Photography by Behzad Design & Photography
Today’s feature is likely to ignite an infatuation with Strictly Weddings Los Angeles floral & event design partner, Empty Vase. Known for its exquisite floral artistry and versatility, Empty Vase brings magical, inspired visions to California weddings. Whether the design is a simple pleasure, such as a singular bouquet, or the ultimate in luxury, like a breathtaking canopy of 70,000 roses (shown above), each one is crafted with distinctive attention to detail and creative refinement. Empty Vase’s expert team of out-of-the-box creatives has crafted an incomparable style, earning them abundant praise and a loyal following well outside California’s limits.
What is the one word that sets Empty Vase apart from the rest and makes them a leader in the wedding industry? According to Saeed Babaeean, visionary founder and president of Empty Vase, their inspiration and signature styling comes down to one word: unexpected.
Unexpected means, “Something new. Something out of the ordinary. Something never-before-seen.” Instead of following the trends, Babaeean creates the trends by relying on his own adventurous inclinations to push the envelope and deliver the extraordinary.
Using Empty Vase’s renowned innovative flair and signature stamp of luxury as our guide, here are five ways to take your wedding from predictable to “unexpected.”
1. Incorporate unexpected floral details
Choose unique locations to showcase an interesting or unconventional use of floral. At the weddings below, Empty Vase used hundreds of Phalaenopsis orchids to embellish the bride and groom’s chairs and a lush bed of white hydrangea and orchids within lucite guest tables.
2. Create unexpected focal points
Call attention to wedding reception florals in areas of importance with high style. Case in point: Peacocks! A definite conversation starter, two 13’ fanciful, floral peacocks brought to life by Empty Vase added instant panache and a fashionable welcome to the wedding reception’s entrance. Check out the extraordinary floral focal piece emulating the bride’s gown as a conversation starter and, at another event, the sparkling 42’ canopy of 4,300 crystals catching light over the dance floor.
3. Select an unexpected theme
The wedding theme should be as unique as you! For a bride and groom desiring something creative and bold, Empty Vase brought to life a medieval-inspired wedding. Taper candles and hammered gold set off thousands upon thousands of romantic red roses used to carry out the dramatic theme.
Photography by Laurie Bailey
4. Use unexpected ingredients.
The least obvious choice can often be the most surprising (in a good way). Empty Vase used a collection of found objects to uniquely display verdant floral arrangements at a private residence wedding reception.
Photography by Laurie Bailey
5. Consider an unexpected color story
Tired of white weddings? Step out of the ordinary with a unique wedding color palette. Even candy pink and electric blue can work when chicly conceptualized and executed!
Photography by Shahin Gabbaypour
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With all the focus on summer brides, autumn weddings can sometimes feel neglected or overlooked. As the smothering heat of summer begins to wane and cooler temperatures emerge, the foliage changes to a rainbow of warm, inviting hues in rich tones not seen any other time of the year. Autumn is the best time of year for Chicago weddings!
That’s why we want to pay homage to the fall season with its gorgeous palette of deep, luxurious colors. We are proud to share three spectacular autumn weddings from our partners at HMR Designs in Chicago and know that they will make you fall further in love with autumn weddings.
The historic Drake Hotel in Chicago is known for its stunning architecture, so the team at HMR Designs decided to compliment this fall Chicago wedding with intricate floral designs. Suspended candlelight glows softly against the sheen of magnolia leaves, highlighting the gilded accents that shine atop chocolate linens. The floral designs showcased traditional elements such as green and white hydrangeas, peach and coral spray roses, and hypericum berries against more unique flora such as Maggie Oui orchids, scabiosa pods, gold-dusted pears and artichokes. The result is a rich palette of warm, luxurious layers that resonate a more traditional sense of opulence.
The Radisson Blu Hotel is known more for its modern and sophisticated take on the Chicago wedding, so HMR Designs decided to juxtapose this against a more rustic style for this September soiree. An abundance of candlelight highlighted the deep coral, blood orange and soft yellow of the floral centerpieces, aisle swag, and ceremony canopy. Birch and curly willow branches added a rustic element to the arrangements while charcoal linens, layered crystal and golden candles on the tables added a luxe element. The dark backdrop and golden lighting really allowed the colors to pop, giving this autumn wedding a rustic design with a luxurious glow.
Fall seems like the only time of year where we can truly embrace one of our favorite colors for a Chicago wedding – deep crimson. Paired with a rich gold, this color palette creates fluid warmth to the reception and lounge areas of the prestigious University Club of Chicago. Baroque candlesticks were wrapped in lush red roses that complemented the crimson swathed iron chandeliers. Candlelight gleamed from every angle – ceiling, walls, tables – creating a warm radiance against gilded glass and golden chargers. For an autumn reception, only the power of crimson can hold court in such manner.
Strictly Weddings partner, Jordan Payne Events, specializes in planning and designing luxury weddings in Texas and around the world. Outgoing and passionate with all the charm of a true Southern belle, Jordan is known for her keen attention to detail and her out of this world wedding styling. Based in Dallas, Jordan and her team plan some of the area’s most stunning weddings, including those of high society clients, executives as well as celebrities. Today, we’ve asked Jordan to share with us her list of five ‘must-haves’ for a true luxury wedding, accompanied by gorgeous imagery from her past ultra lavish events.
1. Upgraded seating
Luxury chair treatments take ordinary chairs to exquisite! This can mean elegant fabric ties, custom covers that fit over the back of the chairs or a luxurious fabric for the seat covers.
2. BIG flowers
Nothing says luxury like big, lush, sprawling, over-the-top floral arrangements. What an amazing place to show your personality and style – think tall vessels and a mix of high, low, large and small flowers in all the right places.
3. Luxury linens
Opt for designs that have texture or a slight sheen to give an opulent feel. Another idea is to choose three monochromatic fabrics but in different styles (perhaps a damask, silk dupioni, sequin cameo or tori overlay) so that they flow in the room yet create lush textural layers, rather than a flat color across the venue.
4. Couture invitations
Gorgeous, custom-designed invitations set the tone of your wedding. This is your guests’ first glimpse into your big day, so attention to detail is key. Whether modern, art deco, beachy, or romantic, your custom invitations are both a beautiful keepsake and a wonderful way to share your signature style.
5. Fabulous flooring
Having custom flooring installed in a ballroom at a wedding, or any event, automatically adds a high-luxury feeling. All your guests will notice, and it’s a focal point as they walk in the room. Want to add even more drama? Suspending a large chandelier or custom shade adds incredible wow factor as well as serves to anchor the room.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our brief tour inside the mind of the extraordinary Jordan Payne! All of the images of luxury weddings in today’s feature were styled and planned by Jordan and her amazing team at Jordan Payne Events.
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Don’t let the gorgeous journey into of the world of luxury wedding design end here! There is so much more beauty to behold on Jordan’s website, blog, and facebook! Interested in scheduling an appointment to discuss your big day with Dallas wedding maven? Contact Jordan Payne Events at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 214.577.5880.