San Francisco-based Events of Distinction
is honored at The Special Event 2010 for this "Spice of Life" wedding, celebrating the different cultures of the bride and groom. Vivid hues including plum, copper and tangerine spice up decor.
Denver-based Puttin' on the Rizz
uses blue hues for this elegant celebration, which covers the Olympic-size pool with blue plexiglass.
, based in Dublin, brings home Gala honors at The Special Event 2010 for this vineyard wedding, which mixes distinctly Irish and French elements; the couple's chateau in Bordeaux was the reception site. Tables are named for the French wine grapes.
Events of Distinction helps an outdoors-loving couple celebrate their wedding with a winery wedding. Custom designed print pieces feature sports themes while mountain-climbing and bicycle equipment serve as decor pieces.
Fiori Fresco Special Events
, La Habra Heights, Calif., and Details, Details of Irvine, Calif., blend the bride's request for a clean, modern wedding with the mother's call for Old World flair and the father's desire for "something no one has ever seen before" for this outdoor wedding with a formal, French garden feel.
Los Angeles-based Honeysweet Productions
brings home Gala glory at The Special Event 2009 for "My Big Fat Kodak Wedding, a show-biz themed event at L.A.'s Kodak Theatre. Wedding scenes from famous films play on screen, and clever lighting makes it seem as though professional dancers are the bride and groom performing a show-stopping act.
Events of Distinction keys on sunny citrus hues for the "A Celebration of Citrus Sensations" in California's Napa Valley. Along with a lemon, lime and orange decor palette, the wedding offers a menu including lemonade, Key lime pie martinis and mussels with lemon tarragon sauce.
Fiori Fresco Special Events and Barbara Wallace Weddings, Corona del Mar, Calif., bring home the Gala award from The Special Event 2008 for this wedding celebrating the marriage of a Christian bride and agnostic groom. A dramatic 50-by-20-foot mission-style structure provides the entryway for the bridal party to enter the ceremony.
Gala winners at The Special Event 2007, Designs by Sean
of Dania, Fla., and Weddings Unique
of Orlando, Fla., take a pink-toned wedding from a romantic start to a rousing finish with a Brazilian parade finale at 5 a.m. Large picture frames display changing images of flowers throughout the night.
Distinctive Design Events
, Otto, N.C., and Karen Casey Events
, Smyrna, Ga., use the majestic setting of the Ringling Museum of Art for this cirque-themed wedding. Swarovski crystals, mirrored accessories and seven layers of linen drape add drama to dining tables.
Epicurean Culinary Group
of Centennial, Colo., brings the garden indoors at the colorful wedding featuring a lemon, lime and orange palette. A clear-top tent strung with twinkle lights creates a starry-night effect.
Fiori Fresco and Barbara Wallace Weddings are honored with the Gala Award at The Special Event 2006 for this daylong wedding for a Sikh and Hindu couple. The day's eventsfeature a pink, orange and red scheme to match the bride's gown, while the night portion creates a shimmering "midnight forest" mood with a pale blue palette and 1,000 phalaenopsis orchids.
Napa, Calif.-based Sasha Souza Events
is honored for this "fire and ice" winter wedding. After cocktails in a garden, guests proceed to dinner in a volcanic ash cave, where the dinner table features a runner of scarlet roses and carnations.
of Coronado, Calif., and Pacific Event Productions
of San Diego team up to create a ceremony in the round staged on a wooden deck built on the sand. A seashell chandelier centers the canopy; a seashell motif carries on in the reception ballroom.
Details Event Coordinators of St. Louis brings home the Gala trophy from The Special Event 2005 for this country wedding. The couple's 19th century cabin on the Missouri River is re-imagined as French country chateau. Guests sit on quilts to watch the ceremony, then dine on tables topped with antique French linen.
Weddings Unique creates an ethereal "midnight garden" in a clear-span tent via ivory and silver linen, blue and cream floral, and suspended garden trellises draped with orchids and votives.
John Daly Inc. International
of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Lori Parks Corporate Events of Bloomfield, Mich., bring home the Gala trophy at The Special Event 2004 for this romantic wedding staged on the couple's property. A custom gazebo covered in 5,000 white roses is a highlight.
Los Angeles-based Innovative Dining Group
celebrates the wedding of two die-hard fantasy fans with a medieval-theme wedding that incorporates elements ranging from a Celtic hand-binding ritual to decor that includes props from the couple's favorite fantasy and sci-fi films.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Yifat Oren & Associates
is honored with a trophy at The Special Event 2004 for this wedding of a Chinese bride and Jewish groom. The couple is married beneath an Asian-inspired chuppah made of bamboo poles topped with finials of red carnations.
New York's Matthew David
puts some 4,400 hours into a stunning wedding at the Plaza Hotel, featuring a 14-foot-tall chandelier made from 50,000 blossoms.
Barbara Wallace Weddings creates an elegant seaside event for 215 guests in only three months; the wedding features an outdoor ceremony closing with the release of 20 white doves.
Las Vegas-based MGM Mirage Events
takes the Gala trophy home at The Special Event 2003 for this lavish event at the Bellagio Hotel, which features 16 floral-laden trees and an X-shaped dining table lined with floral runners.
The Catering Co.
of Chapel Hill, N.C., keys on the bride's love of French colonial-era architecture in Vietnam to create a wedding featuring four tents replicating the open-air feeling of such structures. The tents sit on 8-foot-tall subfloors and are decorated with fabric and bamboo ceilings.
of Bethesda, Md., puts a canopy of pink blooms over a bride and groom for their Washington wedding, held at the height of cherry blossom season. Light-hearted event elements include an oxygen bar, cigar roller, and candy table laden with white M&Ms, rock candy, white jellybeans and white candied almonds.
MGM Mirage Events makes even a $1 million budget pay, with a wedding including a weekend of parties such as a Moroccan casbah rehearsal dinner and an "after-glow" after party. The "French fairy tale" wedding offers a 100-foot aisle lined with 14 floral-draped French lampposts.
Yifat Oren & Associates land the Gala trophy at The Special Event 2002 for this beach wedding featuring a chuppah made from driftwood, an open-air reception in a tent encased in airy mosquito netting, and tabletop decor including mossy branches, horsetails and glass bowls filled with succulents.
This weddding, from Creative Cuisine Catering
and Garrett Hospitality Group, both based in Columbus, features a myriad of personal touches, including meals prepared with foods from the family's estate, a cake decorated with sugar "butterflies" akin to those on the bride's gown, and guest gifts of cookies made by the bride's mother.
Lexington, Ky.-based Lundy's Special Events
creates a wedding for a staff member that includes catering for 700 and a post-wedding brunch for 300.