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Surprise Engagement with Inspire Events

Posted 6/14/2019 by 40.
Filed under: Featured Event |

This surprise engagement was so fun to put together. We’re looking back to the Summer of 2017 when our planner, Talia Morgan of Inspire Events helped us create this fun opportunity for Slade and Danielle! Since then, the story and images by Sheradee Hurst Photography were featured on How He Asked, but it’s time to really showcase the beautiful rentals we used for this unique event at The Red Barn on Waldo’s Pond.

While we were getting all the details ready, Slade took Danielle out for a sweet dinner and then popped the question en route to a party they were supposedly attending together. But there was one more surprise! 60 of their closest friends and family waited under the tent to celebrate with them. It may have been a surprise engagement, but no one was surprised she said “yes”!

Our favorite detail was undoubtedly the Timbertrac Tent. This unique tent is one of our most complex to install but it’s worth it every time! It was the absolutely perfect vibe for an upscale summer party with a rustic Oklahoma flair. The tent’s sailcloth softened the light and from inside the shadows of leaves danced through the sun. We filled the tent with color and texture, and their family and friends filled it with warmth and laughter.

Featured Products: Crossback Chair | Barcelona Stripe Linen: Turquoise

Rippled Vase CollectionCan Can Glass | Jupiter Glass

Although this event is extra special, we think it’s a wonderful example of a summer social party. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, engagement or perhaps just family and friends we have a few tips from this event to help you pull off your next outdoor party with style!

1) Don’t be afraid of patterns!

We’ve mixed stripes and florals for a gender-neutral approach that is both attractive and interesting. Outdoor events can have a lot of visual stimulation. Large scale prints can hold up to the impressiveness of a view and allow you to bring in visual color and texture on a tabletop that doesn’t require complex centerpieces or decor. They can also help ground a space against the expanse of the sky if you aren’t investing in a tent!

Featured Products: Crossback Barstool | Hannah Linen | Atom Sphere

2) Provide plenty of gathering space

Tables to sit and stand at, along with lounge areas were plentiful at this party. Consider your guests' comfort throughout the event and encourage them to stay, mingle, reconnect or get to know someone new! With a variety of options to choose from, guests will gather where they are comfortable and also travel from one conversation to another without feeling like they are in the wrong spot. This type of thoughtful space planning keeps the event from feeling overly formal.

Featured Products:  Tic Tac Toe | Erica Coffee Table | Crossback Bench | Heidi Pillow

3) Create atmosphere after dark

Don’t forget about how the mood changes as the sun goes down. We have lots of portable lighting solutions that can create a transformative experience after dark. Here, we added texture lighting after dark for an impressive atmosphere from any angle!

Featured Products:  Texture Lighting | Bistro Lighting

We couldn’t possibly tell this story any better than Leslee Layton Films did! Check out Danielle + Slade’s surprise engagement party below!