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Today I have a special treat to share with you in the form of a budget-friendly inspiration shoot! A talented team of vendors led by Kelly Connolly put together some inspiration for an intimate bridal brunch, including a gorgeous table and dessert display! This design really shows that you can create a lush and luxurious look with minimal flowers for an affordable price. I hope you enjoy this lovely wedding inspiration!


From the vendor team:

“For this styled shoot I imagined an intimate bridal brunch with lots of fresh, natural elements including the loose foliage table runner with the coffee and lemon leaves, and roses tucked in with nectarines and limes. Emily Rose Ink's menu design reflected the floral elements and we kept the based on the dessert table fresh white with BBJ's lovely textured linen, Nimble Well white milk glass cake stands and oak serving boards for Altissima's lovely desserts that included fresh fruit and flowers. I love the way she incorporated the foliage and flowers from the seated table into the decoration of the cakes. I used glass bottles for a few stems of roses and dahlias for an easy, elegant way to incorporate the flowers, and one wider vase for a focal arrangement of dahlias, roses, and foliage on the dessert table.” –Kelly Connolly

Flower Recipe:

Coffee Foliage – 2 stems

Lemon Leaf – 1 Bunch

Garden Rose – Darcy – 10 Stems

Dahlias Assorted – 30 Stems

Rose – Snowy Jewel – 25 Stems



Contemporary Porcelain Plates

Vintage Bronze Flatware

Vintage Emerald Glassware

Vintage Rose Glassware

Milk Glass Cake Stands

Custom Oak Serving Boards

Blown-Glass Bottles

Vintage Green Vase

Vintage Crystal Coupes



Cake menu

Lemon Scented Vanilla buttercake with Mascarpone Chantilly cream and

Blueberry Jam Chocolate Noir Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Espresso Chocolate Ganache


Sweets table

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

Blackberry Compote and Meyer Lemon Curd Dessert Cup

Coconut Mousse, Passionfruit Curd and Lime Meringue Dessert Cup

Summer Fruit Tart with Lemon cream

Honey Cheesecake Tart



White Jute Runner

8 White Jute Napkins

White Botela Table Linen




Design: Kelly Connolly | Rentals: Nimble Well | Photographer: Kina Wicks Photography | Venue: Firehouse Chicago | Flowers: Blooms By The Box | Stationery: Emily Rose Ink | Cake: Altissima Cake | Linen: BBJ Linen | Produced: Rayce PR |

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