I am excited to finally share this styled shoot with you that I got to put together last fall. The photographer, Angela Shae, and I teamed up to make something pretty, but didn’t think we’d actually get such a big group involved and make all that that we did.
The weather took a turn for the worse the day the shoot was scheduled to happen. We were forced to switch locations and find some wild looking place that had shelter; the best we found was a park from my childhood. Plus, the fact that the rain refused to stop the entire time, we were constricted to a tiny space the entire time. Not exactly what we had planned, but we certainly tried to make the most of it.
The whole team was out there in freezing cold and rain to make everything come alive. The gloom almost added to the charm of the shoot since I wanted it to have an organic, earthy feel to it – absolutely perfect for spring time or fall. The shoot had a mix of various shaped terrariums filled with an array of succulents and moss, dripping candles twisted into jars full of dirt, sequins and lace, white burlap, bouquets of succulents and herbs, the cutest little cupcakes, and the list goes on. The goal was to balance natural, earthy details with man-made tidbits for something that looked rugged, yet put together.
For the stationery, I put together a watercolor background, added a faded chevron pattern atop and chose a fun handwritten font. Everything was printed on creamy linen paper and then tied up together with iridescent sequins. Then it was coordinated with recycled brown kraft envelopes and a brown kraft mailer.
For the dessert table, because of the space constraint, we added it to the end of our table setup. We flipped crates upside down to use as stands for the sweets and a wooden cabinet sheltered the teacups.
Credits: Photography: Angela Shae | Design + Styling: Anastasia Marie | Flowers: Captivating Floral Design | Cakes + Sweets: Sweet Lane Bakery | Stationery: Anastasia Marie | Linen + Dishware rental: Style Your Event | Makeup: ID Making + Styling | Hair: Anna Rubanenko | Venue: Lewisville Park in Battle Ground, Washington
We also had the honor of having this styled shoot featured on Style Me Pretty last week! Ooooh yeah!
Inspired by yesterday’s inspiration palette, today I bring you a super simple gift wrap idea — a paper succulent coordinated with crumpled paper and sequins. The succulent is four layers with some green glue brushed into the middle. A sheet of crumpled paper was glued atop a kraft box, perfect for those folks who don’t like wrapping up gifts in wrapping paper.
Succulents, dirt, glass, and you’ve got yourself a party…
I’m adoring these cake flags via Nikole Herriott, Flickr; this succulent favors via Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Simply Bloom; these candles (image source unknown); these terrariums in mixed glass via 79 Ideas, photo by Siren Lauvdal; Emma Watson in this fab dress via Vanity Fair, photo by Patrick Demarchelier; this table setting via Style Me Pretty, photo by Ruettgers; these figs via Dolce Vita; and this succulent cake via Style Me Pretty, photo by Ronnie Andren.
POSTED: May 21, 2013 UNDER: Palettes
This set of photos taken by Matsuki Kousuki has me wishing I could live in a floral studio. I am greatly lacking a green thumb so there is a significant lack of plants in my home. This is something I hope to remedy in the near future (all those Miracle-Gro commercials on HGTV are making me believe I can do this!) and when that does happen, I might end up with a greenroom in my house. Does anyone have any secret gardening tips that they’re willing to share?
All photos via Matsuki Kousuki.
POSTED: May 20, 2013 UNDER: Inspired By
This card was custom ordered for a birthday boy. His girlfriend based the card on one of their favorite movies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. There’s this well-known image of the two main characters from that movie lying on the ice together. But since this birthday was a spring birthday, we opted to have the couple lying down in the grass instead of on the ice.
And here’s a little insight on what the receiver of the card had to say. This makes my job so much more amazing:
“This was the best card I have ever gotten. My girlfriend Maryna and I both really love the movie ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ because in many ways it’s a story about us and our relationship. Even before we dated, this was my favorite movie; I watched it many, many times, and memorized many of the lines from the film. One of my favorite scenes is when Joel & Clementine go to this frozen lake at night and lay on the ice, looking up at the stars. Even though both of them have really difficult lives, at that one moment none of it mattered and they could just enjoy the now, forgetting about their problems. That’s what the card is about. It’s a reminder that no matter how difficult life can be, I can forget about everything and just enjoy my amazing moments with Maryna. It is definitely the most meaningful and thoughtful card I’ve ever received.”