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The Makings Of: Aaron and Johanna’s Tabletop

Here’s a little behind the scenes sneak peek for you!  As part of “The Makings Of” series, I am excited to show you the inspiration for Aaron and Johanna’s wedding tabletop.  To complement their modern and whimsical invitation, we designed a tabletop equally as fanciful, with pops of neon and geometric motifs.  We wanted to bring elements of weathered wood, copper and yarn together with natural florals and ferns.  

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Of course it starts with a sketch.  The long reception tables will be set with white linens and grey napkins. Thrifted silverware dip-dyed in neon coral, copper and burgundy would frame a geometric menu printed on blush paper and a triangular first course plate.

 

We had to design a table that could accommodate a family style dinner service with multiple dishes and serving platters.  That meant we couldn’t have large centerpieces that took up the whole table.  But we didn’t want to compromise on design.  The plan was to have a small, floral centerpiece of coral Godetia, burgundy dahlias, trailing vines and ferns. Down the center of the table would be a weathered wood plank which would be wrapped with various yarns to complement the color palette of burgundy and neon coral. But of course, finding the perfect shade of neon coral yarn is tough.  So….

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We dyed our own yarn!  We watered down the perfect shade of neon coral acrylic paint and dyed loads of yarn that Johanna had scored at a garage sale for $5!  The result was the perfect shade of retina-bleed neon!

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And oh my goodness does it look fabulous against the neutral grey of the wood.  Along with the yarn, we also wrapped the planks with delicate coral threads and (my new most favorite material ever) copper foil tape!  It brings the perfect pop of metallic and bling!  I am also loving how the silverware is turning out.  These little details are what creative dreams are made of!  Aaron and Johanna’s tables are going to look so spectacular and be extra special because of the personal, crafty touches.  I CANNOT wait to see it all come together!

 

 

 

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Real Wedding~Maggie and Kosta, the Reception!

My favorite part about planning a wedding is the design process.  I love getting to know the couple’s aesthetic when it comes to color, texture and style and put my right brain to work!  I usually ask the couple questions like: “how is your house decorated, where do you like to shop, and how would you describe your ideal day?”  Basically anything that gives me insight into their world helps me to develop a look and feel for their wedding. (Might I also add that Pinterest is an amazing tool for helping me understand what a bride has envisioned! )
Once I feel I have a clear idea, I love to draw sketches and renderings of what the designs may look like.  I’m always amazed when the final product is nearly a replica of the sketch.  See for yourself, how Maggie and Kosta’s wedding reception came to life! Photos courtesy of Ginger Russell Photography

The reception took place in the very beautiful Tabla Restaurant at the Hotel St. Francis.  I love this space because it offers a very clean and sophisticated canvas on which to design.  Maggie loved materials like peacock feather, pods, pine cones, moss and succulents.  Luckily the arsenal within my studio had everything she needed, like vintage teal mason jars and birch stump planters (not to mention my succulent farm). But the best thing for me was receiving two giant bushels of dried cotton from her father’s farm!  I worked those into the design of the tables and wow, was it stunning.  It completed the look in addition to being a very sentimental part of the wedding.

Even mother nature pitched in with adorable pine cone place cards!

I created custom table runners with fabric from Santa Fe Fabrics.  We wanted to keep Tabla’s beautiful wood tables exposed, but bring in a touch of teal, while at the same time keep it rustic with a frayed edge linen.

Then, there was cake.  Now this wasn’t just any cake, it was a fine Maggie’s Wedding Cakesexquisite creation, shaped like a church in Santorini! Oh, snap!  The cake was not only an homage to Kosta’s Greek heritage, but it signified the very Church where Kosta proposed to Maggie.  They even had a family friend create a beautiful watercolor of the special spot which also graced the cake table.

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without succulents and a peacock or two!

10 months prior, Maggie and I were brainstorming and cooking up plans for a beautiful wedding.  After all of our hard work and thoughtful design it was a pleasure to see a beautiful reception filled with smiles, laughter, great food, fabulous desserts and even some Greek dancing!

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From Beginning to End

I just love designing a wedding from beginning to end. Often a client comes to me and already has their look in mind, and we go from there; but when a client, says, “I trust you, do whatever you want”, I just get all giddy!  I was lucky enough for this to happen a few times this season, but was especially excited when Kim asked me to create a look just for her!

Kim and her fiancé were planning to get married at the Loretto Chapel and then head to Rio Chama where they would be hosting a dinner reception for their guests in the Presidents Ballroom.  So, naturally after a few brainstorming sessions, I created a “mood board” for Kim with some color palette inspiration and a few design ideas.

We wanted to create an intimate space with rich and warm colors like deep chocolate, Sangria red and bright magenta, popped with Chartreuse green.  Since the focus was the exquisite meal and delightful conversation we created a seating plan of two 30′ long tables and 4′ across which were narrow enough to chat.

Then, I whipped out the ol’ colored pencils for her table sketch and dreamed up the wild idea of hanging flower arrangements form the ceiling.  Rio Chama has perfect beams just for this and since the guest count was teeny and the space was a little bigger than we really needed, I wanted to make the room feel more filled in and extra interesting.

We hired florist Marisa Peluso of A Passion Flower to make the look come to life and she was up for the challenge.  She had one look at my sketch and knocked it out of the park!  Exotic flowers were paired with lovely linens, china and flatware from Classic Party Rentals and you can see, the room was stunning! Copper chargers brought just the right amount of metallic glimmer and amber glass votives captured the perfect glow for a beautiful Fall evening.  It turned out just how I imagined!

Ginger Russell Photography captured the beauty for us and I can’t wait to show you more details! Till soon!

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