Today we're taking a look behind the scenes of our design process. The concept for this November wedding at 26 Bridge in DUMBO, Brooklyn was "Dark & Sexy Corners." The couple loves hanging out at clubs in Brooklyn, and that wanted to bring that same vibe into their wedding reception. Inspired by the fall season, the color palette included a mix of oranges, reds, yellows, black, and green. Below, you can see an overview of how we worked with them to develop and implement the design - from the proposal through the day-of.
Design Proposal & Booking Process
The couple had originally booked a Month-Of Coordination package with us a couple of years earlier. Their wedding was postponed twice due to COVID-related restrictions, and when they were ready to have their wedding in fall 2021, they reached out to us a few months before the date to ask for some additional help with the design. They already had their floral designer and lighting designer booked and their caterer was handling the rentals, but they were having trouble bringing together a complete concept and making selections on their rentals, florals, and other remaining details.
In light of where they were at in their design planning, we opted to put together a custom Mood Board & Concept Creation package for them, which included:
Part 1 - Getting a sense of their design style & creating several concept options. This included two parts:
Design Deep-Dive: We met with the couple for an hour to dig into their design preferences, ideas, and pain points. Following that session, we put together three different mood board and color palette options.
Mood board & Concept Creation: Based on our conversation with the client, we created three mood board and concept options for them to select from. You can see those below:
Mood Board & Concept Options
Part 2 - Building out the design plan to include all of the following elements:
Design Plan: The couple made their mood board and design concept selection, and their Designer (in this case, Shaniece) prepared a complete design deck for each design-related aspect of the event. Typically, a design deck will include a finalized and complete mood board and color palette, along with a full design proposal for each of the design elements, including the florals, tablescapes, ceremony setup, reception setup, and any other custom elements you request (e.g., dessert table or sweetheart table).
Floor Plans: A customized wedding floor plan (including setups for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception) were created and shared with the client.
Design Renderings: Shaniece created custom design renderings for the client so that they could see what the design would look like in the space. One of the main challenges for this couple was design-related decision-making, so having the renderings made a huge difference in them being able to picture what the space would look like.
Design Budget: We put together a comprehensive budget for them with all of the design elements that we recommended, with budget options at three different price points (below budget, at budget, and beyond budget.)
Normally, our design offerings would also include custom vendor recommendations, design implementation, and on-site styling and direction, but given that they had already booked most of their design-related vendors and our team would already be on-site the day of the event, we opted to forgo those pieces, and they decided to handle design implementation themselves.
Below you can view the design plan we put together for them as well as some initial images from their wedding (professional images to come.)
The Wedding Day
The couple got married in November 2021 at 26 Bridge, Brooklyn, and the design came together beautifully. As you can see from the images below, they made a statement at the entrance to 26 Bridge by having a floral install in front of the entrance. The couple decided to use black crates for the florals to add some texture and grunge to the look.
They used a sheer curtain to divide the ceremony and dinner spaces and added overhead string lights from Universal Light & Sound to both spaces. The cocktail hour occurred in the lobby of the building.
They repurposed their ceremony florals behind their sweetheart table to add some drama, and they used the venue-provided chairs and tables. The lush florals throughout added a luxe look to the space, and they had some fun details like "fun fact" cocktail napkins.
If you're interested in exploring design services for your wedding, please reach out - we'd love to chat! Set up a consultation with Justine here.
Thanks so much to L&V for letting us be a part of your special day, and thanks to the wonderful team of vendors who made this wedding happen:
Design & Coordination: Together Events (Shaniece, Anita, Kelly & Justine)
Caterer: Creative Foods Catering
Photographer: Robert Carlo
Floral Designer: Aureate Florals
DJ: BPM Events
Lighting: Universal Light & Sound
Makeup Artist: MeMa Creations
Hair Stylist: Brides bySonia Castleberry
Alcohol: Brooklyn Beer & Soda