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The Reception

"As guests migrated to cocktail hour, they had both an indoor and outdoor place for mingling. The bar was located in the library, which extended to an outdoor patio. I had some hanging lantern market lights above the patio to bring in an amber glow as the sun went down. I designed the escort-card table by collecting antique trays from various shops and placing a handful of cards on each tray. I had my calligrapher do the escort cards on some black card stock with a white pen, and then had small bunches of baby's breath randomly alongside the trays to bring out the white lettering.

"For the reception, because it was outside on a warm August evening, we wanted it to feel like a fabulous dinner party rather than a reception. Keeping this dinner party theme going, I knew I didn't want large centerpieces that forced you to move your chair to see the person across from you. So, we kept the centerpieces low and stretched them out by using two large rectangular wood planters. I wanted the centerpieces to feel like you just picked up a beautiful rose bush and placed it on the table. As a result, the flowers felt organic and unstructured rather than tightly bound. For the head table, because we didn't have guests across from us, I went with a more narrow table and we used various mercury vases and urns to style the flowers. I wanted to bring in some sophistication so I made small table runners for the flowers to sit on. I purchased some gold art deco textured paper from the Paper Source and sat it beneath the head table flowers in addition to all the small flower vases we had scattered on belly bars.

"Last, but certainly not least, we wanted the entertainment to be on point. And in our experience this can only be achieved with live music. Insert: The Blue Breeze Band. They are a six-man Motown band out of Los Angeles who bring an unbelievable amount of energy to the dance floor. They kept the party going, and I think every guest asked for their business card when the night was over."

Photos by John Schnack Photography

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