MONET’S CANVAS – A WEDDING STORY:

Private Residence ~ Indianapolis, Indiana

“Nothing says summer like a glass of cool lemonade and a June wedding.  We’re serving up both.”  Guests were invited to this wedding with these words, delivered on a bottle of lemonade that arrived in a wooden crate.  Accompanying the lemonade were glasses etched with “Happiness Shared.”  Hosted in the bride’s childhood backyard, she wanted her guests to be immersed in an outdoor yet, intimate, shabby-chic “living room” setting.  The palette for the evening was inspired by the bride’s favorite painting, Monet’s Water Lilies.  Soft pastels created a sumptuous palette for the wedding -“Monet’s Canvas!”

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Monet’s iconic painting, Water Lilies, served as both the inspiration and the décor’s focal point for the Midwestern couple’s nuptials.  The neutral crèmes and ivories along with the French impressionist’s color palette of ink, aqua and blush helped create an inviting evening for this summer wedding. The eclectic elegance of the event with its opulent seating groupings, intimate pillow-laden settees and cozy cashmere pashmina wraps allowed guests to be literally wrapped in warmth and welcomed to the June evening. The evening came to an end while guests danced the night away on over-sized lilypads reproduced on Monet’s canvas.

Guests were served the promised glass of lemonade as they arrived to the estate by valet attendants offering the drink. Hors d’oeuvres were displayed throughout the tent on stations using repurposed architectural items including doors and moldings.  The cocktail hour allowed guests to be greeted by the bridal couple while enjoying the home’s gardens.  Vignettes of furniture throughout the space had collections of pillows, throws and floral accents, all helping to create the shabby-chic look.  The chuppah hung from one end of the space for the ceremony, which was officiated by a friend.  Following the ceremony, which included songs by the Rolling Stones, guests were guided to the dining tent.

Modern chandeliers sparkled in the chiffon-lined ceiling as pin spots accented each of the dining tables.  No two tablescapes were identical as each had its own shabby-chic influence.  Some used traditional dining room chairs, while others offered rattan settees laden with pillows.  The table numbers were hung from pink lemonade bottles once again tempting the guests with the beverage.

The tent’s hardwood floor mimicked the crate carrying the invitation. Centered on it was the dance floor – a reproduction of Monet’s Water Lilies.  Lighting highlighted the painting’s texture allowing guests to feel as though they were dancing on the lily pads.    Guests received one last surprise as they departed, biscuits and strawberry lemonade preserves – one final taste of lemonade and “Happiness Shared.”

This wedding was nominated for the 2011 ISES International Esprit Award for Best Wedding over $200,000

This wedding won the 2011  ISES Indiana Best Wedding and Best Team Awards for its budget categories.

Wedding Planner Magazine – May/June 2011 Issue – written by Monica Richard, MBC (excerpts above*)

Wedding Day Magazine, Central Indiana – Winter 2012 Issue

Special Events Magazine – Photo Gallery – April 2011

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