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The world is abuzz.  Well execpt for those in Ravello, according to Marcy Blum. With the Royal Wedding fever to reach its pinnacle in about two hours time according to my eastern clock, the suspense is barely tolerable.  So what does this artist, invitation designer and all around wedding junkie do…blog!  Welcome to the very late night, super-royal special edition of RiceInk.  Never before have I scheduled a post at such a late hour but today’s historical events call for nothing less out of the ordinary!!
So today I have a opulent, over the top table scape designed by one of my favorites, Karen Tran.  Originally designed for Exquisite Weddings Magazine this shoot literally blew me away.  Looking back now it has Royal Wedding written all over it!  I can imagine this look set atop long tables in opulent fashion for a proper royal wedding banquet.  Soon we will know the exact details of  Catherine and Prince William’s wedding decor but for now a girl can still dream!

Karen turned over 400 peony and rose blooms into a lavish table runner.  Beaded linens, gold rimmed china, feather touches and my hand painted menus came together in fussy, lovely harmony.  Our Vintage Pattern Orchid artwork was heavily painted in various shade of gold and creamy ivory against a shimmery white cardstock.

My instincts say the Royal Wedding will be overflowing with white and ivory blooms galore, but who knows, maybe Kate will surprise us?

So soak it in everyone, the last few hours of delicious anticipation!!  History is being made and we are all along for the ride!

Kudos to the amazing team Karen assembled for this project!

All of these gorgeous shots are from  Rippee Photography, www.rippeephotoweddings.com
Florals – Karen Tran
LinensWildflower Linen
Chairs - Chameleon Chairs


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Yesterday I shared a look at Tara and Kristopher’s tropical affair.  Today I have more including the massive stationery collection designed for them!  Tara is a stationery junkie to say the least.  We spent hours thumbing through papers and experimenting with painting techniques.  Tara’s design even inspired this look seen in Inside Weddings, a favorite hand picked by the editor from our current project gallery at the time!  Tara’s paper story began with painted bamboo save the dates embellished with a sketch of her Chinese character tattoo meaning “mysterious”.

Gold stocks,  a palm leaf pattern from Envelopments and a punchy fuchsia palette were integral to Tara’s collection.  Torn edges softened the boldness on select pieces and elaborate hand painting on each and every orchid gave these pieces a feeling of  thoughtfulness, like each was handcrafted with only the recipient in mind. Tara chose a poignant and not at all traditional wedding quote which seemed perfect for this spirited couple.  “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams” – Thoreau

Some of my favorite detail shots captured by Daniel, especially the scribbled note from Kristopher to Tara, so sweet.   I created a custom seating plan for the celebration which displayed like a fine work of art.  Free hand painted orchids and bamboo completely encircled the guest list.

Thanks so much for following along today!  It has been so fun to look back on Tara’s day and remeber all the bright, colorful fun!


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April 27, 2011


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April 27, 2011

We are loving the combination of lacy and orchids, how unique!


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Decisions, decisions!

Wow, what a change, but I so prefer this direction!


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I’ve been dying to share this real wedding with you! Tara and our team worked together for nearly a year to create stationery of all kinds from save the dates to getaway signs!! More on that soon, I promise, but first I wanted to start with these killer bridal portraits by Daniel Lanton.  Tara is a stunning girl and made a breathtaking bride.  Orchids and bamboo were integral to the look and this exotic sensibility could be seen in all facets from favors to fresh florals.

Love this edgy little detail…Tara brought in an artist to embellish her tattoo day of.  This beauty really popped in so many of the photos.

The perfect recessional shot on a stunning sunny day.  Crispy greens and touches of white throughout gave the day a freshness that is so alluring in these shots.

Each table featured a unique floral scape and we cannot get over the palm leaf chargers!!

Thanks for checking in!!  So much more to come!


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April 26, 2011

There is just something about our signature tree design that always makes me happy!


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