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Vintage Glamour

The Victorian Era brought with it a romantic love that was the principal necessity for marriage and courtship. It was such an integral part of the “wooing” process, that it became a sort of art form for the upper classes trying to win over the lady of their dreams. With the presence of chaperones, hand written love letters, and dreamy lace, we delve into the modern take of  this lovely era in Vintage Glamour.

Dreaming up Vintage Glamour was a breeze once entering the Dole Mansion. The historic landmark was developed on the vast 1000 acres of land in 1860 which surround Crystal Lake. Featuring the romantic Italianate style craftsmanship throughout the magnificent mansion, one can only dream of all the secrets this beautiful backdrop has acquired over the last 158 years. The upstairs private family rooms which overlook the grounds and the lake, have kept their intricate allure creating the perfect setting for any bride, says Planner Victoria Thanoukos of Kensington Florals & Events. Capturing the essence of the time period while injecting hints of glamour was important throughout the day.

Vintage tributes with touches of old Hollywood were created by Golden Bridal Design that shown through in the gorgeous makeup applique and voluminous styled hair with an antique hair brooch.  A custom Juliet cap cathedral veil by Sew Bridal was over 9ft long and had the most beautiful and delicately hand sown lace detailing both at the crown and the tail.  A gorgeous full lace covered bodice dress from Dame Couture provided the perfect overall fancifully romantic effect illustrating the mood of the day. Elegant custom vintage jewelry was designed and provided by Calla Couture Jewelers taking this glamour vintage look to new heights!

A divine, antiqued blue cake by Amy Beck Cake Designs, was decorated with a simple wrap-around of handcrafted sugar-floral matching the lush urn floral pieces created by Kensington Floral Events to exemplify the old-world ambiance carried throughout the day. Striking flowers placed in the bridal bouquet by Blooming Events fashioned this over the top look perfectly tying in each element beautifully. 

 

When new meets old-fashioned, proper bridesmaid dresses are the seamless touch in adding that perfect pop of color and whimsy. Carrying various shades of blue, each bridesmaid made an entrance in her lovely dress by Bridesmaids Social dazzling on lookers and tying in the hues from the lovely floral blue hued stationery custom designed by Emery Ann Designs, the cake and accents of the day.

Gracefully captured by the talented Jillian Plaminek of Truly Sublime Photography, we all had a dreamy time designing Vintage Glamour at the picturesque Dole Mansion.

Vendors:

Planning & Stylist: Kensington Events 
Photographer: Truly Sublime Photography
Venue: Dole Mansion
Hair/Makeup: Golden Bridal Designs
Cake: www.amybeckcakedesign.com
Floral: Blooming Events by Ana Vicol and Kensington Events
Bridal Gown: Dame Couture 
Bridal Dress: Sew Bridal Designs
Bridesmaid Dress:  Bridesmaids Social
Stationery: Emery Ann Design
Jewelry/Accessories: Calla Couture Jewelers 

Bride: Kendall Lauren
Bridesmaids: Angie Kniss, Brittney Hourigan, Jessica Dziadkowiec

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Dear Boho Bride …. We LOVE You

It takes a unique person to embody the Bohemian flair and carry the exceptional style throughout the elements of their wedding. Many brides don’t know where to start or if they are doing “too much” or “too little” and then end up scraping their idea all together for a look that doesn’t really fit them and doesn’t capture the love the couple has for each other.

Well, we wanted to tell you “STOP”… Stop throwing your dreams away and BEGIN looking and what will work best for your special day! Remember…..it’s in the details and all these details are too yummy not to share!

We simply love this Bohemian Style with an Eastern Flair and we are thrilled to share it with all of you 🙂

This look was created to show every Boho Bride the ways you can incorporate Macramé, lace, minimalistic pieces, the unconventional ideals, your mom’s 1970’s throw pillows, lanterns, and lovely color (subtle and bold) into a gorgeous wedding look that is authentic to you, feels perfect and dazzles your guests!

First: Location Location Location!!!

Your venue should fit you. It should fit the vibe and ambiance of the wedding day that you would like to achieve. Too many of our couples have booked a hall simply because it was close by or because they were offered a special deal and then end up regretting it and feeling as if they are stuffing a “square peg” idea into a “round hole” setting.

Galleria Marchetti gave use the perfect backdrop! Stone on ¾ of the walls and floors, exposed brick as a central focal point with real ivy growing throughout, and multiple Moroccan/Tuscany inspired tiled mosaics scattered in the glassed encased room as well as the outdoor adjacent terrace.

BINGO! This was brilliant! And our perfect Boho Venue!

Once the ambiance is picked it’s down to the best colors to really create the feel, warmth, and energy of the day. We always build from our primary bold colors and layer in our more subtle complimentary colors. This will also help with what colors you would like to carry throughout each component of your overall look (i.e. bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen suits/tuxedos, linens, paper goods, cake, etc.) So many ways to bring in your favorite colors!

Our Primary Colors:

Our Secondary Colors:

Properly working with your colors calls for a bit of planning and we say start with your tablescape and vision board. Cut out pictures with colors of pieces that you love! A teal/aloe blue cake, teal bridesmaid dresses, gold accent pieces, pale peachy flowers, etc. That way you can start to play around with the look and feel over everything. Then start narrowing down what speaks to you the most. What do you get most excited about when you see it and work from there?

For this specific look, a more toned down, warm color palette allowed the beautiful boho/eastern inspired pieces to play center stage.

We began where we always begin …..Linen! Start from the bottom and work your way up. The warm colors of the metropolitan table linen from Windy City Linen

The metropolitan table linen from Windy City Linens

Hints of Gold Sown through each of the table linens

     

Antique Gold, Pale Peach and Sage Napkins were used to pop color over the ornate chargers.

Simple pops of color add warmth and energy to this gorgeous design. Your love is simply showcased in all the details!

The cake is something that was extremely important as it was not only a focal point to the entire day but it also brought in the shades of teal and aloe blue with a beautiful macramé accent which encompassed the boho vibe. So scrumptious and dreamy to look at! Amy Beck hit it out of the park with this stunning design!

    

    

Gorgeous hues of teal and aloe blue spread throughout the cake and complimented by eggplant, green, and creamy whites. Simply beautiful artistry!

What is a boho style in a bridal dress? This questions is difficult as every boho bride has her own way of showcasing her style and take on the term. But we would say, lite, airy, whimsical, lacey, a little mermaid tail but not a 10ft train. Something that is either loose or clings a bit to the body to show off a bit of a curve. It’s up to you on how “Boho” you plan on making your day.

Once we saw this at Eva’s International Bridal …..we simply couldn’t get our eyes off this semi-mermaid, lace detailed, curve hugging dress!

    

 

    

Pave, minimilastic floral design captures the whimsical nature of this couple. Taking antique photo frames and building a pave design within them using vintage roses (crème de la crème, faith, quick sand, cool water, sweet Eskimo, lemonade, amnesia, and earl grey) and hints of lisantus and fruits made this design and understated yet sweet look that enraptures guests at each table. Able to easily converse while admiring the details is appreciated and admired by all who attend. A custom macrame, hooped bridal bouquet perfectly tied in the cake and entire theme in its simplistic design.

      

Custom jeweled menu cards were topped with ivory macaroons with a simple brush of dusted gold.  Gilded elephants, with place name settings, were provided at each setting as they are said to bring luck, strength, and stability by many Eastern cultures.

Traditional jewelry and accessory pieces were used in non-traditional fashion to accentuate our Eastern Flair. Soft pink makeup was used to represent Jaipur and simplified to epitomize the entire look of the day. Modest curls and half fishtail that trailed down, emulated the buttons on the back of the dress, was topped with a marque double diamond.

                 

A blue tuxedo suit was perfect to tie in all blue accents for the day, from vintage jewelry to the cake!

 

 

Proud to have this original featured on Chicago Style Weddings:

Credits: Venue: Galleria Marchetti, Photography: Michelle Cox Photography & Kimberly Rensburg Photography, Floral, Décor & Styling: Kensington Floral & Events, Cake & Sweets: Amy Beck Cake Design, Bride’s Gown: Evas Bridal InternationalFormalwear: Emanuele Tuxedo Hair & Makeup: MAS Makeup Artistry, Videography: Diesel Beats TVStationery: Flyy Design Creative,  Jewelry & Accessories: Calla Couture JewelersLinens: Windy City Linens 

 

 

Anemones for daaayyysss…..

Anemones are such a lovely addition to any bouquet!

Which variety would you like in your bouquet? Classic white or a pop of gorgeous color?

Trust Kensington to bring your vision to life with custom floral designs for your special day! Whether its anemones, calla lilies, thistle, roses, tulips and more, we arrange the most breathtaking bouquets and floral decor for all of our clients! Happy Blooming ….

We look forward to working with you soon!  Call: 847-675-3789 or TEXT: 847-892-6125

Creative Partners:
Group 1: Photography By Lauryn
Group 2: Anamaria Vieriu Photography
Group 3: Katie Ricard Photography

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Rock YOUR Wedding!

Rock your wedding with Kensington!

See why we are one of the most sought after planning and floral design firms in the Chicago-land area!

Proud to have Spring Elegance featured in Aisle Society, Chicago Style Weddings & ChiTheWed!

Budding flowers and sweet fragrances fill the air as everything seems to awaken from its winter slumber. At the center of our shoot was one of the most spoken of dresses around the world that embodies the essence of dreams and love. The sheer detail of this dress and its incredible jeweled crown would make any bride feel like royalty and it captured the spirit of the day so perfectly. To compliment the stunning dress, we wanted an over the top wedding cake that was fit for such an occasion. This five layer, gorgeously elegant cake decorated with hundreds of handmade varying flowers and playful ruffles brought the room to life and dazzled all that gazed upon it.

Our setting was none other than the beautiful Pavilion at Galleria Marchetti. A gorgeous white backdrop with lovely lush linens, lined with spectacularly modern chandeliers and completed with a wall of infinity fire pits for guests to enjoy. Tall pastel floral accents sat atop glass trumpets to showcase the elongated beauty of the room and gave a simple elegance that allowed the show stoppers to take center stage. Multi styled candles adorned the table to give a romantic glow on top of the brilliant Lamour linens in tones of Sea-mist and Sage to add vibrancy and pops of color. Custom stationary suites that softly sparkled and inspired by the cake glamorously showcased the elements of the day.

A fitted black and white tuxedo elevated the grandeur of the day while final touches ensured its splendor. Decadent jewelry that glimmered with every capture of light and hair and makeup imagination instilled softness and charm.

We love providing a one of a kind experience for all our clients and partnering with the best vendors Chicago has to offer! Contact us for your complimentary consultation and you wont be disappointed!

Our Creative Partners:
Venue: Galleria Marchetti
Planning, Styling & Design: Kensington Florals & Events
Photography: Cristina Ilao Photography
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Bridal Gown & Tiara: Eva’s International Bridal
Tuxedo: Emanuele’s Tuxedo
Stationery: Flyy Design Creative
Linen: Windy City Linen
Jewelry: Calla Couture Jewelers
Videography: Diesel Beats TV

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