Roxy Zapala owner and creative director of Art Of Celebrations in conversation about the design and planning of an elegant boho inspired wedding for Sabrina and Andrew at Berkeley Church wedding venue Toronto.
What was the first decision you made about this Berkeley Church wedding that you think paid off in the end the most?
From the get go we wanted to do a design with long tables. Although the floorplan we came up with was different from what is normally seen in that space, I just knew that it will work beautifully and make sense both logistically and visually. So I’m glad that we stuck to that idea because it really worked well.
How did the choice of wedding venue fit the vision and the wedding theme for this couple?
This couple wanted something different, not your traditional banquet hall. They wanted something non pretentious but at the same time still something elegant and beautiful, something with a unique charm. I thinks the church at Berkeley Church is just that so it was the perfect venue choice for Sabrina and Andrew.
How do you arrive at a shared wedding day vision with your couples?
I always listen to the couples’ needs and wants. I never try to push my personal style onto them. It’s important to me to make sure that the clients have a wedding that represents them and who they are. But I love so many different things and designs that it’s easy for me to design in any style the couple chooses. I just look at few different images of what the bride and groom like and I can easily identify their personal taste just from that. I take that inspiration and they I “go to town” with it, making sure each element in the wedding is somehow tied in together.
The floral design at this wedding was such a significant part of the wedding day. It was lush and bold. What were the steps at arriving at this extraordinary vision?
I am not only a planner, I’m also a floral a designer. So when a client books our services they know they’re in for a treat when it comes to flowers. I love designing with flowers and when a bride loves flowers just as much as I do it makes for a pretty extraordinary experience and a fantastic outcome 🙂
What were the visual references for this wedding design?
We concentrated on a sort of “boho” elegant look. Lots of lush greens and foliage motifs which were visible in not only the florals but also in the stationary.
What are some of the best trends you see happening in the wedding industry this season?
Lots of lush greens. Flowy, natural, organic bouquets and centrepieces that just scream English garden, which I LOVE so much! I always loved that style and I am super excited that more and more brides are choosing that style these days.
The wedding had a soft romantic classical feel to it while still allowing lots of space for the couple’s unique whimsical touches. How do you accomplish this combination so effectively?
I think designing is such a unique venue just makes everything look that much better. Berkeley is such an amazing blank canvas that allows any style of wedding to be presented in the most wonderful way. We allowed the space to lead our design which was classic and romantic just like Berkeley itself and then added on fun and corky elements such as the pizza wedding cake and oversized balloons to represent our wonderful couple and their personalities.
What part of the wedding were you most pleased with at the end of the day?
Oh the’re were soooo many it’s kind of hard to choose. But I think my top two are the long guest tablescaped and the pizza cake, lol.
The wedding table design in many ways is the statement of the wedding and has to work individually and across the space as a whole. What were are some of your methodologies for success in this area?
I always look at the shape of the space where we’re designing and what the space has to offer so that we can come up with the best floor plan possible. I like to think outside the box when it comes to table setups. I like the floodplan to be unique and unexpected and I love to mix up centrepiece and tablescapes so that they are not all exactly the same. That, I think, creates interest in the room.
What are some of the greatest values of a couple having both a designer and coordinator for their wedding day?
As a designer I always make sure that all aspects of the wedding or event have a lovely cohesive look throughout from invitations, to bridal party outfits, to flowers and decor, etc. And as a coordinator I make sure that all the details are taken care of on the the big day. I love to style everything nicely on the wedding day, playing around with place-settings, receiving table, etc and of course just making sure that everything is running smoothly. My goal for every wedding is that the couple and their families feel like they are guests at the most beautiful event they could have dreamt up 🙂
What are some of the ways you stay inspired in your profession?
I am constantly seeking inspiration in many different places. I don’t only look in wedding magazines and Pinterest, I also love seeing what’s new and exciting on the runways and in interior design. I must admit though, I am not a fan of following trends. I prefer to set them, lol. So I love when clients are willing to try something that has not been seen at a wedding before.
Wedding Planning, Design and Florals : Art Of Celebrations
Photography : Life Images