Chippy Beginnings | Part Two

Thanks for reading our previous blog! A little wedding by a lake started a big Chippy idea...

    Julie & Mark's wedding was nothing short of a magical day. With the whirlwind of wedding fun over, Stella needed a place to store all the decor she had gathered. Just like after any DIY wedding, you ask yourself-"now what am I going to do with all this STUFF?" 
Our family matriarch, Grandma Monsey, has been the owner and operator of Greenwood's Furniture Store in downtown Tunkhannock for over 55 years. (Yes, she still works 7 days a week at 85 years old!) Grandma had a space available above her furniture store for Stella to store all the wedding stuff... perfect!  An old little chippy white vacant apartment that Stella actually LIVED in many years ago! The space was dusty and old, but it served the purpose of housing the wedding decor.

   One day at the end of the summer I met up with Stella in that old dusty space, walked in, looked around at all my wedding stuff, and said, WOW!  Stella had set up the decor from my wedding in the cutest way in this little space, almost as if it were staged for a showroom or a shop. I said to my dear mother- "what are you doing setting things up like this?" ...and she responded, "I think we should start a rental company!" 

I love styling and decor myself, but a rental company? Yes, a vintage and specialty rental company, that comes with two very peppy chicks who love to style and design. Stella- a genius! So I hopped on the idea train and we started brainstorming to start our new rental business for weddings and special events, "Chippy White Table." The name came easily, Stella bought that old beat up, chipped up, white table from Bridgestreet Marketplace for my wedding, and since that was our first purchased piece of furniture, it was only right we named our business after it.

We started our collection by searching around in my grandmother's building.  The historic building had lots of hidden treasures on the upper floors, and lucky for us we had free reign of Grandma's "old junk". We hauled in bottles, velvet furniture, tables, old trunks and boxes, a vintage bust form, vases and anything we could get our hands on and fix up, dust off and bring back to life. We even got out Grandma's vintage lace wedding dressing dress to display in the shop!

Chippy White Table came to life, along with old forgotten about furniture and decor. Used stuff is the best stuff, and we love the idea of someone renting the same piece over and over again, it coming back with a new story to tell each time. 

Word of our new business spread quickly in our little hometown, and before we knew it we had brides calling to see our collection!  It was just so very exciting! We absolutely love what we do. We love meeting with brides and other event clients, to hear how we can help make their special day magical and memorable. And bringing their vision to life is an amazing opportunity.
We are so very thankful for the support of our family, friends and fans in our growing business. We are heading into our second event season, and also expanding into a new Chippy White Space. More on that to come. 

Chippy White Table circa 2015

Chippy White Table circa 2015

Thanks for following along on our little Chippy journey!
xo

 

Chippy Beginnings | Part One

A   F a i r y  T a l e   W e d d i n g

Told by Chippy Chick, Julie.

   At this time the Chippy star was not yet born. It was still shining up in the sky waiting to be pulled down to Earth at the right time.  This is the story of how a wedding by a lake started an exciting business adventure.

    Mark and I got engaged on October 15th 2015 at a Fleetwood Mac concert in Philadelphia. Being heavily influenced most of my life by gypsy rock icon, Stevie Nicks, I knew right away that I wanted to have a laid back, bohemian, earthy wedding. Lucky for me, Mark was down for any kind of wedding as long as there was good food, booze, and he could invite his 1,294 family members (just kidding, but our guest list was 200+  partly due to his large Italian family)

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    The planning began, both agreeing to keep it simple, and to ask our family/friends members to be a part of our day in any way they could.  When my uncle offered to let us have the wedding at his lake house on Lake Carey, we knew there could not be a more perfect venue. I had grown up on the lake during the summers when my grandmother and grandad lived there. My aunt and uncle were married on the dock, as well as my own parents! Mark's mom offered to make my wedding dress, our photographers were Marks childhood hockey coaches, and our caterers were the amazing State Street Grill (a restaurant we had become regulars at while dating).  My sister made our invites, and my friend offered to make desserts.  Stella jumped on board with decor (little did she know, buying decor would become a full time job!) My co-workers at Creekside Gardens offered to do the florals, and my Dad offered to marry us! Wow, we are truly blessed to know so many talented humans.  

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     The decor for the wedding was all shopped and gathering by Stella. She knew my vision and ran with it. She gathered over 50 bottles, 200 mason jars, doilies, lace tablecloths, candles, wood slabs, and more.  We set up different table settings in her living room for a few weeks until we got it just right. I really wanted to sit in two white peacock chairs at our 36 person head table, and she found those too.  We also purchased a very cute chipped up white table from our local antique mall that would be perfect for the desserts...and also many other things in the unbeknown future. Stella shopped at many local antique and thrift stores to find just the right accessories to make my bohemian dreams come true.   And she did. And now she loves doing it for lots of other brides, too. 

    Our amazing friends and other family members helped decorate the WHOLE wedding. What a team effort by all! 

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    Dad and I have always shared a love for the water. So it was only fitting that he paddle me to the ceremony on the dock in a canoe, right?  And the bridesmaids made their grand entrance on my uncles pontoon boat.  A light rain came down just at the right moment to cool everyone off. What a wild time, I still can't believe that no one ended up in the lake that day!

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    The ceremony was simple, sweet, wet, and happy.  We ate, we danced, we laughed, we loved. It was the most magical day of our lives. We cannot thank our family/friends enough for all the love shown us on our special day.
     I'd say the rest is history... but there is still a Chippy star shining up in the sky...

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Thanks for reading!
Part Two coming soon.

xo,
Julie