Royal Cakes in Glendale (Los Angeles) designed and produced this tabletop with large floral paper mâchés that crowned the centerpiece. Grace Ormonde of Wedding Style Magazine asked me to capture its essence.
The only test of my skills was making the transparent chairs visible. To do so, I added just a splash of light on their legs.
New York. What can I say? Everything about the city excites me.
I had the honor of working with Grace Ormonde in Chelsea Piers, New York for her 2012 Fall / Winter Wedding Style Magazine. This photo was quite a challenge. In order to properly compensate for the background cityscape, I had to light the foreground appropriately. In normal circumstances, that is easy. However, this beautiful white and orange table top has a sheen that reflected artificial lighting in the most unflattering way.
After about two hours of struggling, this centerpiece became a full spread when it was originally supposed to be printed as a vertical single page.
“You need air, water and someone to love you; everything else is an option,” concedes designer Ed Libby. Yet, this master of combining diverse and complex elements to create stunning installations is quick to insist that celebrations should be fully loaded. “Life is such a struggle on every level for everyone,” Libby says. Times of intense emotion, of togetherness, of rapturous joy “are far too brief” and infrequent. Celebrating these moments
“on a grand and spectacular level is incredibly important,” he contends. So, when his event designs leave guests agog and asking, “Why?” he invariably responds: “Why not?”
It’s the answer family members might have heard had they asked Libby why, as a child, he’d “make something out of the box,” and ignore the amazing present inside. “I was creating things from a young age. I was definitely born to do this,” Libby says. He wasn’t introduced to the events industry, however, until he took a job as a flower shop driver, while studying art and business. Now, 27 years after establishing his own floral design firm, Libby credits clients with catapulting his career. “Each client entrusted…
Cheers to you good friend,
P.S. This photo was taken at Ed Libby’s home in Hollywood Hills. It was only after a couple of martinis did we get the shot. What a fun afternoon!
Monochromatic table featuring oranges in various forms coiling down the center paired with botanicals and gilded cakes set atop glass pedestals.
Location: Mondrian Los Angeles West
Hollywood, CA; Table and Floral Design: Ed Libby &
Company, Inc. Los Angeles, CA and New York,
NY; Ghost Chairs: Roberta Karsch-Resource One, Inc.
Reseda, CA; Table Setting: Classic Party Rentals El Segundo,
CA; Candlestick Holders and Vases: Luxe Event Rentals
Los Angeles, CA; Cakes: Vanilla Bake Shop Santa Monica, CA;
Photography: Lawrence Chan Photography
Los Angeles, CA