Monday, October 11, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

On a beautiful Saturday in late August, Louis Guerra Design LLC had the pleasure of designing wedding decor for a very special wedding at held at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.

The couple, who met at the stadium, were married on the field in the presence of family and friends in front of the home team's dugout.

After the ceremony and cocktail hour, the wedding party and their guests moved into the exclusive Legends restaurant for the reception. To soften the masculine and sporty look of the space, the bride chose a color palette of silver, white and pink and requested lots of candles to create a soft romantic atmosphere.

First the tables were covered with silver shimmer linens and sheer white overlays embroidered with silver thread in a circular pattern. We than placed illuminating centerpieces of pink orchids and calla lilies submerged in tall cylinder vases of various heights on mirror disks to reflect the floating and votive candles.

The final touch were the guest favors, customized keepsake baseballs encased in a clear acrylic box. Definitely a night to be remembered!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Baby Blessing Celebration

On a Sunday afternoon in July, Louis Guerra Design worked with Kraft Event Management in decorating a client's back yard in honor of their son's first birthday and blessing ceremony. The party's invitation colors of turquoise, orange, yellow and white provided us with our design inspiration.

The afternoon started with a spiritual blessing ceremony held under a stylized canopy structure of dark brown wood and white linen fabric enhanced with white hydrangea, roses, fragrant gardenias and a white rose petal aisle path.

Guests sat upon bamboo chairs adorned with keepsake birth announcements and white paper fans to help keep cool on a hot sunny day.

The parents, birthday boy, and God parents all wore white orchid leis while the family's beloved pets wore collars of white roses and freesia tied with satin ribbon.

After the ceremony, the guests proceeded into the festively decorated tent for brunch. We incorporated the color  inspiration in several ways. First we hung a plethora of colorful paper lanterns in various sizes and a collection of cut outs of the letter "C" representing the baby's first name initial.

We brought the colors down onto the tables through the use of white table linens and custom made patchwork madras table runners. We than placed casual garden inspired arrangements of sunflowers, dahlias, roses, phlox and lysmachia designed in turquoise galvanized pales.

It all made for a fun and very memorable afternoon. 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Elegant June Wedding

In early June Louis Guerra Design made a bride's dream of a sophisticated and elegant summer wedding come true at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, New Jersey. The bride chose a traditional color palette of white, ivory and green. To create some drama we added crystals and touches of gold.
We started with the bridal bouquet, a collection of garden roses, peonies, sweet pea and phalaenopsis orchids accented with crystals and tied with double face satin ribbon and crystal studded pins.
The bride's maids, dressed in chocolate brown, carried similar bouquets of white, ivory and green flowers.

It was a beautiful day and the ceremony was held outdoors in front of a peaceful pond where we placed the ceremony structure, a romantic wrought iron chuppah. Not wanting to compete with the natural surroundings, we chose to lightly accent the chuppah white and ivory flowers and soft greenery. A white rose petal aisle completed the look.

Moving indoors to the grand ballroom for the reception, the bride chose to make a statement with dramatic centerpieces. The arrangements of orchids and garden roses featured tall gold manzanita branches from which we hung a collection of assorted crystals and votive candles. At the base of each centerpiece we placed a trio of small cluster bouquets, rose petals and more votive candles.

The final touch was the sweetheart table where we placed a beautiful low and lush arrangement that resembled the bridal bouquet.
Thanks to Andre Maier and Jeff Epstein for their beautiful photographs.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sweet 16 Birthday Party

On June 5th, Louis Guerra Design worked with Kraft Event Management to create a modern night club themed Sweet 16 birthday party at the Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, NJ. The party girl's favorite colors of pink and silver served as our design inspiration.

To turn the ballroom into a night club we darken the windows with black out fabric and than draped the windows with a silver "Liquid Metal" fabric. Than we arranged modern white leather furniture, custom made pillows and illuminated tables to create a lounge.

For the friends area we did a combination of square and rectangle table at different heights also covered with the same pink linens and runners. We than added fun modern arrangements in square vases and bowls of custom colored M & M's.  To complete the look we updated the classic ballroom chair by using modern silver resin reception chairs.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Winter Wonderland Birthday Party

Last month Louis Guerra Design worked with Kraft Event Management to create a "Winter Wonderland" themed event for a client who was celebrating his wife's landmark birthday. A snowflake on the event's Save the Date card was our design inspiration, and we carried this theme throughout all aspects of the event.

We started by projecting giant twirling snowflakes on the facade of the couple's elegant home and, to add to the snowy ambience, we illuminated the walkway with white pillar candles in glass hurricanes.

When the guests entered the home, they were ushered into the two-story family room, which served as the main party space. There they were greeted by more twirling white snowflakes projected onto the room's pale blue walls, as well as a forest of towering white birch trees that we created with actual 
We decorated the trees with glittering silver snowflakes of various sizes and styles, icicles, hanging crystals and live white phalaenopsis orchids. In keeping with our theme, we dusted the bases of the trees in white "snow" and up-lighted the trees in a wintery blue. The trees twinkled with small, white LED lights that we placed in the branches.
We continued the "Winter Wonderland" theme throughout the party space by hanging "curtains" of snowflakes and icicles in the windows.
We rounded out the theme by using silvery linens (called "liquid lame") on all the cocktail tables, which we decorated with antique silver votives and beautiful, lush arrangements of white orchids and dusty miller in soft gray. This complimented the fireplace mantle on which we displayed a lovely assortment of silver candlesticks and several arrangements of white orchids.
The client was very pleased and, judging from the wife's reaction, we think she was too. She told us to expect a call later in the year when her husband celebrates his landmark birthday.

Thanks to Michael S. Barr for his great photographs.