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

Friday, June 4, 2010

DIY Inspired Ceremony

We always love working with brides with a vision! This was a DIY bride who was looking for an eclectic, feminine, vintage feel which was representative of her creative, laid back personality! This was achieved through an infusion of textures, mediums and fibers in shades of muted rose, ivory, grey, lilac and blue. The ceremony (all guests standing) took place on a beautiful day in the courtyard outside of Studio 887 at the King Plow Arts Center. Coffee stained lanterns, ribbon, fabric runners and mason jars hung from the trees and building and fresh flowers and candles accented the outside tables. The altar was fashioned from ivory panels with free flowing ribbons and framed by lanterns and planters. Bouquets included roses, spray roses, fabric accents and dusty miller. What a fun and inspiring ceremony! See below for a few shots- thanks to Our Labor of Love.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mad Men at Work

Now is your chance to meet our award winning designer, Steve Bales! This Thursday we will be taking part in an evening of wedding planning, inspiration and fun at the Atlanta Wedding Loft. This will be a spectacular event for the bride and groom alike as there will be several activities to keep you inspired throughout the evening. Our fellow Wedding Loft vendors will be on hand to teach you how to add some extra "oomph" by incorporating a theme into your big day. A few activities of note: cigar rolling, champagne, 60's inspired make-overs, a brief speech on themed design by Mr. Bales and lessons on style by Susan Graham. Our theme of choice: Mad Men, of course!

Please click the link for more information and registration details!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hello My Name is… Steve Bales

For those of you who have never had an opportunity to spend time with Steve, you should definitely put it on your “to-do” list. Throughout his life, he has participated in and supported the performing arts and theatre. In addition, his floral experience goes back to his teens as he worked in a greenhouse throughout his school years. Because of his lifelong love of the arts and floral design, Steve brings an amazing and experienced creative eye to any event.

Steve serves as the Creative Director for Bold American and was the creator of our Event Design and Production division in 2003. Prior to coming to Bold, Steve worked in the events industry for United Way in Atlanta and Indianapolis. He has produced the closing ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games, the Indianapolis Colts 10th anniversary celebration, two season premier parties for NBC, the Simply Red Gala for the Warrick Dunn Foundation and the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Annual Ball, as well as chairing the Jerusalem House Halloween Ball and the 2007 Allie Awards. Steve is the recipient of 14 Allie awards including best table top décor, best buffet design, best event décor, best social event and Best Team Effort.

Now for a little one-on-one with Mr. Bales!

Q: What is your favorite “event” moment?
A: “When a client walks into the fully-designed room for the first time where we have spent hours making their dream come to life. Watching them take in the look and knowing that we have created this experience for them is amazing.”

Q: What is the most important element to a corporate and/or social event?
A: “LIGHTING. I cannot say it enough. Lighting can take any budget and make it look like a million bucks. For weddings particularly, pin spotting is a must. The way it enhances a set table or a beautifully displayed buffet is indescribable.”

Q: Can a client ever be “too creative”?
A: “All ideas are good ideas! I always like to hear all ideas and concentrate on a few to really make an impact. You have to know the balancing act of when to refrain from doing too much.”

Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: “Everywhere. Magazines are very important for me: design, vacation, home, garden, décor, lifestyle and fashion (and of course the Bold American Design blog). I love window shopping- it is both inspiring and relaxing. I also enjoy visiting gardens when traveling but I must say the Atlanta Botanical Garden is my favorite.”

Q: What is your favorite color?
A: “I don’t have one anymore. I am always inspired by new combinations. I think I have a favorite of the week. This week is blue. We did a fabulous blue wedding last week and I am still smiling about it.”

With that being said, we will have these BLUE pictures to share with you soon! Happy Friday to everyone!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Black, White and Yellow (+ Green) - Round #2

One of our favorite looks, as you can tell! The bride, this time around, was in the interior design business and takes pride in her eclectic, funky look. Similar to our post a few weeks back, we faced the same dilemma in that this wedding and reception took place at the elegant, traditional and gorgeous St. Regis, yet the look we wanted was contemporary. We want to show everyone out there that this look can be accomplished… in a very stunning manor!

The wedding ceremony took place on the terrace at the St. Regis. If you have not visited this spot- it is a must see! Four three foot tall mirrored vases with topiaries were positioned at the corners of the lawn while the bride and groom were married under a chuppa created from four columns and yellow fabric. The aisle was lined with the same fabric “ribbons” which blew in the breeze throughout the processional and ceremony.

The dinner reception consisted of four different table designs.

One 16’ estate table with rounded ends complete with white and black Moroccan linen, acrylic chairs, black banquette seating, two lemon trees rising from the table and a collection of gold vessels holding stylized arrangements of green and yellow blooms.

Two estate tables with coordinating black and white linen centered with arrangements of glass cylinders with wheatgrass, orchids and callas holding a suspended globe with votive candle. Various sizes of square yellow ceramic containers with fresh wheat grass created a perfect, clean garden down the center of the table.

Eight round tables dressed in coordinating subtle black pattern were centered with arrangements of bright yellow fuji mums accented with rhinestones and fresh greenery in a low black pedestal bowl.

Three square tables dressed in white satin with black and white runners were centered with towering black deco vases holding a cap of bright yellow carnations with a brim of brilliant green mums and large foliage rising out of the center.

A few additional details we loved: a custom designed cake table complete with turn table and disco ball, a three sided bar of raised white wood tables with sea monster detail and custom built stage surround to add a pop of color to the dance floor.

I would also like to point out that you should never shy away from a color scheme just because you have seen it somewhere else. There are thousands of ways to make your scheme uniquely yours!

Special Thanks To:
Design and Floral: Bold American Event Design and Production
Catering: St. Regis
Coordination: Helene + Company
Photos Courtesy of: Six of Four
Linens: I Do Linens

Monday, April 12, 2010

Allie Awards 2010

We had a BLAST last night at the Allie Awards. The venue- the newly opened Loews Hotel, the food, the entertainment, the decor and of course- the company- were all fantastic! We were in the midst of so many talented event professionals and felt honored to be in attendance. We were particularly excited to win the "Best Team Effort" Award in conjunction with Button it Up, Cloth Connection, Ice Sculptures, Inc, Tents Unlimited, Active Production and Design, Helene + Company and We Rent Atlanta. Pictures of this award winning event will follow soon! Helene really out-did herself on this one!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Biltmore Chic

Although this bride’s identity is TOP SECRET, her wedding photos are something that must be published for all to see! The ceremony and reception were to take place in the two traditional, ornate ballrooms at the Biltmore in November. The catch- the bride’s wishes: contemporary, white, clean, Jeff Leatham, Jonathan Adler. The solution: see below!

Guests entered the Imperial ballroom to a welcoming display of three tubes of masses of white hydrangea, a sea of candles and acrylic chivari chairs (which would all be repurposed to the reception).

The cocktail hour took place in the pre-function area of the Georgian Ballroom. A contemporary lounge was set up complete with lounge furniture, white pipe and drape, Jonathan Adler vases and white spandex highboys where guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne.

As doors to dinner opened, guests were greeted by two identical 48’ long estate tables dressed in solid white linen and accented with towering manzanita branches dripping with crystals and hanging candles, acrylic luminaries with pillar candles and alternating vases with submerged white French tulips and white hydrangea. White square chargers complete with contemporary bird napkin rings were placed at each setting.

11 additional 72” square tables were placed between the columns and also dressed in white linen. Tall glass cylinders of 24 balanced white calla lilies centered each table. Varying heights of Monet glasses provided a warm glow.

Additional details: A custom designed wood cake table with varying heights of delectable cupcakes and a gorgeous Jonathan Adler inspired cake, 20x20 lit dancefloor to complement LA DJ FlashDance and 4x8’ mirror used for place cards. A VERY special thank you goes out to the lovely Ashley Baber for making this wedding such a success!

Special Thanks To:
Design and Floral: Bold American Event Design and Production
Catering: Bold American Events and Catering
Coordination: Ashley Baber
Lighting: Active Lighting
Photos Courtesy of: Our Labor of Love and Six of Four
Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited, Peachtree Tents and Events