I couldn't be more excited to share this post with you. This is an original concept bred with the KHE aesthetic and a lot of caffeine.
From the beginning we knew we wanted to have hanging florals in the tent but we didn't know how we were going to reinvent the wheel. As Allison & Joey's 'Universe' wedding concept developed we decided to name the tables after the different phases of the moon and constellations within the Milky Way to represent the night sky. Once table names were established I had the idea of suspending constellations that correlate with each table up above the guests. I knew then exactly what we were going to do to make these floral chandeliers like none we had ever seen before.
We started a prototype and to our delight it turned out perfectly...So we made more!
See below for the breakdown on what we used and how we did it.
YOU WILL NEED:
-Wood Screws or 'Particle Board' Screws
-Wood Stain of your choice (Minwax Dark Walnut is what we used)
-Connectors for chains
-Chain cutting tool
-Battery operated lights(1 pack per chandelier)
-Ladder (Note: if hanging within a tent you will need a freestanding ladder not a standard extension ladder)
Step 1: Cut Plywood to desired size with Sawzall
Step 2: Stack two pieces of plywood on top of each other once they are cut to match
Step 3: Glue and Screw Plywood together and Clamp at the four corners for 24 hours
Step 4: Mount hooks at each of the 4 corners with washers and nuts to secure
Step 5: Apply stain and let dry for 48hours.(*Repeat this step if you have rough wood that isn't quite taking the stain like you had hoped)
Step 6: Draw pattern/template of desired constellation for drilling (think of this like a giant pumpkin carving pattern, we love pumpkins! I attached multiple pieces of computer paper together lengthwise with tape and tried to draw as close to scale as possible)
Step 7: Attach template to plywood and drill holes straight down
Step 8: Touch up stain on light spots and apply base coat in drilled holes and let dry for 48 hours. (Note: I also chose to apply stain to the washers on the underneath side to dim the shine on the silver)
Step 8: Drop lights down in each of the holes(stars) and attach battery pack to top of chandelier. (We loved the twinkle effect lights for this particular vision, it looked like real stars!)
As you can see in the picture below I'm sitting under the Ursa Major(Big Dipper) floral constellation chandelier installation. From the guest view the lighted constellation was fully visible and turned out to be a total hit. You'll also see a sweet moon that we hung above the dance floor which is actually a giant paper lantern we were able to purchase from Koyal Wholesale. I couldn't be more pleased with this project, a big shout out to all of those who assisted and listened to me blab on about moon dirt and my spacey concepts.
Planning & Design: Kayla Huston Events
Coordination: RW Events
Florals: Flowers by Lesley
Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House
Photography: Webster Weddings
Tent: Rentaland Tents & Events
Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen
Baker: P is for Pie
Catering: Big City Catering
Rentals: Mimosas & Moonshine
Chair Rentals: Fenice Events
Signage: H2O Vinyl Designs
Stationary: After Awhile Crocodile & Wedding Paper Divas
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