Ariel and Jason's reception at Union Station was beautifully designed, and there were so many incredibly unique elements. Read more from Marina Birch below on the design. A big thank you to Rachel LaCour Niesen who was the third photogapher with us for this wedding. Rachel is an amazing photojournalist and we were so excited to work with her on this wedding. Some of her images in this post and the previous post are featured as well.
"Given that not only did Jason and Ariel choose Union Station as their reception venue, but they have lived in Chicago, New York, London, Hong Kong, and have traveled extensively, we definitely wanted to incorporate some elements referring to trains/travel while maintaining an elegance, and avoid having anything feel too obvious. What kept coming back was the feeling of late 19thC/early 20thC french train stations: how luxurious and decorative they were, and that began the inspiration for all the other elements. In cocktails, we wanted to create a Parisian outdoor market/square that might be adjacent to the train station, with newsstands for bars and a food market for the hors d'oeuvres. We had a man on a bike pouring wine for guests, reminiscent of a street performer. We designed a wall to divide cocktails and dinner to look like a series of alleyways winding away from the central square, and when it was time to invite guests to dinner, two of the images were raised to reveal the next space.
As guests entered dinner, they found their table assignments on life-sized arrival and departure boards, and then proceeded in to dinner. The dinner design was more of a stylized abstraction of the train station, town square idea: the tables were arranged around a central circular dance floor that was in the image of a clock face. The stage was covered in boxwood and dressed with wrought iron railings, as were the bars, to evoke a structured Parisian garden. The tabletop decor incorporated more wrought iron, large urns, and a wide variety of florals in an array of vibrant colours, to give the feeling of being in a public garden.
As the night evolved, so did the lighting, mimicking a sunset: from ambers to pinks to purples and the ceiling was washed in deep blue to evoke the night sky. When the bride and groom stepped on the dance floor, the moon suspended overhead lit up for their first dance."