphed card.
Each name tag was tied to a red pear at each place setting. Apricity Ink hand created each table card, name card, wedding seating chart, sign and invitations with her phenomenal talent.
The couple focused on complimenting their styles to create a wedding that belonged to both of them. For Kristin, that meant rich textures, bold glamour and an abundance of candlelight. For Eric it meant bringing a natural element into the space such as fruit. Pear Tree’s modern rustic look was the perfect setting to bring the two styles together. The deep reds and purples of the pomegranates, pears, plums and grapes added a luxurious feel to this fall wedding.
The dessert table featured a donut stand embellished with blooms and a two-tiered cake with paint strokes & fruit hand brushed with gold.
The couple wanted to created a special experience for their guests and they achieved this with a corner space set up and decorated as a portrait studio for guests to have their photo taken. Adding to the experience a caricature artist sketched super fun cartoon versions of the guests and they went up on a board until the end of the night when each guest could take their sketch home.
Q – What was your most anticipated or special moment of your day?
A – For Eric it was the vows that they wrote, spoke to each other and framed them with stories so that the guests could understand the magnitude of the work they put into their relationship to get to that moment. For Kristin it was the first look which she had dreamed of and worried her dress, hair and look for so long. Eric looked like an angel waiting their and it brought her to tears.
Q – Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A – Remember why you are planning this. Kiss often. Start planning way too early. Hire a wedding “day of” coordinator to take care of the logistics between vendors and bring all the details together!!
Schilling Photography, Apricity Ink, Pear Tree Estate, LA Gourmet, Bella Bianca Bridal Studio, Caitlin Hicks – Private Jeweler, The Cake Artist Studio, Dan Wild Illustrator, Wingard Salon, Lauren Foran Bridal Beauty, The Black Tux, Jenny Yoo, Tory Burch, Christian Loubouton and Fancy Florals By Nancy
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