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…
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.
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.
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
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….
Can hardly get enough of LaTavola Linen‘s sequin chevron number…so fun!
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!!
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.
Pine trees painted in whites and teal kept things fresh and youthful…not overly traditional.
Love these ladies!
Photography – Morrissey Photo :: Food – The Epicurean Delight :: Wholesale Flowers – FiftyFlowers.com :: Flower Design – DIY By Kristy Rice :: Gifting – Tieks :: Linens – LaTavola Linen :: Styling, Celebration Design and Watercolor Stationery – Momental Designs :: Watercolor Wood Invitation Boxes – Skilltree Designs
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!
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.
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.
What would a tattoo inspired wedding menu be without an illustrated banner?
Have a look here to dive into the full feature!
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….
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.
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.
Hand sketched in white a gilded monogram is set against a sherbert inspired trio of stocks…
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!
Skilltree Designs created these exotic wood monogram letters. Love this modern spin on a classic 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.
So over the moon with these hoop art wedding place cards from Thimble and Thistle!
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?
And the garland…what else can I say?
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.
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 :: Photography – With Love and Embers :: Styling, Concept and Design – Kristy Rice :: Planning – Erica Stawick, Ashley Baber Weddings :: Cake, Wine and Catering – Biltmore :: Floral Design – Lily’s Greenthumb :: Wholesale Flowers by – Fiftyflowers.com :: Film – Blueberry Creative :: Makeup – Blush :: Hair – Emily Anne Hair :: Gowns – Claire Pettibone :: Calligraphy – Meant to Be Calligraphy :: Linens – LaTavola Linen :: Vintage Rentals – East West Vintage Rentals :: Custom Wood Monogram and Cake Toppers – Skilltree Designs :: Jewelry – Lulu Frost :: Casual Shoes – Tieks :: Hoop Art Place Cards – Thimble and Thistle
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. 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.
Bits of hand gilding were in order…
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