REAL STORIES: A Modern Black and White Wedding at the Four Seasons Philadelphia

February 27, 2012 ,
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black and white Chuppah Evantine Design Four Seasons Philadelphia

When planning today’s weddings, most event designers, us included, regularly draw upon a kaleidoscope of design options. But sometimes living on the color wheel can be overwhelming! We find that paring down a party’s color scheme to black and white can tone down that pressure, as well as produce tremendously dramatic results. Black and white décor is at once modern and classic, dramatic and understated, as it is timeless and elegant.  In other words, it’s a sure thing! While some may regard decorating with black and white as limiting, drab or old-fashioned, we see nothing but a sophisticated palette with tremendous possibilities. Even popular culture lends us plenty of minimalist inspirations, like the alternating squares on a chessboard, the black and white keys on a grand piano, or the elegant lines of a classic gentleman’s tuxedo. When one of our clients mentioned she was interested in using black and white for her chic hotel wedding, well, needless to say, we couldn’t wait to get styling!  {Photos courtesy of Cliff Mautner}

The Grand Ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia was transformed into a dramatic black wedding ceremony.  Set in-the-round against a backdrop of modern black and white mid-century inspired screens, the Jewish wedding ceremony was visually impactful.  Our square iron Chuppah was covered with a lush display of bright white and vibrant green flowers, and pillar candles added soft, romantic light to the proceedings.

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After the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy cocktails in various spaces of the hotel, including this stylish tent we installed on the Ballroom Terrace.  Returning to the ballroom for the wedding celebration, guests were seated at long dinner tables upholstered with white fabric.  Black chandeliers, candelabra, dinner plates, cut crystal votives, table number frames and reception chairs gave sharp contrast to the white linens on the tables.  White flowers were used throughout, including white amaryllis, ranunculus, roses, lilies and hydrangea.   Nature provided the bright pops of green the bride wanted in the stems of the flowers massed together in square glass vases.  The final result was pure modern magic!

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