Classic Winter Wedding Part II


Classic Winter Wedding Part II

The Church

The entire wedding party got ready near the bride’s home. With the location about 15 minutes from the church, we had to get everyone to the church on time. Conveyances were the order of the day. They hired a horse and carriage and limousines to move all the wedding party.

The Events by Design floral team used all white flowers for the church. The aisle had ivory and gold sequin fabric, and crystal strands with flowers marking the pew candles.

In addition to the pew markers, arrangements of white flowers on the altar, and garlands and flowers and crystal marked the gold candle trees.

The steps and railings to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church as well as the Scottish Rite Cathedral , were decorated with flower clusters and ivory fabric on the railings. The Reception venue (SRC), also had red rose pomanders, and more candles.

Floral design

The Classic Winter Wedding had to be perfect to meet the expectations of the family.

In another design meeting we decided to use tall and low centerpieces. 

The tall centerpieces were placed on gold candelabra with a bowl for flowers at the top. The team added Crystal drops to the foliage. At the base of this, the candelabra sat on a large block of floral foam all embellished with flowers. All flowers were red – roses, gerbera daisies, carnations, tulips.

The low centerpieces were the same flowers, done in a low tray. And the designers added crystal picks to the floral.

The arms of the candelabra held 4 moving flame 3” pillar candles.

Interesting Events by Design tablescapes

Head table

The head table was festooned with a garland of greenery down the front edge.  The bridesmaid bouquets were in gold mercury glass vases. The table had 2 candelabra and 2 matching tall vases.

The Bride requested lots of candles, so over 50 candles and votives adorned this table – all unique.


The Events by Design bride selected the linens, which were Giselle gold sequins over gold lamour. There were 8 square tables (with the candelabra) and the rest were rounds.

The napkins were gold lamour. Each napkin was inserted into a (rental) gold and rhinestone napkin ring.  The 20 people at the head table had special custom-made Giselle napkins and crystal chairs.

The theme for the cocktail reception was tropical so the couple selected RED linens for the cocktail tables and special tables.

Since Hanna and Michael met on the gridiron of University of Michigan, she a cheerleader and he a football player, the Events by Design graphic designer blew up football photos of the couple. An ice sculpture done in an M (for University of Michigan) was placed on the traditional Michigan blue linen.


The Scottish Rite Cathedral has an upper balcony above the Grand Ballroom. The balconies on both sides of the room were draped in ivory taffeta puddled to the floor.

Above the head table a similar draping was done in gold taffeta with embellishments for the tie backs. The draping company (Evans Audio Visual) did pipe and drape behind the head table to draw focus, and two sections were tied off with gold and crystal custom-made tie backs.

On either side of the head table and either side of the band – the team placed large columns in dramatic matte black paint with gold sequin swirled fabric, and on top a tray of lush greenery.

Guest Experience

The menu card and place cards were matte black & gold to match the invitation and the names were done in gold calligraphy.

The last piece for the guests was a table number done in hand calligraphy by Pendragon, ink. The numbers were embellished in a calligraphy red rose. The numbers were placed in a crystal and gold frame, that Events by Design sourced.

The guests seemed to enjoy every minute – dancing until midnight.

The guests lined up to have their vehicles returned by Elite Parking Management and the Hotel people got on the bus to head back to Conrad Indianapolis and Drury Plaza Hotel.

The evening was another beautiful event, filled with warm memories.

Photography: Anya Albonetti Photography

Valet: Elite Management             

Linens: LGi Linens

Stationery: Events by Design    Graphic Design: Laura Mahan

Floral Design: Events by Design

Lighting and Draping: Evans Audiovisual

Transportation: Antique Limo of Indy;


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