“Teresa met Aaron on ‘Bring Your Daughter to Work Day,” says Teresa’s mother. “She was a nursing student, and her mother an RN employed in a recovery room; Aaron is an anesthesiologist. Teresa spent one hour with her mother and four hours with the doctor in the operating room observing the daily routine in pre-op, intra-op and recovery room nursing.”
Four years later, the two were set to wed. With Teresa living out of state, the design of the event was overseen by Event Manager Cassie Lewis, who worked closely with the mother of the bride to bring Teresa’s vision to life.
“We worked together to create a kind of elegantly subtle yet traditional look,” says Cassie. “I don’t know if the bride saw anything until the day of the wedding.”
The exception, of course, was the reception venue, which had been the setting of the weddings of the bride’s sisters, and held a special place in the family’s heart.
Cassie and the mother of the bride talked or texted almost every other day as they developed an aesthetic that was just right. It took time – but in the months between September and December everything came together.
While the church used for the ceremony incorporated barely any decor, the reception at the striking Laurel Manor ballroom was another matter altogether. Cassie and her team spent the entire day prior to the event setting up – and were back again the next morning to put together the final touches.
The result was breath-taking. Guests entered via a starlit runway draped with ivory chiffon and into a shimmery ballroom wrapped with soft velour and chiffon wall and ceiling drapings. With five hundred guests in attendance, the room was artfully laid out in a way that maximized flow without overwhelming the eye.
“The grand entrance made it really special,” says Cassie. “It looked wonderful and everyone really enjoyed it.”
The sweetheart table took pride of place, with the rectangular tables of the bridal parties and families positioned in front of it, followed by an additional three tables for close family and friends arranged into a clover shape. The ceiling drapings extended over these tables to ensure that they were the focus of the evening.
“The family table setup was a little different from the traditional head table, but we wanted to ensure that those tables were the centerpoint of the event,” says Cassie.
Gold, ivory and crystal tones lent a romantic yet elegant aspect to the setting, and were tastefully alternated to visually break up the space. Crystal infinity chairs lent a crisp, clean feel that complemented the richness of the satin table linens and their textured peony table runners.
Gold charger plates and gold linens were topped with wedding favors incorporating a traditional gift of sugared almonds and a note in Italian explaining their significance. The event programs also incorporated the couple’s heritage, and featured a note in Italian wishing them many happy years together.
Adorning each table were eye-catching centerpieces of either majestic ice sculptures featuring the couple’s initials or tall floral bouquets lush with white roses and greenery. These tied into other key visual highlights of the event: the greenery-draped crystal chandeliers and a canopied hand-carved ice bar that was a surprise gift to the groom.
Guests enjoyed a three-course meal followed by dancing to live music – and of course some high-quality scotch from the ice bar. Stylish, sophisticated and with plenty of custom touches, the night was a resounding success, with Laurel Manor bringing together this happy family once more in celebration.