Resetting the stage…
This is the second wedding for the Gorman family. I could not have been more excited when I got the call that Amelia was engaged. I created a stunning wedding for her sister Alexis three years earlier. It was the talk of the town, and published multiple times. I am pleased to say, “I did the same for Amelia.” Both ceremonies took place at the same Cathedral, followed by a reception on the family’s property. Both of the Gorman girls have their mother’s gift of incredible style. Once again I was blessed to have the responsibility of creating the perfect wedding.
The design …
My second meeting with the “G” girls was a trip! We had a blast selecting linens and discussing the details of the day. Amelia went old school and arrived to the meeting with a giant section of cardboard covered with a menagerie of photos and pages of magazines. Once combined, these images reflected her unique style. Layers of sheer fabrics, flickering candles, and candelabra, balanced with soft delicate shades of cream, ivory and subtle tones of pinks. Amelia loved the idea of having long banquet style tables mixed with round to create interest in the space.
During one of our meetings the mother of the bride told me a story. When Amelia was a little girl she would lay under the Christmas tree and say, “Mommy turn off all the lights”. She would gaze up into the branches and marvel at all the little lights. A sheer fabric liner inside of the tent was a part of the plan from day one. However after the tale of the lights in the tree, I decided to add the little white lights behind the liner. Like the lights of the tree Amelia loved so much as a child, her wedding night would have a sky of little stars.
All the linens were custom and selected months in advance. The head table cloth was created with fabric I found just a few days before the wedding. All together I had six different linen patterns mixed in the room, and each style cloth had a specific glass charger and napkin fold for that table’s design. I created a false wall in the tent to ensure the caterer had plenty of space in the room to service the 200 plus guests with out seeing service tables in the room.
After hundreds of hours of planning, the perfect event unfolded. Ameila and Laith’s guests dined, danced and celebrated in a space that would exist for just a few hours. It was like being in a dream.
The following video is a total of seven days of time lapse combined with footage by my friends at Full Frame Cinema.
Thank you …
Having a wedding at home always has its challenges and additional expenses, mostly due to the fact that you are building a room out of thin air. On this day, the weather also turned on us in the middle of cocktail hour. Skies went from blue to black in a matter of seconds. The entire team of seasoned professionals we had in place did not miss a beat.
Thank you to Christine Wheat for staying with me for all the days leading up to this … and for the 6:00AM – 3:30 AM schedule on the day of wedding. Mike Frodey, and the entire crew of CPRC, for seven days of dawn to dusk, and for taking an idea on paper and making it a reality. The stunning stationary from Rebecca at The Pink Orange. Debbie Coye for a cake that could not have been more perfect for the day. The management and crew of Mansion Catering. My staff for pulling out all the stops. Shari and Josh of Silk Studio (NYC) for the beautiful images. Jeffery, Dave and Nick from Full Frame for creating multiple films for my clients.
Congratulations Amelia & Laith!