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February's Guest Designer Table

Liven It Up Events
Art of Imagination
Juliet Tan Floral Design
Lofty Weddings Photography and Videography

As cold as it has been this winter, we were thrilled that Anthony Navarro, Founder and Senior Planner of Liven It Up Events, Deborah Weisenhaus, Owner of Art of Imagination and Juliet Tan, Owner of Juliet Tan Floral Design surprised us with bountiful spring floral creations. They give us hope that spring will be here soon!

This team sees the year's big trend as changing the vintage farm look into one of "Rustic Elegance" which is what their table is entitled. What could possibly add more elegance to our farm table than Art of Imagination's crystal chandelier? 

All three of these creative people are steering brides toward Cut Crystal and Cut Glass. There are ten distinct glass patterns on this farm table, three in candlesticks, two in stemware, two in plates and three in small vases, including our vintage mini glass bowl and vintage punch cups.
The threesome gave themselves the design challenge of using rentals in unexpected ways and boy, did they ever.  We are used to seeing our wooden three branch risers laden with food on the wooden trays; they used the wooden base with only the stainless tray holders in which they inserted floral displays. Gorgeous! How do they continually think "outside the box," we asked them? Each of their responses were the same. "Look for inspiration outside our industry" and the three of them draw extensively from their diverse backgrounds; Anthony-theater, Deborah-art and Juliet-landscaping.

Deborah said the old adage of only using odd numbers of candlesticks and vases in a centerpiece grouping has morphed into a guideline instead of a hard and fast rule. She said "It is, most importantly, about what is pleasing to the eye". Or, as Anthony so accurately said, "Seeing art work". These three have worked together many times, and yet, when asked how they first met, we were surprised that the connection came through our own salesperson, Laura Kimmel.

When asked about where they start with their designs, they agreed it starts with the room space in order to determine the shape of the tables. Then they build layer upon layer from there. For this tableau, to add extra texture, they used three runners, two of our contemporary caviar mesh runners with our grey circles runner on top. In addition to emphasizing the importance of the room shape and feel for design, both Anthony's and Deborah's catering backgrounds allow them to anticipate the need for functionality and flow of the room . They couldn't have stressed the importance of that any more.

We love the detail of the napkin under the cut glass dinner plate which adds emphasis to its texture. To make sure he is constantly focused on his clients' interests and details, Anthony passed along the following tip. For all his brides using Pinterest (and what bride doesn't?), he insists that they keep separate Pinterest pages for such things as bouquets, place card tables, centerpieces, etc. This way, he can zero in on each look, pick up every detail and see the design evolve into what is really important to that bride. Deborah emphasized the importance of the wedding dress. "The look the bride chooses determines so much of what is important to her" and can be interpolated into room designs.

So many ways to look at what is important in design and we were thrilled not only with Anthony, Deborah and Juliet's beautifully designed table but with the terrific photographs of Stephen Garrett and Natalie Kusman of Lofty Weddings Photography and Videography.


Check out more of their design work on their websites.





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