Selasa, 31 Maret 2009

First proof.

LinkA first look at the photo shoot I did yesterday with a pretty amazing dream team: photographer Lisa Warninger, stylist Chelsea Fuss, accessory designer extraordinaire Myra Callan (of Twigs & Honey), and model Anna Adams (also to be thanked: the Ace Hotel for letting us strew our old books and paper scraps and wire baskets and bits of lace and spools of twine and silver teacups and blown roses every which where). I so often feel like I don't have time to schedule photo shoots (so much coordination--so many moving parts), but I'm SO glad I took the time to look up from my needle and thread to work with these amazing ladies and give my dresses a chance at their close-up. More to come!

Senin, 30 Maret 2009

Jessica & Hunter: Pearly Whites

When you meet Jessica one of the first things you notice about her is her gorgeous smile...yes, those pearly whites. Beautiful this girl...seriously. It may just be that perfect smile came from her Dad who is an orthodontist. ..and one of the nicest ones around. If you can't help but want braces after you see these pictures..go HERE and Dr. Toolson will take care of you. :)

Anyway, pearly whites...moving on. It seemed only proper, now looking back, that Jessica wanted lots of pearls, and creamy whites at her wedding blended with peaches and tones of silver and gold that would bring the sparkly and romance.

I loved Jessica's bouquet by Twigg Botanicals and the opalescent ornament clusters that looked like overgrown pearls sitting among fragrant English garden roses, tulips, peach roses and silver brunia. It was hand tied with a silver gray satin ribbon and adorned with Jessica's mother's strands of pearls as a special sentimental touch.
and Hunter's smile- no exception.
all photos by Natalie Norton Photography . I am always amazed by her talent in capturing the bridal party. So lovely. This umbrella shot has to be one of my favorites!
The boys look awfully cute too holding bouquets. :)

The girls wore sparkly silver dresses by Adrianne Papell and carried vintage umbrellas.

Pearls dripped from the centerpieces and the floral covered chandelier that hung over the dance floor while mercury glass vases and votives added more sparkle to the ambiance.
Each guest was greeted with hand-wrapped homemade chocolates and caramels packaged in cellophane bags with the couple's monogram and the song lyrics "love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go".
various hues of peach vintage umbrellas lined the entrance to the white tent.
The cake made by the groom's mother was simply beautiful and was also draped with small pearls.
guests enjoyed a delicous dinner of comfort foods like pasta, butternut squash soup in bread bowls and beef sliders and then headed over for fresh baked homemade mini donuts that were made in front of them and creamy hot chocolate.

A custom made backdrop held Hunter's love poems that he had written for Jessica over the years. I loved that Hunter was brave enough to share them. It was such a sweet display of his affections. This made for a special place for guests to visit and enjoy during the reception.

a custom silver stencil was also created to hang on the backdrop behind the doughnut station that held white doughnut bags with their matching monogram.

a toast to the happy couple!

Hunter and Jessica may you always make each other smile as much as you did this day! Best wishes as you enjoy your happily ever after. Much love to you both!!

Minggu, 29 Maret 2009

sneak peek: Jessica & Hunter

stay tuned as we unveil some of our favorite pictures from Hunter & Jessica's romantically sweet and sparkly affair.

Sabtu, 28 Maret 2009

Multi-Color Amber Filigree Bangle

This sterling silver filigree bangle bracelet is enhanced with multi-colored amber stones centered across the top. The lemon yellow, honey brown, and forest green amber stones appear in a mix of square and diamond shapes and feature the natural inclusions common to this organic substance. The slender bangle wraps the wrist with an attractive Greek key pattern and fastens with a lobster-claw clasp. Detail

Sterling Silver and Multi-Color Amber Triangle Bracelet

This contemporary sterling silver bracelet features triangular links detailed with round cabochons of multi-colored amber, in yellow, green, and golden brown shades. The 7-inch bracelet closes with a simple and sturdy lobster-claw clasp. Alluring amber is the fossilized resin of ancient pine trees. Organic inclusions in this naturally lightweight substance make each specimen unique. Detail

Sterling Silver and Caribbean Amber Free-Shaped Pendant

The subtle, elusive green of Caribbean amber draws the eye in this modern free-form pendant. The luminous amber stone is mounted in a contemporary bezel setting of polished sterling silver with a copper-tone accent. It presents on an 18-inch sterling silver rolo link chain. Detail

Sterling Silver and Honey Amber Drop Earrings

These elegant teardrop dangle earrings showcase golden honey amber in a designer setting of polished sterling silver. Set on sterling silver posts with friction backings, they are a radiant accent for everyday. Beautiful amber is the fossilized resin of ancient pine trees. Naturally lightweight, with an attractive glow and interesting inclusions, this organic substance lends itself perfectly to jewelry design. Detail


A big thank you to the gals over at Wedding Chicks and Vintage Glam for the unexpected feature on Chris & Kristin's wedding! What a happy surprise! Thank you for your kind words and blog link love! 

Kamis, 26 Maret 2009

Less is more...

The lovely Kelsey brought me her mom's wedding dress to see what I could do. It had (of course) a high Victorian neckline and long prairie sleeves, but also a heavy overskirt in yards and yards of synthetic stretch knit. An ominous tag inside the dress informed us that it was "highly flammable when washed" (!). This project was truly a process of subtraction, editing away the neck and sleeves, re-appliquéing some of the lace around a new scoop neckline and along the shoulders. To refashion the skirt, I made a new skirt layer out of ivory silk organza, which preserves some of the dress's original drama but at one tenth the weight. The synthetic stretch knit was permanently retired--hopefully to the same place where pet rocks, shag carpet and The Hustle went.

Selasa, 24 Maret 2009

Playtime Tag! Feeling fun & groovy

I was tagged today by A Bun Can Dance and it is a challenge and fun, so here goes

My Favorite Picture

Me and Twinkle, I was so happy and on cloud nine, she was so perfect! :)

My Favorite Poem

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;Beside the lake, beneath the trees,Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:Ten thousand saw I at a glance,Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thoughtWhat wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;And then my heart with pleasure fills,And dances with the daffodils.

By William Wordsworth

My Favorite Item of Clothing - my pj's!

My Favorite Quote

I told you I was ill - Spike Milligan's Etipaph

My Favorite Place

My local beach, heaven on earth :)

My Favorite Song - anything from Santana! Am I showing my age!

Disney Princess has to be Princess Fiona from Shrek, but have to say the Donkey is my fav!

Here of course is my favorite princess!

I am passing this on to a few people, if you wish to join in please do! x

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