Budapest Wedding: Featured by Martha Stewart


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