2013 Wedding Trend: Inspired by nature

In all its forms, “nature” will be the look of love this year. Deviating from the symmetry and majesty of traditional weddings, the new aim of ceremony and reception decor is to give guests a romantic Muskoka retreat. At FOS, we’re bringing the outdoors inside through the use of woodsy colours, contrasting textures and asymmetrical arrangements.

This recent FOS wedding design took inspiration from the colours and textures found in nature.
This recent FOS wedding design took inspiration from the colours and textures found in nature.

Colours

Greens, taupes, champagnes and muted pinks make up the hottest wedding decor colour palettes for 2013. Fall/Winter weddings are putting a particular emphasis on these colours, especially when used with rich mahogany or crisp white, which is replacing ivory to enhance natural colours with stronger contrast.

White chairs enhance the vivid kiwi and pink fabrics in this stunning outdoor table design.
White chairs enhance the vivid kiwi and pink fabrics in this stunning outdoor table design.

While silver was one of the biggest accent colours used in recent years, FOS is now bringing gold tableware, chairs and room decor into our designs to bring out the underlying yellow hues found in the green, brown, and pink being used in floral arrangements.

Natural beauty: soft lighting, mahogany chairs, gold accents and cherry blossom trees.
Natural beauty: soft lighting, mahogany chairs, gold accents and cherry blossom trees.

Complex textures

Designs featuring smooth, soft flowers used with smooth, soft fabrics aren’t showing up much in FOS’s 2013 portfolio. Instead, we’re roughing it up with textured flora and raw silks or patterned fabrics. Twisted vines, shaggy mosses and fuzzy or spiky flowers are being incorporated into many of our floral arrangements, while fabric choices include a heavy emphasis on three-dimensional overlays.

Our Victoria's Secret overlay topped with delicate moss and fibrous tulips add layers of dimension to this whimsical table design.
Our Victoria's Secret overlay topped with delicate moss and fibrous tulips add layers of dimension to this whimsical table design.

To bring out the richness of subtle textures in our flower and fabrics, FOS likes to keep the lighting natural to continue the theme of bringing the outdoors inside. Low candles and tungsten chandeliers give off a soft glow that reminds guests of an evening walk through a quiet forest.

Low lighting was used to bring out the speckled texture of this unique "mini mum" centerpiece. Green orchid blossoms and a brown studded-damask tablecloth are a subtle woodsy finish to the design.
Low lighting was used to bring out the speckled texture of this unique "mini mum" centerpiece. Green orchid blossoms and a brown studded-damask tablecloth are a subtle woodsy finish to the design.

Asymmetry

Traditionally, weddings have been very clean-cut to emphasize perfection and attention to detail. Lately the trend had swayed in the opposite direction, favouring an eccentric, even messy style over geometric designs – a trend that FOS is eagerly embracing. Because nature is inherently asymmetrical, abstract floral arrangements that verge on being rustic are increasingly trendy this year. Our designers have also become fond of using staggered votive heights and varying vase widths to create off-centre table decor that’s still elegant and romantic.

This abstract aisle runner looks pristine now, but the petals will be kicked up by the wedding party like leaves on a nature trail.
This abstract aisle runner looks pristine now, but the petals will be kicked up by the wedding party like leaves on a nature trail.

Designer Spotlight: Marc Contardi

Marc’s enthusiastic creativity and passion for style has made him one of the leading event designers in the industry. With a flair for pairing and a knack for tapping in to his clients’ style, Marc’s designs are as unique and beautiful as the moments they celebrate.

After graduating from OCAD with a degree in Interior Design, Marc quickly discovered his artistic talents and love of meeting new people would be especially meaningful in the event world. Since joining the FOS team 3 years ago, Marc has been at the forefront of making dreams come true.

Marc Contardi
Marc Contardi

DESIGN ELEMENTS & INSPIRATION

Marc is known for bringing big, bold colours to his designs to create powerful and dynamic settings. At the same time, he’s an expert at working with neutrals for a classic, romantic design. His passion for decor and open-mindedness ensures each and every event is a truly custom creation.

Sweet 16 - design by Marc Contardi
A vibrant Sweet 16 design by Marc using streamline white furniture and indigo lighting

“I can find inspiration just about anywhere: people, architecture, fine art, nature, fashion – everything has beauty and potential.”

One of Marc’s biggest inspirations is mechanical, logical form. His fascination with the way things fit together is manifested in complex table and room designs that use mixed media, varied heights and complimentary textures to create one cohesive custom piece of art.

The temporariness of event decor is one of the most exciting attributes for Marc, who is always looking forward to the next incredible project. “I love event decor because it’s one-off, temporary,” says Marc, “It’s there one day but gone the next, which makes the audience that gets to experience it just as special as the design.”

Table decor - Marc Contardi
A real work of art, Marc transformed these reception tables into intimate focal points using glass tableware and dim lighting.

THE CLIENT’S VISION

Marc takes a professional but friendly approach with each client to gain a true sense of what they want and need to achieve with their design, and to ensure their wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or other special event is everything they want it to be. “Being a part of my clients’ most treasured moments is something that’s incredibly rewarding about my job as an event designer.”

It’s especially important to Marc that the client gets to be a part of the design process so that it’s truly their vision and their special day. With this in mind, Marc makes his meetings an interactive experience where the client is involved in the conception and execution of the design in a big way. Motivated by the importance of each event, Marc’s portfolio is packed with incredible scenes of his clients’ most treasured memories.

Wedding head table design - Marc Contardi
Manzanita trees with hanging tea lights made Marc's whimsical head table design the perfect setting for his client's romantic wedding reception.

FOS Euphoria 2013

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For the fourth year in a row, FOS Decor’s Euphoria Open House brought hundreds of our dearest industry partners and clients together for an incredible celebration of another successful year at FOS.

Celebrating another great year for FOS!
Celebrating another great year for FOS!

If you attended any of our previous Open House events you know it’s always quite the party! This year, FOS drew inspiration from The Great Gatsby, a classic novel set in the 1920s and now one of this year’s most celebrated films.

Experience Euphoria 2011

Experience Euphoria 2012

FOS Euphoria 2013
FOS Euphoria 2013

Inspired by The Great Gatsby, this year's Euphoria Open House embraced the style of the 1920s.
Inspired by The Great Gatsby, this year's Euphoria Open House embraced the 1920s.

Guests were encouraged to explore the two distinct room designs of our Euphoric masterpiece. In the first room, the incredible live performance of J Stixx and the main bar formed the heart of the scene.

The outstanding musical performance by J Stixx was one of the highlights of the evening.
The outstanding musical performance by J Stixx was one of the highlights of the evening.

The decor included edgy seating from our new furniture collection and a ceiling of inverted umbrellas hanging at different heights.

The thematic decor included furniture from our new collection, green lighting, inverted umbrellas and crystal candle votives.
The thematic decor included green lighting, inverted umbrellas and crystal candle votives.
Furniture from our newest collection made a bold impact on the event.
Furniture from our newest collection made a bold impact on the event.

Separating the rooms was a fog screen on which scenes of the 1949 and 1974 Great Gatsby films were projected; guests had to pass through the fog to enter the draped hallway.

Through the fog the party continued.
Through the fog the party continued.
The hallway featured hanging fauna arrangements, sleek tables and charming blossom centerpieces.
The hallway featured hanging fauna arrangements, sleek tables and charming blossom centerpieces.

In the back room Tequila Tromba was poured until the bottles were empty, and last year’s popular oyster station was back with a variety of fresh, delicious oyster shots.

Tequila Tromba bar.
Tequila Tromba bar.
Oyster shots ready to be downed.
Oyster shots ready to be downed.

A smaller live jazz band kept the energy high, while the galaxy patterns projected on the ceiling and hanging Chinese lanterns gave the space an ethereal touch.

Galaxy projection lighting and Chinese lanterns gave the back room a personality of its own.
Galaxy projection lighting and Chinese lanterns gave the back room a personality of its own.

To set the mood for a unique night out in the ‘20s, roaming flappers served endless glasses of wine, while pedestalled models and dancing Charlie Chaplins showcased the style of the era.

Flappers welcomed guests with a glass of wine as they entered.
Flappers welcomed guests with a glass of wine as they entered.
The essence of the 1920s.
The essence of the 1920s.
Homage to the iconic Charlie Chaplin.
Homage to the iconic Charlie Chaplin.

Throughout the night, creative hors d’oeuvres and upbeat music fueled the crowd, which kept going until the late hours of the night.

Carpaccio starter.
Carpaccio starter.
A colourful spread of delicious hors d’oeuvres.
A colourful spread of delicious hors d’oeuvres.
A parting gift from FOS concluded a night guests will never forget.
A parting gift from FOS concluded a night guests will never forget.

ON behalf of the entire FOS team, we’d like to thank all of our sponsors for making this incredible night a great success:

  • Catertrendz Culinary Production
  • Neptuno Oysters
  • Tequila Tromba
  • Exclusive Affair Rentals
  • Advanced Tent Rentals Toronto
  • JStixx Live
  • Dj Mike O
  • Adagio Valet
  • Vince & Roberto from TVE Productions
  • Michael Fantauzzi Fine Art Photography
  • Circus Orange
  • Michelle at MVR Make up Artistry
  • Meliah Hair Design
  • aGlow by Joan
  • Dance Floor Décor
  • LaRouge Entertainment
  • Soul in Motion Dance Academy
  • DLM Dance & Entertainment
  • Rockstar Photobooths
  • Brittany & Felix from Seneca College
The FOS Team
The FOS Team

New overlays enhance the FOS linen collection

Over the past few months we’ve been working hard to enhance the FOS rental collection with fantastic new pieces brought in from abroad. In February we unveiled a new line of contemporary furniture, which has been a hit with our clients. This month, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of four new premium Italian overlays to our linen collection.

Monte Carlo: Twisted ribbons of satin connect clusters of wrapped roses for a 3-dimensional kick to the base fabric. Because of the material’s raised effect, the detailing catches the ambient light and reflects different hues, elevating the overall room design.

Monte Carlo overlay
Monte Carlo overlay

Versailles: With white and silver embellishments, this unique overlay creates a romantic table setting. Long vines of glossy white stitching link tangled bunches for an eclectic pattern that works in both formal and informal settings. Along the white stitching are silver highlights, which give the design a feminine, floral note.

Versailles overlay
Versailles overlay

Anastasia: This shimmery silver overlay is covered in a subtle damask pattern, and studded with silver emblems for an eye-catching flair of elegance. The Anastasia can be paired with bold solid colours underneath for a dramatic table design.

Anastasia overlay
Anastasia overlay

England’s Rose: Adorned with embroidered vases of 3D satin rose bouquets, the England’s Rose overlay catches soft lighting for a beautiful finish to a rich, intricate room design. A muted pattern of silver stitching throughout the fabric frames the signature bouquets.

England's Rose overlay
England's Rose overlay

These new overlays were chosen for their ability to work with a variety of decor themes, and add elegant textural options to our already extensive catalogue of fine linens and overlays.

In the coming weeks we’ll also be adding new chairs, charger plates, and other unique decor pieces to the FOS rental collection.

FOS shoots for the Star Awards

For the fourth year in a row hard work and creativity has earned FOS multiple nominations at the annual Canadian Special Events (CSE) Star Awards. This year FOS is nominated for 2 awards: “Most Outstanding Event Under $100K”, and “Best Theme Decor $25,000-$40,000”. The winners will be announced later this week at a special awards gala that concludes CSE Expo 13, an annual special events conference in Toronto.

Most Outstanding Event Under $100K

FOS’ nomination in this category was for our incredible 2012 Euphoria Open House event. The annual FOS Open House is a massive fully-catered, open-bar party for our industry partners, friends, and clients. Last year’s Open House, titled “Just shy of a black tie”, eclipsed the dark sophistication of Mad Men with the glitz of a Las Vegas hotel. These two themes were divided into separate spaces connected by a tunnel of sheer white fabric and violet uplighting.

In the “Crystal Room” custom white vinyl flooring, a custom crystal ceiling and contemporary furniture set the scene for a posh cosmopolitan party, which was enhanced by white draping and illuminated by a custom lighting production team. For entertainment, guests enjoyed a live 15-piece band, Rockstar photobooths, ballet dancers, a 6-piece drum performance, mime dancers, and a live DJ hung 15ft in the air. In the dark “Oyster Room” we shucked and served fresh oysters with shots of premium Grey Goose vodka.

Our 2012 Euphoria Open House was nominated for "Most Outstanding Event under $100K" Star Award
Our 2012 Euphoria Open House was nominated for the "Most Outstanding Event under $100K" Star Award
'Just Shy of a Black Tie' was inspired by Mad Men and Las Vegas glitz.
'Just Shy of a Black Tie' was inspired by Mad Men and Las Vegas glitz.

Best Theme Decor $25,000-$40,000

Natalie and Dave’s wedding was one of the year’s most fulfilling projects. Designed by Raviv, our VP of Sales and Design, this event was not only the “elegant, warm with a touch of funk” design the bride wanted, but also required our team to execute 2 different designs (ceremony and reception) in one room, with only 40 minutes to ‘flip’ the space. Both rooms were fully draped with custom white vinyl flooring, and used our Kartell Louis Ghost Chairs for guest seating.

For the ceremony space, key design features included a custom canopy with hanging candles and large two-tier floral arrangements with staggered hanging tea lights stationed every 10 feet along the aisle.

For the reception we used both round and rectangle tables. Each round table was covered in our Candle Light Glow linen and a custom designed Italian lace overlay, and topped with a funky custom acrylic column centerpiece decorated with green Dutch hydrangeas at the base and a large arrangement of roses, hydrangeas and orchids at the top. To mix it up, we used Evening Mauve linens on the rectangle tables and crystal candelabras as the centerpieces. The bride and groom sat on crystal-studded thrones behind a 24 ft floral centerpiece that stretched across the head table and cascaded down on both ends. Our design even showcased the wedding cake with a custom cake table dressed in the round table linens and covered with hydrangeas and orchids.

Natalie and Dave's ceremony design.
Natalie and Dave's warm, elegant ceremony design.
The reception decor coupled funky centerpieces with elegant decor elements.
The reception decor coupled funky centerpieces with elegant linens, draping and table settings.

The Star Award winners will be announced on March 22, 2013 at the annual CSE Star Awards Gala. The entire FOS team will be there to celebrate the awesome work of the Canadian special events industry in 2012.