Marc Wilson of MWD Lifestyles Celebrates 16 Years in Design in style, in Harlem, with incredible world music and bites from The Edge.

MARC WILSON, Creative Director and Founder of MWD Lifestyles, recently celebrated his 16th year in the upscale event and weddings industry on September 16th in Upper Manhattan. With a wealth of knowledge about color, style and texture and trove of destination partners, Marc still needs a place that is fun to get messy in. What better a place than Harlem where he began his business 16 years ago? After all, the ground floor level design studio located on Edgecombe Avenue is where Morningside Heights meets Hamilton Heights meets Strivers Row; it’s the perfect tucked-away area for him to design for celebrity galas, activations and top names in hospitality without the foot traffic and blaring buzz of downtown Manhattan. Not to mention, the trending area is much easier for impromptu travel, something Marc keeps in mind with preferred partners such as Banyan Tree in Mayakoba, Mexico; Viceroy in Anguilla; W Retreat and Spas in Vieques, Puerto Rico; and Weddings A–Z in Italy.

Marc muses, “I’ve always wanted to be out of the fray of other industry design companies. This allowed our team to create independently of what is happening in the mainstream and allows us to have our own voice about what designing events is to us. The design industry is ever changing, so to be in the business for nearly 20 years is something to be proud of.”

The functional workspace was decked in the best of both worlds to re-enliven it’s tradition of open studio events; it was cozy enough to toast and jest and dressed enough to admire. A floral knoll up the center of a moss glade with an ascending floral alter above which a suspended garden installation dangled and delighted with varied flowers transformed the space and, as Marc intended, it was a conversation piece.

DJ Kpoh, a world music and afro beats aficionado who recently relocated from San Francisco, was a hit with guests. Owner/Chef Juliet Masters of The Edge which serves Jamaican/English cuisine, located a few doors down, created a bite menu appealing to any pallet and a departure from the norm. Light fare included Panko-crusted Plantain and queso fresco skewers and curry chicken crostini.

While the event was also meant to be a soft launch of the Weddings by MWD Lifestyles website, Marc, a 2013 Big Apple Award nominee, has long since delved into upscale weddings both locally and abroad. Guests included Left Field Pictures, JKS Events, Mark Imgram Atelier, Bridal Tribe Magazine and Regas Stationery. The design team also chuckled this was Marc’s Sweet 16.

Photos of the event can be seen HERE.

The press release for the event can be seen HERE.