Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice

When I have the chance to work with Cortnie from Canvas and Canopy and Carissa from JL Designs, I know good things are coming.  Leila from Be Inspired PR orchestrated a dinner party for some of her blogger friends.  Meaning to treat these ladies to a night a expertly crafted food and perfectly paired wine, she gathered the best team for the job.  Beyond the food and spirits, the innovative decor wowed us all.  Cortnie and Carissa are known for their uncanny ability to define new trends and this Wine and Dine evening did just that.  So what’s next for decor, wedding color palettes and the like?  Dark drama and matte textures…read on.

Inspired by Dutch Still lifes, Carissa and Cortnie assembled a low contrast and high drama color palette.

Seven courses of artful fare were presented by the talented Nathaniel of Contemporary Catering.  His food… just like a fine art composition really.

Candlesticks and vessels were painted an close match to the table runner to further the creamy, low sheen look…  I’m in love with the hand-dies napkins…

You can imagine my face when I was told this dinner party was inspired by the  Dutch Masters.  Images of velvety Vermeer canvases and crackled oil painted blooms swarmed my mind…  I began with the invitation meant to create a sense of mystery for the invitees.  Wood cut layers created substance and texture while heavily painted blooms gave a peek at the sumptuousness to come.

Given the extensive menu, we needed to make room and create an artful look.  Measuring in at nearly 6×9  the menus made a big statement.  Abstract brushstrokes featured matte inks in navy and muddy teal haphazardly filling the border space around each menu.

Placecards were more of the same but still with their own personality.

Could not be enjoying the blackberry styling more…

It’s not every project I complete where I feel like there is still more to the story.  This look, this sense of drama has only just begun the conversation of a new trend.  There is so much more to create, paint and extract from the style established at this very intimate dinner.  Cheers to what’s next!

Interested to see more of this from those in attendance?

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Host and Caterer – Nathaniel from Contemporary Catering  ::   Produced by –  Be Inspired PR  ::   Event DesignCanvas and Canopy  ::   Floral and Event Design –  JL Designs  ::   PhotographyBraedon Flynn Photography  ::  Invitation and Dinner StationeryMomental Designs  ::  WineOneHope Weddings  ::  Linens: La Tavola  ::  VenueCatchlight Studio  ::  Flatware and Glassware – Casa de Perrin  ::  Rentals – Town and Country  ::  Car Service Stationery –  Pitbulls and Posies

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