A Wedding in OZ at the Original Wedding Soiree

On March 17th, 2013 I had the pleasure of being apart of a fantastic creative team that collaborated on a vignette for the Original Wedding Soiree. This different take on a wedding show featured live vignettes rather than traditional booths, a high tea service and fabulous fashion show all at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel in Yorkville. When Denise from Weddings Jubilee approached me with her concept, The Wizard of Oz, I jumped at the chance to do something REALLY different. Every designers dream!

Our team consisted of Paras Mehta from PARAS Events for Decor, Natasha Saladino from Paper Angels Invitations & Stationary for Stationary Design and Lorraine Johns from Rainy’s Cookie Cafe for Cakes. We all met and brainstormed and built off of each other’s idea’s… a true think tank! And boy were we excited with what we came up with.

Since Denise is both a local and destination planner she wanted to represent both in our vignette. So we centered the design a around a large tree which doubled as a divider for the space. One side became the ceremony, the other the reception.

The ceremony side became the destination side so a simpler and softer colour palette was necessary since most destination weddings are on a beach. Glinda the Good Witch became our colour palette and resulted in blush coloured florals, a glass bubble backdrop (hanging from the tree of course) and blue gingham accents to represent Dorothy. You can see these details represented through all the design elements, from the blush flowers, bubble covered cake and blue and blush stationary suite.

Wedding in Oz ceremony booth

Blush rose bouquet with crystal accents for the ceremony.

Wedding in Oz Ceremony Stationary Suite and Cake.

Ceremony Programs that doubled as paper fans. Great for a summer wedding!

The reception side was definitely what we got the most excited about! Our setting was the forest where Dorothy meets the Tin Man, so we put red glitter apples in the tree, since the trees came alive and threw apples at them in the movie! The glitter apples continued on to become place card holders at each place setting. Emerald green sequin linens, black lacquered chairs with red seat cushions and black, gold and red dishware accented the table setting. Each setting also had a two tiered mini cake, representing a main character. Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion were all there! My favourite design detail was the gold painted brick table number, for the yellow brick road. Love it!

The woodland themed reception set in the forests of OZ. Dark and dramatic with lots of detail!

Wedding in Oz reception design

Reception stationary featured crystal brooches on invitations, scroll style menu and a gold brick table number, all by Paper Angels.

Wedding in Oz poppy cake

For the reception florals I focused on the woodland feel and obviously the use of green. Bonus that Emerald is the Panatone Colour of 2013! The stars aligned!!! Overflowing arrangements of antique hydrangea, spider mums, button poms, belles of ireland and green trick dianthis we placed in cork wood bases. For pops of colour and because poppies are a theme in the movie, red anemones and ranunculus were used as accent flowers. Of course we couldn’t forget the emeralds so we used emerald green crystals as accents on the wood bases, making it look like the crystals were growing out of the bark. What a fabulous design detail, very reminiscent of the aesthetic of the new movie, Oz the Great and Powerful!

Centerpieces of hydrangea, Spider Mums, Button Poms, Belles of Ireland, Green Trick Dianthis in cork wood bases. Accents of Red Anemones & Emerald Crystals

Wedding in Oz centerpiece details of poppies and emeralds

The reception themed bouquet and boutonniere followed suit with lots of green flowers accented with red anemones and emerald details. We even incorporated some amber brooches into the bouquet that were also used in the stationary suite.

Wizard of Oz themed bridal bouquet with red poppies and emerald accents

Boutonniere of Dianthis, Button Poms, Anemone Bud & Emerald Crystals

All in all the result was fabulous! We told a story without crossing over into tacky and carried the theme throughout with careful and creative thought. Brides were blown away by the detail we had and we heard a lot of “ooooohhhhs” and “aaaaaahhhh” as we explained our design. We were the hit of the show!

We were also fortunate enough to borrow some absolutely gorgeous gowns from Sarah Houston Couture for our model to wear. Hair, fashioned into a huge braid naturally, and makeup were provided by Justyna Mroz Hair Artist. Our groom sported beautiful suits, shirts and ties by 7Camicie Canada. The fabulous Merrill Newell of Merrill Newell Photography captured the entire day including the fabulous style shoots below.

Wizard of Oz bridal bouquet

Of course we had Ruby Slippers for Dorothy. And look at the gorgeous detail on the dress!

Oscar Diggs (aka the Wizard) in a 7camicie suit, shirt and tie.

Dorothy in her Sarah Houston Couture gown

This is what happens when professionals are given creative license in the design process. Let us do what we do best. That’s when the Magic happens 🙂


Creative Concept – Denise Georgiou-Newell from WeDDings Jubliee

Decor – Paras Mehta from PARAS Events

Florals – Ashley Plainos from Ashton Creative

Stationary – Natasha Saladino from Paper Angels Invitations & Stationary

Cakes – Lorraine Johns from Rainy’s Cakes

Gowns – Sarah Houston Couture

Hair & Makeup – Justyna Mroz Hair Artist

Groom’s Attire – 7Camicie Canada

Photography – Merrill Newell of Merrill Newell Photography

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