It’s always a huge honor to add another national blog feature to our list - check out this beautiful shoot by Amy Mulder Photography that was featured on The Perfect Palette this week. Allerton Park was a great setting for so many local vendors coming together to complete Amy’s vision. Check it all out here!
Bluestem Hall is a recently opened in Champaign, IL, and to prep for the open house and to show potential clients the various possibility for the rooms, Sara Gardner Photography, Abbie from Bluestem and Audra from Finding Eminence Farm dreamed up this beautiful photoshoot. I had only received a list of inventory, and hadn't even been planning to attend the open house, so it was a beautiful surprise to walk into the building and see how they had imagined the space being used and the story of this couple. I especially love the ceremony backdrop (made from zipties!) and industrial feel of the decor. Shoutout to the models Joe and Craig!
Venue - Bluestem Hall
Florist - Finding Eminence Farm
Stationary + Lettering - Dash/Wood
Large Rentals - Spruce Wedding Rentals
Tabletop Rentals - Morton Rentals
Cakes + Sweets - Hopscotch Bakery
Jewelry - Champaign Jewelers
Finger Food (provided for open house) - Mika's Bistro
Photography - Sara Gardner Photography
Models - Joe Klausen & Craig McGregor
Spruce Rentals pieces include the Aaron Sofa, Taro Slatted Bench, Dorothy Dresser and Dora Harvest Table - the Crossback Chairs Spruce now offers were purchased in the same shade as the ones currently used by Bluestem Hall.
Spruce pieces used include the Everett Persian Rug, Nina Rug, and the Nador Moroccan Pouf.
You know what's the best? Finding out a baby shower client was published on a national blog. You know what's the second best? Realizing you forgot to share it and then reading through the message again, which is like getting the good news all over again for the first time! Bumps and Bottles did a great job of featuring this baby shower, so I'll let you read all about it over there...
Photographer: Mager Image Photography//Furniture Rentals: Spruce Rentals //Desserts: Hopscotch: Cakes & Confections//Calligrapher: Letters from Lindsey//Caterer: L.A. Gourmet Catering//Event Venue: Pear Tree Estate//Floral Designer: Flowers by Kristine//
Once you get through the planning, invitation selecting, cake tasting, dress fittings and that amazing day where you share your vows - there are still a few things to wrap up! Thanks to Sam Leman Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Bloomington for creating this great guide for you!
Is there anything better than a classic spring wedding? You'll love the soft & romantic styling of this recent tasting at Pear Tree Estate. NRS Photography did a beautiful job capturing every detail, including the amazing flowers by Fancy Florals by Nancy. We especially love the floral tablecloths, groom's attire and of course the lounge seating! Go ahead and plan to add these images to your Pinterest boards!
Florals: Fancy Florals by Nancy
Photographer: NRS Photography
Catering + Mini Desserts: L.A. Gourmet Catering
Cake: Sugar by Sarah
Paper: Apricity Ink
Furniture Rentals: Spruce Rentals
Formal Attire: Elite Bridal
Crystal: Old Oaks Vintage Rentals
Venue: Pear Tree Estate
Model Couple: Quinton & Sherrelle Pryor
I was reorganizing the Spruce Pinterest account when I realized I hadn't shared these photos from this beautiful photoshoot. I could go on and on about how beautiful everything turned out, but A.) the photos were accepted by both Cake and Lace AND Borrowed and Blue (since closed down); and B.) Allerton Park is now using one of the photos as the front cover of their advertising materials. I think you'll see these beautiful photos speak for themselves, inspiring couples all over the country to plan a memorable romantic wedding. Southern Magnolias Events did a great job pulling it all together, Kristen Winkler Photography and Hoop House Creative captured florals from Pollen & Pastry, desserts from Hopscotch, soaps from Wild Botanicals and more! Enjoy & be inspired!
Photographer: Kristen Winkler Photography
Stylists: Southern Magnolias
Videographer: Hoop House Creative
Florist: Pollen and Pastry
Bridal Gowns & Tuxes: Michelle's Bridal Shoppe
Calligraphy & Invitations: Dashwood Shop
Bridal Rings: Susie Saltzman
Groom Rings: Staghead Designs
Ties: My Tie Shop
Glassware/Cutlery: Palace Events
Spruce Rentals inventory used includes the Joanna Farm Tables, white and brown mismatched chairs, sharon loveseat, morey loveseat, white shutters, snow side table, Elinor Hutch
4/18/18 - I was doing a bit of website housekeeping when I realized - oops! - I had never hit 'publish' on this blog post! I drafted it in 2016, and while a few things you will see here are no longer available, the vendors are STILL so amazing and I want to share their hard work with you! My apologies to Pear Tree, Schilling Photography, Flowers by Kristine and Letters by Lindsay especially (and I'll be seeing you all soooon!)....
7/19/16 - Several weeks ago I was invited to bring a few pieces to Pear Tree Estate for a styled shoot & tasting. If you are looking for a venue, I would highly recommend Pear Tree Estate - It is GORGEOUS! Schilling Photography did a beautiful job as always and the amazing staff at Pear Tree has thought of every detail - enjoy seeing the beautiful food, flowers and setting!
It was such a joy for me to participate in this event, because it was my parent's 50th anniversary party! My parents support Spruce in so many ways behind-the-scenes and it was fun to have them on the party side of the business. Every single vendor went above & beyond to give them the most wonderful evening. Trailside is an easy venue to work with because the room looks great with so many different kinds of decor. My parents were only having about 100 guests, so we filled the extra floor space with lounge furniture and farm tables placed diagonally. Some candlelight, beautiful florals from LeFleur, live music by Projekts, Taste by Renee brought some amazing food, 50 years of family photo albums and it was a memorable evening with family and friends. Because these are our personal family photos, captured by Molly Dolores Photography, I've added a few captions! Enjoy!
The greenery trend continues (and I hope forever!) and I know you'll be inspired by this wedding from last year - this couple had some of my favorite floral features EVER with the live trees branches & floral covered sweetheart table. The bride is very involved in the community of Washington, IL had a very "Washington-centered" wedding and used several vendors from Washington. LeFleur Floral Design & Events created some amazing designs with a variety of centerpiece styles and Kara Kamienski Photography captured it beautifully! You'll find several inspiring looks in this wedding at Trailside Event Center. Congrats to Levi & Chevie and their adorable baby boy!
Vendors include LeFleur Floral Design & Events, Trailside Event Center, Trefzger's Bakery, Hickory Rivers Catering, Kara Kamienski Photography and Spruce Rentals.
You will love all the perfect details from this December wedding! Jill and Nick chose to host their ceremony and reception at Trailside Event Center, doing a small flip in between events. Their wedding is full of personal touches & humor - you will love their dinosaur-sized first look! So Chic Events pulled together a great group of vendors and even incorporated a bit of the holiday season with the ornament favor display. Check out all the photos from Now and Then Photography below!
Wedding Planner // So Chic
Arbor & Sweetheart Table // Spruce Rentals
Bridal Gown // Adore Bridal
Florist // Create a Scene
Linen + Drapery // I Do Events
Venue // Trailside Event Center
Entertainment // DJ4U
Videographer // Hannah Anderson
Muffins // Trefzger’s Bakery
Make-up //Jenni from Loft Bridal
Hair // Jessica from Loft Bridal
Invitations // Ashley Wiesner
Dear Bride - Prepare to be inspired. Just ahead are beautiful photos of a canyon, waterfall, gorgeous flowers, and even a trash-the-dress session! Floral Designs, Ltd. created this beautiful photoshoot that was captured by Summer Leigha Photography (and Summer's husband was even a model!). It turned out so dreamy it's hard to believe just a few miles away from this canyon are flat cornfields. I actually love our cornfields, but...canyon!! waterfall!! I know you will love this as much as I do...
Photos: Summer Leigha Photography
Photos/model: Adam Ghantous
Flowers: Floral Designs, Ltd.
Dresses: Cloud Nine
Models: Grace Aeschleman and Tiffany Mullins
Invitations: So Chic Boutique
Rentals: Spruce Rentals & Morton Rentals
Hair/Makeup: Ashley Frasier Glam and Hair & Makeup by Lauren
Ribbon: Tono & Co.
Garden Roses: Grace Rose Farm
I know outside we've got snow on the ground, but how about some bright, modern inspiration? This photoshoot/tasting event at Pear Tree Estate was full of bright colors in peach/melon/pink shades, acrylic accents everywhere, modern paper, so much light from those amazing Pear Tree windows and even a touch of vintage! Enjoy these photos and dream of summer with me! All photos by Sweet Darling Weddings.
Photography: SWEET DARLING WEDDINGS | Venue: PEAR TREE ESTATE | Girl's Dress: BHLDN | Makeup: Brittany Koroyanis Makeup Artistry | Ring: CHAMPAIGN JEWELERS | Calligraphy: DASH/WOOD | Wedding Dress: EDITH ELAN | Bridal Shop: Elite Bridal | Rentals: HALLS RENTAL and SPRUCE RENTALS | Florist: J BLU FLORAL DESIGN | Catering: LA GOURMET CATERING | Linens: LA TAVOLA LINENS | Hair: SOMETHING YOU SALON & SPA | Cake: SUGAR BY SARAH
These photos were also featured on Cake & Lace Blog - check it out here: http://www.cakeandlaceblog.com/modern-colorful-wedding-inspiration-pear-tree-estate/
Jaime and Will originally came to me because they were interested in a small pop-up wedding, but after much discussion and guest list planning, they realized they wanted a larger, but still intimate, wedding. Their day was full of so many beautiful touches - including Will's daughter singing a surprise song for their first dance! A few quick notes - Jaime's favorite color is purple, they did both the 40 guest ceremony & 100 guest reception at Trailside and we used the ceremony backdrop to frame their sweetheart table after the room flip; and while they didn't have a formal wedding party, they did have their six children stand up with them. I've shared a few of these photos on Facebook/Instagram already, but please enjoy their entire wedding, start-to-finish, with these lovely photos by MandaKay Photography.
And of course Spruce Rentals inventory including the Simple Arbor with Edison Lights, two lounge seating areas, Anne Loveseat & Heather Sweetheart Table, entrance signage, guestbook table and more!
You know how a small business owner knows their clients are happy with their experience? When they tell their friends. All three of these ladies have been my clients at one time or another and I am so thankful for them!!
I'm so happy to share this wedding with you - it was truly a showstopper! This bride wanted all color and Fabulous Affairs sourced vintage glassware (now available at Spruce) to bring even more color to the already bright flowers by Floral Designs Ltd. I actually could have done an entire post of just flower pictures! It was actually crazy hot that weekend but you'll see that once the sun went down the tent lights + florals were a pure dream. All photos by Deidre Lynn Photography.
Spruce Rentals inventory used includes the Hunsford Twig Arbor, Anne Loveseat, Brigit Loveseat, Nicholas Chairs, Scarlett Chair, Lavin Coffee Table, Dora Harvest Table, assorted glass cake plates, assorted crates, assorted pillows.
I'm so excited to share this wedding with you because I am in love with every single detail! This bride did a beautiful job of pulling together vendors/rentals/services and her overall look is just lovely! I would love to hear about your favorite aspect of this beautiful fall wedding - all photos by Meredith Washburn Photography.
Photographer: Meredith Washburn
Wedding Dress & Jewelry: Allure Bridals and MEG Jewelry via Michelle's Bridal
Shoes: Betsey Johnson (heels) and Keds for Kate Spade New York (sneakers)
Groom's Suit: custom Joseph Abboud via Men's Wearhouse
Groomsmen Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dress: Elite Bridal
Wedding Rings: Flora Gems
Hair and Make Up: Hair by Lola (Lauren Kesler of Kane + Company
Wedding Officiant: The MarryingRev
Ceremony site: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet, IL
Reception & Getting Ready site: Pear Tree Estate
Catering: LA Gourmet
Cake: Sugar by Sarah
Florist: Pollen + Pastry
Rentals: Spruce Wedding Rentals
Band: Recycle the Day /
Cake Topper: Bonjour Poupette
Wedding Favors (jams): Kitchen Kettle
Invitations: Martin and Rose
Spruce Rental Inventory includes: Simple Arbor, Carved Table (for tree ceremony), Victoria Easel, Dora Harvest Tables, Heather Sweetheart Table, Caroline Sofa, Felicity Chairs, Brass Candlesticks, Jute Rug, Preston Industrial Cart, Brass Easel, Turned Floor Lamps, Sinclair Chalkboard, Assorted Pillows.
It's always a huge honor when another wedding professional chooses my company to serve their wedding. Lindsey is the talented artist behind Letters from Lindsey, and we've worked together several times - but it was a delightful surprise when she contacted me during her own wedding planning!
Her Groom, Nick, is an entomologist, and Lindsey designed beautiful bee themed accents to celebrate his accomplishments. I know you will love seeing their sweet Wisconsin wedding and I am all heart eyes for blues and greens right now! There are so many perfect details to inspire you - I had a hard time choosing just a few photos to feature and can't wait to hear about your favorites. You can read more about their wedding on Lindsey's blog. Congrats to the Andersons & best wishes for many happy years!
Photography: Katie Ricard Photography (Madison, WI) | Venue & Catering: Willow Springs Garden (Wausau, WI) | Desserts: Sugar 'n Spice Cheesecakes, LLC (Wausau, WI) | Dress: Michelle's Bridal and Tuxedo (Urbana, IL) | Peonies: Ovans Peony Farm (Merrill, WI) | Florist: Evolutions in Design(Wausau, WI) | Hair Stylist: Studio E (Wausau, WI) | Makeup: Mai Chee Moua Makeup Artist (Wausau, WI) | Rentals: Spruce Wedding Rentals (Washington, IL) and Pear Tree Estate (Champaign, IL) | DJs: Tim Kramas & Paul Belky | Videography: Michael Cortes Pro Videography | Calligraphy & Stationery Design: Letters from Lindsey
Taylor & Clifford's beautiful backyard wedding will probably always be one of my favorites - it had such a relaxed vibe to it and Miriam Bulcher Photography did an amazing job of capturing the harvest light! The bride, Taylor, did so much herself including the flowers, decor and even her dress alterations! Add in a food truck and photos with the vintage Airstream the bride and groom have been renovating and it's a night to remember. Enjoy!
Photography - Miriam Bulcher
Dress - Vintage, alterations by THB Clothing
Cake - Olde Towne Bakery
Food Truck - Cooking in the Cabin
Spruce inventory used includes the mismatched chairs, Heather Sweetheart Table, Daisy Sweetheart Table, one small plant stand.
Last fall Lauren of Lauren F.otography contacted me about doing a boho-inspired fall photoshoot in Fairbury, IL - it turned out just beautiful and so creative! You can read about that here: Boho Fall Editorial. When Lauren and Nancy of Fancy Florals by Nancy said they wanted to do another shoot in Washington, IL - this time with light colors & vintage style - I was so happy to participate! This has all the elements of a perfect wedding day from beautiful florals and dresses to an amazing getaway vehicle!
I just love the mismatched bridesmaid's dresses from Adore, the beautiful jewelry from Bremer, the romantic florals from Fancy Florals by Nancy, the tree as ceremony backdrop and the vintage lawn games! Please, please someone invite me to a wedding where I can play croquet? Pretty please?
I am so excited to announce this.......
When I first opened my business in 2014, I had no idea how it would grow and change - or how I would change with it! However, one of the first things I did start noticing is that there are several "Something Old Rentals" companies around the US and the world, and I started getting tagged in other vendors' photos AND local vendors would tag companies other than me! The second thing I realized is that "Something Old Event Rentals" is a crazy long name to type 78 times each day. Yikes! So I realized I wanted a smaller/shorter name, but wasn't quite sure which direction to go.
Enter Sara of Sara E. Designs. You may know her from all of her wedding invite designs, but she also does marketing & logos for local companies. We met several times to discuss different options for my business & the direction I want to take it. I wanted something that referenced nature, green is my favorite color and I wanted something that felt timeless and classic. After we settled on Spruce as a company name, it was fun to see different variations of the logo.
If you've been following along for a while, I started offering pop-up weddings as the Spruce Wedding Company last year. For about 10 months, I have been running two separate businesses - different logos, different social media accounts, different audiences. I wanted to connect my businesses in a way that made it easier for me AND easier for new clients to follow along. Enter Sara of Sara E. Designs. She created a variety of Spruce-themed logos for me to use - on my website, business cards, shirts and more!
Because we are in full swing of wedding season and so many brides use my website to plan their rentals, I won't be taking the website down to issue a complete re-design at this time. Instead I will slowly update both the rental site & the pop-up/planning site to combine them into one cohesive website. It will take a while to get everything migrated over to the new look, but I am so happy to take this step in the growth of my business.
Can't wait to hear - what do you think??