Meet Maddison

We’re so excited to introduce you to the creative Event Intern Maddison!  She has been with us since last summer and is continuing her internship this January!  Let’s learn a little more about Maddison:
Educational Background
Bachelors of Fine arts at Alfred University.

Prior Experience
I have been a waitress for 7 years at 4 different restaurants. I also work for a year with Art Force 5 which is an organization that teaches creativity over conflict  through non-violence workshops and community based art.

Hopes For The Internship
What I want to get most from working at PAD is work experience within a creative field. I am also excited to learn to work with clients and bringing their visions to life.

Favorite Thing About The Industry
My favorite thing about event planning is being able to make a clients dream into a reality and creating a day that they will hopefully never forget. 

Favorite Quote
“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” — Hillary Clinton

Free Time Fun
In my free time I like to indulge in all things creative; Music, movies, podcasts, looking at other artists, what ever I can find. I am very blessed to be surrounded by amazing faculty and peers constantly making work and sharing their creativity and what inspires them with me.

Future Plans
My number one goal is to be able to travel in my life but other than that I am not sure what my future holds. I am interested in exploring with in the creative field and seeing what it has to offer me but it is important to find a way to give back and also to create a sustainable art practice.

Interesting Fact
I am obsessed with all things true crime, my guilty pleasure is the podcast My Favorite Murder

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30 Stunning Cascading Centerpieces

Make a bold statement with cascading centerpieces! Centerpieces such as these are sure to catch your guest’s eyes and leave them wowed!

When we see cascading centerpieces we think luxury!  Garland-type cascading centerpieces give the effect that they go on forever, as they have less of a sense of finality.  Abundant, yet traditional centerpieces have a grand feel for formal affairs.

Wether you can have each and every table with a stunning cascade or one wow factor feature, here are 30 luxurious cascading centerpieces to draw inspiration from!
 
{1} This bright green and white floral centerpiece garlands makes this table more vibrant! The garland is also draped across the table corner to give room for another guest at the end; an interesting placement that is definitely working!

{2} This centerpiece is purely greenery and we feel adds to the natural look of the room. The wooden walls and ceiling and the off-white curtains are what gives this room a casual elegance, that are only enhanced by this perfect centerpiece addition.
 
{3} Love that this table is all white and that bright colors were chosen for the centerpiece to really make the table stand out!

{4} We cannot stop talking about this one! Wow! All flowers is such a daring way to go and this table is rocking it! It’s very fitting in the forest with the natural wood.
 
{5} This centerpiece is eye catching not only because the pink flowers contrast nicely with the black tapers and napkins, but the way the garland curls off at the end adds an interesting element.
 
{6} If you want a cascading centerpiece, but aren’t into the garland form, try bouquets that have extra greenery hanging down. This is a very unique style.

{7} This romantic and luxurious cascade is truly a wow factor.  The candelabra accents add a regal element, making it a centerpiece fit for a royal wedding.

{8} The colors of this one, along with the flowers and greenery chosen make for a striking look. Love it!

{9} Fancy vibes! All white is so clean and chic, but by adding the candles gives a certain warmth to this table.

{10} This centerpiece looks more like flowers and greenery woven together, rather than a garland. We love the laid back elegance of the scape.

{11} This is stunning. Again, if garland is not your style, try a centerpiece with greenery hanging down. We love how timeless and romantic the ivy looks.

{12} This one is very bohemian. You cannot go wrong with all greenery with a white tapers to pop!

{13} This boxwood cascading garland centerpiece is so classy and simple, a perfect addition to any table.

{14} Loving the combination of the natural-looking wood, the green garland centerpiece with light pink floral accents, and the glass elements on the table.  This looks perfect all together.

{15} A waterfall of flowers we are calling this one! If you love bright colors this gorgeous piece is for you.

{16} Do you love hydrangeas? This one is definitely a must! A garland of big beautiful hydrangeas can make a perfect centerpiece!

{17} This one is so unique! Love how the green garland centerpiece perfectly matches the hanging centerpiece. Everything fits together perfectly!

{18} Another way to add dimension to a table is to add a simple garland centerpiece, but incorporate candles, little bouquets and succulents to either side of the garland. Love how all the pieces are sort of mismatched in a way that also ties everything together.

{19} This one is makes us think of a swan! Classy, regal, and elegant is what you get with a cascading white orchid centerpiece.

{20} This one puts the emphasis on the hanging centerpiece. What an interesting look! We love that they paired a more loud hanging element with a more subtle table piece.

{21} Here’s another option for a central cascading centerpiece. The hanging moss pieces give off enchanted forest vibes!

{22} If you want a different floral arrangement for your head table, we have you covered. This cascading piece draws your eye right to the middle of the table, the newlyweds!

{23} You cannot go wrong with an all white floral garland. This centerpiece is the epitome of a classy, chic wedding.

{24} Dress her up or dress her down! This table is definitely more casual, but that centerpiece isn’t! This cascading floral garland works on this table, but it would also work on a fancier tablescape as well.

{25} Using small white flowers laced with big greenery creates sort of a delicate, feminine affect to your centerpiece.

{26} A wonderful way to incorporate Fall into your centerpiece! Use oranges and reds to really capture the season.

{27} Boom! Just an explosion of color.  We love how the red and pink flowers stand out and cascade beyond a traditional shape!

{28} We love the grey, neutral table cloth paired with the green garland and white flower accents. The white napkins really make those white flowers pop! Everything ties in very nicely.

{29} A more modern, glamour design with this hanging crystal. Consider hanging beading down from your centerpiece to give it that cascade look.

{30} The cascade element on this table is the runner, not the floral element. This is another way you can give the continuity effect, without paying more for flowers!

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Katie & Josh’s Shadow Lake Wedding

I am so honored to have worked with Katie & Josh on their fabulous Shadow Lake wedding this past August!  Katie came to me a year before their wedding, and we worked from the ground up to create their amazing day.  Right off the bat, Katie and Josh decided on a travel themed wedding.  Typically, our clients lean more toward a wedding style, but Katie and Josh were ready to go with this full out theme.  Here are some of my favorite parts that made their wedding travel-tastic:

{1} Paper Planes: Probably my favorite design moment of the day was the beautiful paper plane installation above the head table.  It spanned multiple banquet tables that were in the center of the room, which added a big impact to the dining space.  We purchased the paper to coordinate with their wedding stationery and created an ombre effect that transitioned from blush to cream.

{2} Table Locations: Rather than table numbers, we opted for table locations.  What made this even better was the corresponding seating chart that was designed to look like an airport arrival board.  We kept things seamless for the guests by still having a number, or rather a gate number.  The destinations at the gates were all over the globe.  Some were even in other worlds, like King’s Landing from Game of Thrones and Cloud City in Star Wars.

{3} Map Guest Book: We custom designed Katie & Josh’s map guest book.  It was definitely a hit with the guests.  We even had one attendee draw a sea monster in the ocean!  Katie and Josh now have it hung in their home.

{4} Vintage Accents: When your client directs musicals, you know you are definitely going to have some creative elements.  Katie was able to bring in some great vintage accents from the prop room, like binoculars, cameras, and suitcases.  Having these pieces added interest to the auxiliary tables, like the head table, gifts table, and bar.

{5} Cake Cutting: Katie & Josh had the perfect cake topper for a travel theme wedding, ‘Fly Away With Me’ in beautiful script.  Their DJ, Showcase Sound, even played Frank Sinatra’s ‘Come Fly With Me’ while they did the ceremonial cake cutting.

Beyond the travel theme, Katie & Josh’s wedding was simply wonderful.  Filled with so much love and personal touches, like Star Wars Ceremony Music, Ushers carrying lightsabers, and an impromptu a cappella performance.  Their wedding couldn’t have been more uniquely Katie and Josh!


Special thank you to the incredible team of vendors:

Photography by CR Photos
Ceremony at First Baptist Church of Penfield
Reception at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club
DJ & Lighting by Showcase Sound
Fro Yo Bar by Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Slow Mo Booth & Videography by OhDavidson Creative
Transportation by SS Limo
Makeup by Eva Jewel Makeup Artistry
Hair by Beautiful You/Katie Altobelli


Katie & Josh’s Wedding was featured in Rochester Bride & Groom’s Magazine!  Check it out:

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