Doesn't it look like this beautiful wedding took place outdoors, under a wisteria tree? For a New York-based couple's wedding, design studio White Lilac and event planning company Details Details pulled off an amazing feat. On the patio of SLS, a Beverly Hills hotel, thirty people worked over 18 hours to create a magical installation that consisted of greenery, chandeliers and wisteria. Measuring 40 feet by 80 feet, the giant installation gave the illusion that the bride and groom, as well as all the guests, were standing or sitting underneath real trees.
The bride, Kelly Dooley, is the owner of BodyRock Sport, and the groom was Andrew Kalley, a personal trainer and triathlon coach. Their wedding design consisted of mixing bold colors with metallics. Their unique style and all the little details caught the eye of popular wedding magazine The Knot which featured their wedding in The Knot Southern California Spring/Summer 2013 issue.
When we asked Sunny Ravanbach, founder of White Lilac, how she managed to create the illusion of being under wisteria trees, she let us in on her secret. "The ceiling was created by first putting up a tent," she told us.
"We used camouflage nets to cover the entire ceiling. This acted as a base for the next stage which was greening the entire tent ceiling. It was then finished by hanging wisteria and multiple over-sized crystal chandeliers."
Just how does one come up with such a grand idea? Jeannie Savage, founder of Details Details said, "It was something in Sunny's head. The bride wanted chandeliers but Sunny wanted something whimsical but yet magical and over the top."
White Lilac and Details Details
Photos courtesy of Jordana Hazel, Hazelnut Photography