Look at me! – couture linen for your tabletop posted in: Events, Uncategorized, Weddings

OK Society, we’re back with more on what’s now and wow in weddings for 2010!

When designing a wedding, never underestimate the power of linen to transform a venue and totally set-off your desired ambiance. Now, I’m not talking about your basic tablecloth, chair cover and napkin, I am referring to artful designs fit for the runway.

There are sooo many wonderful options available, I could spend days immersed in the luxury and come out with a million different fabulous designs! Just imagine iridescent taffeta in fun shades of bubble gum, daffodil and lipstick, charmeuse wave in wasabi, chiffon and velvet butterfly, black and white stripe satin, ivory shimmer organza, light pink dupioni silk, and belle taffeta in a mysterious yet elegant dark orchid… the list goes on and on. My senses are drunk within moments!… and it’s only the beginning, I shriek in excitement as my eyes feast upon delicate overlays of lavender diamond organza, ivory and pink pailettes, Chantilly black lace and a mandarin diamond chiffon dressing. And we haven’t yet considered our chair treatments, gorgeous chair covers, sleeves, caps and slips. I am speaking of an ethereal emerald dupioni silk chair cover adorned with elegant rosettes, a sheer chiffon in ivory gracefully draped over the back of the chivari chair, and a “notice me” pleated navy organza skirt with shimmering pleats and layers of gorgeous ruffles from waist down of the chivari. Get the picture?

Now that we KNOW there are thousands of options available, the question is where do I begin? Glad you asked, first select a base linen in your chosen color scheme or in a complimenting neutral. This piece will serve as your full length foundation for the design. Next, give depth and interest to the look, by adding an overlay or two. Don’t be afraid to step out there and use an unusual fabric or a fabulous print. Then finish of the ensemble with perfect napkin, and a captivating chair treatment. Finally, adorn the table with the perfect floral centerpiece, and set with your preferred china and stemware….Voila! Your table is ready to entertain the most distinguished of guests at what is sure to be voted “best dressed” among the most beautiful wedding receptions of the year! Oh, and one more important thing to note – If you are having trouble selecting one setup, don’t fret. You absolutely can showcase a couple “linen looks” in the room, simply make sure that the two chosen designs are complimenting of each other.

With all of the options available, a designer by your side and your dream wedding I your mind’s eye, you have everything you need to completely customize a look that is beautifully and uniquely yours!

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2010 Wedding Trends – Flaunt your petal prowess posted in: Events, Weddings

OK Society, I am back in the blogging saddle and ready to share more on what’s now in weddings.
Know this, for florals in 2010, it’s all about vivid color and texture, texture, texture.


For color, bold is beautiful. Among the popular colors and combinations are bright pink and orange; kelly green, white and black; and yellow and green. Using a single color such as red, purple, or orange in a range of hues is also on trend this season. Texture can be achieved a few ways – by using variated hues of one color (as noted above, also one of my personal faves), by combining different flower selections and colors in the architecture of the arrangement, and by incorporating other materials into the designs. For example, select blooms in various shades of the same color for a bouquet, and wrap the stems in a patterned fabric that compliments the overall wedding scheme. Another example is to use matierial that incorporates your theme, for instance take the photo on the left. The theme for this wedding is “copper” (the bride for this wedding has a great sense of style and design) for and the floral design incorporates this theme in a beautiful and architectual way. For centerpieces, the landscape arrangement is the “of the moment” design. This look is achieved by showcasing several arrangements of varying sizes and styles on a table in a way that gives the appearance of one flowing piece. To further enhance the texture, incorporate other materials that echo your theme, such as suspending starfish in tall glass vases for a beach themed reception or by creating a border on vases using a delicate lace giving a nod to your vintage inspired nuptials. To give centerpieces added flair, go for unusual mechanisms to hold the floral designs such as small planters, wrought iron vessels, or even rustic apple crates.

When it comes to aisle style, it’s all about being non-linear. Brides are personalizing the procession by foregoing the traditional staight line and opting for a curved or triangular “double aisle” when using venues that do not have a dictated linear pattern. This non-traditional path brings an unexpected touch that creates visual interest to the ceremony setting, and adds a soft flow to the feel of the processional. Industry Pro Colin Cowie showcases this concept in a design for a wedding in Cabo (see photo right). To really set-off your Ceremony Avenue, adorn either side of the walkway with a garland of blooms, or scatter a dusting of petals the length of the path.

Don’t be afraid to take chances when expressing your wedding style- select flowers that break tradition, take inspiration from other elements in the world around, and use the power of color.

So do it!! Flaunt your petal prowess!

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