The New Modern: Beach Inspired Wedding

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


Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams
Letterpress: Sesame Letterpress


Fabric runner and napkins: West Elm
Blue glasses: Ikea
Ceramic vases: Paula Greif

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The New Modern: Tropical rehearsal dinner

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


Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams
Calligraphy and paper goods: Papermade Design


Fabric runner: Silk Ikat at Mood Designer Fabrics
Wooden vases: Jamali Garden
Ceramic vases: Designer’s own
Bamboo placemats: Home Goods

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Modern orchid tablescape

Barb from Hatch Creative Studio sent over this incredibly innovative shoot with Maggie Harkov featuring the coolest centerpiece I’ve seen in a while…I just love how the orchids float over the table and how even the roots are made beautiful!

[images from Maggie Harkov Photography]

Hatch Creative is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Tablescape challenge: Orange inspired sweetheart table

Modern Tablescape Design
Tied Together by { Tinsel & Twine }

For our Modern Tablescape submission, we decided to put a Modern spin on a Bride and Groom’s Sweetheart Table, because we felt that these can easily end up looking tragically traditional. Cue the red roses and tapered candles!

We were inspired by a recent meeting with a bride-to-be who described her dream wedding as a “non-wedding wedding.” She wants her big day to feel like a cool New York City loft party or a rooftop dinner party with a view of the city. So we envisioned for her a chic sushi dinner party with low tables accented by clean lines, geometric shapes, and bold pops of color. The hydrangeas and hypercium berries add a sense of romance without overwhelming the table and are balanced by the wedding ring icons that denote Bride and Groom. The table is pulled together by square edges and circular elements — down to a playful parade of oranges. The juxtaposition of sophisticated black and white elements also adds a sense of cohesion and makes the table feel elegant and modern.

Team Members:  Liz Castelli, Adette Contreras & Erica Taylor of { Tinsel & Twine }
Materials & Florals Used:  Linen and silk panels, ribbon, assorted porcelain dining ware, hydrangeas, hypercium berries, clementines
Photography:  Adette Contreras

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Tablescape challenge: Modern folk

We decided to go to Fabric Row, which is 4th Street in South Philadelphia and keep an open mind.  I was thinking yellow and my assistant designer Adriene was thinking green and we ended up with something completely different. Adriene and I tend to have very opposing views on bold prints so we were surprised that we both loved this modern folk art print so much.  It had so many bold colors to pull from but the red seemed to jump out at us.  While you could easily use this as an allover table linen, we liked the idea of “placemat” runners as an overlay.

I had this idea for Trompe L’Oeil vases and was dying to make them.  We were able to use inexpensive liner vases and draw dreamy vintage containers on chalkboard boxes. The effect worked perfectly.  The flowers are a mix of roses, spray roses, dianthus, ranunculus, anemone and Gloriosa Lily. We specifically used the Gloriosa because it looked so perfect with our printed fabric.

For our place setting, we used alternating black and white plates and napkins with brushed flatware.

The Menus and Placecards were pieces of chalkboard.

DIY info:

The “placemat” runners were simple, we measured our table height x 2 + table width to get the runner length added a few inches to allow it to puddle. We opted to make the runners 20” wide.  Add 1” allowance on all sides for 1/2” hems.  Sew with sewing machine or to make it easier use fusible hem tape.

The “vases” are wooden boxes with 3 coats of chalkboard paint, we just sketched the vase shapes that we liked on.  This allows you to use any jar or cheap vase to hold the flowers.  We made these boxes ourselves but you could use any box. The menus and place cards are thin wood with 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

Photos, Linens, Flowers, “Vases” by Sullivan Owen (we’re multi taskers!)

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