Behind Closed Doors: Concept to Creation

Event Design is as much about stages as it is about setting the stage. The business of bringing brand new things to life is a pretty fun one, as imaginative concepts become incredible creations behind our closed doors every day. VP of Sales and Design Rishi Patel can often be found putting pen to paper in the initial stages of his design work, with his sketches often coming quite accurately into being.

This dusky, jewel toned celebration at the Four Seasons, a wonderful collaboration with Birch Design Studio, provides a most impeccable example.

All photographs by Fandl Photography for HMR Designs
All sketches by Rishi Patel


Rishi shares some insight from behind the drawing board.

What are some considerations that influenced the design?

In an effort to make the entire space (rather than just dinner) a focal point, the Bride wanted to create welcoming atmospheres in the entrance and during cocktails. We achieved this with lush topiaries, soft demilune drape, and two gorgeous wood credenzas, courtesy of the Four Seasons, arranged back-to-back as a place card table. These elements came together to create a wonderfully residential warmth: 



What are a few words that describe the overall atmosphere of the occasion?

Traditional and elegant.  The design was meant to capture texture and color–aubergines, mossy greens, golds, and a personal favorite–the matte, rust finish of the back of a magnolia leaf. Accents of gold and mirror were also incorporated for a bit of glamour.


What other elements influenced the design?

There was a heavy focus on scale. Everything was carefully and impeccably scaled. Each floral piece was designed in a size that corresponded to the size and shape of its table. We opted for a mix of ovals and rounds for a classic look. The result was a very balanced, elegant room.

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What was a favorite element of this wedding?

A most unplanned one!  Gorgeous florals, spilling out of the drawers of the place card table, were such an artfully warm touch. 


Indeed, the beauty of event design is the combination of meticulous planning and inventive improvising, using the elements that a space has to offer and the ingenuity to see them before they exist. For us, the journey from sketch to splendid is just as fun to celebrate as the occasion itself.

Thanks to Rishi for his contributions to this post, and to Birch Design Studio, the Four Seasons Chicago, and Fandl Photography.