The New Modern: Winter White

Hello and happy winter! The temperature outside has dropped and the days are now short. Winter has arrived and it’s time to cozy up. Now, there is a lot of inspiration out there for winter tablescapes, ranging from the traditional to the kitsch and they all have there place. But for our December table -  I thought let’s keep it simple and white with lots of candle light. Mounds of fake snow hide the floral foam that anchors the flocked branches. Simple arrangements of dusty miller and eucalyptus bring some blue gray color to the design. Adrienne found these great ikat plates so we had some pattern to play with. I think any similar graphic would work. A little bird and pine cone napkin rings add a whimsical touch. Overall a very easy table to create. Wishing everyone a great holiday season! – Denise

Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams

Denise Fasanello and Tory Williams are members of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings.

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The New Modern: Fall Wreath Table

I love wreaths. And this time of year all I want to do is make them. I knew I wanted to feature a flower wreath for our November table so when I spied the most incredibly gorgeous hydrangea at the market, I pounced on it. It came from the state of Tennessee or as they say on 28th Street, “it’s local”.

Instead of placing it on the table or the wall (both of which would work nicely) we had this inspired idea to hang it over head. Image this is your sweet heart table or make a statement by hanging it over an entry table. I like how it feels like some crazy big floral crown for a beautiful woodland giant. We kept the table fairly clean and simple in shades of blue with pops of gold for some glam. I hope you like it. I sure had fun making it. – Denise


Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams
Paper products: Invitations by Ajalon
Miniature cakes: Lolly Love
Rentals: Something Different Party Rentals

Denise Fasanello and Tory Williams are members of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings.

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The New Modern: Watercolor Inspired

Hello! Here we are in fall and the only real nod to the season I am making is by using these gloriously bright dahlias. Otherwise it’s all about color for this design.  October’s table was directly inspired by this awesome letterpress wedding invitation suite designed by Printerette Press. How fun are they!? I have Adrienne to thank for spotting them. Once I saw them, I took my paints out and starting splattering and dripping!  This is a super easy table to create. We kept it white with pops of color for a fresh fun look. Ripped up and painted tissue paper was placed over clear twinkle lights and simply strung on the back wall for interest. Cake pops created with a yellow paint swoosh by Lolly Love and rock candy from Economy Candy sweeten the scene. And as always beautifully photographed by Tory.  Hope you enjoy! – Denise


Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams
Paper Goods: Printerette Press
Rentals: Something Different Party Rentals
Cake Pops: Lolly Love

Denise Fasanello and Tory Williams Photography are members of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Neon wedding inspiration: Decor

For the table inspiration we did this 2 ways….more of a monochromatic scheme (above), and then punching it up with a little more color (below).  This really could be any color, but since fluorescent yellow seems to be in relatively big supply, it was easy to focus on this first.  In my mind, I wanted to dip lots of stuff in yellow paint…the vases, the silverware, maybe even the plates!  This proved slightly disastrous, and only the forks held the paint sufficiently, but in the end I liked this better….who really wants to dip a full set of silverware for a wedding with 150 guests anyway?

Dipping vs spraypainting: I chose to dip for 2 reasons….#1, I live in an apartment where I couldn’t control where the spray paint would go (believe me, it gets EVERYWHERE), and #2, I prefer the look of dipping.  It gives a cleaner edge  and you dont have to deal with that pesky taping like you would with spray paint.

Since I couldn’t dip the vases as originally planned, I made yellow wraps for them with ripstop fabric I ordered online, which I also used to sew a table runner.  The napkins did get dipped in fluorescent yellow fabric dye (by the way, its the quickest process ever!)

Artist tape played a big roll in jazzing up a normally monochromatic scheme, and creating a fun backdrop for pictures or just to give life to a normally white wall.  While there are lots of tapes that come in neon colors, stick with the artists kind because its safer on walls. Never use duct tape!

These invitations were printed by Paper+Cup without the design on it…instead, Minhee made me a stamp with the heart design and I made my own stamp pad (directions here) so I could use the neon paints I had found to get my pop of color in there.   I kept it really clean for the invitation but let it get a little messier on the escort cards for some contrast.

Neon can play apart in desserts and flowers too…here Betsy from Nine Cakes replicated the faceted heart motif from the invitations, and Sarah from Blossom & Branch sprayed leaves and eucalyptus pods yellow to intersperse amongst the textural white blooms.  Read the directions on the can, sometimes the color comes out better if you’re painting on a white base.

Here’s that artists tape again!  I loved the idea of taking traditional molding found in lots of interior architecture and punching it up with tape to outline its shape.  It really made an otherwise traditional element into something modern and a great backdrop!

So how about it?  Are you daring enough to bring a little neon into your wedding?


Photography: 1. art beauty life (assisted by Michael Troy)
Concept: Vané Broussard
Styling: Jacqueline Weppner (assisted by Stephanie & Amélie)
Florals: Blossom & Branch
Cake: Nine Cakes
Makeup & hair: Face Time Beauty
Invitation: Paper+Cup
Model: Thomi from DBG Model Management
Flatware: Forks from Fish’s Eddy, rest by Jasper Morrison
Plates: Moon by Rosenthal
Napkins: purchased at CB2, dyed with iDye fluorescent yellow
Napkin rings: Alissia MT rings
Table runner fabric: Beacon Fabric
Branch: Confetti System
Location: iCi in Fort Greene

1. art beauty life, Merci New York, Paper+Cup and Blossom & Branch are vendors of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings.

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The New Modern: Alexander McQueen Inspired

Early one morning  I was able to slip out and head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art  to catch “Savage Beauty” the jaw droppingly gorgeous  exhibition by fashion designer Alexander McQueen. It’s so tragic the world has lost such a talent. But thankfully we have his work to constantly be inspired by. And inspired I was!  Just in time for the closing of this ground breaking exhibition here is a modern tablescape translation.  I hope you enjoy it. – Denise

Silken metallic linens, reflective glass, rich jewel tones, peasant feathers and tartan were the elements I wanted to combine. I’ve always wanted to design a centerpiece that had no vase but rather “floated” on a pedestal. Here was my opportunity. McQueen used a hologram of Kate Moss in one of his runway shows (amazing!). In reference to this illusion I used smoked  mirrored votives that made the candlelight look like it went on forever. Of course this table could have been over the top but I wanted to keep it realistic and of course clean and modern.

To show couples how they can keep cost down we decided to go on Etsy and choose DIY Printable paper products in a simple modern calligraphy font. Once we approved final proof from Pomp Designs, she then emailed us a high-resolution PDF for each piece with crop marks that was ready for printing.  Adrienne at Bespoke Affairs then printed all of the items on her home computer using a nice textured card stock. To elevate the DIY aspect of the paper products Adrienne mounted the items on Tartan print paper ala McQueen. Thank you to all our vendors!!

Concept and Floral Design: Denise Fasanello
Coordination and Planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams
Printable Paper Products: Pomp Designs
Rentals: Party Rental LTD

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