I adore collaborating with the team at Project Wedding. They continually produce editorial designed to not only inspire but to enlighten a bit, I believe. Have a look at the last time I got creative with them here.
Mandalas, loosley described as a spiritual symbol of the universe, have their roots in Hinduism. Often drawn intricately or carved into the ground or sand, these round symbols of life and spiritual earth each have their own visual personality. This wedding inspiration shoot interpreted the Mandala as a floral symbol of never ending love and unity. My interpretation of the Mandala was meant to celebrate the artful, life giving forces on earth and how they can transform our experiences if we choose to appreciate them.
So I invite you to relax a bit and really look closely. This invitation suite is filled with rich, textural hand painted moments. The kind of painted moments that don’t scream out; the kind that whisper in a sweet sound of artful treasure. These painted brushstrokes in shades of white, soft minty green and the softest of blush pinks fall somewhere between the feel of an impressionistic Monet and a sumptuous Vermeer.
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Photography – onelove photography :: Hand painted Stationery - Momental Designs :: Venue – Bear Flag Farm :: Florals – In-House by Bear Flag Farm :: Gown – Claire Pettibone :: Makeup & Hair – Maria Chang of Professional Makeup Artistry :: Model – Bianca of Exalt Models :: Creative Direction – Katelin Gallagher
If you’ve read my blog for more than 6 months you know that I love to celebrate. Small, impromptu parties and more involved affairs that take months of planning – I love it all! My affinity for artful stationery always takes me to one question for clients and myself when beginning a project – “what do you envision your celebration feeling like”. Celebrations are about feeling; feeling a moment and making it last a bit longer, feeling an environment so strongly it gets burned in your brain forever…this is what I love about throwing parties and crafting celebrations – we get to craft a day of ideal moments that are strung together in our memories for life.
As you know I love to celebrate my team and usually I reserve those celebrations for Holiday time BUT this year we had so many blessings, I simply had to dream up a late summer party to to honor our good work done. So here we are nearing November…my flip flops have been put away (so so sad) BUT I indeed have one last look at summer for you. Think warm thoughts, lazy canoe rides, butter on your chin from a bit of lobster and homemade pecan pie. Yes… here we go!
All Momental Celebrations begin with an invitation – yes the Momental Girls never receive one my invites in the mail. They usually are passed out by hand one unexpected morning but the excitement and mystery they bring is no less than if the postman had delivered.
I started with bold inks in violet, raspberry and crimson. Crane Lettra double thick stock was wet first and then by eyedropper the inks were splashed onto the wet paper. Many color explosions ensued. A bit of brushwork followed, to guide the color into the corners while dropping clean water onto the wet color created some surprising textural bursts!
The Momental Family crest was then letterpressed atop the painterly cardstock. Of course I then added creamy neon inks by hand into each crest. Envelopes were lined with my newest Dahlia pattern.
Each placesetting was a throwback to middle school in the 80′s…oh yes, I did just date myself! Red cafeteria trays, Spirograph menus and classic silverware. I added neon painterly packaging for handi-wipes and the lobster bib. Finally my favorite detail…the watercolored crab mallet!!
The Coaltown Rounders played the night away…And this pavilion, oh this pavilion!!!! Dual fireplaces!!
And The Coaltown Rounders sang their hearts out…They even let me up on stage for a song! Pat from my favorite local restaurant, Gricos made the most amazing Watermelon Spritzers and yes I have the recipe for you!!
Watermelon/lemon/mint spritzer – 12-16 8 oz. Drinks, give or take
½ large seedless watermelon – the ones shaped like a football, not like a soccer ball
6 lemons, 3 cups sugar, 3 cups water, mint sprigs, club soda
The day before:
1. Cut the rind away from the watermelon, leaving just the fruit. Cut the fruit in large pieces and puree in food processor or blender. Strain the resulting juice through a sieve. Discard the pulp left in the strainer, package and refrigerate the juice.
2. Wash the whole lemons, cut in half and juice. Place the juice and the lemon halves in a large bowl.
3. Make a simple syrup. Place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture comes to a simmer. Increase the heat to high and boil the liquid for about 5 minutes. If you notice sugar crystals along the sides of the pot, paint the sides of the pot with plain water and a pastry brush.
4. Immediately pour the syrup over the lemons and juice. Bring to room temperature, cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours. Then strain into a container.
Place a mint sprig in the bottom of each glass and crush with a spoon or muddler. Add equal amounts of watermelon juice and lemon syrup to each glass until the glass is half full.. Stir. Add ice and club soda. Garnish with mint, a watermelon slice or lemon.
Note: feel free to adjust the amounts of each ingredient until you reach the flavor you want.
Add flavored vodka or rum if you’d like.
For a big event, make multiples of the watermelon juice and syrup and prepare pitchers in advance.
The afternoon called for much relaxing – canoe rides and glider sitting ensued. Twin Ponds is a new wedding and event venue opening in 2014. I cannot imagine a more serene and welcoming place for a rustic wedding. This place will forever live in my heart.
A beautiful mess as we feasted together…
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Lastly I cannot put into words the work of my fellow creatives. Jill and Ryan have worked with me and shared their incredible gifts over the last few years. Their generosity of spirit and talent fills me with joy and makes me grateful to know them.
The day we spent at Twin Ponds was full of creative energy and the spirit of friendship and welcome. So grateful.
Photography – With Love and Embers :: Floral Design: Papertini :: Food - Grico’s :: Styling – Kristy Rice :: Band – Coal Town Rounders :: Hand Painted Stationery – Momental Design :: Linens – LaTavola Linen :: Venue -Twin Ponds
O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom has thou made them all: the earth is full of your riches. – Psalm 104:24
Putting brush to invitation paper again an again multiplied by 100, 200 or 25, whatever the number may be on a given studio day, gives my soul peace and a promise of our continued authenticity in this whirlwind world of easily printed, poorly manufactured, appropriated and remodeled goods.
I first experienced watercolor at about age 5. Someone gifted me a plastic case full of crayola pans of watercolor pigments. Somehow I recall being confused and interested at how the hard, colorful material could turn into paint as my Mom explained. A touch of water onto the solid bursts of color made magic and in that moment I was hooked. Soon I learned that if you let a puddle of water rest atop the cake of solid pigment for a time that an even more vibrant and spectacular saturation of paint color would reveal itself, ready to be applied to paper and imagine all it’s juicy wonder with a swoosh of a brushstroke.
So to that end I fell in love and to this day am amazed at how my heart can skip a beat at the sight of that same Crayola set of watercolors – which are surprisingly full of pigment but of course not as much as the professional watercolors I’ve been using since middle school. I digress.
A watercolorist needs patience but also spontaneity and that ever alluring ability to simply go with the flow. Watercolor can be controlled to a point, but the minute you hold a wet brush full of pigment and begin brushing onto a wet piece of paper you know there is no one in control but your heart and the elements. You cannot reason watercolor – it will surprise you again and again.
Watercolor is instinct and the heartbeat of my life. With the flick of a brush and a touch of water, my mood can instantly come alive. It is the simplest of moments and the most complex at the same time.
Where the pigment begins to dry in slightly darker tones against the soft ombre of it’s sister color…that is joy.
Watercolor has so many faces I’ve reveled in learning over the years…thicker applications, shimmery additives…watercolor is always changing its ways and never leaves me uninspired.
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Watercolor have saved me time and time again because I know God has called me to this purpose on earth. I recall in college my painting professor despised watercolor and forced me to paint oil for an entire semester. I’m grateful for the experience as it solidified my belief in the medium as so much more than what many believe to be a sketching medium. Oddly enough watercolor is so much more unforgiving and permanent that most other painting mediums. Oil paint takes weeks to cure, so you can scrape away a mistake and paint atop. Watercolor pursues your instinct and begs for mindful brushstroke again and again. There is no redo in watercolor, only try again.
So I will forge on along with the Momental Girls in this watercolor movement. I will continue to encourage and hopefully inspire a continued respect for this medium through authentic, sincere painting. Momental Wedding invitations will continue to be a living canvas for our watercolor hearts.
I woke up the morning of this editorial shoot to my phone going insane with messages and buzzing and I knew that could not possibly mean anything good. It was pouring rain, I mean sheets of unrelenting rain that make it hard to drive, let alone style delicate flowers and prep fragile stationery for photographing in a field of flowers. I had been dreaming up this project with a group of friends and artists for months. I had the hand painted gown which was the centerpieces of our story for only one day. Only one choice remained. Work on…
So why do I start this post, meant to celebrate this artful project full of flowers and life and all that is lovely, with a dreary tale of the weather that morning? I’m sharing this story because this project is a sign to me of perseverance and proof that every day has a plan that leads to something worthwhile and good. Every day is always met with challenge but when you push through and find a way to make the marvelous in life happen despite all else, you can count on something beautiful happening.
Rain? I don’t see any rain in these shots, just life…And even though the team was wet and cranky and frazzled as we dashed between tents covering our precious work as we moved, we still ended the day feeling accomplished and content.
The centerpieces of this shoot orginally produced for Magnolia Rouge Magazine was my collaborative gown with Chaviano Couture. The “Kristy” gown features 7 yards of hand painted fabric! The loft and lush feel of this gown inspired every detail envisioned for this shoot from flowers to stationery.
This Pastel Peony Garden pattern was developed just for this project and insired one of our new iPhone case designs over at Shop Momental!
The stationery suite was decided to feature an ombre of wood finishes! Cedar, Cherry, Walnut, Curly Maple and Ash wood veneers were woven throughout the suite and of course painted on! Graceful brushstrokes of pinks, white, sage greens and gold soaked in to the wood just enough to create a vintage, slightly worn finish.
The table, ooooh the table!! Layer upon layer of peonies, unripe raspberry, peach vines and blueberries set amongst soft white and pink toille dinnerware. I added a touch of Pewter in the stemware and wine goblets too. La Tavola Linen sent over the most gorgeous satin linen in the perfect shade of dusty blush.
Table numbers on cut glass plates…you bet. Here the ombre of wood finishes can really be seen in all their glory!
A spin on the classic reception card…A small walnut car was presented in a floral pattern pouch tied up with a petite gift tag handwritten with each guest’s first name. Nothing beats small, unexpected moments like these in stationery design. The element of curiosity goes a long way in making a truly personal statement.
The Sweat Peas were blooming that day so we nestled anything we could find in the delicate, twirling vines…
Watercolored Maple menus were my favorite piece…. soft white inks painted atop mimicking the Peony Garden Pattern seen elsewhere. Need I say more?
Silver brushstrokes atop Cherry wood.
Love n’ Fresh Flowers blew us away with her sculptural masterpieces!
Photographer – Katie Stoops Photography :: Venue & Flowers – Love ‘n Fresh Flowers Farm :: Styling Design & Stationery – Kristy Rice of Momental Designs :: Cake – The Couture Cakery :: Makeup – Beke Beau :: Hair: Tatum Neiderhiser :: Caterer – The Soupchic :: Dress Designer – Chaviano Couture :: Prop or Furniture Rentals – Maggpie Vintage Rentals :: Linens – LaTavola Linen :: Model: Kaitlin MacCallum & Katherine McMaster