Budapest Wedding: Featured by Martha Stewart

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So excited to share what is undoubtably one of the most unique weddings I have designed featured on Martha Stewart Weddings. When sweet Diana asked me to help create a look that blended her Thai and Chinese heritage with the beauty and history of Budapest, I was elated! Culture, history and setting never fail to inspire!

Because Diana is a lover of Pandas, Alex proposed at a Panda sanctuary. As a result, Pandas became a theme in the wedding, even appearing in the couples custom Chinoiserie pattern used in the invitation folio. As a nod to her Fathers heritage and Alex’s heritage, Diana custom designed a monogram to resemble Chinese graphic patterns.  The monogram was used as a band around the invitations, as well as being made into metal candle holders on the tables, on drink stirrers and on cocktail napkins. Diana chose Lucite for the invitations, seating board and menus, and cotton paper with gold letterpress for the Chinese invite and envelope. 

The bride and groom invited 100 guests to join them in Budapest for their wedding, and a 3 day private barge cruise on the Danube river from Budapest to Vienna. Guests boarded the Annabella in Budapest the day prior to the wedding, and explored the city. The day of the wedding they were picked up in shuttles and driven to the wedding. The night of the wedding, at 10;30 pm they set sail for Bratislava and onwards to Vienna, to travel, explore and celebrate together. 

The day of the wedding, the weather forecast changed to rain and the ceremony the couple so wanted on the rooftop terrace, overlooking the Danube river and the iconic Parliament building had to be moved to an inside terrace. Guests were greeted with local mulled wine to keep them warm. Ceremony arrangements included bamboo and winter varietals. We placed over 100 polar candles throughout the ceremony to make it special. The chairs were chosen because the back resembled the couples monogram as well as having a color and look very much like bamboo. The couples good friend David Kim officiated the wedding. 

Diana wore a custom gown and jacket made in Thai silk. The jacket boasted a long train and Thai silk belt. The beaded gown underneath had an illusion neckline. Diana’s Engagement ring was a family heirloom from Alexs grandmother. The bride wore a jade ring, and emerald and diamond bracelet and earrings. The color green was chosen as a sign of life and fertility in the Chinese culture. 

Diana’s bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres were wrapped in Thai silk as a nod to Diana’s Mother Thai heritage. Groomsmen wore dark green velvet ties, and ring bearers wore velvet vests. Bridesmaids wore assorted custom dark green gowns with black Chinchilla furs. Both mothers wore custom floral shoulder accents. 

The reception was held in a two story round room, with guest tables on two levels, allowing beautiful views of the couples sweetheart table below and views of the River and Parliament building through the windows in the round room. 10’ Bamboo was placed throughout the reception room “growing” up the columns as a nod to the Panda Engagement. 

Guest tables were covered in Thai Silk linens, with Lucite menus with gold foil. Sandstone colored taper candles lit the room alongside custom die cut Hurricanes with the couples monogram on them. Flowers included black eyed anemones as a nod to the Panda colors, bamboo, magnolia leaf, white amaryllis, ranunculus, tulips, hellebores, a variety of jasmine, freesia, delphinium, and Queen Anne’s lace. 

The bridal party entered to “Low” by T Pain, with the groom carrying the bride piggy back into the reception. The couple danced to “One” by Brian McKnight for their first dance then invited their guests to begin the night by dancing to “Decpacito.”

Guests departed the reception at 9:30 pm after two hours of dancing to an incredible local band, and they set sail for Bratislava at 10:30 pm, partying the night away with a DJ on the barge as they sailed. The couple cut and ate the cake Chinoiserie patterned cake on the boat. 

Planning & Design: Joy Proctor Design | Photo: Greg Finck | Floral: Floresie | Linens: La Tavola | Candles: Yummi Candles | Hair & Makeup: Amabella Cuise | Cake: Amabella Cruise | Chinoiserie Cake panels: The brides sister  | Officiant: Friend of the Couple | Custom Chinoiserie: Friend of the Bride | Invitations: The Bride  | Chair Rentals: Mobil Sofa  | Band: Kardo Santal

Design Vendors: Defining Roles

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I've created a venn diagram to illustrate some preliminary thoughts on wedding design and the roles that various vendors play. I've been discussing this with Holly Carlisle of Rose Golden who started a conversation a few days ago that has created an amazing dialogue in the industry. I thought that creating a visual to communicate and define roles would help us all better understand how important we all are in the design process. 

I've found that many vendors play multiple roles. For instance many planners are also designers, and many floral designers are also event designers. And to give credit where it is due, many photographers and videographers prop style and deserve to be appreciated for that! While I play the role of a creative director, editorial stylist and prop stylist, I have often called myself a designer and stylist because I didn't feel the title was one that most people would understand. My hope is that as an industry we can change that by adopting definitions such as the ones I am presenting.

My takeaway from creating this document is how important each and every vendor is, and how much we all rely on each other for the final product, our clients events and our shared designs. This document is a work in progress and I'll continue to update and ad to it here based on your comments. I'd love to hear your opinion below!

Marie Antoinette: My MoodBoard

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At the request of a few kind souls, I wanted to share the inspiration behind the Marie Antoinette editorial I designed at the Ritz. The idea was to tell the story of Marie through a modern lens, watching her as she prepared for a normal day in her suite at the Ritz in Paris.  As you can see, we switched gears a bit and changed colors to more vibrant hues of lavender and yellow, which highlighted Spring in a more modern, whimsical way.

Marie Antoinette: Video

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It was an honor to tell this story of Marie Antoinette, perhaps the most infamous herald of fashion in French history. As a designer, the opportunity to work at the historic and unparalleled Ritz alongside an incredible team of talent was humbling. Thank you to Chris of Zen Filmworks for capturing the magic on film and allowing me to step into the studio to bring voice to one of my historic icons. 

Provence Tour: 2018

 Welcome Dinner at Clos Saint Esteve

Welcome Dinner at Clos Saint Esteve

 Our group at the Museum of Aromas 

Our group at the Museum of Aromas 

 Museum of Aromas

Museum of Aromas

 Susan Silverburgs famous tomato tart

Susan Silverburgs famous tomato tart

 Provencal Towns

Provencal Towns

 Dinner at Bastide de Gourdes

Dinner at Bastide de Gourdes

 Kimberly Sisti perfecting the flowers

Kimberly Sisti perfecting the flowers

 Custom Tour Books

Custom Tour Books

 Exterior of Close Saint Esteve

Exterior of Close Saint Esteve

 Walking to the Bastide de Gourdes

Walking to the Bastide de Gourdes

 Picnicing in the Luberon

Picnicing in the Luberon

 Provencal Dining

Provencal Dining

 Final Dinner Flower Cake

Final Dinner Flower Cake

 Provencal Burger Bus for Welcome

Provencal Burger Bus for Welcome

 Bastide de Gourdes placesetting

Bastide de Gourdes placesetting

 Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

 Interior furnishings

Interior furnishings

 Picturesque Gourdes

Picturesque Gourdes

 Clos Saint Esteve

Clos Saint Esteve

 Cooking Class

Cooking Class

 Alice Ahns market finds

Alice Ahns market finds

 Provencal vibes

Provencal vibes

 Our farewell dinner

Our farewell dinner

 Gastronomic experiences

Gastronomic experiences

Our Hearts aFlutter "La Vie En Rose Tour" 2018 brought the best weather, and created lifelong friendships. What incredible memories made in Provence! A huge thank you to Stephanie at WEP Provence for her incredible logistical help and to Flower by Celine for the gorgeous arrangements!

Photography: Taylor & Porter | Linen: La Tavola Linen | Seed Packets & Books: The Idea Emporium | Candles: Creative Candles