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“When it comes to our designs, we have a saying: ‘It’s not done until it’s overdone!'”

Ring bearer “pillows” with hand-studded hypericum berries, hanging amaranthus and a ring box surrounded by exotic lady slipper orchids, poppy pods and kangaroo paws.

Aisle “runners” of rose petals complete with graphic patterns like a heart, scallop or scroll. Gabrielle Mecca and her mother, Maxine, of Edge Design certainly know how to make a bold, sophisticated statement. Here, Gabrielle shares her secrets for creating over-the-top elegance.

How did you get into the floral and event business? Actually, my mother! I would assist on the weekends when I was in college. After graduation, I became serious with learning the business and understanding the design process. I have relied on the creativity and innovation of my mother and other talented professionals.

What are the signs of a wedding with an Edge touch? Details, details, details. Custom aisle designs have become one of our signatures. Whether it is an entrance piece, custom ceremony or style of tabletop, we always find one particular element that has to be unique to each wedding.

What trends are you totally into? High and low tables. Mixing square and round tables is popular, but we are seeing the use of high pub tables and low dining tables to change up the look even more. Other trends we like: Vinyl patterns on dance floors, mini wedding cakes at each place and bridesmaids carrying all the same color but different flowers. Also, adding sofas and dining chairs at guest tables in addition to Chivaris makes a statement.

Many brides find a raw space intimidating. What are unique design elements that can take a wedding from good to great? Elements that I like to add to a raw space are lounge furniture and dessert bars. Whether it is modern furniture or traditional furniture, it makes guests feel comfortable and at home. Accenting with custom pillows in the wedding colors or monogram is a fun touch. Lighting also makes any room more intimate.

What are some details brides often overlook? Detailed place settings. Beautiful chargers, stemware and flatware finish the tabletop design. Place settings are important especially for formal seated dinners. Also, we can’t overemphasize the importance of a wedding planner to make everything run smoothly.

Where should brides with limited budgets focus their resources? Bridal party flowers and reception. Ceremony can remain simple while focusing on the union between the couple. Since the couple and guests spend more time at the reception, I suggest allocating the majority of the budget there.

How do you suggest dressing up bridal bouquets and boutonnieres? Brooches and crystals are beautiful accents to any bouquet. Family heirlooms of jewelry or lockets are special tokens. A jeweled cuff handle for bridal bouquets adds subtle glamour and elegance. Boutonnieres can be accented with textured floral, or elements that reflect their hobbies and personality. We have accented boutonnieres with fishing lures, collegiate pins and monograms. Accents of the wedding and personality of the couple can be reflected in the personal flowers.

What are some easy ways to spice up tables at a wedding? The use of lighted tables is a great way to change up the traditional table setting. The look is high-impact and typically doesn’t require a lot of floral. Adding layers is also very important. Centerpieces can be multidimensional using layers of flowers and candles.

What happens to all those flowers after an event? We encourage our brides to donate flowers to nursing homes, churches, and even use them for brunch the next day.

What’s your signature style? Lavish and detailed. We have a saying: “It’s not done until it’s overdone!”