Alicia and Austin’s wedding was a beautiful celebration of their relationship. The design was inspired by the bride’s Yankton Sioux Native American heritage; the rich art forms, powerful design motifs, and unique methods of visual storytelling crafted the design strategy and influenced each selection.
The letterpress invitations were pressed into a suede-textured paper. The warmth of the rust-colored ink provided a nice contrast to the blue duplexed paper and envelopes. The Pendleton-inspired diamond pattern and cleverly-composed monogram added a modern touch to the formal suite. Blue leather cording and foil-stamped wooden tags accented the paper.
Cocktail hour and dancing took place in a tent featuring a suspended installation of 30″ white fringe – reminiscent of the long, straight fringe adorning the tribes of The Great Plains. The installation’s welded tracks were arranged in an arabesque pattern, so that any breeze would stimulate soft and rhythmic swaying motions in the fringe much like the movements seen during a Native American ceremonial dance.
The tent walls were cladded with wooden panels with an angular pattern to contrast the delicate fringe installation. A 12′ bar with laser-cut panels to match the invitation anchored the far end of the tent. Gold and wood shelving was accented by sconces made from welded iron rods that bore visual similarities to the hair pipe breastplates worn by the Plains Indians. The opposite side of the tent included the tiered wedding cake adorned with hand-torn wafer paper to embody the spirit of the fringe installation. The cake was placed near the escort display made from laser-etched blue leather triangles that collectively formed a Pendleton pattern.
For the dining tables, we selected a patterned linen that featured turquoise, rust, and citron. The place settings included selections that had handmade qualities and/or were made from humble, earthy materials. A woven charger was layered with ceramic blue china that complemented the natural-linen texture of the table linen and added a soft gradation of color from the linen’s most dominant turquoise hue. Natural-wood infinity chairs were selected for their silhouette’s reminiscence to a dream catcher while two-tone flatware added a masculine and modern edge to the setting. Lush centerpieces composed of romantic blush and ivory blooms were arranged in ceramic vessels with textured foliage foraged from the fields surrounding the wedding site. Rattan and pleated glass votives were scattered down the table to add a soft glow of candlelight.
We designed a menu that was pressed with a rust-colored ink to emphasize the table linen’s accent color. Hand-loomed beaded bracelets accented the menus and doubled as a take home favor. The head table was emphasized with two “clouds” of citron-painted eucalyptus that were arranged with beautiful movement that encouraged your eyes to dance down the focal table.
Brooke and Harrison were married at a private property in September. Their wedding was inspired by an art installation at the wedding site – a 25′ tall stainless steel tree entitled Dada by Supodh Gupta. Brooke knew she wanted to be married at the base of the tree, so we designed their wedding celebration to complement the hyper-reflective and mythological qualities of the art piece. The wedding design combined metallic finishes, celestial references, and design elements that felt both organic and etherial.
The wedding invitations featured lunar illustrations printed on vellum paper with subtle iridescent flecks. Matte silver foil printing on grey paper added tonal modernity and elegance to the suite.
Brooke wore a custom Hayley Paige gown with a lavender-grey Dori skirt and appliqué Pascal top. For the reception, she wore a simplistic Rebecca Schoneveld gown with an Alexandra Grecco cape accented with delicate celestial beadwork. Harrison wore a textured black and charcoal suit. The bridesmaids wore Amsale Eden gowns in Dove to complement Brooke’s voluminous skirt.
The color palette was a surprising combination of warm autumnal tones including taupe, mauve, and rust mixed with pastel cool tones to tie in the etherial qualities of Brooke’s wedding gown. The wedding flowers included koko loko garden roses, butterfly ranunculus, and lisianthus in the warm tones with pops of periwinkle scabiosa and lavender delphinium, Japanese anemone and toad lily. Painted dried palms were incorporated into the placed floral to add angular radial shapes, reminiscent of stars, to the soft-bloomed flower mix.
For the ceremony, Brooke processed down a natural walkway of lush grapevines before joining Harrison at the base of the Dada Tree. The ceremony design was kept simple to allow the art installation to shine. Acrylic cane chairs and an acrylic officiant podium were accented with artful floral arrangements.
During cocktail hour, guests were offered passed wine and signature moscow mules along with an assortment of savory bites. Passed items were served on petrified wood and capiz shell trays to reference the Dada Tree. Servers wore lavender linen aprons embellished with star pins.
We helped the mother of the bride coordinate a surprise for the couple. While the couple was off taking post-ceremony photos, we lined up the guests in the tall grasses leading to the tent and handed out wire mesh wands with the guests’ seating assignments wrapped around the wand handles. When they returned from photos, Brooke and Harrison lead the way to dinner under a tunnel of glowing light.
Guests were welcomed into the sailcloth dinner tent by a floral arch featuring lunar-inspired painted discs and handmade wire mesh flowers. Thirty woven wire pendant lights swirled with whimsical baby’s breath clouds were suspended over the dance floor and created a focal point inside the tent. Guest Tables were layered with metallic silver linens with a birch bark pattern. Matte grey ceramic chargers stacked with hand-painted glass plates added depth to the place settings along with two-toned gold flatware and letterpress menus. Centerpieces included the unique mix of wedding blooms and were arranged with artful flower offshoots for a “shooting star” effect.
Dinner was served as the sun was setting. Dessert included mini sour cream pound cake with lemon mascarpone cakelets wrapped with white chocolate and edible silver leaf. The individual desserts were served on hand-painted acrylic discs. French macarons splattered with metallic paint served as favors and were wrapped in printed vellum secured with an embossed silver seal. The favors were packaged in custom letterpress boxes with a velvet ribbon pull.
As the evening drew to a close, Brooke and Harrison surprised their guests with McDonald’s cheeseburgers served in hawking trays customized with the well-known jingle from the fast food chain. Guests danced under the mesh pendants and sung along to their favorite songs until the event’s joyful conclusion.
As outdoor enthusiasts, Maggie and Matthew chose Aspen, one of their favorite vacation destinations, for their Summer wedding.
Participating in a religious ceremony was of great importance to the couple, so they chose St. Mary’s Church for their traditional nuptials. The catholic church underwent major renovation in 2018 in which the church employed architectural specialists from New York to restore the 125 year old building. After the building’s structural integrity was reconstructed, muralists artfully filled the sanctuary with ethereal, nature-inspired paintings that created both a joyful and dignified ambiance.
When asked about the inspiration for the renovation, the local priest described entering the church as “entering the New Eden, the New Paradise with one foot on earth and one foot in Heaven”. The stained glass windows, architectural features, and decorative paintings throughout the church are filled with images of vines, fruit and flowers that symbolize this New Eden.
Drawing similarities between this divine visual concept and the things Maggie and Matthew love about Aspen – the harmonious mix of humble, rugged surroundings with breathtaking, otherworldly beauty – we designed their entire wedding celebration around the “New Eden” imagery.
The invitation suite included the couple’s names hand-lettered with exaggerated glyphs that formed the shape of fruit and birds. In order to mix the feeling of organic and ethereal, the stationery was printed on triple thick, highly-textured cotton paper and stamped with gold foil. The envelope liner was foiled onto textured, silver metallic paper with a pattern pulled from an altar mural. The shape of the die-cut detail cards was inspired by a motif that repeated across the walls of the church’s nave. The paper suite was accented with a soft mist color on the beveled edge of the main invite and the stationery envelopes. This blue-green tone was incorporated throughout the wedding from the Dream Weaver bridesmaid gowns to the custom chinoiserie murals adorning the reception.
Guests enjoyed cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing at the top of The Little Nell. Guests were greeted by a floral escort display designed to create a gateway to the most glorious view of the mountains. The asymmetrical floral arch created an impactful entrance without impeding the breathtaking view. Custom-made lattices anchored the arch and featured diamond-shaped escort cards (another nod to the church murals) with foil-stamped fruit glyphs and hand- lettered seating assignments.
Guests were offered passed cocktails and canapés during cocktail hour. Signature drinks were served at a wooden bar wrapped with a hand-painted chinoiserie mural. At the bride’s special request, we brought in llamas dapperly dressed in bow-ties and floral wreaths to provide a photo opportunity for the guests.
The lodge dining space was softened with textured linen draping and custom lampshades painted with the same chinoiserie pattern from the cocktail bar. The lights were accented with green vines to evoke the feeling organic growth down the fixtures.
The tables were draped with linen in a mixture of light blue and celadon colors. Select tables were adorned with patterned linen to create movement throughout the dining room. The centerpieces were arranged to look like artful still-life paintings with lush floral centerpieces accented with bowls of fruit. The regal place settings featured gold and blush tones, and the scalloped shape of the dinner charger tied in the design motif from the invitation suite.
Guests dined on a four-course meal and danced with an energy-filled band before descending down the mountain in the ski gondolas through the dark, peaceful sky.
Katie and PK’s wedding was inspired by the couple’s love of clean, modern design. We incorporated linear elements in the stationery and custom builds to tie in the architecture of Toro, the dining space at The Viceroy Snowmass. Toro is appointed with warm finishes including cognac leather, medium-stained wood, and cow hide tiles. We curated a color palette that broke up and provided some relief from those deep warm tones while still complementing the space with dusty taupe, mauve, terra cotta, rust, sandstone, and an accent of jade blue for a surprise pop of color.
The design emphasized the artful combination of the couple’s modern esthetic with the organic and rugged qualities of the mountains that surround Snowmass. We added a 60 foot ivory sisal runner to the raised ceremony aisle’s simplistic design to complement the wild, but refined floral arch designed by Tinge. Multipurpose ceremony programs included an escort card wrap that instructed guests on their dinner table assignments and secured a pair of sunglasses to the back of the programs for the outdoor ceremony.
The cocktail hour was hosted outside on a large wooden deck, so guests could spend more time enjoying the expansive mountain views. We designed a custom 12 foot bar that featured a wooden tambour facade and an oversized informal photo area that perfectly framed the couple during their first dance held nontraditionally during cocktail hour.
The indoor dining tables included acrylic chairs, blush velvet linens, smokey jade water glasses, low profile speckled ceramic plates, embossed and foiled dinner menus, and artfully arranged centerpieces which featured pristine garden roses and locally foraged floral accents.
Emily and Joey were married on a surprisingly cool July day. The bride wore a Monique Lhuiller gown and the groom wore a custom black suit. We selected various Jenny Yoo floor-length gowns in Serenity Blue for the bridesmaids.
The clear-top tent which was used for both cocktail hour and dancing was the heart of the couple’s french garden-inspired celebration. The tent was draped in gray fabric and featured a six foot wide crystal chandelier. A grand lattice structure was welded on the front of the tent and expertly adorned with confederate jasmine to add to the garden ambiance. The seating assignment display was arranged on linen-backed frames with custom vellum pockets for each escort card. A free-standing bar and vintage furniture lounge created an inviting atmosphere inside the tent.
The dining room inside Happy Hollow Country Club featured light blue velvet linens mixed with patterned blue linen. Gray taper candles and lush blush and ivory centerpieces elevated the tablescape design.
After dinner was served, guests moved backed to the tent for dancing, ice cream, and a sparkler farewell.
Liz and Sean’s wedding design was influenced by the natural stone and European-inspired architecture incorporated throughout the courtyard dining space at The Magnolia Hotel. A color palette of soft taupes, warm ivories, various shades of mauve, and accents of gold and rose gold was paired with a variety of textures with Old World references and romantic qualities: stone, handmade paper, velvet, organic-styled florals, and intimate lighting.
We helped Liz select bridesmaid gowns in both dusty blush and cinnamon rose. The female attendants wore various dress styles which added visual interest to the wedding party photos and ceremony lineup. The groomsmen (which included Sean’s FIVE brothers) wore blue suits for a fresh take on traditional menswear.
The stationery, featuring warm grey text pressed into thick hand-torn paper, provided a sense of tactile elegance while the simplistic layout and typography added modernity to the traditional printing techniques. A blush and gold marble pattern, another nod to the European design inspiration, was incorporated into both the invitation envelope liner and the tiered wedding cake.
We designed the dining space to feel intimate and welcoming. Long dining tables promoted lively conversation while string lights adorned with green vines created a canopy of light and life above the wedding guests. The tables were draped with ivory linens with a brocade velvet pattern. The table flowers brought the rich color palette to the neutral dining area. The centerpieces were arranged in an organic/earthy style. Lush blooms were artfully arranged in weathered ceramic pots. Vineyard chairs added to the organic quality of the dining tables. The place settings featured taupe lace chargers, rose gold flatware, and deckled menus. Truffles, made by the mother of the bride, were packaged as favors and place cards for the guests.
After dinner, guests were treated to wedding cake made with spiced autumn squash as well as ice cream sundaes featuring a scoop of His and Hers flavors.
Steph and Tom had a very clear vision of what they wanted for their wedding day. It was important for us to translate their refined, but effortless personal style into their wedding day design. The couple was married over Labor Day Weekend. Their ceremony and reception took place outside in The Holland’s courtyard. A major emphasis during the reception was on the food and drink, so an approachable but elegant menu was developed with wine pairings. We created a simple but organic reception space for guests to dine under twinkle lights.