Napkin Designs to Elevate your Event Design!

You already know, it’s all about the details when it comes to designing an out-of- this-world event (case in point: stellar parties like Engage!2017)! If you’re looking around thinking, “I’ve got it covered, every little thing looks amazing,” then kudos to you! But, let us ask you one thing before you go…what do your napkins look like?

That’s the game-changer right there, an unexpected napkin to really surprise your wedding guests when
they sit down for dinner. You’ll know you’ve nailed it if your guests are wondering whether or not they’re
supposed to actually wipe their mouth with the napkin – which, by the way, yes they are! So, if you’re ready to take your tabletop design to the next level, scroll through to see just how to complement your event theme with a pretty little napkin!

For a Southern sensibility with a touch of Charleston Wedding charm, go for lace napkins against textured
cream-colored linens like the Parchment Tulle Wave, Gold Emma and Beige Velluto. Complete the look with the Ivory Athena Chairback and accent with furniture like our Vintage Wood Coffee table.

Credits: Virgil Bunao Photography, A Charleston Bride

Are you channeling a tropical climate or throwing a beach party? Whether you have a Fiji or Jamaica
wedding destination, have fun with a bright printed napkin! Pair it with bright colored linens like our Rust
Velluto, Lipstick Velluto or Palm Springs print. Give your guests a place to lounge using our Rose Gold Cage Side Table and midcentury modern inspired Walnut Chair.

Credits: Koparrazi Photography, J Group Events

If you’re dreaming of Tuscany, go for a rustic wedding style with linen-inspired fabrics. Add a napkin with an embroidered edge detail, perfect for folding in a napkin or tucking an olive branch. Pair it with delicately
gilded linens like our White Josephine and Birch Metallic. Bring in an exposed wood table, like our Maison
Dining Table with a runner in our Shell Tuscany. If you’re adding wedding lounge furniture, consider country inspired pieces like our Maison collection sofas.

Credits: Sowing Clover Photography, Lila Wilson Weddings

Go for color! Maybe you’re looking for bridal shower inspiration or afternoon brunch ideas, either one pairs
well with a blue and yellow palette. We love this blue paisley print napkin played against a geometric pattern, like the Yellow Papel Chino or Marigold Venetian. If you’re looking to go all blue it matches nicely with the Indigo Velluto. Keep the design fun with our White Mirage Chair and Iron Side Table!

Credits: Brklyn View Photography, Color Pop Events

To nail that modern wedding at an industrial loft look, mix shades of gray and silver with wood accents. Try
bringing in a soft abstract pattern on your napkin to pair with neutral linens. The Silver Metallic Faux Dupioni and Gray Western are great solids warmed up with metallic elements. If you want to bring in some pattern, the Grey Palomino has a nice ikat pattern! Bring in wood accents in furniture, like the Oak Chair or Silver Aspen Table with Cognac Croc Cover, to create a cozy atmosphere for guests.

Credits: Charleston Wine & Food Festival ,CB Events, Colbee Lynn Photography

 

Whatever your wedding style or event theme, there is a perfect napkin for you! From printed styles to bold
colors or even napkin décor, look around to make sure you make every detail count!

Pretty Outdoor Brunch Inspiration at Miami’s W Hotel

It’s a beautiful day at the W Hotel South Beach in Miami, FL! Don’t believe us? Just check out this gorgeous blush design set by The Creative Loft in their garden! We could hardly contain our excitement seeing this perfectly delicate yet deliciously lush setting, photographed by Alee Gleiber Photography, giving us major brunch inspiration (and you know how we love brunch!).

Atop this table for eight, set with our Rose Metallic Burlap linen, we were delighted by bright florals, from Primerose Florals, alongside aromatic sprigs of eucalyptus. Just look at those blooms bursting in bright corals and light pinks, a perfect color palette for an intimate brunch or wedding celebration!
We love the eclectic touch in the chairs, mixing some of our decorative Ivory Athena Chair backs and Gold Blossom Interlaces with timeless gold chiavari chairs.

And the setting could not have been any more perfect! The W South Beach hotel, a destination for weddings and events alike, set the scene with it’s palm trees strung with twinkling string lights, an ideal place to transition from brunch to dinner without missing a beat. There truly is nothing like a Miami celebration!

Wedding Photographer Alee Gleiberman Photography | Wedding Planner The Creative’s Loft
| Floral Designer Prime Rose Florals | Linens and Chair Covers Nuage Designs | Tables and chairs The Salvage Snob | Wedding Cake Earth and Sugar | Venue W Hotel South Beach

A Conversation with Masi Events: Miami Event Planners

Jessica and Michael Masi have got it all figured out. The married couple behind Miami based event-planning company Masi Events are charming brides and grooms, putting on stunning events and having so much fun doing it! Part of their success lies in the balance they’ve struck within their business roles; with Jessica as the creative director and Michael as the logistical mastermind they bring a lot to the table for prospective couples. We had the chance to sit down with Masi Events to find out more about what drives them and to see some really, really gorgeous events. Scroll through to learn more…

Nuage Designs: One of your very unique differentiators is that you’re a husband and wife team – how did that come to be? Did you work together elsewhere before starting Masi Events?

Masi Events: Michael and I come from two different backgrounds professionally. Early in my career I was working for another event planning firm mostly focused on corporate events and non-profit events. Michael was working for a recruitment company. I then started the company in 2008 mostly focused on weddings and social events. We then relocated to Miami in 2010 and it was a natural transition for Michael to come on board full time. He was already assisting me on weddings and events over the weekend and was really enjoying the work. Especially with the long hours it definitely made spending time together so much easier.

ND: What, in your opinion, is the best thing that you bring to your newly-engaged couples as a husband and wife duo?

ME: I think there is definitely a level of comfort to many newly-engaged couples, who see a married couple working together, being successful together, and having fun doing it.  We also can offer perspectives from both a male a female point of view, which more and more often now is needed, as grooms tend to be playing a much larger role in the planning process.

ND: Many clients comment on how you both balance each other out, how does that guide the roles each of you plays in the business?

ME: Definitely, we have different strengths given our professional and educational backgrounds. I am much more the creative, and Michael tends to be much more analytical.  We typically divide the vendor categories we are responsible for given our strengths, for example I will typically work with the Florist, Invitations and Linen Vendors, and Michael will work with Hotels, Venues and Logistical Planning. He makes the best, most detailed timelines! That is where his official title of “logistical mastermind” came to be. When you put it together our clients benefit greatly from to experience professionals with a knack for different things.  

ND: How is the collaboration process with your clients? Where does the basis for their wedding begin (mood board, conversation, color palette, etc)?

ME: We typically gather information from our clients organically finding out what their aesthetic is like and what has meaning to them. They sometimes have a very clear vision of what they are looking for and other times they need more guidance. Based on their ideas we put together a design board and once they approve it and it captures what they are looking for we then start the vendor selection process.

ND: What is your advice to couples that do come to you with a “trendy” design in mind?

ME: We always tell our couples to stay true to themselves. This will achieve the most timeless of designs and one that will resonate with them for years to come. If they are just following trends they will easily have regrets on their choices.

ND: Do you ever find it difficult to push clients away from “trends” and towards a more unique design?

ME: Yes, sometimes the more unique designs are ones that you might not necessarily have a photo of but it’s only a conceptual concept and you describe it and draw it out. This is where having trust in us comes to play because they might not be able to visualize it as much as seeing an exact photo of it.

ND: We hear that you show a lot of “vendor love” when recommending to clients (thank you!), why is that important to Masi Events?

ME: We find our relationships with our vendors are extremely important. We can only attribute our successes to each vendor that helps make it happen. If one of us succeeds we all do!

ND: What are some of Masi Events’ trademark styles?

ME: We love varied centerpieces in our designs. This creates a more dimensional event. We also find that our portfolio of weddings are so varied just because truly we try to achieve a unique experience and design each time that is reflective of our couples.

ND: If you could plan and design a party for anyone in the world, who would that be?

ME: We would love to plan and design an event for Queen Elizabeth. I think there is so much protocol and rich history there that it would be so fulfilling. She has seen it all and has been to so many events so to be able to amaze or surprise her would be very rewarding. But, we would also love to plan and design an event for Ana Wintour. She is so iconic and to be able to amaze or surprise her after attending so many events would be very fulfilling and rewarding. I’m slightly obsessed with the documentary the First Monday in May.

ND: What is your favorite thing about designing weddings?

ME: I love that it is never boring and never the same. It really is such a personal event for our client’s lives and one that we want them to cherish not only the wedding day but the entire planning experience. We are always honored each and every time a client invites us in this journey with them.

ND: Last one, because we have to pick your brain while we have you, what trends do you see for the fall wedding season? Any color palettes or themes that you’re dying to use?

ME: Some trends we are seeing is a focus on lounge furniture and varied seating for guests. Clients are less afraid of using color and being bold. I think you will see a more diverse color palette. We also see more of a focus on the tabletop setting with unique details down to the napkin and glassware.

With wedding season just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what Masi Events has in store for us! Stay tuned and follow along to catch some of their work on our Instagram.

Photography Elizabeth MessinaKatie Lopez PhotographyPS Photography | Gianny Campos | Jose Villa

Henna Inspired Sangeet Linens in Bright Colors!

There are bright colors everywhere, intricate henna designs being delicately drawn on guests and the best dance party ever taking place…where are we? Welcome to a Sangeet party! This gorgeous one in particular from Kate & Co. took place at the beautiful Overlook Farm, just outside of St. Louis, and has us so excited!

From the location to the décor (you know how we love pink!), it’s not a party to miss! We are so obsessed with this color palette; from fuchsia to orange and about a million shades in between, this is a stunner! Festive Couture’s assortment of wild flowers added a beautiful touch to the décor, tying in the farm-feel with tin vases on the farmhouse tables.

We love how they played so well with our Pink Hemp Flocking and Orange Hemp Flocking linens, bringing out the bright hues while letting the Paisley Henna- inspired patterns shine!

The night wrapped up in a wild dance party, with the bride in her Anushree Reddy outfit, and the groom tearing up the dance floor with their friends to the sounds of DJ MOMA. If this is the Sangeet, can you just imagine what the wedding was like?

Planner Kate & Co. | Ceremony & Reception Venue Overlook Farm | Florist Festive Couture | Cake The Cakery | DJ DJ MOMA | Linens BBJ Linens and Nuage Designs | Stationery Two Blue Doors | Gown Mehndi – Monique Lhuillier, Sangeet – Anushree Reddy, Christian Ceremony – Monique Lhuillier, Reception – Sarah Seven | Hair IGK Salon | Makeup LEYDA | Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup Daniellestyle | Videography Meyerott Photography & Cinema | Photography L Photographie

Summer Road Trip with Nüage Designs!

What a trip we have had! From our hometown of Miami, up the east coast, out west to California with a final stop in New Orleans, we have had one fun time with our event industry friends. We had a chance to see some of their newest wedding and event designs and pepper in some local advice for summer fun.

Check out the lookbook below to relive the journey for yourself!

Summer Greenery Inspiration

On a sunny summer day there’s nothing more wonderful than stopping to smell the flowers and this styled shoot from Events by Elle shows this all too well!

With a greenhouse inspired space at Miami’s Little River Studios as a backdrop, Wedding Nature Photography captured stunning photos of this barefoot bride dream.

The dainty stationery suite, adorned with Papel and Co. calligraphy adds the perfect shade of blush to this neutral palette, set against our White Sand Tuscany linen.

And to flowers? Anthology Co. put together the loveliest arrangements to add a little touch of whimsy to the day.

Our absolute favorite thing of this inspirational shoot is the space created to share the couple’s “I Do’s.” With seating set by our oak chairs, and white pillar candles intertwined with ivy leading to a gorgeous ceremony space, it’s a fairytale location for a wedding!

Planner Events by Elle | Florist Anthology Co | Rentals and Linens Nuage Designs | Calligraphy Papel and Co. | Cake Earth and Sugar | Hair and Makeup Julia Brig | Catering Stephen Starr
Photography Wedding Nature Photography | Venue Little River Studios

Traditional Weddings Inspired by History

Inspiration comes from in many ways. Often we are looking for what’s current and what’s coming when we should be exploring what’s in the past to find something refreshing. We did just that when we looked back to our own history here at home to find some traditional wedding inspiration to pair alongside an elegant styled shoot from Lindsay Bishop Events.

So, you can imagine our delight looking through this impeccable styled shoot from Lindsay Bishop, who not only planned and designed but also put together the lush florals for the day!

From a navy and white color palette to ornate silver décor, the details are everything in this inspirational wedding photo shoot! Clay Austin Photography captured every little thing not just on digital but on film as well – be still my heart!

We’re obsessing over the tabletop silver, from the serve ware to the punch bowl, borrowed from Terrace Oaks Antique Mall and Gryphon Estate Silver, and how perfectly it pairs with the simply sophisticated china from Sasha Nicholas and against our Navy Jamestown toile linen. Add to that Hatch Cove Designs’ stationery suite with grey-hued calligraphy, a dainty touch to tie it all together!

Of course this all came to life in the heart of Charleston at The Old Exchange, a location oozing with history’s sweet secrets. From cobblestone streets to old seaports, we’ll be keeping an eye for historical inspiration from here on out!

Photography Clay Austin Photography | Wedding Dress Emily Kotarski Bespoke Bridal Design | Linens Nuage Designs | Stationery Hatch Cove Designs | Make-up artist Dannon Collard | China Sasha Nicholas | Hair Swish | Rentals Ooh Events | Groom’s Attire The Trunk Club | Venue The Old Exchange Building | Jewellery Emma Katska | Planning, Design and Florals Lindsay Bishop Events | Engagement Ring Victor Barbone Jewelry | Estate Silver Gryphon Estate Silver | Other Images via Pinterest

A Red, White and Blue Wedding Done Perfectly!

In the spirit of Fourth of July, we’re feeling in a very red, white and blue mood. What better way to channel this inspiration than with a gorgeous wedding from Tracie Domino Events!

This dreamy Tampa wedding, at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, is the epitome of elegance with a perfect touch of fun. The setting alone really sets the mood – a mix of mossy trees and perky palms!

Stepping inside after the ceremony, the ambiance was very laid-back with a casual lounge-style reception. MMD Events did an incredible job with the floral and décor, really tying in the blue and white hues with the ornate red carpet for a gorgeous effect. We love how they combined different shades and prints in blue, using our Navy Khalo and Amaya Blue Print pillows against Sky Western and Turquoise Velluto solid pillows. On the scattered cocktail tables, Slate Plaster and Wine Velluto played together beautifully, almost as if they were extension of the venue itself!

Jacqui Cole Photography captured this one perfectly, reminding us that there is more than just one way to bring a red, white and blue palette to life!

Photography Jacqui Cole | Planning Tracie Domino Events | Floral Design + Rentals, Decor MMD Events | Venue Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club | Linens Nuage Designs

Engage!17 Cayman Island

We could not have dreamed up a more incredible Engage! to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rebecca Grinnal’s and Kathryn Arce’s Engage Summits!

Straight from the luxurious Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman, we partied with mermaids, unicorns and the most amazing group of event professionals and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

The Cayman Islands set an idyllic backdrop for the events with inspiration ranging from beach festivals to under the sea and culminating in an unbelievable technicolored gala designed by Rishi Patel of HMR Designs.

Not only did we get to hear from one amazing speaker after another, in between we were treated to some spectacular breaks as well! Under an ombre-colored row of ornate handmade tents from Raj Tents, we snacked on chocolate delicacies and sipped from coconuts.

Our linens had a chance to enjoy the fun too! Fire Metropolitan to match the Welcome Party’s fire dancers, Blue Scale to pair with the Dessert Party’s mermaid tails and White and Silver Koi to serve as additional entertainment for the rainbow hued gala were some of our stand out picks.

The team from Elan Artists really blew us out of the water with the customized entertainment! We were welcomed by festival go-ers and fire dancers on the beach and closed the week with spandex-clad go go dancers and a surprise performance from En Vogue! Oh, and did we mention there were mermaids?

Thank you to all our friends for creating magic!  We can’t wait to see you all again!

Hosts Engage Summits, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism | Venue Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa | Design HMR Designs, Rishi Patel | Entertainment Elan Artists | Event Branding and Gifting Gifts for the Good Life | Graphic Design and Show Director Trisha Hay Design | Event Website and Printed Materials Two Paper Dolls | AV, Lighting and Sounds Intec | Tents Raj Tents | Wholesale Floral DV Flora | Custom Carpeting Alma USA | Production Support Celebrations | Neon Signs Name Glo | Shipping Tropical Shipping | On-Island Adventures Majestic Tours, Red Sail Sports | Photography Cloud Nine Omnimedia, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Paul Morse Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, Laura Dee Photography, Rebecca Davidson Photography, Deep Blue Images, Picture This, Melissa Wolfe Photography, Better Angle

Summer Neutrals

As much as we gravitate towards bright, bold colors in the summer, there are times when we just need a little palette cleanser to tame the heat. We found just the perfect neutral summer look with this Gulf Coast dinner at Trebeache in Santa Rosa Beach!

This gorgeous event, planned to perfection by It’s a Shore Thing, and designed with a Zen-garden in mind by Florals by the Sea, is the chic summer we’re dreaming of! Taking a seat at this gorgeous lounge set up, mixing wicker chairs with metal and glass accent tables from H&M Event Rentals, we definitely feel the positive vibes coming through.

Lacher’s Lens Photography captured each refreshing orchid arrangement, crafted by Florals by the Sea, paired with organic driftwood elements against our Pearl Metropolitan linens. Perfectly folded White Hemstitch Napkins and white-washed chairs completed the crisp summer look!

We’re taking palette cues from this lovely night to inspire our Zen summer nights!

Photography Lacher’s Lens Photography | Florals + Design Kellie McGehee of Florals by the Sea | Coordination It’s a Shore Thing Wedding & Event Planning | Venue + Catering Trebeache | Chair Rentals H & M Event Rentals | Entertainment Top Hat Live | Linens Nuage Designs Inc.

A Modern Midsummer Night’s Dream

In the heat of the summer there’s nothing more refreshing than a light and airy wedding. This Lauryn Prattes Events designed wedding hits that to a tee!

From the greenery-laden Amaryllis arrangements to the bright Edison light bulb bar, we’re floating in a modern Midsummer Night’s dream.

Cheers Darling Events planned this Long View Gallery wedding to perfection, and Lisa Ziesing captured every beautiful moment. Combining linen-inspired fabrics, such as our Poetic Blossom Tuscany and Flax Metallic Burlap napkins, and exposed wood tables with lovely decor from Something Vintage Rentals, there was a rustic touch to the night that was balanced out with sleek glass and brass elements.

This DC wedding, from start to finish, was just the summer refreshment we were looking for!

Photography  Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu | Event Design Lauryn Prattes Events | Coordination Cheers Darling Events | Venue Long View Gallery  | Florals + Decor  Amaryllis | Invitation Stephanie B. Desigins | Decor/ Furniture Something Vintage Rentals | Catering Heirloom  | Strings Elan Artists | Rentals Party Rental, LTD | Linens Nuage | Hair Bridal Hair by Remona | Make Up Beauty n’ the Bride 

A Conversation with: A Charleston Bride

Spring is here and Charleston, SC is in full bloom with bougainvillea and magnolias covering the town. In other words, it’s the perfect time of year in one of the most beautiful cities of the U.S. and A Charleston Bride is hard at work producing another dream wedding. Between designing and coordinating, we were able to sneak in some time with this all-star team of women to hear what it’s like to create gorgeous weddings for lucky couples in Charleston. Scroll through to hear from Abby, Amanda, Haley, Lindsay and Melissa and then probably go ahead and book a flight to their gorgeous town and explore it for yourself!

Nüage Designs: Tell us your story –how did you begin designing and planning weddings and events?

A Charleston Bride: [Melissa Williams] In 1999, I worked for a real estate development company as an assistant leasing agent. Part of my duties were organizing and planning quarterly broker parties at their properties. This led to newly engaged friends inquiring about various vendors while planning their weddings.

In 2001, I created a website with stock wedding photos and planned 6 weddings the following year! Fast-forward 15 years, and A Charleston Bride has planned over 400 weddings!!

ND: Your designs are always so unique from each other, where does this inspiration come from?

ACB: [Lindsey Shanks] The overall inspiration for us really needs to start with our clients. We try to hear about them, learn their style, learn their overall spirit and go from there. It’s like putting all of your ideas on a big white board in your mind that make up their event and then organizing it so the client can translate it from there!

ND: Charleston is a gorgeous place with so many special characteristics. How does the city play in to your aesthetic, designs, etc.?

ACB: [LS] The backdrop of the city provides an historic and romantic base for almost all our designs. The natural beauty of the landscape from flowers to the moss covered trees next to an antique antebellum home. It’s certainly why most brides chose the city [for their wedding].

ND: You never double-book weekends with clients, how does this exclusivity foster the planning relationship with your couples?

ACB: [Haley Kelly] We only take one wedding per weekend for a few reasons! One – we want to be fully focused on that particular couple. We want to be at the ceremony rehearsal and all-in mentally and physically on their big day! It would be impossible to do that being responsible for more than one wedding [in a weekend]. Two – for the majority of our clients, we are involved with the entire wedding weekend – a welcome party, rehearsal dinner, brunch, etc. so we like to be available for them first and foremost!

ND: How is the collaboration process with your clients?

ACB: [LS] The collaboration is certainly mutual, as we want our clients to feel involved and reflect their personal style. Obviously, it’s great when they have full faith in our design direction, but of all the components they want to stay out of, I don’t think this is it! They want to hear their story from us and to be involved and excited. As a designer, I want them to be prideful and pleased with their wedding design. This only occurs when we find the sweet spot between our lofty goals and their dreams. We start with a shared Pinterest board with texture and style inspiration and ask lots of questions about their story, style, and vision. We then take that information plus what we know of our locations and their overall budget, and go from there.

ND: Do you ever find it difficult to push clients towards what they might see as an “edgy” design?

ACB: [HK] We try and get to know our clients very well. So, usually before going into a design meeting, we know how much we can push them into an idea and in what areas they are willing to budge. We feel like we are doing our jobs when we pitch new and fresh ideas – hopefully of things they have never seen before! But yes, pushing clients beyond their comfort zone is tough. However, we have been lucky to have great clients who trust us explicitly which has resulted in so many amazing and unique events!

ND: What are some of your trademark styles?

ACB: [LS] I would like to think our trademark is to never repeat something from the past or another wedding. Let it be part of the inspiration, but make your wedding your own. We actually had one of our peers, a highly respected planner here in Charleston, give us the best compliment; he said he loved our designs because they were not only logistically feasible, but clean and unique. It was great to hear!

ND: What is your advice to couples coming to you with a “trendy” design in mind?

ACB: [HK] We always like to think outside of the box so we generally take their ideas and then spin it in a way that is timeless and unforgettable. We feel that usually we can sell it better if it is something different and makes them feel unique and special! For example, they may love greenery runners but if they hear they can do a hanging installation over the head table dripping in lights that sounds like more fun!

ND: If you could plan/design a party for anyone in the world, who would that be?

ACB: [LS] India Hicks or Marchesa…. totally different spectrums, but both have deep appreciation for texture.

[MW] Ivanka Trump or Reese Witherspoon. Both have great style.

ND: What is your favorite thing about designing weddings?

ACB: [LS] I call the wedding day “game day” because it feels like the big rally of a Friday night football game. Everything comes together and it’s truly magical to see ideas come to life! I love their reaction to it all the most!

ND: Last one, because we have to pick your brain while we have you, what trends do you see for the upcoming wedding season?

ACB: [LS] I think we are going to see a return to the ballroom glam. I think we will also hopefully see bolder and pronounced colors vs. so soft and romantic.

[MW] I think copper is going to be the hot metallic for the next couple of years.

ND: Any other thoughts that you’d like to leave us with?

ACB: [MW] We always encourage our clients to relax and enjoy the planning process. Will it be stressful at times? Of course! But the wedding will be here before they know it and life and reality will set in. This is such a special time and one they should be able to look back on fondly. We hope that’s where we step in and really make a difference!

Photography Virgil BunaoSposa Bella PhotographyDecisive MomentShannon Michelle Photography, Ashley SeawellTim Willoughby | Venues Lowndes GroveThe Cedar RoomThe Sanctuary on KiawahHibernian HallWilliam Aiken HouseThe Governor Thomas Bennett House