29 Jun

Exciting news for all of you in planning mode (wedding, epic bash, etc. etc.): The Flashdance just let us know about their summer sale which means big discounts on wedding and event vendors in 2015. Book your Flashdance DJ now and get 20% off for any date the rest of this year. Or, have summer festivities already in the works? Rent Smilebooth for 15% off this month. There are four different deals to scoop up so you’ll want to see which fit with your shindig best. Music? Check. Photography? Check. Rentals, even. Here’s what you want to know about the services on the table:

Flashdance Summer wedding sale

Lots of great deals to be had from some of the best in the biz. A little bit about each service and what it entails for those of you who don’t already have them bookmarked!

The Flashdance: A wedding music collective that’s currently made up of 7 DJs who are pumped throw the best party you ever witnessed. Like we said, they’re offering 20% off when you book a DJ before August 1st. | view The Flashdance’s vendor profile

Smilebooth: A full service event photography + high tech photo booth in one. Basically, you’ll get professional photographs all within your event’s own mini-photo studio. And boy is it F-U-N for everyone involved. Rent the Smilebooth from now until August 31st and receive 15% off. | view Smilebooth’s vendor profile

YEAH! Rentals: Based in LA, SF, & Palm Springs, Yeah! Rentals has all the raddest furniture + props for all your mid-century modern + industrial events and more. (Hello, Palm Springs wedding!) Yeah! Rentals is also offering up 15% for your July & August events. | view YEAH! Rentals’ vendor profile

YEAH! Weddings: With Yeah! Weddings you get the whole package AKA photography, DJ, video, and Smilebooth, in one affordable deal. Basically, if you’re looking for all of the above, it’s a great time to snag this price: 3 services for $9,000 or 4 services for $10,000. By bundling up on these vendors, you’re getting a great summer rate. | View YEAH! Weddings’ vendor profile

Happy booking. xo

 
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29 Jun

Airstream elopement

Wedding editorials are always a touch sweeter with a real-life couple involved. Janelle Photography + the team were able to scoop up these cuties just in time for their first wedding anniversary to convey their darling Airstream elopement inspiration. With a vintage trailer and foraged details, this is one to bookmark for a charming camp-themed elopement or intimate wedding.

Outdoor bridal portrait

White mum boutique

Airstream elopement

Is this one of the prettiest places to elope or what?

Outdoor elopement with Airstream

Outdoor Airstream wedding

Yellow and white floral centerpiece

Outdoor brunch picnic

The main goal for the shoot was to feel like they could have pulled everything from their surroundings and inside their trailer, like the honey can vases, vintage tabletop wares, a rustic picnic table, to name a few. The flowers mimicked the natural flowers in the area too.

Floral napkin

Outdoor brunch picnic

Outdoor Airstream wedding

Outdoor elopement

Janelle tells us, We came across this amazing 60s airstream trailer on the property of a gorgeous upcoming wedding venue in Kelowna, BC, Caldwell Heritage Farm, and fell in love. We found a lovely nook on the property to put the trailer and Madison of Be Marry Events styled a beautiful and romantic setting for the ‘elopement’. Our couple was actually just married last year, and this was going to be the perfect anniversary shoot for them! As you can see, they are completely adorable and completely in love.

Lace wedding dress

White mum boutique

Outdoor elopement

Layered cake

Two words: crepe cake. Yesssss. (With a side of Canadian maple syrup of course.)

Outdoor elopement with Airstream

Sounds like a most perfect way to spend an anniversary. Thanks to Janelle Photography and the BC-based team below for sharing.

Photography: Janelle Photography / Location: Caldwell Heritage Farm in Kelowna, BC / Stylist: Madison Heglund of Be Marry Events / Florist: Crocus Floral Design / Hair: Sabrina Nunes / Makeup: Jenny McKinney / Cake: Sugar Sweet Cake Company / Dress: Madison James from Bliss Bridal Kelowna

 
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29 Jun

Modern Desert portrait

The desert never ceases to find new ways to impress. In this modern Mojave shoot, Kristen Joy Photography + Opal Floral wanted to balance a jewel-toned color palette with mid-century charm on a dusty windswept landscape. This whole scene shot in the outskirts of Las Vegas is refreshingly elegant, with sumptuous calligraphy and a slightly tropical twist.

Calligraphy invitation suite

Tropical bouquet

Mojave Desert wedding portrait

Amanda of Opal Floral says, Tropical flowers find a new home amidst local wild flowers, and silk ribbon flows in the breeze. Uniquely understated jewelry pairs perfectly with the bride’s natural makeup and loosely curled locks, also tying in gold and copper details throughout. Clean lines allow intricate details to shine, like in the pristine white cake with a cluster of coordinating flowers, and the hand-drawn calligraphy of the invitations and menus bringing elegance and sophistication to the party.

Place setting

Place card calligraphy

Menu Calligraphy

Orchid place setting

Mojave Desert bridal portrait

Place Setting

What did we say about the Open Ink Stand‘s calligraphy? Divine.

Tropical floral cake

Mojave Desert wedding portrait

Tropical floral bouquet

Tropical floral cake

A lovely Peridot Sweet wedding cake to juxtapose against the glowing desert backdrop.

Tropical floral cake

Great work everyone! Check out the vendors and designers below.

Photography: Kristen Joy Photography / Florist: Opal Floral / Makeup: Makeup in The 702 / Calligraphy: Open Ink Stand / Cake: Peridot Sweets / Film Lab: The Find Lab / Ribbon: Silk & Willow / Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini / Jewelry: Charming Charlies / Groom’s Suit: Kenneth Cole / Shoes: Kohl’s

 
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26 Jun

Let’s walk into the weekend feeling inspired, shall we? This studio tour + interview with Tricia of Fourteen-Forty oughta do the trick. Tricia is the owner of the Fourteen-Forty design studio, and the creative force behind the brand. Their NYC space is pretty spectacular, with white walls, inspiration boards, vintage touches, and just a hint of rustic-modernity. We’re so excited to get this peek into her + her team’s studio + biz, thanks to Brookelyn Photography of The Wedding Artists Collective. Here’s what she had to say…

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

What keeps you inspired in your business?

I get a lot of inspiration from vintage objects, especially old documents. I love handwritten letters and recently found a 1918 receipt from a dry goods store that was so well designed, with elegant type and the most beautiful handwriting—nothing like what you would get today from your grocery store!

What was the best decision you made that was the turning point in your business? And, how do you define success?

The best thing I’ve done for my business was finding a community. Creating a wedding takes a lot of collaboration with the many people involved; it’s truly a group effort! Connecting with other creatives has been such a wonderful thing! I always ask myself, “Do I love what I’m creating?”. I feel fortunate to be in a creative field, and it’s important that I’m proud of the work that is coming out of the studio. And of course the best feeling is when my couples are thrilled with the final product.

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Note to self: Your mood board should always be as big as your shelving.

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Favorite wedding/stationery trend of the moment? Trend you’d love to see disappear forever?

A lot of couples are realizing that stationery is more than what comes in the envelope. They’re asking us to get involved with how everything will look on the wedding day, from custom cocktail napkins, to coasters, to drink stirs to signage—and we love it! 

Emailing save the dates is one trend that’s becoming more common. While I totally get the rationale and convenience behind it, I’m still all for getting it printed. It’s the very first announcement of the wedding, which makes it so important! A beautifully printed save the date will set the tone and build excitement for the very special day coming up.

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Is there an artist/designer/generally creative person in a totally different field who inspires you?

I’m pretty obsessed these days with Ariele Alasko, who carves the most beautiful objects out of wood. I also love what Nicole Land of Soil & Stem is doing—her arrangements are works of art!

What is or has been your favorite wedding moment?

My favorite wedding moment is when the bride and groom write their own vows. It’s such an intimate and sweet moment, to hear it in their own words. We were lucky enough to calligraph one of our couple’s vows to hang in their home. We think it’s such a beautiful way to remember your wedding day!

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Necessities.

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

What’s on the horizon for your business?

We’ve been developing a line of unique stationery that includes materials outside of paper. We’re super excited about that!

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

Fouteen-fourty custom wedding stationery | Photo by Brookelyn Photography  for Wedding Artist Collective | 100 layer Cake

If you weren’t a stationery designer, what would you be?

If I wasn’t a stationer, I think I would love to be an interior designer. We share a lot of the same passions—texture, color, form, and balance—and it would be so much fun to apply it to another field!

Thanks to Tricia for giving us a glimpse into the life of an incredible wedding stationer!

Photography: Brookelyn Photography of The Wedding Artists Collective / Studio: Fourteen-Forty Design Studio

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26 Jun

Jenny Packham wedding dress

How lovely does Chari look in Jenny Packham ‘Saskia’? So Angelic. She + Cory met at a pool party in Palm Springs during Coachella weekend. Though it wasn’t exactly a destination for them, they knew their 120 friends/fam coming in from all over would fall in love with Palm Springs. And why the Ace? Chari says, It has that simple, quirky, hip vibe. Don’t we know it. Thanks to Cacá Santoro Photography for sharing!

Sparkling bridesmaid dress

Ace Hotel wedding invitations

Ace Hotel wedding invitations

TopMan grooms suit

Joie silver wedding shoes

Oh Joie!

Fur shawl

Succulent bouquet

A succulent bouquet complete with poppies, pale peach ranunculus, yellow yarrow, seeded eucalyptus, and white + green hydrangea.

Jenny Packham wedding dress

Ace Hotel wedding ceremony

Ace Hotel wedding ceremony

Wedding band

Sparkling bridesmaid dress

Chari tells it, We actually pulled our wedding together in a quick 4 months. Because we had less time it actually helped us to make decisions faster. I think our biggest hurdle was deciding whether or not we would have a wedding party. Cory pushed for it and I’m so insanely grateful he did. They really helped make it that much more special. The second biggest was my hair and makeup. I did a trial with someone else and it was an absolute disaster. Then I booked the goddess that is Taylor Tompkins and she saved the day!

Palm Springs desert portraits

Palm Springs desert portraits

Balloon decor

Ace Hotel Palm Springs portraits

Fun note: a friend sent Chari a photo of a wedding she was in to show her a hot groomsman she met. Chari loved the style of the photo so much she just had to be connected with Cacá Santoro Photography, and that’s how they ended up with the perfect someone to capture their big day.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding

Gold mylar balloons

Ace Hotel first dance

Bridal Party Walk: God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
Bride Walk: Here Come’s The Sun by The Beatles (Played by friends on ukulele, guitar with vocals)
1st Dance: Forever in Blue Jeans by Neil Diamond

Naked Cake

Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding

Parting words from Chari…

Always remember that it’s just a party to celebrate your crazy, special love. Be grateful that you’ve found each other + get to marry each other and focus on that. It’s something you’ve looked forward to for such a long time so cherish it. At the end of the day, not a single person cares about the dressing on the salad or what type of wood your chairs are. Be present, take it all in and let it be your best day ever.                                          

Congrats guys!

Photography: Cacá Santoro Photography / Venue: Ace Hotel Palm Springs / Event Design: Bride, Chari Cottrell / Day-of Coordination: Pop the Champagne / Floral Design: My Little Flower Shop / Hair & Makeup: Taylor Tompkins / Invitations & Paper Goods: Bride Designed with Minted & Zazzle / Cake, Catering, & Rentals: Ace Hotel / Officiants: Jeff Cottrell & David Bloom / Music: Dart DJ / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham ‘Saskia’ from Boca Raton Bridal / Headband: Jane Tran / Shoes: Joie / Engagement Ring: Bony Levy / Lipstick: NARS Velvet Lip Liner in ‘Karekare’ / Groom’s Suit: TopMan / Tie: Rag & Bone / Socks: Stance

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26 Jun

Pink tassel garland

This pink bridal shower is so darling. And so pink. And so well put together by the gals at Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events. One of the bride-to-be’s best girls, Katherine, was delighted to execute the festivities of course. Given that Deborah is a stylish, sophisticated career girl, the shower’s design had to follow suit. And what better way to do so than for Kat to turn her house into an elegant wine tasting luncheon with big splashes of pink?

Thanks to Lisa of Abby Jiu Photography for the images below!

Modern pink bridal shower place setting

Modern pink bridal shower menu

Rose diet place card

The place cards were laser cut + featured Laura Hooper Calligraphy balanced on each wine glass.

Modern pink bridal shower

Modern pink bridal shower florals

Citrus and bubbly cocktails

Lisa says, This modern pink shower was hosted at a private row home on Capitol Hill. Feminine florals in pink hues paired beautifully with the home’s rich navy walls. Upon arrival guests were greeted by grapefruit and St. Germain champagne cocktails in modern stemless pink champagne flutes. A wine tasting luncheon was inspired by the bride-to-be’s love for wine and featured four small bite courses that were paired each expertly paired with a different wine.

Modern pink bridal shower

Modern pink bridal shower

Pink macaron desert

Modern pink bridal shower

And a few words from Kat… Having a best friend get married is fantastic. It is going through the excitement of dress shopping and floral design without the headache of the guest list and the budget. I was fortunate enough to have my best friend get married this year and share in her experience. I know how stressful wedding planning can be so I wanted her bridal shower to be like a lyric out of the song My Favorite Things.

Modern pink bridal shower food

Modern pink bridal shower

Pink macaron desert

Success! Best wishes to the bride-to-be.

Photography: Lisa Ziesing for Abby Jiu Photography / Floral: Sidra Forman / Planning & Design: Lauryn Prattes Styling and Events / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Catering & Rentals: Ridgewells / Wine Glass Place Cards: Timeless Paper / Truffle Favors: Buttercream Bakeshop / Balloons & Fringe: Stephanie Shives Studio / Stemless Pink Champagne Flutes: CB2

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