Lei Day Party for Wedding Planners!

Here at Arlington Hall, we LOVE wedding planners.  There’s nothing better than having a good wedding planner on your creative team for your special day.  For the last 3 years in May, we have hosted a themed appreciation party to show these amazing people how much we love working with!

This year, we did a luau theme and called it Lei Day!

We greeted all the wedding planners with leis made by each florist as way to get everyone in the Aloha spirit right when they walked in the door!ArlingtonHallLeiDay-166.jpg

The Great Hall was transformed by Todd Events into a “Tropical Chic” cocktail space complete with Hula Dancers, tasty bites like Hawaiian Pork Spring Rolls, Ulupalakua Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Papaya Dressing and AMAZING cocktails by Sourced Craft Cocktails.

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The conch shell was blown to signal the end of cocktail hour and the start of dinner!  Guests walked outside to the front porch, where an amazing Sandone tent was setup just bursting with creativity from all the designers!  Of course, all the guests, loving social media, had to stop and snap some photos.

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Each florist was given a table and were told the theme and then they ran wild with whatever they could dream up!

First up was the Garden Gate!  They made the flamingos with hydrangeas and pink velvet and it was larger than life!   All the orchids were simply stunning!

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The Southern Table wow in corals, oranges and golds.  Guests lucky enough to snag a seat at this table were gifted with a gold pineapple tumbler!

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The rich purples and yellows of Three Branches Floral against the greenery of the park was stunning!

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Branching Out embraced the Garden Isle of Kauai with their tablescape and really went for it with all shades of green.  Loving the gold pineapples here too!

 

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This bamboo and yellow orchid creation is from none other than David Kimmel Designs.  Just. So. Chic.

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Gro Designs stunned with a larger than life tiki torch design and we were obsessed with the “aloha” decals on the chairs!!

 

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The Wildflower’s design popped with bold tropical hues and we loved the movement of their arrangement!

 

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The styling of Bows and Arrows was simply gorgeous! We loved these dusty palms under the chargers and the taper candles in the hurricanes were the perfect touch!

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Jackson Durham was so creative in making their arrangement look like a giant palm tree!  Their leis were flown in all the way from Hawaii and were so gorgeous!

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Bella Flora stepped out of the box with their unique and organic orchid creation, we just loved the pops of yellow and orange!

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The cool blues of the Bella Acento Lounge was perfect for the planners to catch up and relax as the sun set.

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The cute pineapple signs were done by The Detail Department and while our awesome photographer, John Cain Sargent, got so many great shots, he didn’t venture into the ladies room where decals had been applied to the mirrors that read “how the hula are you?” and “nice coconuts!” also made by the Detail Department.

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But of course, the main attraction was to feature our wonderful space and fabulous catering by Food Glorious Food!  Below are some images of the tasty little plates as well as a sneak photo of our chef, Joseph Oldham.

Hawaiian Tuna Stack with Sushi Rice, Wakame, Avocado, a Crispy Lotus Chip and Black Lava Sea Salt

Kona Coffee Seared Steak with Mac and Cheese and Succotash

Huli Huli Chicken Skewer with Purple Potato Salad

Tropical Fruit Trifle with Ginger Pound Cake

Guests enjoyed the chic lounge on the front porch by Gloss Luxury Rentals.  Justin Cash serenaded us all with his soulful voice.  The tent lighting by Absolute was pure magic!  A ceiling full of twinkle lights!

 

As a final surprise, Pyrotex shot off an aerial fireworks show for guests and it was spectacular!

We know that wedding planners work super hard and they love to have a good time.  So what’s a party without an after party?!   Back into the Great Hall where LeForce Entertainment rocked the house and guests danced their way to valet with a swag bag from Sourced Craft Cocktails.

Mahalo Wedding Planners!!!

Lucky in Love Dinner

On March 17th, we were lucky enough to host a dinner and discussion for a group of wedding professionals called, American Association of Certified Wedding Planners, or AACWP.   When their previously planned location fell through, we jumped at the chance to host this dinner and it just so happened to fall on St. Patty’s!!   We love a good themed event , so we jumped in to planning what we call an “Elegant Irish” affair.   Guests were greeted by a real Irish bagpiper courtesy of Absolute DFW.  Once they entered our foyer, Uptown Violins serenaded cocktail hour with beautiful Irish tunes.   As guests entered the Great Hall, they were in awe of the unique table setup to create a perfect atmosphere for a discussion on inspiration.  Look no further for inspiration than amazing & bright floral creations from Three Branches Floral.  We met these sweet sisters on a tour of Arlington Hall and we just knew they would be a perfect fit for our Elegant Irish dinner.  They took our ideas, ran with it and we are so glad we trusted them!   It’s Your Night set the glowing lighting that featured the entire room & decor so perfectly.  The beautiful wooden tables, gold chairs, green china, gold flatware and crystal stemware from Ducky Bob’s couldn’t have complimented our theme better!

Our Chef outdid himself with an amazing Elegant Irish 4 course dinner.   Guests noshed on an Irish charcuterie as welcoming remarks began.  Second course was our take on an Irish Flag; Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Grilled Pear, Orange and Walnuts in a Lemon Dijon Dressing-so yummy!   Third course was equally as tasty with Irish Butter Poached Seabass, Spinach Risotto, Sweet Potato Crisps and Tri-color Baby Carrots.   But we think we saved the best for last with our dessert trio!   Shamrock Shake with Bailey’s Mint, Mini Whiskey Bundt Cake with Irish Cream, and Orange Mouse in a Clementine Cup with Mint that we are still dreaming about!!   Guests regretfully departed but didn’t leave empty-handed as Frosted Art created adorable petit fours embellished with the Claddagh.  It is a symbol of love and relationship status in Ireland, so it couldn’t have more fitting for a group of wedding planners!