A LOVEly Affair

Finally, it was my turn!!!! After years of planning events and weddings for other people, it was time to turn the attention on me. But, because this is what I do for a living, I decided I wanted a small, no fuss wedding that was more about family and fun. But, it had to be pretty, of course. Our first big problem was that my fiancee wanted a huge bash and I wanted a small wedding. Now I call my fiancee “The mayor of South Beach” because he has been in the industry for so long that he knows everybody! And I did not want a 500 person wedding. So I came up with this great concept that I now suggest to my brides with the same dilemma. Have a small ceremony and dinner for your family, followed by a big party for everyone. It was a little tough working out the logistics at first, but it turned out to be a huge success!
Choosing my colors was easy. My favorite color is blue, and I think hot pink looks best for small weddings, so I combined the two and voila. I chose lamps as centerpieces because I like the height that they give the space and I knew my guests hadn’t seen anything like it. I also found these great LOVE signs. I painted them silver and had them placed on the table next to many sizes of vases with floating candles. To finish things of, my favorite florist
Pistils and Petals, used blue sea glass and pink orchids to fill up the table. There is nothing I dislike more than an empty table.

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For the ceremony I knew the one thing I had to have was an interesting aisle runner. I love the idea of using a fabric with a fun print on it instead of the boring white runner. This instantly gives the space a focal point and looks so pretty in pictures. I think it looks way better than the outdated vases, flowers, or tulle that are used to mark the aisle.

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I love Martha Stewart weddings. I get so many ideas from there which I then put my own twist on. I like the idea of using a box filled with candy and toys as the place card for kids. It looks very cute on the table and it keeps the child entertained during the dinner.

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For the place cards, I used grosgrain ribbon in pink, blue, and silver. Each color represented a different meal choice. That way the servers were able to serve the correct meal to each guest.

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I have three pets at home which I love very much. However, there was no way I was bringing them to my wedding. Even though we sometimes do this per our client’s request. I never recommend having a pet as part of the wedding party since they have a mind of their own and they never listen to the wedding planner! So, I came up with this idea. I took pictures of my dogs and my lovebird playing with, sitting on, eating, and tearing up the table numbers. I then placed the pictures on the tables. Everyone loved seeing their crazy personalities in the pictures!

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I love painted wedding cakes. It is a great way to give a modern twist to a classic wedding element without going over the top. I had my absolute favorite cake artist, Rosie from Elegant Temptations, paint some branches on a simple, white, three tiered cake. She also added strands of Swarovski crystals to the bottom edges. I love how she finished the strands with these little tassels. Such a cute detail. BTW, the cake was amazingly delicious. Red velvet marble and Godiva chocolate! Yum!

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And then it was time to party! We chose the beautiful rooftop lounge at the Gansevoort hotel. We personalized the cabanas with throw pillows that were personalized, “LOVE”. Vases were placed on the tables and bar that were then used to hold the bouquets. Finally, one of my favorite DJs on the beach, Aliyo, rocked it out as our friends arrived to dance and drink the night away with us. It was a great time for our guests and an unforgettable night for us.

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Thank You to
Magda Hernandez for these fabulous photos!!



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Waste Not – Using Decor for both Your Wedding and New Home

One of the biggest trends we are seeing in events right now is the use of elements you would find in a house.  Sofas, armchairs, side tables, and lamps add warmth to a sterile venue. Urns, lanterns, and even tiki torches turn a ceremony site into a lovely garden. This trend is not only beautiful, but very recession friendly. These decor elements can serve two functions, making your wedding gorgeous and then beginning to decorate your newlywed nest.
Lamps make great centerpieces. They are tall, beautiful, and come in different styles. But best of all, they make a big statement with minimal to no help from flowers. And that is a big help to the budget. Also, after the wedding day is over, you can use them to decorate your new place. And if you have some extra ones, give them to the moms or other guests as thank yous.

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Source: Williams and Sonoma

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Source: The Knot

Cushions are a great way to add color to the ceremony, the cocktail hour or the reception. You can also personalize them by adding a monogram or silhouettes. After, the event, pop them on your couch as a great memento.

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Source: Joan Love Event Firm

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Urns can also serve a dual purpose. At the Ceremony site, they can hold flowers or mark the way for your guests. They can then be put around your garden at home. Tip: use faux stone urns instead of real ones. They are much lighter so you don’t have to hire extra help to move them.
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Source: Fleurs de France

Tiki torches and Lanterns help add light and sparkle to your event. At your new home, the tiki torches will come in handy again at your first barbecue as husband and wife. The lanterns can be placed indoors on a bookshelf, or outdoors hanging from your favorite tree. Tip: If your budget allows you to splurge a little, try using bright colored ceramic fire pots instead.
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Source: Home Infatuation

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A Balinese Dream

I recently had the pleasure of working with an amazing family of artists. Their eccentric style was incorporated into every aspect of the wedding. The bride’s mother brought back some decor items after a trip to Bali. Capiz lanterns, sea urchin candles, and these gorgeous Balinese umbrellas were the inspiration for this beautiful and unique affair. Pistils and Petals complemented these elements by using landscaping material, pincushions, and orchids to add color and warmth to the tables. It was an incredibly gorgeous wedding full of art, laughter, and love.

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In order to accommodate all guests, rectangular tables were placed inside and outside of the venue. By keeping them aligned throughout, and opening all the side doors, it eliminated any feeling of separation. Neutral colors and fibers were used for the table cloths to complement the coral walls of the venue.

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The couple chose two different styles of music for their event. At the ceremony a sitar player welcomed the crowd and played for the processional and the recessional. At the cocktail hour, an Indian band played a great set of indian sounds mixed with electronica. And finally for the reception, an amazing reggae band got the entire crowd moving until it was time to go.

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Thank you to Adrienne Langford for these beautiful pictures.

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