Real Wedding: Bently Reserve Modern Luxe Wedding

02 May 2013

It's always fun to share weddings that are personally meaningful because of the relationships that you build during the wedding process.  I'm totally thrilled to share this modern luxe wedding of a beautiful couple, Alexis and Emily.  The first moment, I met them, I felt an immediate connection to these young ladies.  They are both beautiful, inside and out, smart, brilliant, witty, and delightful.  The love and respect that they have for each other was self evident from our first meeting in my humble Dogpatch office.

When A + E came to me, they really expressed their desire for a wedding that was more tailored, understated yet still equally elegant.  Words like modern, sleek were emphasized.  Lighting and color were important because they didn't want a reception that was too colorful so it was even more important to get the hues perfect.  Flowers that they liked were all hues of whites and cream tones. What we ended up with is a modern styled, black/white hued wedding that feels old world but is much more modern sophistication.  We used flowers like calla lilies, gardenias, hydrangeas, orchids for the wedding because the blooms evoked both a sense of elegance and timelessness yet modernness.

Other details included a simple square box cake with white clay flowers with black center by the wonderful DK Designs.  Bridesmaids in black gowns flowed dramatic and complemented well with groomsmen in black tuxedo and black bowtie. Emily in an ivory Brioni Tuxedo while Alexis in a fitted lace wedding gown looked flawless.   The ceremony was in the center of the Bently Reserve main room.  A white carpet riser surrounded by tall cylinders with white grand flowers become the focal point of the ceremony.  Emily's former mentor officiated the wedding while guests surrounded the couple on both sides.

The room was transformed after the ceremony into the reception where a combination of round and long tables with white flowers flanked a dance floor in the middle of the room. Black and white pattern linen selected by their wedding planner, Christopher Lee with West Elm styled Hartmann chairs created a modern edge for the reception(which I adore!!!) The lighting in the evening changed from amber from the ceremony to hues of royal and deep amethyst.  They wanted the room to feel like a superclub, not your typical ballroom.

Take a look at the details for yourself. 




















The wonderful details are captured by photographer Darcy Padilla.  The design is by the talented Christopher Lee of Leftwich Events.  Hartmann Studios provided the rentals which are so chic I wish I could "buy" them for my own house.  Taste Catering designed the modern cake and all the food.  And of course, there is the wonderful Bently Reserve which remains one of my favorite places to design weddings.  You can go from classic to romantic to modern to sleek.  It's a perfect venue to create a bit of magic.
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