When the editor of Minnesota Bride magazine asks you to plan and style her wedding, you pull out all the stops. Rachelle Mazumdar, director of weddings and events for Style-Architects, shared her vision to give Minnesota Bride magazine editor Sarah Baumann a dreamy French bohemian day of “I dos.”

Was there extra pressure to style this wedding? Absolutely! In her role as editor, Sarah sees hundreds of weddings a year, so it was important to me that her wedding be unique to her and not look like every other wedding she sees. Minnesota Bride strives to be inspirational and to showcase the latest in trends, so I wanted to make sure her wedding did the same.

Describe the style: We would classify the look as French bohemian. Sarah wanted a soft garden feel that revolved around lace and lush florals, but she also wanted to mix it up a bit with lanterns, greenery and farm tables for added texture and visual interest. Lace was featured throughout. We also added gold-gilded antique French furnishings for the escort card table, cake table and the lounge grouping on stage that was used for weary dancers. French cafe jazz music played during cocktails. By mixing up the table styles, linens, centerpieces and lighting, we created visual interest and depth throughout the entire room.

What did the bride wear? Sarah wore a blush Chantilly lace trumpet gown from Monique Lhuillier, Menbur shoes and a vintage clutch that has been in her family for years.

What did the groom wear? Jeff [Rogers] wore a classic tuxedo from Heimie’s Haberdashery.

Every couple want a personalized wedding. How challenging is it to come up with a constant stream of ideas unique to each couple? It is very challenging, especially when so many brides have similar visions due to trends seen on social media channels such as Instagram, Pinterest and wedding blogs. This is why I spend so much time upfront getting to know the couple to figure out how to infuse their personal style and story throughout their wedding.

What are some 2015 wedding trends you’re excited about? I’m obsessed with mixing Marsala (2015 Pantone color of the year) florals with blush and coral. I love the punch of a deep hue against softer ones. I also love the modern botanical look that juxtaposes greenery with bold graphics or stripes and clean modern lines, such as ghost chairs. It used to be that brides didn’t want any greenery in their bouquets and centerpieces, and now they can’t get enough. I’m also having fun with the concept of hanging centerpieces. Whether structured or simple hanging garlands and raw stems, it’s a creative way to add floral and to draw the eye up in a space.

What’s your top style tip for couples getting married? Trends are fun, but don’t take them too literally. I encourage brides and grooms to stick true to who they are as a couple and to keep their vision classic enough that they won’t get tired of wedding photos 10 years down the road.


Vendor credits: Photography, Wing Ta, Canary Grey; wedding planner, Rachelle Mazumdar, Style-Architects; florals, Munster Rose; farm tables and vintage rentals, Rudy’s Event Rentals; invitations and day-of paper, Printerette Press; chandeliers and lighting, Phos Events; linens, Linen Effects; cake, Crave Catering; venue, Aria.