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More from Marnie and Jamie's Wedding: Part 5

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Moving along with our series about all of the ideas that made Marnie and Jamie's wedding truly unique, today our bride will focus on all things decor and floral.

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Danielle Rowe, of Brown Paper Design, sent a posy to the church for our rehearsal. You’ll see I’m outfitted in our wedding color palette (my pants were teal). Shira Savada was proud!

1 Danielle Rowe, of Brown Paper Design, sent a posy to the church for our rehearsal. You’ll see I’m outfitted in our wedding color palette (my pants were teal). Shira Savada was proud!

X & O wreathes decorated the church doors.

2 X & O wreathes decorated the church doors.

My gorgeous ostrich feather bouquet.

3 My gorgeous ostrich feather bouquet.

No one can resist the bouquet—least of all, my flower girl!

4 No one can resist the bouquet—least of all, my flower girl!

My sister, and Matron of Honor, wore a Brown Paper Design wrist corsage.

5 My sister, and Matron of Honor, wore a Brown Paper Design wrist corsage.

Jamie wore a feather boutonniere.

6 Jamie wore a feather boutonniere.

Before the party started, Belathee took an aerial photograph of the tables, which were scattered and done up in various sizes and colors to feel like confetti.

7 Before the party started, Belathee took an aerial photograph of the tables, which were scattered and done up in various sizes and colors to feel like confetti.

Carnival lights gave the room a festive flair.

8 Carnival lights gave the room a festive flair.

Danielle cleverly inverted a vessel and filled it with carnival lights to decorate the bar. It was inspired by the ball that drops in Times Square every year in New York City.

9 Danielle cleverly inverted a vessel and filled it with carnival lights to decorate the bar. It was inspired by the ball that drops in Times Square every year in New York City.

Vintage clocks, set to midnight, festooned the cocktail tables.

10 Vintage clocks, set to midnight, festooned the cocktail tables.

Decorative wreaths hung on the venue’s doors.

11 Decorative wreaths hung on the venue’s doors.

Danielle used hand-painted paper flowers as an extra special touch.

12 Danielle used hand-painted paper flowers as an extra special touch.

Puffs of my favorite flower, peonies, complemented champagne table numbers.

13 Puffs of my favorite flower, peonies, complemented champagne table numbers.

Candlelight added a warm glow and really highlighted the different flowers.

14 Candlelight added a warm glow and really highlighted the different flowers.

The table in action.

15 The table in action.

The guests got into the design game, too!

16 The guests got into the design game, too!

Danielle Rowe, of Brown Paper Design, is a bride’s dream. She has serious design chops, and no shortage of terrific ideas. She also has the ability to adapt her aesthetic for each project, so your wedding reflects your personality and preferences. When I described the decadent but unfussy look I wanted for our New Year’s Eve nuptials, she immediately framed it as a “1950s supper club.” It was the perfect description.


Our wedding had two distinct parts, and Danielle designed a different look for each. The ceremony took place in an intimate church, where Danielle bedecked the doors with “X” and “O” carnation wreaths and clustered hurricane candles atop the pillars lining the center section of pews. She also created swoon-worthy custom feather bouquets and boutonnieres for our bridal party.

For the reception, Danielle sprinkled the tables in a confetti floorplan, and used various linens and overlays to create five different looks. She designed three centerpieces: an oversized puff of peonies, smaller puffs of single varietal peonies and carnations, and a smattering of single blossoms. Since I’d fallen in love with the paper flower trend, Danielle worked my crush into the décor by alternating paper and real flowers in the arrangements. All together, the tables were so varied that it felt as if no two were alike.

Danielle proved to be unflappable. She rescued the grim bathroom with cheerful old photos of New Year’s Eve. She laced carnival lights through the ceiling beams, and stacked shelves behind the bar for candles. She even sent a paper flower posy to the church for my rehearsal.

Best of all, six months after the wedding, I’m still enjoying Danielle’s designs. There’s a puff of paper flowers on my desk, and Jamie’s boutonniere is off at the framer’s. I’m debating whether or not to store my feather bouquet with my gown or keep it within reach. In our wedding photos, there’s proof that our guest picked up the paper flowers and added their party horns to the centerpieces. No surprise, they had as much fun playing with Danielle as we did.

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