Design Star Season 6: Photo Highlights From Episode 6

This week, the designers have just two days to pull off a dream wedding. Will the remaining hopefuls make it happen, or will bickering turn it into the bride's nightmare? Peek behind the scenes and see the finished reception.

  • Designers Plan Wedding Reception as Challenge

    This Week's Test: 24-Hour Wedding

    This week, the designers work as a group to plan a wedding reception for a lucky (and brave) couple. When's the wedding? Tomorrow!

  • Guest Judge: Dina Manzo

    A Jersey housewife, event planner and host of HGTV's new show, Dina's Party, Dina Manzo joins Genevieve and Vern on the judging panel this week.

  • Meet The Bride and Groom

    Val and Cynthia meet with the design team to tell them their wishes. Cynthia requests a Victorian theme with bright colors and distinctive flowers. The groom's only request: A '60s-inspired bar for his buddies.

  • Venue for Wedding was Plain White Loft Before

    Before: An Empty Loft

    The venue for the wedding is a plain white loft. It will need lots of color and interest to make the decorations stand out, so the designers decide to go with an overall Victorian theme.

  • This Wedding Is No Honeymoon

    Problems erupt from the start when the designers can't agree on a plan. \"We spent 20 minutes bickering over who had more credentials in terms of planning a wedding...ridiculous,\" says Kellie.

  • Karl Sponholtz Seen Shopping for Fresh Flowers

    Karl Goes Shopping

    Floral neophyte Karl searches for inspiration for the groom's lounge arrangements.

  • Meg Caswell Shopping for Wedding Challenge

    A Pop of Color

    Kellie and Meg pick an orange fabric to create a draped pop of color that will help define the dance floor.

  • Dressing The Tabletops

    Cathy, who repeatedly says that her wedding was featured in \"three national magazines,\" takes over the table linens, table settings and the bride and groom's sweetheart table. \"I think this could be my breakout moment,\" Cathy says.

  • Kellie Clements and Meg Caswell Chose Wedding Cake

    The Sweetest Wedding Cake

    Kellie and Meg select the wedding cake, which will tie in with the wedding's Victorian theme.

  • Karl Sponholtz Uses SEARS Brad Nailer for Fabric

    Karl Installs The Dance Floor's \"Wow Moment\"

    \"I always like there to be one element in every space I do where people stop and say, 'Wow, I never would have thought of that,'\" says Kellie. She conceptualized the orange ceiling decor.

  • Cathy Hobbs On Camera Challenge for Design Star 6

    Camera Challenge

    For this week's camera challenge, the designers must do a 30-second \"stand-up\" showcasing a design tip. \"I think I'm one of the few people that understands what a stand up is,\" says Cathy. Despite her broadcast experience, her performance doesn't impress David or the judges.

  • Kellie Clements and Kevin Grace Dancing on Set

    Kellie and Kevin Take a Break

    Kellie and Kevin brush up on their tango in the midst of the hectic challenge.

  • Leslie Ezelle On Camera Challenge

    Leslie's Camera Challenge

    Leslie falters this week, spending her whole 30 seconds on a scattered intro. \"You've got to reign in that crazy when you're talking about the tips that we want to give the viewer,\" says Dina.

  • Kevin Grace Hanging Lights on HGTVs Design Star 6

    Kevin Installs Retro Lighting

    Kevin takes a risk by choosing '60s furnishings that may clash with the rest of reception. \"This could be a bad thing, but I have to stick to my guns. I have to do it,\" he says of the groom's lounge.

  • Kellie Clements Conducts Her On Camera Challenge

    Kellie on Camera

    Kellie starts strong, but fumbles the end of her 30-second tip. \"Your timing is what you need to work on, because your content is wonderful. I see you improving every week,\" says Genevieve.

  • Mark Diaz Hangs Skateboards on HGTVs Design Star 6

    Mark's Groom's Lounge Installation

    The groom is a skater, so Mark decides to use wooden board tops to create a focal point in the groom's lounge.

  • Meg Caswell Creates Wedding Flower Arrangement

    Meg Tackles The Flower Arrangements

    \"I've never done flowers before, but I feel confident in my design eye that I'll be able to pull it off,\" she says.

  • Tanika Ray Talks with Homeowners About Wedding

    The Big Reveal

    Tanika brings the newly-married bride and groom into the space for a sneak-preview before their guests arrive.

  • After: Victorian Elegance

    The designers transformed the space into a Victorian-inspired reception hall with modern touches, like these Louis Ghost Chairs.

  • Judges on HGTVs Design Star 6, Wedding Challenge

    Surveying the Space

    Leslie dresses the sign-in table, which is the first thing the judges and guests see when they arrive. \"It just looks so sad... it really misses the mark,\" Vern says.

  • Sign in Table for Design Star Wedding Challenge

    The Sign-In Table Disappoints

    \"I want to see more purposeful accessorizing. This latern looks purposeful, but the rest of the accessories just look littered on the landscape,\" says Vern.

  • Dining Tables Set for Wedding Reception

    Cathy's Drab Table Linens

    Guest judge Dina Manzo is underwhelmed by Cathy's table linens. \"When you hear Victorian, that means lush, it means romantic...all we got was fabric,\" she says.

  • Formal Table Setting for Reception Dining Area

    Meg's Vibrant Flowers

    The judges think Meg could have done more with the flowers. \"The scale is off. There's not enough mass to go with the height. It almost seems like they ran out of flowers,\" Dina says.

  • Votive Candles in Crystal Encrusted Holders

    A Hint of Romance

    Votive candles in crystal-encrusted holders add glamour to the tabletops.

  • Printed Wedding Menus with Filigree Details

    Dinner is Served

    Printed menus with filigree details make the wedding feel more upscale.

  • Metalic Chargers and Gold Edged Plates

    A Bit of Shine

    Metalic chargers and gold-edged plates create a luxurious look.

  • After: Dramatic Dance Floor

    \"I love the fact that there's a splash of color that helps designate the space,\" says Vern on the bold orange ceiling feature.

  • Ceiling Treatment and Wedding Reception Lighting

    Victorian Drama

    Mark chose all the lighting in the reception hall, including this glamorous chandelier.

  • Soft Lighting

    Mark also spotlighted the cake, making it stand out in the center of the dance floor. \"Nine time out of ten, when you walk into a room you love and looks great, it's because of the lighting,\" says Vern.

  • Wedding Cake Created in Colorful Victorian Theme

    Victorian-Inspired Wedding Cake

    The wedding cake features the bride's favorite colors, pink and orange, and a Victorian-style damask print.

  • Final Sweetheart Table from HGTV Wedding Challenge

    Cathy's Sweetheart Table

    The judges don't fall in love with Cathy's sweetheart table. \"It feels naked. There should be layers grounding these chargers and plates. Instead they're floating on cheap mirrored fabric,\" says Genevieve.

  • Judges Address Contestants after Wedding Challenge

    Not-So-Sweet Sweetheart Table

    \"This is the bride and groom. This is what everyone's looking at. This to me is not wow,\" says Dina.

  • Sweetheart Table Flowers for Wedding Challenge

    Last-Minute Flower Arrangements

    Meg added these flowers at the last minute when she sees Cathy isn't creating an arrangement for the sweetheart table. \"Her flowers aren't my responsibility, but if the bride's flowers are not finished, that's sad,\" says Meg. Still, Genevieve isn't impressed: \"The flower arrangements are just sad,\" she says.

  • Light Up Bar Designed for Wedding Challenge

    After: Glitz and Glamour at the Bar

    A light-up bar and three eye-catching gilded mirrors combine to create a striking balance of old and new at the bar.

  • Bar Seating Area Designed for Bride and Groom

    After: Bar Seating Area

    Stark, modern white furniture in classic Victorian shapes makes this space reflect the design aesthetic of both the bride and the groom.

  • Grooms Lounge Created by HGTVs Design Star 6

    After: The Groom's Lounge

    Kevin took a risk in the groom's lounge, but it paid off. \"Kevin showed up at the wedding. He made great decisions with the furniture and accessories,\" Genevieve says.

  • 60s Style Chairs Add Neat Touch to Grooms Lounge

    Rat Pack-Inspired Chairs

    These '60s-style chairs add a touch of the groom's favorite era to this space.

  • Colorful Light Fixtures Chosen for Grooms Lounge

    Layered Lighting

    An assortment of colors and heights makes these light fixtures a functional focal point in the groom's lounge.

  • Victorian Themed Pillows for Wedding Challenge

    Cozy Pillows

    Plush pillows in feminine hues bring a bit of the Victorian theme into this space.

  • Grooms Lounge Decorated with Skateboards

    Mark's Skateboard Wall

    The judges love Mark's skateboard art. \"The fact that you took something (the groom) loved and did something creative with it...that was genius,\" says Dina.

  • Grooms Cake Shows Love of Sports for Groom

    The Groom's Cake

    A playful cake in the groom's lounge reminds guests of Val's love of sports.

  • Grooms Lounge Decorations from Wedding Challenge

    Karl's Flowers Gone Wrong

    \"I detest that flower arrangement. It's hideous,\" says Vern. \"As a designer, there's a taste level you need to maintain,\" scolds Dina. \"It was a missed artistic opportunity.\"

  • Bride and Groom Pose with Custom Wedding Cake

    The Happy Couple

    Despite minor design flaws, the couple is thrilled with the reception. \"Thank you so much for taking our dream and making it come true,\" says the bride, Cynthia.

  • Mark Diaz Hangs Skateboards for Wedding Challenge

    This Week's Winner: Mark

    Mark's genius lighting and bold skateboard art earn him a win.

  • Cathy Hobbs Designs Wedding Tablescapes

    Cathy, It's Time to Go

    Cathy's bland tablescapes and heartless sweetheart table made the judges say, \"We will not be producing your show.\" See what she has to say about going home. Hint: She's not happy.

  • Mentor, David Bromstad, Relaxes Off Camera

    David's Take on Episode 6

    See mentor David Bromstad's behind-the-scenes take on all of this episode's action.

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