Little Black Book Artistes ~ Bright and Colorful Weddings (I)
April 26, 2010
By: eddye

We have SO many terrific weddings sent to us by our illustrious Little Black Book members ~  we don't know how in the world we're ever going to get to feature all of them! So, the only thing we can think of is to just dive in and show you as many of the highlights from the weddings as we can and then HOPE that you will click on over to the SMP Galleries to see the rest of the shots. And in order to save time ~ so we can show you as many as possible ~ we might not even list ALL of the vendors, but please, please, please let us know if you have any questions about who did what and we'll be sure to get the details into the comments section of each feature as soon as we can. So ~ hold onto your veils or fascinators .... for a whirlwind week of wedding pretty from our LBB artistes!

Water Lily Pond Centerpieces 1

Today's features are all about COLOR. Bold and beautiful ~ colorful weddings from around our Little Black Book network of sensational wedding vendors! Please give them some love in our comments section to let them know you agree ... they're the best!

First up is from Natasha at Waterlily Pond ...

San Francisco wedding photographer Erin Beach chose Smith Mountain Lake in rural Southern Virginia for her wedding location because it's close to her home town, her family and high-school friends. She wanted it to be a casual Southern BBQ - her mom's friend catering, her cousin's bluegrass band, beer kegs, lemonade and pies. But Erin is a very stylish girl, and we decided this will be 50's style retro chic wedding. Dominated by primary colors and polka-dot patterns.

WaterLily Pond Centerpieces 2


The lake marina had a basic picnic pavilion which I transformed by draping along the entire length of it with 200 yards of bright yellow fabric, and adding white paper lanterns. I am attaching before picture and a design sketch of the picnic pavilion.

Design Sketch

Picnic Pavillion

The vintage carousel nearby was so much fun at the cocktail hour. And it turned out to be red and yellow! How cool since we designed the whole wedding in red and yellow and never got to see the inside of the carousel before the wedding day.


Erin's retro-style dress and Chris's suit were custom made by San Francisco tailor, and her shoes were Manolo Blahnik's red with white polka dots. The bouquet was monochromatic yellow with a single red gerbera daisy.

Erin Beach

I chose to create cute textural look for the centerpieces by putting together compositions of very simple monochromatic designs that required minimal labor. I used white, yellow and red dot stickers, and polka-dot ribbons to add patterns to simple clear and black glass cylinders. The sticker trick turned black cylinders into black with white polka-dots, and clear cylinders into yellow and red polka-dot. Making the centerpieces look adorable and stylish.


Mix of B&W polka-dot and yellow linens, and coordinating yellow and black paper napkins for the tables completed the look. Small white and yellow striped tent I rented for the bar added to the fun feel of the event. Colorful parachutes in the sky during the ceremony and beautiful sunset on the lake were just an unplanned bonus for Erin and Chris's special day.

Ceremony Water Lily Pond


{see the entire wedding gallery here}

What a great way to start the week!! Congrats to Erin & Chris. Cheers to Natasha at Waterlily Pond on more sensational creations!

Event and Floral Design: Waterlily Pond Studio,  Photography: Stephanie Klein-Davis, Venue: Parkway Marina, Smith Mountain Lake, Huddleston, VA