After long months of working with Nick and Tina designing and planning for a fabulous wedding, was finally time for their “Harlem Night at Club Maddox Wedding” at the University Center Club. The process started with a simple idea: Modern lounge with a Regal Edge, as we created their custom family crest logo, and continued to become a fully develop idea as we created their custom Harlem Night invitation:
The modern invitation set the tone for what became an incredible vision come to life on their wedding day as we created a full “ceiling to floors” 3pm in the afternoon transformation of the UCC’s Ballroom into a luxury 1940’s Night Club for the hosts and guests to enjoy a sophisticated night of glamour.
First outfit of the day for a little fun time with the girls.
A little toe pointing for our set of dancers.
Lots of attitude, for a little dramatic lighting play.
Time for the guys. First the groom. By the way if his face looks familiar is because he was part of the FSU football team that lead the Seminoles to the National Championship in 1999, and more recently because Nick is currently running for Leon County Commissioner, on a platform based on change and hard work with great plans to improve Leon County.
For Tina and the girls, we did a unique take on a traditional bouquet by keeping a conic shape inspired by the shape of Tina’s pearl necklace, staying in the deep purples for Tina’s bouquet with a pearl encrusted handle to add a little glamour touch.
For the girls we stayed in the cream colors to create contrast with their dresses and black gloves.
The ceremony was actually one of the hardest part of the wedding to design. We knew we wanted to use both sides of the UCC ballroom to create the glamorous Harlem’s Night vision we had, and that could not be accomplish during cocktail hour since we were transforming the ballroom from from ceiling to floor, which left us with the dilemma of what to do for the ceremony since we could not use the ballroom partition to divide the spaces.
Finally we got inspired by the ballroom architecture, and came up with a totally original setup that had never being done at UCC by using the window to frame our bride and groom and have the guest facing the window in long 16 isle columns on either side of the window. That space could then be easily transformed during cocktail hour using lighting into the night club dance floor headed by the bride and groom table. The problem now, was how to hide both sides of the ballroom during the ceremony, so we could make that space still feel intimate for the ceremony. UCC has 14ft high ceiling and we had to create walls 46ft deep on both sides of our ceremony setting to be able to elegantly divide that space while staying in theme. So we came up with the idea of building 14 ft tall gray organza panels that would be close during the ceremony to create a wall and then be open up during the reception to create beautiful drapery that frame the dance floor. Here is how it looked for the ceremony.
For the chairs we used our black silk chair covers with a drapery details in the black that was tied by a handmade gray or black organza flower to create contrast and interest and to match the black silk tablecloth once the chairs were moved to the reception.
As part of the reception design we created a lounge area with our custom crafted italiam white leather lounge furniture and black onyx glass tables. The lounge was setup as a quiet oasis next to one of the bars to provide a little quiet time and enjoy a drink, yet have a complete view of all the action in the dance floor.
The guest had a chance to share their wishes on the custom engagement guestbook we designed for them using their Uptown Meets Downtown Deluxe two-part engagement : Part 1- Elegant Uptown and Part 2 – Fashionable and Fun Downtown.
We customize the placecardas and menu along with the food station labels with their logo and colors.
Finally after the cocktail hour at 4pm with the sun shining bright the guests walked into a glamourous 1940 night club glowing with candelight from cealing to floor and from east side to west side to enjoy a fantasy Harlem Night!
We transformed the silver organza wall into elegant panel drapery that frame the dancefloor.
The tall flower centerpieces we created for the reception sat atop columns of transparent purple and were crowned with crystals that were illuminated from above by led color lights and from below by candlelight.
Each of the large centerpieces was customized with their logo, and we love the different play on reflection you get from the vases.
We customized their table names using their favorite photos from the engagement session, and our elegant crystal beaded candelabras twinkle with the light from the candles.
Elegant glowing beaded curtain hanged from the ceiling above the tables to create interest across the ballroom, and add an element of glamour.
Smaller sculptural purple centerpieces inspired by the skirt of the bridesmaids dresses Tina selected were also part of the tablescape design.
We created a unique purples and creams tall centerpiece to adorne the the bride and groom table framed by two columns of light and the gray organza drapery panels.
Before the newlyweds made their grand entrance, the guest got a chance to enjoy their Custom Video Engagement Story, which we shot and edited for them during their engagement session.
After their first dance, Tina and Nick changed into their last outfit of the night as they got ready to celebrate on the dance floor.