Honored in 2010, John Creager Weddings of San Diego turns an austere ballroom into a tropical setting for a summer wedding. Centerpieces are based on "conceptual" palm trees built of wrought-iron poles topped with palm foliage and twinkle lights.
Denver-based Newberry Brothers wins the Gala Award in 2010 for this "green and gold" wedding floral landscape for a nature-loving couple. Centerpieces combine white hydrangea, callas, stock and curly willow, encircled with a gold grape wreath.
Honored in 2010, Canfield, Ohio-based Something New Events creates a dining riser for the bride and groom, featuring a frame covered in roses, hydrangeas and peonies in shades of purple, pink and cream.
At The Special Event 2009, Rockville, Md.-based Janet Flowers Wedding and Event Designs is honored for "Le Charme Automne," which transforms a private home into a fall woodland. Harvested 15-foot trees provide dramatic accents.
At The Special Event 2009, Janet Flowers Wedding and Event Designs is honored with a nomination for "The Young and the Guestlist," a lively mix of geometric containers with vivid floral and naughty fishnet stockings.
At The Special Event 2009, The Precious Moment of Beijing lands the Gala Award for this corporate event depicting the four seasons. A reconstructed 300-year-old opera house serves as the event venue.
At The Special Event 2008, Designs by Sean of Dania, Fla., brings home the Gala Award for this "Garden Fairy Tale" wedding floral, featuring mossy columns, a 12-foot tree trunk and "sunken gardens" in the center of tables.
At The Special Event 2008, Chicago-based Kehoe Designs is honored for this backyard wedding floral. Chandeliers, suspended chiffon panels and crystal candlesticks are garnished with hydrangeas, callas and green grapes, while balustrades of fresh floral surround the dance floor.
Las Vegas-based MGM MIRAGE Events is honored at the 2008 show for this birthday party for twin sisters featuring nearly 39,000 fresh flower blossoms. The sisters' pets are re-created as topiaries; six-foot-tall centerpieces adorn tables.
Designs by Sean lands the Gala Award at The Special Event 2007 with this whimsical pink wedding, featuring 150 cherry tree branches suspended from the ceiling. A life-size tree behind the bar features pink cherry, blue hydrangea and green amaranthus blooms.
Designs by Sean is honored at the 2007 show for the striking floral at this corporate event. A mix of artichokes, wheat grass, purple cabbage, roses, tulips and tiger lilies in a variety of glass containers makes for dramatic centerpieces.
Janet Flowers Wedding and Event Designs is honored at the 2007 Special Event for floral at a winter wedding. Copper hardware mixes with reindeer moss, angel vine and orchids for a dramatic look.
Designs by Sean is lauded at The Special Event 2006 for wedding floral featuring custom designs for each stage of the ceremony. The poolside ceremony features suspended glass vases filled with orchids, while the reception room showcases 14 sculptured iron trees interwoven with branches of blooming white dogwood. Centerpieces are wooden vases filled with vivid pink peonies and green hydrangea.
Janet Flowers Wedding and Event Designs is honored at the 2006 show for floral for a fall wedding, highlighted by 4,000 roses, 3,000 hand-harvested and dried hydrangea blossoms, 1,700 calla stems, suspended amaranthus and dried berries and vines held in iron vessels.
Someone's in the Kitchen, Tarzana, Calif., and Michael Walls Florals & Events, Beverly Hills, Calif., bring home the Gala Award at The Special Event 2006 with this salute to roses, the bridal couple's choice. A floral arch outlines a doorway, while the dining tent features 12 wrought-iron chandeliers covered in roses.
At The Special Event 2005, Feastivities Catered Events of Philadelphia brings home the Gala Award for these chic centerpieces of polystyrene heads topped with floral "hats," part of a fashion-theme fundraiser.
The Precious Moment is honored with a nomination in 2005 for wedding floral that includes six floral chandeliers fashioned from 1,500 strings of glass beads and more than 10,000 pink dendrobium orchids.
Los Angeles-based EventWorks wins raves at The Special Event 2004 for creating two dozen unique, architectural centerpieces for a corporate event. Arrangements feature round and rectangular glass vases, colored rocks, crystal chips and exotic blooms such as birds of paradise and spider mums.
For a wedding with a Mexican/Hawaiian theme, Good Gracious! Events and Ronald Mann at the Park Plaza Hotel, both in Los Angeles, turn to floral in vivid hues and rustic touches such as raffia napkin ties and vases lined with leaves. The work is honored at The Special Event 2004.
New York-based Matthew David brings home the Gala trophy at The Special Event 2004 for floral at a Plaza Hotel wedding. The signature element: a 14-foot-tall floral chandelier, crafted from 50,000 dendrobium orchids and Dutch hydrangea, hanging in the Grand Ballroom.
At The Special Event 2003, Emerald City Designs of Farmington Hills, Mich., is honored for wedding floral that creates an outdoor atmosphere inside a country club. Oversize topiary arrangements feature natural oak limbs and curly willow, along with Asiatic lilies, dahlias, zinnias, Fuji mums and hanging amaranthus.
Kehoe Designs is praised at the 2003 show for this fundraiser supporting a zoo. Due to client demands, the team used nothing but floral that could later be fed to zoo animals after the event; glue, staples and leaf-shine products were forbidden.
MGM MIRAGE Events and New York-based David Tutera win the Gala Award at The Special Event 2003 for a "spring" theme wedding at the Bellagio Hotel. Highlights: the X-shaped bridal party table featuring runners fashioned from flowers, candles, fruits and beads, and 16 trees--carefully wired with flowers--lining the aisle.
At the 2002 show, Designs by Sean is recognized for "Italian Renaissance" theme floral featuring centerpieces of tight clusters of roses, lilies, tulips and hydrangea accented with heather, lilac, grapes, tangerines and pears.
MGM MIRAGE Events win the Gala Award at The Special Event 2002 for this dramatic wedding floral, which includes thousands of callas, lilies and orchids imported from the Netherlands and stored in three 45-foot refrigerated trucks. Floral is used to create a wedding canopy, decorate French lampposts lining the aisle and create a "Monet pond" inside the ballroom.
EventWorks keys on the monochromatic color style of artist Andy Warhol to create structural floral; the work is honored with a Gala nomination at The Special Event 2001.
Honored at the 2001 show, Nature's Daughter, of Basking Ridge, N.J., creates a Hawaiian mood at a bat mitzvah by creating eight-foot bamboo frames surrounding tables, which are topped with banana leaves, bamboo votives and chunky candles.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Tribble Creative Group and Santa Barbara, Calif.-based John Daly Inc. International bring home the Gala Award from The Special Event 2001 for a floral display that transforms a clear-span tent into a vision of the four seasons. A botanical garden is brought into the tent through the use of colonnades built to match the garden arbors and a design scheme of floral arrangements on huge banquet tables and rounds. For more beautiful Photo Galleries from Special Events, just click here.
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