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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Winter turning into Spring

Here is our first post.  We want to show you how Crinoline & Tweed will take an idea of inspiration from the initial invitation design through to the couple's last dance.

This is the first wedding we styled.  We loved the way the tones of purples, browns, and grays worked together.  When we think of spring flowers, the first things that pop into our heads are bulb flowers poking out from the still wintry earth.  We mixed these purple blooms with gray and brown pussy willows.  For the ceremony, we created an altar out of birch branches draped with tiny hanging candles.  Above this, we hung large lanterns that we fabricated from colored string in tones of brown and purple. On the back wall of the altar, a table filled with candles illuminated the space.  The aisle was lined with large pussy willow branches and over sized tissue paper flowers.  In place of a traditional guest book, we created a wishing tree filled with hand-cut paper leaves with spaces for guests to write their messages to the bride and groom.  Nestled throughout the room were potted magnolia trees and large birch trees draped with glass crystals and decorated with feather nests, tiny white birds, and anchored in a base sprouting crocus and tulips.

The bride wore a gray silk chiffon dress with purple suede peep-toe shoes.  Bridesmaids each wore silk chiffon purple and brown dresses.  For the bridal party, we fabricated hair pieces out of brown and purple feathers.  Custom designed jewelry was created from iolite, smokey quartz, sterling silver and other stones reflecting the color scheme.  Bridesmaid bouquets were a collection of feathers, tulips, ranunculus, anemones, and hellebore.  The groom wore a gray suit and purple shirt with a custom made gray silk tie that matched the silk from the sash of the bride's dress.  Groomsman ties were custom made in shades of deep purple.  Boutonnieres were comprised of fern heads, feathers, birch cones and grey velvety leaves.

Invitations for this wedding were pearly gray iridescent paper laser cut with woodland animals and pussy willows over wood veneer backing .  For place cards, we chose wood grain embossed paper and took one of the elements from the invitation, the tree stump, and had it laser cut with two little love birds.  Table tops were covered with white linen scattered with vintage white and cream vases filled with tulips, crocus, and ranunculus.  We created a favor of tiny woven birds nests filled with speckled chocolate eggs tied with ribbon bearing the couple's names.  Place settings featured charming mismatched vintage silverware, reflecting the beauty of found objects.  Cakes were served family style, with four delicious choices for each table, Red Velvet, Chocolate, Lemon, and Buttermilk with buttercream icing--making it fun for guests to chat as they sliced up the cakes together. The couple's cake was topped with a wood handmade topper that was made by an artist who painted the figures to look like the bride and groom.  For the toasts, we created a custom cocktail of violet liquor and champagne, continuing the color theme throughout the entire evening. 

Photography featured by Bradley Hanson
Cake Topper by Together Forever
Flowers by Willow & Bloom
Ties by Frankie Four
Invitation by Frida Clements and Amy Bengtson

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