Wedding Inspiration

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May 26, 2012

From Sensual to Sensational!

What's new for weddings for 2012 and beyond? We asked four talented designers to share their visions with us through stunning imagery that will take your breath away. Let these inspiration boards help you soar above the ordinary as you create the perfect weddings for your happy couples.

This couple's love of modern architecture, contemporary art, gourmet food and travelling called for a bright, bold statement when they planned their destination wedding in St. Petersburg, FL.
Jamie Billig, owner of Confetti Events & Weddings, brought their dreams to life with a brilliant color palette of blue topaz, fuchsia, clementine and lime green. After the ceremony, guests meandered to the Museum of Fine Arts where they were welcomed by a barrage of vibrant linens, floral accent lighting and unique signage including an enormous monogrammed sign hung from the 50-foot-high ceiling.
A custom sweetheart table sported a centerpiece with the couple's initials dangling from the branches, and the table numbers were reversible, with each side depicting artwork of the museum's current exhibit along with a description of why the couple loved that particular piece.
After surprising each other with gifts throughout the event, the couple drove off in a new Ford Thunderbird convertible with their favorite song playing on the radio.

Jamie Billig
Confetti Events & Weddings
Tampa, FL

A wedding in white can be magical, says Evan Carbotti of Perfect Surroundings.
"I love the flexibility of a clean, crisp palette or foundation," he says. "And using lighting on a blank white surface can have dramatic effects. The additional colors that are brought in pop out of this foundation and become more vibrant, meaningful and effective. White can be classically elegant and pure, traditional, or ultra modern, chic and mysterious."
Carbotti says that using just white on white with no hints of other colors is a trend that's a bit tired and off-trend. "If you just rely on white the design can become stiff, cold and uninviting. It's too unimaginative by today's standards of design and detail, when we have access to so many powerful colors, textures and patterns."
One of the design challenges of white is incorporating different shades of white into the design. And finding new ways to use white--layering it or accessorizing it, for example--can be a daunting task. "Creating energy within white spaces requires attention to the details and other elements that are brought in," Carbotti says.
We think he's hit just the right note with this dazzling inspiration board.
Evan Carbotti
Perfect Surroundings
Newport, RI and Miami Beach, FL­

The bride's favorite color was purple and she wanted a traditional style with contemporary elements.
"I used a mix of colors to make the purple pop," says Frank Andonoplas, owner of Frank Event Design. "The lighter, brighter colors made the purple much richer. Also, the ever-so-slight tint of purple and amber in the lighting added to this rich, luxurious look."
Andonoplas says that the special challenge for this event was that the bride wanted to use her parents' wedding cake topper that had been sitting in a storage box for years. "Her Mom was horrified that she wanted to put this yellowed, squashed cake topper on the top of her cake, which would be the center of attention at the reception. I took apart the cake topper and used the actual bride and groom figures, but had my amazing cake artist recreate the archway out of sugar flowers so it looked like it did the day her parents got married. It was so sentimental."
No detail was overlooked for this wedding, from the silver plated serving tray used as a guest book to the all-purple candy buffet. "But, my favorite has to be the edible chocolate menu card," says Andonoplas. "Guests went nuts over it. It was the father of the bride's favorite thing, so I had a dozen extra made just for him."
Frank Andonoplas
Frank Event Design
Chicago, IL

Nothing can quite match the opulence, elegance and over-the-top extravagance of an Indian wedding.
It's a multi-day event, with numerous parties, celebrations and ceremonies that reflect the rich traditions of the families' geographic roots as well as the western traditions of their adopted homeland.
"My couples are typically very well travelled and well educated," says Nikki Khan, who, as owner of Exquisite Events, has been planning and designed Indian weddings for more than 10 years. "These are very high-end events with guests coming from all over the globe."
Colorful and lavish saris, layers of jewels, henna ceremonies, lush floral displays, an abundance of singing and dancing and extreme grand entrances are the hallmarks of the Indian wedding.
Khan typically plans all the events surrounding the wedding, and every element is painstakingly detailed with inspiration boards, sketches and mock-ups. Color palettes are pulled from fashion runways and high-end design magazines.
But even as young Indian couples acknowledge today's styles and trends, they pay attention to the old ways that have lasted through generations. "Tradition is more important to young Indian couples than trends," she says. "Although the couples are very westernized, they still hold tradition as very sacred."

Nikki Khan
Exquisite Events
Westlake Village, CA

Originally featured in Event Solutions magazine
April/May 2012

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