14 Jan

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Given the amount of sunny, pastel, and altogether bright photos that we see on our Pinterest + Instagram feeds (not to mention the 100lc inbox!), it’s pretty easy to think of certain styles as the final say in event design. But inspo can come from anywhere, and today’s shoot was inspired by Dutch Renaissance paintings, their Old World beauty, and the dramatic contrast between dark + light they portray. And boy does this make a case for luscious and rich side of design!

Thanks to Andria Lo for sharing these images with us today…

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

They chose Oakland, CA restaurant Camino for their lush and romantic setting. And isn’t this Alice + Olivia dress gorgeous? (PS: It happens to be on sale right now, too!)

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Melanie of Hawthorn Flower Studio explains, We chose to emphasize the contrast between light and dark, to add a dramatic flair. On the table, a lush arrangement of white clematis and burgundy peonies, plum branches, tulips, fritallia, anemones and lily of the valley. Tablescapes feel like artful still lifes of simple pleasures.

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

A vegan + organic wedding cake with vanilla bean buttercream filling and a patina finish…Mmmm. Thanks to Tara Allen of Fox and Fawn for the instant craving!

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Dramatic dutch still life wedding inspiration | photo by Andria Lo Weddings | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84485

Melanie says, Finally, we’d like to leave readers with a sumptuous wedding dinner menu inspired by our shoot, and crafted by the owners of Camino:

Wood oven-baked oysters with absinthe, breadcrumbs and carrot salad
Kabocha squash salad with yogurt, pomegranate and walnuts
Wood oven-baked whole petrale sole with farro and cucumbers
Lamb leg à la ficelle, grilled loin and slow-cooked shoulder with grilled rutabaga, chiles and mint
Vegan wedding cake

Beautiful work!

Photographer: Andria Lo / Venue: Camino / Flowers: Melanie Tom of Hawthorn Flower Studio / Hair: Mishi Nova of Morphic Beauty / Makeup: Julie Dy / Cake: Tara Allen of Fox and Fawn / Invitations: Jenna Rainey of Monvoir / Dress: Alice + Olivia

 
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13 Jan

Let’s get cozy for Valentine’s Day this year, yeah? Going out to a fancy dinner *is* fun, but it can be kind of a let down too. Isn’t it so much more romantic to plan and prepare a special meal at home, with just the two of you? It’s the perfect excuse to use your treasured wedding registry gifts for the first time, or pick up a few special pieces just for the meal. Here are a few of our top picks for a chic Valentine’s Day table, dinner, and dessert from Crate & Barrel.

Valentine's Day dinner ideas

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Your wares don’t have to be specifically holiday-themed for a V-day date night—the cozy pieces we picked from Crate & Barrel above give off a romantic vibe any time of year. The Crate & Barrel registry offers an exclusive collection of designs, including a special gift of their best-selling wine glasses + an embroidered linen bag for those who register. Not to mention 10% off for 6 months after your event!

Valentine's Day dinner ideas

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If you + your significant other love to cook at home, what better way to start a collection together than with the registry? This goes for you with a sweet tooth, too…

Valentine's Day dinner ideas

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Love keeping it minimal and sophisticated, even for a very red and pink holiday.

You can create a registry with Crate and Barrel here, or find a local wedding event to see these pretty pieces in person. PS: Your friends + fam will love the free shipping on registry items.

 
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13 Jan

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

You saw this morning’s rustic Tennessee wedding, yes? It’s amazing how flowers can take things to the next level, especially when made a focal point. In this editorial inspired by designer fashion, the team wanted to convey romance and femininity through the vibrant florals. Thanks to Ana and Francisco of Um dia de sonho for the dreamy photos!

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Makeup was inspired by the soft and rich colors of the flowers and the main goal was simplicity with a hint of color, light and gold. Transparency was molded in a way that it would add light to the skin, and to bring a little bit of color to the cheek bones.

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Stylists + Designers Diana & Marlene Vinha of Pretty Exquisite whipped up a flawless wardrobe, no?

Designers featured: Lanvin, Luís Buchinho, Dior, Miu Miu, Office London, Pedro Waterland, Elizabeth Teixeria, and others in their collection.

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Pinga Amor included statice, roses, freesia, Swedish ivy, jasmine, ranunculus, carnation, hoya flowers, pine, limonium, dahlias, and tulips in the floral design.

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Modern vintage floral inspiration | Photo by Um dia de sonho | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84453

Is it spring yet?

Thanks to Um dia de sonho + everyone below for sending their fabulous work our way!

Photography: Um dia de sonho / Location: Quinta da Conceição, Leça,  Matosinhos, Portugal / Flowers: Pinga Amor / Makeup, Manicure & Costume: Pretty Exquisite / Models: Diana Vinha and Raquel Rocha

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