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Fantasy Wedding Inspiration

"I try to approach weddings in a very theatrical way," says Preston. So what more fitting a big-day venue than the Smith Center, a theater complex rich in Art Deco details and soaring sight lines. The ceremony was held in the grand lobby, followed by a reception for 250 on a sweeping stage.

"The bride understood the importance of drama," Preston says. "Together, we created something powerful."

beautiful wedding

The custom-built gilt-framed ceremony altar covered in roses, peonies, orchids, white stock and hydrangea; the stairs lead to the vast concert hall where the reception was held (on stage!). The couple’s child was wheeled down the white-carpeted aisle in a rose-covered carriage.

elaborate ceremony chuppahfloral wedding carriage

The sweetheart table featured swans, which were created with crystals, feathers and fresh flowers. 

white wedding centerpieces

In a floral nod to the culinary experience to come, a rose and crystal pink pig is placed at the head table. 

floral pig

The other table arrangements featured soaring centerpieces with roses, peonies, orchids and hydrangea. Each towering centerpiece was further embellished with crystals.

white wedding centerpiece

white wedding centerpieces

Gold accents were everywhere, from stemware to flatware to the menu cards, which featured a regal crest.

gold gobletsgold menu card

The pièce de résistance: "We created a tall centerpiece dripping with garlands of pearls and attached the escort cards to the ends," Preston says. "It’s important that my guests are transported to another world. My goal is for them to say, ‘OMG, I have never seen anything like this!’" 

escort card table

The lavish, sugar-blossom wedding cake by Sylvia Weinstock featured tiers of chocolate and red velvet. “The most exciting part of a wedding is the element of surprise. It could be a change of lighting or a new scent in the air. I know I’ve succeeded when at the end of the evening the guests don’t want to leave.”

sylvia weinstock wedding cake

All photos courtesy of ALTF Photography

3 Ways to Add DIY Charm to Your Rustic Wedding

 Love Notes Table Runner

With vintage sheet music and lace, you can create inexpensive table runners that will add a gorgeous touch to your reception décor. The faded paper, musical notes, and ornate lace are an eclectic mix that enhances any DIY wedding design.

love notes table runner

Supply List:
• Vintage sheet music
• Lace with a straight border
• Glue stick
• Hot glue gun
• Scissors

love notes table runner

Step one: Measure the table you are creating the table runner for. Calculate the number of sheet music pages and the length of lace you will need, making certain to add several extra inches so that the lace will overlap the sheet music on all four corners of the runner.

Step two: Using a glue stick, add glue to the torn edge of one of the sheet music pages and secure the other sheet so that they overlap, covering the torn edge. Smooth the glued edge. Continue by gluing new sheets to cover the torn edges. All torn edges should overlap on the inside seam of the table runner with the clean edges as the border. Repeat these steps until the table runner is as long as you’d like it to be.

love note table runner

Step four: Using a pair of scissors, make a clean diagonal cut into one corner of the lace. Trim the sharp edge to make a nice scalloped edge. Add a dot of glue to the two cut corners and overlap them. Repeat this process for all four corners to finish the lace edging.

love note table runner

Special Note: Spread the love and gift these table runners to your bridal party to use in their own homes.

Next: Lucky Horseshoe Table Numbers ►

Lucky Horseshoe Table Numbers

These unique table numbers are absolutely perfect for a farmhouse wedding! Full of country charm, they will set the design for each table and add a rustic chic touch to your wedding décor.

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Supply List
• Old or rusty horseshoes
• Cedar wood (several planks, enough to back all of your horseshoes)
• Miter saw
• Rusty tin craft nails
• Wire cutters
• Rusty tin craft wire (18 or 22 gauge thickness)
• Needle nose pliers
• Hammer
• Wood burning torch

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Step one: Measure each of your horseshoes. Have your local hardware store cut your wood to size, or cut the wood yourself using a miter saw.

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Step two: Secure a horseshoe to each cedar wood piece using your rusty nails. Before you nail the horseshoe in place, make sure it is nice and centered.

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Step three: To make each actual number, you will need to cut four 4 to 8-inch lengths of wire. Keep in mind that your wire length will vary depending on the number you are creating; an “8” will take more wire than a “1.”

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Step four: Wrap the four lengths of wire together to make one twisted group; use the needle nose pliers if necessary.

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Step five: Bend the wire into the shape of the number you are creating.

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Step six: Curl the ends of each number, as this is where your nails will go through to secure it to the wood.

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Step seven: Hammer the numbers to the wood pieces, using the rusty nails. Use as many nails as needed to ensure the number is securely in place.

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Step eight: Scorch the edges of your table numbers with your wood torch to give it a rustic appearance. Make certain to follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines!

diy lucky horseshoe table numbers

Next: Rag Balls ►

Rag Balls

These colorful rag balls make the most delightful decorations for a wedding ceremony! Instead of fresh flowers that can be costly, hang these rag balls from shepherd’s hooks lining the wedding aisle; they will bring texture, color, and balance to an open area.

diy rustic wedding rag balls

Supply List
• Scissors
• 4 yards assorted fabric
• Hot glue gun
• Twelve 6-inch Styrofoam balls

diy rustic wedding rag balls

Step one: Cut your fabric into 16-inch squares. Using your scissors, cut a small slit at each end. Rip the fabric so it has a torn finish on all four sides. Make several small slits about 1 inch apart at the top of the fabric squares.

diy rustic wedding rag balls

Step two: Rip the cut slits into long pieces.

diy rustic wedding rag balls

Step three: Using one of the strips of ripped fabric, make it into a loop with the print facing outwards. Glue into place. This will be the handle for your rag ball.

diy rustic wedding rag balls

Step four: Place a dot of glue on the back side of one of your strips of ripped fabric, and glue it onto the Styrofoam ball. Wrap the fabric around the ball and glue the other end onto the ball. Continue these steps until the Styrofoam ball is completely covered.

diy rustic wedding rag balls