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This year was the first year we've hosted a bridal-market party in our own office space, so we decided to make it sparkle!

Because the color-palette story in the Fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings was metallics, we chose the same palette for our event.

Confetti was everywhere.  In the air, in our hair and clothes -- it followed us home at the end of the night.  Levy Lighting NYC even created a custom interactive projection for us. Light images of gold confetti scattered where you stepped, ran, and danced.  Wherever a drink was placed on their custom projection tables, confetti swirled around it.  We were all amazed at the effect! Thank you to Ira Levy at Levy Lighting for lighting up our event in ways we've never seen before!  (Make sure to check out the iSHADOW videos for more inspiration.)

When it comes to confetti, a little goes a long way -- it doesn't take much to make a party!  Mylar is an inexpensive decor material, and it makes a big impact. It can be purchased in curtains, garlands, sheets, and confetti in countless shapes and sizes.  We had so much fun transforming our office into a shimmering party, and we couldn't have done it without the help of our talented and generous contributors.

Shintaro Okamoto of Okamoto Studio created two gorgeous ice medallions that reflected all that sparkled in the room (the calligraphed "M" was made by Diva Pyari of Linea Carta); Ashley Meader installed hanging mylar garlands in the entryway and a silver confetti backdrop for the photo booth.  Stephen Nguyen and I lined our long hallway with piles of gold mylar confetti.

And our huge chandelier in the center of the room? I recruited Stephen Nguyen to help me build a 5-tier hexagonal frame for the gold fringe--to fit our huge space, the chandelier is 10 feet wide and 13 feet tall (check back later this week on the blog for more on the construction). It came out great, if I do say so myself.

Smilebooth can bring fun photo booths to any wedding -- they were certainly a hit at our party!  Photos print out on the spot so guests can bring them home as a favor, and each photo is uploaded to their website the next day so guests can see all the photos that were taken.  Over 1,000 pictures were taken at our event!

Nobbies donated all the mylar curtains needed for the giant chandelier and is a great source for hundreds of party supplies.

(Thanks so much to Shane Carpenter for all his beautiful photos--some of them are in this gallery.)

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Shintaro's ice medallion -- one of two ice sculptures made for the bar featuring Diva Pyari of Linea Carta's calligraphed

1 Shintaro's ice medallion -- one of two ice sculptures made for the bar featuring Diva Pyari of Linea Carta's calligraphed "M."

The medallion reflected all that shimmered in the room -- especially the chandelier.

2 The medallion reflected all that shimmered in the room -- especially the chandelier.

We knew the chandelier had to be big so it wouldn't get lost in our clerestory space (it’s more than 7,000 square feet), and the result didn't disappoint! Light-up

3 We knew the chandelier had to be big so it wouldn't get lost in our clerestory space (it’s more than 7,000 square feet), and the result didn't disappoint! Light-up "bling rings" from Jazzy Lights dot the crowd as they mingle below.

Matthew Robbins used ribbed gold containers for his flowers to go with the metallic theme.

4 Matthew Robbins used ribbed gold containers for his flowers to go with the metallic theme.

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A reflected image of the chandelier, golden bars, and ice sculptures.

7 A reflected image of the chandelier, golden bars, and ice sculptures.

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A magical sparkling reflection of the chandelier.

9 A magical sparkling reflection of the chandelier.

Dustin Deal of Oh, Darling! and Smilebooth helped guests with the photo booth all night. What a fun job!

10 Dustin Deal of Oh, Darling! and Smilebooth helped guests with the photo booth all night. What a fun job!

Photo-booth props included confetti . . .

11 Photo-booth props included confetti . . .

. . . and signs for guests to hold. These were made by our own Britney Peterson and Lauren Richel Kelly.

12 . . . and signs for guests to hold. These were made by our own Britney Peterson and Lauren Richel Kelly. "Don't Elope!" was a popular one.

Even the Executive Chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Charles Koppelman, posed in front of Ashley Meaders's backdrop in the Smilebooth!

13 Even the Executive Chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Charles Koppelman, posed in front of Ashley Meaders's backdrop in the Smilebooth!

Partygoers lined up to smile and throw confetti.

14 Partygoers lined up to smile and throw confetti.

The booth can accommodate up to 15 people -- we dare you to squeeze in more!

15 The booth can accommodate up to 15 people -- we dare you to squeeze in more!

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Benjamin-Emile Le Hay and Carly Leach showed off their pearly whites.

17 Benjamin-Emile Le Hay and Carly Leach showed off their pearly whites.

Confetti kisses!

18 Confetti kisses!

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Part of the Martha Stewart Weddings team, clockwise from top left: Naomi deManana, Kate Berry, Shira Savada, Sherri Caudell Brennan, Jo Donahoe, (from our frequent contributor The Green Vase), and Wendy Kromer (our cake whiz; she’s also owner of Wendy Kromer Specialty Confections).

21 Part of the Martha Stewart Weddings team, clockwise from top left: Naomi deManana, Kate Berry, Shira Savada, Sherri Caudell Brennan, Jo Donahoe, (from our frequent contributor The Green Vase), and Wendy Kromer (our cake whiz; she’s also owner of Wendy Kromer Specialty Confections).

Left to right: Naomi, Jo, Katie, and Livia Cetti from The Green Vase.

22 Left to right: Naomi, Jo, Katie, and Livia Cetti from The Green Vase.

What happens when the confetti runs dry...

23 What happens when the confetti runs dry...

Here I am (at left) with Naomi deManana and Shira Savada of Martha Stewart Weddings.

24 Here I am (at left) with Naomi deManana and Shira Savada of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Naomi!

25 Naomi!

And of course, the adorable Ashley Meaders is a pro at the Smilebooth -- especially in front of her own handmade backdrop!

26 And of course, the adorable Ashley Meaders is a pro at the Smilebooth -- especially in front of her own handmade backdrop!

Ashley Meaders's entrance-wall installation.

27 Ashley Meaders's entrance-wall installation.

It was hard to capture the movement of Levy Lighting's interactive projection with a camera -- but we promise, it was amazing!

28 It was hard to capture the movement of Levy Lighting's interactive projection with a camera -- but we promise, it was amazing!

Ira Levy of Levy Lighting.

29 Ira Levy of Levy Lighting.

All of the photos were taken by Shane Carpenter of Elan Artists.

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