It is warming up to be a pretty day and I have been cleaning up around this place…packing up the Mardi Gras decorations and pulling out St. Patrick’s Day. Just scrubbed my front door clean and now the hanging’ of the green!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
We attended our friends’ daughter’s wedding recently and were blown away by its beauty. It was simply the loveliest event we have ever attended and the attention to detail was outstanding. It was a big box invitation that had us smiling to receive it. The best part was we would be able to see so many of our old friends from Texas.
and a “do not disturb” door hanger for the morning after.
There were 2 of these enormous arrangements at the entrance the club. The event director restructured the club with many new rooms (literally added new temporary walls) so that the vast rooms would be more intimate. I have tried putting up pictures of what the club rooms would normally look like. None of the clubs wall space was used…everything was covered with a second carpet or with new walls.Here is what the club entry normally looks like. The entry doors (behind the piano) open to an airy and wide room, but the event designer wanted a dramatic entry and also needed to create lots of space for his army of workers to orchestrate this production. This area was cut in half and the opposite sides were used for service. Here’s what he created…
This is the first room you entered…both walls covered with a hedge of laurel leaves and lights. As soon as you entered, you could smell roses…we will see why! The opposite wall featured gorgeous photographs of the bride in her light pink wedding dress. Guests signed the pink glass tiles with best wishes with gold pens.You enter the second room and are greeted with 6 servers on either side of the entry offering you a myriad of cocktails…with “He Likes” (a delicious vodka and cucumber puree mix), “She Likes” (a rhubarb/strawberry and champagne cocktail), wines and martinis. Do you notice the walls have changed to black? That’s to showcase the stage behind these servers where a violin quartet will play for a few hours…they are plugged in and rocking out! “Gangsta’s Paradise” be this violin quartet was amazing…but not as amazing as below…
This is the stage backdrop…a fresh rose 6’ x'6’ ombre painting…just the scent alone was heavenly. Here is a picture of the piece being assembled that I pulled from the event planner’s Instagram page.This amazing shelf arrangement adorned walls used in a passageway to one of three rooms…the martini room, the cake room or the wedding room. Three box shelves covered with fresh roses and topped with candles. Notice the bar below the shelves with seats to offer more seating.
Each of these three rooms had pink cartouche sign with the name on it and a sweet rose garland above it.
The “Martini Room” looked like this before they worked their magic…
They custom fit temporary Lucite shelving across all of the windows and lined them up with votives. The wedding date made of ice was the focal point of the bar and flanked with two huge arrangements…fresh oysters, shrimp and crab claws were served on a bed of white hydrangeas underneath these arrangements. What’s that huge thing out the window? Look at those votives…that arrangement creating it’s own column…the very simple ranunculus floral arrangement…the ballet slipper pink sequined table cloth…it was a visual feast! The entry into the “Cake Room”
They turned them into fresh tulip chandeliers and covered new walls with fresh greens to create another bar.
Paper flowers decorated the heart shaped topiary at the entrance to the geo-dome
As it got darker and cooler outside, huge baskets with pink, white and peach pashminas were offered to the ladies. Mother Nature smiled on this winter wedding day with a high of 69 degrees. The bride and groom watch the fireworks show and then lead their guests into the geo-dome for more surprises.
It was huge inside and the though my pictures are not the greatest, you can see how large the ribbon chandeliers were that hung over the crowd. The “birdcage in the back was the photo booth which was set in front of another magnificent wall of roses. The other pics give you a feel for the size of the room.
So we cocktailed for a while and anticipated the rest of the night…then the stage filled with a 14 piece band complete with brass and violin
There was a white spotlight on the obviously vacant center mike…the band cranked up “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” and when it got to the last verse, “so let me introduce to you the one and only “Billy Shears”…they replaced it with (as he walked up to the mike),
Bon Jovi! Great pics, huh? Sorry!
What a thrill and he was great! He sang just a few of his songs and played lots of other stuff like Twist and Shout, Baba O’Reilly, Under Pressure and more. So much fun!
After this band was finished, some other fantastic act from Los Angeles came on for a long set and killed it! There were so many wonderful details and surprises about this memorable wedding…this was us at the end of the night! We will never forget it!