Friday, April 16, 2010

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For this seaside wedding, L.A. planner Lisa Vorce broke the beach-wedding cliche of a ceremony on the sand. Instead, she created a boardwalk-style processional and altar accented with rope and small bunches of white daisies.


Bright Buds

Little did L.A. planner Lisa Gorjestani know that the billy ball flowers in this vibrant display would be used as impromptu boutonnieres by the male guests.

Chalk It Up

N.Y.C. planner Jung Lee got creative at this loft wedding that lacked enough floor room. She ditched the usual escort card table and wrote guests' names on huge chalkboards!


Graphic Design

Faced with an abundance of wall space, Lee commissioned a 60-foot mural depicting the bride and groom. Guests could spot their names and seating assignments in the dots.


Pier One

If an ordinary waterfront reception won't do, try a celebration over the ocean! Lisa Gorjestani set up a tent and long tables on the Malibu Pier for this 164-person wedding.

Barn None

A Bakersfield, Calif., family barn proved the perfect setting for this rehearsal dinner planned by L.A. coordinator Mindy Weiss. The wedding party sat at one rectangular table, while other guests dined at round tables inside the individual stalls!

Night at the Musuem

N.Y.C. planners Ann David and Nicky Reinhard chose a purple-and-red lighting scheme to help play up the prehistoric party guests for this wedding at the American Museum of Natural History.


Blue Variety

To brighten up one couple's navy-and-white color palette, Florida planner Victoria Volpone placed blue sea-glass vessels in different shapes and sizes along the dinner tables. She accented the hue with vibrant blooms in yellow and orange.


Can-Do Casual

Lisa Vorce went all out for this fiesta-themed affair. In addition to arranging blooms in bright food cans from Mexico, she decorated the tables with red candles and turquoise votives. Hanging pomanders made from paper flowers provided the finishing touch.

Surprising Stems

Jung Lee has a modern alternative for brides who don't want floral centerpieces: horsetail. Here she wrapped the plant in natural roping and paired it with white pillar candles for a casual--but polished--effect.

Single-Color Solution

Bicoastal planner Kimberlee Bendeck worked with N.Y.C. florist Stone Kelly on these monochromatic arrangements. They filled low vessels with roses, cymbidium orchids, tulips, and rare yellow peonies for a mosaic effect.


Baker's Dozen

In lieu of a traditional cake, Lisa Gorjestani placed the couple's favorite cookies on a tower made of painted wooden boxes, grosgrain ribbon, and tiny nautical flags.

Sugar High

Bored with candy bars, Lisa Vorce enlisted L.A. florist Mindy Rice to build candy towers. She filled the window boxes with yummy treats that guests could pack into goodie bags specially designed for the event.


Small Fries

To pay tribute to one client's English heritage, caterer Kate Paul of Food Ink in L.A. created mini servings of codfish tempura and chips for guests to nosh on during the cocktail hour.

Edible Elegance

Proving that gourmet can be accessible, Vorce served sesame miso cones filled with tuna tartare, wasabi foam, and double caviar. Waiters passed the decadent apps in custom trays.

Slurp's Up!

Guests at this late-autumn wedding warmed themselves with shots of savory butternut squash soup. Vorce chose the mini, no-spoon-required mugs for easy sipping.


Gem of an Idea

Inspired by the jeweled detail on one bride's gown, baker Amy Berman of Santa Monica's Vanilla Bake Shop designed a simple white-frosted cake accented with sugar jewels dusted with charcoal and silver luster.

Back to Nature

The request was strange but specific: a cake that featured figs and looked like bark. Together, San Francisco planner Alison Hotchkiss and Napa bakery Perfect Endings dreamed up this one-of-a-kind design.

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Source Citation
Muirhead, Jennifer. "Wow Them with the Details." In Style Winter 2010: 257. Academic OneFile. Web. 16 Apr. 2010.
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