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Hang In There

Look up! The latest trend in wedding decor is suspending flowers and other adornments from the ceiling. Whether it’s blooms that are hanging over your guests at dinner or twinkling lights holding court over the cocktail hour, overarching masterpieces are being employed by florists to transform venues.

 

Laurie Ritchie, owner of DC-based Grit & Grace, says hanging florals are seeing a surge in popularity because they offer “a limitless space to design within, and it draws the eye up and out across the room. The drama that an installation over a table or over a dance floor can create really elevates the overall design,” she says, like at this destination wedding at the Old Edwards Inn in North Carolina, which featured flowers entwined with existing chandeliers; When Jodi Alexander and Adam Berger married in November 2015 at the Park Hyatt, they wanted their flowers to be wow-worthy. Mickey Rubenstein of DaVinci Florist created a floating canopy of flowers made from 5,000 white Phalenopsis orchids and 5,000 hanging crystals. “It’s always a challenge to suspend anything from the ceiling and only certain venues allow it. At Park Hyatt, we constructed a circular structure around a chandelier with four bases as support,” explains Rubenstein. “The result was a seamless, magical-looking chuppah, delicately adorned wit the bride’s choice of detail. The canopy complimented the venue and was the perfect frame for the couple’s intimate ceremony.”; Aimee Dominick of A. Dominick Events in DC also taps into this trend at her weddings. For a rustic wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Virginia, she added texture to the reception with greenery snaked through the rafters and potted plants suspended from the ceiling. A wedding at Anderson House in DC had a different take on the trend with simple white orchids hung from the glass atrium. “There is so much versatility when it comes to hanging floral installations that they can really be used at any type of wedding,” says Dominick. “It just depends on the actual element that you decide to use. A white acrylic orchid installation lends itself more toward a modern wedding, whereas a wild flower assortment with lots of greenery has a more rustic feel.”