When the Fiori team met with the couple to discuss their wedding flowers, they did not have specific ideas about what flowers they wanted, but they wanted them to be very personalized to their personality and the reception space. Woodsy and modern were a recurring theme. Perhaps sculptural? There is a lot of wood and metal at the venue; can you incorporate that? Darrell looked around the studio and pointed out a few flowers that he liked – “I like those orchids but do they come in purple?”
And that was the amount of instruction that we had. So that is what we started with, purple orchids and both woodsy and modern; very dissimilar ideas. Industrial and sculptural. And orchids...
And it all had to work with what was to be a very personalized wedding and reception for two superhero loving geeks that included Lord of the Rings wedding bands, vows that they wrote themselves, multiple food trucks and a charcuterie table, specialty cocktails and beer, a rainbow cake and a Death Star piñata. Challenge accepted.
|Lord of the Rings Inspired Wedding Bands|
|Darrell's Super Hero Shoes|
|Waiting in the wings...|
|Lawrence and Darrell's self-written vows had everyone alternately in stitches...|
|And had them in tears.|
|Two grooms are better than one.|
Our goal was to create something that guest would talk about. The result made the grooms cry (in a good way!).
|The focal point of the main room.|
|Focal sculpture detail|
The centerpieces expanded on the theme of the focal sculpture; incorporating Phalaenopsis or Japhet and Catteleya orchids, accented with succulents, and airplants. Each was set on a square of galvanized metal to add an industrial feeling and then finished with moss and crushed purple glass.
|Cocktail Spices and Beer Sauces allowed for personalization of your beverage|
|Food trucks offered both savory and sweet meal options|
|Speeches from friends of the groom's added much levity|
|The charcuterie table became a dessert table later in the evening|
|The cake knife is engraved with the names and marriage dates all of the couples who have used it|
|A Big Gay Wedding needs a rainbow cake!|
|The Star Wars Death Star piñata|
|The piñata celebrated the groom's love of all thing geeky and made sure even the youngest guests were included|
Wedding Planner: Jenny Harding, New Chapters Weddings and Events
Photography: Erica Sciarretta with Sorella Photos
Additional photos are on our website