Written by Gabrielle Boyer, Photography by Becky Spencer
Logan Davis and Kevin Fox met in 2008 in true Bermuda fashion: “It was a May 24th party!” says bride Logan. Fast-forward eight years of dating to Kevin, on bended knee, asking Logan to marry him in the construction site of their first home. “It was a beautiful and simple proposal in the spot we hope to call our forever home.”
After being together for so many years, the couple decided not to wait long to wed and selected a wedding date a mere eight months away. “The tight time frame posed some challenges,” said Logan, but the couple decided early on that the wedding they wished to create and enjoy with their family and friends was one they couldn’t pull off alone. “Dasfete planned my sister’s wedding the year before, so I was able to experience how they bring a vision to life. It was an easy decision to make; they’re the most creative, organised and hard-working duo.”
Cue dynamic Dasfete pair Selange Gitshner and Matthew Strong who seamlessly create and pull off events around the island on a full-time basis.
“We met with Logan and her mum in mid-March and the design brief was to create a unique space unlike anything anyone had seen before. Logan and Kevin were a dream to work with and gave us free reign” says Gitshner.
Working with the bride’s vision of simplicity and neutral colours (“I love white!” says Logan) with lots of added greenery, Gitshner and Strong went to work constructing a plan for the couple’s wedding. “Our style is in the extra details. We love creating weddings that tell a story and get people talking.”
Gitshner began by creating a space plan, selecting the correct tables and tent size to host the almost 250 guests. With a 60 by 80-foot tent selected for the reception, she and Strong were able to accommodate two large hanging installations, a stage and dance floor, lounge areas and a custom-built bar.
“The custom-made hanging chandelier of mostera leaves, local greenery and Edison bulbs was my favourite design element,” says Logan. “I had seen pictures of similar features on Pinterest but nothing compared to the masterpiece that Dasfete and Suzan Sickling (florist extraordinaire) created for our wedding.”
“Matthew and I designed and built the lighting frames in our warehouse. The large hanging greenery ceiling was constructed on-site as it was too big to transport by truck. Suzan Sickling and our team worked on this for a full morning whilst it was at head height before it was raised. This all had to be done as close to the wedding as possible to keep it looking green and fresh,” said Gitshner.
The leaf motif was also featured prominently in the design of the couple’s bar, one Gitshner and Strong designed themselves with the bar tops made of old recycled floorboards. “The wallpaper was designed by an amazing Etsy artisan and we called on good friend Stratton Hatfield to design two epic banana-leaf wall sconces out of Bermuda sand to hang on the custom-made bar wall.”
“As the ceiling of the tent was filled with greenery and lighting, I wanted to create something elegant and fresh yet impactful on the tables. White florals with Bermuda greenery, white pineapples and an assortment of candles set the tone effortlessly,” details Gitshner. “I worked closely with Suzan Sickling to create a tablescape that consisted of 22 different types of florals and greenery and 196 clear vases in 22 different styles. I created a tablescape plan noting each arrangement, vases and location. Lots of work but the result was epic!”
Illustrations were adhered to the bride and groom’s chairs (pineapple for her and fox for him) to tie into the wedding suite and reception signage. “We worked with graphic design legend Christina Lehahan to create the perfect paper suite and signage. It needed to be elegant with a touch of masculinity. Font is a big part of our event design and she nailed it!” said Gitshner. “Christina also created coasters, featuring the couple’s fox illustration, which guests were welcome to take home as favours.
It took a whopping four days for Gitshner and Strong and their team of vendors to set up for Logan and Kevin’s October wedding. When the couple arrived at their reception (by boat!) they were in awe. “I’ll never forget the look in Logan and Kevin’s eyes, especially the tears—the good kind!” says Gitshner. For Logan and Kevin, it was everything they dreamed of: “Everything came together perfectly. We wouldn’t have changed a thing!” says Logan.
Guests of the couple enjoyed signature cocktails, appropriately named The Fizzy Fox and Old Spool Mule, and a seated dinner of organic chicken and local fish before cutting into the stunning orange chiffon cake created by Paula Hayward of Sweet P. After dinner, guests danced on a custom dance floor (featuring the couple’s nicknames: Keve and Lo) to the sounds of Working Title well into the early morning hours, nourished by late-night treats like mini chicken and waffles, sliders, truffle fries and popcorn.
Looking back, Logan and Kevin say that their wedding was everything they envisioned and more, crediting Gitshner and Strong for incorporating their wants and needs and allowing them to be stress-free in the lead-up to their big day. Logan’s one piece of advice for couples getting married? “Hire Dasfete!” she says. And as for Gitshner and Strong? They say that anytime they get to produce something that is beyond what they thought possible is what makes the process so rewarding.