By Sean De Freitas
Our series on industry professionals and their favorite events continues as Sean De Freitas looks back on a spectacular wedding.
At this wedding, held at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, Chad and Nicole exchanged wedding vows in front of 200 of their closest friends and family. They had asked for a romantic and sophisticated theme for their wedding, but also wanted a bit of a dramatic look. To this end, we chose black-and-white, with the slightest accents of green, as the event palette. It was the wedding floral design that really took this event to the the next level of design!
The ceremony set the tone for the event. The couple exchanged vows underneath an arbor of white branches and flowers. Clusters of white Manzanita branches were woven together and extended off of four corner posts to create the arbor. The branches were hand-sculptured to form arches, meeting in the center overhead. Set admid the white branches were an abundance of white orchids including white and cream cymbidiums, white phalaenopsis, and woven strands of white dendrobium heads. The base of the arbor posts were concealed by full heads of white hydrangea. In the center of the arbor, a crystal chandelier suspended overhead providing romantic light for the area. In all, over 5,000 orchid heads were used in the design.
Floral design was also the focal point of the cocktail reception. At both ends of the space, a custom, semicircular bar was created. Across the front of the bar and cascading down from the bar top, all-white flowers, including phalaenopsis orchids, roses, cymbidium orchids, hydrangea, lisianthus, and mini spray roses, appeared to be pouring out from within the structure. On a tiered pedestal backbar, collections of large glass vessels served as the ideal vase for overflowing white phalaenopsis orchids accented by clusters of white spray rose, pale green hanging amaranthus, and white branches.
The large arrangements were accented by two smaller arrangements on lower tiers of the back bar consisting of white spray roses with accents of cattleya orchids and green amaranthus, all set on top crystal pedestals with hanging crystals. In the center of the cocktail reception, inside of a large sculpted ice urn, a towering floral presentation of white phalaenopsis orchids was show-stopping. A similar presentation o phalaenopsis was set on the placecard table in a tall glass vase accented by cascading crystals. Beautiful floral centerpieces were created in collections of glass vessels varying in height and size placed on end tables of lounge groupings.
For dinner, guests were seated at one of two different dining table designs incorporated into the room. Each table design presented beautiful floral décor. The first design, featuring custom-made 16-foot-by 42-inch-wide rectangular tables, showcased two four-foot-tall white Manzanita trees that towered over each table.
The branches of the trees were adorned with more than 300 white dendrobium orchid heads, which were painstakingly adhered to the branches one by one. Set strategically within the tree limbs were tight clusters of spray roses and additional clusters of phalaenopsis orchids. Long stands of crystals and hanging candles suspended from the branches. The bases of the trees were covered with cymbidium orchids and cattleya orchids nestled within white hydrangea. Along the length of the table, crystal candlesticks flickered with candlelight from floating candles.
Additional clusters of white hydrangea, cattleya, and phalaenopsis were grouped around the base of crystal stands, with clusters of white roses, orchids, and green amaranthus were placed on top of the stands. Votive candles were then placed all along the length of the table.
The second table design featured 60-inch square tables with an opening in the center to permit placement of a centerpiece “inside” of the table. A Lucite top was placed over the cutout to create a seamless look on the table surface. The table centerpiece began from inside of the table. An arrangement of white hydrangea and orchids created a stunning visual beneath the Lucite top. A tall glass vessel extended above the table, and within the glass a snowy white stem of cymbidium orchids appeared to be growing out of the table.
On top of the glass vessel, cascading white phalaenopsis, cattleya orchids, and strands of crystals filled the area. Crystal candlesticks at different heights were set around the table, as were smaller votive candles in glass and crystal-trimmed candle holders.
The bridal table was 16 feet long and 42 inches wide. The centerpiece here featured two three-foot-tall trees with a plethora of white orchids and roses. Along the middle of the table a low design featuring different arrangements of phalaenopsis, cattleya orchids, and hydrangea were arranged within a variety of crystal stands and candle accents.
A surprise After-Party followed dinner, and dramatic pops of lavender and magenta filled the room. Custom bar-height metal tables resembled display cases as they permit décor to be placed within the table and seen through Lucite table tops. Inside of the tables, magenta cymbidiums, purple mini cala lilies, and red amaranthus were arranged on silver trays and placed within purple gel beads inside of the tables. On top of the tables, collections of candles in glass vessels of varying heights complete the table design.
Groupings of lounge furniture were available for seating and chic, modern floral and candle centerpieces featuring three-foot-tall glass cylinders filled with stems of white cymbidium orchids were placed on end tables. Tiered backbars showcased flowers in tall rectangular glass vessels filled with arrangements of a variety of purple and pink orchids and roses, hanging amaranthus, and mini cala lilies. Custom Lucite panels were placed at either side of the backbar and floral sculptures were designed on the Lucite. When the panels were illuminated, the design created the illusion of flowers “floating” in midair.
Floral décor created a huge impact on the design of this wedding. It was a night filled with romance, elegance, and sophistication — with a touch of drama — that the guests will not soon forget!