I love days like today. This post, although completely impromptu, comes with it an insane amount of anticipation. Today a big box of magazine arrived and surprised us all! Last September, my team and I traveled to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina to make art. Today I’m not planning to say much more…really just want to revel and celebrate all that came of one simple spark of an idea. So incredibly humbled to have our styling and bouquet work on the cover along with the talents of Claire Pettibone, Wendy at Blush Asheville and Emily Anne Hair.
The Abbey Gown from Claire Pettibone…
We assembled vintage millinery elements like beaded berries, textured puffs, buttons, fabric flowers, hand painted paper blooms and ferns, all to create this eclectic wedding bouquet. My favorite detail are the paper sweet peas spilling from the bouquet and trailing along the velvet ribbon lengths…
Styling, Stationery, Bouquet and Shoot Design – Momental Designs :: Photography – With Love and Embers :: Custom Calligraphy – Meant to Be Calligraphy :: Venue – Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC :: Gown – Claire Pettibone :: Makeup – Blush Asheville :: Hair – Emily Anne Hair
When the words, Monet, Klimt and Heirloom Roses make their way into the same design conversation, I get pretty well lit up inside. This inspiration board is just the beginning and I cannot wait to see where we land.
When I envision a black tie wedding I still see in color. Black tie at Momental isn’t about a stark color palette…always. Black tie is more about a level of luxe, fine materials, unexpected textures, layering and yes often color accents in lieu of bold brights. Black tie is less about rules and more about creating a sense of personality in a BIG yet edited way. Black tie demands you feel every detail of the invitation, from our textural hand painted brushstrokes to the cottony weave of a letterpress stock.
Black tie calls for layering of subtle pattern and sheen to gain drama without overbearing contrast. Black tie wishes to make a design statement that whispers and lingers long after the first glance. Today my favorite black tie stationery is meant to be an example of richness and sophistication and yet still a celebration of artistry.
All of these examples were in fact designed for black tie events over the last year and represent the confident, spirited approach to black tie invitation design that we love so much!
Holly and Clark made drama with layering of hand painted brushstrokes. Opaque white then sheer shimmer inks were brushed atop a champagne shimmer stock…along with the softest hint of blush…More visual texture was added with a layer of pattern stock inspired by lace.
Susan and Kurt oceanside celebration called for no lack of color but also no lack of richness and formality. A watercolor painting on each invitation created a sense of luxe but in a personable way. Layer upon layer of stock in varying finishes and thickness gave a refined beveled look providing structure an formality to the washy florals.
Krista’s monogram and painted stripes continues to be my favorite expression of black tie design. This suite is filled with the familiar and the unexpected. Hand Painted gold stripes mingle with linen stock and ornate ornamentation to remind each viewer of the sophisticated event to come, ensuring it will also be one filled with personality.
Earlier this week Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper featured one of my favorite wedding stationery suites from 2012. Yes it has been a while since this glorious suite graced our painting tables BUT the process by which it came to be continues to inform our current work. I’m forever grateful to Melanie and Robert (see her project evolve here) for #1 allowing us to be the artists we are #2 for teaching us what it means to trust a designer. Grateful is the only word I can muster when remembering this project. I’m grateful that we crossed paths with this couple who reminded us why we do what we do. Nothing can take the place of true trust in a design process. Art making requires freedom…freedom from fear, freedom of mind and heart. When all parties feel this freedom, magic does happen.
I urge you to begin by watching this film and perhaps you have already because it has been featured throughout this site many times. It tells the story of this project through my words…
Over the years of traveling to Utah I’ve made some friends…yes I’m in with the locals, so to speak. The wedding scene in Southern Utah is overflowing with talent and I’m proud to be part of this group if only part time every year. Jimmy Bishop of Gideon Photography built Southern Utah Bride Magazine from the ground up and this most recent issue’s cover gives you a peek into the sharp eye and artful aesthetic of this talented man.
I was brought in to design stationery for the Tribal Shoot and, how can I forget, these incredible hand chalked paper lanterns!
Color everywhere mingling in intensity and tone is the star of this scene. Texture is layered and layered upon layer lending an opulence not often seen in tribal wedding inspiration. I began with a mix of materials from wood veneer and shimmery stock to thickly applied opaque paint and gilded inks. Chevron painted in white against the wood textures was perhaps one of my favorite moments.
You’ve likely noticed the bit of blue peeking out from behind the invitation…this is the pattern developed to compliment the more edited tribal elements on the invitation. I can’t get enough of this palette, these textures…oh my.
See it all in action…
Thanks so much Jimmy, for bringing me on board and giving me the opportunity to dive in to this sumptuous creative scene! XO
Photography – Gideon Photography :: Location – Brianhead :: Planning and Design – Forevermore Events :: Flowers – Bloomers :: Hair – Julie Thomas Style :: Hand Painted Stationery – Momental Designs :: Gown – BHLDN :: Jewelry – MS Turquoise :: Film – NP Films :: Cake – Sweet Cakes by Karen