Moody Boho Wedding with Japanese Style
We had a great time incorporating Sara and Larry’s style into the look and feel of their fall celebration. Their fashion sense and moody, boho wedding caught the eye of Green Wedding Shoes and was featured on their blog this week! Take a look at the full feature here and see some of our favorite details below plus additional moments captured by Megan Saul Photography.
Sara and Larry met at Empty Bottle in Chicago and formed a relationship after sharing Facebook deets and exchanging music favorites with each other. After getting engaged in Japan this designer/animator and data engineer set their vision of a dark, moody wedding that allowed for a comfortable atmosphere for guests and focused on good food, music, and unique cocktails. They brought in Naturally Yours Events as a partner for full wedding planning services and we got to work by first finding a venue that would allow for a stylish, cocktail style reception. Then we assembled a team of vendors that would fit with the couple’s stylish vibes.
Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists did a stunning job with the bride’s beauty look and sultry smokey eye! And those earrings from Olive and Piper seriously look like delicate flower petals.
The groom curated his beauty look as well with signature pink mohawk by Jaleesa’s Hair Diary. Naturally Yours Events owner, Carlene Hartline, also matched perfectly with her pink highlights!
We love when couples incorporate personal details into their attire. Sara pinned her Great Grandmother’s handkerchief inside her Rue De Seine boho style dress.
Immediately after their first look on Hotel Palomar’s rooftop, such a sweet moment.
This wedding party’s style was so fun! Full of romantic textures, deep colors, and uber cool sophistication.
No, we can’t stop staring at her dress either. #TWIRL
Give us more photos of grooms holding bouquets- especially a stunner like this creation from Becca Blue. We just love how the lush blooms complimented Larry’s statement pink floral suit.
One of Sara and Larry’s favorite moments from the day was exchanging their personal vows. We loved as their parents, family, and friends looked on with love and support.
The couple incorporated the ritual of san san kudo as a nod to their appreciation of Japanese culture. The bride, groom and both sets of parents each take 3 sips of sake from 3 cups- each with their own rich meaning.
Officially married! Time to raise a glass and take a step back to appreciate that massive floral ‘chuppah’ cultivated by Becca Blue.
While guests mingled downstairs, we transformed the ceremony space into the ultimate cocktail reception for them to celebrate all night long.
Japanese ikebana style floral arrangements sat atop cocktail tables. We adored their stunning minimalism while still having major design impact.
This delicious looking (and tasting!) cake takes edible art to new levels, expertly created by Flourish Cake Design.
Guests sipped on custom cocktails with inspiration drawn from S+L’s love of Japanese flavors. “Hers” a Tea Garden with toki whiskey, amaro montenegro, black tea, lavender, lemon, & egg white. “His” a Japanese 75 with sake, shochu, yuzu, green tea, shiso, & sparkling wine.
The dance floor kicked off with Sara and Larry doing a choreographed rumba to “La ritournelle” and then getting lifted up in chairs for the Horah honoring Sara’s culturally Jewish background.
Leaving you with one last dreamy one…
Congratulations Sara and Larry and thank you again to Green Wedding Shoes for featuring their wedding!
photography: Megan Saul Photography // venue name: Hubbard Inn, Chicago, Illinois, USA // planning: Naturally Yours Events // florals: Becca Blue Flowers // wedding dress: Rue De Seine ‘East’ // bride’s shoes: Naturalizer, 27 Edit Maris // bride’s ring: Asari Garden, Eden Philippa // hair stylist: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists // makeup artist: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists // groom attire: ASOS // groom’s shoes: Vintage Foundry // paper goods: Minted // catering: Hubbard Inn // cake: Flourish // linen rentals: BBJ // music: Style Matters DJs // earrings: Olive and Piper // groom’s hair stylist: Jaleesa’s Hair Diary