Carra and Derek: September 1, 2012
The Palmetto Club
We were delighted to work with Carra and her mom, Michelle, over the course of a year to help plan and design a "fall-ish" event in a facility that had a completely different color scheme than the browns, oranges, and dark yellows she was envisioning. Armed with lots of DIY ideas, Carra laid out her desires to our event designer, Ashley, who quickly responded with her knowledge of the facility and how fall tones could easily be incorporated into the venue's blueish tones.
The biggest plus for the Palmetto Club is its outdoor setting on its expansive back lawn. This makes practically andy color combination perfect when facing the building itself.
The second factor that Ashley reminded Carra and Michelle of was that the ballroom had several mustard colored wall seams on the perimeter walls which brought out the gold tones in the blue and gold carpeting. Once lights were dimmed, the lighter colors created the mystic surrounding the reception area. The blue just seemed to disappear.
In all honesty, Carra was not a big fan of fresh flowers. She and her mom were perfectly willing to invest in quality silk florals for bouquets, wedding flower corsages, and guest table centerpieces. So vibrant oranges, yellows, and brown became the focus of the celebration.
We loved Carra's choice in making the color of white a structured part of the wedding attire. From the attendant heels, to the men's formalwear, it was a lovely diversion popping with touches of brown in handkerschiefs and traditional neckties.
Carra and her mom spent a great deal of time researching vintage elements that would fit in with their wedding at a more formalized event venue. What they found was that it was the small details that mattered. Custom signage was a big part of what they added.
Catering By Robert's wedding and rehearsal coordinator, Kent Billiter, kept the pergola fabrics centered on neutral and strong colors of gold and brown to create a bold contrast to the white back side of the clubhouse .
It was important to both Carra and Derek for guests to have lots to keep them busy during the reception. They hired a cigar rolling team from DeLite Entertainment to provide custom smokes. They also focused on "take-away" favors at each guest place setting saying thank you, and Carra's mom's wine-making talents through a custom labeled wine.
Elsewhere in the clubhouse, the dark brown, white, and rust colors with a touch of spicy pink created a focal point for the traditional long head table. Our custom designed "sails'" provided a backdrop for the main table.
Carra and Michelle furnished high grade brown and burnt orange hygrandea clusters that were inserted into our in-house eiffel tower centerpieces. Neutral linen cloths were highlighted with a trop of runners: two orange with a chocolate brown in the middle.
Our buffet was draped in antique gold and dark brown accented with rust. The carpeting started looking like "fallen leaves" in contrast to the fall-like elements throughout.
Carra created some unique DIY pieces include a wired card box for the gift table.
Of course, the cake design reflected the orange and brown details Carra and Derek chose for their wedding.
Of course, party time was important and here is the happy couple relaxing after the formalities were over.
Many kudos to Blue Lane Photography, for capturing many of the images for Carra and Derek's celebration.