Elsie’s Wedding Reception: Decor

Menu chevron chairs
Wedding centerpiece
Our wedding reception was packed full of creative details. I owe a million thank yous to Sharon Taylor who styled it with her team from Pickwick House. Before the meeting we had several weeks of meetings where we planned out details and bounced ideas. It was even prettier than I could have imagined when the big day arrived! Most importantly, it felt really personal. Sharon used tons of vintage pieces from our shop and our warehouse along with her personal collection.

Our venue was Savoy Ballroom. It is across the street from Red Velvet. I loved hosting everything so close to our shop. The owners had the idea to play old movies during the reception, so we played Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Funny Face on a projector (without the sound). It was a really cute touch!

Here are some more favorite photos from the reception…

Library cards
Jeremy and his (wonderful) dad cut these wood place card holders for us! We found the library cards from Knot & Bow on Etsy.

Dessert Table
Elsie Jeremy Dessert Table
(more photos of the dessert table here.)

Emma chris
Love was in the air!

And, per usual, my grandpa was stealing the show because he’s sooooo adorable!

Mr + Mrs chairs
This photo of me and Emma makes me smile. She gave such a sweet toast at the reception… tears! I ordered custom fringe banners that said Mr and Mrs to tie on our chairs (above) from Nice on Etsy.

Katie holga
Isn’t Katie the cutest? I made some special hand painted holgas for the tables at our reception. Can’t wait to see if there are any treasures on those rolls of film.

Toasts 2
Here we are listening to the toasts. They were so incredibly sweet! We enjoyed every moment. XO, elsie

PS. In case you are curious… I only have a handful of wedding posts left (plus some wedding related DIYs). I never intended to break it up so much, but I am trying to keep the number of photos in each post reasonable so that they don’t crash your computers. ha!.. just kidding… but really. XO, els

Photos by Arrow & Apple.

  • sara rainey – Matt,You are brniallit!!! These pictures of John and Jenna are amazing!! Thanks so much for your creative gift. I can’t wait to see all of the rest of your pictures of this wonderful event. Love, MOG (Sara)

  • My fiance and I are eicerienpxng a bit of a role reversal, in that I am in the minority of grooms, one who is the primary planner/coordinator of our upcoming wedding. My fiance has great taste and is involved with all major decisions, but is also an extremely busy professional, so I was happy to step up as the experienced party planner, doing the homework and pre-negotiating with vendors, before my fiance and I together make final selections of vendors and the plan. However, I had never planned a wedding before, so I’ve bought many books and read lots of websites and paged through many magazines (I don’t think I can look at another magazine ad of a bride-model laying horizontal on a couch without snickering). Virtually everything is written for the bride who typically plans the wedding which to me means there is a heavy emphasis on decorations and flowers and invitations and linens and color schemes it was all driving me crazy as a guy trying to put together a wedding plan that is simply fun and action oriented, while still allows for nice things. I’ve attended many dozens of weddings over the years and I’ve kept an eye on what makes weddings enjoyable and memorable: keep it festive, keep guests involved, and make sure there is time for the happy couple to spend time with each of the guests. I never saw any correlation with the size of the party, the location, the decorations, even the food quality (and I’m a big foodie), with how successful and fun the wedding was. Given this perspective, I looked and looked for wedding planning advice in all the books and magazines and websites, hoping to find action oriented advice for having a festive wedding reception frankly, I found little useful advice. Finally, just three months before our upcoming wedding, I have found the book I really needed on the recommendation of a wedding DJ friend (who lives and works in another state), I ordered Peter Merry’s book, which I have found to be chock full of actionable ideas from an experienced wedding DJ/entertainment director. He focuses on the concept of entertainment and leaves decorations and other more frivolous things to the other books. He is a welcome voice, a rare male perspective in wedding planning books, that a planning groom, and presumably planning brides as well, needs. I’ve already made adjustments to the reception agenda and found validation with some activity ideas we already had in place. Rest assured, there will be great food and many touches of elegance in the design of our wedding, but I am now more confident as ever we will have a truly festive wedding with Peter Merry’s advice influencing our plan. Many thanks to the author the advice is easily 10 times worth the cover price of the book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone planning their wedding.

  • Everything so fairly pretty pretty! I really like the concept of quiet traditional film :-O mmm those cakes look delicious as do the decorations!

  • We are loving every detail of the wedding, so break it up as much as you like! http://hifeather.com/6-synthetic-hair-extensions

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  • Great atmosphere together with good friends and loving family makes this wedding reception exciting and fun. The decor on the other hand looks unique, really adds life to the party…

  • Everything is simply darling. I never would have even thought of this style for my wedding (I blame it on the lack of Pinterest at the time!) and I am so grateful that you got to flaunt your style and have FUN! Congratulations!

  • Toutes ces photos sont très touchantes, merci de nous les faire partager.


  • looks beautiful! not only was your wedding gorgeous you made it so personal by adding so many little touches to it. amazing.

  • Thank you for sharing this information. The information was very helpful and saved a lot of my time.

  • You really are the most adorable little lady. I’m sure you hear it all the time, but it’s genuine. =) keep being you, you’re great. x0 linds

  • Everything is so cute and adorable!! <3 I love it all. You had the prettiest wedding I’ve ever seen in my life. <3 <3

  • Such great ideas and it was clearly a day filled with love! 🙂 Where did you get the chevron chairs?!

  • Wow! This is quite exciting. I’m sure you gals will do great — your work is always so inspiring. 😀

  • Just wondrous. I only wish I had an ounce of your creativity.


    (As I go off in a huff because you are obviously just too wonderful!)

  • These last two pictures of your and your hubby are so unbelievably cute. These posts make my day!

  • I visit a lot of wedding blogs, but I have never seen another as sweet, quirky and colorful as yours! It is pure perfection! Congratulations on not only a beautiful affair, but on becoming a Mrs!


  • You might have had the CUTEST wedding ever. I seriously love all the unique and whimsical touches.

  • Everything just looks so awesome! I love the idea of showing the classic movies (& your choices safe some of my all-time favorites).

  • Well what do you know, we can’t get enough of the wedding posts so keep them coming! OMG Elsie, everything is so beautiful, you must feel so happy and proud looking at all these gorgeous pictures. Down to the daintiest detail, amazing organisation, amazing couple, amazing pics. XO

  • You have the most handsome grandpa on this planet. Such charisma! (charisma is the new sexyness, hahahaha!)
    Just wonderful!

  • How fun! I adore the shoe accents on the table.

  • I think I would have to say that my favorite decor item would have to be the name places. Those holders are awesome and so clever and I love that you had the names of your guests on library cards!

  • I love your blog! Question: Did you have a rehearsal dinner the night before? It seems like your reception is a rehearsal dinner/reception combined. Every detail is gorgeous 🙂

  • Aboslutely, positively AMAZING. It looks so perfect and you look so radiant! I love every little detail. Stunning.

  • This is like my gazillianth ‘i love your wedding’ comment, but I still haven’t said, LOVE Jeremy’s tie – especially the way it goes with your gorgeous dress. x

  • Your wedding looks so adorable. I love all the quirky touches. When I get married I hope my wedding is half as colorful, unique & beautiful.

  • I’m loving these posts… please drag them out as much as possible. 😉

    ♥ sécia

  • Oh, Elsie, I have LOVED reading ALL of your wedding posts! It’s so exciting to see how special your day was. I’m so happy you have such wonderful photographs to remember that day even when you and Jeremy are 100 yrs old! Thanks for sharing…xoxo Joy

  • I didn’t notice the ‘Mrs.’ and ‘Mr.’ chairs until this post! They are the sweetest! Also, it would be really awesome to share the photos on the Holgas (which by the way were decorated to perfection)! Your grandpa is so darn cute, as well! Your reactions to the toast (especially the first picture) is so genuine and awesome. I really love it too! Thanks for sharing <3

  • I love these wedding post! It makes me feel like I was there. Haha. Brian Wilson is amazing. He is one of my boyfriend and I’s favorite as well.
    Love Elia!

  • SO amazing! you are so beautifully quirky and creative. I’d like to know how many people have “pinned” your wedding decor photos for inspiration. i know i just did!!!!
    Congrats again!

  • So so pretty!! Love that you incorporated soooo much color! That was a struggle when planning/styling our wedding- I couldn’t deny myself any color so I just had to make them all work!

    Don’t apologize for all of the posts, keep ’em coming!

  • love the lamp and shoe ideas and love was definitely in the air

  • It’s all so gorgeous Elsie! Thanks for all the inspiration for my September wedding – keep the posts coming!


  • I love all these photos! Love is trully in the air! 🙂


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  • i’m not even a “wedding person” if that makes sense & i love all your photos and stories. 🙂

  • A lovely day with lovely personal touches…So enchanting and magical!

  • Thank you so much for sharing these, and as far as I’m concerned, keep ’em coming!

  • Keep on with the posts, I’m loving it! I have been following your blog for about 4 years now, back in the time when it was mostly about scrapbooking. My daughter, who is now 13, became a little fan of your art, and she is loving the wedding posts! Now when she sees something cute and colorful, she says “this is sooo Elsie!” I thought you wold like to hear that. You and Jeremy look o happy and in love, I wish you the best!!!

  • I love the details!!! ELSIE!! I love your beautiful works VERY MUCH!

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  • Those last two photos of you and Jeremy are the sweetest!

    And keep the wedding stuff coming, I’m loving it.


  • Really loving hearing all about the wedding. It is all so beautiful and unique to you as a couple great inspiration. Not just for weddings but other life do it your own way and you can be as blissfully happy as the Larson’s lol 🙂

  • Your decorations are so beautiful and unique! I love that you had Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Funny Face playing silently in the background – such a great idea (and they’re great movies, too!)

  • the photo of you and emma made me tear a little… reminded me of my kid sis and i :’)


  • so great ! so colorful ! seems that it was a wonderful day full of love & joy ! Love your beautiful messy wedding ! 🙂

  • Oh, what lovely photos … and your right. Your grandpa is adordable!

  • Everything so pretty pretty pretty! I love the idea of silent classic movie :-O mmm those cupcakes look yummy as do the decorations!

  • wow amazing details. i love how bright the decor is! the dessert table looks so yummy!

  • eeeeeeeeeeeep, that is one of the bestest ideas I’ve ever heard of: showing Audrey Hepburn movies on a screen without sound… ♥♥♥
    If I ever marry, I want that, too! So flippin’ cool!!

    Lots of love. XO.

  • Wow. You are so, so, so creative. I love the color, the creativity, the whole thing!


  • Gorgeous reception photos!! For a start I thought your little place cards were dance cards – how cool and old school would that be?? Looks like you had a great time 🙂 the food looks yummy!!



  • It seems to have been an aodrable reception! 😀 I love the last two pics!

    Have a nice day!


  • I am loving all of these posts, Elsie! It might just be because I’m currently planning my wedding and I obsess over weddings… but honestly, your wedding is so sweet. So many cute little details. I was so excited to see you on Style Me Pretty! (another blog I read on the daily). This is getting long, but really, I could read 100 more posts about your wedding, so keep stretching it out!:)

  • Wow, everything was so magical! I am head over heels for all of the cute handmade and vintage details of your wedding. And I love these posts! They make me feel like I was there! <3

  • Gosh what a beautiful reception! MY favorites are the chevron chairs in the first photo and the library cards.


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  • keep the pictures coming! i love them!


  • i never get tired of seeing those beautiful candid shots of you – how are you so gorgeous all the time anyway?? 😀

  • I love how colorful your wedding was! It just looks so playful and fun! Love it.

  • lovely, lovely. this as to be my favorite wedding post so far. the pictures of you and jeremy are priceless. its such a good thing that you document things so well… 50 years from now these pictures and posts will be magical for you.

  • We are loving every detail of the wedding, so break it up as much as you like!

  • I love the second to last photo of you and Jeremy. I feel as though we rarely see candid photos of you. Very special.


  • oh I love this! everything is just perfect & beautiful, with such personal touches. I’m glad you had such a special day. xx

  • Everything looks so magical! I love each & every one of your little details!

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