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Wedding Trend Look Book by Matthew Trettel and Bruce Vassar Copyright © 2016 The Wedding Guys, Inc.

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One of our dearest friends, Sylvia Weinstock once told us that “inspiration is everywhere,” and this couldn’t be more true. That’s what makes our work of bringing new and enlightened

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is trending. We all see more ideas, whether researching on Pinterest or seeing things that

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are immediately posted on social media feeds. It’s no wonder why so many couples can feel overwhelmed by the tick-tock countdown to their wedding day; so many ideas, so little time!

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TRADITION Great trends always seem to circle back in the fashion world, and weddings are no exception. Without a doubt, we are excited by the newest trend in weddings: TRADITION. You might think tradition can’t be trending since it’s “classic,” but as weddings have transformed over the past decade, they have become increasingly less formal. From Pinterest inspired farm weddings to the Boho eclecticism all over Etsy, couples have been tailoring weddings that look more like an Anthropologie catalog than the formal weddings of years past.

However, TRADITION is coming back with a vengeance. From the full ball gowns walking the fashion catwalks, to the resurgence of golden opulence, which has not been seen since the 1980s, weddings seem to be gravitating to this seemingly fresh look. Classic is back and we’ve been watching hints of it as the popularity of elements, like the classic tuxedo, come back into vogue.

There is a new-found interest to “dress up” again, and cocktail inspired receptions are on the rise. There is something special about a formal affair and, well, that James Bond cache is as popular now, as ever. Watch for formality to set back in with classic elements getting a bit of an updated look. Classic patterns will be popular, but look for unique

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Specialty linens are getting more formal, as well as the interest in classic china and crystal (again with gold as a predominate feature). Formal place settings, classic menus and traditional flowers are all coming back, as is the interest in a multiple course, seated reception. If this doesn’t feel regal enough, don a tiara. Designers at New York’s Bridal Fashion Week thought to bring the modern tiara back as the perfect accent to the new voluminous gowns they were showing.

While we are not sure many of you will have swans gracing the reception ala Father of the Bride, we do see more formal invitations in classic papers and interest in age-old engraved or letterpress styles. Décor has certainly taken a traditional turn as we see more options with French-inspired opulence, rich tufting and a classic aesthetic.

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Accessories have moved back to gold, which means we’ll be seeing centerpieces with shiny gold containers or matte gold finishes. Even flatware has undergone a transformation! Watch for more options in gold, or even rose gold, to enhance your table settings. Crystal candelabras and chandeliers are becoming popular again, adding to the almost royal feel of these more formal festivities.

The pendulum has swung back and we are excited to see how many couples will define a new tradition as they style a more classic wedding vision. Will it be back to the formal ceremony and classic ballroom reception? Will formal portraits and cascade bouquets be all the rage? Will billowy sleeves take us back to the 1980s? Only time can tell what this newest trend will mean for the modern

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POP CULTURE You might be wondering what pop culture has to do with weddings, and surprisingly, we’ve realized that the two go hand-in-hand. Throughout our trend spotting for upcoming wedding inspiration, we see that pop culture has played an important role in shaping the best ideas. Looking at what’s popular with interior design, food and lifestyle will help to keep your wedding ahead of the trend curve.

There are incredible design ideas everywhere, and using them in your wedding will help to ensure that it is a signature experience for everyone attending. It’s surprisingly easy to take pop culture trends and implement them into various parts of your wedding. Following these trends and using them will impress your guests as they recognize them from different things they’ve been seeing in the surrounding world. By incorporating pop culture trends, guests can identify your wedding elements from the hottest fashions, new culinary cues, or even the latest patterns they’ve seen in store windows.

The interior design industry in 2016 is being dominated by brass, gold and metallic finishes. With wedding trends returning to a more traditional and classic design, there are unlimited ways to incorporate these finishes into your wedding. Another dominant look is rich zebrawood, pictured at left. Consider ways to incorporate bolder wood grains into

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your wedding design, from invitations to your décor selections.


Trends within the food and drink industry are becoming fun and bold. Looking at what’s popular in fine dining and high end clubs will help to keep your wedding menu in line with the latest trends. Bottled cocktails are popping up at premium bars as the practical answer to the growing global demand, which has left many bartenders struggling with the pressing chronology of shaking and stirring at a busy bar. Pre-batching and bottling mixes is fashionable, and because of the controlled aging process, cocktails oxidize over time and are thus smooth and aromatic.

This trend allows you to design a creative way to present these bottled elixirs. Having different shapes and sizes of the glass bottles that hold the drinks gives a fun and designed look to the presentation, at right.

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Lifestyle is the third element we look to when trend spotting. How we live offers great inspiration that can help define the wedding. Technology continues to bring us closer and closer together. As a bride or groom, you’ll be busy. It’s easy to miss the random, special moments of your day. The Vidku app allows you to create a private group for any occasion, invite friends, and share videos. Imagine the possibilities to experience every moment of your special day, captured by your guests as your wedding unfolds.

Even better, these memories can be shared with whoever you want, even loved ones that are unable to attend. Experience it all through the personality and sentiments of your guests - before, during, and even after the wedding.

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COLOR STORY As colors change with each season, so does our focus on relevant trend forward palettes. Color plays a huge role in every wedding design, but don’t start by choosing a color! Instead, determine what you want your wedding experience to feel like, then focus on the colors that evoke that feeling. Get inspired by looking at home interior trends and how these color palettes can be incorporated into the perfect wedding day look. Need more inspiration? We like to also look to the fashion runways to see what fresh palettes of color best align with each wedding design.

We can promise you that you’ll hear the question, “what are your wedding colors?” countless times as you plan your wedding. This question might come right away from your attendants since “wedding colors” are usually directly associated with what color the bridesmaids dresses will be. However, color today is incorporated with every single part of the wedding design. Through statement pieces, tabletops, styled floral and even the plates you’ll choose to serve food, there are so many things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing colors for your wedding.

Even the makeup you wear on your wedding day can be woven together with your

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wedding colors. Having a variety of shades of color looks great throughout your wedding. If you repeat the same color everywhere, it’s not as visually pleasing. Creating a strong color palette will combine four to five colors, including the tones of design elements.


It can seem overwhelming to decide what colors to put together. In your selection, consider choosing neutral, dominant and accent colors. Feeling a bit colorblind? Discover creative tricks to see different colors that pair naturally together, like looking to the inside of fruits or different shades of lipstick. One of our favorite examples of this is cutting open a papaya to see how the vibrant orange pairs beautifully with the softer greens, yellows, and even a pop of black.

Pantone® is one of the best color resources for your wedding design. They’re great at sharing the upcoming color trends that can help you choose the best colors for your wedding. For the first time ever Pantone has selected two colors to represent 2016; dubbed Serenity and Rose Quartz, which are hues of pale blue and pink, respectively.

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According to Pantone, “weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.”

Believe it or not, they are already walking the fashion runways and will be ever present on the red carpet this season. Rose Quartz and Serenity have been spotted in the Spring 2016 collections of Prada, Thom Browne, Chanel, Valentino, and Carolina Herrera.

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FASHION Consider yourself lucky! When it comes to selecting your wedding attire, there are more looks to select from then in years past. As tradition takes center stage in wedding design, prepare for more romantic, formal looks and less red carpet glam. Trending for 2016, we see the continued resurgence of sleeves, fuller ball gowns and mysterious illusion necklines. New this season are the lingerie–inspired gowns that leave little to the imagination. The bridal fashion runway was very revealing as designers opted to ‘opt-out’ of using linings in many of their latest designs. If you dare to be edgy, this is certainly a look for you.

Where once the A-line silhouette dominated the gown options, now your choices are limitless. From soft sheaths and fit and flare gowns with long exaggerated or detachable trains and over-skirt, to embroidered fluted skirts and grandiose embellished ball gowns, silhouettes in 2016 will be extremely varied.

Lace will always be a favorite fabric for wedding gowns, but in 2016, the incorporation of lace takes on a new accent in bold 3-D design elements. Watch for lace to be more of the statement rather than an all over treatment, often strategically placed to offer at least a bit of modesty. Some of the bold lace patterns are called “tattooing,” where the lace pattern, either re-embroidered or laser cut, is hand stitched to the gown. This idea is often

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expanded into custom veils and extended trains.


The overskirt is a trend coming to the forefront. We watched this season as it wrapped simple column dresses, short mini-dresses and even hot pantsinspired silhouettes with sheer lace pants. Designers are allowing for the little white dress, or more form fitting underskirt, to be displayed at the reception by removing the over skirt. Two looks, one dress.

This season, longer trains are in and detachable trains and removable overskirts help by providing the formality of the long train for the ceremony as well as the easy, carefree movement of a simpler gown for the reception. Watch for luxurious Chantilly and re-embroidered laces placed under layers of sheer tulle. These mysterious accents reveal themselves with the subtle movement of the fabrics. Designs in organza, edgings in bold lace, and even bold polka dot patterns are walking the runways. Point d’Esprit and use of transparent French and English Net overskirts or sheer-illusion dresses, shows the bride’s natural form, literally taking a nod from haute couture evening gown collections.

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TRAINS RETURN REALLY COMPLETING THE SILHOUETTE AND ALLOWING FOR MORE DETAIL AND EMBELLISHMENT.

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Gracing the runways at the Couture Bridal Fashion Week for 2016, the gowns embodied a dreamy vision, ultra-feminine, and yet a subtly glamorous look. Popular colors of the 1960’s and 1970’s in pastel shades of mint green, lavender, primrose, gold champagne and blush create lightheartedness on tradition.

We see flowing, liquidly fabrics taking center stage. These include silk satin, crepe and charmeuse, not to mention the lightheartedness of chiffon and organza. More and more emphasis is being placed on the intricate embroidery and painstaking hand-beaded work. Some overall embellished gowns are hand detailed for over 400 hours! 2016 will continue seeing designers move silhouettes forward; dazzled with heavy embroidery illusion bodices, sparkling and beaded embellishments.

The illusion necklines for the designers’ 2016 collections dominated the runways this season. We encourage all brides to embrace the elegant option with lace and beaded appliqués, providing a stunning alternative to the standard strapless gown. The illusion is so sheer you can hardly see it. The designers are using illusion as a tool in their fabric selection to create the effect of a strapless silhouette while still providing a sheer covering to the neckline. The interesting aspect about the use of illusion fabric this year is the fact that designers are embellishing with laces, beads, pearls and crystals. On some gowns the illusion is so sheer it creates an effect that looks as if these are tattoos of embellishment.

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What we love about the use of illusion is how it elongates the gown, drawing attention to

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the face of the bride.


Full and lavish ball gowns are amping up the drama on this season’s runway. As we step back toward tradition, these full skirt beauties are making a statement. They are classic and contemporary all at once. Designers are juxtaposing the fashion trends of sheer necklines and unlined bodices with the romantic and elegant lines of a full skirt.

You can also count on the carryover trend from last season: deep plunging backs for the bride that is willing to venture into being more daring. But, a plunging back does not have to always mean a wide-open back. You can enhance the appearance of the back by crisscrossing lines of strings or jewelry strands. You can also utilize embellished illusion fabric that will enhance, but not take away from the overall look.

ILLUSION NECKLINES ACCENTUATE THE NECK AND SHOULDERS PROVIDING NEW ALTERNATIVES TO THE STRAPLESS GOWN.


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For a number of seasons, designers have been working to create a version of the sleeve. With the help of the illusion

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fabrics, they have created beautiful sleeves that brides will embrace with graceful detailing and romantic appeal. Taking on many different forms, sleeves have been embraced on the red carpet and this pop culture trend translates easily into weddings.

The influence of sleeves will translate seamlessly from the fashion week runways to the wedding aisle. With the reintroduction of illusion fabrics, sleeves can be light and airy and as varied in length. From long fitted sleeves, to short cap sleeves, or in some cases the introduction of a wristlet gives the illusion of a sleeve without the sleeve at all.

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Let’s not forget the men in the wedding! Yes, pattern is in! From stripes to plaids and accents with bow ties and pocket squares, men have a lot of surprises in store for the year. As we see bold patterns evolve into many aspects of weddings, we also see bold use of color and texture coming to life. In 2016, watch as the style for men will also allude to a more hipster, dapper and distinguished style, while the tuxedo of “Mad Men” are making a return again.

Men’s suits are also continuing their fashion forward look with plaid. Not just in a Tartan Kilt, but also as suits and tuxedo jackets. Plaid is an unexpected alternative to the everyday or formal dress code. The look is presently enjoying a modish revival that lands outside men’s standard routines on the runways of Italy, France and Russia.

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While a bold statement by men can be visible in many patterns, keep in mind that plaid can be used in accents for ties, scarves, pocket squares, socks and yes, even shoes. Plaid may adopt a new, more avant-garde approach.

The traditional wedding tuxedo is making a comeback as is the classic bow tie. Traditional tuxedos are coming back into fashion as weddings become a bit more formal and traditional.

Although we believe nothing will replace the formality of a tuxedo for life’s most formal occasions, we have been seeing

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an insurgence in variations on a theme for a formal look: higher collars with a Windsor knot tie and fuller bow ties. New this season, are pre-tied bow ties that are more full giving an appearance of being hand-tied.

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GRAPHIC The possibilities of what you can do with graphic elements are endless. From wedding invitations to aisle runners, creating unique looks for your wedding can appear effortless. With wedding trends moving towards a more classic aesthetic, graphics can be instrumental in accomplishing the perfect accent.

An important element in being graphic is the use of repeated patterns. We like to take elements that don’t commonly feature graphics and add details that make bold statements. One example of this is adding a graphic to the standard white aisle runner, which makes a big impact on the ceremony design. Adding a simple touch of a gold pattern, or even a bigger statement, like red polka dots, will give your wedding a unique touch right from the start. For an all-over patterned effect, we’ve sourced heavy upholstery fabrics that work well for the aisle. Year after year on our New York Bridal Fashion Week trips, we find ourselves at Mood, made famous by “Project Runway,” which has trending patterns that always catch our eye.

Tying together all the different graphics you use is also an option. Using the same graphic detail from your invitation and displaying it throughout your wedding (near where you say your vows, at the head table, etc.), is a classic and consistent theme that will show up

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When you start thinking of different ways to use graphics in your wedding, it’s important to remember little things that could make a statement, like postage stamps on your wedding invitation. With new innovations of how to create graphics, there really isn’t a limit on what you can and can’t do. Surprise your guests with a graphically-detailed envelope and then carrying out that same look through your program and menu cards.

Choosing what typography to use is also important, since typography is its own graphic element. Combining typography with different patterns and detail can make your final product dramatic and impactful. An example of this is the beautiful combinations of graphic patterns and typography, at right.

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Metallic and foil printing is also trending this year. You’ll surely be seeing more brassy golden accents on invitations as gold continues to dominate design styles. Using unexpected graphics, like the state in which your wedding will be held, can add a visual pop, especially when called out with a metallic foil.

Placing different graphics on each part of your invitation is also a possibility. Having consistent typography for the main parts of your invitation (your name, where the wedding is) then switching it for the little details (addresses, time of the wedding), will make a big statement as guests open the invitation.

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menus, order of ceremony, or wedding cake can really show how much thought went into every detail.

Combining colored graphics that match the typography can give your wedding a strong theme. A wedding invitation doesn’t necessarily have to be all stuffed into an envelope. Instead, you can create the envelope, at right, that also opens up into the invitation. Doing something unique, yet sophisticated, will make a great first impression.

Incorporating and repeating strong graphic elements and color palettes will help you to weave a common thread through all aspects of the wedding. It’s like having your own brand, which

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Making more of a bold statement with your invitations can include graphics that are placed more eclectically. By repeating of the same strong graphic with different sizes and orientations, the invitation, at left, is eye-catching. Even using a different graphic background on

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an element of the invitation can signal to your guests that it might be a piece that they will want to bring with them (like directions to the reception).

A unique wedding design includes looking at things that could go unnoticed and improving them by adding a graphic detail. Tabletops, large flower vases, aisle runners and so on are a few examples of how you need to begin thinking about incorporating graphic into your wedding.

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STRUCTURES Outdoor weddings have become a sought-after option for creating a unique experience. Thankfully, with the recent advances in tenting technologies, there are now more ways to create the perfect outdoor structure for your wedding. With the ability to include glass walls, arched roofs or even clear ceilings in your reception structure, you are able to create a wedding venue that is customizable to your unique needs.

Depending on what you want, structures can be designed to create unlimited space. Adding doorways and glass panels help to give a fantastic view from the inside or out. To create a porch effect, consider using an overhang which provides the great open-air space, at left. Overhangs also provide a contingency in case of inclement weather, so guests can still enjoy the outdoors while staying dry.

When designing your structure, remember to take into consideration the space needed for a catering tent, rest rooms, or other needs. Since the construction of a typical structure incorporates flooring, walls and ceilings, plan for about a week of installation and then a

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Designing your structure allows you to also add special lighting effects that change the look and feel of the space throughout the evening. By placing lights outside of the structure, at right, the outdoor space becomes welcoming throughout the evening.

Adding furniture to the outside of the structure also allows guests to enjoy the outdoors while still feeling apart of the action. Incorporating glass panels at the front of the structure is a great way to ensure that guests know what’s going on and can feel included while taking a break from dancing.

Another advantage of building your own structure is the ability to include elements that you might not be able to have in other tents.

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Structures are rated to support more suspended weight, so adding large chandeliers and trusses for lighting is definitely an option. For this structure, at left, we selected three oversized circular chandeliers, each with a waterfall of hundreds of glass balls.

The possibilities of designs for a structure are endless. Because you are literally starting from nothing, you can create any look that you want. Designing the perfect environment for your outdoor wedding is possible through strategic structuring. No matter what type of structure you choose, it will be an exciting surprise for your guests as they arrive to discover a reception space that was designed and built especially for you.

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SPACE Since wedding receptions have been moving away from the typical sit-down dinner which is followed by a dance, we’re seeing the concept of designed space becoming a growing trend. Creating a space that allows a more interactive and social setting is what transforms a standard reception into something more. An important consideration when choosing a venue is how it will allow you to design a comfortable space for your guests.

There are multiple aspects to consider when designing your reception space: from cocktail hour to the area surrounding the dance floor, getting creative with your space is important. A few ways to redesign your cocktail hour could include a built out bar, soft seating furniture and low tables to create a relaxed and conversational lounge environment.

Creating a sense of place at your wedding will set the tone for your reception, which is a crucial factor in the entire wedding experience. An easy way to do this is providing lounge areas where guests can kick back, relax and enjoy a delicious cocktail while chatting with friends and family. There are many ways to design this kind of space. A few ways include adding lamps for accent lighting, placing pillows on the various pieces of furniture, or adding an area rug underneath the low tables in the lounge area. Something as simple as dimming the overhead lighting can signal that the busy activities of the wedding day are

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now calming down and it’s time to enjoy the party.


Since each guest prefers a different experience (some will want to be out on the dance floor all night, whereas other guests will enjoy a quieter area to relax and have conversations), creating several seating options in various locations allows your guests to choose the kind of environment that they prefer.

We added sleek modern white sofas with pillows to this lounge, at right, to give it a more relaxed and modern feel. The black carpet against the white sofas reinforce the sleek modern look, along with the silver table accents strategically placed throughout the lounge area. Small pieces of furniture provide guests a place to set their drinks, or in the case of a cocktailstyle reception, a place to manage the popular small-plate service option.

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It’s essential to think about pieces that help complete your designed space. Even striking accent pieces like specialty glassware, at left, help detail out this lounge. These various elements can also make your accent color or repetition of patterns and textures stand out in your space.

We find it helpful to design receptions that are a combination of all kinds of lounge furniture. At right, a silver tufted sofa and taller mirrored console tables give the lounge a classic feel. A variety of white and clear chairs that are easy to move provide the perfect space for small groups to converse. And, since furs are showing up again throughout pop culture, why not add a throw for guests

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to cuddle up together.


With the popularity of lounge atmospheres growing across the spectrum of special events, rental furniture is now easier to find. From large couches to bar stools or small cocktail tables, and even elaborate bar structures, rental furniture allows you to design your lounge to best fit your reception.

Adding furniture around the dance floor also creates a sense of space. It’s a great option for guests who need a quick break from dancing, or if others want to just enjoy the entertainment.

Providing multiple lounge areas, like one for dancing, mingling or eating, will help to divide your space to create the perfect environment. Look at the space you are working with and then design it based on what you want your guests to experience.

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ILLUMINATION Taking advantage of the variety of lighting options available today can truly transform any space. Evaluating the space that you have to work with then and deciding what kind of ambiance you want to create is where lighting can become a helpful tool. We’re not just talking about LED lighting and color washed walls, but creating emotion and energy with light and color is the designer’s sleight of hand.

Keep in mind that light refracts differently depending on the angle it’s at. Even the way that you spread out different lighting fixtures can be a design element. The lighting, at left creates a sense of nostalgia with the use of vintage Edison bulbs. If you have high ceilings, modifying the lighting can really help to bring the space in. Consider dimming the lighting to create a more intimate space, or add supplemental fixtures. For example, Italian lights give off a soft glow that might create an atmosphere of summer nights or sitting in a casual outdoor café. Just dimming the lighting fixtures at your reception won’t quite make the same statement that a dramatic chandelier or string of lights will.

It’s the luminosity that allows for the mood of the environment to be enhanced and will complete the look. One doesn’t often think of the moody tones that can be created with the use of very saturated light. These moody tones, when combined with the amber glow of

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Within one space you can incorporate distinct juxtaposition with the right lighting design. For this ultra lounge, at right, cool tones of blue and purple combine with the amber glow of strategically placed uplights. In order to add drama to any space and create not only a source of illumination, but also another element to the overall decor, think about incorporating chandeliers. Anything is possible; from glittering onyx crystal, to rustic metal ring fixtures.

Even the selection of light bulbs can have a significant impact on the overall effect. To create the warm glow of amber, you can use Edison bulbs. These vintage inspired filament bulbs are now widely available and come in a series of shapes and wattage. Their tone pairs well with candlelight and have a warmer glow than florescent bulbs.

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Lighting can take on graphic forms, drawing attention to important elements of the evening. These marquee style letters, at left, are constructed of rusted metal and Italian lights.

Something as easy as a directional sign doesn’t just assist guests, but also allows for the element to be an architecturally designed accent piece. With three simple letters, the space takes on a very chic rustic feel that is both warm and funky at the same time. The soft glow of Italian lights conjures up memories of summer nights and the casual ambiance of a great cafe. This sign sets the tone, produces a pop of interest and defines

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SIPS Crafted cocktails continue to trend in 2016. Creating new twists on classic drinks will make your reception even more unique. The mixology movement is about taking a drink that many people already know, and finding new ways to highlight flavors. Referred to as the “mixologist” at the wedding, the bartender can take center stage at the reception and become an entertainment piece for guests. Think about doing something like an organic mixology, such as a wild cranberry, blood-orange cocktail or Hochstadter’s slow and low, a new take on the classic old fashioned. Other great bottled elixirs include the High West Distillery Barreled Manhattan or the Crafthouse Moscow Mule. Both feature gorgeous bottles that would second as great décor. Remember to keep in mind how many people will be enjoying these drinks, so figuring out the most efficient way to serve them is important.

Getting a variety of beers and wines is also a popular option this year. Instead of having flavors that are familiar to your guests, try getting hoppy beers or bitter cocktails that are not as familiar. Be sure to take your time tasting a variety of drinks (the very best part of the process) to make sure your selections will complete your signature wedding.

Popular and classic drinks like Old Fashions, Cosmopolitans or Whiskey Sour’s will always

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be appropriate for wedding receptions. However, the new flavors of wine, beer and cider cocktails that are being innovated will give those drinks a little run for their money.


Mixologists are different than a regular bartender. Mixologists are like culinary designers and know everything about what they make. They love the opportunity to impress guests with both the taste and entire presentation of a drink. They mix flavors and colors together that are unique, but create the most delicious flavor and look.

Micro distilleries are still continuing to trend in 2016. Craft distillers have had a huge impact on the traditional cocktail, and crafters and mixologists have been working together to create an entirely new generation of specialty varieties. So why not serve some at your reception! Your guests will enjoy this new trend, and everyone knows how much guests enjoy having specialty options.

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Even the way that drinks are served can be designed. Consider tastings that can be done with stylized small glasses. This works great for wine pairings or the beer

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pairings, at right.

It’s important to not forget about creating the bar as a visual element at your reception. You can easily style a lounge and bar together to give it a classic and relaxed feel. Having something for guests to enjoy, like the entertainment of the mixologist, in a comfortable lounge area, is an immersive combination that is

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great for the cocktail hour and more. For 2016, we encourage having one large bar instead of multiple smaller ones. This will make a dramatic backdrop for your lounge area as well.

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the large bar a focal point and is an easy way to take up a lot of blank space around the area.

After dinner drinks will continue to be popular. The trick is to figure out the best way to serve them, and we suggest using a wheeled cordial cart to take this show on the road. Another popular trend this year is serving alcoholic ice-cream, which satisfies a lot of different cravings your guests might be having after your delicious dinner.

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BITES Thanks to popular TV shows, we all feel like qualified food critics. Food is definitely a crucial part of your wedding, since it can quickly impact a guest’s experience. However, think about food as a chance to open their minds to things they normally wouldn’t try, and then amaze them with incredible tastes. Caterers continue to take on more of a restaurant influence as that industry continues to evolve in 2016. Since each person has their preferences when it comes to food, taking time to research and taste a variety of options will help you to narrow down what you want your own guests to experience.

Trends move fast in the culinary scene and flavored salts are now the rage. Infusing sea salts with delicious flavors heightens this seasoning. From Vermont Maple salts to habanero infused flavors, chefs are creating unique profiles with a selection of flavored salt options.

Since this is YOUR wedding, you should customize the menu! Believe it or not, most culinary teams enjoy being able to do something a bit more challenging and unique. Food should not only look good, but it should taste good as well. Creating culinary design gives chefs an opportunity to make a wonderful presentation. They can also be helpful when you want to figure out a new way to do something. Getting their expert advice on what you

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We ALWAYS customize a menu. The decision of designing a wedding with a menu packet is never an option for us. Chefs are artists of taste and presentation so we say, “let them paint!� We like to give culinary teams a challenge, such as adapting the old standby wine and cheese pairing station, into something new, like an interactive beer or stout pairing experience. When put to the test, the culinary team created an amazing and beautiful apple and foie gras salad, at right.

Seafood continues to be top restaurant trends for 2016, as are Korean and Hawaiian influences. Poke is the new raw fish option showing up on menus, so you might even consider doing something like a poke ceviche salad.

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Salads, in general, are getting a much needed makeover. Now unique ingredients and flavor profiles are the norm. From deconstructed salads to visual masterpieces, salads have become an interesting feature of the sit-down dinner. The stunning salad course, at

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Because dining has become more of a staged event, choosing the kind of plating for your menu or service style is increasingly important. The likelihood that one of your guests will snap a picture of their dinner is pretty high, so the design and presentation of food is something to keep in mind as you choose what to serve.

Depending on what you serve, finding the right service vessels can create the perfect combination of taste and presentation. If something isn’t presented well, guests might be skeptical of even trying one of the items. Consider miniature bamboo bowls holding a morsel set on a spoon, at right, to create a stunning display.

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We definitely encourage you to customize your menu with things that might not have been done before. Combinations that sound strange are oftentimes the ones that leave guests wondering how it could taste so good! An example of this is marinated portabella mushrooms wrapped with asparagus accompanied with garlic gnocchi and goat cheese ball, which is displayed beautifully on a wood plank, at left.

In 2016, we’re going to be seeing a lot more creative ways to serve your food. Consider how color plays with the presentation. The bold green sauce and the soft purple of the accompaniments make the skewers, at right, a visual delight. Even the smallest designed plate can make a bold statement for your cocktail hour.

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TABLETOP Although the tabletop is a design element that allows unlimited ways to make a bold statement, couples often overlook this opportunity. Tabletops have so much potential when you think past what linen and centerpiece to use. Both of those are important parts, but when combined with many other elements, it can be an immersive and tactile experience.

Instead of limiting yourself with tabletops, try thinking outside the box. There is more creativity that goes into a tabletop than just setting the table. What do you want guests to think when they take their seats? Combining various design elements (linens, plates, glasses, centerpieces, chairs, light fixtures, etc.), will help to style each place setting.

To style the table at left, we chose square white bowls, positioned off-center of the long rectangular chargers. Chopsticks, gold gilded pears and a black detailed napkin folded under the place setting all added to the look. Radical placement of the flatware gives the setting a modern Zen appeal.

Selecting the size and shape of your table also plays a huge part in the look of your design. Different shapes and sizes of tables will help reinforce your design aesthetic. Consider, for example, long or square tables for a sleek, contemporary setting. Rounds

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tend to have a more classic, traditional look. Our favorite, however, is to mix tables to create an interesting eclectic look.


When designing a modern look, think of simple elements and clean lines. At right, we selected a muted robins-egg linen and sleek accents for this long table design. Dendrobium orchids softened the modern groupings of mercury glass vessels and acrylic runners. Combining glass and silver through place setting, along with sleek acrylic menus, gives the tabletop a perfect modern feel.

The type of table you choose will impact the kind of design elements you can add. From high square tables with stools to the standard seating for up to 10 people, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. Another part to consider is the layout of the tables, which can help to create the environment you want.

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For the table at right, wood high-tops that seat six and white stools create a simple and comfortable environment. Adding a small white floral element and white candles gave the table a sophisticated and modern look. Matching the wood table to the small flower vase is another example of how to bring the whole look together. Simple, yet interesting, stemware and a rolled napkin are perfect for this more casual look.

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your wedding inspiration through your tabletop design. Taking a traditional piece, like a damask pattern, and incorporating it in a modern way could mean printing it on glass or wood. You’d be surprised what you can do with an “old” design when you add a modern twist to it.

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There is something so precise to the perfectly set table. Perfection means measuring each element and it really makes all the difference when completing the design. Generally, flatware is measured from the edge of the table, the stemware from the edge of the plates and chargers. Align your seating from the edge of the table so the chair gently brushes the linen and is not tucked under the table. This will make a huge impact in photos of your reception space.

A detailed linen can complete the table design. The beautiful re-embroidered linen, at left, makes a statement all on its own. When dressed with a layered set of varied china and a beaded glass charger, this tabletop screams vintage.

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STATEMENT PIECES Statement pieces are what create the “wow” factor in any wedding design. Like the final touches on an outfit that make it complete, statement pieces bring together an incredible wedding design. We like to take our couples, as well as their guests, by surprise. Since statement pieces catch your eye as you walk into the ceremony or reception, they set the tone for the event.

Large hydrangea arrangements make a bold statement on the head table, at left. These arrangements can be referred to as “impact pieces.” Large architectural elements, a repetition of the same item, or items used en masse always make an impression. Consider using them at the entrance to your ceremony to create a sense of arrival. Although the entrance is often overlooked, it’s a perfect opportunity to give guests a great first impression of your ceremony or reception.

Statement pieces don’t always have to be large, detailed or complex. When you combine simple forms of pieces together, they can have great impact. This is important to remember when looking at your wedding venue and figuring out what statement pieces would work

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The point of statement pieces isn’t to take away from your wedding environment, but to enhance it. By grouping the variety of oversized glass vessels, at right, you can easily create a stunning back bar that brings attention and direction to an important feature of your reception. Surrounding them with hundreds of small candles makes a big statement. Each of these elements are very simple on their own, but when combined together they make a perfect impact piece for that wedding design.

We like to create masses of floral together for the maximum impact. When given the option, a few big pieces will always get more attention than many smaller arrangements. With the addition of a little accent lighting, the impression is stunning. The knack of infusing space with unexpected touches to maximize impact makes an impressive statement.

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Sometimes the simplest forms can have the biggest impact when combined together in multiples to create a statement piece. Think about any large voids of space you might have at the venue and ask yourself how you can use these to your advantage. If you have cavernous ceilings and want to make the space more intimate, you can create a dramatic focal point by using flowers and glass ornaments to create the deconstructed chandelier.

Using clusters of hanging glass pieces, this ‘chandelier,’ at left, takes on the feel of an art instillation. The volume of space allows for the repetition of the same items en mass and in this instance the hanging glass becomes the focal piece to the entire event space. Think how the

easily be filled with an exciting element that captures attention, like this rope chandelier, at right.

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When creating a unique bar, at right, we wanted to feature a dramatic sculptural element. Accentuating the existing square chandelier and mimicking its dimensions on the ground with a mirrored bar, we were left with the perfect void to create something that would be the centerpiece of the reception. Our idea: construct an

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ice tree that stretched all the way to the ceiling. The statement was impressive and added a sparking focus to the center of the reception. From the hand carved limbs of ice, orchids floated down from the ceiling which created a magical effect.

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For a unique statement, think about going back to the oversized wedding cake. Sadly, with the introduction of cupcakes and other desserts, the wedding cake, which was once the centerpiece of the reception, has been missing from a lot of weddings. But, with the new trends of 2016, we’ll see it making a big comeback. Since a lot of time and effort get put into your wedding cake, think about adding something a little extra to make a bigger statement.

The cake, at left, is quite simple without the bold flower design. Just adding the large detailed flower creates a statement piece that will draw everyone’s attention. There are many ways to make your wedding cake a statement piece, but we like this basic and more traditional look

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STYLED FLORAL Another important element in wedding design is styled floral. What many couples don’t realize is that there is a difference between wedding flowers and styled floral. Usually the focus is placed on choosing flowers for bouquets and boutonnieres, which then impacts what the rest of the flowers will look like. Because we believe that flowers are a key element for a wedding, they should be considered in the entire wedding design. We like to compare what floral does to the details of a wedding to how a lace pattern brings a unique design to fabrics.

Since floral is an organic form, combining different designs together can create a dramatic look. The simple floral design, at left, makes a big statement, especially in combination with the eclectic centerpiece. Because floral provides 3-D textures, it can easily enhance certain design elements. Choosing the right container to hold each styled floral is another important aspect to consider as you design your wedding.

Styled floral doesn’t limit you to only using particular flowers or foliage. This design could also incorporate forced branches, succulents, or even driftwood. These pieces can create a

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breathtaking design, which becomes a living work of art on your reception table or altar.


Choosing styled floral that works well with the movement of the room will help to create strategic placement in your wedding design. The styled floral, at right, danced along the rectangular tables with orbs of green and calla lilies stretching through cylinders of fresh bamboo. Clusters of white hydrangea continued our pop of white which was carried over from the cocktail reception.

Adding other natural elements to flower designs can really complete the look. Even something like citrus fruits, which add great aroma, can be incorporated in your design. It’s incredible what the different colors and textures that various natural elements bring to styled floral. Something to take into consideration is knowing what season your wedding is in, and what will be fresh around that time.

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strategic placement. We all love overthe-top arrangements, and they do have their place at a wedding. However, when you are selecting styled floral, look

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for thoughtfully designed placements that blend with the movement of the room. Often, the smallest floral can also have the greatest impact.

Brides wearing tiaras and different headpieces instead of, or combined with a wedding veil is a new trend that we’ve got our eye on. Styled floral can also be used to create a headpiece for the bride or wedding party. Small roses with scattered eryngium alpinums, at right, contrast with the eucalyptus leaves to make a beautifully styled floral headpiece for a bride.

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wood, at right, can create a simple yet bold arrangement. Surrounding it with mercury glass containers and candles is also another option to add a little more detail.

If you’re using long tables at your ceremony or reception, think of ways to elongate the floral design. Combining different elements, like driftwood, help to extend the design all the way down the table. Even using tight, compact arrangements with elongating elements can create a dramatic structure.

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Adding floral accents to unexpected places will add to the movement of your wedding design. Even including simple fresh florals in rest rooms is a little extra detail that will impress your guests and tie everything together.

The reception is the perfect opportunity to add styled floral to make a bold statement. Little details, like the sprig of flowers, at right, bring together the entire design of the tabletop. Clustered arrangements with styled floral, at left, complete this look.

Styled floral can also be used at the ceremony to make a big impact. Personally, we like to create a statement piece for every ceremony. This might include a large altar piece or decorating the church doors. It gives guests a great first impression of your ceremony.

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INSPIRATION: MARTINI Inspired by the mid-century modern resurgence, we envisioned a throwback to the 1960s. Sub-atomic vibes, retro-inspired color palettes, shapes and finishes would all play a strong influence in our design. Thinking of the Jetson-like modern interiors of Eero Saarinen and the new Bakelite plastics of the era, we infused the scene with modern interpretations of these bygone elements. The effect could be summed up in one word: MARTINI.

With inspiration like MARTINI, it’s hard not to think about the party. The reception space would feature an elongated head table constructed from round glass tables placed in a gentle ‘S’ curve over a Cockatoo colored shag rug. We selected sleek white Louis acrylic armchairs which are reminiscent of the Bakelite plastics of the 1960s. The tablescape featured bulbous blue vases with a variety of orange orchids that accented the room, as well as silver metal vases and palm fronds. The head table was styled with Cockatoo colored satin napkins, embellishing the setting with overturned martini glasses and a chocolate favor to mimic an olive, placed on a silver cocktail fork, at left.

The guest tables were flanked by white leather sofas. Orange linens flowed beneath the mirrored tabletops that reflected the designer table elements as we repeated the head table centerpieces, adding in orange calla lilies. The place settings featured square silver

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crocodile chargers and crisp silver edge white china.


We wrapped the place setting with an orange silk napkin and placed the square menu card upon it. More color was added to the table with the use of colored stemware in a deep orange.

The entire reception was surrounded with white paper walls that curved around the tables. Throughout the space, we added more interest with additional silver vases placed on white gloss pedestals, which featured more palm fronds.

We placed a gloss white dance floor and a stage for the band at the edge of the long head table. By adding in more white leather sofas, we provided extra space for guest to lounge and enjoy the entertainment while, of course, sipping on their martinis!

LONG TABLES PROVIDE INSTANT DRAMA AND PLAY UP THE RECEPTION PLACED ELEMENTS.

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OF PERFECTLY


The ceremony would be set as a modern sanctuary highlighted with sleek tufted silver leather Adman sofas, creating the liner effect of church pews. The sofas were dressed in shag and textured pillows in cockatoo and tangerine, while small square glass and chrome tables separated rows of sofas and provided space for 60s-inspired vases and accessories. As the aisle created a statement piece with a boldly patterned runner, featuring our cockatoo and tangerine pallet, this geometric pattern would be replicated with a coordinating pattern which was featured on the multiple-page ceremony program and the menu card used for the reception.

Suspended above the area were large paper urchin lights, which added a modern glow to the space. To enhance

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the overall atmosphere, we flanked the aisle with floor-standing Beacon lamps.


The altar would be constructed with sloping spandex towers that were inspired by the 1960s interiors of New York’s JFK terminal. An acrylic altar would hold a myriad of modern glass cylinders with candles, while dramatic up lighting would accent the altar space and add interest.

For the cocktail reception, we selected modern black leather seating. The seating included leather sofas and high-backed stools while a mirrored bar, featuring vinyl graphics, repeated the circular motif in cockatoo and tangerine. Oversized glass vases in the lounge showcased modern floral in orange with large leaf accents.

VINYL GRAPHICS CAN CREATE A CUSTOMIZED DESIGN WHEN ADDED

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TO UNEXPECTED ELEMENTS.


INSPIRATION: LIPSTICK Inspired by the red carpet, we return to glamour. With pops of red and smoky cosmetic colors, we created a suave and sexy vision for this wedding design. This concept would include lacquer black, mirrored finishes and the allure of a luscious red gloss that can only be summed up in one word: LIPSTICK.

The three things that came to mind for us in creating this experience was the glamour of old Hollywood, the world’s most decadent Monte Carlo Casino and, of course, Grace Kelly. This evening-inspired design was to be lavish, yet fun, elegant and sophisticated, contemporary and sexy!

The ceremony would be sleek and tailored. We created a dramatic ceremony aisle with crystal chandelier lamps that featured black string shades. Placing these on mirrored cubes, we could emphasize the height of the walls, which were draped in luxurious silver with black velvet burnout damask fabrics. Along the walls we placed oversized mirrors to visually expand the space. We also incorporated subtle uplighting along the damask walls to add another layer of dimension. Guests would be seated on striking black gloss Louis Chairs with a bold red damask patterned program on each chair. The eye striking and signature piece was the red polka-dot aisle runner we bought off the bolt at Mood Designer Fabrics in New York City, which is famous from the TV show, “Project Runway.” Utilizing juxtaposition throughout the design elements we were able to carry out this classic, yet Staja Studios

modern feel.


For the focal point of the altar, we created a stunning backdrop from a custom twelve-foot ice wall with an intricate scroll motif. To accentuate the altar, we incorporated gloss white trumpet vases and a silver leaf cypress table. On each trumpet vase sat the stylized floral, which featured mounds of red roses and other lavish floral in deep reds while a collection of silver and clear candle holders would accent the altar.

Behind the ice wall we revealed the cocktail lounge complete with red ‘Kiss’ sofas and a full bar. The look featured more stunning red floral sets on clear smoke vases while gloss white accents with bulbous candlesticks and a chinoiserie box sat upon a large square

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silver timber coffee table.


While the lounge was designed in red with pops of white and black, the reception was the inverse: black and silver with pops of red. The reception would include a grand seated dinner with a regal setting for the wedding party and square tables of eight set for guests. The environment was staged with more striking damask draping and large gloss black baroque frames.

We selected a damask fabric to create a custom runner that was the entire width of the table, and accented the light of candles atop ornate white glossy candlestick holders to illuminate the space. The runner was a red and silver damask that was a companion fabric to the polka dot material we used for the aisle runner. It began at the floor on one end of the head table and ran all the way to the floor on the other end.

USE BOLTS OF FABRIC TO CREATE A BOLD AISLE OR

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TABLE RUNNER.


This paired beautifully with the underclothes, which was a pewter crinkle fabric. Each place setting at the head table featured textured crocodile chargers, ornate gold and black china, modern stemware, and acrylic menus that were screen-printed with the red damask pattern and personalized with each of the guests’ names.

For the guest tables, we chose a striking black rose inspired linen, red lacquer chargers and complimentary china. The centerpiece for the head table mimicked the florals and vases from the cocktail reception. Beyond the guest seating, we placed a gloss white dance floor and a stage for the band, flanking the dance floor with soft seating and cabaret tables where guests could watch all the activity. The evening was a celebration centered on the glamour of LIPSTICK.

SIMPLE ADDED TOUCHES LIKE PERSONALIZED MENUS

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KEEP YOUR GUESTS INTRIGUED.


INSPIRATION: PETAL The Maker movement has had a large impact on wedding design. Hand crafted elements have become an important aspect to many celebrations. As we ventured toward creating a soft and ethereal design, we looked to the beautiful paper arts and plucked the paper flower as our romantic inspiration for: PETAL.

Our background would be pale white tones that we created with flowing, white fabrics. After wrapping the space with large white metal branches, we attached hundreds of handmade paper flowers to each branch. We were able to transform the space with dramatic event lighting while the white surfaces bounced the beautiful shades of ice blue, purple, amber and pinks, which transformed the space throughout the celebration.

For the ceremony space, we selected natural cross-back wood chairs that were neatly placed in rows that added a woodland effect to the space. Down the aisle we placed tall metal urns in gloss white where tree-like metal branches sprung in white. These created a canopy over both the aisle and the ceremony seating. Atop each urn we placed a cluster of oversized paper flowers: large blush roses and ivory poms. We attached a myriad of

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white and ivory blossoms to each of the twisted branches.

For the altar, we constructed a towering metal tree which we adorned with paper flowers while floating chandeliers hung with shimmering crystals from its branches. Below the tree’s large canopy, we placed the stunning wedding cake, which featured hundreds of handmade sugar flowers.


The eight-tiered cake featured silver banded accents and layers covered in flowers. We placed this amazing centerpiece on top of a golden 3-D rose linen, which flowed gracefully onto the floor.

Again, we incorporated the beautiful cross-back wooden chairs into the reception seating beyond the altar, as well as the long harvest head table. The head table was set with silver textured taffeta linens with a sheer ivory overlay that featured a dramatic paisley leaf motif to accent the large paper flowers. Along the length of the table, we scattered a mixture of loose floral arrangements, featuring roses, orchids and hydrangea in white gloss containers for a garden effect.

SOMETIMES THE SIMPLEST NAPKIN FOLD IMPACT TO THE TABLE DESIGN.

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CAN MAKE A MAJOR


The place setting featured a unique double charger. The first layer was a rustic wooden charger upon which we placed a glass and silver beaded charger, which added a sophisticated edge to the more rustic wooden charger. To top it off, we set a classic white and silver china pattern, a silver edged cloth napkin and the silver and white menu card. Hammered silver flatware and an eclectic mix of glassware, including a frosted water glass and stemless champagne glass. Above the head table hung three crystal chandeliers, adding a magical sparkle to the setting.

Guest tables were set with the coordinating golden rose linens and striking apothecary-inspired vases in

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floss white, dripping with lush floral and crystal accents.


We clustered more large urns around the tables, along with branches that cascaded skyward to create another canopy over the reception.

The white gloss dance floor featured a gobo with the monogram of the couple, while beyond the dance floor a stage was created for the dueling pianos performers. The entire stage’s back wall featured oversized paper flowers that were lit from below for a dramatic effect. Creating another canopy above the entire space, we dressed the walls with white drape, utilizing flat panels of chiffon drape that created a fluid ceiling from the ceremony to the reception. Patterned gobos that projected onto these surfaces created a whimsical environment that would evolve throughout the celebration, creating a space defined simply as: PETAL.

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