Websters 1828 dictionary defines Heirloom as the following:
HEIR-LOOM, noun are-loom. Any furniture, movable, or personal chattel, which by law descends to the heir with the house or freehold; as tables, cupboards, bedsteads, etc.
Love it…and at this statement’s heart is a powerful idea…What is some-thing you adore so much that you would cherish and protect it for the duration of your life, in the hopes it could be passed to future generations? My mind wanders to a Family Bible, stuffed with hair clippings, momentous greeting cards and the occasional invitation; all heirlooms too, I’d say. So that is where I intend to land with this post…We’re creating Heirlooms here…the kind of invitations we hope and pray will be cherished, tucked away and slid into the family bible…forever marking a joyous time, becoming a time-worn keepsake for many generations to come. Heirloom making is our practice. Art making is our tool. Storytelling is our craft.
Danielle’s suite is a vision in soft shades of peach. Her Peach Peony Wedding Invitation is a painterly masterpiece I believe created to be Family Bible worthy….
A last layer of brushstrokes were added in a sheer shimmer ink…love the grace these brushstrokes add to each petal.
Hand Watercolored layers on Crane’s Lettra stock….love the cottony texture of this one.
When Amanda of Ashley Baber Weddings asked me to get involved in this editorial for one of my favorites, Southern Weddings Magazine, how could I resist? Now you may be wondering why I’m beginnning 2014 with just another wedding shoot post and I don’t blame you. All our Facebook and Instagram feeds are filled with promises of a new leaf being turned or grand ideas for the year 2014. Tis the season for renewing your life and mind, right? Well I decided to begin the first full week of 2014 with this post for one simple reason. Love.
If you read Southern Weddings mantra, you will quickly learn why this post and this editorial shoot is such a powerful way to start the new year. “From bow ties to biscuits, monograms to mason jars, we preserve the best of the past while celebrating the true heart of a wedding – the marriage at its center.”
So I begin this year very similar to last – with a call to preserve and remember what wedding planning is all about – the marriage.
This shoot, titled Generations Past and is all about sweet and sentimental details infused at every turn. Our “bride” had been collecting hankies from the family for years so we designed and invitation centered around her very favorite. Watercolor roses in shades of peach along with spring green leaves and aqua paint spatter became the artistic focus of all things paper for this project.
A favorite detail was our embroidered hanky lined envelope. Oh what a statement of time spent and love infused into a time honored wedding element.
Amy Osaba worked her magic with blooms… The loosely tied bouquet feels as fresh picked as if it were from Grandma’s garden.
I hand painted a monogram on our “brides” favorite heirloom hanky. The family Bible is such a strong image, especially with its obviously well-used and loved cover.
The seating plan was hung from a tree and I just love the thought that it swayed in the breeze as the day wore on… I created a watercolor of the iconic Whitfield Chapel in shades of aqua and peach. A simple change to the traditional color palette of the Chapel keeps the look fresh while honoring a sacred place.
The watercolor pattern, inspired by the “bride’s” heirloom hanky collection made it’s way into a few unexpected places… These fabric custom napkins at each place setting were produced especially for this project – oh I love it!! What I love more about these napkins is the thought they could be re-sewn into pillows to become new heirlooms!
Photographer – Katie Stoops :: Photographer – Adam Barnes :: Videographer – Naz Films :: Styling: Ashley Baber Weddings :: Venue – Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Academy :: Florals – Amy Osaba :: Choir – Savannah State University Wesleyan Gospel Choir :: Stationery – Momental Designs :: Cake – La Bella Torta :: Rentals – Amazing Event Rentals :: Jewelry – Erin McDermott :: Bridal Headpiece – Lo Boheme :: Bride’s Dress – Reem Acra, from Rent the Runway :: Bridesmaid Dresses – Erin Fetherston, from Rent the Runway :: Shoes – Badgley Mischka :: Bow Tie – High Cotton Ties :: Hairstylist – Jordan Purtee Reddick :: Makeup Artist – Jules De Jesus Fritz, assisted by Jessica Mack
…Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. – Mark 10:6-9
It’s been a busy season here at the studio and way too long since the last Peek into the Studio! I love this time of year as we’re still creating suites for summer while wrapping up fall wedding invitations – the best of both worlds…
First is Allyza’s eclectic wedding invitation combining watercolor sketches of a vineyard scene surrounded by late summer blooms like Lisianthus and Dahlias…The intensity of the Walnut veneer adds elegance and sophistication overall in an unexpected way.
Allyza chose to wrap her Pocketfold with lace and a simple tag illustrating the wedding venue…
Deanna’s suite combines the most delicate bouquet of Hydrangea, Garden Roses and Dahlia with a delightful mix of cardstocks in Indigo, Paisley and blush.
I love how the raspberry tones of watercolor mingle with the shimmering blush stock here…
Deb’s lakeside keepsake wedding invitations were a hit here. We call them keepsake because the simple folded concept allows guests to fold over and frame the artwork if they would like.
Elizabeth and Joseph’s Tree Wedding invitation suite was full of personal details from their chapel, dog and cat and a depiction of the tree under which they were engaged!
The little details…
Caitlin’s Vintage inspired Wedding Invitation suite featured watercolor banners and roses all painted with sheer shimmery inks.
Alison’s Watercolor Dahlia Wedding Invitation is definitely a new favorite of mine…Sketched lace cardstock framing is an unexpected detail that adds so much interest. Touches of sheer shimmery ink were added over the individually watercolored blooms.
Tara’s mix of oceanside architecture and painterly blooms speaks volumes of the charming affair to come.
So what am I up to?
Enjoying my most recent creative shoot seen in the latest Magnolia Rouge Magazine!
Painting Dahlias…well trying to keep up with what my garden is putting out…
Planning a mid summer celebration for the Momental Girls!!
Initially inspired by the Segoe Lily, the stationery took on a decidedly more muted palette, so pops of aqua and red could be the standouts when they occurred.
The studio shot of the suit shows of the various textured stocks and painting techniques used. Sheer, shimmery gold, creamy whites and aqua and peach watercolor tones tell the stationery story here…
The light that day changed faster than we could imagine. From washed out sunlight at every turn, to intense golden rays turning everything into sparkle, we soaked up every ever-changing opportunity to capture this land’s fickle nature.
Our fresh take on the escort card table: Paintbrushes adorned with seating flags by Paloma’s Nest were meant to paint a bit of the image before guests took their seat. At the end, our couple was left with a redrock masterpiece painted collectively by their guests.
More studio shots…
Ellipses were drawn overlapped, again and again as an abstract interpretation of the sunset…Painted with washy tones of amber, red and aqua the look took on a subtly modern finish.
Concept, Styling and Stationery – Momental Designs :: Photography – Gideon Photography :: Location – LaVerkin Overlook, near Springdale, Utah :: Flowers - Bloomers :: Production/Styling - Tessa Woolf :: Rentals and Production Assistance – Forevermore Events :: Models – Stephanie and Mason Woolf :: Cynthia Dean – grooming for Mason Woolf , Stephanie Bybee- makeup design for Stephanie Woolf, Morgan Clark- hair design for Stephanie Woolf – Enzio :: Gown - Anne Barge :: Cake Design – Pink Peach Cakes :: Custom Flags –Paloma’s Nest :: Linens – La Tavola Linen