So you’ve found the perfect reception space—maybe the spare, industrial Rhinegeist Brewery, complete with exposed brick and rooftop bar, or the luxe Monastery Event Center with its textured turquoise and gold walls. Or maybe it’s simply your parents’ backyard or a friend’s farm. Now how do you make it comfortable, intimate, and yours? Start by browsing Queen City Vignette’s 3,000-square-foot Camp Washington studio, which is filled with meticulously sourced furniture, knickknacks, and rugs. You can use these items to accessorize your wedding, much like you would do for your own home.
QCV co-owners Amber Zaragoza and Emma Durham are constantly on the lookout for that perfect velvet couch, hand-knotted rug, or brass paperweight to add personality to your event and fill your reception space with interesting detail and texture. Seat your guests on one of their 26 rustic wooden benches, trim your aisle with a few of their Turkish rugs, or park your cake on a vintage buffet table. “Our goal is to take a California cool aesthetic and add Midwestern warmth,” Zaragoza says.
The pair have varied backgrounds—Zaragoza hails from Bloomington and holds degrees in art history and painting; Durham is from Cincinnati and studied at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)—but they share a sensibility that is at once vintage and retro, florid and geometric. This blending of eras and styles informs their diverse collection, ensuring that just about any couple can find common ground in their studio. Expect to find jewel-tone Victorian chairs next to hairpin-leg tables, wooden dining chairs alongside ornate colored glass goblets, and even a large collection of brass animals, which Durham notes look beautiful interspersed with simple greenery on banquet tables.
Additions like that, and like QCV’s many art objects, provide decorative options for couples who don’t have large floral budgets. Instead of shelling out for peonies, you can design a centerpiece with objects of different heights and materials. Says Durham: “It’s the style and swagger that you’d see at really big events, but it can be affordable.”
Not sure where to begin? Consider a lounge area. For around $400, QCV will set up a settee, two chairs, a rug, and a cocktail table that will accommodate four to six guests. It’s a quick way to scale down a huge, empty room.
Starting in the spring, you can use QCV’s collection to furnish your entire wedding (up to around 150 guests), with items like metal banquet tables—“pieces that you won’t want to cover with a linen,” Durham says—and more than 200 copper Tolix chairs (those French metal chairs that you can see in local establishments like Carabello Coffee). “We’ve been building our collection for two years,” Durham says, “and the things we have are the treasures that you imagine finding.”
Queen City Vignette, 2541 Cook St., Camp Washington, (513) 813-8841, queencityvignette.com, call for appointment.