Real Wedding: Katie & Matt

When Katie first came to me for a consultation she exuded warmth and kindness and I immediately felt a kinship with her artistic spirit. She's easily one of the most sweet and authentically kind people I have ever met, and it was pure joy every meeting with her over her wedding planning process. She had a romantic, artistic vision for her wedding day that I couldn't wait to be involved in.  A venue change shifted our original plan, but we worked together to plan a dreamy tablescape for their sweetheart table and a few other details sprinkled throughout at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, OH last October, 2017.

Our mantra throughout our meetings was that "none of this really matters!" I believe planning your wedding should be fun, joyful, a celebration of your love. The fact that you're getting married is the important part, everything else is just icing on the cake (no pun intended :P)! I always want to direct your attention back to that singular fact, and even though we are obviously in this industry and our business relies on weddings, we want our couples to retrain their focus back on their marriage and actually ENJOY their wedding planning! Once we get there, and you can trust the vendors who are looking out for you, it's so much easier to create a beautiful day and celebrate the things that are most important rather than getting bogged down in details that do not matter in the long run!

Katie chose our studios for her bridal party to get ready for the wedding, and made use of our Flora sofa (a favorite of hers since our early meetings) for some portraits with her sweet family and friends. Jenny Haas captured every detail with grace and beauty and composed some seriously stunning images of the happy couple!

We used our sweetheart farm table and acrylic chairs to set the stage for Katie and Matt's own personal table. Our organic Heirloom plates have a handmade feel to them that Katie was looking for, and she made gray gauze napkins for each pace setting. We ordered beautifully unique, custom colored skinny candles from Bark and Berry on Etsy which helped accentuate the head and dessert tables.

Katie worked with Evergreen Flower Co. to create centerpieces inspired by the Dutch Masters (classical painters) with a modern twist, using palettes she painted in the colors of the day, fresh fruits, flowers and ceramics making each table a work of art in and of itself. We arranged a still life on their table with the beautiful offerings that Evergreen brought in.

Katie is a fantastic painter and has done some beautiful large scale work, she designed her own invitations and even created an amazing landscape backdrop for her cake table to offset the darker brick of the venue space and bring in a bit of the outdoors. Her now husband Matt is also an incredibly talented tattoo artist and owner of Aisle 9 Tattoo in Centerville, OH. Their two children were involved throughout the day and their love for their family is evident in every image.

Every detail was thoughtfully chosen, with history and emotion and love and aesthetics all woven together to create a truly unique and absolutely beautiful event. We're so grateful to have been part of this lovely wedding, congratulations Katie and Matt!


Photography: Jenny Haas | Head table rentals & styling, Studio & vintage furniture: Something Old Dayton | Florals and centerpiece design: Evergreen Flower Co. | Stationery and paintings: Bride Katie Stratton of Katie's Pencil Box | Venue: Dayton Art Institute | Hair and Makeup: Sweetly Pinned Hair and Makeup | Bridal Dress: Emily Riggs Bridal | Shoes: Anthropologie | Headpiece:  | Bridesmaids gowns: ASOS | Cake: The Cakery | Catering: Elite Catering | Macarons: Michelle's Macarons | Candles: Bark & Berry