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No more Mrs. Safe Bride.
Bold prints. Unexpected textures. Seating ovations.
Want a wedding design for the memory books? We asked the team at Michelle Leo Events to go outside the nuptial norms and create an unforgettable inspiration at the new Walker Farms in Lindon. Care to join us? Sit down and stay awhile.
Event Design + Planning Michelle Leo Events (a #UVBvendor!)
Photography Kenzie Victory
Venue Walker Farms (a #UVBvendor!)
Floral Artisan Bloom
Dress Chantel Lauren Designs (a #UVBvendor!)
Model Lily J Evans
Hair Kali Chris Hair
Makeup Kristen Packard Artistry
Cake Flour & Flourish (a #UVBvendor!)
Paper Floral The Lovely Ave
Paper Goods Twelve30 Creative
ROOM TO STAND OUT. It all started with a linen. “Our team has been asked repeatedly to design what I consider ‘safe’ weddings,” says Michelle Cousins, owner and lead designer of Michelle Leo Events. “This means the colors are soft and ‘bridal like,’ the linens are solid and simple, and the floral is composed of predictable texture … think roses, peonies, ranunculus. And while the overall vibe is pretty, it’s not something I’d necessarily call ‘memorable.’” It’s hard to stand out in a sea of white, green and blush-toned wedding requests, so when Michelle discovered this gorgeous linen with a bold, romantic floral print, she was instantly intrigued. “I was smitten, but immediately challenged!” she says. “I felt the urge to design something that would prove you can still establish a soft, bridal-appropriate vibe even when using a bold, patterned linen and pops of — dare I say — black?!” Oh, we dare you.
LIGHT MEETS DARK. Michelle incorporated this bold floral print throughout the inspiration — the napkins, the paper suite by Twelve30 Creative, the pillows, the escort display with loose paper blooms from The Lovely Ave, and the masterful cake and sugar flowers by Flour & Flourish. To complement her star linen, Michelle played with contrast. “The common thread within this look is texture, light and pattern,” she says. “Pairing a darker linen with equally dark tabletop accessories would ordinarily be frowned upon because we are led to believe that dark doesn’t feel bridal. However! We utilized a dark vs. light concept to our advantage: The dark linen and accessories provided the perfect anchor for the all-white floral decor runner full of romantic texture.” Likewise, the round table used the same — but opposite — approach: Light linen, dark accessories, bold napkin and all-white floral. “Together, both table designs use light and dark concepts to enhance one another,” Michelle says, “all while establishing a soft bridal look that makes a statement.”
DRESSED TO IMPRESS. Oh, and did we mention the bride has her own bold floral print? This Chantel Lauren Designs frock is the most perfect marriage of traditional and modern. You can style it simple and chic, or even pair it with a hat and neck scarf.
SITTING PRETTY. The flowers in this inspiration are total show-offs. But can you blame them? For starters, the table runner by Artisan Bloom ran the length of the table — and then some. (Jaws. On. The. Floor.) But above all, we’re inspired by the notion that not all brides — and linens! — have to be alike. In fact, the weddings that sit pretty are the ones that stand out. If you’re looking to bring bold to the table, here’s Michelle’s last three pieces of advice:
1. Choose a linen that excites you, fits your personality and makes a statement. 2. Approach the design layer by layer. Think of it as starting with a foundation, and then building ‘up’ from there: linens, charger, china, napkin detail, paper detail, floral detail (in that order). 3. Have fun with your color selections and find a common thread among the details in which to tie everything together.