You might remember Alexis and Chris’s surprise wedding from last year. They were married in a surprise ceremony at The Wythe hotel on a chilly December night. This is the first of a new series I’m starting called Design Live. It’s the story of how each couple’s wedding design came to life from an inspiration board to concepts to the photos of their wedding day.
Alexis and Chris chose the then brand new Wythe Hotel for their engagement party-turned surprise wedding cocktail party because of it’s vintage, industrial vibe and remarkable food. They love saturated colors, shine, unexpected details, interesting flowers, metallics, and globe lights. The above Design Board was our starting point for their Industrial Chic Whimsical wedding.
The three main design elements in the room were a globe light installation, 500 carnations hanging over the bar, and a large lounge area. Above are the photos of the first two. Like the fog machine during Beyonce’s performance at the Grammy’s, the globe lights gave just the right amount of ambiance over the dance floor to create a sexy vibe. For the floral installation, the bride had her heart set on using all peonies. The florist in me knows that 500 peonies is A) ridiculously expensive, and B) won’t hold up that well out of water for an extended amount of time. We found these beautiful variegated carnations, strung hundreds of them, and created my favorite installation to date.
The smaller arrangements on the tables were a mix of flowers with tons of texture and saturated colors. Since this was a cocktail party, the room was set with only two 8′ tables for older guests to take a load off. This gave me the opportunity to create fun little vignettes throughout the room on coffee tables of mercury glass candles and succulents.
The lounge wall, all from Patina Rentals, created the intimate and casual setting that the couple was looking for. Guests snacked on passed sliders and ice cream sandwiches while sipping on craft cocktails and relaxing on vintage couches.
To mix in the bride’s love of shine, we made custom glitter colored clothespins to display instax photos and hand sewn confetti packets for each guest.
Bright, saturated colors, a sexy atmosphere, industrial touches, and a couple who thrives on surprise elements (surprise! Getting married. surprise! Hanging carnations. Surprise! Beat boxer as entertainment.) made for a design experience that was fun, creative, and built a wedding a day that they loved.
Photos by Jacquelyne Mae