Whenver Constance Curtis gets in touch with a new couple I know we’re in for a treat! This time around the couple was planning an eclectic California wedding filled with not only thoughtful but decidedly eclectic details. The standout was this incredible ceremony design centered around a dramatic tree with hanging floral elements. Aaron Young captured this shot below, one of my favorites.
Carissa of JL Designs is always innovating. These hanging pots tucked with sprigs of greens and blooms created quite the whimsical backdrop.
A lounge area crafted with pieces from Found Rentals seems quite enticing…I so want to be under that tent right now, lounging in that coral upholstery, gazing up at the twinkle lights and chandeliers… you?
Textured and sweet, the cake and dessert spread is yet another fabulous installation from The Sweet and Saucy Shop! The color story of this wedding is told in moments where the palette evolves. Coral and yellow don’t appear everywhere giving the eyes a chance to rest and adore other shades, like this jade wooden table and amber glassware.
An especially innovative aspect of the decor was this seating card display. Each guest searched for their scroll and tag tucked in round openings within the rustic wood structure. Finding your seat becomes an experience of discovery….love it.
my snapshot above
In addition to the seating cards, we had the honor of creating menus, table numbers and pretty signage throughout. Our rustic watercolor damask was inspired by the gorgeous place settings with hand painted touches in white and taupe, all against the softest blue cardstock. Divine.
Another favorite shot of mine…the gaze.
Aaron Young is a master at composition. These shots are the proof…
It is always a thrill to be in the presence of such talented artists in this industry. Cheers to the stunning couple. XO
Photography – Aaron Young Photography :: Venue – York Property :: Event Design + Planning – Constance Curtis Events :: Floral Design – JL Designs and Events :: Wedding Dress – Elegant Bride in Dublin, Ohio :: Shoes – Toms :: Bridesmaid Dresses – Pronovias :: Hair + Makeup – ten.eleven makeup :: Groom Suit – J.Crew :: Catering – 24 carrots :: Cake – My Sweet and Saucy :: Ceremony Music – Elegant Music :: Reception Music – Hey Mr. DJ :: Rentals - Classic Party Rentals in El Segundo, CA :: Vintage Rentals – Found Rentals – Vintage Cake Plates – Casa De Perrin
February 24, 2012
Who knew this color lover could fall so hard for a white a gray palette? Something about this wedding; the sincere couple, frothy Vera Wang gown, sketchy stationery, it draws you in. I was introduced to the Bride, Danielle by Constance Curtis, her lovely planner. Our breezy blooms, which look to be fresh off a sketchbook page inspired the entire stationery suite.
Who doesn’t love a sophisticated ballroom? The mix here of woods and crystal chandelier is enchanting. Not overdone or too traditional, this space was made to wow.
Glass in all shapes and sizes made huge impact on the tables. Quite possibly my most adored aspect of the wedding is how the tables seem to glisten from the simplest of glassware in abundance.
A full suite of stationery included signs, table names, menus, programs and vintage key escort ties. Simple paper choices of textured white and gray allowed this subtle hand painted details in sheer shimmer inks to really shine.
We collected vintage keys for Danielle and Matt. Then thick satin ribbon was hand painted with a bold stroke of white. Once dry each name and table was handwritten onto the ribbon and a key threaded through the end.
Grey Likes featured this wedding last week and it was the first time I saw this stunning portrait. I just had to share!!
A hug thank you to Danielle and Constance for letting us be a small part of the lovely celebration! XO
January 31, 2012
We love working with Constance, from Constance Curtis Events! Her design aesthetic gives us the opportunity to spread our creative wings and get serious with our brushes. Heather and Scott’s wedding recently seen on Green Wedding Shoes took a joyful color palette and the couple’s love of travel and spun it into a masterful scene of moments.
To begin our love affair with this event, lets talk about the palette. When Constance first got in touch she described a blueberry shade… not navy, not indigo, but juicy, fresh, blueberry. Love.
Possibly a favorite stationery moment from this wedding were the seating “cards” Rough cut wood block were painted with an abstract ocean pattern in shades of blue. Handwritten names on a shimmery burnt sugar cardstock set an artful yet sophisticated tone.
Holly Flora always blows us away with their thoughtful arrangements full of grace and evidence of a savvy compositional eye. Some pinks led towards coral for an eclectic vibe that speaks softly but with confidence.
The paper story began with a sketch of the Santa Monica Pier individually finished with ink brushstrokes in aqua shimmer.
Heather and Scott’s affinity for travel found its voice on each table. A short story and coordinating watercolor sketch informed guests of their many stops around the globe. Alternating paper choices in blueberry and pink avoided an overly matchy-matchy look.
Croquet and Photobooth signs were purist in their simple watercolor painted technique…
I’m not sure what was said in this moment. I don’t have to know. What is obvious is the pure joy present at this celebration. The couples personality shone everywhere and that is what makes this event so magnetic. Proud to have been part. XO
Photography- Gabriel Ryan Photography :: Event Design + Planning- Constance Curtis Events :: Venue-Villa Skyletta, Malibu :: Floral Design-Holly Flora :: Hair + Makeup- The Studio Agency :: Catering-An Catering :: Cake- Sweet and Saucy :: Music- Vox DJ :: Rentals- Classic Party Rentals :: Vintage Rentals-Ribbons and Rust :: Photobooth-Cliques Photobooth
September 21, 2011
Been waiting for the perfect time to blog about this fun project featured on 100 Layer Cake earlier this year! Leila from Be Inspired PR got in touch earlier this year with a fab concept and killer team, asking me to hop on board this creative shoot. I was sold the minute I heard suspended desserts, more on that later. The planner behind these gorgeous real wedding projects, Constance Curtis, led the design team for this project.
Vintage goodies galore, a subtle button theme and a suspended dessert spread defined this shoot.
Cascading buttons seemed sweet and sophisticated all in one moment. We love this shot with a swirly bistro chair as the backdrop, gorgeous composition. Initial sketches of the button cake inspired my drawn pattern of the same.
Suspended sweets, what could be more lovely? A quirky sign crafted of vintage frame parts reads “indulge”. Each panel boasted a hand painted letter, spattered with shimmer inks to create a worn look.
Lyrical sketches of peonies and Queen Anne’s Lace adorned the Save the Date and Wedding Invitation suite.
A button envelope liner for a whimsical touch.
The invitation featured a delicate watercolor painting technique on a slick shimmer paper finish. Look closely to see my favorite detail of this collection. As the watercolor dries it pools heavier in some spots creating tiny moments of faded color that seems unfinished at one glance and perfectly mastered at another. The next two shots are my own…
Lastly is a look at the spatter technique used on the invitation folder. Three shades of sage ink were spattered onto the shimmer paper, set aside to dry and then adorned with a velvet ribbon and tiny button closure. We adore this spatter technique, it adds a distinctly hand painted look to any paper detail. Enjoy!
Photo – Dave Richards Photo :: Planner/Designer – Constance Curtis Events :: Florals – Dolce Design Studio :: Desserts – Cupcakes Couture :: Props – Ribbons & Rust :: Stationery – Momental Designs :: Venue – Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey :: Produced by – Be Inspired PR