Maristella + Travis at Juniper Rooftop
This weekend we designed for some really beautiful weddings! One of which was at Juniper Rooftop, one of our favorite venues in Columbus, Ohio. Juniper overlooks downtown Columbus and it’s very close to our studio! I wanted to share some highlights from the weekend from our perspective, with a bit of processing, behind the scenes, setup, and of course lots of photos :)
The EFC lead designers worked so hard this weekend to ensure that each design was just as unique and intriguing as the next. Honestly, I’m so proud to have Megan and Johni as our lead designers. They are incredible designers, but they are also hard workers. You can follow Megan and Johni on Instagram here!
All of our product came in on Thursday morning and we began designing right away to get a jump start—we had a lot to design last week! We typically get product in on Thursdays for Saturday weddings. The week before, I took a photo of the product we had all together on the floor like this one, and I set a reminder in my phone to take another one this week...! (Anyone else live by their Google Calendar??) If I can manage it, I’d really like to get this shot every week when we get product in...
Our studio is located in Zurie—we share Zurie with our good friends Jenna + Leda. Jenna is a wedding photographer and owner of Jenna Powers Photography and Leda is a wedding planner and owner of Events Held Dear! Jenna, Leda, and I opened Zurie together back in 2016. We rent out a beautiful portion of the space to The Bride Bar, which is the sister company of The Blowout Bar! They offer wedding hair and makeup services at the studio and off site! At Zurie we also have a portion of the studio right by the windows designated for photo studio rentals. It truly is a multi-use space!
The photo above is our work area! It’s pretty full at the moment because we have a ton of dried product stored in preparation for a very exciting installation we are doing this week with Something Old Dayton! We will definitely be sharing a lot more about that collaboration...!!
Sometimes the lighting is just so good in the photo studio. The pecan backdrop has recently become my favorite because I just really can’t get enough of that dusty rose color. We have different styling cloths and backdrops around but this golden brown velveteen has been one of my favorites. The lighting definitely made it look more like a dusty rose than golden brown. I purchased it from a fabric shop on Etsy called silkfabric.
This is one of our small centerpieces—we typically recommend centerpiece sizing based on table size (our extra small, small, and medium centerpieces are designed so guests can see across the table—large is a bit more difficult to ensure that though!):
extra small —> coffee table, bistro table, cocktail table
small —> 8-person round/60” round table
medium —> 10-person round/72” round table
large —> can certainly be squeezed on 72” round, but guests will not be able to see each other ;)
Banquet/Tuscan tables are just a bit different for sizing, because a lot of it depends on how wide the banquet/Tuscan tables are.
For Maristella’s wedding, we had some solid design goals that we worked on with Maristella and her wedding planner, Sophie Chase:
1. Create a mixed look throughout the reception by using a variety of table sizes and different centerpiece sizes:
We decided to mix up the centerpiece sizes with the different table sizes. On some of the tables we used our standard recommendations (small on an 8-person round, medium on a 10-person round) and on others we changed it up to reach our goal of a mixed look throughout the reception.
A lot of our clients also choose to mix in candle centerpieces on some of the tables without a floral design. We did this for Maristella as well and it really helped get the mixed look also!
2. The sweetheart table should be the biggest statement in the room:
We love designing sweetheart tables and Maristella had a big vision for hers—we put a lot of effort into the sweetheart table to ensure that impact was met! We constructed most of the design in our studio and then on-site, added in the final pieces!
Side note, and maybe just some more unsolicited wedding advice ;) but! If you’re still deciding between sitting at a sweetheart table or a head table, consider how you’d like your night to go! If you want to have an even more social night, stick with your head table and bridal party—if you think you’d be desperate for a little time alone together, go for the sweetheart table option. Both have their pros and cons!
3. Guests need to be “wowed” when they enter the room—the concern was that it could feel a bit underwhelming, or just not enough:
Wedding guests take an elevator to get to the rooftop at Juniper—when Maristella and Travis’s guests got off the elevator, they were greeted by a statement design and a welcome sign! Then they walked around to the entrance of the reception marked by another statement design. Next they saw the seating chart which we really went all out on! Maristella rented this beautiful mirror from Aiden and Grace!
4. High quality linens, flatware, and plate rental:
I just want to throw this out there: linens matter. SO much. Probably, more than flowers (if your florist says that, you should take it seriously haha). If you invest in high quality linens, it completes the entire look. If you have a $300+ floral centerpiece on the table, it won’t have much of an affect if it’s sitting on the standard linen that the venue provides.
Maristella rented probably my very favorite linens from Event Source: ivory velvet. They have a beautiful weight and thickness to them. She chose the gold flatware to coordinate with the gold accents throughout Juniper! She also chose the Sienna Lace plates from Event Source and they were just incredible.
The linens, plates, and napkins were all a very similar color, which truly works to the advantage of the table. It creates a blank slate for the accents and details to complete the look!
5. Color scheme: Maristella loves color, but she initially thought that she would like mostly white flowers with just an accent of blush peach. White flowers are always beautiful, but it felt a bit safe, so we came up with two color scheme options for her:
Maristella was really inspired by both the berry and the golden, but ultimately chose the golden color scheme, which we were certainly so happy about! It’s a refreshing and clean fall-forward look and the product it allowed us to use was so exciting!
I wanted to also write a little bit about one of the amazing vendors Maristella chose—one person in particular! Sophie Chase was her Wedding Planner and I cannot compliment her enough. She was extremely organized, so easy to work with, and she has an incredible work ethic. Sophie, thank you so much for everything you did for all of us. You really put in some serious hours on this beautiful event and it didn’t go unnoticed! This wedding day was truly seamless thanks to you and the planning you did for it. Thank you!!!!
If you’d like to see more of our work, we’ve been doing quite a bit of updating on our Pinterest account! You can check us out here :)
Maristella + Travis’ Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Planner and Day of Coordination: Sophie Chase
Ceremony: St. Christopher Parish
Reception Venue: Juniper Rooftop
Photography: Style & Story Creative
Linens, napkins, flatware, plates: Event Source
Accent Rentals: Aiden & Grace
Cake: Miam Cake
Hair & Makeup: B/rose Beauty Bar
Wedding Gown: Inbal Dror
Menues, welcome sign, dessert signs: Paper and Pine Co.
Live Music: Blue Water Kings Band