Transforming a Space for a Wedding - Summer Camp

It's really fun for us when we are hired to make a place look much different than it did before for a couple's wedding.  I'm going to give a few examples of that in the next few posts. 

This wedding below took place at Chimney Corners summer camp in Becket, Massachusetts.  We had the camp for the entire weekend and all of the meals were held in the dining hall below.  After lunch on Saturday, we completely transformed the dining hall for the wedding reception.  

Every time we work in a space, there are some fundamental decisions that happen.  We start by deciding what, if anything in the room, needs to be covered up.  For example, are there particularly ugly walls we need to drape?  Then, we decide if the room(s) need distinct spaces like a lounge or a bar area, and if so, whether or not we need screens or drapes to create sections.  Then, we work through the flow and I create a floor plan (to scale) in our software program.

Once we make these decisions and agree on the flow of the space, we choose decor for the dinner tables.  We start with the linens, and then add each layer on top including charger plates, stemware, flatware, china, napkin (what color), menu at each place setting?, table name signs, table escort and/or place cards, and floral.  And then come the chairs, other furniture and any additional floral and decor elements (like the lighting) throughout the room.

For this summer camp wedding, you can see the results below.  When the guests arrived after the ceremony, they were treated to a dramatic transformation from the room where, just a few hours earlier, they had lunch.  I think the images also illustrate what a powerful team effort wedding production is - we literally can't do any of this without an amazing team.

Photos by Ilene Perlman.  Flowers by Jessica's Country Flowers.  Lighting by Boston Uplights.  Graphic Design by J Sherman Studio.
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