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!
Chloe and Will / Wedding at Weylin
Chloe and Will were married in the early spring at Weylin’s in Williamsburg Brooklyn. It was one of those odd spring days that was unseasonable warm and mild outside. We took advantage of the time of the year by using the most beautiful blooms available in March. I bet you didn’t know that March has the best flowers? Yep. It does.
Bright magenta anemones, jasmine vine, intricate ranunculus, and even super dark scabiosa brought their jewel-toned color palette to life. We worked with Polka Dot Events to create an intimate, luxurious, celebration at Weylins. This venue is pretty amazing by itself. It was converted from the Williamsburg Savings Bank and holds most of it’s original details. From the insane domed ceiling to the wall paper to even the toilet paper roll holders in the bathroom – no detail was left untouched during it’s renovation.
We used the venue as design inspiration for this wedding. Sequin tablecloths from Nuage linens, oversized candelabras, elevated grand centerpieces, and metallic decor details throughout complimented the antique marble space.
The most grand piece of decor was the four sided chuppah completely covered in saturated florals and greens. The round rooms of Weylin’s were perfect for a ceremony in the round. We placed the chairs all around the chuppah that sat up on a clean white stage.
Enjoy scrolling through these images by Levi Stolove Photography.
Wedding Trend Report 2017
Here’s my Wedding Trend report for 2017:
To expand on that: I recently got lost in a google search called “wedding trends 2017.” The links on the first page of google (which we all know are the most relevant links) were from Bridal Guide, Vogue, The Knot, Brides, Style Me Pretty, The Today Show, and Huffington Post.
I saved you time and compiled their lists into one giant list, that apparently, is all the wedding trends for 2017, straight from the experts mouths to your pinterest boards:
Metallic Dresses / Breezy dresses / Blue dresses / Pink dresses
White bridesmaids dresses / Black bridesmaids dresses
Cascading Bouquets / big bouquets / small bouquets
Traditional tiered cakes / naked cakes
dessert buffets / passed desserts
Neutral color palettes / bold color
Unforgettable entrances / grand getaways
Hanging flowers / elevated centerpieces
Plated dinners / food truck dinners
As you can see, for every trend a wedding pro stated, another wedding pro said the complete opposite.
The point is, you do you. Your wedding decor isn’t going to look like it’s still in style twenty years from now. No matter how much money you spend or how talented your designer is. That’s impossible. Your kids are going to laugh at your wedding photos no matter what “wedding trends for 2017” blog post you read.
Don’t worry about what’s trendy, or not trendy, or cool, or not cool. Pick your flowers, food, decor, music, stationery, and venue based on if you like it or not. Just how you buy your clothes, sheets, furniture, donuts, and art for your home.
Do you like it? Buy it.
Don’t like it? Forget about it.
I was recently having a conversation with a client about a certain decor element they really wanted. They said: “but isn’t that SO TRENDY?” Emphasis on the absolute atrocity it would be to use an idea all over pinterest for her wedding ten months from now. My response, to put it eloquently, was: “who cares.” Your wedding guests have not been deep in the internet looking at weddings for the past six months. They are going to be impressed with whatever decor/flowers/desserts you show them. I mean, the wedding is definitely not about impressing your guests with your money/taste/famous vendors you’ve hired, it’s about being a good host and providing for their needs – hunger/thirst/boredom with yummy food/good drinks/fun decor.
So, couples, please do not loose sleep over trying to reinvent the wheel with your wedding.