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Celebrity Fête: Preston Bailey’s Wedding

Preston Bailey Wedding

The guru of wedding design, Preston Bailey, tied the knot last week at midnight in New York’s iconic Empire State Building. Preston’s weddings are always seen as effortless, fashionable and over the top. It is absolutely no wonder that is very own wedding turned out to be the same way.

King Kong Floral StatuePreston Bailey Wedding Getting married at the Empire State Building alone is bragworthy, but what would the New York landmark be without its partner in crime, King Kong? Known for his large floral arrangements of animals and other natural elements, this particular beauty was there to greet guests as they entered the wedding. Not to be outdone by one of his fabulous creations, when it was time to come down the aisle, Preston emerged from what appeared to be a 12 foot bride drenched in orchids and a Reem Acra gown, donning a dapper black tuxedo and carrying a white bouquet.

All white ceremony draped  with florals
The ceremony altar as quite regal, with clusters of hanging flowers and crystals. The chair covers gave the same lush look as the florals that were the focal point of the ceremony, tying the look all together. The ceremony altar itself, was draped as guests arrived, to add to the mystery of the affair.

Wedding Cocktail Hour Decor
One thing you could tell, by both the set up and decor, was that preston and Theo wanted their wedding to be gorgeous, but also fun and personal. The hallways and rooms had hanging crystals and beautiful shades of purple florals, but also their favorite images of attending guests.

Gold Hanging Boxes of Chocolates as Wedding FavorsPink centerpieces for cocktail tables
As favors, the couple hung gold boxes from a gold tree of gourmet chocolates. As opposed to having a sit down dinner, they opted for a cocktail party full of delicious fare, including an after-party with breakfast finger foods. As it was a cocktail party, there was no formal seating. Instead, there were high top tables with Chiavari stools and gorgeous cascading arrangements.

Reception Menu for Food
In addition to great entertainment and décor, food makes the party. Playing on famous pairs, their delightfully designed menu (in both the culinary and artistic sense) consisted of what we call “small plates”. These little, but savory, bites are perfect for you to get creative for your cocktail hour or party.

Pink Lighting for Wedding Reception
It was definitely a party atmosphere with a pink wash thrown over the room with speciality lighting. As a special touch, the dance floor displayed orchids, mimicking the floral details of the wedding.

Photos :: Robert Evans via BizBash

What the Superbowl and Grammys Have to Do with Your Wedding

Yes, I know this is a bit late. You’ll have to forgive me– we’re ve been in complete Euphoria with my Baltimore Ravens’ win!  As well yelled, cried, cheered, stressed and danced our way around the house that fateful night, I couldn’t help to be struck by some things that made me gasp, sigh and admire in terms of pulling off an event.  I thought, “I havegot to tell my brides this!” Your wedding, in essence, is the Superbowl of your  life.  You’ve worked hard in your relationship to get there. You’ve invested quite a bit of money for it to turn out splendidly.  There can be no margin for error.

beyonce superbowl intro

To ensure we are all on the same page, let’s agree that Beyoncé rocked it.  With the stakes already high with the “Harbowl” (the first time in history two brothers, in our case, the Harbaughs, have battled for a championship), the pressure was on to pull off an exquisite performance.  The challenge was accepted and met.  What did we learn, luxelings?

Special Effects Can Change Everything.    A show with fire, sparks, lights and unique staging, the running joke was that “I went to a Beyoncé concert and a football game broke out”.  Her performance made you forget you were at a football game in a closed stadium.  Special effects and lighting can do the same thing for your venue as well. If you love your venue location, but let’s say, the room makes your vodka curdle, consider bringing in some spot and uplighting.  A soft color wash of your room, even when coupled with a few gobos can truly transform your space.

Be Prepared.  Clearly, the power company and those at the Superdome were not. With my team on the cusp of a huge blow out, the power cuts off.  In my buffalo wing and martini rage, I’ll admit, I blamed Beyoncé.  But it turns out, she had her own generator for her performance.  For whatever reason, what happened at the Superdome was their snafu and theirs alone.  Can you imagine– in the middle of your wedding the power just cuts off?  Or the caterer runs out of food?  The bartender shrugs and says the rum is gone (makes me giggle and think of this clip from Pirates of the Caribbean– “Why is the rum gone!?”) Accidents can happen, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  If you have a power heavy event, especially in a historic or outdoor venue, consider bringing additional power.  What good is your band or DJ if no one can hear them?  Check with your caterer to discuss their policies for overages.  Plan accordingly for your bar, especially if you want to incorporate signature drinks.  Many signature cocktails consist of several liquors, you will want to make sure they are easily replenished throughout the evening.

Not to be outdone, the Grammy’s put on some great collaborative performances, but it was their after-party’s that got my attention.  I absolutely adored the Recording Academy’s Bollywood inspired affair, as  Red Line Management’s after party.

belly dancers for wedding with themed tent

You’re Not Limited to Just a Band or DJ for Your Entertainment.  With the Recording Academy’s party, their entertainment matched their theme. Belly dancers performed as well as danced through the aisles of the tables and lounge areas with acrobats and musicians. It gave the feel of an old eastern celebration, not only transforming the space, but transporting your guests as well. You can’t beat that kind of experience.

jewel tone bollywood event inspiration

Don’t Be Afraid of Color.  If you’re daring, explore beautiful jewel tones for your tables and chairs, especially if your event space is extremely large or dark.  These pops of color keep your event from looking overly sparse and adds tremendous character. Also look to create a unique lounge area for your guests– rentals from gorgeous places like Raj Tents  can help you duplicate this sultan type affair with these vivid tents.  You can also create other unique lounge areas with plush sofas and ottomans.

modern style glass tent for weddings

Modern is the New Black.  I love, love, love this clean look at the Mondrian.  In addition to the SAG Awards Deco Glam party, I’ll admit I am very happy to see the shift from the vintage and rustic styles head toward a more lush glam and streamlined modern look. Going modern is truly not that hard, as you can see with this clear tent and monochromatic theme.  What makes it stand out re the lines and styles of the furniture and the details.  The key with the less is more approach is to make it look intentional, not sparse.  Find great containers for your centerpieces, add a pattern, or bring in lighting — the possibilities are endless!

P.S.– Also from the superbowl, want to know why your photographer won’t send you all of your pictures?  This guy will tell you.

 

 

Celebrity Fete: Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood Party

If there as ever an event that shows the benefits of lighting, the Hot Hollywood party is definitely it!  The party was held at the ultra swank club Eden.  What makes it special is that Eden is a single room space, which promotes the idea that “everyone is V.I.P.”.  Starbucks was on hand to serve caffeine infused alcoholic drinks– all from a bar that was decorated with coffee beans and florals!

 

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white phaelenopsis orchids in black vases

green and yellow candy bar dessert bar ideas

hot pink orchids green orchids orange centerpieces with lighting logo

Photos by Line 8 via BizBash

Decor & Flowers R. Jack Balthazar Inc.
DJ DJ Ruckus
Event Design & ProductionCaravents Inc. Event Production & Design
Lighting Lighten Up Inc.
PR PMK-BNC
Venue Eden

 

Celebrity Fete: Braxton Family Values Premiere

Everyone is in love with the new reality show, Braxton Family Values, featuring Grammy Award Winner songstress (and fellow Maryland native!) Toni Braxton. The show is about her, her four sisters and their mother.  With a little family drama, talent, hair and fashion galore, you have one hell of a reality show.

To introduce the show to A-Listers, network executives and other VIPs, WeTV took the opportunity to introduce the network’s new look and brand at the London West Hollywood, at a lush party for 350 with trendsetting decor.  the party featured playful, sensuous pinks and aqua blues with modern fixtures and designs.  I love the “residential” look of incorporating oversized lampsand decorative tables which are so beautiful that they could stand on their own!

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floating pomanders flowers in pool wedding decor

pool party decor for weddings and events

How to translate this decor/design into your wedding/event:

  • Having a beautiful outdoor space offers many sensory benefits during the day, but don’t be afraid to explore options of reinventing that space when the sun sets.  Investing in simple uplighting can transform your event with color and depth– and what’s better, it’s not as much as you think!
  • If your venue has a pool, use it!  Decorating in or around the pool makes all the difference in the world and changes your event from sparse backyard barbecue to gorgeous A-List event.  Use the lighting that is already in the pool, but float flowers like single lotus blooms or large half pomanders as seen above.
  • Brand, brand, brand!  Put your monogram on pillows, your bar, and/or dance floor. If you want to get really daring– put your logo at the bottom of the pool (yes, it can be done!) .  You could also have your wedding monogram or logo thrown on walls or the pool  in dramatic lighting (called a gobo), which adds further personalization to the event.
  • Get personal:  share on a large screen home movies from your childhood, engagements, etc. to stream and loop through out the reception.
  • Go unconventional!  You can translate the oversized lamp decor into your event by using lampshade centerpieces.  Also, look for non-traditional tables and ottomans to serve as tables– if they are ornate enough, you could ditch linens altogether!

 

Which ideas are your favorites?

 

Photos:  Dale Wilcox Photography via BizBash
Florals:  CJ Matsumoto
Producer:  Jason Wanderer of Precision Event Group