December 14, 2009

Justin & Mary Brides: Killer Details (Renata & Spence Part III)

Alright! Now sit back, relax and feast your eyes on these killer details that Renata & Spence (along with an all-star wedding pro line up) put together. Like I mentioned in Part I, Renata & Spence met while working at the National Imagery & Mapping Agency. So they made sure to incorporate elements of compasses and vintage travel (remember their vintage travel themed engagement shoot?) throughout the day! They also made sure to honor to Renata’s Polish heritage, as well as Spence’s Seattle roots. Enjoy!!

But first, here is a list of the vendor power house that came together to pull off this wedding. Y’know, so you can hire them yourself!!

Location: Eolia Mansion at Harkness Park
Planning: Ms. Traci Romano & crew from Traci Romano Events.
Flowers: Katherine Jacob of KD&J Botanica
Catering: Eric Perrin, Coastal Gourmet
Baker: Ana Parzych Custom Cakes
Cinematography: Geoff & Kate Boka, Light Mill Studios

We never cease to fall in love with Katherine’s creations. She is AMAZING!! C’mon, just look at those feathers! And those little tags with the itty bitty clothes pins are just the icing on an already delicious cake!

This custom made garland at the church was incredible!!

No detail was over looked! Love these vintage votives!

Helloooooo gorgeous!! Really take the time to check out all the nuance and subtle differences that Katherine puts into her work. EVERYTHING is thought out! Basically, she’s a floral genius! Yep, I just said it! GENIUS!!

From Katherine:

“Spence and Renata chose an incredible setting for their reception. The concept became to create romantic & lush arrangements, with a vintage aesthetic, inspired by the Old World sensibility and grandeur of the Eolia Mansion.

We started the design with a classic layered palette of whites & greens: romantic & creamy garden roses, white freesia with a peppery scent, snow white nerines with their feather like petals, and white & green hydrangeas. Then we brought in touches of silver: dusty miller & seeded eucalyptus were favorites of the Bride & Groom. Next, we pulled in more texture with silver brunia, lambs ear & silver succulents. The accents of chocolate brown consisted of dark eggplant calla lilies, velvety chocolate cosmos, & spiraling fiddlehead ferns. Passion flower vine was then woven throughout the design. I loved how the silvery accents (the succulents, especially), played off of the exquisite menu cards.

Vintage inspired silver urns & trumpet vases were used through out the mansion. Antiqued mercury glass votives & pillar candles of different heights illuminated the tables and mantles. Large urns of arching maple tree branches added dramatic height to each room, as well as a sense of the season….a nod to Autumn.”

Now let me just go ahead and put THIS out there: Traci Romano is hands down one of the most talented people we’ve ever met. Ever. (which is probably why we had her plan OUR wedding! :) Anytime we know that she is putting together an event, we just go ahead and allow ourselves to get giddy because we know it is going to be mind blowing. And that every detail will be attended to. And since we’re kind of detail junkies, she’s pretty much our hero!!

From Traci:

“My inspiration for their design was a vintage inspired map by Cavallini & Co. The map embodied them as a couple and also the color concept Renata had selected : Dark Chocolate and Sea Glass Blue. Renata works in DC for the government in spatial mapping and she and Spence are world travelers-so the map itself was as important as the colors.

As you can see in the detail photographs, the map/travel element was always a thought in the design- from the display of the pashmina’s in vintage suitcases to the custom gobo on the dance floor it was carefully reiterated throughout the celebration. In addition the menu was also very important to Renata and Spence. They were extremely interested in the sustainability of the foods selected and using local resources for as much of the menu as possible. Spence and Renata thought of every detail to make this celebration personal to them and that is truly what made the night spectacular!”

The centerpieces that Katherine put together at the cocktail hour and reception were UN-BE-LIEV-ABLE!! Love how she incorporated the feathers here!! And check out this vintage suitcase display that Traci & crew put together for the cards.

Every last flower arrangement was RIDICULOUS! And the linens that Traci/R&S got for the cocktail tables are amazing! Love them!

LOVE the idea of incorporating the tangerines! hmmm or are they clementines? Can never tell!

Renata & Spence had mulled wine & kir royale waiting to greet the guests when they arrived at cocktail hour. Along with the bagpiper you saw in Part II. Love the stemware & mason jars that Eric & crew used!

So like I said, Spence’s frat brothers like to wear napkins on their heads at weddings. So what can you do….if you can’t beat em, join em!! And have custom napkins with your logo imprinted on them made!! :)

Oh and a compass rose on the floor for good measure!

Even the dinner choices had meaning, as the Pacific Northwest planked salmon honored Spence’s roots in WA state and the wine is from a restaurant in Seattle that is special to these guys. Incredible! Just look at the presentation from Eric & crew (who ALSO did our wedding!!)

From Eric:

“Renata and Spence enjoyed creating the wedding menu around their world travels while incorporating family heritage and local sustainable foods into the fold. Our team of Chefs took some compass headings and transformed them into destinations for the Bride and Groom. Incorporating Polish inspirations for Renata, and Starbucks Coffee for Spence along with a dash of the warm flavors of fall from Washington State allowed us to create a distinctive menu for this October wedding. A sample of their selections: Warm Mulled Cider offered in Mason Jars, Luksosova Vodka Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters, Cheese Pierogies, Starbucks Coffee Chicken Satay, Bourbon and Brown Sugar Glazed Filet Mignon, Fuji Apple Compote, Alder Plank Grilled Salmon, Ginger Maple Lime Glaze, Whipped Potatoes with Jerusalem Artichokes, Battonet of Fall Vegetables. Late night offerings included a Polish Delicatessen Station as well as Heirloom Pastries.”

Check out these tables that Traci & crew put together!!

The tables were named after places R&S have been/ are special to them. Just look at the little passport stamps on them!

Yea, every nook & mantle was attended to!

And, oh yea…..did I forget to mention that there were 12 ft tall displays of foliage?! Well, there WERE! Incredible!

The gorgeous cake with the “Spenata” logo was made by the uber talented Ana Parzych. The detail is incredible!!

As well as the Starbucks shaped groom’s cake that was a surprise for Spence! Again, in honor of his Seattle roots. And my addiction. I’m pretty sure my addiction came into play at least a little bit. I’m just sayin….

And of course, no Polish wedding would be complete without the parting gift of vodka. Lots and lots of vodka!!

Sweet dreams!!

Renata & Spence, thank you for putting on the kind of wedding that photographers drool over! And letting us be the ones who got to be there with you. You guys are the bomb! Dot net, dot com. And to all of the incredible vendors involved- Traci, Katherine, Eric, Ana, Geoff & Kate- honestly, you guys make our jobs SO easy. It was an honor working alongside you!!

So much love,
J&M

  1. Marissa Rodriguez

    A Starbucks cake!? That is AWESOME! I always enjoy looking through your details posts. Always perfect and beautiful!

  2. Phil Thornton

    Great details guys, love the tree branch/leaf arrangements, very cool.

  3. Keri Doolittle Photography

    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! Those pics are totally RAD!! This bride had some serious style! Love it!

  4. Gwendolyn Tundermann

    I’ve been sitting here for 2 minutes trying to think of what to say! Just jaw-dropping gorgeousness! There are no words!

  5. maggieb

    Please. Someone please pick me up off the floor!!!

  6. MM

    I love you maggieB!!!

  7. Kia Gregory

    Those detail shots are killer! Love them. And do you have to be Polish to partake in Vodka? Great work, Justin and Mary!

  8. Magan of Magan's Lens

    I am SO in love with these photos, but more particularly, your SKILLS. WOW! I’m signed up for your Austin STL visit. Can’t wait to meet you guys!

  9. MM

    @Magan: oh that’s awesome!! we can’t wait to meet you!!

  10. Christine Pobke

    Sweet jebus. How on earth do you make detail shots look so freakin’ amazing??!??!!?!?!? You guys are mondo talented. WOW.

  11. Rebecca

    These are all so awesome – and how about that grooms cake! Coolest one ever.

  12. rachel darley

    wow. such beautiful details… and i could have dived head-first into the starbucks cake. Open-mouthed, of course.

  13. Betsy, La Vida

    Crazy awesome details. What a well-thought out design, well-done, meaningful, and just beautiful! Bet you two had a FIELD DAY!!! Nicely done!!

  14. imthiaz houseman

    wow, amazing details. i love the weddings you two get. their amazing!

  15. Cathy Crawley

    Wow, these are absolutely amazing!

  16. Ray

    You guys take such exquisite photos! I love the things that Renata & Spence added to this wedding, such as: the compass with the guests names on them, the vintage suitcases to put the cards in, and the Polish vodka as a favor (they sure know how to thank their guests ;o). So cool. ^o^

  17. Eric Perrin

    Spectacular, It was such a pleasure creating a truly unique wedding for Renata and Spence as well as collaborating with all the vendors to provide such a memorable event. It will be a challange to top this one. Best wishes and Happy Holiday’s to all.

  18. Traci Romano

    Unbelievable! These images are stunning. You really captured each moment. What a treasure for the couple to have forever!

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