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!
Elle and Daryl / Studio450 Wedding
Elle and Daryl were married at Studio450 in New York City in a destination wedding. Yep, not all destination weddings are at the beach. The couple lives in Australia and their friends and family were coming in from California. New York City was a kind of “halfway around the world” meeting spot for everyone. The joy of designing this wedding was that Elle, the bride, is a fashion stylist. Her eye for design, incredible inspiration images, and high-end taste level let my team really run wild with the aesthetics of her wedding. Plus, Studio450 is a complete blank slate. It’s literally a big, glossy, white room filled with windows. Designer’s dream location, check.
The photographer, Danila Mednikov, brilliantly captured the gritty aspects of NYC while keeping the images bright and modern. We brought in real live trees to fill in the space and to hang escort cards from. The ceremony arch, rented from Two of A Kind, was decorated by us with whimsical greenery and a few white flowers. Pillar candles and lanterns brought a bit of romantic sparkle to the ceremony on top of vintage turkish rugs.
The plants, trees, vintage furniture from Patina Rentals, tons of greenery, and lanterns all made for the bohemian, urban, contemporary look the couple craved.
Here is a lesson for couples deciding on their food service: Family style dinners are going to extremely prohibit the amount and size of decor you will be able to put on the tables. The platters are often large, therefore, you have to leave room for them to be able to be put down on the table without a centerpiece in the way. Elle and Daryl’s dinner was served family style. We did a simple silk runner down the center of the wooden tables then dotted the runner with crystal bud vases of white flowers and greenery. The simple decor was effective on the beautiful wooden tables, especially since we had a large installation of greenery across the ceiling.
Amy and Pat / Hybrid Hornblower Wedding
This wedding was unique for us in that the ceremony was at a private residence and the reception was on a boat. Two interesting venues that were really exciting and fun to design for. Amy and Pat were married in a beautiful ceremony on her sister’s front lawn in New Jersey. They incorporated her hindu-indian heritage into a casual version of a traditional ceremony. The Baraat is my favorite part of a hindu ceremony. The groom, accompanied by his family members (and sometimes every single guest at the wedding) parade to the ceremony through the streets with music and dancing. So joyous! This is what weddings are about: traditions and joy. Imagine – hundreds of wedding guests in beautiful saris parading down the streets of suburban New Jersey by a groom on a decorated horse. THE BEST.
After a quick wardrobe change, it was onto the boat. Their reception took place on the Hybrid Hornblower which is docked on a pier of Manhattan. Designing florals for a modern Indian reception on a boat was a fun challenge – everything had to be weighed down, nothing too large because of the narrow tables, keeping with the Indian aesthetic, and mixing in a little urban NYC flair.
Their tables were decorated with a flocked runner in a blue tone to match the upholstery on the chairs. Pops of color were brought in with bud vases of pink, red, and yellow garden roses. Their sweetheart table was a lounge using a tall backed modern tufted love seat in front of a custom made floral backdrop. The hanging floral garlands were reminiscent of the traditional garlands often seen at Indian weddings.
Thanks to the incredible pros who made this wedding really shine:
Event Design and Flowers: Michelle Edgemont
Month-of Planning: Elite Events Management
Photographer: Photo Pink
Linens: Nuage Designs
Venue: Hybrid Hornblower
Amy and Pat’s wedding was graciously featured on Maharani Weddings.