Batter UP!! Catch our new cover on newsstands today, in perfect time for the Baseball Spring Training season ahead! We LOVE the upscale take on this classic sport! Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack!
This mock wedding we staged at the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West is an excellent example of how a venue can inspire a great design. Jennifer Starr of J.Starr Stylized Weddings wanted to give this wedding a hip, modern vibe, so she based her color palette on a beautiful cerulean blue wall she saw at the hotel’s ceremony site and added pops of yellow along with grey and charcoal. Then she included a few touches of baseball theming as a nod to the Chicago Cubs’ spring training field, Sloan Park, located nearby.
Jennifer’s vision is evident in the clean, classic lines of the beautiful wood table, curved metal chairs and place settings she chose. For our bride, Jennifer selected a two-piece strapless gown that is right on trend, and our groom’s grey suit, accented with a bow tie, provides the perfect complement to her modern look.
The baseball theme in the wedding’s design appears in subtle, but fun ways. Patricia Poto Eastwood of Wild Child Floral Design used troughs of bright green wheatgrass to mimic the look of a baseball field and “planted” bright yellow Billy Balls and Calla Lilies in them. She also created a custom structure of metal fencing supported by baseball bats. The baseballs she placed along the top look like they just rolled right off the field!
Our paper products, designed by Kim McDowell of The Event Essentials, blend beautifully with the wedding’s modern vibe while still playing tribute to America’s pastime. The table numbers she used on the escort cards are reminiscent of baseball jerseys. And look at the fun signage — we’ll bet guests wouldn’t hesitate to grab one of those craft paper cups filled with Cracker Jack.
The circular, baseball-inspired design on the wedding cake mirrors some of the venue’s architectural elements. And for one of our favorite baseball touches of all, Patricia took leather from a vintage baseball glove, dyed it grey to match the wedding’s color palette, and then used it to wrap both the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere. That was one great double play!
While creating her design, Jennifer’s goal was to stay as true to the natural details of the venue as possible while bringing in a few baseball elements. We think that she, Patricia and Kim formed a winning team that really hit this one out of the park.
Thank you again to all the participants of this shoot!
Venue: Wrigleyville West Weddings
Event Design: J.Starr Stylized Weddings & Events
Floral Design: Wild Child Floral Design
Photography: Still Life Studios
Paper Details: The Event Essentials
Place Settings: Classic Event & Tent Rentals
Table & Chairs: Glamour & Woods
Hair & Makeup: Linda Valenzuela
Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts
Bridal Gown & Jewelry: Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique
Groom’s Attire: Mr. FormalPin It