Armory Transformation Into A Breathtaking Ballroom

This was a wedding that we did in Shelbyville, TN.

It was a small town and not many options for large event facilites. So we did the Ceremony in their local church and the Reception at an armory.. view the breatking transformation below and see how we did it!

The Ceremony

The wedding ceremony decor was beautiful with a structure design on the platform using adjustable upright poles and fabric and silk flowers and greenery with small spotlights accenting these and beautiful luscious draped aisle way with approx 80,000 silk petals. The ceremony design was breathtaking and one we had lots of requests for (You can find this how to video on draping an aisle under the training video link)


The Bouquets

The bride wanted a white bouquet for herself and more color in the bouquets. So we did 4 dozen white eskimo roses with stephanotis and jewel centers


and the bridesmaids roses was a color orange rose with mini peacock feathers. Against the navy blue dresses these really stood out!


The Reception

This Reception setup actually took us a total of 5 days to complete. First day we installed cabling in the room, we blacked out the windows with tin-foil and they installed temporary air conditioner.


By the 5th day the room went from an Armory to a breathtaking ballroom!


We had approx 40 tables setup in the armory with black poly linens and silver chavarri chairs. A huge black dance floor in the middle with their initials shining from a gobo.


The Entire room was transformed by wall and ceiling draping and lighting (we have downloadable training videos on “How to do ceiling draping” and ” The gobo light“)

The Cake

The bride wanted the cake itself to be a simple white cake.. so We designed a cake that was a smooth fondant with an imprint design of peacock feathers.


We took our design to our favorite baker here in TN (French Confection Cakes in Nashville TN) told her what we wanted and she did it perfectly! On the table itself we used a dark turquoise satin fabric and a navy iridescent blue overlay and the top of the table was covered in coral fresh rose petals and we created a peacock backdrop for the cake that used about 300 peacock feathers and peacock swords. The night before we place a blue spotlight shining straight down on the cake. A stunning cake display for sure (And tasted great too!)


The Catering

With the catering area I wanted to something that was dramatic.. so I started looking for a pineapple tree stand. The problem was that they were all too short! So I commissioned my carpenter and we started working on creating a stand for 2 pineapple trees. We used simple metal pipes that we bent a little for a realistic tree effect on 1 side and then left the left side straight.. in a large wooden square box with had the attachments that the metal poles could screw into so it could be easily taken apart and store.. it was brillant!  1 of the trees was 6 foot (9 foot after on the table) and the other was 4 foot.. I think we used 21 pineapples. at the top of the trees I used fresh palm leaves and I used the heads of the pineapples to be the grass at the bottom! This is where strawberries and the fruit dip went. The pic above is before the food was set out. and someone had just messed up my drapes.. but you still get the idea!


This wedding turned out spectacular and is one of our favorites!

Outside we had done drape along the entry with draping and fresh flowers


And a favorite custom touch I liked.. the bride had bought custom sashes for the husband and wife chairs


This wedding by far was and still is my favorite portfolio wedding! It was a ton of hard work but the end result was so worth it!


You can purchase our training videos on how to do some of the above decor setups and  our wholesale list which has the silver vases you see that we used for the centerpieces, the pipe for the wall drape, several drapery companies, the linens, where to find a fresh flower wholesaler near you, catering supplies and more that we used in the above setups.

Heres a funny video that we took of the time laspe (this is not a training video.. a just for fun video)

Time Lapse of Setup at The Shelbyville Armory from Wendy Binns on Vimeo.



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