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  • Writer's pictureJessica Salomon

Enchanted Forest Affair: A Magical Wedding Reception in the Heart of New York City

Nestled amidst the bustling streets of New York City, an extraordinary transformation unfolded, transporting guests to an ethereal forest for a wedding reception dinner that left a lasting impression. In this blog post, we delve into the intricate process of designing and styling this unique affair, where every detail was meticulously curated to create an unforgettable experience.

Design Inspiration

The concept of an enchanted forest wedding emerged from the couple's desire to blend the urban landscape of NYC with the serene beauty of nature. Inspired by lush woodlands and timeless fairy tales, the aim was to craft an immersive atmosphere that would captivate guests from the moment they stepped into the venue.

Floral Elegance

Crafting the floral arrangements for this enchanted forest wedding involved capturing nature's beauty in every detail. Smilax vines cascaded gracefully, evoking the fluidity of waterfalls and infusing the venue with enchantment. These delicate vines not only added movement but also paid homage to the untamed allure of the forest.

To enhance the woodland ambiance, fresh moss became the focal point of the table decor, creating a verdant oasis reminiscent of a forest floor. Soft and velvety, the moss provided a lush foundation for the tablescape, setting a naturalistic backdrop that transported guests to another realm. Clusters of fresh mushrooms added earthy charm, complementing the organic beauty of the surroundings with their natural tones and textures. Each mushroom was thoughtfully selected to add depth and visual interest to the table.

Interwoven with the greenery, white roses added an element of elegance and romance. Symbolizing purity and everlasting love, these blooms brought a timeless beauty to the enchanted forest setting. In addition to the enchanting decor, each guest found a special treasure awaiting them at their place setting: Alebrijes imported from Mexico, whimsical and colorful creatures that served as both table favors and tokens of appreciation. These handcrafted wonders added a touch of international flair to the enchanted forest setting, serving as reminders of the magic that can be found in every corner of the world.

Interactive Activities

More than just a wedding reception, this intimate gathering fostered connection and celebration. Guests participated in activities such as a cake decorating contest and karaoke, fostering joyous camaraderie and shared laughter.

Enchanted Tablescape

At the heart of the reception, a magnificent 20-ft table stood as the focal point of the evening's festivities. Above it, a delicately suspended 6-ft branch cast a spellbinding aura over the space. Carefully chosen from the couple's own backyard, this branch added a personal touch to the enchanting decor. The table itself was adorned with a verdant carpet of fresh moss, illuminated by flickering candles that evoked the enchanting glow of fireflies. Each place setting was meticulously arranged, with rustic wood chairs and earthy table linens contributing to the natural elegance of the setting. Custom-made menu cards added a personal touch, featuring whimsical illustrations and elegant calligraphy inspired by the beauty of the forest.

Culinary Experience

The culinary offerings were a reflection of the forest's natural abundance, emphasizing simplicity and authenticity. Guests savored earthy flavors that spoke to the soul of the forest, indulging in a culinary journey that celebrated humble elegance.

Lounge Oasis

A lounge and cocktail area, styled with garden-inspired furniture beneath a towering faux Ficus tree, provided a tranquil retreat for guests to relax and mingle amidst verdant foliage.

Bringing the Outside In

Meticulous attention to detail and the strategic use of natural elements blurred the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces, inviting guests to escape into a realm of whimsy and wonder. Designing and styling this enchanted forest wedding in the heart of NYC was a labor of love and creativity. Every detail, from the winding smilax vines to the delicate mushrooms, served to create an atmosphere of enchantment and delight. It was a celebration not just of love and union, but of the timeless magic that resides in the natural world, waiting to be discovered by those with eyes to see and hearts to believe.

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(some photos by JSE)


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