Apryl and I just met with one our lovely brides and her sweet fiance yesterday to do a mock-up for the table design. Mock-ups are a bit tricky, I feel like they never look as beautiful as final product since you’re not buying as much flower-wise as you do when it comes to the actual day. But at the same time, I totally understand why some brides like doing them, it’s reassuring and great to see the flowers.

We adore this bride – she’s quirky with a great design sensibility and knows exactly what she wants to boot!  The inspiration for the design is a fabulous picture from The Knot’s 2008 spring/summer issue “10 Wedding Wow Factors:”

Table design by In Any Event. Photo by Erik Ekroth Photography

Table design by In Any Event. Photo by Erik Ekroth Photography.

It’s all about the details, the bride and groom are having a small swanky dinner party style wedding at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge with long ‘Roman style’ tables filled with candlelight and flowers.  If you’re thinking about a really layered beautiful look for your wedding like this bride is, you’ve got to think about a lot of small details (or work with someone who can do that for you!). This wedding is going to be gorgeous because:

~ Tons of candles – our bride went all out on the candles, hunting for them everywhere, finding a varied scale of hurricane candles, tall tapered candles and tiny votives. It’s going to be gorgeous.

~ Going with the linens you really want – a lot of folks end up going with ivory or white since it is usually included in the baseline catering costs, but to set a more dramatic tone, changing up the linens for something more unusual is the way to go. Our bride will be using gorgeous pin-tucked espresso brown linens to add drama and texture. Of course there’s always more cost but I think it is worth it.

~The perfect flowers –
Well of course we’re a little biased but flowers are KEY. Especially to establishing a color or theme. For this wedding, we’re doing fully open cherry tomato red roses with brown fiddleheads (as seen in the last post), green hydrangea and/or vibernum, Fiji mums, and green berries. The coolest part about the floral design will be the addition of a lavender sweet peas for a little extra touch of  color. It’s an unusual color palette but it’s going to be gorgeous!

The Color Palette

The Color Palette

Flowers from the Mock-Up:

Table Arrangements (mock-up)

Table Arrangements (mock-up)

In the photo above you can get a sense of what we’re working toward, one bigger arrangement at the center of each table flanked by smaller vases. Although not seen in these photos, we’re wrapping the vases with wide espresso brown ribbon to hide the stems in water, making for a cleaner more elegant look. We’ll also be doing floating blossoms in water on each table, some green, some red.

Smaller Vase Arrangement

Smaller Vase Arrangement

So stay tuned, we’ll be doing more photos of this wedding as we’re in the studio in the coming weeks. The bouquets are going to be fun too so we’ll be sure to post more!

Floral design by Petalena.

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