A couple of months ago I had the privilege of planning and designing a wedding at Bridgewaters in the Historic South Street Seaport area of New York. The wedding was a bit of a challenge in that while most guests were from the New York area, I was working with the Bride who lives in London and her mom who lives in Denver. Many e-mails, many google docs, and many fabulous phone calls later, the collaboration resulted in a beautiful wedding that featured many personal details of the Bride and Groom which really made this celebration special.
When creating the design there were certain cues that I received from the Bride and her mother. First, they wanted a clean elegant look yet they wanted the design to be more eclectic and non-traditional. The chosen color palette was orange and silver (I LOVE this combo) which worked well with the room and setting. Finally, the Bride and Groom love New York and London I wanted to incorporate these details into their wedding.
I set the stage so that off the bat guests walking in were treated to a unique escort table display created with willow branches, accents of orchids and silver grey succulents, all of which were designed in a lucite trough.
The escort cards were designed by The Paper Guppy out of Denver, CO and it was here that we started conveying the theme of the wedding to guests. Each table was not just numbered, but it also featured the image of a famous landmark from either London or New York. The image was first introduced on the escort card, then was carried over to the table numbers and event the candles used in the decor!
The vibrant orange floral and use of succulents was also carried through to the bouquets with the Bride carrying a white bouquet that was accented with succulents and the bridemaids carried orange bouquets, also with succulents.
I was even able to carry the orange floral and use of succulents into the boutonnieres which coordinated beautifully with the bouquets.
After moving from the escort card table guests proceeded to the ceremony area where I used curly willow to create a canopy for the Bride, Groom and their officiate. Framing the canopy were lush displays of orange floral in stainless steel pedestals on top of orange lit lucite columns. Finishing the look I used orange orchids which dripped from the curly willow creating a magical setting as the couple exchanged their vows.
Typically we remove the ceremony structure when the room is turned over for the reception, however, at the last minute, I loved the structure so much I decided it would be the perfect location for the wedding cake. Sometimes those last minute decisions are the best ones!
As guests made their way into the main dining room it was clear that the theme was continuing with the use of sleek silver linens, vibrant orange flowers and candles wrapped to match the table numbers!
You can see in the photo above that the image on the escort card was then used in the table number and the candles we used with each centerpiece.
The end result was an incredible wedding that was beautiful and thoroughly enjoyed by family and guests. Our best to the Bride and Groom.
We also want to give special thanks for all of the terrific vendors who made the evening possible. These include, Once Upon a Bride who, as always, did an impeccable job with hair and make-up; Silver Star Limousine who was responsible for guest transportation, Jen Huang Photography who handled day of photography, Fifth Avenue Digital who took all of the amazing decor shots featured on this blog; NYC Swing for their great entertainment and of course Bridgewaters, who provided an amazing setting, great food and wonderful service.
Until the next great event.