Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Grace and Mike - Villa Guillermo

Grace and Mike tied the knot at newly remodeled Villa Guillermo in early November. The very Bohemian-chic nuptials included a ceremony held on lovely Conchas Chinas Beach, cocktail hour split between the rocky beach terrain and the Guillermo palapa and then dinner beneath twinkle lights and the starry sky on the villa terrace.

While I usually allow the photos to speak for themselves and choose not to provide a long commentary on the wedding or design, I think the wedding tables at this particular event were such a work of creative accomplishment on our team's part that I just can't let it go unnoticed!

One of the biggest draws for couples to this particular wedding venue is also one of its biggest challenges - the vast flat terrace space. While its spacious, uninterrupted layout is wonderful for hosting large groups, that same spacious, flat, uninterrupted space tosses a curveball at lighting design as it provides no structure, hooks, walls, anything really! from which to suspend lighting. Our team literally tossed around dozens and dozens of ideas about how to provide romantic, overhead lighting without using a structure that would appear out of place on the organically-shaped terrace and without any structural walls from which to suspend cabling; essentially we wanted overhead lighting without any visible structure to take away from the natural beauty of the surroundings. We wanted them to merely float on air. What we eventually came up with was to string twinkle lights in manzanilla trees that would emerge from the center of dinner tables, thus avoiding the necessity for a bulky structure as well as noticeable cabling. We figured, however, that rental companies may not appreciate us drilling holes into the middle of their tables so that a tree could grow up through the middle, so what better to do than actually build the dinner tables ourselves - complete with a tree in the middle. And while the project seemed to take over our workshop, the end result was well worth it. See for yourself below!
Congratulations Grace and Mike! We loved working with you!

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