Tips & Tricks   |   9-23-15

Fall Favorites

Fall is officially upon us and with that a new floral season blooms. Though we may not have as many beautiful "fall" flowers in South Florida as you can get in the rest of the country, there are still a handful of ways to highlight fall styling in your decor and bring in a change of seasons of sorts. Many flowers available year round are available in fall colors such as roses, varieties of mums and orchids.
We love to use varied foliage and blooms to create texture in our lush arrangements and fall is the perfect season to bring in some of those unique blooms. Flowers like celosia, dahlias, calla lilies and cymbidium orchids can be found in a range of reds, mangos, and plums traditional to deep seasonal hues. Including interesting foliage like viburnum berries, solidago, fiddle head ferns, succulents and even small artichokes not only create dimension but add an unexpected pop to arrangements. Another option is to weave small branches throughout your arrangements with willow or trailing ivy. We even love the look of driftwood with dark fall colors.
When it comes to fall styling consider unique and unexpected containers. Copper and rose gold are a stunning look hitting the wedding world right now. Earthy touches like bark or traditional ceramic urns are another beautiful option.
Without a doubt one of our favorite fall looks is the combination of deep colors in a modern form. Think deep reds and vibrant plums or bright oranges paired with purples and greens. These looks evoke a feeling of warmth without screaming "fall" and allow you to take your decor in a number of directions.
Event Showcase   |   9-7-15

Vizcaya Daydream

One of our all time favorite venues in Miami is Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. With such a beautiful landscape, the view speaks for itself, but this year we teamed up with Joan Love of Love.Style.Events to create an unforgettable and romantic wedding reception for Alana and Max. The couple said their "I-Do's" as the sun set on a perfect evening below a classic white draped chuppa.
To finish off the look of the simple draping we added floral clusters in ivory and pale pink on the legs using lush hydrangea, delicate peonies and garden roses with touches of peach. Lining the aisle were groupings of twinkling candles in glass cylinders which played off of the acrylic chiavari chairs perfectly.
As guests moved through the massive mansion they were greeted by this modern styled arrangement on the place card table in one of our favorite white high gloss urns. The pale blue linen provided such a unique color compliment to the arrangements and fit in with the surroundings of the stately house beautifully.
The oversized reception tent was filled with drama! The ceiling was draped in white chiffon fabric and accented by pale pink lighting and crystal chandeliers along the length. Our teams covered the tables in soft ivory satin and ruffled rosette linens. The soft colors were accented perfectly with pink napkins. All of these colors were mirrored in the arrangements: lush florals of hydrangea, peonies, garden roses, tulips and dripping greens atop delicate crystal candelabras with twinkling pillar candles.
Smaller crystal candelabras accented the head tables and small floral clusters finished off the look.
We want to thank Maloman studios for the stunning photography. This was such a great event to create and it was captured perfectly!
Tips & Tricks   |   8-27-15

Above and Beyond

If you've followed the work of Parrish Designs for any amount of time then you know that we love to make over the top statement pieces in our decor. And if you've been following our work closely, you know that statement often manifests itself into unique and beautiful decor treatments on the ceiling. Whether your event is in a ballroom, garden or out in the open air, adding decor above can pull together a look of a space and create that "WOW" moment. We've rounded up our favorite decor inspirations and are sharing the ways you can add a unique look above your tables.
1. Lanterns 
Lanterns are a popular item in weddings and social events as they can offer not only unique style depending on your look, but also add light to your event creating a much desired ambience. They are prominent as aisle decor and centerpieces but our favorite look is hanging from the ceiling! No matter the style: paper, wicker, metal, they look great clustered over a dance floor or in a gazebo. Often coming in a range of colors you can really pull together a color palette for your event as well.
2. Parasols 
Similar to lanterns, paper parasols come in a range of colors. We love the look of these suspended upside down over centerpieces or over a dance floor. The versatility of the parasols allow you to hang detail florals from the bottom and they can also be lit from within.
3. Lighting 
If you're looking to add a romantic touch to your event, additional lighting is the perfect answer. Italian string lights are a great option that offer a soft glow and a vintage touch. They even look fantastic indoors! Another beautiful lighting option is a crystal chandelier. Suspended with orchids, or soft satin ribbon chandeliers are the perfect accent over a head table, inside a chuppa or clustered over a dance floor.
If you're looking for a more modern touch with your lighting, votive candles in glass create endless opportunities. The modern style, glass orbs below can be linked together to create lighting "chains" ideal to be strung in gazebos, over bars or from place card structures. If you want to go bigger, we love the look of dramatic crystal strands (which look stunning combined with orchid garlands) hung in custom oversized chandeliers.
4. Foliage and Flowers 
Last but not least, we love the natural look of greens and florals. Let your creativity run wild! From simple greenery wreaths to oversized orchid chandeliers, bringing flowers to the ceiling truly carries the look of an event all the way throughout the space. Floral chandeliers are our favorite design details to create and they just look spectacular hanging over dance floors and reception spaces.
The beautiful images above are just more evidence that ceiling structures can truly create that WOW moment for your event. Your guests will be talking about the decor for years to come! Versatile and dramatic, the sky is the limit when it comes to adorning your wedding space with lanterns, greens, chandliers and more!
Event Showcase   |   8-21-15

Reception Transformation

Looking at this beautiful wedding you would never believe that the ballroom is actually a very large basketball court. That is just one of the many reasons we love weddings with complete reception transformations such as this. Overlooking the glittering downtown Miami skyline, Dani and Santiago's wedding brought the outdoors in with garden inspired centerpieces and an abundance of romantic candlelight. Our team of designers worked hard to showcase beautiful peonies, dripping greens and stunning arrangements. All of the photos below are shot by the talented Katie Lopez Photography. 
Dani and Santiago said their "I Do's" with a formal, and beautiful church ceremony. Our team filled the alter with low urns and overflowing greens accented by touches of white. Dani carried a large bouquet of white peonies with accents of trailing ivy. This bouquet is such a classic look and was stunning against her drop waisted gown.
As you know, we love our flower girls at Parrish Designs, and this ceremony featured a whole handful of charming young ladies. We accented their tulle dresses with delicate floral crowns and individually wrapped peony blooms in place of bouquets.
When it came to transforming the reception space at the JW Marriott Marquis, there were no boundaries. The entire space was draped in soft pleated fabric and swathed in soft amber uplighting to create a romantic ambience. As Dani and Santiago's guests entered the space they were greeted with a jaw dropping place card table arrangement.
Creating an elevated garden arch over the table, our designers used a combination of ferns, twisted filbert branches, moss and dripping hanging green amaranthus. Clustered throughout the structure are beautiful peach garden roses. The entire piece sat on a luxurious champagne satin linen and was accented with hanging votive candles in glass orbs and pillar candles on decorative glass candlesticks. What a show stopper!
The cocktail space was also treated to beautiful arrangements, with these lush florals of hydrangea, coral peonies, and peach garden roses in decorative stone urns with trailing vines.
For the main event, our designers created a variety of centerpiece styles, each equally beautiful and over the top! Creating interest in the space, guests were seated at a combination of round and royal tables. A handful of the royal tables featured classic silver candelabras with oversized arrangements of green hydrangea, coral peonies, peach and ivory garden roses and trailing greens. Accenting the base of the table were smaller arrangements in mercury glass and candlesticks.
The head table featured twisted filbert branches laying the length of the table with smaller arrangements on mercury glass. Our designers continued the look into lower centerpieces on the round tables, creating a lush and beautiful centerpiece.
The real wow moment of the reception came in the form of oversized trees "growing" from the tables to create a dramatic and stunning centerpiece! These pieces were the anchor of the space and really completed the garden feel of the space.
This wedding turned out truly spectacular! Congratulations to Dani and Santiago. We hope it was everything you dreamed of and more!
Event Showcase   |   7-30-15

A Modern Twist on a Traditional Ceremony

One of the highlights of working in the wedding industry is getting to experience all of the beautiful ceremonies from cultures across the globe. When we get the opportunity to combine multiple cultures into one event, it takes the cake! Working with Cymbidium Events we had the opportunity to design not one, but two lavish ceremonies for a loving couple in Coral Gables.  
We started the day off with a traditional Catholic service at the Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral followed by a luncheon at the same venue. To add drama to the all ready beautiful sanctuary our team created oversized babies' breath garlands that draped and swagged across the pews on either side of the aisle
For the luncheon decor we focused on a color palette of soft yellow and white with a beautiful daisy overlay on a yellow satin underlay. The place card table showcased drift woood and delicate paper butterflies.
The evening portion of the celebrations were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables Fl. Our crew designed an over the top Mandap for a stunning Indian Ceremony. The oversized Mandap featured dripping orchid garlands and clusters of babies breath with a sparkling crystal chandelier hung from the center.
Guests arrived to the ceremony location to be greeted by a beautiful garden arch and more babies breath garlands running down the aisle.
As part of the Indian tradition, the bride walks down the aisle concealed from the groom. In order to achieve this our designers constructed oversized hedges at the rear of the ceremony space and along the mandap, which were later removed by members of the bridal party. 
We continued the over the top decor into the cocktail hour, constructing two large manzanita trees adorned with dripping orchid garlands and vibrant purple vanda orchids on the place card table. Isn't this color combination just stunning!
Continuing the drama our designers went all out inside the large ballroom for dinner. Adorning the columns along the length of the ballroom were wreaths of luscious greens and more dripping orchid garlands. Over the dance floor hung an oversized babies' breath and orchid chandelier as LED lights sparkled below.
Each table was decorated with flickering candlelight in glass cylinders with reflective mirror table tops on all the tables and featured florals of soft white hydrangea, white phaleonopsis orchids and white cymbidium orchids..
Another focal piece of the evening was this enormous dessert display table with lush greenery, ferns and orchids as well as additional display stands covered in babies' breath and moss. The cake truly stood out as the centerpiece of the display.
This day was a remarkable experience to remember with beautiful florals at every turn!  
We had a blast planning the decor with the bride and her family. What was your favorite detail of the day?
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