A team of North Shore vendors looked to Versailles for a romantic, destination-inspired design.
Photographed by Lisa Blume Photography & Lynette Boyle Photography
After spending two years starved for travel, couples are reflecting on happy memories of seeing the world together—and the hopes to do so more in the future—through intentional and internationally inspired wedding decor. Planner Chelsea Kiely of Lake Forest-based The Gilded Aisle Weddings has seen vision boards flooded with European inspo, so she gathered a group of North Shore vendors to execute a styled shoot in that vein—more specifically, based on one particular castle in France. “When you think of the Palace of Versailles, you think of elegance and sophistication with great attention to detail, which is not only represented in this shoot but in my style as a wedding planner,” Kiely says. “Through the details of the marbling and landscape of the venue, I wanted to transport guests to another era, while adding a refined and graceful, yet contemporary, feel.” The color palette was romantic pink and burgundy accented with gold, and the tablescape was informed by Arte Italica’s Vetro chargers—“to me, they scream Versailles,” Kiely says. Capturing it all, “Lisa Blume and Lynette Boyle both have a colorful and romantic lightness to their photos, which matched the feeling of the shoot perfectly.”
The Gilded Aisle team provided an antique chaise lounge to play up the French influence.
Place settings featured Arte Italica’s lace-engraved Sofia glasses and Kim Seybert dip dye napkins.
The tabletop was covered with a temporary vinyl emulating marble with gold veining.
The cake had a gold damask design.
Purple phalaenopsis orchids, burgundy amaranthus, dark-blue delphinium and pink garden roses wrapped the bannisters.