Pe­tah Bashano gives a fresh take on flo­rals; Carolyn Zinni gets per­sonal with brides; and Com­mon­wealth Proper pol­ishes the groom’s get-up.

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If you were wowed by the decor at the many Phil­a­del­phia wed­dings you at­tended this sum­mer (and who didn’t?), chances are event plan­ner Pe­tah Bashano was the man be­hind it all. Of­ten, flo­rals come first. “Each wed­ding re­quires dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als de­pend­ing on the over­all aes­thetic,” says the Haver­town na­tive and Art In­sti­tute of Phil­a­del­phia grad­u­ate. “We may choose box­wood for a mod­ern gar­den de­sign, thick ivy for a whim­si­cal English gar­den de­sign, cedar boughs and aca­cia for a for­est theme.” Those fresh ma­te­ri­als will go on to fill ta­ble cen­ter­pieces and cover hup­pahs and, more re­cently, seat­ing as­sign­ment dis­plays that fa­vor greens over gar­de­nias. For­get tented place cards lined up like sol­diers on fresh-pressed linens— or even cal­lig­ra­phy-covered mir­rors with the cou­ple’s ini­tials scrawled in the cen­ter—and in­stead imag­ine pick­ing your ta­ble num­ber from a fo­liage wall ac­cented by rib­bons, flow­ers or jew­els. Bashano warns that light­ing is key to bring­ing th­ese green screens to life. “Fo­liage walls are mys­te­ri­ous and a bit sexy, es­pe­cially when well-lit,” he says. “The jux­ta­po­si­tion of an over­whelm­ing mas­cu­line el­e­ment like a wall of green­ery in a pre­dom­i­nantly fem­i­nine wed­ding re­cep­tion can add an in­ter­est­ing bal­ance to the room’s de­sign.”

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