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Happy to report we are up and running here at the Momental Studio, aka, the power is back!  I spent part of my morning watching national news of the devastation in parts of New Jersey, Vermont and beyond.  I cannot help but feel lucky as so many are suffering so much.  Our small blip in electricity seems miniscule.   Just the same, thank you to everyone for being so kind and patient for the past few days!

As promised I am thrilled to share a special project with you.  One that, when I look at each image I am transported to a magical place with warm sand and salty air.  A place where daylight dinner party turns a small group into instant friends who chat into the wee hours.  Cortnie from Canvas and Canopy Events messaged me privately on twitter months ago after seeing this invitation design.  She asked if I wanted to get involved with a project.  No details were shared at the time but Cortnie and I have a common artful affinity for visual details so I did not hesitate in saying YES!

Soon I learned that the shoot was intended for Rue Magazine and before I knew it, I was diving into creating painted paper pieces on authentic papyrus!  Cortnie and the Rue team had their hands full finding Caleb the camel, but I am so thrilled they did.  Isn’t he just gorgeous?

Cortnie traveled to Jordan earlier this year and returned with loads of inspiration from her trips to spice markets, archaeological sites and beyond.  Here is a bit of the inspiration I was sent to inspire the stationery design.

A peek at the pieces I created using a new hand drawn pattern of triangles and swirls…

Check back later this week for more on the table design, lounge in the sand and more Caleb of course!

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

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An update…

August 29, 2011

As many of you might know if you follow on twitter or are a Facebook friend, the Momental Studio is… well down, but most certainly not out.  We lost power early Sunday morning along with nearly 50,000 other Northeastern Pennsylvania residents.  I am happy to report that we are virtually damage free and are simply finding our way through the nuisance of being without light, water and of course the beloved internet.  So many in our area and across the country did not fare as well as we did so my heart goes out to all of the families suffering.  Also, thank you to so many who have reached out to offer words of encouragement during this time.

You may experience a delay in email and phone correspondence but if you know the Momental Girls, you know we will be in touch at the earliest possible moment.

So as I work on a tiny monitor from college that now resides at my childhood home (complete with power) I realize my blogging schedule will be a bit unpredictable this week due to the unexpected events of late.  So for now I offer you a peek into the fun story to come later this week…

I was brought into this project for the latest issue of Rue Magazine alongside the incredible Cortnie of Canvas and Canopy Events and the incomparable Jose Villa.

This shot seems to summarize how I feel today.  A bit lost, but surprisingly peaceful.  Thank you. XOXO

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Alice has infiltrated the wedding world and it seems she may be here to stay.  From David Tutera’s Alice in Wonderland Wedding to Annie Leibovitz‘s artful fashion shoot for Vogue we are left inspired and continue to be energized by this design concept.  Brides spanning the globe are crafting wedding tea parties, mad-hatted grooms and tea cup adorned stationery at a staggering pace.  We’ve seen it all.  A certain Momental Bride earlier this year chose to walk the aisle with white rabbit in hand verses the traditional bloomed bouquet.  So I felt it appropriate to yet again post about the Alice wedding phenomena.  Have you missed my Alice chatter before?  Take a look here and here.

So to me as of late there seems to be a divide in Alice in Wonderland wedding inspiration.  The first is a more themed, in-your-face reference to Alice.  Brides are wearing blue, grooms in distinctive top hats and and to some extremes both are literally acting the part.  In these cases we’re designing whimsically sketched and watercolored characters to create scenes full of fantastical extremes.

Oversized blooms and Alice’s quizzical presence tend to inspire these Brides time and time again.   In these more themed events,  the color palette tends to rely heavily on the rich, saturated tones seen in all renditions of the film from Disney’s classic to Tim Burton’s modern fantasy feature.

On the other side of this Alice divide,  classic Brides are indulging in the craze but more subtly.   It seems they simply cannot resist the sweetly-edgy vibe that Alice presents but while holding fast to their more traditional sensibilities.  Limited color palettes and an absence of direct reference to the movie’s characters seem to personify these design projects. Mindy Weiss knows just what we are talking about.  Check out the sweet Alice soiree she planned.

Here a simple reference to the scary blooms, as I like to call them are all that is needed to conjure an Alice in Wonderland wedding vibe…

So what type of Alice bride are you?

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August 25, 2011

Love the shimmering, tone on tone sophistication of this palette!

Envelopments Paper, Momental Menu, PluraBelle Calligraphy

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We spend months designing highly custom invites for our Brides and see tons of inspiration images, sketches from florists etc but often never the finished look.  Magdalena shared her  Equestrian chic event in Poland and we were enchanted.  Simplicity and sophistication are two words that seem to epitomize the celebration.   As of late themed weddings seem to be evolving into less structured more eclectic events but having a look at this wedding will makes a romantic case for theme once again,  if just for a moment…

What was your inspiration for your colors and/or theme?
Because this one day is all about Bride and Groom, we decided to choose what we really
like. Thus, the presence of equestrian themes was a must! A significant addition was a
bow (which I’m crazy about). For we both like pastels, we decided to choose the main
one (pale pink) and combine it with beige, white and grey or black (for contrast when

Tell us about the one thing you would not change about your wedding, and what is
the one thing you would change if you could?
The sure thing I would never change about my wedding is the Groom, of course!

Ok, ok… let’s be serious… ;) I would never choose another place, date, stationery
creator, photographer or video operator. Actually, everything was even better than
I’ve imagined. And, surprisingly, instead of being nervous, we were really enjoying the
ceremony and reception.

The only improvement to the wedding would be an additional week of celebration! :

How did your stationery play a role in your wedding?
The invitations created by Momental Girls were a perfect prelude to the wedding itself.
They acquainted the guests with main colors and themes of the event what made them
excited about all the things to come. For the invites reflected our taste and unique
passion for horses, they were very personal and so extraordinary. They’re just a keeper!

I also have to say that thanks to you the process of creating the stationery was pure fun
and joy during (sometime difficult and stressful) wedding preparations!

Who was your photographer and your florist?
My photographer in Poland was Adam Wita (a great team – truly professional, discrete
and with priceless ability to make Bride, Groom and the guests feel comfortable and
relaxed while being “observed” by the camera).

The main florist and coordinator was my Mom! When it comes to the flowers and
decorations everything she touches changes into miracle. I couldn’t imagine anyone else
to take care of that part of the wedding!


Thank you so much to Magdalena for sharing this incredibly sweet and romantic collection of moments with us.

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