The invitation.
The invitation.

Taking the woodland setting a inspiration, I designed this invitation in the form of a wooden log, with a naive hand-painted floral motif and a fun swivel twist.

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Kemer Country Orman Evi, a small grass area surrounded by woodland, was exactly the kind of rustic country atmosphere the bride and groom were looking for.

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My visual of the event.
My visual of the event.

The bride and groom wanted to keep the place feeling very relaxed and informal, with traditional wooden furniture and natural local greenery for flowers. I seated young guests near the large dance floor, and older guests sat at flower-shaped table formations under hanging light 'gazebos'.

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The wedding ceremony area.
The wedding ceremony area.

The couple got married under the trees on a stage covered in ferns, logs, moss and candles.

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The family own a ceramics firm so I designed plates for each of the courses.

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Tabletop decor.
Tabletop decor.

The family own a furniture-production firm so I worked with the family to custom-design and produce all the furniture.

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View towards the bar.
View towards the bar.

Mixing the chair styles helped create a more informal boho feel.

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Table arrangements for older guests.
Table arrangements for older guests.

Older guests sat at flower-shaped table arrangements beneath 'gazebos' of sparkling fairy lights.

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'A night at the Circus!'

For this 13 year old with a love of vintage films and dreams of celebrating his Bar Mitzvah in a non-traditional format, we created a vintage circus-themed party with a difference.  Combining traditional comic acts like clowns and mentalists along with darker elements of Victorian freak show, the show kept both younger guests and their parents entertained throughout the night.

Seen here is my visual of the decor, showing the large central stage and bar and tables positioned around the edge to create a circus ring. 

The venue - the ballroom of Raffles Hotel Istanbul.

Guests received these 'tickets' to the show as part of their invitation.

Before passing into the venue, guests had to present their 'tickets' to the ticketmaster at the entrance.

Welcome drinks for arriving guests.

The bar encircled the stage and formed the centerpiece of the tent decor.

We tried to combine circus elements in our table decor, with lines of lightbulbs instead of candles for these sophisticated polished black tables.

For other tables, we created these fun arrangements complete with pom poms, circus sheet music and ticket stubs, with centerpieces of balls of flowers supporting balancing circus animals.