I am so excited to be sharing this gorgeous wedding with you today, because if there is anything I can’t get enough of it is Downton Abbey! And through every detail, from the couples elegant attire, to their historic venue The Glidden House and lavish reception with cut crystal, towering centerpieces, candelabras, chandeliers and a champagne tower; Elizabeth & Matt conveyed the grandeur, opulence and drama of the era perfectly, creating a celebration that once seen will never be forgotten!
Beautiful bride Elizabeth is here to tell us all about her big day and how it came together… “I wanted our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple and where we are headed in life. Basically, Matt and I come from hardworking middle-class families who fell on a lot of difficult times, but through that we both managed to become really successful in our academics (through scholarships and work), and to me that personifies a lot of what it means to be American. In that sense, I wanted the 1920’s vibe because to me it reflects a glittering time of success and celebration.
We are also both big nature buffs so we wanted to tie that in tastefully, through big blooming bouquets, lush cascading vines and the beautiful formality of Downton Abbey times. We worked with our planner to create a magical 20’s Garden Party inspired design, down to the details on the cakes and the curated menu. I LOVED that feeling of seeing it all come together on the day of the wedding. I could tell each of the guests were stunned by it too, people are still talking to my parents and I about how it was the most beautiful wedding they’ve ever been to.”
“Living in Chicago I had access to a great number of wedding dress stores and pretty much tried all of them. After a few months of looking I finally ended up at the small boutique, Alice in Ivory, where I fell in love with the Stella dress by Leanne Marshall. It had everything I was looking for – a simple, elegantly sculpted bodice and a soft, buttery silk skirt made from multiple panels of fabric. It was just a fabulous dress both to wear and to look at. I look forward to hopefully hemming it into a formal gown length because I would love to wear it again! I paired the gown with a lace top, also from Leanne Marshall, for the ceremony and a Twigs & Honey belt for the reception.”
“I couldn’t actually say all the blooms in the bouquet (I know there were at least some cabbage roses and peonies), Lowe’s Greenhouse really took the vision A Charming Fete and I discussed with them and developed it in their own creative way. I was stunned with the end result!”
“Matt and his groomsmen wore classic black tux with a silk/satin lapel, silver pearl buttons/cufflinks, and a personalized velvet and silk, Gatsby-style bowtie that Matt picked out for each of them. He then changed into a stunning black velvet jacket for the reception.”
“The vision for the wedding was inspired by the colors of the late spring season: nudes and pale pinks, accented with dark burgundy and greenery; and the early-1900s charm of the venue we chose. From there I pulled in some favorite, but somewhat random, elements that I wanted to come together like silver antiques, lush flowing greens, looping calligraphy, flowing fabrics and vintage books. A Charming Fete really helped me solidify these thoughts into a cohesive vision and, eventually, a beautiful reality!”
“Saying my vows to Matthew in front of everyone was really emotional for me and I just felt like the luckiest person in the world. “
Oh and if you thought their wedding ceremony was beautiful, just wait until you see their reception!
“As a baker the cake was one of my favorite displays and was surprisingly hard to chose from the many amazing options Luna Bakery & Cafe laid out for us. We ended up going with five cakes (all different sizes) with two flavors – either vanilla almond cake with swiss meringue or chocolate with salted caramel icing. I was very insistent that we stick with buttercream over fondant because I’m such a frosting flavor diva. The end result was five stunning cakes, each with a unique fluffy buttercream design, topped with gorgeous flowers from Lowe’s! Of course this was all surrounded with half a dozen other varied desserts Luna made for the wedding as well.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
It’s the biggest and most exciting art project you’ll ever undertake! Listen to each other and to the professionals to help guide your vision.
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
I LOVE Addison as a person and photographer. Addison was the first vendor I chose because I knew right away her photography style was like nothing else I’ve seen, and I can’t wait to (hopefully) have her with us at other life events down the road J ! She’s simply the best there is.
Isn’t it so absolutely stunning? Every single detail of Elizabeth & Matt’s big day had me swwoning! A huge congratulations to them and a big thankyou to their photographer Addison Jones for letting me share their beautiful wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Addison’s work, head over to her website addisonjonesphotography.com – and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Or for more Downton Abbey inspired beauty you might want to take a peek at this elegant black and gold wedding editorial, or this more Edwardian era bridal inspiration and who can resist a reminder of just how beautiful Lady Mary looked on her big day??