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Spotlight On: Colin Cowie

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For this wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico, Colin wanted to create the idea of a floating ceremony. Within an infinity pool, he fashioned a serpentine-like aisle, lined with calla lilies and surrounded by clear ghost chairs.

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Because of the bride's Persian background, Colin allowed the Sofreh-ye Aghd (the traditional Iranian ceremony spread) to take precedence. He kept all else minimal, just subtly accenting it with drapery made of Swarovski crystals, Iranian tuberoses, and white dendrobium orchids.

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Inventive lighting creates the illusion of additional decor in expansive outdoor spaces. This rehearsal dinner kept the dance floor the focus by lighting it with ever-changing patterns and movement.

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Don't forget to surprise guests! This elaborate dragon actually turned out to be a live dancer in costume who entertained everyone later.

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Mirrored table runners give texture to low centerpieces and add richness to the overall look of reception decor. But low centerpieces don't have to mean low-impact. Alternating the tables between high and low centerpieces makes it "very interesting to see different things in the space," Colin says. "It looks more collected rather than created."

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Once a personal monogram is created, it's a fabulous detail to use throughout the wedding -- from the invitation to the favors and even the reception lighting.

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It's not enough to simply add a cocktail hour to your wedding timeline. Sexy lounge spaces and after-parties are a must for showing guests a ridiculously good time.

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For this Mexican morning-after brunch, Colin kept it simple with quaint gerbera daisy planters and hanging party lights.

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When it comes to destination weddings, Colin is a firm believer in bringing your own staff to ensure the highest quality of service. "Some people take American Express [with them abroad]; I take the mixologist," he says.

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Spotlight On: Colin Cowie

By stepping out of the creative constraints of typical altar arrangements and aisle baskets, Colin transformed a relatively bare space into a whimsical garden by hanging flowers from the rafters and running ivy up the walls. Topiary trees lined the aisle, surrounded by green satin-covered chairs, to complete the lush look.

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