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Friday, March 4, 2011

Wish You Were Here!

An Asian restaurant in Buckhead was the perfect setting for this around-the-world themed Bat Mitzvah.

We were inspired by the restaurant's patio, which we turned into a Moroccan Palace, and the bar/lobby was transformed into the Hawaiian stop on this world tour. The dining room stayed true to its roots as the Asian stop-over on the guests' travels.

Tents Unlimited creatively finagled five different sized tents onto the patio with Geri Sims drapery and Magnum Lighting creating the backdrop for our Moroccan design. Total Plant & Floral added foliage to the design and the linens were from BBJ.

Here are just a picture-perfect postcards from the Moroccan tent!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Bicycle Built for Two

Weiss Wedding / October 9, 2010 / King Plow Event Gallery

Here's a perfect example of how the things you love can be integrated in to your special day. This cute couple wanted to share their passion for bikes, art, music and nature with all of their guests at their wedding at the King Plow Arts Center. This nature-inspired altar piece was refurbished and used as the focal point for the head table during the reception.

A hanging installation made out of bicycle wheels was the centerpiece over the escort card display.

A program called Catalyst was used to produce images of blue butterflies that flew across the wall behind the bar all night.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta

We so enjoyed being a part of the Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta this past weekend at the gorgeous Peachtree 200 venue downtown. The event, sponsored by The Knot, Wedding Channel, NACE, Occasions Magazine,, My Bella Wedding Guide and the Atlanta Bride & Groom Planner was an elegant affair busting at the seams with wonderful wedding ideas. Well done, everyone!

We were also very honored to be awarded the "Bride's Choice Best of Show"--thank you, ladies!

Photos courtesy of Esther JuLee.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

You Just Need A Little TLC (tender loving chair)

When it comes to designing an event space, believe me, a chair is not just something for your guests to sit on. The chair is an intricate part of the overall design. Let’s face it--a chair is not just a piece of furniture when it comes to events. It is THE furniture. If you think about it, there are usually more chairs in the room than anything else, including the tables!

Fortunately, the event industry has done a remarkable job creating fantastic chairs in a plethora of styles and colors. Therefore, it is pertinent to always consider how the chair fits into the scheme of things. as well as the linens, fabrics and flowers. In fact, the chair is actually where I typically begin my designing proces.

If I know the budget requires using a chair that is provided by the facility, then that will guide me in selecting the appropriate linens and colors that will best accompany it. Or, if there is a specific theme or environmental atmosphere that we are trying to achieve, I will first focus on what chairs will work best. Especially since there are so many styles and at different price points. The cost of the chairs has to be figured into the overall budget, and if a more expensive chair is necessary to achieve the desired design, then that may requiring the budget in other areas.

Of course, consideration has to be given to the demographics of the guest lists and how long guests will be seated in the chair for the evening. I have to be honest, some chairs are just more comfortable than others; older folks who will be sitting for a long period of time would be happier with a nice cushioned seat. And, the younger, hip crowd can be perfectly happy with bar-height stools.

Don’t ever be afraid to mix it up a bit. Treat your event space like your home by using a variety of different chairs: different styles, colors, shapes, heights, etc. This will add a lot more drama and interest, as well. And it can be a great way to balance the budget by incorporating some chairs that may be a little pricey with others that are more $$ friendly.

Here are some of my favorites:

The “Chameleon” chair comes in silver, gold and bronze, and with a variety of different color seat cushions. Speaking of cushions…this one has a 6” thick pad which makes it great for long evening of sitting!

The “fushion” chair is brand new on the market and perfect for the modern, high-fashion party that wants to make a statement. They currently come with the top piece in the green pictured here or in a vibrant red and clear. The seat and legs are all white on each.

Don’t limit the seating possibilities to just traditional chairs either! Lounge seating is all the rage nowadays and there are so many options out there. This ottoman, in chocolate (seen here), black or white and can be paired with matching side chairs and corner chairs to create an entire living room! They are very adaptable and comfy!

The classic Chivari, in a variety of colors and finishes is by far the most popular of all rental chairs. Here we have paired it with a custom, rounded banquet. We built these banquets with 4’ tall backs that assist in creating “dividers” in the space(s) no matter where we use them! The height and size of the banquettes make a big impact in the overall design of the event. A fantastic example of where to use only a few of them which adds a club-feel to the environment, and then complete the rest of the seating with a less expensive investment.

“Valencia” is another fabulous chair that not only is great to sit in and comfortable on the back, but has a clean, slick look. AT first glance our instinct might be to use this with only a “South Miami” or “LA” inspired style. However, I believe this chair can put a cool spin on a more traditional designed table setting. If you are looking for a way to express the “new south” then here is a way to achieve that!

The same can be true for the clear chair commonly referred to as the “ghost” chair. This piece of furniture will practically disappear - so pair it with dramatic linens that will make your statement in the room! Go for linen covered in sequins or a pure white fabric that has luxury written all over it…this chair is edgy, fashion forward, couture. Need I say more?

Don’t overlook or underestimate the chair. It is has a much more to offer than just a place to sit. Remember, there are usually more chairs in the room than anything else. They will be noticed!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monkeys at the Wedding!

We had a great time working with this bride and groom; they were truly "out of the box" and looking for the "wow" factor and fun elements that expressed their quirky personalites.

The bar was quite important to the overall party so we created this 14' center chandelier that was suspended in the center. The top of the structure was covered with hand-made flowers (our bride found much inspiration at Anthropolgie!), so our our team had fun with all kinds of blue and white paper. One side of the bar also served as a built-in escort card display where nuts and bolts were used to stand up the cards. And, yes, I said "nuts and bolts"...the groom likes to tinker in his man-space with his motorcycles, so they were the perfect element in color and sytle. As a matter of fact, silver and chrome were both common themes throughout the decor.

The custom-made bar is pictured here:

(without lighting)

(with lighting) :)

The plated/seated dinner was stylish and fashionable, staring with blue linens and round tables. We used a stripe that added a lovely texture to the table (custom-made by "I Do Linens"). We are huge fans of estate tables to add drama to the room.

Additional dramatic touches included a row of pedestal glasses holding floating candles and gorgeous cobalt blue water glasses (used on all the tables) from Event Rentals Unlimited. Also, check out the fabulous white, bird napkin rings holding the deep blue napkins. We simply love using these napkin rings...they are fun but very clean and sophisticated. We found them last year at one of our favorite stores for inspiration, Z Gallerie. So, we bought all 230 of them!

Every place setting started with a large, square white charger and beautiful, square menu cards (from "Inviting Ideas") rested in the center of each.

Clusters of blue hydrangeas finished off the center of the table. A stunning table setting will let your guests know that you have given a great amount of thought and time preparing for your guests to totally enjoy their evening with you.

So what about those monkeys?

The wedding cake (by Kelly Lovett) was a focal point of the room so it was absolutely necessary to guard the cake. Hence the monkeys. :) Plus, they were a big hit! All night long, guests were getting their picture taken with them. And check out the table linen...another creation by "I Do Linens"...with fabulous florrettes cascading off the bottom--just delicious!

And, here is the dynamic duo.....photographed outside the King Plow Arts Center (and very clever to do so under each of their initials)...congratulations Monica & Walter!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Vintage Wedding

We just received these photos from another DIY inspired ceremony and reception at the King Plow. We must give huge kudos to both the bride and groom on this one. From start to finish they had such unique, interesting ideas and their personal touches really made an impact on the event. Let’s start with their vision- not your typical “vintage” definition. Their inspiration for vintage came from the city streets. Think newspaper boys, street carts, old bikes.

The aisle was lined with groupings of clear and antique blue mason jars with rose petals leading to the altar where it extended out to form a circle. Swags of string lights hung low added the perfect amount of lighting.

The bride fashioned a place card holder out of an antique wood crate and strung vintage style paper from clothes pins.

Guest seating comprised of Two long estate tables (set at an angle) covered in ivory solid linens with a runner of burlap. Clear and antique blue mason jars in varying heights and metal cans held single variety arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, and spray roses in shades of green and ivory. Additional blue mason jars with jute detail provided a warm glow.

The masters at work...

As the groom was a chef, napkins were fashioned from chef towels tied with jute.

The windows were lined with additional clear and vintage blue glass mason jars with candles.

A menu was fashioned from a chalkboard- one of my favorite details!

Desserts were displayed on an antique table complete with tins, distressed wood risers, mason jars with loose roses and a sign that read “love you like a fat kid loves cake”!

And, we love all of you like a fat kid loves cake, thanks for visiting!

Special thanks to:
Catering and Design: Bold American
Lighting: Magnum
Day of Coordination: Janice Blackmon
Rentals: Tabletoppers and Event Rentals Unlimited
Photos: Six of Four