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This past week we had the pleasure of attending The Wedding Salon event in Beverly Hills. And what better place to experiment with a deconstructed canopy design than at The Philippe Starck designed SLS?

A somewhat unorthodox approach for certain, but “form follows fantasy” seemed right at home amidst lamps fashioned out of machine guns, topsy turvy chandeliers and poolside heaters designed to mimic larger than life lamps.

After all, designers have sent their de-constructed gowns with unfinished hems and exposed seams down the runways for years. And this year continued the trend with Vera Wang showcasing her black and cream deconstructed chiffon, silk, tulle and organza numbers.

And one of my all-time favorite interpretations of the bridal deconstruction movement? The deconstructed wedding cake. What bride and groom should be forced to choose just one flavor?

And the beautiful gowns showcased at the Wedding Salon by R-Mine Bespoke were indeed breathtaking, but for me, the perfectly imperfect not quite finished black veil was the icing on that deconstructed cake.

And while there is always a place and a time for a perfect pave or an orchid drenched canopy, we couldn’t help but be inspired to do something a bit unexpected. Featuring birch trunks stripped of their branches, we then reconstructed trees using the perfect mess of moss, smilax, gilded eucalpytus, curly willow, twisty kiwi, pierre and hydrangea.


For some they are reminiscent of the palm trees that line the streets and boardwalks of sunny Los Angeles and for others, they feel as though they were plucked from the snowy scenes of the wintery forest in the upcoming Mirror, Mirror. And with her snow white complexion and raven hair, I have to agree this gorgeous bride could definitely pass for Snow White!

The Wedding Salon image credits to Danielle Klebanow and deconstructed cake images courtesy of Sarah Maren and Sweet Element.

Emily Louise