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.