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Grace and Grandeur: The Reception

Floral table arrangements touting real trees, crystal chandeliers and an impressive golden cake. We’re sharing all the fabulous decor details for a custom-tented Midland reception!

Imagine walking inside a custom tented reception, billowy swathes of fabric gracefully arching overhead, as an artist skillfully paints the live scene before her—an impressionistic canvas depiction of real trees, lavish blooms and stunning blue and white accents. These were just a few of the beautiful things at Kristin and Jered’s wedding orchestrated by Jordan Payne Events. Based on a blue and white theme that we shared in the first post of our two-part feature, the reception also featured some glitz and glamour with spectacular floral arrangements and custom details that ranged from handcrafted gold roses on the cake to bespoke furniture. Not to mention the fabulous tent!

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The couple, both Midland natives, welcomed about 600 guests to their big day—with no shortage of “wow factors” present! The tent itself was a work of art, taking more than a week to construct. For its interior, Jordan created a very elegant, upscale vibe, most notably punctuated by the outstanding florals that graced every table. These featured a variety of hydrangeas, roses, tulips, lemon leaf, fern and hanging amaranthus. There were even a few actual trees as well! A series of clear, crystal chandeliers suspended around the tent’s ceiling provided both light and an added dose of glamour, mirrored by the clear chiavari chairs set at the tables. The clear tones ensured that the centerpieces and fresh greenery took center stage along with the bright pops of blue throughout, and meshed perfectly with a clean color palette of ivory, champagnes and gold.

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The head table featured various layers of color and texture—one of Jordan’s trademarks when it comes to impactful design! “I used a unique mix of linens on the head table using a blue and white Jamestown linen with an Audrey Gold overlay that was a painted floral motif with gold glimmer touches,” she explains. Patterned plates—including an elegant sea blue charger with bone tone detailing—merged beautifully with etched blue crystal glasses and golden flatware. The bride and groom’s seating arrangements were notated by gold metal scrolls perched on their wine glasses as well as rose gold Queen Anne chairs. Clear acrylic candelabras and luscious arrangements of greenery and florals suspended from above finished off the setting with a dramatic flair.

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Guests enjoyed visiting the bespoke bar, where Colorado Bulldogs were served as the signature cocktail—a nod to the drink the couple enjoyed when they very first met in Colorado. There were also adorable koozies for partygoers to pair with their aperitif of choice, printed with the couple’s names and wedding date and Bitmoji-like characters of the pair cheersing flutes of Champagne. The bar, or glamour, featured a custom-made fabric that Jordan had inserted into panels created for the event and added to the furniture piece. The results were a perfect tie-in to the blue and white floral prints found throughout the wedding.

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Guests enjoyed delicious themed-stations for dinner, like a seafood station touting fresh shucked oysters and crab claws, a street taco station with all the makings for fully-loaded tortillas as well as baked macaroni with lobster and jalapeno cheese, chicken piccata and more. Creme de la Creme Cake Company created the perfect finish to the evening’s fare with the cakes. The groom’s was an impressive replica of a golf cart with an Aggie vibe, and the bride’s was a five-tiered almond cake with blackberry cream cheese and white buttercream. The gold monogram, blue floral design and gold sugar flower roses were all perfectly translated. “I enjoying teaming up with Creme de la Creme to design a stunning confection masterpiece,” recalls Jordan. “I’m heavily involved in all cake design! It has to be cohesive with everything else going on.”

Though there were various patterns, blue and white decor accents and acrylic pieces to work in together, Jordan often starts most of her event plans with a big picture idea before breaking it down into smaller functions. “I can see it in my head and try and piece it all together as it were a puzzle,” she says of her process. From the tiniest of design details to large-scale installations, Kristin and Jered’s wedding was a stunning event from start to finish—and such a fun production!

Photos by Thisbe Grace Photography