Danielle and Joe

Image courtesy of Kevin Chin Photography

All Images courtesy of Kevin Chin Photography

Danielle and Joe Portelli were married in Burlingame, California in August, 2012. In an exciting twist, I did not do the floral arrangements for the day, but was brought on board as a wedding coordinator and decorator for the entrance hall to the reception room. With only two weeks to get it everything from the church programs, to favor labels, to the guest gift bags together, it was definitely a challenge!

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Ensuring that none of the little details got forgotten, and giving the bride and groom the evening of their dreams was my number one priority.

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As an homage to the bride and Groom’s Catholic faith, I gifted Danielle with a vintage Rosary to have blessed and included in her bridal bouquet.

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The overall theme of the wedding was travel, with both Danielle and Joe having hailed from opposite coasts. Colors were deep plum and purple. In regards to the theme, I decided to use vintage suitcases to hold the name/table cards. Each name card was meant to look like a luggage tag, adorned with a cut-out map heart. Dried roses and hydrangeas were scattered on every table in the entrance hall, surrounded by  deep purple and silver mercury glass votive holders, to give it a magical feel.

2012_Portelli_386Danielle’s mother made a hundred plus small jars of jam as favors that I placed in rows on top of rows in a large vintage suitcase. The tags were tied on with twine for a more farmer’s market type look. All of the amazing name and favor tags were made by Robin Bellomy of the fantastic 0names left who seriously saved my butt but doing hundreds of tags as a last-minute special order and shipping them out to me overnight in a matter of days! Nothing would have looked the same without her hard work.

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I used various vintage goblets that I silvered to augment the bride and groom’s table at the reception.

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and made sure to leave a little gesture of love for the bride when she took her place next to the groom.

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It was a day to remember and I’m so glad to have been a part of it! Many thanks to Kevin Chin for the beautiful photography.

Melisa

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Interior and garden designer, owner of Apartment 46 design studio, mother, friend, adventurer and explorer.
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