Mad About Mid-Century

Simple but striking design. Bold geometric patterns. Straight, clean lines combined with sensuous curves. Those are all elements of the mid-century modern look — a look that defines the period from the 1940s through the 1970s. The sleek style was already making a bit of a comeback in recent years, but it was TV’s “Mad Men” that really ignited the interest in using mid-century fashion and furniture as inspiration for design of all sorts — including weddings.


The Ceremony

Top left: This ceremony spot illustrates the mid-century style’s connection of the indoors with the natural world. Here, a garage door in an old Goffstown mill acts as a backdrop. It’s decorated with a floral mural by Apotheca Flowers. A graphic black-and-white runner and period chairs add to the look. Top right: An industrial staircase used as an entryway
Bottom: The dots on the invitation from Impress Me Designs mimic the celebratory bubbles of champagne and confetti. The gold-foil print stands out against the all-black background.

The Bouquet

This kind of bouquet — bold, large-scale, deconstructed — is the choice of many brides today. Created by Apotheca Flowers, it comprises anemone, garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, scabiosa, astrantia and an array of foliage such as silver dollar eucalyptus and Cyca palm leaves.

The Cake

A four-tiered, black-and-white fondant confection showcases a Mod-concrete stenciled design with a 23K edible gold geometric border. Sugar ivy and peony provide the finishing touch.


The Table

Perfect for the wedding feast, a stunning floating tablescape filled with flowers crowns the table, providing an element of drama and interest. The natural wood table was hand-built by Archway Construction. The place settings have cork placemats, gold-rimmed glasses, gold flatware, square plates and simple napkins with a black edge, while black wired votive candles provide light and atmosphere. The menu continues the gold-dot theme of the invitations.


The Cocktails

The bar is sheathed with corrugated material to create an industrial feel. A mid-century vibe comes from the juxtaposition of industrial with the soft curves of the flowers. Gold accents continue the theme.


Last Things

A retro, industrial-style way to provide your guests with coffee or espresso. The Coffee Trike — lit with Edison bulbs — is a self-contained, traveling tricycle that can give your wedding a surprising wow factor.


The Credits

The spareness of the mill setting provides a contrast to the asymmetrical geometric patterns of the hassocks, carpet and table ornaments in the cocktail lounge. The furniture has the clean lines of mid-century modern.

Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography • Florist: Apotheca Flowers • Stylist and Coordinator: Events by Sorrell • Cake: Chickadee Hill Cakes • Wedding Papers: Impress Me Designs • Makeup: Studio LAVO • Hair: I Do ((603) 345-7842) • Coffee Trike: Owner and barista Brad Pillen of The Coffee Trike • Wooden Table and Containers: Craig Dukelow, Brendan Bower, Archway Construction

Models: Bride: Cassey Connal • Groom: Corey Paquette • Junior Bridesmaid: Sophie Simpson • Bartender: Brad Downing



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