Bridal Shower at Gramercy Terrace
Last Spring I was honored to work on the decor and florals for a bridal shower here in NYC at Gramercy Terrace. Bash, Please, based in LA, planned the shower with their LA-based client. We used shades of purple to bring some pretty spring color to the Gramercy Terrace. Accented with black and white stripes and personalized details, the shower was a perfect representation of the bride-to-be.
I kept the floral arrangements simple by using only two types of quintessential spring blooms: lilacs and hellebores. The black ceramic vases were a fun contrast to the custom designed and printed little heart napkins. My textile design background always finds a way to sneak itself into every event I design. Each guest’s seat was decorated with a laser cut place card, a pretty ribbon that mirrored the invitations, and lavender wine glasses.
The bride’s favorite food is nutella. I wish we were best friends. We had a custom illustration done of the bride eating nutella in her veil (seriously, scroll down to see the cutest thing ever) printed onto gift bags. Inside the bags, was jars of nutella with personalized labels and stamped nutella spoons.
Her love for candy was seen again in a black and white candy buffet favor table for guests. People, candy buffets are the best. Everyone loves candy. I don’t care if they are trendy, or were trendy, or whatever. I had a candy buffet at my wedding and that was 7 1/2 years ago. Anything that lasts for that long is in it for the long haul. Candy forever!
Event Design / Wedding at The Mandarin Oriental
This is the perfect scenario where Virtual Event Design works: The couple has hired a full wedding planner. That wedding planner has no interest in also being an event designer (I’m not throwing wedding planners who design under the bus. Want to do it all? I support you 110%). They know that they excel at logistics, spreadsheets, and budgets. Their brain works in numbers and timelines. Although they are sure that they could throw together a decent Design Board, their clients have very specific taste, a discerning eye, and the budget for upgraded linens. They are smart and therefore decide to dedicate their time to planning while their clients can hire a design professional to take care of the aesthetics.
Rebecca from Pink Bowtie Events was working with an amazing couple, Michele and Chris, on their upscale, NYC, wedding. She wanted to concentrate on the planning portion of the event and let someone else, me, do the design. Michele and Chris budgeted the money to hire me as their Event Designer using my Virtual Event Design service.
They got a beautiful Design Board (see below) and a 20+ page of art direction for every aspect of their wedding from the stationery to the flowers to the linens. Pink Bowtie Events then took that art direction, brought it to her preferred vendors, and they made it come alive.
Because all of the vendors were all working from the same Design Board, everything looks cohesive and beautiful. Michele and Chris got the experience of working with me as their event designer and the planner was able to concentrate on managing all of the vendors, timeline, budget, and logistics.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
This beauty was featured over on Brides. So cool.
Here’s the Design Board we used as a starting point for Michele and Chris’s wedding at The Mandarin Oriental here in NYC:
Full and lush. Lots of pink, fluffy flowers. Modern calligraphy treatments. Branchy floral arrangements. Textured, monochromatic linens. Pretty, huh?
Pink Bowtie Events took this Design Board (and the giant art direction PDF) to local amazing vendors like Blade Floral Design, Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, RedBliss Designs, and Nuage Linens to pull together a romantic, lush, glitzy wedding for Michele and Chris.
Yes, that says Sylvia Weinstock Cakes! Scroll down to feast your eyes on one of the most incredible cakes I’ve ever seen. Personally, I’m a simple cake kinda girl. Give me a box mix and some buttercream and I’m good. But the sugar flowers on this towered of edible delicious are INSANE. Trust me. Go ahead and scroll.
Be Sage Conference / Flora Farms
Isn’t this place beautiful???? Flora Farms in Cabo is one of the coolest places I’ve been. It’s an outdoor restaurant (hello, Mexico) with an insane event space called the mango grove. The space is an open air field that’s lined with mango trees and a canopy of twinkle lights. It’s basically everyone’s dream. No wonder Adam Levine got married there.
To close out the Be Sage Conference in Cabo, attendees where treated to an off-site party at Flora Farms. The most delicious food (butternut squash pizza, thankyouverymuch) and cocktails (lavendar martinis and carrot juice margaritas, thankyouverymuchagain). It was my job to design a space that fit in with the environment, brought pops of happy colors, and used the local land as my inspiration.
To do that, we grabbed tomatillos, bananas, and hibiscus flowers from the farmer’s market at Floral Farms to decorate communal farm tables that had bright yellow runners on them. Local sunflowers were in jam jars on the tables. To keep it modern, which you is my style, I chose clean lanterns and a fun geometric pattern on the linens.
The canopy of lights gave a soft glow as we all chatted about the amazing things we’ve learned those past two days. The warm breeze brought sniffs of mango to our noses as we sipped on locally crafted cocktails.
This is the last blog post in the series of three all about the Be Sage Conference that I designed in Cabo. The three day, three location event, was one of my favorite projects to date. You can see the Mexican Fiesta Welcome Party around the pool and the Contemporary Conference room here. I’m booking more corporate and conference design work for 2017 and 2018. Reach out if you need art direction and floral design for an event you are hosting.
Event Planning: Sweet Pea Events
Event Design: Michelle Edgemont
Event Venue & Sponsor: Flora Farms
Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design
Floral: Arete Florals
Stationery & Signage: Pink Champagne Paper
Photography: Barbie Hull
Video: Splendor Films
Event Shuttle & Sponsor: Impala
Music: The Shamans