Did you watch the solar eclipse of 2017? Remember how the sky got so much darker for those strange, cold minutes? I never want to forget that particularly rich shade of periwinkle blue over the roof of our house as I sat out in the yard and marveled with my husband and two kids. And the golden crescents all over every surface — a sliver of the sun making that unusual shape.

When the fantastic charity auction Get Hitched Give Hope asked us to design the flowers for the main ballroom at the Four Seasons last November, and when we learned that the theme was “Under the Light of a Thousand Stars,” my team and I thought of the eclipse. We wanted to capture that lovely merging of night and day, of purple and caramel, fog and sun. We wanted the dreamy textures of the sky and all that passes through it.

And we wanted to build clouds! Designing for a group of wedding industry colleagues is always a fun challenge. I wanted to show my friends something different. With GHGH landing at the end of wedding season, everyone is ready for some unique visual candy. My team and I built cloud structures out of freestanding plywood panels, covered on the front with chicken wire and moss, and on the back with dark grey shantung silk (yay, no foam!). We filled the clouds with roses, miscanthus, carnations, football mums, dusty miller, pampas grass, and other materials that captured the colors and textures we were going for. These panels sat on the front edge of the stage where the live auction took place. And how AMAZING is that gorgeous backdrop created by Water and Chalk? Wow. Swoon.

It was a fabulous night for coming together in community — and for us, recapturing a little bit of that celestial magic from August 2017.

Huge thanks to La Vie Photography for being there to capture it all!