THE EXPERIENCE What is your guests' wedding experience? A question that most couples do think about - however, this is technically a snippet of a bigger question. The real question is "What is your guests' wedding experience from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave?" That's better. Most couples focus on the reception concerning their guests' experience. However, that's merely half of the day! The ceremony - you know, the time when you officially get hitched - is just as important! For this inspiration shoot, guests entered the Brice pool area and were immediately greeted by a handsome staff member with a glass of chilled champagne. After picking up their beverage, they continued poolside to be greeted by two lovely ladies of the water - naturally, decked out in the monochromatic wedding colors. Here, each guest provided their name which would be handwritten on a beachball displaying their table number. We love an interactive seating chart; it immediately gets your guests actively involved in the wedding day. Not only will they have an incredible photo op for their Instagram but the guests can actually pick up their beachballs at the end of the wedding to take home
THE CAKE Much like the paper goods, the cake is a fun place to set the tone of a wedding. The cake is like a canvas - use it to paint the vibe! Bree of Vintage Soul Cakes is a true artist when it comes to wedding cakes. We approached her about this shoot - describing the shoot as modern, minimal yet still approachable. Her take was spot on! Texture and metallics take the forefront of this cake, and it is unlike any other cake that we've ever seen.
THE TABLE Our most significant piece of advice: pay attention to your surroundings! After choosing The Brice as our location, we based almost every design decision off of the property itself. White wood walls, concrete grounds, black accents - all with a modern yet slightly retro touch. Keeping greenery and bright blooms off of the table was a challenge. However, Kim at August Floral and Even Design let the floral vessels do all of the talking. The black and taupe vessels acted as pattern, color and texture - yes, all wrapped into one! Instead of opting for your rental company's default pepper and salt shakers, think outside of the box. We included a handful of teak wooden mini bowls filled with coarse salt and black pepper. Each contained a miniature spoon for dipping out and sharing. Not only does this provide a unique splash to your table, the wooden texture of the bowls lent itself to the overall color palette of the table. These napkins. Oh, these napkins. We're obsessed. Metallics AND fringe - all with natural tones?! They were perfect. We purchased these specialty linen napkins from our favorite store, Anthropologie. Understandably, it would be nearly impossible to have enough for a 100+ guest wedding. Instead, have them for only your head table (the couple and wedding party). This way you get to add that unique piece without breaking the bank. Plus, you also get to take them home. A perfect newlywed gift to yourself!
THE PAPER GOODS Paper - the first design element that your wedding guests will ever see. Interesting, right? This is a couple's first opportunity to set the tone for the wedding day. With a smaller guest list, you could have the funds to hire a designer/calligrapher to create a one of a kind suite.
Photographer: The Happy Bloom//Equipment Rentals: EventWorks//Equipment Rentals:Ooh Events//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Black Tux//Dress Designer: Martina Liana//Dress Store:Bleubelle Bridal//Invitation Designer: Cake Papier//Bakery:Vintage Soul Cakes//Floral Designer: August Floral & Event Design//Hair Stylist:Royal Makeup & Hair//Event Venue: The Brice Hotel//Submitted via Two Bright Lights