Details, Details, Details…..

January 2012 Entertaining

Most of today’s brides want special attention paid to every last detail when it comes to customizing their big day. Organizing a wedding to the “nth” degree requires a lot of time and creativity; so many couples involve a wedding planner or event designer. The professionals at Social Butterflies, LLC, in Memphis recently orchestrated a wedding with a magical theme, and all the details to go along with it.

Theme: The clients, Casey and Tracy Dugan, requested a Disney theme for their wedding last October. (This was only fitting since the pair became engaged during a family vacation at Disney World.) “Vintage, romance, Disney and family were themes I wanted tied together,” says bride Tracy. “I didn’t want people to feel like they were at a wedding, but a place with friends having a good time.”

The designers at Social Butterflies knew Tracy wanted every element to work together, but not in a “matchy-matchy” way. “No monochromatic color scheme here!” says Michelle Hope, one of Social Butterflies’ owners and lead designers. “So we began designing the event in shades of blush pink, ivory and champagne with pops of peacock blue and marigold.”

Ceremony and Reception: The ceremony and reception took place at Hillwood on the grounds of Davies Manor Plantation east of Memphis. Valet parking attendants greeted guests and gave each one a custom program that held a ribbon wand (handmade by the bride and her mother) with instructions to “wave at the kiss.” The bride arrived for the ceremony in a white horse-drawn carriage while “When You Wish Upon a Star” played.

Following the vows guests headed to the reception area while sipping a signature cocktail, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” complete with sword-skewered fruit garnish. Alice in Wonderland provided the backdrop for the “Mad Hatter Cocktail Party,” a whimsical start to the evening complete with games for guests to enjoy.

After signing a quilt made by the bride and her mother, an alternative to the traditional guest book, family and friends made their way inside for the family-style reception. Natalie Chang Designs custom maps, inspired by Disney park guides, showed the event’s layout and the way to various food stations. Long tables dressed in burlap linens with handmade vintage fabric runners gave the reception a homespun, casual flair.

Haute Horticulture designed romantic flower, cotton, moss and succulent centerpieces in vintage-style containers including milk glasses, garden boxes and silver vases.

Details like enhanced lighting, including a custom light of the wedding monogram on the dance floor, set the ambiance for the reception. The monogram also appeared on the game boards for cocktail hour, napkins, invitations and photo sleeves guests took home …….


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