Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What a Birthday Cake!

This past weekend, my team and I planned and designed a 1st birthday party for a beautiful baby boy named Dejan, the son of one of our favorite clients! We all had so much fun and I can't wait to show you all of the photos from special day! In the meantime, I will give you a sneak peak of Dejan's cake, created by The Pink Cake Box who got inspiration from the invitation, theme and decor!

Stay tuned for photos of the full event! Also, be sure to check out The Pink Cake Box's blog to see some other great designs they have created!


Wedding of Shayna & Ofer

One of our favorite things to do here at the Shawn Rabideau Events & Design office around this time of year is to look back on all of the events we’ve worked on throughout wedding season. We love receiving all of the photographs of our clients so we can reminisce on the joy the couple shared and how happy we were to take place in creating that special moment for them.

This week we were glad to receive the wedding photos documenting the wedding of Shayna and Ofer, an energetic and fun-loving couple who were married in mid-April. The wedding planning process was anything but ordinary! Having only met a few times, we communicated mostly over Skype as the couple traveled all around the world! 

From their bridal party photos taken in Times Square to their surprise choreographed salsa dance during the reception, this couple kept everyone smiling and partying well into the night.

After having their first look in Times Square, Shayna, Ofer, and their bridal party made their way down to the Highline to capture a few quick shots. This is one of my favorite places for couples to explore during their pre-ceremony photo shoot!

The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers proved to be the perfect venue for this wedding. HUGE shout out to Jeffrey Stillwell, Director of Banquet Services, who did an absolutely incredible job throughout the entire planning process and the day of. I cannot thank him enough for all of his help and professionalism. He was such a delight to work with!

The floor-to-ceiling windows at The Lighthouse revealed breath-taking views of the Hudson River and served as the perfect backdrop for the couple’s traditional chuppa. Ivory fabric was draped over the frame and white and soft pink flowers such as blown open spray roses, roses, tulips, and hydrangea were placed along the top to create an intimate setting for the exchange of the vows. We also placed the bride's grandfathers' tallis along the underside of the chuppa, as an extra personal sentimental touch to their ceremony. 

The simple and classic ivory runner was accented with tall aisle stands that were surrounded by a bed of flowers and topped with an ivory candle and glass hurricane.

One of my favorite moments of the ceremony was when the two ring bearers walked down the aisle holding a sign created by Ana Dolan that read "Happily Ever After Begins Today." I love this non-traditional touch to the traditional ceremony.

The bride carried an all white bouquet that was designed with all white Casablanca lilies, calla lilies and white roses.  Accenting the bouquet were several crystals and the handle was tied with a champagne colored ribbon; however, the handle was not be wrapped entirely as accents of green stems at the bottom were shown.

On the Move Entertainment was present throughout the night to provide the perfect musical compliments to the setting. Guests were able to enjoy a classical musical trio during the ceremony and cocktail hour until the upbeat DJ and synergy band stepped in and set the mood for fun and dancing during the reception.

During the reception, guests were seated around romantic arrangements of white, soft pink, and eggplant. Spray roses, tulips, roses, orchids and hydrangea exploded from tall glass vases dripping with crystal roping. Gold votive candles accented the look with a soft glow.

Ana Dolan of Invitations by Ana helped us to tie every look together with her work. The classic escort cards and modern menu designs helped achieve that modern yet sophisticated look that embodied the couple’s personalities so perfectly.

Also, here is a look at the beautiful invitation set that Ana Dolan created for this wedding.

Shayna and Ofer's cake was created by the ultra-fabulous The Pink Cake Box. Not only was it beautiful, but delicious too!

Other personal touches included cookies for the bridal party from Eleni's cookies, Shayna's personalized handkerchief (which she gave special personalized ones to each of her bridesmaids), suede yarmulkes monogrammed with the bride and grooms name and wedding date, and a hand painted ketubah.

Special thank you to Craig Paulson Photography for sending these photographs over to us. We thoroughly enjoy working with you as always! Be sure to check out their blog for even more fabulous photos!

A huge congratulations to Shayna and Ofer. You were such a pleasure to work with and we wish you all the best!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Wedding of Carmine and Carla

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of designing décor for a lovely couple, Carmine and Carla. They were married at the W New York in a beautiful nighttime ceremony amongst friends and family and I was happy to be included in the start of their lives together. I hope you enjoy these photos of their celebration!

The couple said “I Do” underneath an ethereal white fabric arch that was accented by glass pillars containing white cymbidium orchids submerged in water. On either side of the ceremony platform, two tall Lucite pedestals held large stainless steel containers that were bursting with all white flowers such as calla lilies, hydrangea, and orchids.

The Original Runner Company created a beautiful white aisle runner with the couple’s initials and the date of the ceremony. We topped off the design with sprinkles of white and soft pink rose petals. We then lined the aisle with more white orchids submerged in water and placed floating candles in the cylinders.

Robert Stark Lighting did an excellent job with the lighting, creating romance in the ballroom with a soft pink glow.

Holo-Walls brought in an amazing liquid dance floor for the reception, which guests certainly took advantage of!

On the dinner tables we wanted to create a stunning and elegant display of flowers. Sleek bouquets of calla lilies, orchids, lily grass, roses and horsetail bamboo were exploding out of square glass vases of alternating heights. We then accented these centerpieces with square glass vases that contained bamboo, calla lilies, or cymbidium orchids submerged in water. Floating candles in the vases and silver votive candles on the tabletops completed the look.

A huge thank you to 5th Avenue Digital for providing these amazing photographs-the couple was certainly glowing that night!

Congratulations to Carmine and Carla! All of us at Shawn Rabideau Events & Design are wishing you a long and happy life together!