This styled shoot was sent over to us by Kina Wicks, who both designed and photographed the entire day. We love Kina’s approach to attainable elegance, and her injection of chalkboard elements, striking colors, and some seriously stunning floral arrangements from Ipomea Floral.
From the photographer and stylist, Kina: For the shoot’s theme, I really wanted it to be colorful, elegant and whimsical with lots of pastels like a Monet painting and touches of gold added for a bit of sparkle. Sheila from Ipomea Floral came through with a variety of luscious floral arrangements… my favorite of which was the chandelier made of laurel leaves and the most delicate fragrant peach narcissus flowers.
I did the event design myself because I wanted to create something that, while elegant, could also be simple enough for a real bride to design. Salvage One is the perfect venue in Chicago for this as well with a plethora of unique furniture and nooks and crannies that make every wedding truly one of a kind there. The vintage farm house table was my favorite… I definitely wanted to take it home with me. I spray painted inexpensive leaf garlands from a local craft supply store to add a little sparkle to the decor, and used a simple lace table runner and dishes that I found while thrifting. The cake was iced with butter cream and topped with poppies, for a simple but elegant look.
My favorite project for the event was the chalkboard touches. I used wood pieces for the name plates, table number and menu and spray painted them with chalkboard paint. After printing out the words I wanted for reference in my favorite calligraphy font, I used the amazing BRIDES chalk marker which created the chalk look with much more ease.
Shoot Location: Chicago, IL / Photographer and Event Design: Kina Wicks / Floral Design: Ipomea Floral / Event Venue: Salvage One / Wedding Dress: Private Label from Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn / Hair: Your Stylist AJ / Makeup: Shannon O’Brien Makeup Artist