BEST DINING TABLE DESIGN
Emerald City Designs, Farmington Hills, Mich.
"A Modern Union"
In order to "reflect" who they are as individuals and as a couple, two grooms decided upon using two long, rectangular dining tables with mirror tops.
The cool, modern look was completed with Manzanita branches painted glossy black, which were joined at the ends and wrapped with crystal pendant drops to symbolize the men's union.
A closer view.
Picture Perfect Parties, North Reading, Mass.
"White Lace and Wine"
A sophisticated bride-to-be had a wine tasting at her wedding shower, a theme the event team carried through with a stunning 20-foot centerpiece—a triple-tier umbrella sculpture that floated above the dining table.
Cascading ribbons in lavender and sage connected the three umbrellas, and crystal "raindrops" seem to drizzle down.
The pretty tabletop.
Wilkinson Rhodes, San Antonio
"Poodles on Parade"
An annual Valentine's Day dinner goes retro and tres Parisian with high-fashion French poodles—adorned with pink and white long-stem tulips dominating the décor.
The host traditionally gives a champagne glass to each guest; these were filled with heart candy and had a glass heart candy ornament tied to the stem.
A pretty detail.
BEST FLORAL DESIGN
AOO Events Inc., Los Angeles
"High Tech Namaste"
A breathtaking wedding married Hindu traditions with a modern spin, including decorating a custom-built mandap with 6,000 hand-opened red and fuchsia roses and lining the structure's base with 1,000 Dendrobium orchids.
Marigolds—a mainstay of such events—decorated cocktail tables and were hand-strung into garlands to festoon the couple's dining table.
Designs by Sean, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The ceremony began with an elaborate aisle treatment of 18-foot tall myrtle trees lining the walkway and overflowing with thousands of blooming branches.
The couple exchanged vows under a natural birch branch and floral arbor structure, and then dined at tables with centerpieces featuring four different designs situated within the event floor plan; fresh-cut garden roses, phaleanopsis orchids, mini-blush callas and echevaria were featured.
A longer view.
Newberry Brothers, Denver
"Southern Meets Western Wedding"
A wedding at a rugged Western ranch picked up a sweet Southern vibe thanks to lush arrangements of lavender roses, variegated carnations, white peonies, and cream roses softened with pale lavender stock, baby's breath and cascades of amaranthus stems
To continue the Southern feel, parasols with flowers dripping over the edges and green moss branches hung throughout the venue.
A poem written by the groom sets the scene.
The floral topper.
Need some inspiration for great event design? Then come along and see all the great Gala Award nominees in tabletop and floral design categories. The awards will be handed out Jan. 10 at The Special Event in Nashville, Tenn.