Set Sail! A Romantic Ship Wedding

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When it comes to designing an event, we are down for whatever! We pride ourselves in getting out of our comfort zones and making our client’s vision, a reality. When we were approached to do full designing for a Memorial Day Weekend 2017 wedding, we were immediately hooked. With a Dilworth Park ceremony and reception on the Moshulu, we were excited to dive in and get creative. Both venues have amazing potential to create something magical, and we were able to do just that!

For the ceremony design, we brought in our white-wash pergola, and made it unique to the bride and groom. Their bridal party was not holding flowers, instead, we created small signs for them to hold with quotes from a passage that was special to the couple. As the bridal party walked down the aisle, they placed these signs onto the pergola. The final sign was mounted onto the pergola by the flower girl who was lifted by the groom. The pergola was filled in with ferns and other greenery. The beautiful architecture of City Hall paired with our white wash pergola and subtle decor was a perfect match for our client.  

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For cocktail hour, we wanted to embrace the nautical features of the ship without giving away the decor for the lower reception decks. Cocktails were served on the top deck, which featured centerpieces made up of fish netting, wooden lanterns, and mixed mercury votives. We also scattered mixed metal candles and mercury lanterns throughout the entire top deck. 

The reception took place on the middle two decks of the ship. On the back of the ship, we transformed the bar space by combining sprayed mixed metal greens with hurricane vases and pillar candles. We also created a treasure chest display for the dessert area. On the sides of the space, we created two pirate themed lawn games for their guests to enjoy.   

For the back of the ship, we wanted to go glam. We installed five chandeliers over the dance floor, and brought in mirrored tables with ghost stools from Vision Furniture. The mirrored tables were in the middle of hightop tables draped with sequin linens. All of these tables featured our beautiful candelabras with crystal boxes, mirrored stands, tapered candles, and subtle floral arrangements. We also brought in some vintage lounge furniture from Maggpie Vintage, which we then paired with sequin mermaid pillows. Maggpie also brought in a gold bar cart, which we added some mixed mercury candles and a small floral arrangement to. With the mix of the crystal and candles, this space was completely transformed into a romantic celebration.

For the front of the ship, we needed to think of a way to create beautiful centerpieces without florals. Our bride loved butterflies, so we thought it would be a unique idea to incorporate them into the design. We were able to design a fixture of taxidermy butterflies sitting on branches which stemmed from moss, all covered by a beautiful glass cloche with a gold base. The butterfly cloches were set on mirrored boxes and we put two on every table. In between the cloches, we mixed in some mercury lanterns, vintage oil lamps, peacock feathers, and loose taxidermy butterflies. All of these elements together created a perfectly glamorous yet unique look for our client. 

Working with three different decks on the ship, we wanted to create a different look for all three spaces. We loved this design because although each deck was unique, they all worked together to create an amazing design for our client. Congratulations Lauren and Ken! 

  • Full Design Execution: DFW Event Design 
  • Furniture Rentals: Vision Furniture and Maggpie Vintage
  • Photography: Jordan Brian Photography & Conrad Erb Photography
  • Planning: Elizabeth Duncan Events
  • Ceremony Venue: Dilworth Park
  • Reception Venue: The Moshulu 
Katie Robinson