Want to really make a bold statement at your reception or ceremony? One of my favorite tricks is to use one object en masse. By repeating the same object over and over you can create a powerful impression on your guests and more importantly, on you and your spouse. And let’s not forget, the effect looks great in pictures. Oftentimes, it can be better for your budget because you’re ordering multiple items and retailers will often lower the price for you. And if you can get it wholesale, even better!
These images above were themes that I considered at my own reception. Top picture: hydrangeas are big and full and can create a beautiful sculptural installation at the altar or around the cake. Middle picture: bulbs! The Grammery Park Hotel commissioned artist Annika Newell of The Design Element Studio to create an installation in their lounge. She used 16,000 bulbs to create this sculpture. Bottom picture: Ok, agreed, it might be a little creepy to feature a death scene for a wedding idea (Romeo and Juliet) but bear with me. Can’t you envision this at the altar or in an intimate reception setting? – Brittany
Early one morning I was able to slip out and head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to catch “Savage Beauty” the jaw droppingly gorgeous exhibition by fashion designer Alexander McQueen. It’s so tragic the world has lost such a talent. But thankfully we have his work to constantly be inspired by. And inspired I was! Just in time for the closing of this ground breaking exhibition here is a modern tablescape translation. I hope you enjoy it. – Denise
Silken metallic linens, reflective glass, rich jewel tones, peasant feathers and tartan were the elements I wanted to combine. I’ve always wanted to design a centerpiece that had no vase but rather “floated” on a pedestal. Here was my opportunity. McQueen used a hologram of Kate Moss in one of his runway shows (amazing!). In reference to this illusion I used smoked mirrored votives that made the candlelight look like it went on forever. Of course this table could have been over the top but I wanted to keep it realistic and of course clean and modern.
To show couples how they can keep cost down we decided to go on Etsy and choose DIY Printable paper products in a simple modern calligraphy font. Once we approved final proof from Pomp Designs, she then emailed us a high-resolution PDF for each piece with crop marks that was ready for printing. Adrienne at Bespoke Affairs then printed all of the items on her home computer using a nice textured card stock. To elevate the DIY aspect of the paper products Adrienne mounted the items on Tartan print paper ala McQueen. Thank you to all our vendors!!
Hello Summer! Here we are with our next Modern Table setting. This time I was directly inspired by the cover of Undecorate: The No Rules Approach to Interior Design by Christiane Lemieux. There is something so soothing about the cool blues and light woods of a beach house. I wanted the table to reflect that ease and be filled with lots of different textures. Again, looking to make the design approachable we kept the table cloth white and used different glasses for vases. To jazz up plain glass vases I covered them in twisted muslin that I quickly white washed with some leftover house paint. The table number is a regular house number I picked up at Home Depot and covered with twine. Full disclosure; I put this design together in late spring (hence the sweet pea and tulips) but it would work equally well with late summer flowers, like grasses and Queen Anne’s Lace. Enjoy! ~ Denise
I’m so excited to have one of my favorite floral designers, Denise Fasanello, join us as a regular contributer, and showing us all the ways florals can be modern! She blew us all away with her Modern Tablescape Challenge submission (and won!) so you KNOW she’s going to come up with great ideas! Welcome Denise!!
What is modern in floral design? Is it clean lined and slick? Geometric? Does it lean towards minimalism? Yet, can it still be romantic and feel natural and organic? I say yes to all of these hypothetical questions because Modern to me is more about making a strong design statement regardless of trends. It takes its cue from what’s happening currently in design, fashion and interiors rather than from the floral or wedding industry. It’s not about creating work that looks the same regardless of the venue. Yet any venue or setting can have a modern floral design approach. For me modern is not overly complicated or fussy. It’s not about placing flowers in unnatural positions. Its not contrived. It’s youthful and fresh with some unexpected detail. I am beyond excited to develop these ideas with you as a regular contributor at Brooklyn Bride. There’s no place better to explore these concepts than here.
For this initial shoot, I was actually inspired by a recent Anthropologie summer catalog. The use of vibrant colors and a specialty cocktail make for a fun, exuberant party. – Denise