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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The New Modern: Chic Picnic Wedding

I thought it fitting to end summer with a modern take on a picnic inspired wedding. I originally wanted to use flowering plants for the centerpieces.  I still think geraniums would look super cute. But then I spied theses snappy zinnias and couldn’t resist. You could even use sunflowers, which also signal late summer. The key is to use one variety of flower and pack them together for visual impact. I felt it was import to add some black to the table to make it pop and not come off as overly sweet. Adrienne at Bespoke Affairs had the brilliant idea of using the red folding chair. Often couples think to choose a colored napkin to bring interest to the table but now I’ve become a bit obsessed with doing a colored chair as well. It would look amazing in white airy tent or loft space.

The treasure trove of goodness that is Etsy provided the lovely paper goods. I’ve always loved the look of white lettering on black paper. The fun and whimsical designs by Ello There completely fit the bill. I actually first became aware of Bambirdy’s work on Brooklyn Bride. Instantly I knew their irresistible mini banners would make a perfect detail. And of course no picnic would be complete without pie. I remember years ago I was a guest at a wedding where instead of serving a wedding cake they had a gorgeous table of homemade pies. Brooklyn Pie shop, Five and Twenty Black Birds provided the most scrumptious pies for our photo shoot. I can personally attest to their supreme deliciousness.

Have a great end of summer. I’m looking forward to sharing fall and winter inspirations! – Denise


Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams
Pies: Four and Twenty Black Birds
Invitation: Ello There
Banner: Baumbirdy
Rentals including chairs and napkins: Party Rentals Ltd.


White pots: Ikea
Oil cloth runner: Brooklyn General
Mini pails: Jamali Garden

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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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The New Modern: Tropical rehearsal dinner

I’m so excited to have one of my favorite floral designers, Denise Fasanello, join us as a regular contributer, and showing us all the ways florals can be modern!  She blew us all away with her Modern Tablescape Challenge submission (and won!) so you KNOW she’s going to come up with great ideas!  Welcome Denise!!

What is modern in floral design? Is it clean lined and slick? Geometric? Does it lean towards minimalism? Yet, can it still be romantic and feel natural and organic? I say yes to all of these hypothetical questions because Modern to me is more about making a strong design statement regardless of trends. It takes its cue from what’s happening currently in design, fashion and interiors rather than from the floral or wedding industry. It’s not about creating work that looks the same regardless of the venue. Yet any venue or setting can have a modern floral design approach.   For me modern is not overly complicated or fussy. It’s not about placing flowers in unnatural positions. Its not contrived. It’s youthful and fresh with some unexpected detail.   I am beyond excited to develop these ideas with you as a regular contributor at Brooklyn Bride. There’s no place better to explore these concepts than here.

For this initial shoot, I was actually inspired by a recent Anthropologie summer catalog. The use of  vibrant colors and a specialty cocktail make for a fun, exuberant party. – Denise


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


Fabric runner: Silk Ikat at Mood Designer Fabrics
Wooden vases: Jamali Garden
Ceramic vases: Designer’s own
Bamboo placemats: Home Goods

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