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Behind the Scenes: Making a Tent a Hedge

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We are thrilled to share a very special celebration that we created last summer in Detroit filled with ultra-elegant yet TOTALLY out of the box ideas. It ran in the newest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. See the whole wedding here.

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I love the fact that the wedding looks so effortless, so clean, and simple. And yet, those of us behind the scenes know how much activity goes into creating that feeling for the guests. In the next several weeks, I thought it would be fun to look under the hood of the car and examine the behind the scenes of the production. The installation shots are as cool as the finished product.

Inspired by the incredible garden and sculpted hedges of the property, I dreamed of encasing our party tent in boxwood walls so that it would disappear into the garden without a clue that there was even a tent at all.

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That’s no mean engineering feat to pull off, though, as the tent side walls are high, wind and rain need to be considered, and the sheer mechanics of attaching to a temporary structure are tricky. Using cut boxwood, we created a series of plush panels of foliage that we attached side by side to a framework surrounding the tent, leaving a precisely cut hole for a doorway. When guests entered for dinner and dancing, they felt very much like Alice entering Wonderland for the very first time.

Check out the process in the gallery below (click on the photos to make them bigger!). All photos by Aaron Delesie.

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And voila! If the door was not there, you might not have known there was a tent at all. Surprise is the name of the game.

6 And voila! If the door was not there, you might not have known there was a tent at all. Surprise is the name of the game.

I’m looking forward to sharing more behind the scenes pictures of this very special event in the coming weeks.

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