28 Jan

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

When we were asked to create a styled shoot using Kate Spade New York‘s lovely line of dinnerware, a few things happened. We were 1) beyond thrilled to use such an inspired home decor line in a shoot, and 2) instantly fell in love with their Castle Peak dinnerware collection. Modern, geometric, stylish – perfect inspiration for a dinner party hosted by a trendsetting bride for her most fashionable bridesmaids. Gorgeous photos by Erin Hearts Court helped us tell her story in a particularly beautiful way.

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | Invites by Bliss and Bone | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Naturally she would send out the most exquisite invitations. So to set the tone for our dinner party, Bliss & Bone created a stunning invite suite of dark leather, gold, and marbled accents. Anne Robin‘s calligraphy tied everything together is a perfectly sexy way.

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | Invites by Bliss and Bone | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

How excited would you be to get that invite in the mail? Hand-lettered leather belly band… yes, please!

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Of course the party wouldn’t be a party without a little bar. Love the mix of gold, black, and pretty ombre fringe from Geronimo… and the faceted vase and Larabee Dot decanter fit in perfectly. And, how amazing are those marbled balloons?

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | Calligraphy Anna Robin | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320
Every cocktail bar should adorn this poster by Anne Robin Calligraphy. We think she should start selling a few, don’t you?

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

The lovely ladies of Brown Paper Design created such perfectly romantic florals to soften some of the edges of the rest of the party.

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

And then of course there’s the dinner menu, courtesy of Taste of Pace. Super swanky and sexy, just like the ladies in attendance.

Some of the delicious bites on the menu:
Scallop ceviche, finger lime, trout roe, micro cilantro
Pumpkin gnudi, brown butter, fried sage
Pork rilletes, pickled shallot, parsley, paper crostini
Pumpkin mousse, chai whipped cream, pepita cookie crumble

If only every party was so expertly catered!

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

We loved alternating slate and white accent plates from the Castle Peak collection, for each place setting. And the matching serving platter would be gorgeous on it’s own for every day or special occasions.

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | Agate Coaster Escort Card | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Can we all agree that agate coasters with gold calligraphy are kind of amazing? We loved playing with textures and subtle patterns, by pairing geometric dinner plates with the black leather dots linen from La Tavola.

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Every stylish hostess should have a fun serving bowl, even if it’s just for popcorn. Especially if said popcorn is being served with champagne in the cutest polka-dot glass!

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

We wrapped simple florist vases with patterned paper from Paper Source to add more pattern and playfulness to the table.

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York | Flowers by Brown Paper Design | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Oh, hello little giraffe friend! Aren’t you a fun addition to our table.

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York | Flowers by Brown Paper Design | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Isn’t it nice to have vases that go with the party theme too? The bud vase is a real sweetie.

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Modern dinner party inspiration | Kate Spade New York dinnerware | photo by Erin Hearts Court | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67320

Such a fun idea for a party with your besties! We hope this inspires some of you to plan a special night with your gals before your big day. There’s never too much celebrating to be had during the months leading up to your wedding. Might as well make each occasion spectacular!

Photography: Erin Heart Court / Design & Styling: 100 Layer Cake / Flowers: Brown Paper Design / Stationery, escort cards and menus: Bliss & Bone / Cocktail poster + Calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy / Catering: Taste of Pace / Table linen and napkin: La Tavola Linens / Frill garland and marbled balloons: Geronimo Balloons /

Sources: Castle Peak slate and white dinner plate and salad plate / Gold flatware / Larabee dot stemless white wine glass / Larabee dot champagne flute / Larabee Dot decanter / Gold napkin ring cuff / Woodland park giraffe figurine / Castle Peak serving bowl / Castle Peak serving platter / Castle Peak bud vase / Castle Peak medium vase / Agate coasters

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27 Jan

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

There’s a little part of us that wishes we could pull off the whole cowboy boots wedding look. But alas, we’ll leave that to Brittany and her adorable blush bridal party. This was a bit of a destination wedding for B + L. They live in California but have always dreamt of living on a farm surrounded by a family of animals. Since that dream isn’t quite reality yet, she decided to ship all the bottles, quilts, and other thrifted & vintage goodies back home to her family’s farm in Kentucky to have Chris Cornwell capture it all perfectly.

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Brittany made her petite bouquet using burlap, buttons and a bit of ribbon.

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Pink bridesmaids | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Pink bridesmaids | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

These bridesmaids kinda had the best hairstyles around, no?

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Love those quilts that Brittany borrowed from friends and family!

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Kentucky barn wedding | photo by Chris Cornwell Photographer | 100 Layer Cake

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photographer: Chris Cornwell / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private residence / Wedding design (flowers: Bride / Hair & Makeup: Angela Cox / Cake & Cupcakes: Debbie Bardin / Catering: Steve Porter (Bride’s uncle and other family chipped in) / Crafters: Bride, sisters & friends! / Vintage truck: Alex Montgomery / DJ: Steven Williams / Wood signs, mason jar chandeliers: Father of the bride / Quilts: Borrowed from friends & family, others purchased at auctions

 
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27 Jan

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Ours was just great, and now we’re ready to start the last week of January with a major beauty, captured by Braedon Flynn Photography. Event design powerhouse teams, Jesi Haack Designs and JL Designs are teasing us with this one. We easily mistook it for a French countryside wedding, but nope. It’s just a stones throw from Catalina Island. The Maypole ceremony, the baguette cart used as escort cards, the pie display, and garland of cups decorating the dance floor, love!

Tara Keely wedding dress | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

Bridesmaids in polka dots, total win!

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

Tara Keely wedding dress | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

And did we mention that Aaron is also a wedding photographer? Love when they’re on the other side of the camera.

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

Sweet invitations by Thorn + Sparrow.

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

Right!? Doesn’t the Catalina View Gardens venue feel like it could be in the French countryside?

French bread escort cards  | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French bread escort cards  | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

How they saved: We kept the guest count low! Its the hardest thing to do when you start to look at all the friends and family you would love to have. By keeping it to the 80 people that were nearest and dearest we were still able to afford the amazing food and rentals we really wanted. We also hired a bartender that came with the necessary permits, licenses and service without the alcohol ‘everything but the booze.’ This allowed us to provide the exact alcohol we wanted without a caterer markup.

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

Pie dessert table | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

Pie dessert table | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

Pie dessert table | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

How sweet is this super8 video from Braedon Flynn?

French garden inspired wedding | Southern California wedding | Photo by Braedon Flynn | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=67357

From Shauna: I know brides hear this all the time, but just to drive it home one more time- your wedding day is about you and your husband – don’t worry about what everyone tells you to do. Think really hard about what you want YOUR day to be like and make it happen. All of the planning and hoopla we brides put ourselves before the wedding won’t matter when you are standing before God saying your vows to each other. And honestly, some of our favorite memories from the day were completely unplanned!

The best thing we did for ourselves was to pick vendors we really loved. Finding people you love to work with and can completely trust is everything. Creative people thrive on being given direction and TRUSTED to really make awesome things happen. We gave our vendors some inspiration and set them loose. We loved being surprised on our wedding day with all the things they came up with that we would never have imagined on our own.

Love to hear that more couples are starting to give creative freedom to their trusting wedding team, don’t you? Congratulations Aaron + Shauna!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photographer + Videographer: Braedon Flynn  / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Catalina View Gardens / Event Coordinator: The Love Riot  / Event Designer: Jesi Haack / Invitation Designer: Thorn & Sparrow / Hair & Makeup: 1011 Makeup / Florist: JL Designs / Pies: Polly’s Pies / Catering: Whoa, Nelly! / Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals / Signature Party Rentals / DJ: JP McCloud / Bartender: Sunseri’s / Wedding dress: Tara Keely purchased at Mon Amie Bridal / Wedding shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Princess Bride Couture / Flower crown: JL Designs / Earrings & bracelet: Nordstrom / Guys Suits: J.Crew / Groom’s Tie: Klien Epstein & Parker / Grooms’s Bowtie: Klien Epstein & Parker / Shoes: Sperry Topsiders, J.Crew / Bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie

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