Events at Chihuly Garden and Glass present a designer with two paths: understatement or shazam. I’ve taken the understated approach before, with subdued, all-white floral designs that tried in no way to compete with the incredible glass installation hanging from the venue’s ceiling. But for Emily and Ken’s wedding in August 2016, we got to dive fully into the wow factor, with bold, bright, textural, joyful creations that reflected the spirit of the artwork.

Rebecca Grant of New Creations Weddings created a gorgeous overall design scheme that blended whimsy and formality, bright color with moments of subdued grace. Our floral designs pulled in large silver cardoon leaves, cheerful pops of craspedia, seasonal juicy dahlias, and the ever luscious “Juliet” David Austin rose. Tall centerpieces were poised on glass pedestals flanking the altar during the ceremony, then moved to tables for the reception. Curly willow reached upwards and mimicked the twisting, organic lines of the glass. Specialty linens and wood chargers by Pedersens and CORT  provided a gorgeous base for the tablescape.

One of my favorite elements of the day was the bridesmaids’ custom signs. Instead of bouquets, they carried the sweetest hand-lettered wooden signs down the aisle (created by Wonderstruck), festooned with floral across the top. Altogether, the maids carried a message: “I have found the one whom my soul loves” for the processional and during the ceremony, then flipped around to read “And they lived happily ever after” for the recessional. Also, how cool are the floral print bridesmaid dresses? We never see that!

The Manchiks were on hand to capture all the lovely moments seen below– and of course, the shazam.