Winter’s charm plays out in the romance of nostalgia. It’s vintage meets timeless meets unparalleled ethereal beauty. We teamed up with photographer Kurt Boomer and stylist Joy Proctor to showcase this, Bel Aire Bridal’s most exquisite collection. Here’s a peek into just how the simplicity of design can be spellbinding…
The couture wedding and event artistry behind Flutter Magazine keeps us swooning issue after issue. And upon catching this feature in their botanical inspired Issue No. 9 … well, cue butterfly giddiness. Paired with photographer Corbin Gurkin, floral designer Nicolette Camille, our very own TEAM (using THM Hair Extensions in color Marla) , and a fairytale location (Jardin de Buis), this dream team of visionaries came together, as the magazine shares, “to celebrate you with flowers and lots of them!” Have a look…
Check out more in the always stunning Flutter Mag !
Whether you prefer an intimate celebration with a small gathering of friends and family or a festive bash with a guestlist that overflows on the dance floor, there’s no denying the beauty and grace of a private elopement. A one-on-one deeply connected moment of uniting love in a ceremony of solitude…Sigh. Photographer Mark Cluney thought so, too. And we’re so happy to have been a part of the talented team that helped to create from this vision. As featured in Green Wedding Shoes…
Our inspiration flowed from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, “Breathing Dreams Like Air”. The golden light in Santa Barbara provided the perfect backdrop for a natural arbor of fluttering dreamcatchers and ethereal florals. We love that dreamcatchers represent the bond of life with no beginning or end and wanted to have all the beauty arise from that sentiment.
Photography: Cluney Photo
Featured: Green Wedding Shoes
Event Design: Habitat Events
Floral Design: Habitat Floral Studio
Wedding Dress: Theia Couture
Groom Suit: J. Crew
Hair + Makeup: Makeup By Mar via TEAM
This, my sweets, is a Jose Villa workshop, Italian style. And it comes bubbling over with talented craftsmen like Kate Holt Of Flowerwild, Laurie Arons Special Events and a team of artists who transformed Villa Cetinale into pure wedding magic with a good dose of old world elegance. Have a look here for even more inspiration and if you missed it, the engagement session that started things off.
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A note from Laurie Arons… The 17th century regality of Villa Cetinale inspired our “wedding” design for the Jose Villa workshop. Built by the Medici family for Pope Alexander VII, the Villa’s Roman Baroque architecture and religious artifacts set the scene for our faux formal wedding in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside. I felt a carefully selected shade of deep plum befitted an occasion at the elegant villa. Used as a accent color against a palette of ivory, cream and rich beautiful gold, it struck just the right note of royalty and romance.
I worked with A Day In May Design to develop the invitation suite, thank you notes, menus and day-of details. Together we enlisted Tara Jones Calligraphy, as her beautiful free hand style of calligraphy reminded us of Old World Italian documents. While most of the printed pieces were created on natural, antique feeling papers, we decided to print our menu/placecards on deep plum card stock with guest names calligraphed in gold. They photographed beautifully on the dining table against the plum taper candles.
Another favorite detail were the welcome trays we created for each student in the workshop. Kate Holt from Flowerwild hand-painted Florentine trays I sourced in Florence, which we topped with personal calligraphed stationery by A Day in May and Tara Jones. We then found gifts from the region including pears from the local market, Italian fine chocolate and candles from Santa Maria Novella, the oldest ‘farmacia’ in the world.
A note from the Kate of Flowerwild… “Dove il cielo si incontrano la terra” – where the heavens meet the earth. This quote wrapped around the leather passport covers which were a pre-welcome gift for attendees – a hint at the marvelous and things soon to unfold on their travels to the Jose Villa Workshop. Not to be sappy – but this is my second workshop with Jose and it is so eye-opening for me to observe him teaching, and see all the talents around him come together to create something unique. I learn SO much with each experience. I know I have him to thank for many great strides by business has taken since I was lucky enough to observe him teaching in Mexico a few season ago. No denying… that was life changing for me. I’m certain all his attendees feel the same.
For this workshop I was simply drawing from the space, the unbelievable villa, the tones within the landscape, and the natural environment and architecture to create a look for Jose and his students to photograph. Going there sight unseen -except for what I could gather from online imagery- sort of opens up the experience to half good-planning and forethought, and the other half- a strange mix of luck and an ability to focus and seek out the best of what the environment provides. I find that if I lock myself too deeply into one direction or look – I am inevitably sidetracked or slowed down by certain items not being available, or sought after materials being impossibly elusive.
To begin designing, I started with the little Italian phrase, and then researched traditional Italian weddings to see where it would lead me, to see what I could learn about another culture’s approach to the vows between two people in love. I looked at poems, timeless traditions, wardrobe history, baroque architecture (the style of the villa) and did my best to gently weave these ideas into the bones of the look.
Deep olive and plum tones, veils to the ground, easter lilies, an abundance of altar of candles, dramatic gowns, and gold embroidery are a few notes that I began to build the look from. Laurie and her team dreamed up these very deep toned-plum, standing place cards with gold calligraphy. For me, these set the tone for everything moving forward from there. I basically just looked to balance the high drama and luxuriousness of the villa against the real, rawness of the countryside there. Some items were painstakingly resourced by Laurie, Katie, Summer, and my husband and I – and others were serendipitously discovered along the roadside. With some very generous guidance from a friend on the ground in Italy – Tomasso – and some amazing luck we were able to make it all happen!
To me the workshop is such a collaboration – as all weddings are. We all lend what we can and are lucky enough to have Jose and his students capture it. I hope we can continue to do it “per cent anni!” for a hundred years!
Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Gown: Reem Acra From Gabriella Bridal | Gown: Samuelle | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Calligraphy: Tara Jones Calligraphy | Beaded Charger: The Ark Event Rentals | Car: Zephyrus Sienna | Creative Direction And Design: Kate Holt Of Flowerwild | Design And Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Florentine Charger: Casa De Perrin | Graphic Design And Printing: A Day In May Design | Guest Speaker: Summer Watkins | Guest Speaker: Joel Serrato | Guest Speaker: Laurie Arons Special Events | Guest Speaker: Shira Savada Of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine | Leather Work And Brass Tags: Amber Moon Of Pitbulls And Posies | Models: I Love Management And Casting Italy | Special Assistant And Decor: Tomasso Of La Rosa | Veil: Preston Olivia | Venue: Villa Cetinale | Villa: Villa Cetinale | Wardrobe Stylist: Summer Watkins
Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. Say, for instance, from a crazy gorgeous Mexico Workshop crafted by Jose Villa, Lisa Vorce, Mindy Rice Floral Design, and beauty overload at the hands of Mar of TEAM Hair And Makeup. It’s a beautiful interpretation of destination “I Do’s” and comes on the heels of the 2014 Mexico Workshop announcement with registration now open!
“Wedding Day” Shoot details… For the Ceremony, we used a collection of the Hacienda’s vintage benches for the seating. We lined the aisle and the “altar” with sterling punched tin stars sourced locally in Guadalajara. Local agave plants also lined the aisle accompanied by rustic terra-cotta pots filled with fresh cream petals.
For the dinner table: We draped the table with a beautiful hand-loomed, un-dyed cotton linen from the local city of Tonala. Casa de Perrin outfitted our table with a combination of pewter beaded chargers, silver vessels, crystal glassware, and vintage white china. Mindy’s florals included coral hibiscus blossoms, privet berry, eucalyptus, Majolica spray roses, Bougainvillea in a carmel tone and sprigs of incense cedar. As a special detail on the Hacienda’s antique chairs we tied a combination of fresh eucalyptus and privet finished with hand dyed ribbon in teal, deep sea and graphite. Was a beautiful pairing next to the blue silk velvet chair cushions we had made. BB Paper Ink created beautifully calligraphed menus on soft cotton paper – and bordered them with sterling silver detailing.
For the Tequila Bar: We showcased several different types of tequila in vintage apothecary jars. Each labeled with sterling silver and cotton paper tags from BB Paper Ink. We used Lisa’s personal collection of sterling shot glasses and Mindy’s collection of vintage Mexican cocktail napkins for authentic details.
For the Florals: Mindy fashioned boutonnieres from dainty local cedar, privet and fern. She finished them with a variety of silk ribbons. An antique frame purchased by Lisa while scouting in Guadalajara antique stores provided the perfect presentation tray for the bouts. For the groom’s boutonnière, Mindy backed it with a dried leaf painted with sterling silver, a single spray rose and incense pine. A perfect combination! For the bride’s bouquet, Mindy incorporated local flowering trumpet vine, coral hibiscus, privet berries and detailed the bouquet with a gradation of silk ribbon in a variety of teal hues.
For the Donkey: We used locally sourced baskets with detailing of lush floral and foliage. Inside the baskets were a variety of gifts wrapped in paper that was handmade by Mindy using the metal letter press plate as a stamp.
For the Cake: Melody at Sweet & Saucy created two beautiful cakes for us.The first one was inspired by a Mexican silver punched tin jewelry box. Melody created the most beautiful pastillage succulents to adorn the cake. The second one was a simply beautiful 3 tier soft white fondant cake that showcased Mindy’s simple floral treatment beautifully.
Cakes: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Event Planning And Design: Lisa Vorce | Flatware, Glassware And China: Casa De Perrin | Florals And Design : Mindy Rice Floral Design | Guest Speaker: Joel Serrato | Guest Speaker : Abby Larson | Guest Speaker : Lisa Vorce | Guest Speaker : Karina Puente | Guest Speaker : Shira Savada Of Martha Stewart Weddings | Guest Speaker : Mar Of Team Hair And Makeup | Guest Speaker : Summer Watkins | Hacienda La Labor: Hacienda La Labor | Long Sleeved Wedding Gown: Mira Zwillinger | Models: Citro Modelos | Paper Goods: Brenna Berger | Photography : Jose Villa Photography | Sleeveless Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav | Table Top Details: Casa De Perrin | Venue : Hacienda El Carmen | Wardrobe Stylist: Summer Watkins | Wedding Gown Salon: The White Dress
Venue: Aetna Springs
Film Photographer/Workshop Instructor: Jose Villa
Film Maker: Joel Serrato
Film Photographer/Workshop Assistant: Lacie Hansen
Florals: Ariella Chezar Design
Catering: Elaine Bell Catering
Hair & Makeup: Team Hair And Makeup
Wardrobe Styling: Grey Likes Weddings
Calligraphy & Illustation: Janis Anzalone
Printed Materials: PS Paper
Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin
Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Cake: Maggie Austin
Lighting: Illusions Lighting
Portable Washrooms: Royal Restrooms
Album Design: Cypress Albums
Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab
Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic, Studia Carta: Angela Liguori
Workshop Logo Design: Julie Song
Bridal Formals: b. Hughes
Wedding Gowns: Vera Wang and Inbal Dror
Models: Scout Model Agency
Welcome Gifts: Olive and Cocoa
Chocolate Walnuts & Acorns: Andie’s Specialty Sweets
Getaway Car: Antique Tours
This afternoon we are off to the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse – in reality as Jason and I are driving there to speak at workshop – AND in this gorgeous fall inspiration shoot captured by the one and only Jose Villa and designed by the talented Jill La Fleur. The inspiration for this shoot started with big rolls of fluffy ivory yarn. With the feeling of fall in the air, Jill wanted to create an environment where you would want to sit down, relax, snuggle up, and enjoy the beautiful outdoor views of the farmhouse. Filled with soft fabrics, tons of yarn, and fall colors of soft greys, creams, and lavenders, Jill collaborated with Found Vintage Rentals and Kate of Flowerwild to build some unique spaces. The beautiful dresses and soft wraps are from BHDLN (and some of my personal faves!) and the custom-made headpieces by Mignonne Handmade.
For the ceremony, Jill tied bunches of yarn that streamed from the white washed benches where guests would sit, and asymmetrically placed some large spool tables on either side of the “altar” area.
The beautiful invitation suite by Ceci New York brought knitting and yarn elements into the pattern that appeared on the envelope, table number, and address label. And keeping with the fall feel, they printed the actual invite and RSVP card on a light wood.
Thanks so much to all these talented vendors for sharing some lovely fall wedding ideas with us today! I’m definitely ready to snuggle up with my sweetie outdoors this fall. 🙂 And if you love this venue (who wouldn’t!) check out this real wedding we shared a few weeks ago that took place there.
photography: Jose Villa // design + planning: Jill La Fleur // venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse // rentals: Vintage Found Rentals // floral design: Kate of Flowerwild // dress: BHLDN // hairpieces: Mignonne Handmade // invitations: Ceci New York // hair + makeup: Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup // cake: Maggie Austin Cakes // napkins: La Tavola Linens // calligraphy: Chelsea Petaj
Hair and Makeup by TEAM