Tabletop: Opposites Attract

Two local designers prove unlikely color and decor pairings can produce beautiful results | Photographs by Jessica Peterson

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1. Organic & Glam 

Imagining an intimate, urban dinner party in SLC or Park City, Mara Harwood of Events by LMG designed this organic yet glamorous tablescape. To marry the two different styles, she steered clear of blingy rhinestones and sequins, and instead focused on quietly elegant details—gold Chiavari chairs, silky rosette chair covers, luxe linens—combined with bold natural accents such as branches, architectural blooms, and air plants. “I’m always a fan of unexpected design elements,” says Harwood.

To get started, she chose a graphic, hummus-hued table linen and a palette of purple colors ranging from eggplant to blush. “Two-color palettes are over,” she says. “Focus on tones instead.” Harwood called upon florist Shelly Huynh to create a striking juniper branch chandelier decorated with succulents and telanzia. For the centerpiece, the ladies topped an antiqued mirror stand with single-bud vases of calla lilies—which double as guest favors—intertwined with clematis. Continuing the botanical theme, succulent-like patterns decorate custom, gilded paper goods, and a couture cake combines tiers of buttercream and fondant rosettes topped with a painted gold branch.

••Table Talk Harwood’s graphic table linen inspired her overall design. Select a detail—the ruffle of your dress or color of your invites—to help inspire your décor.

Have it here: Natural History Museum of Utah | The Leonardo | St. Regis Deer Valley | Salt Lake Hardware Building

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RESOURCES

EVENT DESIGN AND CUSTOM NAPKIN RING Events by LMG
TABLE, CHAIRS, SERVING PIECES, PLACE SETTINGS, AND DINNERWARE RSVP Party Rentals
TABLE LINEN, NAPKINS, AND CHAIR COVERS La Tavola
FLOWERS, AIR PLANTS, AND BRANCH CHANDELIER Orchid Dynasty
PRINTED MATTER Pink Piggy Custom Design
CAKE Layers 


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2. Neon & Neutral 

“I love incorporating fashion trends into weddings,” says Julie Hinton of Middle Aisle Events, who took a page from glossy magazines when she designed this neon-themed tablescape. Bright colors are fun in theory, but they can be overwhelming in real life. Hinton’s trick for making them big-day appropriate? Team eye-popping hues with neutrals to tone down their vibrant nature and create a polished look. “Neons are loud and animated, but they can be sophisticated when paired with the right neutrals,” she explains.

In this case, she set the stage with a sequined, sand-hued table linen, acrylic chairs, simple dishware, and whimsical black accents including elephant-shaped place card holders. Textural floral centerpieces in shades of yellow, orange, and pink provide bold pops of color. Punchy, geometrical details—a handmade hexagon backdrop, graphic paper goods, and a square fondant cake—lend a playful touch. “Neon is a great palette for couples who are a little quirky. This table design is for couples who like to have a good time and aren’t afraid to stand out.”

••Table Talk Don’t be afraid to incorporate graphic shapes and bold embellishments into your wedding décor. “Patterns and textures can make a big difference in your overall design,” says Hinton. “They bring new and unique elements to tablescapes.”

Have it here: 15th Street Gallery | The Rose Establishment | Studio Elevn | Sand Hollow Resort

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RESOURCES

EVENT DESIGN Middle Aisle Events
TABLE, CHAIRS, SERVING PIECES, PLACE SETTINGS, AND DINNERWARE RSVP Party Rentals
SEQUINED LINEN AND NAPKINS La Tavola
FLOWERS Blossom Sweet
PRINTED MATTER Alex Obering Custom Design
CAKE Sweet Cakes by Karen


{All photos by Jessica Peterson for Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine}