The Big Fake Wedding 2018
I'm so excited to have been part of this event again! The Big Fake Wedding is an alternative bridal show that turns the idea of a traditional wedding expo on its head. A real married couple celebrates a vow renewal, but the whole thing is staged as a wedding. Vendors are given a theme and color palette to design from. Engaged couples get to see vendors in action and talk to them one on one, and the organizers do a great job of curating multiple vendors in most categories (such as flowers, stationary, and photography) so that there is real variety for the guests to peruse.
I created the bridal party's flowers as well as two tablescapes for the 2018 Baltimore event, held in Ellicott City on May 16th.
The Bridal Party
The bride's bouquet included white ranunculus with ombre yellow centers, yellow tulips, fluffy white peonies with darker gold centers, white anemones with metallic gold-tipped red stamens, and darker gold flowers that I made up (I wanted something with lots of stamens for interest, but without a lot of other texture or dense layering of petals). I chose velvet leaves that included the same luscious gold tones as the flowers, as well as vibrant pink, burgundy and purple for contrast.
The bridesmaids each had slightly different arrangements, for a little extra interest!
Both included a white anemone to match those in the bride's bouquet, blush cherry blossoms with gold-tipped red stamens, blush peonies (dark stamens in one bouquet and light in the other), and rich sienna roses (darker in one bouquet, lighter in the other); one bouquet also included white tulips, and the other had white flowers with peach stamens (again, more of a made up flower but similar to my anemones).
The velvet millinery leaves were the perfect match, with pink highlights to accentuate the red of the sienna tones as well as hints of grey that complemented the bridesmaids' dresses.
Each boutonniere included a rose, metallic coppery berries, cherry/fruit blossoms, and velvet foliage in colors to match the bouquets. I wrapped them with a champagne ribbon that complemented both color schemes.
And we can't forget Remy!
The Big Fake Wedding celebrated a special first at this show: first dog included in the bridal party! The couple's dog Remy was absolutely delightful and (everyone agreed) the real star of the day. I designed a special collar attachment with gold-toned flowers and foliage so he'd be sure to match his favorite people.
For both tables, I focused on simpler floral arrangements juxtaposed with different colors and textures of glass candleholders and vases. I knew I wanted one table to have more green tones, both in the flowers and the decor. For the other, I went with more gold and white, but at my husband's suggestion also incorporated some black for a bolder Art Deco effect. Black and gold just go so well together!! (I'd been working on those black anemones for a different project-- oh well!)
The second I saw the color palette, I knew I wanted to use those vibrant honey and sienna tones as a stepping off point for the bridal party's flowers. I used white and gold tones for the bride and groom, and shades of sienna for the bridesmaids & groomsmen.
My favorite decision in this project was to use vintage velvet millinery foliage instead of making it myself from the clay! I love finding add-ons like this that can really complement the clay and bring something unique to the table. I knew the texture and vibrant colors of the velvet would really set this project apart from any of the flowers I've made before, but the leaves were honestly even nicer in person than I could have imagined. <3
I used a lovely black and gold lace to wrap the bouquets; the darker color offset the lighter flowers and added a little drama.
BAR | Oh My Gahs, LLC
BRIDAL ACCESSORIES | Little Things Borrowed
BRIDAL GOWN, BRIDESMAID DRESSES + DRESS ALTERATIONS | Proposal to Promise
CAKE | The Cake Studio
CANDY STATION | A Vision from Shaye Event Planning Boutique
CATERING | Zeffert and Gold Catering and Event Planning
CHAMPAGNE | Le Grand Courtage
DAY-OF COORDINATOR | Rachel Kendall Events
DESSERT FAVORS | Malvi: Marshmallow Confections
DESSERT BAR | Sweet Beginnings Bakery
DJ + EMCEE | DJ Jimmy T Entertainment LLC
EVENT DESIGN: RENTALS + TABLES 1,5 | Vintage Affairs
FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN: BOUQUETS, BOUTONNIERES, TABLES 3, 8 | Wrenegade Floral Design
FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN: HEAD TABLE + TABLESCAPES 4, 7 | Tira Lynn Events
FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN: CEREMONY BACKDROP + TABLES 2, 6 | Flor de Casa Designs
FLORAL + EVENT DESIGN: CAKE BACKDROP + REGISTRATION TABLE | House of Design
JEWELRY | Smyth Jewelers
MAKEUP | Dettloff Makeup
MENS ACCESSORIES | Christopher Schafer Clothier
PHOTO BOOTH | Lux Amare Photography
PHOTOGRAPHY | Ashton Kelley Photography
PHOTOGRAPHY | Britney Clause Photography
PHOTOGRAPHY | We Are The Cashmans
SIGNAGE | White Coffee Lettering
SPA SERVICES | HourGlass Body Contouring Spa
SPARKLING WINE SPONSOR | SOCIAL Sparkling Wine
STATIONERY : INVITATIONS + TABLE ACCENTS | House of Catherine
VENUE | Main Street Ballroom
WEDDING DAY DOG CARE | Furever & Fur Always
WEDDING DRESS ALTERATIONS | My’s Bridalterations
WEDDING VOW ART | The Standard Canvas