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Top 10 Spring Wedding Decor & Design Ideas

Spring is FINALLY here!

After what seemed like the longest, coldest, most dreary of winters EVER… April is finally here and thank goodness so is Spring!  And with Spring comes Spring Weddings, Parties & Events!

What I love about spring ties in directly to what I love about event design….the Transformation!  Spring is all about the transformation from the emptiness and cold of winter to the new promise and beauty of spring.  The same goes for event design.  I love…ok I get a complete THRILL…when I get to take an empty venue or a blank table and create a vision of Springs Beauty!

Here are my top 10 favorite spring events

Great Venues for Holiday Parties

It may be only the first week of October but corporate holiday party planning is in full swing! And for some of the hottest venues in New Yok dates are starting to run out.
There are of course dozens of venues that I LOVE for corporate events…but here are some of the ones we’ve recently had fun celebrating the holiday season in.

Angel Oresanz Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angel Orensanz is a 1849 synagogue, modeled after the Cathedral of Cologne.  It has a gothic style with an amazing gold-leaf altar, vaulted ceiling and surrounding mezzanine. It once was the studio of Spanish sculptor Angel Orensanz, but now hosts arts events, performances, and private events (most famously the wedding of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick)

 

THE DESMOND TUTU CENTER  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Desmond Tutu Center is a beautifully charming  restored historic 19th-century Gothic structure   True old world style, dark woods, vaulted ceiling with sophisticated 21st-century comforts.

 

Studio 450

 

 

 

 

 

 

Studio 450 is a gorgeous all white open loft space on the 12th floor of an industrial building on the west side.  With a second floor that has wrap around terrace, this amazingly bright and sunny space is a blank pallate for any event design and perfect for winter holiday parties.

 

The Puck Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Puck Building is a former commercial space with two magnificent floors of venue space perfect for you winter holiday events.  With exposed brink, high ceilings and gorgeous floor to ceiling arched windows this venue can be transformed into anything your mind can come up with.

 

GOTHAM HALL

Gotham Hall was the former headquarters of the Greenwich Savings Bank.  It is a gorgeous venue for corporate events and boasts a magnificent Art Deco ballroom with a seven-story-tall grand vaulted dome ceiling, enormous Corinthian columns and majestic marble floors.

These are of course just a TINY FEW of my favorite venues for hosting a holiday party or corporate event this season.  What are some of your favorites?  Let us know!

 

 

Winter Wonderland Corporate Holiday Party at Gotham Hall

Winter Wonderland Holiday Event at Gotham Hall

Corporate holiday party theme takes SWANK’s designs to the ends of the earth.

How to transform a space is always the challenge, and particularly challenging when that space is as grand as the ballroom space at Gotham Hall.  For this corporate client , we were tasked with transforming the colossal room into a party theme drawing inspiration from the arctic.  As far as corporate holiday party themes go, ‘Winter Wonderland’ is one of our favorites and an excellent choice for an office holiday party – non-denominational, seasonal, and rich with decorative possibilities.

Tables were sheathed in lustrous silver lamour linens, with votives ensconced in mounded acrylic ice fragments and drifted swirling artificial snow – the juxtaposition of fire and ice as dynamic and beautiful as ever.

Massive eight-foot tall emperor penguins flanked the doorway and greeted guests with their trademark black-tie sophistication.  Their brethren flocked the room, paired off in smaller sizes as centerpieces on the icy tabletops – his and hers penguins with he in bow tie, she in vintage jewels – their very presence added humor and festivity to a party theme which could easily have gone cold.  Standing sentry atop the bar, another eight foot pair seemed to be taking it all in with characteristic aloofness.

To finish the theme, and transform the space completely, SWANK partnered with legendary NYC Lighting design team Bentley Meeker, who made good use of the soaring, vaulted dome.  Using state of the art laser-cut gobos, their team projected a boreal forest of festive evergreen shapes around the ceiling, simultaneously projecting swirling snow dust and oversized six-point snowflakes onto the walls.  With an aurora borealis color story, and a youthful graphic style, the massive space was transformed into a kind of real life snow globe – awe inspiring, dramatic, but also whimsical and fun – all of which your next party should be!

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Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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Great Gatsby Wedding Inspiration

SWANK’S Great Gatsby-inspired wedding was an opulent and chic affair, pulling from the richest of source material, and seeking to bring to life the enchantment and wonder of a marvelous bygone era.

The Great Gatsby novel is sprawling and full of ornament and so too was the venue we chose!  Beautiful Hempstead House on Long Island  is a classic gold coast estate restored to its turn of the century glory.  It was the ideal blank canvas for SWANKs creativity to flow! (and we were fortunateas always  to have clients who trusted our design visions implicitly).  Our mission was to beautify and personlize the venue with chic period details and décor evoking the splendor of the roaring twenties but still keeping it modern and not theme(ie)

Invites went out with period art – Gibson girls in the ironic throes of the roaring twenties. On the big day, between ceremony and reception,  guests were greeted with julep-cupped period cocktails.  Lladies with ivory fans and cream-hued parasols strolled the grounds with gentlemen in top hats –all  functional props we provided to shade eyes from the low-angle sun, and  anchoring the period aesthetic.  With top hats tilted and fans a flutter, the guests were treated not only to an amazing array of food and beverage but also to lawn games – bacci ball, croquet, horseshoes and oversized lawn chess were enjoyed by all.

At the escort station, in keeping with the literary design, guests found their names in an antique librarian’s card- catalogue bureau, ensconced in blooms, and draped in flapper pearls. The dinner tables were each named for a character or chapter in the book, and the place settings and floral arrangements were all in lush striking colors of dark browns, deep purples, whites and reds.

I loved seeing the stone walls of one of my favorite venues so magically turn back into a Vanderbilt-esq time- if only for the day – it was a modern take on a twenties grand ballroom, lush with flowers, gleaming with crystal, and alive with the hum of revelers.

As always with all SWANK events…..the details made the day.

Are you planning a Gatsby style event?  We’d love to hear about it!

And if you want to see more of our creative process or the photos of this love story clink these links!

 


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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Unique Venues – Mansions & Estates

Unique Venues, everyone is looking for one!

And with the inevitable upcoming trends resulting from The Great Gatsby Movie (staring Leonardo and costumes by PRADA!!!) coming out this fall, I have a strong belief that Mansions and Gatsby themed events are going to be ‘roaring’!

So here’s a list of some of my favorite Gold Coast-’esq’ Mansions  – all available as venues for your upcoming event

Take a look but also let me know of YOUR FAVORITE mansion!

Oheka Castle

Hempstead House

Lyndhurst Castle

Castle on the Hudson

Old Westbury Gardens

Mill Neck Manor House

Eagles Nest – Vanderbuilt Estates

de Seversky Mansion

Planting Fields – Coe Hall

Chelsea Mutton Town Preserve

And if you just cant get enough Great Gatsby take a look at our gorgeous Great Gatsby Wedding held at the Hempstead House on Sands Point Preserve

Do you have a favorite mansion or estate venue?  Let us know!

 


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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HALLOWEEN WEDDING AT HEMPSTEAD HOUSE

CEREMONY FOG HALLOWEEN WEDDING HEMPSTEAD HOUSE

Check out how we handled the SCARY weather change as we produced our  “Sleepy Hollow” inspired Halloween Wedding at Hempstead House!

http://vimeo.com/36173748Swank Productions Sleepy Hallow Halloween Wedding

 

Photo Gallery coming soon!


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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The Chic BBQ Picnic

Pic Nic Chic!

When it comes to Corporate Summer BBQ’s, Swank’s Country-Chic Picnic on Randall’s Island was a splendid affair for employers, employees and thier families.  Taking cues from classic Americana and the colorful character of the old state fair – Swank took the often slapped-together notion of BBQ food in a basket and elevated it to a daylong celebration of summer and bare-foot leisure in the sun.

Each guest received their own individual picnic basket – avoiding the inevitable and awkward moment when one person gets the last sad sandwich at the bottom of the pile.


In fact, all amenities were individualized, from personal rolled blankets, to party favors like richly-hued fans and summer-bright sunglasses for the kids.

The personalized touch is a welcome detail in a communal gathering, and no detail here was overlooked.
Buttercup colored ribbons tied up gingham napkins with a classic bow.  The pie station featured a traditional assortment – apple, strawberry rhubarb – announced with hand-lettered chalk on slate. The old-fashioned ice cream cart offered pure Americana in the guise of ice cream sandwiches, and was paired with gourmet, spiked snow-cones for the elders in the bunch.

From the lawn tent – festooned with red white and blue bunting – to the pony rides and candy necklaces, the humble picnic, in the able hands of Swank’s design team, became a true event, worthy of the season and of the storied histories of the American summer at large.  Happy Fourth of July!


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
Follow Maya on Twitter, Maya on Facebook