Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Masquerade Party

I'm working on a big Easter event that's coming up in a few weeks. I can't wait to show you all the decor ideas I have for this event. In the meantime, I thought I would do a post on a 30th Birthday Masquerade surprise party that I did a while ago. I posted a few images in my Welcome post, but I wanted to show you more details on this fun birthday event.

The surprise party was held at Paschal's restaurant in Castleberry Hill - http://www.paschalsrestaurant.com/castleberryhill.htm - they have a great private space.

All photos are courtesy of the wonderful team at Blue World Studios - http://blueworldstudios.com/

The colors of the party were a dramatic red, gold and black.

In the reception area guests were greeted with a fruit display

and of course masks for the masquerade

The ballroom was set up with tables covered in gold organza linens

For the guest tables we alternated 3 different centerpieces:

A glass bowl with floating red orchids and a candle

A circular vase with red roses and votive candles
And for drama, a tall vase with floating gold spheres topped with an arrangement of red roses and black feathers

The cake table was equally dramatic with a centerpiece of red flower balls on branches

And the birthday cake - a masquerade mask to go with the theme
The table for the birthday girl and her close family was draped in red pintuck linen and at the last minute my florist (Angie at Birch Blooms http://birchblooms.com/) draped extra flowers in gold satin for the birthday table
I love this close up of a candle centerpiece on the birthday table - it almost looks as though the candle is floating on top of the red rose
As a surprise for the guests and to get the dancing started after dinner, we had Brazilian dancers perform

A great time was had by all!

Monday, February 11, 2008

January Wedding - Reception

The reception was held at the Renaissance Atlanta hotel in downtown on the 25th floor with floor to ceiling windows overlooking downtown Atlanta. The wedding colors were chocolate brown and light pink.

We kept the tables basic with white linens and added the colors with organza chair ties and flower centerpieces.

This was an evening reception so the bride wanted to fill the room with candelight.

It was a cold winter night so the fireplace was perfect to give the reception a cozy warm feeling.

We created three different centerpieces that we alternated over the 15 tables. The first was the standard hotel hurricane on the mirror base with candles. Many venues have the same standard centerpieces and in my opinion it's pretty boring. But they came with the hotel's package so we didn't want them to go to waste. To dress them up and make them look different, we put flowers on aluminum wire and looped it around the glass hurricane.

The second centerpiece was a 9 votive candleabra with flowers at the base of the stand. You can see the table number cards matched the decor with a chocolate brown base and pink cardstock.
Once it got dark it almost looked as if the candles were floating in the air.

For the third centerpiece, we used dark manzanita branches and placed pink flower blooms to give it a tree look. Then we hung votive candles from the branches and placed them in glass cylinders with pink rocks.

For place cards which also doubled as the party favors, we made personalized votive candles that had the guest's name and the wedding couple's initials and wedding date. Then we topped it off with chocolate satin ribbon.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

January Wedding - Ceremony

Here are a few pictures of the ceremony at Ebeneezer Baptist Church - photos are courtesy of http://www.andreataylorstudio.com/

Here is a close up 0f the pew arrangements - tinted pink hydrangea and pink roses, tied with chocolate brown ribbon.
The altar decor consisted of candelabras and urn arrangements on white columns.
Similar to the unity candle, the sand ceremony represents the blending of two families.
The wedding couple and their family members took turns pouring pink and brown sand into the jar.

And here is the sand after the ceremony -you can see the pink and brown blended together in the custom etched jar. This will be a keepsake for the wedding couple.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


I had the privilege of designing the wedding of a wonderful couple that took place in January. It was a pink and chocolate brown theme wedding. I'm waiting on images from the photographer - http://www.andreataylorstudio.com/. But in the meantime you can view a slideshow of the wedding at http://www.andreataylorstudio.com/leahmichael/


Today I worked on a project for one of my wedding clients. The wedding couple wanted a unique way to ask their friends to be in their wedding party. For the ring bearer and flower girls we used cookies with edible messages. I'm sure this will be an unforgettable proposal for the kids.

Here is the cookie for the ring bearer
The "diamond" has luster dust to give it some sparkle. And here are the cookies for the flower girls.
The icing was done in the wedding colors - lime green and lemon yellow.

All wrapped up and ready to go!