29 07, 2011

Arabian Days Inspiration Shoot: Featured on 100 Layer Cake!

By |2011-07-29T12:26:18-06:00July 29th, 2011|Featured|

29 Jul

Your week is not complete until you’ve set eyes on Caleb the Camel, and peered into the mind of the seamlessly artistic Cortnie of Canvas & Canopy. So, might we recommend a photo shoot to haunt your oh-my-goodness-I-want-everything-in-that-shoot-to-be-in-my-wedding dreams? Alright then. We just couldn’t resist from sharing such a beaut after seeing the spread in the latest issue of Rue, shot by the incredible Jose Villa. Lucky for us, Cortnie couldn’t wait to share all the deets on how her travels to Egypt inspired the shoot!

arabian days inspiration shoot

arabian days inspiration shoot

arabian days inspiration shoot

arabian days inspiration shoot

The true inspiration for the tablescape came from the history of Egypt itself. I was so inspired by my travels to Egypt and Jordan – by all of the ancient history, artifacts and archaeological digs.

arabian days inspiration shoot

The inspiration behind the color palette came from observing how the Bedouin people of both Egypt and Jordan don their camels with brightly colored garb to serve as a colorful contrast against the stark desert. Muted grays, mustards and reds of the Wadi Rum desert were toned down, while pops of bright pink peonies served as our bold Bedouin inspiration.

arabian days inspiration shoot

For lounge décor, La Partie Events filled small bowls with vibrantly-colored spices gathered from the spice markets of Egypt & Jordan. Not only were we inspired to incorporate the raw textured sheets of papyrus, but we were really excited to use them to wrap votives and vases in. They provided the perfect texture, and we loved the way the soft candlelight peeked through.

arabian days inspiration shoot

We returned from our travels with a few alabaster vases and objects – a huge handicraft for Egyptians, and used them as containers on the table. We then scattered rock fossils and old pieces of crumbled buildings onto the table.

arabian days inspiration shoot

We incorporated gold bracelets bought from the streets of Jordan/Egypt onto the napkins – channeling a bit of Cleopatra herself. The raw earthenware plates we paired with the napkins that looked like they could have just been uncovered in an archeological dig worked perfectly.We loved the gilded gold contrast against the raw earthy archaeological table we were creating.

Momental Designs hand painted triangular pyramid like shapes onto papyrus menus and crafted papyrus napkin treatments that we wrapped around each napkin. We loved the papyrus plant so much that we incorporated it into the arrangements as well.

arabian days inspiration shoot

Large wicker peacock throne chairs were our updated version of the thrones of the Kings.

arabian days inspiration shoot

It doesn’t get any better than this. A dream team of professionals collaborating on such a shoot = the perfect amount of eye candy to get us through the weekend. Happy Friday, Cakelets!

Photography: Jose Villa / Wardrobe & Decor: Canvas & Canopy / Beauty: Team Hair & Makeup / Floral Design: La Partie Events / Stationery: Momental Designs / Production Coordination: Be Inspired PR / Wardrobe: provided by Bona Drag

25 07, 2011

Marshmallow Inspired Wedding Shoot: Featured on Wedding Day Tree

By |2011-07-25T14:35:43-06:00July 25th, 2011|Featured|

Name: Jill La Fleur, La Fleur Weddings & Events Occupation: Wedding Planner Photographer: SimplyBloom Photography Location: Roblar Winery Santa Ynez

Inspiration for Photo Shoot: All things Marshmallows! This inspired soft, billowy, fluffy fabrics in soft creamy colors. I wanted a lot of volume  & texture throughout the shoot from the white drapes to the tablecloths.

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve? Soft whites, cream, champagne with touches of blush and mocha

What kind of bride personality were you trying to target? Brides who love unique, outdoor weddings with a shabby chic/vintage flair

Where did you get your props? Camilla Svensson Burns and I collaborated on the overall vision. She created the floral décor brought many of the props including the pillows & some of the table settings

Thoughts of the outcome of the shoot? I am so appreciate of all the amazing vendors we worked on this shoot, including the wonderful ladies of Simply Bloom, who flew out all the way from Alabama! The shoot turned out beautifully!

Photography: SimplyBloom Photography
Floral & Décor:
Camilla Flowers
Invitation suite:
Cevd Custom Invitation Studios
Brides hair pieces:
Lo Boheme
La Tavola Linen
Lighting and Draping:
Bella Vista Designs
Bride Hair and Makeup:
Team Hair and Makeup
Cake & Cupcakes:
Enjoy Cupcakes
Roblar Winery Santa Ynez
Video: Joel Serrato Films
Stella Dot

22 07, 2011

Santa Barbara Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty by Michael and Anna Costa

By |2011-07-22T12:23:34-06:00July 22nd, 2011|Featured|

We simply adore California photographers Michael + Anna Costa around here and to prove our undying love for these two talented shutterbugs we are spending the entire day with some of their most fabulous weddings.  We are kicking off the Costa-extravaganza with a chic Santa Barbara soiree that kicks some serious wedding behind.  It is the perfect blend of Los Angeles cool with Santa Barbara elegance and the images are out of this world!  Before the next beauty from this darling duo graces our blog run over to the full gallery!

Santa Barbara Wedding III

Santa Barbara Wedding IV

Santa Barbara Wedding VIII

Click here to see the entire gallery of images!

From Michael + Anna Costa Photographers Ltd.… LA hip meets Santa Barbara’s easy elegance. Myara & Finian’s wedding begins at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara & travels to Lincourt Vineyard nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Santa Ynez Vally. Being in the film industry, Myara & Finian’s panache for cool shows in their and their wedding parties’ wardrobe in what will undoubtably look hip 20 years out. Sunny floral design and details by the always amazing Nico of Nico Designs compliment their wonderful day surrounded by friends, family and synchronized dancing! Planning all wrapped up in a nice little package by Tonya Szele of Soigne Productions.

Wedding Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photographers Ltd. / Wedding Videography: Zach Driscol / Event Planning: Soigne Productions / Wedding Rehearsal + Prep Location: Four Seasons Biltmore / Wedding Ceremony + Reception: Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery / Officiant: Rabbi Mordecai Finley, Ph.D. / Hair + Make-up: Team Hair & Make-up / Lighting: LBPS Events / Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Anthony Ybarra / Dinner + Dancing Music: DJ Eric Goldman / Catering: Pure Joy / Furniture: Discount Party Rentals / Floral Design: Nico Designs / Wedding Cake: Decadence / Transportation: SB Airbus

Michael & Anna Costa Photographers Ltd., TEAM Hair and Makeup, LBPS Events, Inc. and Pure Joy Catering are members of our Little Black Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
22 07, 2011

Featured on Style Me Pretty! La Fleur Weddings Workshop

By |2011-07-22T12:12:02-06:00July 22nd, 2011|Featured|

Wrap it up Pretty + A Jill La Fleur Workshop Announcement

July 15th. 2011 by Abby Larson | Filed Under | 27 comments

Another week of loveliness has come and gone here at SMP. We’ve seen enough pretty to last a lifetime and we are pretty sure that our heads are spinning with images perfect bouquets and first kisses swirling around in wedding heaven. And even though the weekend is here and we’re ready to kick off our heels (or in this case, our slippers and yoga pants), we couldn’t resist sharing one last bit of wedding goodness. So pretty that you just might in fact squeal out loud or spontaneously combust or something. The pics are shot by our friend and photo God, Jose Villa from the fabulous Jill La Fleur’s recent workshop in Ojai. For even more, check out the brand new issue of Pacific Wedding on newsstands TOMORROW! Click here to see the gallery.

Jill’s next workshop which is sure to top this little dose of gorgeous is scheduled for January 22nd thru the 24th in Maui, Hawaii and will feature such guests as Jose Villa, Pacific Weddings Magazine, Joel Serrato, Team Hair and Makeup and Richard Photo Lab. Oh and yours truly who will be popping in via skype for a little lesson in getting published. Spaces go CRAZY fast so if you’re an up and coming photog or a bonafide pro and want to join in on the action, click here!

Stylist: Jill La Fleur, La Fleur Weddings & Events / Photography: Jose Villa Photography / Film: Joel Serrato Films / Paper Goods: Ceci New York / Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa / Florals: Camilla Svensson Burns / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Dress: Claire La Faye / Beauty: Team Hair & Makeup / Tabletop Items: Small Masterpiece / Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Headpiece: Lo Boheme / Necklace & Ring: Waxing Poetic

13 07, 2011

Twin Peaks Ranch Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty!

By |2011-07-13T13:08:17-06:00July 13th, 2011|Featured, Real Wedding|

Central California Chic Wedding by Jenna Marie Photography

July 12th. 2011 by ErinFiled Under10 comments
As much as I love bright colors and loads of fabulous details, sometimes it’s the understated affairs that really pique my interest. Weddings sans pomp with just a girl in a gorgeous dress and her love getting married out in the open air. A wedding just like this Ojai beauty shot by Jenna Marie Photography. It is au naturel and edited to perfection by A Tavola! See the full spread here. Ojai WeddingOjai Wedding 1Ojai Wedding 2Ojai Wedding 3Ojai Wedding 4Ojai Wedding 5Ojai Wedding 6Ojai Wedding 6
From Jenna Marie PhotographyTwin Peaks Ranch is like the private balcony off the master suite of the majestic and understated bedroom community that is beautiful Ojai, CA. So when Sara and Gary’s seasoned sense of individuality collided with this storybook secret at the foot of Ojai’s Topa Topa mountains, their party of 60 close family and friends fortuned to soak up a destination wedding infused with the effortless charm and elegance of this Spanish Mission Revival.
Upon arrival, all of the guests were greeted by the groom himself and escorted to the ceremony site. The intimate ceremony was presided over by a dear, ordained friend of many years and included the heartfelt participation of other friends and family members. Spending time with and enjoying their guests was of top priority to Gary and Sara who opted to join the cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony rather than escaping to take pictures. Gary and Sara are both foodies and delighting the palate ranked high on their list of wedding priorities. Neither they nor their guests could have been disappointed with the culinary artistry of A Tavola Catering, who offered plates of butternut squash ravioli, seared diver scallops or succulent lamb accompanied by a goat cheese salad and freshly baked bread. In keeping with the organic beauty of the Ranch, the bride and groom chose not to overwhelm their reception with linens and large arrangements, but rather highlighted the eight, dark-stained farmhouse tables by using freshly planted regional herbs as centerpieces, reflecting their love for food.
It was the affectionate atmosphere that elevated the occasion to rare heights. One might describe the evening as an elegant backyard dinner party. Yes there was a most contented, peaceful and completely imperturbable enamor between bride and groom and it certainly was a celebration of marriage. But it was the warmth that radiated from all the guests and the participation of everyone in making the day such a celebration that really set it apart. Even as the photographers, theorized to be part of the background, we departed with much more than happily married clients, but additionally with a firmly established feeling of true and meaningful friendship with Sara and Gary and lingering memories from their flawless evening at Ojai’s east end retreat under the stars.Wedding Photography: Jenna Marie Photography / Event Planning: A Tavola! / Catering: Duo Catering and Events of Santa Barbara / Location: Twin Peaks Ranch / Bride’s Shoes: DSW / Bride’s Dress:Nordstrom / Bride’s Hair + Make-up: TEAM Hair & Make-up
TEAM Hair and Makeup is a member of our Little Black Book. For more information on how members are chosen,click here
11 07, 2011

Before & After Of Metropolitan Building Model

By |2011-07-11T12:30:39-06:00July 11th, 2011|Makeup|

A few weeks back we were featured on Style Me Pretty for an amazing NYC shoot we did with Jill La Fleur & Matthew of CLY Creation. I wanted to post a few before and after shots of the model– often times we have amazing before & after shoots of our trials but ususally they are taken with our little point and shoot camera in the studio, but this time we lucked out since Matthew had taken some pro pics of the model before. Truth be told it’s amazing what a little hair and makeup can do!

8 07, 2011

Featured on: The Brides Cafe

By |2011-07-08T14:03:09-06:00July 8th, 2011|Featured|

Style #1 – Girly Glam
This flawless style shoot by Jose VillaJill La Fleur has stuck in my mind since I first saw it on Style Me Pretty. I think my favorite thing about her look is her makeup, by Team Hair & Makeup. That rosy glow is perfect for achieving a look of wedding day bliss! And it’s still pretty natural, letting her gorgeous smile and bright eyes take the spotlight. Also, loving that the feather hair accessory by Lo Boheme is definitely a statement – but such a great way to add color and a little style! It goes so well with the poppy bouquet… add a little rhinestone detail on the gown (not too much) and you’ve got the perfect girly-glam look.
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