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Event Designer Profile: Marina Birch, Birch Design Studio
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For a ceremony and reception that occurred in the same ballroom, Marina and her team had to think outside the box. For the Jewish ceremony, the ballroom's dance floor was covered in white canvas on top of which a stage was built. A chandelier was hung from the ceiling and draped with dozens of ribbons adorned with white phalaenopsis orchids. During ...
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For a timeless yet contemporary look, Marina teamed soft, all-white flowers like roses and hydrangeas with bare branches that were arranged in clear glass vases atop clear boxes with light coming from within. She also brought in some texture by draping tables in white organza for a crisp, clean feel.

Location: The Peninsula Chicago
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Marina turned an escort card display into a piece of contemporary art. Here, a linear display showcased crisp, white escort cards set up on a glass tabletop with chrome legs. A bed of hydrangeas with vases of phalaenopsis orchids created a geometric look.
 
Location: The Peninsula Chicago
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For an Indian wedding that took place in various rooms of the Chicago Cultural Center, Marina drew inspiration from the peacock -- a sacred icon in Indian culture -- for the cocktail hour. Tables were draped in iridescent purple and green linens, while cube-like vases were covered in galax leaves and packed with peacock feathers. Teal cushions adde ...
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A spray of peacock feathers was a symbolic backdrop for an escort card display at an Indian wedding. Inspired by the invitation, which also featured peacock feathers, Marina separated the escort cards with rows of peacock feathers as well. The cards themselves were made with heavy white card stock that was backed with iridescent green paper and had ...
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For the dinner portion of an Indian wedding, Marina changed the color palette from peacock green to bright orange and red, reflective of the ceremony's color scheme. Sheer, sari fabric in bright orange was covered with a gold overlay to create a shimmering effect on the tables. For the centerpieces, Marina color-blocked the arrangements by using ca ...
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For a bride that loved the sophisticatedly designed Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica, Marina drew inspiration from the hotel's interior designer, Kelly Wearstler. Wearstler is famous for punching up a classic black and white palette with a large dose of one primary color and a graphic pattern, which was just what Marina did for this wedding at the Chi ...
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For a wedding inspired by the Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica, Marina manipulated a geometric pattern on many wedding day elements, including the invitations, custom-printed tablecloths, and even individual wedding cakes.
Cakegirls, Chicago
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Marina and her team like to bring in sleek, white couches, ottomans, and tables so guests have a quiet place to relax and mingle outside the reception area.

Location: Chicago History Museum, Chicago
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For an Indian ceremony that took place at dusk, Marina created a stunning, hot pink mandap with walls of threaded orchids that changed color, from dark pink to hot pink to pale pink.

Location: Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale, AZ
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Following a two-hour Indian ceremony, which took place at dusk, guests moved onto a pink-saturated patio, draped with fabric and strung with votive candles that created a warm, romantic feel.

Location: Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale, AZ
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Marina's key to wedding day success: With every wedding, her goal is to express the essence of the couple and surprise guests with an unforgettable experience. For more information on Birch Design Studio, click here.

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Event Designer Profile: Marina Birch, Birch Design Studio

Who: Marina Birch, Birch Design Studio Where: Chicago, IL Years in the wedding business: 5 years. After interior design school, Marina started her own company, doing events on the side for fun. Now it's her full-time gig! Signature style: Luxuriously couture with attention to detail -- just check out the ribbons of phalaenopsis orchids hanging from this chandelier. Secret weapon: Marina knows how to stay calm, and her keen perception skills allow her to intercept problems without the bride, groom, and their guests ever knowing about them. Best advice: "Never lose sight of the fact that this one day is actually a celebration of your choice to celebrate every day of your lives together."
- Christa Vagnozzi
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