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Wedding Ceremony Decor

Your guests have traveled near and far to share in your wedding ceremony – certainly the most special and sacred moment of your wedding day. The space where you and your beloved exchange “I Do’s” should be beautiful, but not overly designed so your guests can focus on you! They are here first and foremost to witness your vows and celebrate your love. To create a focal point at your ceremony that frames you as a couple, we love creating a beautiful alter or statement making structure. A beautiful arch adorned with floral, suspended chandeliers overlooking a hillside vista, or a backdrop of hanging glass candle votives are all stunning options. Your guests will be in awe of the beauty of their surroundings and most importantly, the extraordinary moment you become newlyweds. We hope the following designs will inspire you when planning your own ceremony!


*Photo by Jen Kroll Photography

This particular ceremony took place at Ciccone Vineyard atop the rolling hills of Leelanau Peninsula. With such beautiful natural scenery, we wanted to showcase the stunning views of the vines while incorporating thoughtful decor elements (that wouldn’t obstruct our guests’ views!). The gates adorned with lush floral lead the couple’s friends and family to the aisle lined with lanterns. The bride and groom stood beneath a suspended crystal chandelier to exchange their vows. It was truly breathtaking!


*Photo by Jen Kroll Photography

Imagine saying “I Do” beneath this gorgeous canopy with airy, white draping and a backdrop of hanging glass votives. This dreamy decor was the perfect, romantic setting for our beloved couple to tie the knot. The floral arrangements and lanterns flanking each side of the structure served as delightful accents that further enhanced the ceremony style.


*Photo by Jeremy Harwell

With views this awe-spiring, we certainly didn’t want to take away from the stunning lakeside scenery. Chandeliers that offered a pop of color, soft draping details and two floral arrangements to create an altar for our couple, set the tone for this waterside ceremony. The decor was just enough to accentuate the bride and groom while also creating a lovely setting for guests.


*Photo by Jen Kroll Photography

We loved the natural elements that created this ceremony arch structure. Talk about making the ultimate entrance! The greenery and floral arrangements with pops of purple and blue accentuated the sparkling lake waters that served as a backdrop for our couple.


*Photo by Jen Kroll Photography

A floral arbor and an aisle adorned with candles and rose petals created a romantic setting for our couple as they became Mr. and Mrs.  Their reception was bursting with color, however they chose to keep their ceremony more simplistic to focus on their vows and the commitment they were making to one another. The ceremony is a great way to introduce particular design elements; you can always build upon them and make them more dramatic at the reception!

So Fresh & So Spring

Spring is officially here! To welcome the new season, we thought we would share one of our favorite spring tablescapes. ADIM designed this space at RG Studio, the private dining space at Red Ginger in downtown Traverse City. It was the perfect locale to bring the beauty of spring indoors. It is common to picture pastels for this time of year, but we love this fresh and unexpected color palette – green, white, gray with indigo and yellow accents! A highlight of the design is the unique place cards at each of the table settings. We used stone coasters and calligraphed each guest’s name with a metallic paint pen.

Be sure to check out our feature on Glitter Guide, where Alicia shares the ins and outs of hosting a great spring dinner party!

Happy Spring!






6_SofreshsoSpring*Photography by Cory Weber


Inspired by NYFW

The 2016 Fall Ready-to-Wear collections debuted at New York Fashion Week last month. We were instantly inspired by the collections showcased on the runway by acclaimed American designers. Here are five of our favorite fashion trends for Fall and how they can translate into the event world.

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Black…always classic and always chic! We love how Marchesa interpreted the infamous little black dress this season. It is ever the wardrobe staple and we look forward to seeing how it is reinvented year after year. Incorporating black elements at your event, like a statement chandelier or floral accents, add great depth and contrast to your design. You can’t go wrong with neutrals in your palette like black, white and ivory.

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Metallics were all over the runways this season. DVF’s gold wrap dress (shown on the left) is truly stunning! Let your wedding day shine by mixing in gold, silver or rose gold accents for a bit of sparkle. With proper application, metallics can transform stationery, floral and decor into show stopping elements of your event design. A silver foil on a letter-pressed invitation, a gold leaf floral accent or a rose gold tier on your wedding cake will add excitement to these pieces.

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Velvet, ever the plush and luxurious fabric, adds such a lovely texture to both fashion gowns and event decor. Why not select a guest book that you will have for years to come in a lush fabric? We love the option shown on the left from a wedding by Easton Events. Consider adding a delicate velvet ribbon to your invitations or place settings for a thoughtful detail.

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Menswear inspired pieces that incorporate plaid printed fabrics frequented the latest runway collections. Jason Wu used a bold patterned textile in his fall pieces. Consider adding a plaid ribbon to your welcome gifts or a beautiful herringbone runner to your tablescapes. Adding pattern to your design creates interest! Mixing unexpected prints and colors is always a good idea in our book.

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Ulla Johnson’s gown, shown in the center, captures the nomadic, spirited vibe of the modern bohemian woman. You can incorporate this style at your event by combining rustic wooden tables with bold blooms. We especially love the cascading greenery and the airy fabric of the drapery shown at right. Patterned rugs, metal lanterns and bold blooms and soft textiles can help create the bohemian aesthetic you are looking to achieve.