This year, in appreciation of our relationships with the folks who support our business, we hosted a spring brunch in our Chicago studio to say thank you. I loved designing this event, and got to pull together elements that I wished I had the budget for at my own wedding! It was interesting to see really how much went in to planning, even for a small event. I really feel for all you who are planning your weddings right now! The decisions are, at times, overwhelming. But you know that. I was lucky to be able to pull some great tabletop decor from my office mate/vintage rental company, Nimble Well. Her etched glassware was really the icing on the cake for me. She also lent me all of her vintage silver, which really added texture to the table. Sarah from Plate also was kind enough to lend me her beautiful vintage dish ware for the event.
The food was prepared and designed by Boutique Bites. Working with Elaina was just great; she was super helpful, patient and polished, and together we came up with a four course meal: scrambled egg cups, her parisienne melon salad, corvina with lemon risotto, and finished with a campari sorbet. She also created two fresh juices to pair with prosecco. Her team was so professional, and everyone (including me) was well taken care of!
We used the Belgian linens from our monogram collection, the light grey Vence. My favorite. The runners and napkins are lightweight, and so airy and springy.
We took this time to describe what it is to host our custom clients in our studio for their wedding consultations, and introduced this process to our planners in a new offering, Love Notes, a guide to creating custom correspondence. We have a limited supply of these little letterpress books, and would love to mail you one! All of our guests also received a letterpress notebook to help with the planning.
These offerings, along with our menu, calligraphed by Stacey Shapiro, were tucked in a linen bag our friend Linda made us especially for the event. We embroidered each of our guests' names in light grey onto the bag for a little keepsake to take home.
My studio manager moonlights as a floral designer, so we picked up some floral from Pistil and Vine and Emily pulled it all together. We used the vintage bottles from my own wedding, and ran an olive branch runner down the table. The cool blue green reminds me of the California colors I grew up with, and I loved the bright pops of yellow from the mimosa and roses.
It was so great to connect with everyone at our spring brunch, in such a meaningful way. I truly think our invitations helped set the tone for this, as they were handwritten to each guest, and we asked guests to respond in turn, with our response cards. See our last post for the images!