I woke up the morning of this editorial shoot to my phone going insane with messages and buzzing and I knew that could not possibly mean anything good. It was pouring rain, I mean sheets of unrelenting rain that make it hard to drive, let alone style delicate flowers and prep fragile stationery for photographing in a field of flowers. I had been dreaming up this project with a group of friends and artists for months. I had the hand painted gown which was the centerpieces of our story for only one day. Only one choice remained. Work on…
So why do I start this post, meant to celebrate this artful project full of flowers and life and all that is lovely, with a dreary tale of the weather that morning? I’m sharing this story because this project is a sign to me of perseverance and proof that every day has a plan that leads to something worthwhile and good. Every day is always met with challenge but when you push through and find a way to make the marvelous in life happen despite all else, you can count on something beautiful happening.
Rain? I don’t see any rain in these shots, just life…And even though the team was wet and cranky and frazzled as we dashed between tents covering our precious work as we moved, we still ended the day feeling accomplished and content.
The centerpieces of this shoot orginally produced for Magnolia Rouge Magazine was my collaborative gown with Chaviano Couture. The “Kristy” gown features 7 yards of hand painted fabric! The loft and lush feel of this gown inspired every detail envisioned for this shoot from flowers to stationery.
This Pastel Peony Garden pattern was developed just for this project and insired one of our new iPhone case designs over at Shop Momental!
The stationery suite was decided to feature an ombre of wood finishes! Cedar, Cherry, Walnut, Curly Maple and Ash wood veneers were woven throughout the suite and of course painted on! Graceful brushstrokes of pinks, white, sage greens and gold soaked in to the wood just enough to create a vintage, slightly worn finish.
The table, ooooh the table!! Layer upon layer of peonies, unripe raspberry, peach vines and blueberries set amongst soft white and pink toille dinnerware. I added a touch of Pewter in the stemware and wine goblets too. La Tavola Linen sent over the most gorgeous satin linen in the perfect shade of dusty blush.
Table numbers on cut glass plates…you bet. Here the ombre of wood finishes can really be seen in all their glory!
A spin on the classic reception card…A small walnut car was presented in a floral pattern pouch tied up with a petite gift tag handwritten with each guest’s first name. Nothing beats small, unexpected moments like these in stationery design. The element of curiosity goes a long way in making a truly personal statement.
The Sweat Peas were blooming that day so we nestled anything we could find in the delicate, twirling vines…
Watercolored Maple menus were my favorite piece…. soft white inks painted atop mimicking the Peony Garden Pattern seen elsewhere. Need I say more?
Silver brushstrokes atop Cherry wood.
Love n’ Fresh Flowers blew us away with her sculptural masterpieces!
Photographer – Katie Stoops Photography :: Venue & Flowers – Love ‘n Fresh Flowers Farm :: Styling Design & Stationery – Kristy Rice of Momental Designs :: Cake – The Couture Cakery :: Makeup – Beke Beau :: Hair: Tatum Neiderhiser :: Caterer – The Soupchic :: Dress Designer – Chaviano Couture :: Prop or Furniture Rentals – Maggpie Vintage Rentals :: Linens – LaTavola Linen :: Model: Kaitlin MacCallum & Katherine McMaster
White and ivory blooms painted against shimmering ivory cardstock become the centerpiece for this hand painted invitation suite. I’m inspired by the floral detailing on Maggie’s Vera Wang Katherine gown!
Nothing gives me greater joy than sitting at my home studio painting table and having at it. A few months back I transformed the corner of our sun porch into a small painting space. I spend most of my hours each week in a bustling studio with 8 other women – space to spread out and paint the hours away abounds but most days the hours fall away to much needed phone calls, questions answered and quick sketches. So my small home studio has become a sort of a refuge….it is where I go when I want to completely immerse myself in pencil and watercolor.
Part of what I do everyday is plan…plan for paintings, new designs and then there are days when those plans come to life. The painting I planned for David and Rachel began with a phone conversation and a plan that evolved over several quiet hours in my home studio…
We began with a Painted Bouquet look where soft pink Dahlias, Coral Cabbage Roses, Chocolate Cosmos, Red Berries and Waxflowers swirled together in a graceful flourish. The Floral Wedding Invitation combined with Envelopments delicate Repousse pattern in soft pink. A creamy coral layer of cardstock layer completed the look with a simply clarity.
The Chocolate Cosmos were my favorite. Rich, deep layers of brown and crimson watercolor created an unforgettable depth here.
Months later, Jess and Steph D. created a delicate suite of Ceremony Programs, Schedule of Events and Seating Cards – each derived from favorite invitation artwork elements. Buttery gold cardstock for the Programs evolved the color story a bit…
Each piece was individually painted with creamy white, coral and sheer shimmer inks. David, the Groom had super specific ideas about how the paint mingled with selected papers…and wanted to make sure each brushstroke popped and had a powerful finish both to the touch and eye!
Ahh!! Loved these table numbers!
A small choice but so impactful – the creamy coral cardstock made another appearance on each place card…adore this touch.
Thanks so much to David for inspiring one of my newest floral paintings and of course to the team for bringing this new collection to life. You amaze me everyday!