Amelia and Ben
Selected Photos by Laura Davis*
One of our most unusual color combinations was part of Amelia and Ben's ceremony and reception in Lakeland. Amelia and her parents were actively involved in all of the decor. From constructing the Chuppah to collecting the containers/adorning the guest table centerpieces,
Their damask runners set the theme for the major design of the event that included black table cloths and shabby chic clusters of mismatched containers and bottles. Polka dots even made an appearance!
Everything was perfectly matched or "mismatched" depending on your interpretation. Amelia's favorite Gerber Daisies were scattered throughout the decor.
While the January wedding day began cloudy and a bit chilly, it didn't dampen the spirits of family members who set to work delivering and setting up the many different decor elements that were months in the making.
Amelia and Ben's ceremony took place in front of the Sorosis Building facing the lake. The roadway was temporarily closed via a permit from the City of Lakeland. Our short wrought iron stands lined the aisle along the sidewalk, We hung the client's mason jars filled with fresh flowers on each. Later they were used atop high top cocktail tables also located outdoors.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres both indoors and out. The foyer of the Sorosis Building was lined with many DIY activities and displays.
From picture displays to a specialty drink, guests were entertained with many personalizations, hand-crafted by the family. There was even a recycling bin for empty beer bottles and cups next to the bar.
They even came up with a unique way to display escort/place cards: a large Chinese listing tables with individual placement cards under each. It was large enough for just about everyone to view.
Because Amelia and Ben wanted to keep the main reception room hidden from the guests during social hour, we covered the glass doors with white fabric.
Inside the main room, guest tables were set in a U-shape around the dance floor. A large feasting table included seating for both parents and the bridal party.
On the stage, assorted foliage and the couple's initials created a unique backdrop. A band (friends of the bride and her family), also performed there.
The head table had similar features and each child's place setting held a set of activities.
We utilized the building's white wood folding chairs and each table had a specific cluster of decorative containers carefully set aside in groupings on the stage by the family prior to our arrival. Runners alternated between two different black damask designs. Our light pink napkins were folded with a pocket to hold a menu card with similar design features.
Amelia impressed all of her guests with a wedding cake she had made and decorated herself. It was displayed along with jars filled with black, white, and hot pink candies. We utilized our in-house light pink runners, damask and polka dot overlays on this and many other display tables.
Thank you Amelia and Ben for allowing us to be a partner in the design and catering of your special day!
Event Design, Coordination, and Catering: Catering By Robert / Event Concepts . FL