event design, decor & fashion styling

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Day on the Farm

We didn't want summer to pass us by without making time for a little country getaway.  We packed up friends and food and drove out to Oxbow Farm outside of Seattle.  As we planned the trip we thought what a fun wedding theme this could be.  So we whipped up some favors for our guests.  These darling jars of organic local blackberry honey are topped with 1930's feed sack fabric and our staple laser cut element.  This time we went with a cute honey bee.
 We took the opportunity to style up our best girlfriends as bridesmaids.  We stopped by Pretty Parlor and picked up these vintage dresses perfect for a casual farm wedding.  Both had sweet floral patterns adorned with lace and ruffles.  We went with loose soft braids for the hair.  Vintage Magpie supplied us with her lovely flowery vintage jewelry and headbands.    

Katherine from Marigold & Mint put together a charming wildflower bridesmaid bouquet including Queen Anne's lace, red zinnias, chamomile, and sprigs of peppermint. We all dressed up in cute flowered vintage style farm frocks and western boots for the party. 
As our guests arrived we served up a refreshing lemon drop punch with champagne, vodka and lemonade.  We found a darling milk glass punch bowl and cup set. 
Fitting for a farm picnic, we decorated the food table with local fresh produce and fresh flowers.  We used vintage blue and white china for serving plates.  We love animals so the days feast was a variety of organic vegan and vegetarian options.

Our old farm table was covered with a table cloth and napkins we stitched up using reproduction 1930's feed sack prints in our yellow and blue color scheme.  The table was set under the shade and beauty of a grape arbor.  We brought down old schoolhouse chairs giving the table some rustic charm.

What could be a better choice than milk glass for a farm wedding theme, right?  We collected vintage milk glass vases and filled them with local wildflowers.  Each table had an animal theme, the one seen here was the cow table.  Each place setting had a cow wood veneer place card, vintage silver, delicate cut water glass, and the table number centerpiece was a farm vignette shadow box with cows, produce art from old seed packs and the table number.

To beacon guests to the dessert table we designed a "Sweet on You" sign out of wood veneer and vintage fabric .

Kimber Cakes, a local vegan baker specializing in vegan treats that are so rich and tasty you wouldn't believe they are vegan, baked up little blueberry tarts with a flaky pastry crust and the secret ingredient of a splash of vodka and twist of lime. These were served individually with a vintage serving spoon so guests could grab their tart and walk around to mingle. 

What a gorgeous day spent with close friends at a stunning venue.  The only thing we'd add next time would be to bring a band and dance the night away under the stars.

Catering- Rich Casey
Accessories- Violet Magpie
Vintage Dresses- Pretty Parlor
Flowers- Marigold & Mint and other local farms
Laser Cutting- Amy Bengtson

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Wildflowers

 It's finally summer in Seattle and gorgeous flowers are blooming everywhere.  We wanted to bring some of these romantic local wildflowers into this bridal beauty photo shoot.  Bridal gown designer Frocky Jack Morgan's ethereal silk embellished slip dress was our choice for a dreamy summer woodland wedding.
For a hot summer day, we envisioned a fresh, light face with a soft rosy glow.  We wanted a dramatic berry colored lip.  Tiffany Lowry of Red X was able to find the perfect shade of deep berry lip gloss.  To balance the bold lip, we went with a soft luminescent eye and lush lash.  We stopped by Pretty Parlor where we found a stunning vintage crystal necklace and rhinestone floral earrings.  We loved the way the shape of the earring is mimicked by the light green scabiosa flowers we chose for her hair.
We imagined a summer meadow for this wedding so we asked Tiffany to weave dense vibrant green ball flowers and creamy mint scabiosa into a loose braid.  Audrey's hair swept to the side, enabled us to show off the beautiful clasp to this vintage necklace.

In our second look, Tiffany used a lip stain that reminded us of lips stained from eating juicy blackberries.  We love this edgy yet feminine floral embellished gown.  The blue chiffon blossoms are enhanced by the vintage blue rhinestone necklace.

Audrey's loose braid is twisted into a side bun nestled with local forest flowers.  We found this shimmering blue rhinestone comb at Pretty Parlor.  This is a tribute to our fairy tale bride and we love the mix of vintage glamour with more earthy elements.

Hair & Makeup- Tiffany Lowry
Bridal Gowns- Frocky Jack Morgan
Vintage Jewelry- Pretty Parlor
Model-Audrey Hicks 
Photography- Tes de Luna/Crinoline & Tweed
Flowers- all locally sourced.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Come Join The Circus With Me

On a sunny June afternoon, Delilah and Curtis were wed.  On the couple's first date, they realized that they had both fantasized of running away to join the circus when they were teenagers.  We loved their story and thought it would be fun to run with a circus theme for their wedding party. We knew we wanted to use vibrant poppies for the table centerpieces; to us they epitomized the fun and drama of the circus.
We made these cute pinwheels as favors for guests.  Place cards were attached to the pinwheels, mimicking the pennant banners we sewed to drape over tables and the dessert buffet.  We whipped up some other hand sewn elements including cloth polka-dot napkins, a festive striped table runner, and felt napkin rings.  The table was decked out with fun vintage tin toys, glass jars of pixie sticks and striped candy sticks.  To dress up the clean white china, we accented with custom laser cut polka-dot place mats and found bright colorful flatware.
 The couple loves candy, so we knew we could have a fun time collecting colorful treats to pile up on vintage cake stands and candy dishes on the dessert bar.  A friend created this adorable diorama which we used as a centerpiece for the sidebar.  Circus animals nestled throughout the desserts continued the theme.
As guests arrived, they came upon our welcome table laden with bags of peanuts, popcorn, and red licorice wheels. 

Originally, the bride and groom had dreamed of having a red velvet tent for the reception.  As it was too hot for real velvet, we suggested a delicious red velvet cake instead.

Delilah's favorite color is red so she loved the bright red peep-toe platform sandals that we found. For Curtis, we chose the perfect wingtips with an exaggerated toe as a little nod to a clown shoe.  We topped his look off with some fun striped socks.  Delilahs' bouquet was created from a mix of dramatic Oriental poppies accented with cute wild California poppies.
We caught the bridesmaids enjoying refreshing sidecar cocktails on a quick break after the ceremony.  All of Delilah's bridesmaids wore red halter dresses.  We found vintage jewelry to coordinate with each of their looks.  All of the bridal party wore dramatic hair accessories made especially for us by Violet Magpie.

At the end of the day, we snapped a quick shot of the groomsman making his way to the couple's car to drape the "true love" banner we stitched up for their getaway.

Flowers provided by- Marigold & Mint and other local growers
Jewelry and Accessories- Violet Magpie 
Laser Cutting- Amy Bengtson 
Diorama- Ilyssa Exley
Photography- Rich Casey and Tes de Luna/ Crinoline & Tweed
Groomsmen's Ties- Frankie Four 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Spring Showers Wedding Theme

On a rainy afternoon in Seattle Naomi and Jonathan tied the knot. The couple met as college transplants, and their first Seattle winter of endless rainy weather drew them together.  When picking a date for their wedding, they knew it would be futile to count on a sunny weekend in April.  We suggested that they give their wedding regional charm by celebrating Seattle's spring showers.  We liked the idea of the couple seeking shelter under the umbrella together and made that the main theme for the invitation.  The couple's favorite colors are green and turquoise so we drew together this color scheme and popped it with some bright yellow accents which worked perfectly with the daffodils Naomi wanted in her bouquet.

 The tables for the luncheon reception were decorated with handmade table runners and napkins.  We created a centerpiece for each table of potted spring bulb flowers.  We brought in daffodils to match her bouquet as well as yellow pansies and flowering spring branches that were hung with cut paper raindrops in bright yellow, turquoise, and green. 

We chose to layer the same turquoise and spring green Fiestaware dishes that the bride and groom asked for on their registry.  Floral etched water glasses were detailed with turquoise.  We found the perfect vintage dessert cups in a cheerful bright yellow and filled them with moss and a spring bulb as the wedding favor.

The rainy day theme was continued in the darling umbrella shaped place cards.

Rather than a traditional wedding cake, Naomi and Jonathan chose luscious lemon cakes decorated with tulips and daffodils for each table.  We designed a refreshing bright green signature cocktail of Midori, pineapple juice, Limonata, and vodka.

For the couple's cake, we created a custom cake topper with the image of the embracing couple taken from the invitation.

For the groom, we found a playful turquoise and white striped dress shirt and spring green silk tie.  The boutonniere was a mix of daffodil and lily of the valley wrapped in grosgrain ribbon.

Naomi's bridesmaids wore yellow cotton voile dresses with green peep toe suede pumps.  We found the perfect vintage Bakelite bangle and turquoise enamel bracelet for the Maid of Honor.  Bridesmaid bouquets were a simple mix of locally grown tulips, jonquils,and daffodils.
We styled the bridal accessories featuring a fabulous vintage floral necklace and large silk dahlia hair clip.  Before the big event, we snapped this quick photo of Naomi with an umbrella we found made by local designer, Pare Umbrella.  This was a perfect touch as the bride and groom had requested guests to bring fun, colorful umbrellas.  Despite the rain, the bright colors of the party made for a cheerful day.
Invitation Illustration- Frida Clements
Laser Cutting- Amy Bengtson
Bridal Accessories- Violet Magpie
Photography- Tes de Luna/Crinoline & Tweed

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ice Garden Wedding Table

 Carrie Middlemiss commissioned us to style this silver and white wedding party table setting to submit for a magazine editorial.  A gilded silver mirror served as a sparkly backdrop for our silver and crystal covered tabletop.  We chose a clean, modern Scandinavian style for the table and softened the look with some feminine cut crystal accents.  We loaded the table with lit candles to balance the coolness of the icy silver and glass.

A silver charger is topped with simple white china and layered with a decorative floral etched glass salad plate.  We collected an assortment of vintage silver, crystal, and mercury glass candle holders in different shapes and heights and scattered them between the flowers and dessert centerpiece.  Keeping with our Scandinavian theme, we chose a repetitive modern shape for the champagne flutes, water glasses, and vases.

We built a centerpiece of desserts using layered Clara French cake stands.  Our photograph of beautiful lace inspired the lacy fondant covered cake baked by Tallant House.  We chose a variety of Trophy Cupcakes in shades of white.
It's hard to pick which little white cupcake would be the perfect ending to a lovely evening.

Cupcakes- Trophy Cupcakes
Cupcake Wrappers- Bella Cupcake Couture
Photography Tes de Luna/Crinoline & Tweed

Proposal Over Wine

 Carrie Middlemiss from Bella Cupcake Couture asked us to style this Paris cafe proposal scene for a magazine pitch.  We visualized a night time setting for a romantic propsal over wine and dessert.  The Art Nouveau movement was an inspiration so we chose elegant black and white prints and paired them with deep ruby red.  Carrie had asked graphic designer, Astrid Mueller, to create a proposal card which we incorporated into the narrative of the shoot.  Emici Bridal provided the silk flower brooch which we pinned to the napkin to create a surprising way to present the engagement ring.
 Miki of Clara French Ceramique created a fantastic tiered cake stand which we filled with cream puffs, eclairs, and beautiful berry tarts baked by Tallant House.  Trophy Cupcake baked up an assortment of pink frosted lemon raspberry and vanilla cream cupcakes which we set into black and white wrappers made by Bella Cupcake Couture.  We created a napkin band and floral wine glass coaster from a similar paper.

Other than actually being in Paris for our surprise proposal, I can't think of a sweeter scene.

Cupcake Wrappers- Bella Cupcake Couture
Pastries- Tallant House
Photography-Tes de Luna/Crinoline & Tweed

Vintage Tea Party Bridal Shower

Looking for a fresh bridal shower theme?  How about throwing a vintage style tea party? We recently styled this shoot to showcase several local Seattle vendors including Tallant House Bakery, Trophy Cupcakes, and Bella Cupcake Couture Wrappers. We chose a lush cheery color palate of spring green, pink and pale yellow and accented it with all the soft vintage floral motifs found on the tea cups and pots.  We stiched up throw pillows, a rose table runner and cloth napkins to bring our custom touch to the table design.
The delectable entremet chocolate cake is sitting atop a Clara French scalloped pedestal ready to be served on her matching darling dessert plates.
We nestled the vintage tea pots  in between towers of Trophy cupcakes and french macaroons by Tallant House.
Our handmade pillows spruced up a vintage couch and matched the gorgeous macaroons perfectly. 
Each setting was dressed with its own one of a kind vintage tea cup, springy green dessert plate by Clara French a top a cream and gold vintage plate.  We hand made dessert napkins and wrapped them in silk ribbon and found the perfect gold dessert flatware to match the gold etching on the cups and teapots.

We love this little vignette with the matching tea set and luscious pink petaled Trophy cupcake. (Thank you card designed by Astrid Mueller. ) The paper doily place mat was laser cut for us by Amy Bengtson.  The next image shows the vast array of scrumptious Trophy flavors to pick from perfect for a shower setting as each guest can select her favorite flavors.  They look so pretty on the Clara French pink tiered dessert stand.  Each cupcake is dressed up in a custom decorative paper wrapper to match the color scheme.  This is a perfect theme for a intimate girly shower to celebrate with close friends and family.

Cupcakes-Trophy Cupcake
Cupcake Wrappers- Bella Cupcake Couture
Cake & Macaroons-Tallant House
Dessert Stands & Plates- Clara French
Paper Design Element-Astrid Mueller
Photography- Tes de Luna/Crinoline & Tweed

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pretty looks for Spring

 Last week we braved the chilly weather and took our favorite models outside for a photo shoot to feature fresh bridal looks for spring.  We asked Tiffany Lowry at Red X to style up Sara and Alex so that we could showcase new hair accessories by Violet Magpie.

For this look we wanted to cast Sara in a soft glowing light with a peach lip and shimmering golden eye shadow.  Tiffany emphasized the eye with false lashes and just enough eye liner to give more definition and focus.

For hair, a side swept bang and simple updo worked well with Violet Magpie's soft creamy peach and pink layered feather  flower hairpiece.  We stitched up layered silk rosettes with brown and peach spotted feathers to embellish a silk strapless dress.  The darling vintage necklace made of peach enameled flowers with rhinestone centers add just enough sparkle without overwhelming the ensemble.

In this second look, Sara is wearing an ornate rhinestone hair clip with a sweeping mix of white and golden brown feathers.  The silk crepe halter dress is accented with belt made of vintage floral fabric and finished with a mother of pearl buckle.

For Alex's make-up, we asked Tiffany to use a rosey luminescent palate.  Cherry blossom pink inspired the lip color.  To add a little drama to the otherwise soft and girlish face, Alex's eyes were made up in bold Mod era cat-eye.  Alex's messy side bun is balanced with the elegant white feather hairpiece embellished with rhinestones and beading for extra shimmer.  The classic laurel leaf shape of the vintage necklace mirrors the shape of the feather hairpiece, as well as the shape in the white, gold and rhinestone vintage earrings.  This glamorous vintage style compliments the simplicity of the classic white dress.

We adore this over sized sheer silk rose hair clip with rhinestone center and wispy white feathers.

The rose hair clip was the perfect accompaniment to the cream silk satin dress embellished with tiny velvet flowers.  We love this dreamy romantic look and envision a wedding at a 19th century mansion, living out our Jane Eyre fantasies.

Hair & Make Up by- Tiffany Lowry
Models- Sara Yohannes & Alex Laing
Vintage Jewelry & Hair Accessories- Violet Magpie
Clothing- Zuzupop
Photography-Tes de Luna/Crinoline & Tweed