Be Inspired by This Classic Eccentric Wedding

Pops of green accented M.E. and Chris Kirwan's decor.

“A wedding may be about a bride and groom, but it’s also a thank-you to everyone who comes,” says M.E. Kirwan, who strolled down a grassy aisle strewn with rose petals and bells of Ireland outside her parents’ Wayzata home. Kelly green, the bride’s favorite color, accented both ceremony and reception; cucumber- and lime-water were offered after the ceremony, and place cards were “planted” in pots of baby’s tears.

The couple chose the Lafayette Club for its warmth, and Arts and Flowers placed floral arrangements high and low around the room to give it a summer-garden look. Hanging iron armatures draped in Italian ruscus with votive candles perched on top added to the elegance as guests dined in Chiavari chairs with vertically knotted sashes on the backs.

Circles were an ever-present motif to mirror the round emblem the couple chose as their logo: Wreaths of Cymbidium orchids graced every third chair at the ceremony, and tall Pilsner glass vases at the reception were lined with halved limes.

“It was all about color and texture. The limes were part of that,” says wedding planner Rita Swanson of Premier Planning Services. The vases held blue hydrangeas, pale pink peonies, and bells of Ireland, which also lined the satin-edged napkins. Silver chargers on tablecloths with an overlay of sheer white rings balanced the elevated flower arrangements.

While the cake’s ribbons and flowers matched the wedding colors, Country Cake Cupboard designed the second-tier ribbon and the icing florets to mimic flowers on the bride’s dress. Programs were designed by Press Perfect to be “a little eccentric, a little classic,” Kirwan says. She found a basket and attached ribbons to add a graceful touch, as yet another way of thanking guests for sharing the couple’s special day.

Ceremony: Private residence | Reception: Lafayette Club | Wedding planner: Premier Planning Services | Flowers: Arts & Flowers Design Studio | Cake: Country Cake Cupboard | Ceremony rentals: Après Party and Tent Rental | Reception rentals: Linen Effects | Stationery: Press Perfect | Calligraphy: Rosann Konieczny | Photography: La Vie Photography