Monday, January 5, 2015

Pantone's Color of the Year - Marsala

Pantone recently announced their official color of 2015 is Marsala, a beautiful rich red wine color.  We recently showcased this beautiful jewel tone at Hotel Arista's Fall Bi-Annual Tasting.  This color is going to be a hot hue for brides this year and is sure to make for a swoon-worthy wedding. According to Pantone's executive director Leatrice Eiseman, marsala conveys a sense of "glamor and luxury" and draws us in to its embracing warmth."  I love how it adds a touch of drama to any look.  The great thing about the color is the number of other colors it will pair so beautifully with.  Sensual and bold, it can be a daring tone for spring.  It also has an autumn feel that evokes warmth and richness and sophistication.  Last years winning color was bright and bold (Orchid), whilst this years winner is warm and earthy.  Even though dark red is usually associated with fall and winter weddings, marsala is actually a very versatile wedding color when paired with complementary colors or neutrals. Marsala, blush and ivory is a classic and  pretty palette for any season or pair the color of the year with bright corals and oranges for a summery vibe. When it comes to wedding flowers, peonies and dahlias grow naturally in this dark red hue, and these big-headed blooms evoke a romantic quality.  I am so excited to see what beautiful weddings emerge this year at Hotel Arista using "Marsala" as the key color.

Davina Arceneaux
Director of Catering, Wedding Specialist

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Vera Wang Bliss at Hotel Arista

Jessica + Gino 

Jessica and Gino said "I do" in the Hotel Arista Ballroom with over 150 loved ones present.  This intimate event was filled with special moments, and even a few surprises.  When searching for a venue,   the couple sought after a modern, high end venue with a downtown feel in the suburbs.  The couple choose a color palate of platinum with pops of luscious plum. 

Yanni designs created a beautiful backdrop for the couple's wedding ceremony including elegant draping and purple up lighting along with tall floral pieces set on lit pillars.  The bride wore a gorgeous Vera Wang Dress and Valentino Pumps.  As the touching ceremony ended, guests moved into the pre- function area for butler passed Bay Scallop Ceviche, Lamb Lollipops and Crispy Bread with Goat Cheese Mousse & Crispy Basil.  Guests enjoyed Pomegranate Martini's prior to entering the ballroom which began with a musical performance from a live band.

As guests entered the ballroom, the scene was breath taking.  Tables were adorned with Platinum Pintuck linens complete with eggplant napkins and custom menu cards.  Warm candlelight centerpieces and tall arrangements of roses and hydrangea completed the romantic look.  Guests were greeted with champagne followed by a delightful meal of Field Greens Salad with Truffle Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, Filet Mignon with Port Truffle Oil Reduction and Escolar Fish with Naval Orange Citrus Brown Butter.  The end of the meal concluded with a beautiful four tier wedding cake from "The Cakery" and late night surprises including a Popcorn Station and Mini Beef Sliders served with Chocolate Mini Milkshakes. 

Guests danced the night away while also taking a moment to take individual as well as group photos in the photo booth.

The decor element  of this wedding and exquisite meal set the tone for a warm and romantic evening filled with laughter and love from friends and family.

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Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Ethel | Photography: Glen Abog Photography | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Hotel Arista | Event Planning: Weddings and Events by Jocelyn | Floral Design: Yanni Design Studio | Cake: The Cakery

Davina Arceneaux
Director of Catering, Wedding Specialist