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Easily one of the most enchanting places on earth, Yosemite National Park has captured my attention time and time again.  Just off the phone with Robin and feeling inspired to paint this majestic scenery once again…

Yosemite Wedding Ideas
J. Crew, Yosemite Wedding Invitations, Yosemite Vista, Matt Alberts Photography, Yellow and Blue Wedding Ideas, Ahwahnee Hotel

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I think many of us are wishing the last weeks of winter to make a quiet exit as we happily glide into Spring.  This Winter, at least in Northeastern Pennsylvania has been…for lack of a better word… insane!  Snow after snowstorm has crippled us time after time leaving the white stuff to collect everywhere in towering piles.  But just as winter has gotten on my last nerve I recall our Holiday celebration held in a local private cabin.  So let’s let Winter linger for just a few more minutes and soak up the warmth and coziness it brings as we shelter ourselves from its harshness.

Cabin Glam Winter Party Every Momental Celebration starts with an invitation, no matter how small the guest list might be.   I collaborated with childhood friend and master woodworker in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Dan Brody, of Skilltree Designs, to create these exotic wooden slide top invitation boxes.  Of course we had to experiment with adding a watercolor finish to the wood and the results were simply breathtaking.  Seeing the woodgrain through the watercolor was important to give the look a certain softness and maintain the natural textures of the wood.

Watercolor Wood Part Invitations
Silver Foil Wedding Invitations Our friends at Tieks worked closely with our planning team to develop a perfect gifting experience for the Momental Girls.  Each artist was given a gift certificate for their very own pair of Tieks! XO

Tieks in a hand painted box Each iconic turquoise Tieks box was painted with impressionistic winter scenes and abstract patterns…

Hand Painted Tieks Boxes The fire was crackling and roaring as the team arrived.  Seating was a mix of old chairs, tree trunk benches and even a few rocking chairs.

Rustic Glam Party Inspiration Fiftyflowers.com provide the wholesale flowers for my creative pleasure.  White Amaryllis, Scabiosa Pods, Hanging Amaranthus, Dusty Miller and loads of textural bits made their way into my collection of Vintage Daher Tins.  Oh and how about those sweet flatware pockets/menus?  We foiled a simply bare tree on each and added touches of white ink….

White Amaryllis Centerpieces Can hardly get enough of LaTavola Linen‘s sequin chevron number…so fun!

Unique silverware pockets My Grandma’s Vintage Noritake China made an appearance…Love the eclectic mix of decor…those watercolor paper chains were made at 2 am the night before!!

banner place cards in silver foil I’ve been hoarding this one textile for a while, waiting for the perfect moment to use it.  It had the most amazing woven texture and thickness…each invitation box was lined with its glory.

Wood Watercolor Box Pine trees painted in whites and teal kept things fresh and youthful…not overly traditional.

Wooden Boxed Wedding Invitations Love these ladies!

Cabin Glam Rustic Celebration
Head over to Style Me Pretty to see the full gallery!  Curious to see past Momental Celebrations?  Have a look here, here and here!

Photography –  Morrissey Photo  ::  FoodThe Epicurean Delight  ::  Wholesale FlowersFiftyFlowers.com  ::  Flower DesignDIY By Kristy Rice  ::  Gifting –  Tieks  ::  LinensLaTavola Linen  ::  Styling, Celebration Design and Watercolor StationeryMomental Designs  ::  Watercolor Wood Invitation Boxes –  Skilltree Designs

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Earlier this week a sweet shoot we participated in was featured on Wedluxe.com.  If you haven’t read the Wedluxe blog or flipped the pages of their print magazine….please do.  This publication, based in Canada features some of the most artful, inspired and lavish celebrations.  Each issue is bursting with fresh ideas and tons of inspiring content!

Wedluxe Magazine Illustrative Feature The inspiration here was all about illustration and tattoo inspired imagery.  Our Bride even had body art as a focal point to her wedding day look.  Love it!  Pink Cherry Blossoms were chosen for this Wedding Invitation suite  to conjure the vibe of classic tattoo illustrations.  Simple shapes, saturated colors in places and bold outlines define the look.

Tattoo Wedding Ideas Each invitation was tucked inside a raw silk folio.  Soft apricot stocks allowed our white brushstrokes to pop.  Mismatched patterns lend an eclectic feel without sacrificing elegance.

Pink Cherry Blossom Wedding Ideas The silk folio was adorned with free watercolor  hand Cherry Blossoms.

Pink Cherry Blossom Wedding Invitation Large all over blooms create BIG drama, even on the most elegant of wedding invitations.  Careful layout and color choice ensures the look remains sophisticated.

Tattoo Inspired Wedding Invitations What would a tattoo inspired wedding menu be without an illustrated banner?

tattoo inspired wedding menu

Have a look here to dive into the full feature!

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It is hard to put into words seeing a project of this magnitude come to life.  I began my career very humbly…literally building invitations on my dining room table and scrubbing paint of it’s hardwood surface everyday before dinner.  Never could I have dreamed that one day I would lead a team of creatives in making art at one of this country’s most beloved pieces of architectural history.  Last June I visited The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and fell completely, head-over-heels in love.  Never have I experienced a place bursting with such pride of ownership.  Everyone from the shuttle driver to the cafe worker seemed to beam with pride at this place that seemed more like everyone’s home that a private estate originally built for just one family.

So imagine then hosting a wedding at this place so steeped in tradition and history.  Imagine starting your modern love story amidst visually beguiling scenery and heirlooms at every glance.  Imagine, just for a moment walking the sprawling grounds with The Biltmore Estate in the misty distant view.  Well, that is exactly what we did, we imagined, dreamed and asked a lot of ourselves and the images to follow are the bounty.

Blueberry Creative documented our day.  Just love the spirit captured here….

Editorial Shoot for Destination I Do Magazine at The Biltmore Estate from Blueberry Creative on Vimeo.

We crafted a table for twenty.  Scale was so important here so we had to build a table that would visually stand up to the grandeur of The Biltmore!  Wholesale Flowers were provided by Fiftyflowers.com to include delicate Hydrangea, Garden Roses, Star of Bethlehem and Hanging Amaranthus for Lily Greenthumb’s to design away with!

Th hummingbird became a subtle visual thread throughout…I just adore this die cut and hand painted hummingbird table number nestled in the blooms.

Sophisticated Wedding Table Inspiration Dreaming of this linen from LaTavola Linen for quite some time I knew quickly it was the perfect backdrop for our table.  It feels so much like a painting with its gradients of color…romantic blooms, leafy moments and a subtle peacock reference lend an exotic touch…20 feet of greens, dahlias and eucalyptus was built on location.  Pops of bold, saturated watermelon graced each menu for a more youthful element that was a bit unexpected. Wholesale Wedding Flowers

Hand sketched in white a gilded monogram is set against a sherbert inspired trio of stocks…

Hand Gilded Modern Wedding Menu Of the three invitation suites created for this shoot, this was possibly my favorite.  Meant to Be Calligraphy gave us stunning script to play with and of course I felt compelled to stretch inside an embroidery hoop!

Cross Stitch Inspired Watercolor Artwork Skilltree Designs created these exotic wood monogram letters.  Love this modern spin on a classic monogram!

Exotic Wood Handmade Monogram Classic layout and structure was mingled with unexpected moments in this suite.  A favorite detail are the hand painted dupioni silk ribbon elements; photo corners on the invitation and a wrap at the menu’s bottom.

Watercolor Monogram Wedding Invitations So over the moon with these hoop art wedding place cards from Thimble and Thistle!

Hoop Art Place Cards Lulu Frost is a personal favorite of mine so to have the chance to style with her pieces was a dream…A bracelet found its way to the hair but it works, right?

Lulu Frost Wedding Jewelry And the garland…what else can I say?
Garland Wrapped Wedding Couple Jill and Ryan from With Love and Embers are like painters with the camera…light becomes paint in their world and I love every minute of it.

Watercolor Wedding Fan for Bride
Watercolor Crest Hand Painted Wedding Invitation It is hard to say thank you properly for an experience of this magnitude.  Firs the trust of The Biltmore Team and Destination I Do Magazine is quite simply, humbling.   To the team,  some of which followed me many states away and dealt with many intensly demanding and  highly emotional moments on location…you are a gift. XO

Want to read more about the cover shot?  Read here and of course there is more to follow soon!

Venue - The Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina  ::  PhotographyWith Love and Embers  ::  Styling, Concept and DesignKristy Rice  ::   Planning – Erica Stawick, Ashley Baber Weddings  ::  Cake, Wine and CateringBiltmore  ::  Floral DesignLily’s Greenthumb  :: Wholesale Flowers byFiftyflowers.com  ::  FilmBlueberry Creative  ::  MakeupBlush  ::  Hair – Emily Anne Hair  ::  GownsClaire Pettibone  ::  CalligraphyMeant to Be Calligraphy  ::  LinensLaTavola Linen  ::  Vintage RentalsEast West Vintage Rentals  ::   Custom Wood Monogram and Cake ToppersSkilltree Designs  ::  JewelryLulu Frost  ::  Casual ShoesTieks  ::  Hoop Art Place Cards – Thimble and Thistle

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Today is the official landmark day for love and its one I’ve admittedly left in the dust since college.  I’ve been with my hubby since high school and over the years we’ve taken a much more low key approach to this controversial Holiday.  To play or not to play is typically the question amidst those of my generation (slightly pre-millenial) and those to follow.  We’ve seemed to take a stance on celebrating the many loves in our lives on just one day.  Because, (enter cliché) well love should be celebrated everyday.  So friends, my casual boycott of Valentine’s day is not because I don’t love the sentiment behind the day but simply because I try (and sometimes fail) to love passionately everyday.

In the spirit of loving simply and without fanfare…I would like to share a very special project recently revealed in the inaugural issue of the beloved and until now digital wedding magazine, Utterly Engaged.  Our contribution was this Rustic Floral Pattern Artwork piece…

The editors reached out to request a piece of original artwork be created…of course inspired by a favorite love quote.  Well this one was rough for me because, again I’m not a hopeless romantic but more of a silly, loving, affectionate,  everyday kind of romantic.  In high school I fell for the work of Kahil Gibran, in his work The Prophet.  Every word feels real and riddled with sometimes very real and raw emotion.  Romanticism mingles with desperation, longing and vulnerability.  He conjures images of quiet and piercing emotional moments that loves share when they live their days closely intertwined.  His words always resonate with my view on real love and what it takes to live in a marriage that fulfills and fires passions big and small.  Daffodil Painting The last sentence “And to sleep with a prayer for the beloved on your heart and a song of praise upon your lips”.  Just divine…and really the words cut right to the core of what I believe marriage to be all about; a daily commitment to loving, true compassion and sacrifice.

AND SO THE STORY BEHIND THE ARTWORK  Immediately an organic, eclectic pattern was swimming around in my brain.  The poem’s metaphors grew into imagery of rustic landscapes, curious critters and of course, lush, bountiful and romantic blooms.  To take the look a step further I painted and sketched on a wood panel which was whitewashed before many layers of defining inks were applied; all in the vain of creating a warm and inviting finish.  I kind of want to crawl inside this scene and take a nap.

Raspberry and Floral Artwork for Utterly Engaged Magazine The hawk is symbolic for me of majesty and honor, while the bunny of sweetness and gentility.  Oh and the hubby’s nickname for me is bunny, so there you go…

Bits of hand gilding were in order…

Whimsical Wildlife Sample It has been a while since I’ve created artwork meant to translate a piece of poetry…much more the sort of project I’d see in college.  It was however a mini-rebirth in my art life, to experience painting and thinking in this way again.  Thank you Utterly Engaged for the chance to revisit some old ways and to trade in my realist romanticism for just a touch of Valentine’s Day style indulgence. XO

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