When it comes to wedding decor in 2017, pros are looking towards lush greenery to adorn everything from aisles to venues — both outdoor and indoor. Why? Because green is the Pantone color of the year! Greenery can translate into so many different wedding themes — from modern to rustic — and while florals aren’t going away, the emphasis is definitely on leaves, branches, palms and other forms of beautiful foliage this year. Ahead, 8 stunning weddings that showcase greenery at its best.
“This wedding truly reflected a timeless and sophisticated look,” said Renee Price, Senior Designer at Kehoe Designs. “For the floral, we focused on white and ivory hues with subtle touches of blush rose. With this pristine feel, it was important to find ways to create more dimension in the design. In order to do that, we incorporated a variety of greenery in tailored forms. Boxwood walls, Ivy plants, Ficus trees, Eugenia trees, as well as Cypress-like columns were used to achieve this look. These beautiful, fresh plants were strategically placed throughout the reception to highlight the focal décor. This flourishing collection of live trees and plants created a visual dimension so that guests’ eyes narrowed in on the flowers, lighting, and specialty furniture.”
Wedding planner Susan Cordogan of Big City Bride said the couple always had a direct vision for their wedding day. “Being that my bride is in real estate, she had impeccable style for interiors,” said Cordogan. “We wanted this style to carry through into the wedding reception so we carefully crafted a romantic and stylish event that was both fancy and modern.”
James and Lori’s wedding was part boho, part rustic and all things beautiful. The couple allowed Kaleb Norman James Design to run with it with little direction, leaving an empty drawing board ripe for creativity. The venue, the Highland Springs Resort, was a blank slate in the best possible way. The long rows of aged olive tree groves and the blooming lavender fields were the perfect compliment to lush, green environs.
In this romantic Swan Lake ceremony, an aisle lined in cream petals led up to the altar set with gold pedestals overflowing with cream florals and greenery. Following the ceremony, guests were led to the cocktail area and offered tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and the couple’s signature drinks. A lively jazz band welcomed guests to an open-air tent on the lawn for a decadent dinner, which was draped with fabric and accented with overgrown chandeliers, as they took their seats at two long tables accented with cream florals and lush greenery. As the sun set, guests were invited into the ballroom to dance and relax amongst cream lounge vignettes and soft-seating in the exterior, while an 8-piece band played from the stage.
Private Estate Wedding
“Christophe proposed to Megan while vacationing in France, so when it came to planning their wedding, they wanted the same European feel in a private and intimate setting,” said event planner Thomas Bui of Thomas Bui Lifestyle. “After multiple trips to Napa, Sonoma, up and down the coast of California, we found the perfect setting for their destination wedding. Chateau Noel at Stonepine Estate nestled in Carmel Valley was the perfect setting with the European charm the couple wanted. With over 500 acres, a mansion and several large properties on site, there was enough sleeping room to house most of the guests. Sixty family and friends came from all over the world for the five-day event that started with a private wine tour and luncheon for families followed by a welcome party with a BBQ/ Country Western Style theme on the horse training grounds. We kept the ceremony design very simple as the natural landscape did not need much decor. For the reception behind the main residence, long tables were covered in white Shantung linens, accented with low and lush blooms of green, white and a hint of peach/yellow garden roses. Though it was a garden outdoor reception, we dressed it up with gold accents from the heavy gold rimmed glassware, flatware and charger plates.”
Jenna’s lush bridal bouquet was filled with natural greens and dusty miller to create texture, but the florals were kept creamy white and blush. The bridesmaids mimicked the brides, but added a bit more color to the natural greens. The church altar and entrance way florals included rich greens to match the vineyard setting. Various greenery garland, like olive branches mixed with fresh blooms, covered the head table from end to end. Those same greens were used on the clean and classic four-tier white cake to bring a pop of organic chic. The guest table arrangements utilized a more vibrant greenery to ensure the white and ivory florals popped on the white linen as well.
HMR Designs collaborated with Birch Design Studio on this stunning, one-of-a-kind Chicago wedding. A soft overgrown suspended canopy was the inspiration with a wild design. A variety of greenery helped achieve this look — smilax, huckleberry, salal, camelia and plumosa — and a rainfall of gladioli cascaded from the ceiling. The dinner was inspired by eclectic culture, which was showcased with over 12 ethnic food stations. Design was inspired by poetry and culture, color and patterns. Terrariums, reflected poetry quotes, paper flowers folded from textbooks, ikat print and hand-knotted rugs mingled in unique perfection for this one of a kind celebration.
Event planner Joyce Pollakoff Events worked with Kehoe Designs to execute this stunning urban chic celebration. “This wedding design focused on the beauty of organic and sustainable elements,” said Vince Hart, Vice President of Sales at Kehoe Designs. “Inspired by the couple’s passion for a farm-to-table lifestyle, we created a design that was a reflection of a fresh, natural look. We used locally grown herbs, shrub foliage and live plants to enhance the organic feel of the room. We also included olive branches, bay leaves, and smilax foliage to create a relaxed, Mediterranean ambiance. Integrating greenery and natural elements into the design helped us to achieve this beautifully organic style.”