I was invited to be a part of the International Special Events Society - Denver Chapter Designer Showcase! It was this past Tuesday night, and it was such an incredible experience.
WHAT IS THE DESIGNER SHOWCASE?
It is an event where the best in the event industry join together to create a "vignette." The best way I can describe a vignette is an entire event featured in a 20 x 20 foot space. It brings together lighting, decor, furniture, backdrops, catering, desserts, table design, floral, signage, and stationery.
This year, the emphasis was on trendsetting, and the theme was Oscar Award-Winning or Academy Award-Winning movies. Director, Jessica (from Pro Chic Events) and Haley (from Platinum Weddings & Events), who helped co-direct the vignette, chose the movie, BLACK SWAN for our theme!
SAYING YES TO THE UNKNOWN
I wasn’t sure what I was saying yes to when Jessica called to explain this event! I just knew that it sounded really exciting and something that I’d love to be a part of! I met Jess in October, and we've since been working together! In partnership with her incredible wedding planning business, Pro Chic Events, I provide the stationery and signage design for her one-of-a-kind clients! It has been a super creative, fun, exciting, and cohesive journey so far!
Just three weeks ago, Jessica, Brianna (also with Pro Chic Events) met to dream about what this vignette could be! We sipped wine, ate cheese, and stayed up late to concept this incredible vignette. I haven’t seen “Black Swan.” I was depending on the interpretation and vision that Jessica shared. I depended on her ideas, but she also encourages such creativity with my own ideas. This is what I love about our collaboration; the idea that we each truly being something unique to the table. And we did. We came away SO excited to see it all come together!
Edgy. Sexy. Elegant. Mysterious. Simple.
On the Friday before the event, Jess invited me to the walk-through for the final setup of the space. I was able to meet Haley (Platinum Weddings & Events), Scott (Lighting and Design by Scott), and Ashley (CORT Events). It was so fun to be creative together as they worked through the details! It was very cool to be invited into all of this; my first type of experience like this!
STATIONERY & SIGNAGE
I had a BLAST designing the stationery and signage for this. Jessica had the idea of the "floating" paper in the swan-esque bowls. I used black, textured cardstock, designed silver foil quotes and embossed black swans on the other side. I used the edgy textures mixed with the soft, mauve, watercolor to create the signage, as well as a elegant and beautiful calligraphy font. I was very happy with how it all came together, and I was challenged to push myself, and it truly was a great experience.
COLLABORATION IS KEY
I enjoyed seeing the way Jessica brought the team together! She truly has the gift of leadership and collaboration; inviting the creativity of others! Throughout the process, I met incredibly talented people, and found some common connections! I love the way that as a team, it is incredible what we all came together to create!
All of the guests of the event and those who watched the livestream could vote for their favorite vignette. And guess what….we WON the People’s Choice Award! Whaaa??? SO COOL!
As I stood there with Matt, my husband, I was so thankful that he could be there. Honestly, so much of this is so new to me and I didn’t know how to explain it all to him. But, as we were there, it was just so cool to experience with him; to share all the work that I had done (and that he had been supportive of).
What a sweet experience! I am super, super thankful!
I’ve included the photos from JK Photography that were taken at the event. I have also included the names and websites of our entire team!
Director | Concept Design | Coordination | Floral Design:
PRO CHIC EVENTS (Jessica Martinez)
Co-Director: PLATINUM WEDDINGS AND EVENTS (Haley Hyman)
Lighting | Decor | Graphics: PINK MONKEY SOLUTIONS
Furniture | Decor: CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS
Lighting | Production: LIGHTING AND DESIGN BY SCOTT
Decor | Lighting: HIGHLIGHTS COLORADO
Catering: OCCASIONS CATERING
Cake & Desserts: CUPCAKE LIBATIONS
Cake Topper: PLATYPUS PAPERS
Stationery & Signage: VERONICA PRESTON DESIGN
Rentals: ALLWELL RENTS
Black Swan: BIANCA MEEHAN
Costume: DISGUISES COSTUMES
Hair & Makeup: LEEDA BEAUTY
Jewelry Styling & Props: DORA GRACE BRIDAL
Vignette Glamour Photography: TONY CONTRERAS PHOTOGRAPHY
Event Photographer: STUDIO JK PHOTOGRAPHY