I am overjoyed to announce that my La Luce di Venezia event has finally taken place, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June.
As someone with an interior design background and as an event organizer, my job isn't limited to merely preparing the venue in such a way that it is both creative and pleasing to the eye. That would be a very narrow view of what it is that I do. My mission is to introduce my guests to a particular and distinctive atmosphere, something that will remain imprinted in their minds. Through the choice in location, the music, the food and scents, and even just the table setting—the combination of all these choices should strike all who see them, should inspire them.
In this post, I will briefly describe my thought process and the more creative aspects of planning my La Luce di Venezia event.
The event was set in Murano, a small island next to Venice, known for its glass industry. The style was much inspired by the artist Aristide Najean's magnificent glass pieces. I wanted to cultivate a mood that would convey the theme, light.
What a fortuitous coincidence then, that glass and light flawlessly enhance each other: the weekend of the Summer Solstice was the perfect date to set the event.
Our location was Aristide's forge "La Cathedrale," a thick brick structure. With this in mind, my vision was for the interior to contrast the sturdy exterior, using light and transparent materials and creating plays of light, of mirrors, of sharpness, and water.
Following this logic, I decided to work with colors such as gold and white; I used glass candle-holders, designed and crafted by Aristide Najean and his master glass-makers; I used calligraphed seat markers, and so much more.
All of it was arranged to create unexpected visions and a charming mood. Every detail had to combine with the others to form a concept, to portray the theme: the goal was communicating it to the guests, and convincing them that they were experiencing something unrepeatable.
However, the most important thing to remember is this: never, ever assume anything. It there's a small mishap, don't panic-- it's not a tragedy; yet, don't underestimate it, because it's the tiniest details that make experiences great.