Our first wedding today ~ from the fabulous designers at Romance of Flowers, was held at an amazing art museum ~ The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. According to Victoria, it was a designer's dream come true! We think, it was a magnificent melding of modern + romantic, sleek + sassy, somber + playful. Take a look and tell us what you think!
We have tons of gorgeous shots from the day. We've combined the beautiful images from Holger Thoss Photography along with some great detail shots from Kakki at Romance of Flowers. We've combined all of the photos in their photo gallery. Enjoy the "romance" of the day!
from the bride ...
Although we live in New York City, both of us grew up in Baltimore, where most of our family still lives, so having our wedding in our beloved hometown proper was a no-brainer. We decided to have our wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum because it is such a unique place in Baltimore.
The look and feel of our wedding was an amalgamation of different sources. We wanted a whimsical yet elegant feel for our wedding. For the color palette, we took inspiration from the groom’s collection of vintage Hawaiian shirts to reflect his love of color. We paired the colors tangerine orange with fuchsia based on an Indian sari of mine. Finally, the mirrored garlands and accents came from the AVAM itself, which has a mosaic made of pieces of mirrors and mirrored garlands outside the museum.
From Victoria at Romance of Flowers ...
We loved, loved loved working on this wedding! All of the ingredients were there for a very special event! The venue, the amazing American Visionary Art Museum, provided an intriguing background. There are only a couple of museums in the world like this, a place where the fresh looks of self taught artists imbue the space with sheer delight, a perfect spot for a celebration of love.
Add to this an adorable couple who wanted to share this special place with their family and friends and also wanted the elements of their wedding to celebrate the unique vision of the museum. Wow, does it get any better for a floral designer? We were able to let our creative juices run.
The ceremony site was in a two-story high exhibit space that houses oversized and highly decorated peddle cars, a hot air balloon, a suspended bi-plane and replicas of the Baltimore row house. We wanted the trees that defined the ceremony space to be appropriate for a wedding but to also reflect the spirit of the room. The orchid covered branches were then festooned with garlands of crystals and mirrored glass. The bride's bouquet was a cascading group of mostly purple orchids adorned with pearls and silver grass. The bridesmaids’ orange and purple bouquets were seated in cones covered in beads and orange string. And the groom? His bit of bling came from his crutches. He broke his ankle playing rugby during his bachelor party (wasn’t there a movie about that?)!
Like the artists in the museum, we wanted to do the unexpected for the reception. The very talented Chef's Expressions prepared a masterpiece which rivaled the art in the gallery. When you look at the containers for the table arrangements your eyes are not fooling you, that is galvanized duct work dressed up with silver wire bent to resemble handles or feet to create these unusual tureens. Others containers are that slinky-looking stuff that is used to vent dryers. Home Depot is there when you need them! Instead of an escort table, we had an escort wall where brightly colored letters dangled from the ceiling with seat assignments attached. Ribbon streamers, lines of Gerber daisies, votives, garlands of crystals, and strings of miniature disco balls hung from the ceiling for a festive feeling. And of course we couldn't resist a disco ball (actually a big ball and a dozen others connected by mirrored garlands) over the dance floor.
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More incredible vendors from the day ...
Ceremony and Reception Venue: American Visionary Art Museum, Event design and flowers: Romance of Flowers, Photography: Holger Thoss, Caterer: Chef’s Expressions, Lighting: Perkins Event Productions, String Quartet: St. Charles Quartet, Makeup: Debbie Federico, Hair: Padma Salon, Dress: Jenny Packham, Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers, Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie, Veil: Bridal Veil Falls, NYC, Invitations: Cheree Berry Stationery, Rentals: Party Rentals, Additional detail photos: Kakki at Romance of Flowers
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Another wedding from Romance of Flowers coming up!