Jenny & David: Vintage French Flea Market

What we love about our job is how every couple is so original, and therefore, our designs for every wedding are so unique and unexpected and entirely speak of the bride and groom’s personality.  Jenny and David were no exception, and Jenny (a photographer and artist herself) had a very specific vision for her day.  She wanted a chic vintage Frenchy flea market style with class and elegance.  It was a charming aesthetic and spoke to their personality.  The couple lives in California, but Jenny’s parents live in Wisconsin, and we were able to work so closely with her entire family and loved every moment of it.

Jenny and David chose Villa Terrace for their ceremony.  Their October 13th wedding day was rainy and cloudy (a sure sign of wealth to come, we always say!) and we were glad the ceremony was always planned to be indoors.  They had a wonderful officiant who got to know them on a close level during the planning – we were very impressed with Rev. Jane.  A champagne toast rounded off the ceremony, as guests enjoyed some bubbly after the vows.  Something very French indeed!

As for the reception, we started with the essentials – floral and linen – for the design, and worked with Fresh Design and BBJ to have a base of stoney textured grey linen for the guest tables, and had a lovely soft floral overlay for the head table.  As the reception was at Cuvee Champagne Lounge, it was the exact perfect backdrop for this event.  We had plum linens on the cocktail tables, topped with different floral on each one in “found” vessels.  Guests were greeted with rich brocaded linens at the door, on a table loaded with candles, a vintage typewriter, vintage birdcage, and a leatherbound album serving as a guestbook.

Further in was a handmade escort card board, vintage whitewashed and holding nails that were hung with vintage keys and the escort cards – which were made by Centennial Press – that were vintage tags.

The couple knew they’d use Lee John’s for the catering, and he really outdid himself!  They had a delicious meal for their guests, and included a cheese course – something  that is also very French.  It’s hard to describe how divine the dishes were – Jenny, her mom, and sister really went about the tasting thoughtfully and had all the details down to a science, so each chosen entree was a work of tasteful art!  At each guest table,  the centerpieces were different – some were tall arrangements on silver stands, others were vintage cloches, or full compotes on footed dishes.  Candles were lit everywhere.  Each menu held a menu that was intricately designed and slipped into a French wax bag, like how you’d buy a baguette.

Lighting was also essential to the space.  We had Sound by Design do some warm uplighting, but then we also hung vintage mini chandeliers over the guest tables and French Bistro bulb lights over the dance floor, where the amazing Sara and the Tall Boys performed all night to the delight of the guests.  Also featured on the dance floor was a gorgeous cake by The Cake Lady.

And who could forget the sparkler send off?  It was a beautiful, amazing night – we were so lucky to work with this sweet, warm couple and their families.  We know we’ll be keeping in touch with them always and that we are all family now.  We wish Jenny and David the best!

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