A talented team of wedding pros celebrates romance and old-world charm at a picturesque pear-orchard villa
With its apricot stucco facade and vineyard-like setting, Pleasant Grove’s The Villa is a charming wedding venue that delivers sophisticated wine country allure inside a century-old pear orchard.
A SENSE OF PLACE
To complement such an elegant setting, Mara Mazdzer of Fuse Weddings and Events introduces a scene bursting with tender romance and powerful modern vignettes. Rather than choosing a traditional chiavari or rustic cross back chair, Mazdzer outfitted both the aisle and dining tables with sandy-hued wishbone chairs from Decoration, Inc. for a more contemporary flair. On the table, subtly shimmering linens create an ideal foundation for dreamy late-summer florals, a bounteous spread of succulent fruits and blissfully designed paper details.
Fuse Weddings and Events and The Flower Bar Co. selected a variety of delicate rosy and feminine hues—from summery peach to bubble gum pink—to mirror The Villa’s color-soaked facade. “This palette lent itself to a very organic mix of blooms, making every arrangement feel as though it could have been foraged right on-site,” Mazdzer says. Taking cues from the locale and the season, each arrangement captured the shift from summer to fall with a masterful mix of blooms and lush greenery. “I like to choose florals that are in season locally, because it creates a unique memory for the couple,” says Shawn Chamberlain of The Flower Bar Co. “Each year, those florals will serve as a reminder of their special day.”
Transitional hues were not only embraced in floral elements; similarly subtle color gradients also made an appearance within paper goods. No two pieces featured matching shades, and there was no ho-hum ivory in sight.
OUT OF THE BOX
“Occasionally, wedding vision boards will include things that look amazing but aren’t necessarily functional,” Mazdzer says. In an effort to serve both pretty and practical, this team crafted an elevated escort display featuring personalized envelopes in shades blending from chic nude to warm raspberry pink, exquisitely displayed on mirrored panels. “This is an idea that could work on any scale and would deliver the same luxe and formal experience whether arranged like this or simply laid out on welcoming tables,” Mazdzer explains.
While many elements of this design are soft and romantic, the ethereal ball gown packs a sexy punch, boasting shimmering floral appliques and flirtatious corseted cutouts that ensure all eyes stay on the bride. “Bringing in an edge with this gown helped everything pop, and it delivered sharpness to an otherwise very sweet design.”
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Planning & Design: Mara Mazdzer, Fuse Weddings and Events, fuseweddingsandevents.com
Photography: Blake Hogge, blakehogge.com
Venue: The Villa, weddingsatthevilla.com
Floral: The Flower Bar Co., flowerbarco.co
Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Reese, beautybyreese.com
Stationery: Ann Elizabeth Print Studio, annelizabeth.com
Cake: Flour and Flourish, flourandflourishcake.com
China, Flatware, and Glassware: Wild Event Studio, wildeventstudio.com
Chair Rental: Decoration, Inc., decorationinc.com
Linens: BBJ La Tavola, bbjlatavola.com
Gown: Alta Moda Bridal, altamodabridal.com
Tuxedo: DC Tuxedo, dctux.com/tuxedos
Models: Megan Escobar and Devin Thomas