Real Celebration: Preservation Gala
From the simplest to the most extravagant, The Design Studio at The Breakers can bring your vision to life. Their breathtaking designs don’t stop at bouquets, arches and centerpieces. Our talented and passionate team can transform any room, from floor to ceiling, into your dream event space.
Discover how The Design Studio recently transformed the Venetian Ballroom for a vibrant celebration utilizing bold colors and natural elements. Today, we’re sitting down with Jennifer Herrera of The Design Studio to talk all things décor.
Photos courtesy of Capehart Photography…
Q: Tell us a little about the gala you recently designed at The Breakers?
A: The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach celebrated its 37th annual dinner dance with us this spring, raising funds to help preserve our town’s historic legacy. It was an honor to support this cause within the hallowed halls of The Breakers, an architectural gem in its own right.
Q: What was your inspiration for the event?
A: The Foundation provided a photo of an ancient, sculptural buttonwood tree recently donated to the foundation and planted in nearby Bradley Park. The chairwomen provided a swatch of French fabric that informed the color palette of linen and wine. The design was born from a desire to juxtapose natural greens and jewel tones.
Q: From larger-than-life centerpieces and hundreds of twinkling candles to beautiful table linens, how did you tie all the details together?
A: The room was draped in a gorgeous wine-toned fabric. Dramatic arrangements of native Florida greens on each table were meant to be individual works of art, unique and imperfectly perfect. Cut crystal candlesticks and generous collections of glass cylinders added a sophisticated polish while filling the room with warmth. Red roses and pomegranates on the tables added layers of color between the printed overlays and lush greenery. Natural wood tones in the dance floor and dining chairs were a nod to the larger-than-life photograph of the honored buttonwood tree, which we custom printed for the main stage backdrop. Individual custom red shades on our ballroom chandeliers brought the design full circle.
Q: What was your favorite design element from the event?
A: Abundant centerpieces of greenery have been trending for several years in event design, most often paired with subtle shades of white or pastels. Bringing this trend forward in a gala design with a statement color was very exciting!
Venue & Catering: The Breakers, Katie Gillespie / Decor & Design: Design Studio at The Breakers, Jennifer Herrera / Dinner: Venetian Ballroom / Photography: Capehart Photography / AV: Frost Productions / Entertainment: The Sultans of Swing