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February 3, 2014
Part of Greenery Productions year-long “25 Years & Growing Together” initiative for 2013 is to recognize and show appreciation for those that helped us get here. Our company celebration in May included all segments of our company’s client portfolio. On October 28th Greenery Productions celebrated our company’s 25 year milestone by hosting an appreciation celebration at the fabulous new art hotel, Alfond Inn, located in Winter Park for some of Orlando’s finest hotel and independent wedding coordinators.
Of course, planning a celebration dinner for such an astute audience can be a daunting task to say the least. I, Tommy Murphy, along with owner, Linda Grier, and our design team designed a “farm to table” themed event short of spectacular. Of course we knew The Alfond Inn was where we had to celebrate with our friends. Winter Park and Central Florida for that matter newest hip hotel couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. Working with Jane was such a delight and she owned the event like it was her own. The menu was so scrumptious. I think the braised Beef Short Ribs were my favorite.
The next step was designing something spectacular that would reflect the personality of Greenery and the event. The process started early by working with Amy Morelli of 2uCollection, the creative genius behind the invitation, menu, place cards and other printed items. After telling Amy what our theme was and what my thoughts were overall for the event, she took it and ran with it. The process is very much like designing anything. Below is the proof with details that was ultimately approved with little to no changes. I think you should let a professional do what they do best and not micromanage it, makes the planning super fun. I think my favorite part was the hand painted gold farm animals.
Next stop, DÉCOR! Although Greenery Productions has produced many award winning and published weddings, this event was about the guest experience and designing something that was trend setting and unique. Everyone in our industry has seen just about everything. We could have certainly brought in a ton of décor and props, but all along I kept saying I want our guest experience to be who is to the left and right of you. But don’t be mistaken it still had to be RIGHT! So calling on Sarah Florio with AFR was what I knew I had to do. Of all the farm tables & chairs available in the industry, hers fit my theme to the mark. She was so gracious with many changes in guest counts again and again, which meant more chairs and tables.
And of course an event has to be captured for future enjoyment. And one thing I know about our industry is we all love having our picture taken. I used to be the queen of getting in front of the lens at any event, mostly to make people laugh. When I received back the images, I said to Abby Liga, “did my designs really look that amazing?” There are a lot of awesome photographers, but I knew I wanted Abby to capture the nights celebration and WOW what an amazing job she did.
Now onto my favorite part, the design! Like I mentioned earlier our industry has seen just about everything. The whole vintage and farm table design essence has seem to spiral out of control and in my mind has become very DIY (just not my style). My design style with anything I tackle is usually clean, sophisticated, purposeful and even though can be very elaborate, is simple. Simple you say? Well yes, simple! I believe that you should be able to enjoy each element that is presented no matter how it is presented. Less is more sometimes and all the elements have to work in harmony with each other. Floral wasn’t the theme here, FARM TO TABLE was the theme and we captured it and from what our guests said again and again, “you knocked it out of the park”. I was over the moon that we had nearly 60 professionals celebrate the evening with us and they walked away with feeling inspired by our design. Herbs, vegetables, unique floral, candlelight and metal were what spoke to me when designing this “farm to table” event. The Conservatory was an amazing setting that leant itself to a greenhouse feel.
Epic stands stood tall with flowering ornamental Kale accented with Queen Anne’s Lace which is part of the Dill Family. Potted tomato plants climbed up the side of the stand while fresh potted herbs were planted in distressed recycled woodland boxes clustered about the table. Old screen doors made up the wire mesh lantern with organic pillar candles. Recycled metal tubes were the foundation for two unique florals (two of my favorite) Crespedia (Billy Balls) and Scabiosa Pods. Although this design wasn’t a pinch and eat design, it certainly could be for your guest to experience.
But let’s be real, this was a celebration of about people not floral. We were honored by the company of so many wonderful friends and professionals. Be sure and visit our Facebook page to see all the event pictures. Facebook.com/GreeneryProductions
Linda Grier – Owner & Managing Director of Greenery Productions
Although Greenery Productions has been a Central Florida icon serving the Orlando luxury hotel market for over 25 years now, we have only been in the wedding market for 8 years. However in a short span of time we soon became the go to design team for weddings. Greenery Productions has participated in at least a thousand weddings ranging from a simple bridal bouquet to a single wedding topping $100,000 in floral and decor. What I feel is unique about our team is that we are unique, consistent and inspiring. Anytime we have an opportunity to showcase, you will never see the same design twice. However don’t be mistaken; NONE of our success would be possible without the trust of each and every one of our clients, including YOU! We are humbled that so many brides, wedding coordinators and event professionals have looked to us time and time again to design and participate in what is one of the most important days of couple’s life. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones as we look to the future. In the meantime, we remain with the upmost respect and admiration for not only each of our honored guest this evening, but all those in our industry.
December 4, 2013
There are some industry professionals that you just love to work with. So when Central Florida Account Executive, Sarah Florio, of AFR Event Furnishings asked me if Greenery Productions wanted to participate in the design competition for their annual networker, how could I say no! In my opinion, one of the best Central Florida industry networking events (short of our own annual celebration) is this event. They do such a great job showcasing their furniture as well as pulling in a diverse sponsorship of industry professionals to pull off this show stopping event.
Their design contest is quite simple: they give you a couple pieces of furniture and the challenge is to create a design around them. In our case, we were given the colored fabric Regency Cubes and the HEX tables. For me it seemed quite simple, we would design a Morrocan themed space for this event. With the furniture we were required to use, we added their Hayden Table & Function Extravagnsa line(rear of space) to create this beautiful area.
I’ve always felt when designing for a competition your submission needs to be REAL and functional. Anyone can design over the top spaces but it also has to be something that guests would be able to experience as is. I ask myself: if they wanted this for an event, will it provide a real solution for my clients needs? To create this space, we worked with our industry friends at Swag Décor to bring the perimeter alive with colorful draping. From the draping we created a curtain of Moroccan lanterns and accented them with Fish Tail Palms (left rear corners) & Tarzan top dressed with Satin Pothos (behind HEX tables). Everything rose up from a collection of handmade Indian Rugs. Of course the show stopper for us always has to be the floral.
The floral sponsor for this event was MAYESH. Roses & lilies in multiple shades of orange and pink were designed low & compact enough for guest to see across. Rising above the guest where Areca Palms designed atop our Epic Stands. Multi colored votive candles and glass & metal lanterns finished off the floral and décor for the Hayden Table. The table settings and metal stars were compliments of our friends at Foreign Accents.
In my opinion, the most unique use of furniture was the HEX Table columns with handmade galax spires. Hundreds of galax leaves where hand glued onto a foam board to create the towering spires. The metal drums were topped with complementary centerpieces to finish off the space.
What a great time we had designing this space for AFR and the entire event industry. We had some fierce competition but no other space could compete with capturing the overall essence of our designs. Looking forward to next year’s design gallery showcase!
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