Flowers: Environmental Studies

Four event pros show us how your guests can luxuriate in rooms lush with stylish color and thoughtful details




Combining luxe mirrored elements, vibrant floral notes, cozy faux-fur chair covers, and a rich and lovely cake at each slate blue, winter white, and raspberry red table, Janel Schlitt of Occasions fashioned a sophisticated backdrop for the sort of couple who don’t see cold-weather celebrations as simply red-and-green affairs. The reflective chargers and centerpiece foundation provide sparkle and light for a seated three-course meal followed by a family-style dessert course. At the end of the evening, guests can tuck snowflake-like meringue cookies into their overcoats to enjoy the next day. Occasions LLC Wedding and Event Planning, 425-830-3643;



Inspired by the classic look of Mad Men and Breakfast at Tiffany’s-era colors, details, and style, Sublime Events planner and designer Shannon Lassen focused on the bridal party table at which the ladies could display their single-bloom bouquets and the gentlemen would find cigars—a subtle invitation to join the groom in some post-ceremony male bonding. Houndstooth check patterns, rich stripes, and vintage stemware complete the mood. Here, an especially generous bride and groom also left custom-made monogrammed handkerchiefs and sweet, fun bow ties for everyone. Sublime Events, 206-300-6052;



“Seattle summers have such great natural colors, I like to let them speak for themselves,” says Stephanie Solomon of Solomon Event Planning. Imagining an urban couple looking for an elegant and restrained chic factor, Solomon dressed the tables in texture-rich cloths, added modern, geometric crystal and glass décor accents to evoke our area’s waterside setting, and worked with Kevin Bradford to keep the floral elements simple yet wonderfully dramatic. In lieu of lining up to receive the traditional slice of cake, guests at this opulent affair get three tiers all to themselves. Solomon Event Planning, 206-286-1032;



Consider the dusty blue elderberry. That’s what McKenzie Powell did as she began to pull together the rich tones of autumn for this beautifully composed setting. From there she thought of figs, golden leaves, and the marionberry creamed honey she came across at the Capitol Hill farmers market. Powell used vintage elements from her own collection to prop the table and underscore the European yet rustic floral centerpiece she created. Foliage, vines, and fruit extend the arrangement’s reach. Brass house numbers, widely available at hardware stores, serve as table numbers; local honey goes home with guests as a reminder of the sweetness of the day. Powell purchased it in bulk, portioned it into glass jars, and finished them with crushed velvet ribbon in the perfect shade of slate blue. McKenzie Powell Designs LLC, 360-815-4031;

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