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d e s ig n Turning the Tables | By Holly Crawford | Photography by Julie Soefer | | Styling by Swift & Company and Two Be Wed | Houston is teeming with talented wedding professionals, from planners to pastry chefs and stylists to stationers. To see what would happen when some of these powerhouses partnered up, we assembled a collaborative dream team to concept reception spaces for two types of couples: the edgy envelope pushers and the timeless traditionalists. The stunning results—two distinctly different setups created by the same design dynamos—prove that the only big-day boundary is your imagination.

Turning The Tables

Holly Crawford

Houston is teeming with talented wedding professionals, from planners to pastry chefs and stylists to stationers. To see what would happen when some of these powerhouses partnered up, we assembled a collaborative dream team to concept reception spaces for two types of couples: the edgy envelope pushers and the timeless traditionalists. The stunning results—two distinctly different setups created by the same design dynamos—prove that the only big-day boundary is your imagination.

Neon Nuptials

Influenced by contemporary architecture and interiors, the event planners and stylists from Swift & Company (713.526.7600, swiftevents.com) and Two Be Wed (713.572.3030, twobewed.com) chose the light-filled Gremillion & Co. Fine Art gallery as their playground. With bold splashes of color at the heart of the design by Two Be Wed’s Natalie Dawley, the style team brought texture to the table with an audacious mix of neons, metallics and whimsical patterns, artfully tying each element together. “It’s about editing and being selective with color and accessories to maintain clean lines and a luxury feel,” says Dawley, who incorporated original artwork and even created Post-it note mosaics as a backdrop. This look is for the bride who thinks out of the box, takes risks,” she says, “or a fun, artsy couple.”

Swank Soirée

Memorial’s grand Houston Mansion set the scene for a timeless table intended for “the bride who has a strong sense of tradition and etiquette and fabulous taste,” says Two Be Wed stylist Danyett Baxter. It was the interior’s opulent textiles, and not the latest trends, that influenced her design. “Inspiration can come from anything that catches your eye and stirs an emotion,” she says. Chandeliers led Baxter to craft custom place cards within strands of crystals “dripping” from a candelabra. Meanwhile, rich upholstery and gilded mirrors inspired Keisha’s Kreations to design elaborate, mostly green and peach florals like the lush mantel swag of mini hydrangeas, peonies, tuberose, bells of Ireland, tea roses, ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus. Baxter mixed the seating styles to create a table that feels more like an intimate dinner party than a banquet reception. This is a look that will not be dated in 10 or 20 years.”

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/Turning+The+Tables/1271550/140285/article.html.

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