We were asked to decorate for a Bride and Groom’s Family “Wedding Announcement Party” to be held at the Bride’s family home. It was to be an intimate gathering for the two merging families and the couple’s Wedding Party. The Bride has chosen to have a Destination Wedding in December. Her colors are white, cream, ivory, blush and a pop of curry. She loves simplicity and understatement but with a twist of the unexpected. Lengths of double-faced satin ribbon in the Bride’s colors were gathered together and cascaded down from the Dining room chandelier. We also hung lengths of the same ribbon from the small upstairs outdoor balcony. The soft evening breeze kept them fluttering over the main patio table all evening.
The garden in which we planned seating for about 40 for dinner is the most beautiful you can imagine. It is full of blooming hydrangeas, roses, hostas, a koi pond and so many gorgeous flowers we knew much of our work was already completed. What we wanted, was to add a beautiful, simple setting among the flowers. Tables outside were set with pink, white or curry colored tablecloths. The centerpieces were simple arrangements of white hydrangea, pink orchids, and a few ripening blackberry stems arranged in clear square vases. We scattered a few seashells and somewhat curry-colored stones around on the tables to reflect the Wedding destination. As guests arrived we directed them to the rose garden on the north side of the house to select a glass of wine or iced tea. A fountain strewn with roses from the garden and tuberose blossoms gently gurgled. For those more inclined to a less formal drink, two beer kegs, bottled waters and favorite sodas were set up on the south side of the house among the succulent frames, tomato vines and pots of herbs. There were Adirondack chairs set up, a weber grill (cooking the pork loins for dinner) and a hot tub. (not open for the party)! We added some white birch logs, colorful paper lanterns in the surrounding trees. Bright sunflowers were placed in a watering can on the table just for fun. We wanted this side to be more “campy” since the Bride and Groom are avid outdoor afficianados. Later, this side would also be the setting for late night S’mores roasted on the hot Weber coals using our own hand-whittled ”Janie & Co” roasting sticks!
It was a beautiful evening; the weather could not have been better and the honored Couple seemed relaxed and happy to stay late into the night enjoying their families and close friends.
And so it begins for this Bride and Groom!