Celebrate the Holidays in Style

Holiday parties are officially here! We can hardly believe it but it’s true. With so many events to attend and so many friends to celebrate with, be wary of design fatigue. No need to worry however because we’re here to help! We’ve put together our Holiday Style Guide with some of our favorite looks that can help inspire you this season. Whether you opt for mixed metals, go all-in on bright color or prefer a cozy neutral, there’s something for every occasion…because friends don’t let friends throw basic parties. Now let’s celebrate!

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Red River Waterfall Photo Levie Creative Co. | Design Pablo Oliveira of Nüage Designs | Props Always Flowers | 

Blue Koi Photo Mikkel Paige Photography | Design Color Pop Events | Florals Blade Floral and Event Designs | Paper Goods Bliss and Bone | Rentals Broadway Party Rentals | Dinner Plates Hawkins New York | Custom Painting Art by Megan | Calligraphy Anne Robin | Venue Dobbin St. Brooklyn |

Silver & Gold Table Photo Sofia Negron Photography | Design Matthew David Celebrations | Papergoods Ceci New York |

Emerald Sequin Taffeta Photo Sofia Negron Photography | Design Tinsel & Twine | Papergoods Ceci New York | Props West Elm |

Ivory Laurel Photo Sofia Negron Photography | Design jesGORDON/properFUN | Papergoods Ceci New York | Rentals Party Rental Ltd

A Nuage Designs Guide to: Classic Weddings

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. It’s these time-old wedding traditions that add so much meaning to each couple’s story. There’s a unique kind of beauty we find in the design of a classically styled wedding, and a true happiness at the touch of a crisp hemstitch napkin! But there’s so much more that gives classic weddings a special place in our hearts. Read on about our key elements for nailing that perfect wedding look!

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First things first, set the tone. The invitation suite is the first peek your friends and family get into your wedding and it can set the mood for your upcoming nuptials. In true traditional fashion, we love using shades of navy and deep royal blue, bright whites, light cream tones and metallic foil detailing. As for your choice of type, combining script calligraphy styles with serif fonts makes your invitations both beautiful and functional. Whether you opt to add in some ornate patterns or monograms, make it totally yours. We also love a custom wax seal, that’s one small detail that never loses it’s appeal!

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What we really love about a classic wedding is it’s inherent timelessness. Tending towards simple designs and time-tested color palettes, they come together as impossibly elegant and refined events. Of course, there is the traditional blue and white color palette. As much as we want to try something different, this is really the one that sticks. You can opt to go with darker hues of navy or bright shades of royal, both will be just perfect.  There’s a couple of patterns that we love here too. You can add in awning stripes, french toile, or a chinoiserie print in your textiles or on the tabletop for nice detail.

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Balancing out those blue hues with crisp whites is essential to this design. We like giving the day a bright base to work from. Consider combining white linen tablecloths with soft embroidered overlays on your tables and tying the look together with crisp hemstitch napkins for an elegant effect. Bring in minimal white chairs, like this infinity chair, for seating that is both lovely and comfortable.

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When it comes to flowers, we love an assortment of light creams accented with sprigs of green. Ranunculus and hydrangeas are big blooms that add a nice volume to any arrangement. Add in white anemones, some sweet baby’s breath and green amaranth to break up the design and add a dimension of color.

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Choose a location with some history and add a piece of your own to it. With so many different options across the states, there’s a place that will speak uniquely to you. We love the idea of planning wedding events across different spaces of a unique location. That could mean cocktails inside a once residential turned museum mansion, or a tented reception on perfectly manicured historic gardens. Knowing that you’re adding a piece of your family to the story of the venue adds a level of intimacy to the day.

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Adding details that speak to you and your love story will be the touch that resonates with your family and friends. In true tradition, monogrammed pieces make for beautiful mementos. Consider monogramming your napkins for cocktails or dinner, or adding a monogram to your cake design. We also love when couples add in pieces that are special to them and their family. Whether that means wearing an heirloom piece of jewelry, vintage cufflinks or using your grandmother’s china, imbue your day with the things that are precious reminders of your life story.

Photography + Styling  Henry Photography | Wedding Planner Katie Werkin of Chancey Charm | Floral Design Ashley Henry | Hair + Makeup Audi Anderson + Madison Brynn + Steve Napier of J. Bentley | Cake Blush Arrow Cakes | Gown La Jeune Mariee | Gown Twigs & Honey | Gown Lazaro | Bridesmaid Gown Jenny Yoo | Shoes Bella Belle | Jewellery Trumpet & Horn | Stationery Wedding Paper Divas | Vow Book Wedding Story Writer | Linens Nuage Designs | Ribbon Adorn Company | Ring Box The Mrs. Box | Venue Kingwood Center Gardens | Film Lab PhotoVision | Monogrammed Napkins via Easton Events | Invitations via Written Word Calligraphy

Inspired By: Manus X Machina

The world of fashion has always fascinated us. We spend many a fashion week live-streaming the runways of couture fashion houses like Chanel and Dior alongside Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, watching in absolute awe of their creations. We wait in anticipation every fall for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to announce the theme for spring’s annual Met Gala so that we can plan our visit to the exhibit, always finding ourselves more impressed than the year before. When we heard this year’s theme, Manus x Machina, we weren’t sure what to expect but when we arrived at The Met, it was so much more than we ever could have imagined. We snapped pictures, took notes and starting mood boarding away for our own upcoming collections. Scroll through and be inspired with us!

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True works of art, these beautiful pieces selected for the exhibit demonstrate craftsmanship as the highest levels. Walking through each of the galleries, we were taken on a tour of different techniques and how they have evolved over time with the advent of technology. Regardless of the newer and faster practices in use, they all start at the beginning with a tailor or a dressmaker working on the fit and drape. Speaking the language of each fabric, they are the ones that set it on it’s right path to creation.

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With pieces from Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, the parurier floral galleries has us head over heels. Comparing the 1952 “Vilmiron” dress from Dior with a dress from their 2012 collection, we saw the modern approach Raf Simons took as he paid homage to Christian Dior’s legacy and his love of flowers. And the intricate work a wedding ensemble from Chanel’s 2005 collection had us saying “yes to the dress.”

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With it’s traditions in needlework, embroidery has been a long-standing technique used to embellish textiles. With endless materials at hand, the creations that can come to life through embroidery are infinite. The ombre sequins patterns on the dream gowns on view left us with stars in our eyes. And the Yves Saint Laurent “Sardine” dress from their 1983 collection, which took 1,500 hours to complete? Well, we could hardly believe our copper-hued reflection when we saw it!

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From Yves Saint Laurent’s 1969 evening dress delicately composed of bird-of-paradise feathers to Iris Van Herpen’s 2013 design made of laser cut silicone feathers nearly fifty years later, the beauty of plumasserie is not lost on fashion. It’s incredible to see these pieces side by side, each a masterpiece in it’s own right.

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In the world of weddings, lace is one of those things that never ceases to amaze us. From gorgeous wedding gowns to invitation details, the beauty of lace is in it’s timelessness. Dating back to the 1600s, lace making was a time intensive process performed by highly skilled artisans. While there is still plenty of handmade lace, the advent of technology has led to machine-made lace which is both quicker and draws qualities from traditional lace patterns.

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In the galleries of pleated pieces, we could not believe the range of possibilities! From Madame Grès’ delicately draped dresses to Issey Miyake’s contemporary approach to pleating clothing, these pleated garments transported us from the 1950’s straight to the future.

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Culminating in the show stopper, this wedding ensemble from Chanel’s 2014-2015 collection combines traditional hand-made techniques with modern technology to show how haute couture relies on this interplay to create their beautiful works of wearable art.

Photos Via The Met | Vogue | Fashionista | Hollywood Reporter | CNN Style | NYC The Official Guide | The NY Times | Style Zeitgeist

A Nüage Designs Guide to: Industrial Spaces

You walk into the venue, with it’s exposed brick walls, oversized windows and perfectly broken in feel and you know it immediately, “This is the one.” We too love the charm of an industrial space, rich with history and it’s unique quirks – and that’s just the beginning. There’s really nothing like an industrial venue when it comes to designing an event, they are the perfect canvas! Let’s start dreaming up your perfect party…

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First things first, let’s assess what we’re working with and really emphasize the space, instead of fighting with it. From the high ceilings to the brick walls, industrial spaces set a great backdrop. Use the loftiness to play with dimension – stringing lights or hanging decor pieces at different heights. An installation piece like this can be a fun photo opportunity for hosts and guests alike. Even the bricks themselves add so much to the atmosphere. Use their raw texture with similar elements or soften them by pairing with delicate details. This dreamcatcher-inspired escort card display from Lemiga Events hangs from an existing metal sconce, adding a touch of whimsy to the design while staying true to the industrial vibe!

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Let the light shine in! The oversized windows that are iconic of industrial spaces let in the most incredible natural light. Take advantage of this shining clarity to start your party in the bright afternoon and watch it roll in to the magical dusk hour. We love how the windows also double as stunning built-in accents. Their frames alone are beautiful to look at or great to accent with decor items – such as hanging succulents or candle runners along the bottom.

And of course, don’t miss the chance for a dreamy picture with lovely light flooding in through the window panes. We love the magical effect it gives off!

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Now, as lovely as all those brick walls and exposed beams are, they can get a little stark at times. Here’s where we bring in some color to warm up the party. Anything goes in an industrial space, whether you’re thinking bright pink with hints of orange or calming blues with touches of yellow, just have some fun with it! We really love this design by Raquel Mideau from Lemiga Events. She combines shades of yellow with delicate touches of blue and green to create a really natural and soft palette. Even the smallest accent of color can really make a big effect here, so consider adding it in the flowers or paper details if you want to keep color to a minimum.

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In the same way that adding color warms up the space, bringing in textures will also have that effect. Playing off of the raw qualities of the space, we love to incorporate natural textiles like burlap, linen and cotton. Bringing in these fibers adds a big tactile dimension to the event! When you think of textiles, don’t just limit it to what you’ll dress the table with, think of plush tufted furniture, fun tasseled pillows and small accents like velvet ribbon. A little can go a long way here in softening the space and creating a cozy atmosphere for guests.

With your industrial venue as a beautiful blank canvas, there really are no limits to what you can design so don’t let the nitty gritty bog you down. To make sure it’s a seamless night, we love using Eventbrite’s event management software so the evening goes off without a hitch! We encourage diving deep into your imagination to see how you can transform the space, let it tell a lovely story and take you wherever you want to go for one magical night!

Photographer Elle Golden | Planning & Design Raquel Mideau for Lemiga Events | Stationery Courtney Khail | Floral + Design Amanda Jewel | Rental Furniture Sejour Events | Linen Nuage Designs | Tableware West Elm, Ponce City Market | Bridal Gowns The White Magnolia | Groom Attire The Modern Gent | Accessories Perfect Details | Styling Assistant Andrea Richardson Beautiful Wild Design | Wedding Cake For Goodness Cakes  | Hair & Makeup – J’Denelle, Khadijah Jordan and Scoobie for Scoobie West & Company | Model Styling Chawncia Bythwood

A Nüage Designs Guide To: Dining al Fresco

With Spring starting to peek it’s head out and summer right around the corner, we’re dreaming of sunny days spent outdoors. And what, you may ask, is our absolute favorite thing to do on a beautiful day outside? We love gathering a couple of friends, grabbing some cold refreshments and setting up some snacks to enjoy in the fresh air. What a beautiful time! Read more on our guide to dining al fresco…

We love a bright sunny day with a cool breeze, it just begs us to sit outside and enjoy it. Find an spot and make it feel intimately your own – somewhere that conversation can flow and laughter can be shared with friends!

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Bring some of the season’s bright colors to the table, literally! We love mixing in fun prints with solid accents. The contrast of turquoise napkins with the bold red Calypso Lalo print really adds dimension to the table. When entertaining outdoors, cotton and linen are both great fabrics to use.

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Wrought iron chairs feel nice and cool on a hot day. Mixing styles, chairs with decorative motifs and others with clean lines, is a fun way to add to the design. Pepper in some cushions and pillows for comfort!

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When the weather is this nice, something bubbly feels just right! We’ll take a cue straight from Italy on this one and enjoy a perfect pour of prosecco. If you’re feeling creative, a nice Aperol Spritz is an easy to make refreshing cocktail that adds a fragrant hint of orange.

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We love indulging our friends with the season’s offerings. Light fare like bruschetta, cantaloupes paired with prosciutto or a beautiful cheese plate always hits the spot. Adding in some herbs (we love rosemary!) is both delicious and fragrant. Nothing tastes as good as fresh ingredients!

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Now, just add some good company and great conversation and you’re ready to go. Enjoy!

Design The Catered Affair | Florals Artistic Blossoms | Rentals Be Our Guest and Rentals Unlimited | Stationery Lynn Graham Designs | Venue Harvard Art Museums | Photographer Lisa Rigby Photography | Linens Nuage Designs

 

A Nüage Designs Guide to: Tea Party

The clock strikes three and thoughts of cute little sandwiches and delicious scones drift through our minds. It’s officially tea time! There’s nothing quite like a gathering of friends over afternoon tea, a tradition that dates back to the 1800s but feels timeless, even today. We’re taking the essential pieces of afternoon tea and giving them a modern twist for the ultimate guide to throwing your own tea party!

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Let’s start with the table. Delicate lace and crocheted doilies inspire unique patterns in fresh colors. Consider a color palette lively with coral and blush hues to pep up your afternoon!

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Find the perfect china to show off your personal style. We love this dainty Camellia pattern with bold black and white contrasting plates (from Marchesa by Lenox). It adds character and a touch of gilded sophistication.

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Put together a simple arrangement of flowers – a wonderful excuse to visit your local florist or farmer’s market! Find out what’s in season and experiment with an array of colors to celebrate the afternoon. Not only will they be beautiful décor, but their fragrant aroma will delight your guests! We love these peonies!

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Design a comfortable environment for guests to relax and sip their tea. Use furniture and plush seating to keep conversation flowing! We love these pieces inspired by the French countryside with wooden frames and neutral linen fabrics.

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All those tasty sweets that you’ve been dreaming of? This is a perfect occasion to indulge and share with friends! Arrange delicious treats on pretty trays and charming tiered cake stands for a beautiful visual effect. This naked cake looks like it’s worth the calories!

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And of course, let’s not forget the tea. With so many options to explore, curate a selection that will appeal to your guests’ varying tastes. It also doesn’t hurt if they come in a pretty tin!

There’s nothing quite like tea time – a simple tradition that brings together friends for an afternoon of delicious happiness. This weekend we say you pick up some flowers, whip up a few sweets and steep a perfect cup of tea with some pals. Make it all your own style and always remember, pinkies up!

Vendor Credits // Flowers: Always Flowers //  Photography: Levie Creative Co.

Fall Weddings: Inspired by Marsala

Fall weather is in full force and we’re feeling so inspired by the deep colors of the season. The experience of the outdoors, the amazing weather, and the beautiful sights have in turn converted into an obsession with the feeling of sophisticated, natural earthiness. That’s why this week we’ve decided to focus on how to bring that feeling by incorporating Marsala – the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year – as an accent color or hue to your next wedding or event design.

Marsala is a bold yet dynamic color, so there’s no right or wrong as to how you can use it in an event. Whether you use Marsala as an accent on your tabletop design, as the unifying color that ties everything together, or as a more neutral and background element to the table, you can make it work while evoking different emotions to your guests. The impactful and full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used primarily on its own or as a strong accent to other complementary and contrasting colors. This tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a level of organic sophistication.

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Marsala on a table top:

If you’re thinking Marsala-theme, you’re probably thinking Marsala table top, but what to do to make sure it looks great and brings that seasonal feeling to your guests? The key here is in the contrasting accents. You can choose one complimentary and one contrasting color and use different elements of each. For instance, in this particular setup we used our Purple Velvet and Plum Velvet linens from our Elegance Collection as a complimentary color to the Marsala-accented baroque glasses and the various red-shaded laces, flowers, and candles. As a contrast, we incorporated some golden elements such as the silverware, plates, and candle holders. While the colors can be interchangeable, try to find the balance between the different elements. And if you want to go with a Marsala tabletop, make sure to check out our Marsala-inspired linen palette below. Finally, to neutralize the palette, we intentionally set up right next to a green vine on a brick wall. If you’re trying to play with a more baroque look on an industrial space, this could be the perfect look!

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Photography by Elicia Bryan and Divine Light Photography

Marsala to unify the design:

For those who love the outdoors, but are looking for that sophisticated, natural earthy look– this casual, farm-to-table style will be the perfect one to host your guests for those daytime weddings and parties that extend towards late night gatherings with friends. Here, we make use of a reddish-brown toned wooden table to get the Marsala as the foundation color and then keep a naked look with accents that will create contrast while setting a more earthy and grounded atmosphere that people can relate to. Our Taupe Victorian Lace Runner runs through the axis of the table, dropping on both sides and serving as a boundary for the boho-style flower arrangements, rusted yellow vintage glasses, and a few other intricate details. We then have white plates with copper and silver-lined silverware overlapping and blurring the boundary between runner and naked table. Finally, setting the table in the middle of a (well-shaded) outdoor area with tons of greenery will make the arrangement magical and dreamy and will ensure to be a lifetime memory for your friends and guests.

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Photography by Hello Love Photography

Marsala as a background neutralizer:

If you want to channel your inner Gatsby and let it loose, this 1920’s-styled table provides an ornate and lavish atmosphere, perfect for a formal gala or tuxedo required event. The sparkly, Champagne Sequin Taffeta provides a clear contrast with the Marsala and black background on the walls, yet the delicate and light lavish arrangement certainly tones down and provides a more lively space for guests to engage in conversation, meeting new people and creating new connections with each other. Simple and classy, this particular design incorporates champagne and gold-colored silverware, glasses and candles to go along the bright Taffeta linen, while the backdrop and the flowers provide a delicate and elegant contrast.

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Photography by Trent Bailey Photography

To a beautiful Fall wedding season!

Nuage Team