Martha & Connor- Embracing Natural Beauty
September 7, 2017
There is beauty in simplicity. Sticking to what nature has to offer, our design concept for Martha and Connor’s Chesterwood wedding focused on earthy tones and natural colors. We created an atmosphere that flowed with the abundance of greenery surrounding the area. Chesterwood was a perfect location to embrace natural beauty; vibrant greenery from all directions with the soft yet classic grey tones of Chesterwood meshed perfectly with our mood for the design. Minimalism was a key factor in the design: focusing more on neutrals such as creamy ivories and greys from the ceremony to reception.
For every design concept, there is a theme in which we draw inspiration from. For Martha and Connor, that inspiration came in the form of olive leaves, warm tones of grey and off-white, and nature. When it came down to designing the invitations to send out to Martha and Connors close family and friends, the simple flow of the leaves against the soft ivory sparked the interest for the whole wedding concept. The incorporation of olive leaves and soft, light colors didn’t end at the invitations, rather they continued throughout the whole concept.
The ceremony location was hidden behind large arches of blooming greenery that guests go to walk under to enter. The pathway was engulfed with beautiful flowers full of ivory and greens, guiding the bride and groom down the aisle. Natural wooden garden chairs blended in with the scenery. For the cocktail hour, the theme continued with gray linens and the eye catching escort card display. Just as with the invitations, it was important that we added leaves and herbs to the eloquent display. The concept for this display was to be the focal point of the cocktail hour; each escort card was attached onto rows of twine with clothespins, lining the inside of the rustic wooden frame. To finish off the design, the frame was completed with the addition of ferns and bright greenery.
Once it was time for reception, the overall vibe we went for was clean with elements of texture. The long tables were lined with ivory and beautiful garlands acting as the runner, while the round tables were also lined with creamy ivory Havana tablecloths and decorated with lovely peonies. The white, simple bone china and silverware complemented the texture brought by the “cement” napkins and off-white menus, held together with earthy twine and rosemary.
To lighten up the reception, we spread out the lanterns across the property, not only to light up the night, but to create that last bit of romance that only candle light can bring. The story behind this wedding was natural eloquence, relying on what nature has to offer, and to complement that with soft tones and textures to create a night to remember.
Planning & Design: Magdalena Events
Photographer: Lovebird Studio
Flowers: Flower Scout
Rentals: Classical Tents
Caterer: Old Inn on the Green
Hair & make-up: Jenna Lanphear from Salon Experience
Music: Crispin Music
Dress: Jenny Packman, Everthine Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew
Suit: Suit Supply
Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds
For more pictures: Borrowed and Blue