October 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Real Wedding - Maggie and Kosta, The Reception

"After all of our hard work and thoughtful design, it was a pleasure to see a beautiful reception..."

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My favorite part about planning a wedding is the design process. I love getting to know the couple’s aesthetic when it comes to color, texture and style and put my right brain to work! I usually ask the couple questions like: “how is your house decorated, where do you like to shop, and how would you describe your ideal day?” Basically anything that gives me insight into their world helps me to develop a look and feel for their wedding. (Might I also add that Pinterest is an amazing tool for helping me understand what a bride has envisioned!)

Once I feel I have a clear idea, I love to draw sketches and renderings of what the designs may look like. I’m always amazed when the final product is nearly a replica of the sketch. See for yourself, how Maggie and Kosta’s wedding reception came to life! Photos courtesy of Ginger Russell Photography.

The reception took place in the very beautiful Tabla Restaurant at the Hotel St. Francis. I love this space because it offers a very clean and sophisticated canvas on which to design. Maggie loved materials like peacock feathers, pods, pine cones, moss and succulents. Luckily the arsenal within my studio had everything she needed, like vintage teal mason jars and birch stump planters (not to mention my succulent farm). But the best thing for me was receiving two giant bushels of dried cotton from her father’s farm! I worked those into the design of the tables and wow, was it stunning. It completed the look in addition to being a very sentimental part of the wedding.

Even Mother Nature pitched in with adorable pine cone place cards!

I created custom table runners with fabric from Santa Fe Fabrics. We wanted to keep Tabla’s beautiful wood tables exposed, but bring in a touch of teal, while at the same time keep it rustic with a frayed-edge linen.

Then, there was cake. Now this wasn’t just any cake, it was a fine Maggie Faralla exquisite creation, shaped like a church in Santorini! Oh, snap! The cake was not only an homage to Kosta’s Greek heritage, but it signified the very church where Kosta proposed to Maggie. They even had a family friend create a beautiful watercolor of the special spot, which also graced the cake table.

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without succulents and a peacock or two!

10 months prior, Maggie and I were brainstorming and cooking up plans for a beautiful wedding. After all of our hard work and thoughtful design, it was a pleasure to see a beautiful reception filled with smiles, laughter, great food, fabulous desserts and even some Greek dancing!

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