Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes

It’s hard to believe that A. was riding in the trolley to her wedding reception as this is being typed one year ago today on 10.2.10! How time flies!

Being the crafty duo that they are- A.wanted P. to help her plan and execute a classic, preppy and elegant affair- with as much D.I.Y. as possible. In fact, A. was even determined to do her own centerpieces until her beloved florist, Kristen, owner of Kio Kreations knocked some sense into her!

A. fell in love with the peacock feather, for it’s rich gold, deep classic blue, and preppy green and used the feather and it’s colors as her inspiration to the wedding.   She found a fabulous Japanese Chiyogami decorative print from Paper Source and decided to use it as a uniting theme for her wedding and all of it’s festivities.  According to Paper Source, Chiyogami papers are characteristically small dense patterns that were originally wood block prints but are now typically silk screened. The overlapping circles pattern first was used in Nara, Japan in the 8th century.

P. worked tirelessly to incorporate A.’s wedding color scheme, as well as the theme- “A Perfect Pair” into A.’s bridal shower which was held at Cog Country Club.

The wedding itself was held at her families parish and the reception was at the The Grand Ballroom in Joliet Train Station (a unique, but timeless location perfectly fit for the bride and groom).

Below are pictures of the paper products that were created for the shower and wedding!

If you are planning a wedding or know someone who is, have them contact Pockets Filled With Posies, we’d love to help with paper products, floral, or any other special need to create a beautiful memory for the bride and groom!

Next week, we will showcase a beautiful vineyard wedding A. just finished for her good friend L., complete with table numbers, flowers, and other unique event designs!

The Shower Invite

Centerpieces at each table with a shoe box in gold paper and shoes filled with blue, green and goldenrod flowers

Another "pair" of shoes along with the picture that later became the Thank You note for the couple- a picture of the "Perfect Pair" along with their dog, Frank The Tank

A “Perfect Pair” take-away, a fabulous sugar cookie with fondant frosting made by P. She can make any shape you can imagine!

A little decoration along the hearth of the Country Club

P. and A. learned the art of embossing for the wedding, and used the technique throughout the event. Here a peacock feather is embossed on the wedding program cover

Wedding program front page

Peacocks hold such a special meaning for unions, A. wanted to make sure her guests knew of their significance.

A. wanted to make sure to encorporate family wedding photo’s into her wedding and came up with a “Family Tree” complete with photo’s from both A. and N.’s side.

Anne printed the photo's and mounted them on her signature print, then her florist tied them to a gold manzanita branch tree and viola! a family tree

Sweets Table sign

Instead of traditional table numbers, each table was numbered according to a picture of the corresponding age for both A. and N., and many guest went table to table looking at the various pictures of the bride and groom.

A. and N. were adamant about not doing a favor but instead donating to good causes. Here is what A. and P. created to signify this request

N.'s family is from a small village in Italy, so for the wedding A.thought it would be fun to set wine from their hometown on each table along with a wine tag explaining the wine's origin and toasting to the bride and groom!