Southern Style Romantic Wedding, A Designer’s Challenge

For the Chicagostyle Weddings Magazine spread, Amy and Lauren were paired with Denise at Windermere Elegant Weddings. Denise came up with the idea of “Southern Style Romance” and gave the ladies, the freedom to let our creativity flow, said Amy. The main color scheme was based both around the deep blue velvet couch from AFR, and the Pantone color of the year, marsala.

“We originally thought about flowers and fruits that were native to the south, like magnolia leaves, cotton, and peaches,” said Lauren. From there, Amy & Lauren looked at pictures of southern gardens and plantations, and saw vines and weeping willow trees that are indigenous to that region. To emulate that look, they incorporated lots of cascading foliages, hanging amaranthus in the marsala color, and Juliet garden roses.

The location of the Winnetka Community House was selected by Windermere Elegant Weddings. After doing a walk-through, the team discovered a quaint little hallway area in an older section of the building that had a Juliet balcony and a gold chandelier. “The character in the space felt authentic to the ambiance we wanted to create,” said Lauren.

To complete this detailed look, Lauren brought in some found objects from her personal collection, including an assortment of plates, vases and mirrored trays. These embellishments really helped to polish the look. Using the striking marsala and deep blue color palette, Amy created a bouquet that featured blue thistle, burgundy cockscomb, queen Anne’s lace and roses, collared by magnolia leaves.

With stunning florals and a burst of saturated color, this forgotten space was transformed into an elegant Southern affair.
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL

Team: Windermere Elegant Weddings, Ashland Addison Floral & Event Decor, Delish Cakes, and Carol Woldhuis Designs

As seen in ChicagoStyle Weddings,

Photography by Salvatore Cincotta Photography,

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