Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hillary and Miles

The fall is always such a busy time that I find the whole season passes before I even have a moment to reflect on the beautiful events that we've done. Hillary and Miles were married in September and one of my all-time favorite New York venues, The Foundry. Their style is modern and clean with an affinity toward light colors, so the choice of venue for this couple created a clear juxtaposition with their personal aesthetics... and made a fun project for me! I was pleased to collaborate on this design with the lovely Marilyn of Belle Fleur in NYC.

Because we were using and re-using the same two spaces (the indoor Foundry and the outdoor courtyard) for different parts of the evening, my goal was to create a different look for each space each time guests re-entered it. Elegant draping masked much of the Foundry as guests arrived and entered the tent for ceremony. When they returned to the Foundry for cocktails, the draping had disappeared to reveal the beautiful brick work that is the Foundry's defining characteristic.

When guests re-entered the tent for dinner, richly patterned light created a magical atmosphere that gave a warm feel for the feast-style tables. The landscape of flowers and candles combined the sleek, modern look to which the couple was drawn with some more textural elements that connected the look to the rugged textures native to the venue.

For the evening's final transformation, guests re-entered the Foundry for dancing and dessert and were greeted with bold, rich colors and patterns which elevated the mood for hours of celebration into the wee hours of the morning.

Of course, no wedding would be complete without the inclusion of some fantastic late night treats. In addition to our fabulous "Custom Candy Shoppe" the bride and groom requested an appearance from New York staple Mr. Softee for a super-sweet finish to an amazing night. All of that on top of a drop-dead gorgeous cake from the one and only Sylvia Weinstock.

All photos by Christian Oth.