A summer afternoon celebration, by Tracery


When one of our clients called and asked us to help style and coordinate an intimate celebration honoring their daughter’s recent nuptials, we excitedly agreed. The groom’s family lives overseas and the couple is actually having two weddings as a result. This event, for very close family and friends was held at the family’s Mountain Brook, Alabama home– a home which we know well since we spent nearly three years designing and furnishing it!

The bride requested a simple and fresh color palette appropriate to a late summer affair–lots of white and green flowers and foliage. We designed the floral arrangements to fit with the decor of the house, but still to also reflect the simple and slightly modern aesthetic the bride asked us to create.


The home’s Foyer with a simple two-tier cake displayed on the center table. Beyond, an antique french marble-top patisserie holds flutes and chillers for the champagne toast.


The base of the cake, encircled by white roses, freesia and pepperberries.

We set the home’s formal Dining Room and the adjacent Breakfast Room to accomodate about 30 guest for a seated dinner. Long contemporary printed runners from Dwell and simple white rose cubes keep the feeling of the Dining Room young and fresh.


We repeated the same arrangement down the table four times to create impact and continuity. Mercury glass votives add elegance and sparkle–making things appropriately festive!


In the Breakfast Room, we circled the table with cerused oak bistro chairs to create an intimate dining space.


When styling a space with flowers, we like to create small arrangements and spread them throughout, rather than creating massive sprays and towering pillars of flowers which only occupy the very imporant places. For this event, we kept our palette tight, using only three or four varieties of plants. We placed similarly styled arrangements throughout the home, creating a cohesive look.




We placed white hydrangeas, cut directly from the yard, on the gas lanterns at the street, and placed arrangements similar to those found inside, on the front terrace to create a welcoming feel and to introduce the look of the party immediately to guests.



Event planning is a service that we love to offer in addition to interior design, and a nice change of pace for us occasionally. As designers, it’s always an honor to be asked back to a project once complete. In this instance, being asked to help create a beautiful event for a family we’ve become so close to over the past few years was very special for us. All our best to the new couple!

7 thoughts on “A summer afternoon celebration, by Tracery

  1. Your work is thoughtful as well as beautiful. I have the same crystal vase, and I also love to be apart of events…I illustrate and have done several weddings “live” – I love the softness here.


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