Tuesday, September 15, 2009


I worked on this event a few months ago here in Chicago when I was with Botanicals. It was a wonderful success, as all the top wedding planners in the city were invited as the guests. The Ivy Room and Blue Plate Catering were the gracious hosts, and we designed the transformation of the space's lovely yet blank canvas!

I worked with both the lovely Kara Superfine and Jesse Deckard on the design of this unique event. We started off using a cool jewel-toned peacock feather as our inspiration. Jesse came up with the idea to create the gigantic orbs of actual feathers to hang from the ceiling above each and every table. The tables themselves were custom made of white lacquered wood complete with a platinum inlay (and were surrounded by acrylic ghost chairs...swoon!). The centerpieces were kept low to not obstruct the guests' view across the table, and were designed of a lush mass of fresh chartreuse viburnum and deep dark purple sweet pea designed in a white lacquered box. Warm candlelight completed each tablescape.

Additionally, a series of lounge settings were placed in front of each window bay creating intimate areas to enjoy a drink and good conversation. Each setting was made up of sleek yet comfortable white furniture, a white rug and a white square coffee table finished with a layer of horizontal peacock feathers carefully placed under the top glass. Completing each lounge was a dramatic display of deep blue taffeta curtains pulled back to perfectly frame a sparkling chandelier.

We are honored that Illinois Meetings + Events Magazine actually chose one of the photos as the cover shot for the current issue!

{all photos by Jai Girard}

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