We all can agree that weddings are timeless events. Whereas they can continually evolve, the basic concept of love and marriage – for better or for worse – continues on. One of the most popular trends in weddings today, is the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) element – in an effort to not only save money, but add unique personalization and unexpected touches.
One principle that can help couples achieve an economic balance is to celebrate their nuptials, and the following brouhaha, on one exclusive venue instead of the traditional church ceremony and separate reception location. Doing this is not only a thrifty option (saving on florals, transportation, time), but also creates a jovial atmosphere for the wedding guests. Instead of navigating to a second location, that time can be spent among family, friends and absorbing the blissful atmosphere (plus it saves on gas – no harm in helping the planet!)!
Being on budget does not mean that you have to take away from décor or styling, it just means that you get to be creative and more resourceful! As for the wedding I planned and styled for Chelsea and Brenon, instead of printing programs to alert guests of the evening’s flow – there was a simple sign at the front entrance. And it said…
Lovely, simple and sweet! Because the ceremony and reception were on the same grounds, we were able to economically utilize this element. The chalkboard was borrowed from a family friend, the suitcases were from my own personal vintage rental inventory, and the rest of the décor – burlap, mason jars, baby’s breath, wood rounds – were extra from the centerpieces! I bought a bucket of chalk from Michael’s – for a grand total of $4.
First impressions are important to me as a stylist – they set the tone for an event. I am a huge believer that the first impression does not have to be over-the-top either – sometimes it is the simplicity that makes the deepest impression.
P.S. Many thanks to Kilean Todd for her amazing photography!
Feathers…oh, wonderful fluffiness!
They add so much texture, dimension and distinction to a project. I, myself, love to use feathers when gift wrapping – in place of a bow, to add that element of height.
One of my signature gift wrapping designs, is to build a small base – I use jewels and faceted rocks – and insert feathers into the crevices. What I like about this design, is that once it is removed from the gift it can be used for other purposes! A paperweight, a fascinator – the possibilities, once you let your mind wander, are endless!
But feathers certainly are not limited to gift wrapping. A fellow wedding stylist also used my dyed curled feathers for her bouquets and boutonnières…I love the ethereal look that the curled feathers contributed to the final looks!
These lovely wedding photos are of my good friends Whitney and Travis, many kudos to Chance James Photography for capturing their beautiful nuptials.
With The Great Gatsby carving a niche for 20s Flapper Style weddings and events, feathers are definitely making a comeback in styling and design. I cannot wait to use them more and more in many designs!
This is rather belated post – but rather late than never!
I was honored to be one of the vendors invited to participate at The Bridal Showcase hosted by Engelmann Cellars in Fresno, CA. It was a wonderfully beautiful day – sunny skies and a cool breeze. Bret and Elainea Engelman are two of the greatest people I know – so genuine and giving – and they held such an amazing affair. The park setting of their winery is a breathtaking venue for weddings – especially at sunset when the sultry suns rays radiate off the surrounding vineyards! This happens to be one of my favorite wedding and event venues in Fresno. It also happens to be one of the few places that will allow brides and grooms to choose their own vendors – which is perfect when a couple is on a budget or wants a DIY affair!
Below were my designs for the showcase…
The above design was inspired by the 20s Flapper Era. Vintage black sewing desk, dotted lace, Royal vintage typewriter – topped off with fur throw, pink feathers and roses, a heart shaped birdcage and whimsy lamp! The lovely lady was my neighboring vendor, Whitney Vasquez, who is a fantastic hair stylist!
This second look pulled together bright colors of teal and pink, with subtle accents of black and gold. The typewriter is more retro, and such a great way to get guests involved by typing love notes or sayings during your wedding!
I loved creating these looks and sharing them with Fresno’s future Mrs.’s was a joy!!
See the complete looks at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.392620140835922.85197.230223937075544&type=3
Just a sneak peek of the lovely wedding nuptial between Chelsea and Brenon! I am so blessed that they had me style and plan their entire wedding – they were a complete joy to work with and the wedding was filled with so much love and laughter! My hat comes off for the delightful Kilean, of Kilean Todd Photography – for her expert eye captured all these amazing details!
For their bouquets and boutonnieres, they had a distinct look that they wanted – simple and rustic with elements of burlap, lace and hues of yellow. It was not intended, but aqua sneaked itself into the design and became an accent color that deliciously complimented the vintage yellows!
The boutonnieres were three little Billy Buttons (such a gorgeous pop of yellow!) with small sprays of baby’s breath and wrapped with a heavy twine. I decided to use previously dried Billy Buttons, which have a slightly more rustic look – this is completely just my personal observation (I think fresh B&B’s appear more modern and retro – but the difference is so minimal it really doesn’t matter!).
The bouquets were all baby’s breath! Such lightness and texture! The bridesmaids all had small, fluffy bouquets wrapped simply with burlap. The bride’s was larger, and was wrapped with burlap and a lace handkerchief given to her from her grandmother – also, an antique brooch tied with twine and lace trail completed her bouquet. The lace trail was knotted twice – to symbolize “tying the knot!”
I loved creating these darling bouquets and boutonnieres – they fit the personalities of the bride and groom wonderfully!