Kelsey + Jake’s Colorful and Floral-Filled Greenhouse Wedding
Friends. Are you settled in? Do you have a cup of coffee (or wine, if that’s your thing) with you? Good. Because this post is a long one.
Planning with Kelsey and Jake was truly a dream job. From the moment that their inquiry popped up in our mailbox to our very last hug goodbye, we couldn’t have asked for a better couple or a better team of vendors. Their wedding had it all: beautiful details (check!), stunning location (check!), a gorgeous color palette (check!) and blooms galore (check, check, and check!).
Kelsey and Jake are a warm, hilarious, and incredibly intelligent couple. Every meeting we had was filled with laughter (at one point, we all made a collective decision that Jake had to limit his jokes because we would get too sidetracked!) and their goal to have a wedding that was both beautiful and logistically sound was music to our planning ears.
With busy careers, and planning out-of-state, we stepped in to help design a wedding celebration that felt elegant and warm, and reflected Kelsey and Jake’s playful nature. Years prior to their engagement, Kelsey and Jake had gone a Valentine’s date to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, so when they found the Greenhouse at Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, they knew it was the perfect spot to celebrate their marriage. The Greenhouse set the stage for a Memorial Day weekend wedding overflowing with beauty, and today we’re sharing our favorite images from Rachelle Rae Photography.
We truly believe that love stories are told through the details. Those small pieces that you choose to represent who you are, individually and as a couple, on your wedding day tell the real story better than any flower or linen can (though, we love beautiful flowers and linens, too!). So when we were compiling all of the little details for Kelsey and Jake’s celebration, we loved that they chose to share details that highlighted their love for family and literature. K + J selected several meaningful books, including a first edition East of Eden that Kelsey’s sister had gifted to her, and a copy of the United Nations Declaration from her grandparents (Kelsey and Jake met doing Model United Nations in college, so it was fitting!) to include in their details for the day which we styled along with jewelry and vintage handkerchiefs - gifts from her mother and grandparents.
Kelsey and Jake’s Minted invitation suite was one of our favorites of the season. The soft watercolor blues paired with scrolling script and a classic serif font felt classic and lighthearted, the exact balance that we struck throughout the rest of the wedding design.
Kelsey and Jake decided to forgo a traditional bridal party and instead, focus on spending time with their closest family and friends on the morning of their wedding. We loved their approach to getting ready for their ceremony - sharing intentional time with the people who had impacted their lives most - their parents, siblings, and lifelong friends.
Now it’s time to talk about the bouquet. Y’all, the bouquet that Jessica Kill put together for Kelsey was nothing short of spectacular. The colors were vivid and the blooms were lush, incorporating soft yellows, peaches, and pinks alongside bolder pops of color (um, hello coral charm peony!). The peonies, ranunculs, and garden roses Jess gathered were out. of. this. world. It was a bouquet we kept thinking about all season long!
If you’ve been with us for awhile, then you know how much we adore a First Look. Not only because it makes the rest of the day easier on the logistics front, but moreover because it’s one of the few moments that you get with your soon-to-be spouse that’s completely private and pulled back from the hustle of the day. Plus, look at Jake’s face. Can you really beat that kind of reaction?
After their First Look, Kelsey and Jake were whisked away to photos on the gorgeous campus of Aquinas College. Another favorite moment from their day? Their wonderful chauffeur (and enthusiastic bouquet holder) - who just happened to be Kelsey’s grandfather! Kelsey and Jake were incredibly intentional about making time to include this special moment and we loved that he got to have a quiet moment away with his granddaughter and (almost) grandson!.
We’re suckers for a good ceremony, so when Jake and Kelsey told us they wanted to walk each other down the aisle, we knew that lots of happy tears were in our future and we knew that we wanted to create an extra-special space where they would enter as fiancés, exchange their vows, and exit as wife and husband. Enter: the arches.
One of of the best parts of what we do is the opportunity to collaborate with truly talented vendors, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the creativity that Jess Kill and her team brought to Kelsey and Jake’s celebration. When we first chatted with Jess about K+J’s celebration, we talked about their shared love of literature, and how we planned to incorporate books into several elements of their design - and that’s when Jess threw out the idea for the most gorgeous deconstructed floral book arch. Jess and her team stacked books several feet high and then wove gorgeous garden-inspired blooms throughout, creating the appearance that flowers had grown through and around the novels. The end product was breathtaking.
Jake and Kelsey’s dear friend officiated the ceremony and it was the truest celebration of K+J’s love for one another.
After the “I Dos”, Kelsey and Jake snuck outside with Rachelle to snap some portraits in the beautiful light of golden hour. Inside, guests sipped cocktails and enjoyed hor d’ourves from Vault Catering in the cocktail hour space while our team hustled to flip the ceremony space for dinner.
We absolutely adore a good Escort Card installation and what better way to continue the literary vibes than bookshelves? We repurposed the ceremony arch to frame the entry way for dinner, and then filled classic white bookshelves with intricate, gold foil pressed escort cards from Minted. Mixed in with the escort cards were heirloom books from Kelsey’s family - each holding a special meaning for Jake and Kelsey. Jess topped the display off with a stunning floral swag that we’re still dreaming about months later.
When it came time to design the reception space, we knew we wanted to bring in blue as a foundational color to create an ethereal atmosphere in the open space of the greenhouse. We added soft white silk chiffon runners to add movement to the table and Jess wove in the bolder colors of the palette through the gorgeous compote centerpieces. The second tablescape featured stacks of books in shades of creams and blues, alongside mixed-height taper candles and milk glass compote vases filled with garden blooms. To build more ambiance, we filled the space with candlelight using scalloped gold votives to mirror the scalloping on Kelsey’s wedding gown. On the tables, guests used beautiful gold flatware and mismatched water goblets from Gigi and LaClede. One of our favorite details? The watercolor calligraphed table numbers on buttery deckled-edge paper from JLK Designs.
Kelsey and Jake celebrated their first meal as wife and husband at a stunning sweetheart table. We knew we wanted to do something a little bit different for the newlyweds, so we brought in a gorgeous patterned linen from Nuage and had Jess create a dreamy arrangement to anchor the table.
Cakabakery created a simple and delicious cutting cake for K+J, and we topped it with a playful dinosaur cake topper that K+J fell in love with after searching Etsy. A little secret for you: When the dinos arrived, they were a bit larger than we had planned for, so we made the decision to have them “tell secrets” instead of hold hands on top of the cake.
After dinner concluded, guests moved back into the cocktail hour space for the most special First Dance. Kelsey and Jake invited Kelsey’s sister to sing Can’t Help Falling In Love as they shared their first dance together. Courtney’s voice was absolutely stunning, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
We think it’s safe to say that 2018 was the year of the donut, and we loved kicking off this dessert trend with a mini donut bar from Doughrunts. Dozens of donuts in fun flavors were displayed on cake platters for guests to enjoy. We included a nod to one of the couple’s favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation, with our “treat yo’ self” sign.
The night turned into the greatest of dance parties as friends and family danced and sang to Backstreet Boys and passed around pizza (who doesn’t love a little late night snack action?) with the Grand Rapids skyline behind them.
While the party carried on, Jake and Kelsey snuck across the hall for one last photo in the Greenhouse, with the beautiful bistro lights hung above them. It was a celebration that, simply put, we will never forget.
PS: If you’re looking for more behind the scenes from Kelsey and Jake’s celebration, check out our highlights on Instagram.
Planning + Design: A Lovely Day // Bride's Dress: BHLDN // Hair and Makeup: Pomp and Artistry // Ceremony and Reception Venue: Downtown Market // Guest Table Linens: Linen Hero // Sweetheart + Cocktail Table Linens: Nuage Designs // Florals: Kill’s Custom Creations // Cake: Cakabakery // Photography: Rachelle Rae Photography // Dessert: Doughrunts // Catering: Vault Catering // Tabletop Rentals: Gigi and LaClede // Invitations + Paper Goods: Minted // Table Numbers: JLK Designs