Styling & Props

Five Minutes With – Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac

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Sprayed gold branches dripping with tea light-filled baubles create a heavenly marquee ceiling. Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios

Sprayed gold branches dripping with tea light-filled baubles create a heavenly marquee ceiling. Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios

Lush, romantic florals are synonymous with weddings – nothing completes a fairytale look quite like a decadent layer of beautiful blooms. And no one does it quite like White Lilac.

An LA-based wedding styling company launched by creative mastermind Sunny Ravanbach,White Lilac’s events are opulent, stylish and as beautiful as they come. Every last detail is designed by the comprehensive team of experts, including the inspiring flowers which take the form of extravagant centrepieces, towering blooming trees, carpeted ceilings and suspended garlands – imagination really is the only limit when it comes to these divine displays. QB spends 5 Minutes with Sunny Ravanbach, Founder and CEO of White Lilac.

Opulent floral 'trees' rise up form table centres at this glamorous Beverly Hills   event. Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios

Opulent floral ‘trees’ rise up form table centres at this glamorous Beverly Hills event. Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios

QB: Tell us a little about the first White Lilac events…
Sunny Ravanbach: Our first events, in retrospect, still have the same aesthetic.There is always a sense of restraint within our designs and even within the sphere of the most opulent over-the-top gatherings they never seem cluttered or overdone.The scale has not shifted, meaning guest counts, etc. are all relatively consistent. However, the ability to execute more difficult conceptual ideas is something that comes from experience, so the level of difficulty and intricacies have excelled as they should to keep any job interesting and continuously motivating.

A real life fairytale, this ceiling has been adorned with masses of greenery and wisteria, offset by a collection of sparkling chandeliers. Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios

A real life fairytale, this ceiling has been adorned with masses of greenery and wisteria, offset by a collection of sparkling chandeliers. Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios

QB: Where do you gather your inspiration?

SR: My clients. I sit, listen and suddenly a light bulb goes off and I can see the event exactly as it should be, down to the most minuscule details. I have outside influences too, but those are general.

QB: How important are florals in your events?

SR: It really depends on the event. I always say a room should look beautiful without any florals. Even if the event is floral heavy, without this one element it should still look complete, meaning you have taken the time to design a cohesive complete space where flowers are the perfect punctuation.

Greenery abounds t this striking private rooftop party for Louis Vuitton. Photography: Mike Colon

Greenery abounds t this striking private rooftop party for Louis Vuitton. Photography: Mike Colon

QB: Do you have a favourite event which springs to mind?

SR: I think to this day my favourite event is a rooftop private dinner we did for Louis Vuitton in Beverly Hills. For me it symbolises the quintessential White Lilac style. Clean, yet eclectic and just simply stunning. It looks so seamless you would think the entire place was permanent, but it was all built just for one night.

QB: If you had to pick your favourite moment of a wedding, what would it be?

SR: Definitely the walk down the aisle.Time stands still, miracles happen, fairytales come alive. In that moment of time everything is perfect.

– Qb x


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