Butterfly Reverie

February 20, 2014

Pacific Weddings

Honolulu floral designer Yvonne Chapman brings the outdoors in with a birch installation adorned in hundreds of white butterflies, the ultimate symbol of transformation. Photographer Stephanie Williams captures the scene in an evocative mix of nature photos that blend the best of both worlds—the ultra-chic styling of The Modern Honolulu and the tropical landscape of Nu'uanu Valley. 

Beginning with a long dining table dressed in icy-blue linens, Yvonne channeled her modern sensibilities to balance what she envisioned as “a fantasy scene of butterflies fluttering above the table.” Her impetus was the awestruck feeling guests experience when they first arrive at an extraordinary event. A cool palette of champagne, brass and pale blue define the décor for Yvonne's magnificent display.

The designer imparted elements of nature into the contemporary setting of the Sun Suite by weaving together birch twigs to create a tree sculpture—a surreal touch to the fantastic scene. Butterflies flit among birch, hydrangea and orchids creating a stunning canopy above the table. Yvonne selected delicate white phalaenopsis orchids as a counterpart to the graceful shape of the butterfly.

The gorgeous bride takes in the dreamy setting in a Reem Acra wedding gown.

A series of botanical collector’s cards from the 1950s are repurposed as unique escort cards.

Each and every detail combines to create visual impact defined by romance. Shimmery white butterflies float among the birch twigs. Floral centerpieces span the length of the reception table and gracefully skim the floor.

A cluster of gold taper candleholders by Nate Berkus casts a romantic glow. The unexpected element of brass reappears in the form of a napkin ring by designer Kelly Wearstler.

Honolulu designer Kristin Kato of A Cake Life composed a romantic vision of the butterfly motif in white fondant tiers brushed with silver-blue luster. The simply lovely confection is a modern take on the theme, marrying the sleek Sun Suite ambience with the wonders of nature.

Artist and stationer Kristy Rice of Momental Designs composed an invitation suite with watercolor illustrations that echo the soft color palette.

Floral designer Debbie Hemingway's delicate wedding bouquet follows the organic motif. A beautiful blend of white scabiosa, eucalyptus, white veronica, wax flower, moss, Queen Anne's lace and narcissus create texture that is artful and natural.

A woodland fairy tale ensues with a silver printed Italian lace Sarah Janks gown and Gossamer Butterfly Bridal Hair
Vine by Erica Elizabeth Designs.

Gown and lace jacket by Monique Lhuillier.

The bride makes a striking silhouette in a lace gown by Claire Pettibone and a feminine headpiece by Erica Elizabeth Designs.

Gown by Claire Pettibone with Erica Elizabeth Designs Madame Butterfly Clips.

Wearing a long-sleeved ivory point d’esprit lace gown by Claire Pettibone, the bride is sophisticated and timeless.

Gown by Monique Lhuillier, Erica Elizabeth Designs veil.