Puttin’ on the Glitz
Ballrooms fall into two categories: Either the decor is super-opulent and rich with detail, which means your reception design needs to be compatible with what’s already there; or it's neutral, almost masculine, which allows brides and their event planners to make the space take on any type of look. Marisol Garcia Leira of Beyond Details in Miami, 305-526-1165, beyond-details.com, recently had the challenge of sprucing up a space that fits into the second category. There were no chandeliers, so she created high-drama floral arrangements that made optimal use of light and color. "The design gave the look of an elaborately decorated ballroom with large ceiling chandeliers," says Garcia Leira. Crystals from a real, antique chandelier dangled from an arrangement of Rosita Vendella and Blue Curiosa roses, pink peonies, antique-colored hydrangeas and pink mini calla lilies. "The soft color palette is fairy-tale-like, and allows the crystals to continuously reflect light from the candles beneath the arrangement," says Garcia Leira. Centerpiece, $225.