Summer weddings are beautiful, and this one — in the storied Guthrie Theater on the Mississippi River — was no exception! Lark Nest planned the decor of this July wedding, partnering with Linden Hills Florist on the flowers! The ceremony took place in the theater’s “amber box,” cantilevered out over the rest of the building. Our bride’s colors were shades of pink and white, with hints of gold.
A pink console, angled off-center, seemed the obvious choice to anchor the ceremony space. There was to be no altar — only decor and the beautiful wedding party!
The console’s earlier incarnation was as a foiled table for the Modern Glam look at the Weddings Lab in the Spring 2013 Junk Bonanza. I used a decoupage technique using aluminum foil and gel stain over an old wooden table, to resemble the look of hammered aluminum.
Pulled out of storage, the console was ready for its second act!
The bride collects vintage gilt mirrors, so it was an obvious choice to incorporate them into the table decor for the reception. A combination of metallic paint and gilt-tinted wax provided some “shine” for the console, too.
Here’s another view, with less-harsh lighting. The gilt clung to the foiled areas for texture and shine!
While the color and the texture may appear garish, they provided necessary “heft” — I knew the lighting in the amber box would swallow much of the color’s intensity, and flatten out the texture. To stand out in that lighting, they would need some wattage of their own!
Orchids were a big part of decor, too. Here are several lined up, ready for transport to the Guthrie!
Linden Hills Florist owner extraordinaire, Anne Schultz, packed the bride’s bouquet!
Bouquets for the bridesmaids nestled snugly in boxes for carrying…
… and were packed into the back of Anne’s van along with centerpieces and two dozen pink roses, to be deconstructed for their petals. The pink table was ready to go, too!
The Guthrie’s huge service elevator had room for all of our stuff, as well as for Karen Scher, left, the Guthrie’s rocking’ catering director!
The reception was planned for the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio, the “black box,” adjacent to the amber box (a.k.a. the Pohlad Lobby) where the ceremony was scheduled. Here are the tables as they were just beginning to be dressed. (That’s bride Katherine, waiting for a few pre-wedding snaps!)
These snapshots are mine, and show the glow of the amber glass. But see what this scene looks like in the hands of a talented photographer, Paul Vincent, the bridal couple’s wedding photographer:
Beautiful, spare and elegant. (And minus the amber glow!) Just what the bride ordered!
Watch this space for Part 2, with more photos of the general decor and dining tables (the ribbon-wrapped vases and orchids did double-duty there!)