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Moody, soft tones and deep, rich textures come together to create an incredibly stunning vibe in this gorgeous inspiration shoot planned and designed by Kaleb Norman James. We’re basically obsessing over Every. Single. Detail.  The florals also by Kaleb Norman James, are amazing—a striking mixture of deep garden roses and pale Italian ranunculus and flowering branches. Bespoke Strokes created a multi-toned calligraphy invitation suite with plenty of romance that perfectly introduces Hotel Ballard, the Seattle venue.  And finally, the jewel-encrusted, and caped Jenny Packham gown is vintage, glam and totally current all at once. It’s perfect for the seasonally-transitional style of the shoot and all it’s inspiring details as captured to perfection in these film images by Sarah Carpenter Photography.

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Photography: Sarah Carpenter Photography // Planning Design Floral Design: Kaleb Norman James // Paper Products: Bespoke Strokes // Location: Hotel Ballard, Seattle Washington // Hair and Makeup: AriAnne Kraker of Makeup With Me // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Model: Rachel Noe of Heffner Management // Gown: Jenny Packham // Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory

 

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Happy Arbor day everyone! This whimsy, chic and sustainable vow renewal is a celebration of the holiday which, on a spiritual level, is about holding tight to your roots.  Set at the Anew Rooftop, the look is fresh with a downtown-cool vibe and infused with pastel colors of shale blue, blush and green. Kate & Company designers carefully curated a mix of modern and vintage tabletop elements to reflect the old becoming “anew.”  On the locally sourced, reclaimed barnwood table, the team chose an assortment of live plants—in lieu of florals—to repurpose and donate after their stylish debut for the shoot.Watercolor china plates were truly a work of art reflecting images of birds and blooms alike. We’re LOVING this look which could also translate beautifully at a shower or rehearsal dinner. The visuals are completed with a stunning bouquet and installation by Flowers and Weeds and soft calligraphy invitations by On three Designs and all the details are captured beautifully by Untamed Heart Photography.

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form the team: Arbor Day is a landmark for renewal and regrowth and this styled shoot was centered on just that vision. Partnering with Anew event space seemed like an obvious choice given their foundation rooted in Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America. Anew is owned and operated by this organization whose mission statement speaks to trusting, enduring relationships that create new memories.

Arbor Day, on a spiritual level is about holding tight to your roots. Anew has its roots planted in history, and is a tribute to those who have sought to bring us all together. The Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri building once held the St. Louis Woolworth store. It was the site of sit-ins in the 1950’s, and protests in the 1960’s. Today, it is proud that it is a place where anyone is welcome. Anew was constructed facing the sunrise to remind us that everyday is Anew with possibilities.

This whimsy, chic and sustainable vow renewal was infused with pastel colors of shale blue, blush and green. Kate & Company designers carefully curated a mix of modern and vintage tabletop elements to reflect the old becoming “anew”.  The wooden table was locally sourced and salvaged from old barn doors. We chose an assortment of live plants, in lieu of florals, to repurpose and donate after their stylish debut for the shoot. Watercolor china plates were truly a work of art reflecting images of birds and blooms alike.

Advice from a tree served as the backbone of the feature, reminding us to:

Stand tall and proud

Go out on a limb

remember your roots

Drink plenty of water

be content with your natural beauty

enjoy the view

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography // Styling/Design: Kate and Company // Paper Goods: On three Designs // Florist: Flowers and Weeds // Venue: Anew Rooftop // Bride’s Dress: Free People // Jewelry: J Crew // Grooms Attire: Jacket Topman USA  / Bowtie: Nordstrom  / Pants: Express Men // Tabletop/Planters: West Elm and Anthropologie // Models: Adam Scholz / Anna Bryant // Desserts: Bailey’s Restaurants // Makeup: Jordan Haller Fitzsimmons // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

Rustic but most definitely elegant, this London shoot had an Italian-inspired theme, with olive leaves and lace in abundance. “A Curation of Light” was a workshop led by photographer Cecelina Tornberg and captured here by Liz Baker Photography. Shot at The River Rooms in central London, a light-filled wedding venue where floor to ceiling windows overlook the River Thames at Blackfriars Bridge, a truly verdant Italian garden installation was created byCrimson Blue Design. This Italian theme was extended to the table decor and bouquet, and the stunning wedding cakes from Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium were iced with lace to reflect the Morgan Davies Bridal gown. Simplicity and beauty were the order of the day, with plenty of achievable inspiration here for any couple.

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Photography: Liz Baker Photography // Workshop and Mentor: Cecelina Photography // Floral Design and Styling: Crimson Blue Design // Stationery: Gemma Milly // Venue: The River Rooms // Furniture + Prop Hire: Wed Head // Cake Design: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium // Hair + Make Up: Amanda White // Calligraphy Pens: Tom’s Studio // Bridal Wear: Morgan Davies Bridal // Table Linen: OTT Rentals // Ribbon + Table Runners: Kate Cullen Styling // Rings: London Victorian Ring Company // Shoes: Harriet Wilde

Jordan Brittley Photography and her team including planner Allie Rose aimed to create inspiration for couples who find themselves in those transition months – the months that happen when the weather and the colors are still changing in the Midwest. When a couple is itching to express the bold colors of spring, but might still be confined to an indoor venue. Along with amazing florist He Loves Me Flowers, the team knocked it out of the park and definitely brought the lush vibes the blooming season into the cool urban setting at Hotel Vandivort. The rich, modern textured of the venue are balanced by organic textures through the florals, wood table, and hand-dyed ribbon. We’re loving the result and are totally inspired by these gorgeous images by Jordan Brittley Photography.

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Photography: Jordan Brittley Photography // Planning: Allie Rose // Floral Design: He Loves Me Flowers // Paper Goods: Bre Corbett // Venue: Hotel Vandivort // Cake: Amy Cakes // Dress: MK Bridal Gowns // Shoes: Rampage // Rings: Golden Classics Jewelers // Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box // Bridesmaid Dress: MK Bridal Gowns // Robes: Hotel Vandivort // Hair Design: Diamonds and Dos // Makeup: Brooke Messer // Groom’s Suit Designer: Joseph Abboud // Groom’s Shoes: G.H. Bass

 

Creative Director and planner Aleeka Events is very much drawn to the challenge of helping couples create a chic, stylish, and luxe aesthetic without the need for ‘breaking the bank’, and this concept was inspired by just that! With a focus on timeless beauty combined with gilded glamour (and an ever-so-stylish bride) the team created magic at a beautiful 17th-century mansion. Muted and dusky greys and ivory echoed a chic and classic theme, while the gold tones reflected an element of glamour. The white and green florals by Crimson Blue Design are classically elegant and the calligraphy by Judy Broad Calligraphy is timeless. Wookie Photography was behind the lens captured all the stunning details and we know you’re going to love them as much as we do!

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From the planner: Avington Park served as the perfect setting for the shoot. The beautiful 17th-century mansion featured elegant Palladian architecture, gilded staterooms, and lush parkland and gardens. The semi-domed conservatory provided plenty of soft natural light and a romantic setting for the tablescape scene. Classic gold-rimmed porcelain plates were styled with gold engraved ornamental cutlery and an assortment of clear stemware. To complete the place setting, elegant menu cards and grey napkins were incorporated. To add texture, a beautiful cotton runner from Kate Cullen was draped across the length of the table, and atop this sat a selection of antique gold and crystal candlestick holders holding tapered ivory candles. Louise Beukes, founder of B.LOVED wedding and lifestyle blog, and art director of Styled by Louise, assisted with the styling of the tablescape and was a great help in putting all the elements together.

Judy Broad created a stationery suite of elegant gold calligraphy on white textured card. The suite included an invitation, reception invite, menu cards, and a witty quote card for the whiskey station. The gold trolley actually doubled up as a whiskey station and cake stand! SWT Creation crafted the grand 6-tier cake along with some adorable mini cakes, and a selection of macarons. The main cake was brushed with gold and featured gilded details and beautiful handcrafted sugar flowers. A selection of crystal cut decanters and bowls held scotch whiskey, peanuts and a variety of garnishes. The ornate antique mirror was sourced and calligraphed by Anastasia from Wedhead. I hope this will serve as an inspiration to couples that want to add a personal touch to their wedding décor.

The bride’s look was glamorous yet elegant. Evie from the Tori Harris Pro Team created a low chignon hairstyle and kept the makeup soft with tones of pinks and blushes. Emily, our model, wore a beautiful silk bespoke gown by Lucy Martin Bridal. Featuring a strapless neckline and full skirt, the gown really embodied the ‘classic’ theme, while her teardrop crystal earrings and alluring pave ring added an element of glamour to the look.  To complete the look, a delicate cathedral veil from Liberty in Love added a bit of drama without distracting from the other styling details.

For the bridesmaid look I wanted to create something fashionably elegant. Our model, Sophie, wore a sleeked back hairstyle, a soft smokey eye, nude lip, and statement tassel earrings. Her gorgeous ‘Olympia’ silk dress was from To Have & To Hold, a brand new design house that blossomed from the dreams and imagination of three dynamic designers Kitty, Louie and Ping. Their influences hail from the worldwide wardrobe of Hong Kong, New York and London. After searching the world for elegant yet affordable gowns for their own weddings without success they saw that there was gap in the market and To Have & To Hold was born.

Crimson Blue Design produced the classically elegant florals within such a short timescale. The hand-tied bouquet and lush centerpieces featured Freesia Volantes, Nigella’s, Tibet roses, Spray roses, and a variety of Ruscus and Gaultheria Salal tips as foliage. Hand-dyed ivory and golden silk ribbons by Kate Cullen completed the bouquet and looked beautiful as they drifted in the gentle wind present on the day.

Creative Director, Planning & Coordination: Aleeka Events // Photography: Wookie Photography // Planning & On The Day Assistance: Louise Beukes from B.LOVED Blog //  Floral Design: Crimson Blue Design // Stationery: Judy Broad Calligraphy // Table Runner & Silk Ribbons: Kate Cullen // Bride’s Dress: Lucy Martin Bridal // Bride’s Veil: Liberty in Love // Bridesmaid Dress: To Have And To Hold Bridesmaids // Cake, Mini Cakes & Macarons: Swt Creation // Antique Mirror With Calligraphy & Bar Cart: Wedhead // Chairs & Champagne Flutes: Options Hire // Hair & Makeup Artist: Tori Harris Pro Team // Model: Emily Marie Anderson // Model Sophie Smith