Michael and Edita had a venue booked in Chicago, but on a trip to Escondido, California the couple visited Cordiano Winery and completely changed their wedding plans. Their midwest family and friends loved the destination wedding that was almost completely created by Sisti&Co—their planner who was responsible for designing, styling and creating the florals that made the day so memorable. A palette of warm neutrals punctuated by blush dahlias sets a gorgeous scene and it’s all captured beautifully by Dana Richards.
What made the wedding special and unique?
The venue! Michael and I visited Cordiano Winery with friends who live in the area and instantly fell in love with it. We had a venue booked back in Chicago, but upon experiencing the breathtaking views of Cordiano, we quickly made some huge changes to those plans! The majority of our guests were from the Midwest, so they all loved this designation wedding. Also, one of our close friends married us and put together a touching, humorous, and genuine ceremony.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I was meeting a business partner at a Starbucks that happened to be next door to the Crystal Bride in Geneva, IL. I saw their Maggie Sottero sign and popped in out of curiosity. The rest was history. I did end up going back to the salon with Mom and girls to try it on again, but it was the only dress I was interested in even trying on!
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
From Kim, the designer:
We wanted to add a bit of the Bride’s Bosnian culture into the wedding, so we decided on infusing something traditional from home – a candy bowl at each setting. The bowls have a handmade saucer and a lid, and hold Turkish delight or chocolates. They are most commonly seen in Turkey at cafes, and are filled with tasty little sweets to nibble on while sipping coffee.
Edita’s bouquet was also very special. As the florist, I was tending to a bunch of cafe au lait dahlias. They are drop dead gorgeous blooms, and I knew that I wanted them to be the focus of her bouquet. I found the prettiest one of the bunch that was slightly nude, and had a little mauve coloring on the edges to take it over the top. It complemented her style perfectly. Feminine, and playful, with just a hint of violaceous drama.
Design and Styling, Coordination & Florals: Kimberly Sisti/Sisti&Co // Photography & Videography: Dana Richards // Paper goods: Minted-weddings // Venue: Cordiano Winery // Gown: Maggie Sottero // Bridal Salon: Crystal Bride // Bridesmaids: Lulu’s // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // His Wedding Band: Brilliant Earth // Her Wedding Band: CatBird NYC // Hair: Michelle Finch // Cake: Kimberly Sisti/Sisti&Co // DJ: Christian Palugod Just 4 Fun Entertainment // Linens: La Tavola Linen Luxe Linens // Rentals: Concepts Event Design // Tabletop: Cheri’s Vintage Table // Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting // Jewelry: Sara Gabriel // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
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