“You must know Gatsby.”
But I bet you’ve never seen the way Karen Tran tells this elaborate tale.
It’s no secret that J Grace has always been smitten with the GREAT J.G., having an entire collection dedicated to his ornate Art Deco-styling in our GATSBY wedding suite. With our design influence so inspired by great works of literature, it seems fitting that J Grace and the novel’s main party-boy, Jay Gatsby, would have more in common than shared initial monogramming – a GREAT LOVE for throwing glamorous events!
And there is nobody in this business that can do Gatsby’s “Great Gala” as grand as my good friend and internationally acclaimed floral designer, Karen Tran.
Karen is known for creating extraordinarily grand-scale floral installations and centerpieces for weddings and special events. She now shares her talents, techniques and tricks-of-the-trade with designers and wedding planners from all over the world at The Floral Experience, a 3-day hands-on floral master class that ends with a celebration as GREAT as Gatsby’s.
Attendees learn directly from Karen and work together to create these extravagantly beautiful floral works of art and then throw a party in their honor – HOW FABULOUS IS THAT?
This event was hosted at The Greenbrier, a resort and National Historic Landmark in West Virginia. The Floral Experience master classes are always held at worldwide destination venues that inspire Karen’s designs. This one fit right in with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel to become the closing night’s, “Great Gala.”
J Grace Couture was thrilled to debut these delicious laser cut charger plate menus designed on shiny gold acrylic, along with delicate foil embossed place cards (also laser cut) with hand calligraphy by Suzanne Cunningham at Karen’s masterfully crafted Gala event.
Custom couture pieces, like these charger plate menus, are one of our favorite projects to design and execute for clients’ event stationery. Not only were these charger plates functional but made for an exceptional tabletop design element while beautifully informing guests on the dinner menu.
J Grace also contributed this lovely certificate of achievement awarded to those completing the master class that complemented the design of The Floral Experience sketchbook and name tags given to all attendees at the beginning of the workshop.
Oh how I wish I could have been on the gliteratti guest list for this “Great Gala.” The glamour and glitz of the Gatsby life will always be an intrigue. What an honor to be a part of the collaborative team of talents that helped bring this great vision to life. I’m always in awe of the way Karen Tran, a legend in her own right, imagines and reinvents the greatest love stories of all time.
CHEERS to that!
Venue: The Greenbrier
Supporting Florist: Gillespie’s Flowers
Planner: Cheers Darling Events
Roses: Rosaprima Roses
Linens: Nuage Design
Calligraphy: Suzanne Cunningham
Couture Stationery: J Grace
Videography: Michael’s Video & Wedding Cinema
Gifting: A Signature Welcome
Photography: Donna Von Bruening