Mayra, Tiffany and I had the BEST time last night at a party for event planners at Gotham Hall! It was just amazing. I know that this is a real New York location, but they had some great ideas that I thought could be theoretically replicated easily elsewhere.....
If you aren't familiar, it's an old bank that is now a gorgeous and glamorous event space. Last night they worked with Art Lumiere, who essentially projects scenary to create new environments in spaces/ projectable backdrops. It was stunning. Here are some horrible camera phone photos. The theme was the 4 seasons, and I loved Spring and Winter (they actually had snow falling during winter) but wasn't so into Summer (looked like a Corona ad) or fall (somehow fall translated into Venice) but the effect was awesome.
I was thinking there was no reason why a bride on ANY budget couldn't get a projector (so Low tech, I know) and transform a blank wall with a slide of her favorite painting, motif, family photo or pattern... Less costly than a fancy gobo, but still cool..... (just be sure that you mount the projector up high (otherwise people will block the light all day like in my art history class in HS)
Anyway, more about the Event. It was also a showcase for the recommended caterers there. Tom Preti stole the show with an amazing display of comfort foods- tasting plates of Meatloaf and mashed potatoes and "toaster" tarts (like a pop tart) with short rib filling. Foremost did an awesome sushi display and Great Performances out did themselves by setting up a chartucerie (they did the autumn/ venice) theme.