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Alberto Giacometti was first introduced to me in college by a professor who likened my figure sketches to his.  At the time I was a bit offended as I saw Giacometti as dark and messy.  Over time though, I gained an appreciation for this artist’s deconstructed figures and the elegance of his sketchy hand.  Today his moody portraits are inspiring a fun inspiration board I am calling The Ghostly Celebration.  Sure, fun for a Halloween day post but this look juxtaposes ghostly details with elegant materials and finishes fit for any time of year.  I’m working on a project currently that the bride is calling her look Ghostly Glam.  Oh just wait…it is so good.  So enjoy everyone and take another look at Giacometti.  Try not to get lost in his haunting illustrations.

Giacometti painting, Ghostly Fashion, Olivia Leigh Photography, Elle Moss, Damask Wedding Invitation, Most Haunted Wedding Venues, Giacometti Sketch

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So I must apologize.  I posted this gorgeous film from our Utah Engagement shoot about 2 weeks ago and promised more but then Bridal Market happened and I lost track of time!  Here is a refresher by Castlebridge Films:

So many of you ask for fun DIY tips and it was time to deliver!  This Engagement Session Inspiration Shoot is all about being you, finding a place that makes you feel at home and being in the moment.  With the plethora of inspiration from blog to blog couples can get overwhelmed and feel they need to live up to all they see online and in print.  Styled or not, some of the most gorgeous moments in wedding photography happen unexpectedly and emerge from a carefree attitude.

This shoot although purely inspirational,  promises to deliver a smidge of relief for the over-inspired.  This was a real couple (hugs to Mason and Stephanie), they wore they favorite digs , walked into a fun space and just started having fun.  Pure and simple.  The shots by the stellar Jimmy of Gideon Photography show the true magic of just being yourself and letting go.

Seriously, who doesn’t love a good pillow fight?  Oh and check out Stephanie’s painted flats.  Simple project: A #4 paintbrush, coral shimmer ink and a few swooshes later,  topped off by two clip on earrings in a fun flower shape, voila!

Any chance I have to show off Caroline’s work from Paloma’s Nest and I take it!  These wooden bangles are so charming.  Caroline will customize text, so how lovely, right?  Here we chose the wedding date and a sweet quote for Stephanie’s 2 bangles.  “Only the best is yet to be…”

For save the dates I created a DIY friendly concept with Poloroids as the focal point.  I picked up wooden boxes from a local craft store and painted a Sego Lily (Utah State Flower) on each lid. Inside were two mini Poloroids with fun shots of a watercolor palette and the couple holding hands. Each shot had a note written; “October 20, 2012″ and the other read “Write it down”.  Of course I had to include a mini Sharpie pen for guests to literally write it down!  The idea was to create an interactive save the date, one that guests opened and sensed playfulness immediately!   Instead of the standard Save the Date message, this look invites guests to “Savor a Moment…”

Jimmy took Stephanie outside Urban Renewal for a few quiet moments.  I love this sweet couple!!

A big shout to my Utah Shoot crew for going above and beyond!!  I cannot wait until next time!  Want to see more of what we shot with this gorgeous couple that sunny day in Utah?  Pick up the next issue of Utah Bride and Groom Magazine.  You won’t be disappointed!!  We are all so grateful to Janie from The Bride’s Cafe for originally featuring our little project.  XOXO

Concept, Styling and StationeryMomental Designs  ::  PhotographyGideon Photography  ::  FilmCastle Bridge Films  ::  Location – Urban Renewal, St. George, Utah  ::  Production/Styling - Tessa Woolf   ::  Models – Stephanie and Mason Woolf  :: Cynthia Dean – grooming for Mason Woolf , Stephanie Bybee- makeup design  for Stephanie Woolf, Morgan Clark- hair design for Stephanie Woolf –  Enzio  ::  Wooden Bracelets Paloma’s Nest

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I hope you have enjoyed our Bridal Market coverage over the last week!  Want to get caught up with all the gorgeousness from the runways and my inspired sketches?  Have a look here for coverage of Theia, Romona Keveza, Carol Hannah, Anne Barge, Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose, The Dessy Group, Aruna Seth, Winnie Couture, Tara LaTour, Ivy&Aster, Margaret Rowe, and Claire Pettibone!

What comes after the grueling days of walking NYC, little sleep, running from show to show during Bridal Market?  You guessed it, THE PARTIES!  I tend to be shy, always have been but something this industry has taught me is that we all here to do one thing, celebrate life and create art for our brides!  So, when we get the chance to come together and party a bit, we do and do it WELL.  So read on for a peek into how leaders in this industry throw a party!!

Mr. Cowie celebrated the launch of his new site at the gorgeous Glass House space in NYC.  Innovative planning tools and a Q&A functionality are just some of the features of Colincowieweddings.com.  Brilliant!  Please do head over and have a look around, tell them the Momental Girls sent you!  Colin wowed us with delectable cuisine and exciting entertainment for a night.  The best part was hearing Colin speak of how far his company had come thanks to his team and industry supporters and clients.  Very inspiring!

On a side note I enjoyed meeting twitter friends in person like Erin from Sparkle and Hay and the witty Alison of The Knottie Bride.  Old friends Jackie from Merci New York and the always kind Marcy Blum, made me feel right at home!

Photo credits Collin Miller and various Iphone shots.

Martha Stewart knows how to treat the weary Bridal Market goers! Fun stations were set around the space where we could wine, dine and primp ourselves.  We nibbled on some eye-candy cupcakes from Creme-Delicious ,  adorable miniature goodies from Peter Callahan Catering, and and sampled some dessert from the Soft Serve Fruit Co. Yum!

You may notice a certain photo below.  If you are thinking that is me in the shot with the lovely Martha Stewart you would be correct!!  I had the chance to meet Martha along with several other talented ladies and of course have it all caught in photos!  Pinch me please!

Photos by Krista Kowalczyk, brklyn view and Readyluck.

Entering the New York Public Library always conjures nostalgia but seeing it lit up like a starry evening sky puts your emotions on high!  Models walked amongst guests in showstoppers from Claire Pettibone, Anne Barge and others.  The step and repeat was full of the hottest names in weddings with Carley Roney greeting all.  

We took our chance to strike a pose with Carley but also enjoyed seeing Claire Pettibone alongside one of the most talked about gowns of Bridal Market.  Also, who doesn’t love a little Randy Fenoli?

Photos by Brian Dorsey Studios

Thank you again Martha Weddings, Colin Cowie and The Knot for having us to celebrate! Until next year! XOXO

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