Jordan Payne of Jordan Payne Events and her team were inspired to incorporate geological elements into a beautifully romantic reception styled shoot. They located a suitable grand backdrop at Arlington Hall at Lee Park – a historic structure modeled after the Curtis-Lee mansion in Virginia. A golden invitation suite with dramatic details by Ceci New York introduced the opulent fête.
Stepping into the canary-colored space, any viewer would be immediately drawn to the stunning floral design. A stand of quartz crystals rose from the center of the table and was topped with a lush arrangement of roses, orchids, hydrangeas, and stargazer lilies in shades of pink, white, and peach. From a distance, a current of flowers seemed to continue towards the ceiling. However, this was merely an optical illusion. An artistic frame of blooms, which presided over the mantelpiece, created a fashionable floral wall featuring waves of roses in pink, champagne, and sherbet, along with ivory tulips, orchids, hydrangeas, and stargazer lilies.
A dose of glamour was provided by a gold sequined tablecloth and gilded votive vessels. Luxurious Vendôme stemware was paired with Christian Lacroix china, which presented another natural element with a pretty butterfly pattern. “I enjoy designing tabletops with lots of moving parts and textures that all find their way back to the theme,” shares Jordan. Bullion chairs alternated between being left bare to donning either ruffled mauve or beige sleeves with an overlapping design.
Jordan also offered a peek at golden accessories brides could use for such a soirée: glittery Christian Louboutin peep-toe pumps and a metallic Yves Saint Laurent clutch. Vintage Chanel necklaces and earrings added a timeless finishing touch. For bridesmaid bouquets, she chose an example that reflected the reception’s color palette, wrapped by sheer fabric with a sprinkle of silver glitter. And for the gents, nature-inspired boutonnieres incorporated unexpected touches such as pieces of quartz crystal, gilded leaves, and tufts of white moss.