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Nautical decor gets a feminine touch under a wedding tent in Maryland

Design Spotlight | April 1, 2018 | By:

Photo by Alysia & Jayson Photography.

Elle Ellinghaus, founder of Elle Ellinghaus Designs, Baltimore, Md., has a hard time choosing a favorite element from a tented wedding reception at Kirkland Manor, along Maryland’s Miles River. Under a tent installed by Eastern Shore Tents and Events LLC, Chestertown, Md., Ellinghaus combined a feminine blush and white palette with subtle nautical decor and abundant floral. If she had to choose a favored detail, it would be the sparkling, blush linens. “When the sun shined in the tent on the sides, they glittered. When the sun went down over the water, they glittered. When it was dark outside and just the light under the liner gave a soft glow, they still glittered softly,” she says.

Gold, navy and sparkles

Tables were adorned with cherry blossom and spring floral centerpieces with tall vases that helped to fill the height of the tent. “The stylish, gold chairs with navy cushions gave a nautical pop wrapped in a chic, feminine package,” Ellinghaus says. Ferndale, Md.-based production company EVENTPRO hung decor including a valance, truss and chandeliers. “I am a big fan of valances in tents because it is something so small that adds so much,” she says. “With liners that have been used hundreds of times, adding the sleek edging really creates a custom touch.” Three teardrop chandeliers completed the look by extending the sparkly and gold combo onto the ceiling of the tent.

Hanging challenge

An 8-foot round floral wreath that combined the centerpiece flowers with greenery and tulips brought all the colors together. But because the ceiling was covered with a liner rather than a custom drape, Ellinghaus had to design a way to hang the piece where the seams met, with only one hanging point (or cut and pay to repair the liner). “I worked countless hours with the tent company and production company on how to do this,” she says. “Eventually, it was settled, tested and perfect! I highly dislike seeing hardware, so this was a nonnegotiable. I’d rather have guests walk in and wonder how an item is hanging and not actually see how it is.”

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