Callista & Company offers personalized planning and design services for beautiful weddings and events around the world. With meticulous and organized coordination, warm and attentive support, as well as custom and creative design guidance, we create stress-free events that showcase your unique vision. Our team provides the highest level of service and showcases strong relationships with leading venues and renowned professionals to ensure you have an exceptional team on your side.
We are a consultant and collaborator, working with you to ensure your dream day becomes a reality. Callista & Co. offers advice and personalized
recommendations based on years of experience and etiquette studies, while always considering your specific preferences.
Callista & Co. is a boutique company taking on a select number of events per year to ensure every detail is planned to perfection and every client receives the dedication they deserve.
Newlyweds Kathleen and Brian wanted their wedding to be a mix of a little bit tradition with a heap of modernity, so what did they do? They exchanged wedding vows in a grand basilica and housed their wedding reception in an urban loft space, of course! iLuvPhoto was there to capture the day’s events, including an incredibly fresh pink, orange, and green pops that we’re positively crazy about.
From the bride, Kathleen: I called our wedding style modern romance. Just like everyone says, we wanted our wedding to be like us. So we took a modern approach that’s rooted in tradition by getting married in a basilica and then having our reception in a loft space. We loved the idea of pairing our minimalistic, clean-lined, venue with lots of hot colors, warm lighting and romantic texture.
I would describe the look of our wedding as black, white, and bright. Our theme was modern romance and our color scheme was fuchsia, orange, and silver with tones of hot pinks, purples, corals, and red. We had lots of fun DIY projects with our favorite being printing and framing pictures of our engagement session with our dogs and cat to display at the reception. Other DIY projects including printing and assembling favor donation card to PAWS Chicago, and our invitations.
I had no idea how crafty my fiancé was until I saw how much better he was a cutting and pasting silver paper ribbons to hold our invitation reception, and response cards together! We also did all designing and printing at home for menus, favor donation card to PAWS Chicago, table cards and escort cards. I also painted a box with silver glitter for our guests to insert advice to the bride and groom cards, as our guest book.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I wish I had invested in a Day of Coordinator or even splurged on a Wedding Planner for those details that didn’t really interest me. Follow those timelines that are you see everywhere. Delegate, assign, and follow-up with all those people that offer help. Have fun with it and don’t take it so seriously. It’s a very important day, but it is just one day.
Processional: “Trumpet Voluntary,” Jeremiah Clarke; “Canon in D Major,” Johann Pachelbel
Recessional: “Wedding March,” Felix Mendelssohn; “Allegro Maestoso” from the Water Music Suite, Georg Friderich Handel
First Dance: “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am,” Nancy Wilson
Wedding Location: Chicago, IL / Wedding Photographer: iLuvPhoto / Ceremony Venue: Queen of All Saints Basilica / Reception Venue: Prairie Production / Wedding Flowers: Cattleya Bridal and Floral / Wedding Dress: Jasmine, “F473” / Wedding Shoes: Season D’Orsay by Butter / Bride’s Hair: Nevena of Custom Hair Lounge / Bride’s Makeup: Patricia Pollard Guzman / Wedding Caterer: D’Absolute Events and Catering / Desserts: Molly’s Cupcakes / DJ: Toast and Jam / Wedding Invitations: Bride, paper from Paper Source / Videographer: Eduardo Orozco
With our Focus on artisry, all florals are carefully choosen. Studio La Fleur’s exceptional color and texture combinations set your event apart from the rest of the cookie cutter looks that are currently flooding the wedding and event scene. We live to design and create new looks that will help your event set you apart. Let your personality come through. From Romantic soft looks, to edgy, modern and vintage inspired events. We are devoted to creating a beautiful event.
Where to begin with this handmade wedding sent from Ulmer Studios? The bride worked with event stylist Megan Byrd to execute every detail to perfection, from the incredible bouquets and boutonnieres right down to the library book centerpieces. For the favors, Carly even baked lemon poppy seed muffins for the guests to take home in sweet little paper bags!
From the bride, Carly: I made all of the table squares, and collected the frames, vases, trays, silver sets and knick knacks from various antique and thrift shops and yard sales. Megan completely styled everything on the day of and made the burlap runner for the head table. The birdcage photo holder was also hers. She also did all the flowers, including the bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres. I collected vintage brooches for almost a year and used floral wire to make stems to put my bouquet together on top of silk hydrangeas. A few of the pieces were family heirlooms. My shoe clips were a pair of earrings I picked up at an antique shop. For the guest book, we chose to do the guest box, and used scrapbooking paper for guests to write little messages on. It’s still so neat to look back and see what people wrote to us.
I almost forgot the books! I am a school teacher so we wanted make it personal so we rented the books from the library! I think we had something close to 150. It was a hilarious process. We went up and down the aisles picking only pretty, vintage, books and ones with romantic titles. Megan picked the letters and used twine to hang them on the back of our chairs. The favor bags were regular brown paper sacks that I stamped with our wedding stamps and clipped with stamped clothes pins. My mom and I baked the lemon poppy seed muffins the day before the wedding. I made Andrew muffins every morning in high schools, so we thought they would be a perfect favor. Lemon poppy seed is his favorite. Our day-of coordinator was Gilda York. She’s very thorough. The day went so smoothly under her direction. The guys outfits were from her shop, Ambassadors Formal Wear. Kerry Luna was our music guy. He was so flexible and helpful when it came to picking songs for then different events and back ground music.
As far as my favorite parts of the day, the first look is certainly at the top. Just the way Andrew looked at me and couldn’t even put together a full sentence was an amazing moment. I thought I was holding it together until his reaction got to me. I felt so blessed and full of gratitude. Those were surely the happiest tears I have ever cried. It was a truly priceless experience, just being able to revel in the emotion of being together and in love on the biggest, and most exciting day of our lives.
Our first dance was pretty magical. We’d gone back and forth about which song to choose and what we wanted… Something new, something old, something R&B, something traditional… We literally changed the song the day of the wedding. We chose Stay With You by John Legend on a whim, and it was absolutely perfect. It was like one of those movie scenes. Everything else faded and we were the only people there. I still get chills when I hear it.
The send off at the end of the night was a ton of fun! Our venue had a rule against open flames, so sparklers were not an option. I was trying to come up with something to go with the mason jar candles people would have to hold. (There was no light on the side of the house where we would be leaving from.) Then it hit me: Wedding bells! Just not the traditional kind. They were so festive and as silly as it sounds, running through all of your friends, congratulating you and ringing bells, is a super fun way to end your wedding night!
Wedding Vendors (Franklin, TN):
Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Event Stylist: bride and Megan Byrd / Day-of Coordination: Gilda York / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes: Publix / Cake Topper: Vintage / Rentals: Music City Tents / Music: Kerry Luna
Hi, we’re Kyle and A.J. Dunlap, a husband and wife wedding photography team. It’s nice to meet you! We are 30 and 32 years young, 10 years into the adventure that is our marriage, and proud parents to a beautiful baby girl named Adeline Pearl. She lights up our world with her bright blue eyes, contagious smile, and pigtails. Authentic is the word we use to describe our style and the experience we give our couples. We are passionate about capturing your true love story, so you can relive it through pictures for the rest of your lives!