Event Designers: The “Christo and Andy Goldsworthy” of Weddings

Event Designers: The “Christo and Andy Goldsworthy” of Weddings

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.

This was a party on Ellis Island. Design and flowers by Swank Productions and BelleFleur

This  wedding on Ellis Island included a custom see-thru huppa. Design and flowers by Swank Productions and BelleFleur

At this Winvian wedding, Claire Gordon Events used the natural beauty indoors and out to create an elegant, yet rustic design.

At this Winvian wedding, Claire Gordon Events used the natural beauty indoors and out to create an elegant, yet rustic design.

Table setting by  Claire Gordon Events.

Table setting by Claire Gordon Events.

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Lindsay Landman Events transformed the Museum of Natural History into a stunning ballroom beneath a blue whale.

Swank Productions understand that the design has to enhance the party and encourage the guests to celebrate.

Swank Productions understand that the design has to enhance the party and encourage the guests to celebrate.

Robin Landan's beautiful huppa with hanging candles added romance to the ceremony and a great place for me to be discreet while shooting. And the dance floor encouraged everyone to get their groove on.

By Robin, a beautiful huppa with hanging candles added romance to the ceremony and a great place for me to be discreet while shooting. And the dance floor encouraged everyone to get their groove on.

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An elegant and simple huppa by Roey Mizrahi Events  lit perfectly to allow for the drama of the ceiling. And again, ByRobin’s lighting and flowers add to the festive elegance to the New York Historical Society’s ballroom.

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.

 

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