These are the most creative and inspiring works of 2019-2020 that were submitted forBest of 2020's Editor Picks. Entries were culled fromreal wedding submissions(sent firstname.lastname@example.org), social media feeds and by using the following hashtags for each category:
Best Event Design #cwdbesteventdesign2020 Best Photo #cwdbestphoto2020 Best Cake #cwdbestcake2020 Best Bouquet #cwdbestbouquet2020 Best Escort Card Design #cwdbestescortcard2020 Best Invitation #cwdbestinvitations2020 Best Catering #cwdbestcatering2020 Best Dressed #cwdbestdressed2020 Best Bride Idea #cwdbestbrideidea2020 (new tradition, creative concept, or designs)
BEST EVENT DESIGN
Nicole Alexandra Designs nicolealexandradesigns.com Desert inspiration and a twist of modernism set the scene at Colony 29 in Palm Springs for a modern, colorful wedding designed by Nicole Gillis of Nicole Alexandra Designs. The couple exchanged their vows framed by an arch verdant with bright tropical florals with pops of pink. For the reception, tables were adorned with chic orbs hung from standing gold frames which were adorned with spiky palm fronds and Fuschia flowers. The décor also incorporated a variety of textures, such as velvet chairs at the head table, bold centerpieces, contemporary brass silverware, pink linen napkins and clean, white Eames chairs. The escort card design board was a standout, featuring an ombre background, tasseled key rings and acrylic place cards that also served as a party favor. Event Design and Planning: Nicole Alexandra Designs | Florals: Rebelle Fleurs | Photography : Nicole Leever | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Folklore Rentals, Hostess Haven
Photographer Lucas Rossi perfectly captured the energy and love during Brandon and Vik’s first dance at The London West Hollywood. The newlyweds busted a move to a mashup of songs that included Josh Groban’s “More of You” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”
We’re high on this cannabis bouquet designed by Toby Kassoy of Lilla Bello for bride Sarah Nisperos’ wedding at the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles. The arrangement includes fresh-cut blooming Cannabis, wild foliage, dahlias, garden roses, scabiosa, and poppy pods.
As beautiful as they are imaginative, Cecile’s Paper Co.’s “popsicle” escort cards (table assignments are on the back of each stick) consist of acrylic molds filled with orange slices and florals. The pretty pieces also serve as a favor for guests at the citrus-themed garden party.
Sterling Engagements created a dreamy garden entrance to Natalie and Zachary’s wedding reception on the grounds of Hummingbird Nest Ranch. Guests entered the tented structure underneath a profusion of hanging orchids and hydrangeas. Candlelight, dramatic up lighting and a custom neon sign illuminated the signature design.
Presentation is everything when it comes to the food we eat. Colette’s Catering continually raises the bar with its beautifully presented displays, from romantic, flower-adorned charcuterie trays to this bohemian-style bread basket station filled with dips, spreads and salsas—because carbs really are everyone’s favorite.
Magic happens when you combine the sugar-spinning creativity of Stevi Auble of Hey There, Cupcake! and the brilliant design mind of Heather Balliet of Amorology. A trio of hanging cakes presents a stunning backdrop for the simple yet architecturally adorned cake duo, giving us a whole new perspective on displaying wedding cakes.
Cavin Elizabeth, a wedding photographer and owner of The White Flower Bridal Boutique in San Diego, knew that when it came time for her wedding, she wanted something nontraditional. “I searched the internet and department stores for months before I finally found my colorful dream dress. It was luxe enough to be bridal, colorful enough to fit my wedding design vision, and made by Marchesa, a brand I’ve loved since I wore a burgundy Marchesa Notte gown to my high school senior prom,” says Elizabeth. “I knew that I needed to honor the motto I tell my own brides, ‘‘You do you.’” If you love what you choose for your wedding and you do it to honor yourself, you can look back 50 years from now and know in your heart that you made the right choice.”