When I worked at a weekly newspaper I often referred to my job as a sand painter. I traveled all over the county taking photographs of various events for paper. Like the short life a spiritual sand painting or mandala, after being published on newsprint, those same images would be tossed in the recycling bin or perhaps have a second use as tinder for someone’s wood stove.
And then this morning it dawned on me that wedding design is also temporary, like a sand painting. Much like a Christo and JeanClaude or Andy Goldsworthy installation, a space is changed for less than 24 hours and then it is gone. And like the best installation artists – event designers and florists spend months planning, designing and hammering out the logistics. Coming up with backup plans in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
These spaces, unlike some installations, are also meant to interact with the guests. They are not roped off in a museum, they are intended to add something festive and engaging for the celebration. Other than the dress hanging in the closet and wonderful memories, the only thing that lives on past the day are photographs. Some of the spaces and parties that I have photographed are marvelous. And I mean that in the truest sense of the word – I marvel at the depth of creativity that goes in to the execution of these weddings. My images are often the only testament to the hours of creativity and labor involved. So this is a shout out to those professional who I again and again tip my hat to. Below are photos highlighting the work of some of my favorite event designers – Claire Gordon Events, Swank Productions, BelleFleur, Lindsay Landman Events and Roey Mitzrahi Events.
It makes my job so fun to be able to use the artistry of these designers in my photographs. Like what you see? Get in Touch.