Jessy Wolvek, Fleurs NYC, New York, NY
"We hosted our wedding at a friend's beach house on Fire Island. My design challenge was reconciling the casual beach location with the fact that I am totally in love with glamorous 1920s style. I started thinking about The Great Gatsby and the seaside communities of Long Island in the '20s, and I thought, how great would it be to have a Great Gatsby-esque beach party? I didn't want to go too theme-y with the idea, so we let little things set that tone. For example, I wore a vintage dress that once belonged to a silent film star. The dress also inspired the color scheme—I loved its turquoise, pink, and red embroidery.
"For the flowers, I used lots of peonies. In fact, we chose the beginning of June for the wedding just so the date would coincide with local peony season. I definitely felt pressure for the flowers to be off the hook. But because we didn't have a huge budget, I had to think realistically, décor-wise. I think it's always better to spend your money on one or two really exciting statement pieces, then have little arrangements elsewhere. One of my friends who is also a florist created a big floral chandelier to hang at the center of the tent, and I threw a ton of brightly colored peony and rose petals into the swimming pool. Then I complemented those statement pieces with small, simple arrangements on the tables.
"It had been raining almost every day the month before our wedding, and the home didn't have an indoor option that could accommodate all our guests, so we had to set up a tent on the deck. We couldn't afford a big, beautifully dressed-up tent, so we had to drape and decorate it ourselves, which was one of the most difficult and time-consuming things to do. It was funny, it's so easy for me to manage other people's events, but on my own day I was so nervous and stressed. But everything worked out—it didn't rain and everyone had a great time!"
Photos: Angela Jimenez Photography