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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flower Crowns & More | Senior Portrait Workshop | Editorial Collective | Nicole Cook Photography

Photo by Roxanne Marks

Last summer my super-duper-uber-talented friend, Nicole Cook, teamed up with Amanda Holloway (another highly talented woman!) to put together an Editorial Collective Workshop, as an editorial and fashion style portfolio build  for fellow photographers. Nicole asked me to provide her with some floral accessories for the shoot (what girl doesn't like some flowers in her hair?) so here are some of my favorite photos taken during the workshop! 

Photo by Asia Croson
Photo by Julie Wooldridge
Designing these types of floral pieces is a fun creative outlet for me to do something a little different than bouquets and boutonnieres. I may have gone slightly overboard and given Nicole some extra items for this one! The piece above was a floral crown made mostly of roses and carnations with greenery.  
Photo by Karen Becker
 The feather headdress is one of my absolute favorites. I was lucky enough to have a friend give me feathers she had saved from her blue & gold macaw.  I glued them onto a leather belt and adorned the side with cotton and larger flowers.
Photo by Stephanie Newbold
 The piece below is another flower crown similar to the one above but with lots more small pink filler type flowers. I love the contrast of the model's dark hair with the blush and peach colors (and how the make-up artist brought that color into her cheeks as well).
Photo by Janese Hockman
Photo by Kiwi Ashby
 I created the headdress below from turkey feathers given to me by a friend who hunts.  She had saved the feathers and I think they look gorgeous on Sidney especially with intense dark eye make-up and brows.
Photo by Janice Freeland
Photo by Jennifer Buchanan
 The feathers in the hair piece above are more feathers from a friend.  I tied them with pieces of leather and incorporated some gorgeous roses and filler flowers.
Photo by Julie Wooldridge
 The "wing" above is a piece that a friend gave me.  They had previously used it to train their dog to retrieve birds while hunting. I thought the wing was quite peculiar when I first received it...but I love the idea of a wing on a shoulder.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out adorned with metal chains, a lotus pod, old brooches and flowers.
Photo by Wendy Mclaughlin
 This headband was created with more blue and gold macaw feathers and a single intense orange-red rose with the petals reflexed back (opening the rose).
Photo by Wendy Mclaughlin
Photographers:
Asia Croson
Janese Hockman
Janice Freeland
Jennifer Buchanan
Julie Wooldridge
Karen Becker
Kiwi Ashby
Roxanne Marks
Stephanie Newbold
Wendy Mclaughlin

Hair & Make Up: Polish & Pout


Friday, April 11, 2014

Western Glam Bridal Shower | Rios Lovell Winery | Cordially Invited Planners | Rustic Event Rentals

Rios Lovell Winery Bridal Shower
Cordially Invited Planners Events
As I click through the photos, I still swoon over these beautiful peonies, ranunculus, dahlia, rose and succulent centerpieces. Barnwood boxes were the perfect compliment to such elegance creating a western glam look for this bridal shower.
Succulent Arrangement
western girly centerpiece
While working out the details of the decor, I had the opportunity to get to know Kim & Christina of Cordially Invited Planners.  They did a wonderful job pulling everything together for the event at Rios Lovell Winery in Livermore.  A beautiful chandelier, tulle curtains, a dessert bar and more decorated a gazebo and provided some shade for this bridal shower (held in the hot month of August).  A scenic view of grapevines provided a breathtaking backdrop for guests.
Winery Bridal Shower
Rustic Event Rentals provided the cowboy boots (pictured below) in which I designed arrangements.  They also supplied other rustic elements like wooden crates!
In Full Bloom by MJL Western Arrangements

Cordially Invited Planners Events

rustic glam bridal shower

rustic glam bridal shower

barnwood box arrangement

Monday, April 7, 2014

La Soie Bridal Event with Yuliya M. Photography

 First of all, I just love the La Soie space!  Floor to ceiling windows allow so much amazing natural light.  I feel like brides-to-be cannot ask for a better space to try on the gown that they will wear on one of the most important days of their lives.

Second of all, this post is incredibly overdue.  Yuliya, of Yuliya M. Photography, accompanied me at the Red, White and Bridal Event last summer .... well, Fourth of July Weekend to be exact.  She was kind enough to share her gorgeous photos from the day so I can give you a glimpse into the event!

 I did some florals in barnwood boxes with succulent and cacti with greens and dahlia.  I also incorporated old jars and red mercury glass.  There were a few various stations set up throughout the store.  I also brought in a bouquet that went with the flowers above as well as a tall centerpiece arrangement of baby's breath and rose petals and a intense red arrangement.  Which style is your favorite?












Photos: Yuliya M. Photography

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Baby Shower: Storybook Theme


When presented with the idea that Kim & Dave love children's books and would like to have them in lieu of cards at their baby shower we book the storybook idea and ran with it!  Three of us (my mom, her best friend and I) hosted the shower for my friend Kim.  We have been friends since kindergarten (one of my oldest friends)!  It is so cool to be this age and see my best friends go through giant milestones in their lives.  I cannot wait to meet Kim & Dave's little bundle when she arrives.
In keeping with the storybook shower I took some pieces of wood around the house, sprayed them with chalk paint then wrote sweet quotes from children's books on them.  We tried to pair them with toys, book, etc. that complimented the saying.  We also did the same thing with food!
Baby Shower
I found some fun chevron paper straws to add a little pop of color in our glassware and we created a delicious mimosa bar with some Renwood Proclamation Sparkling Wine.
Blueberries for Sal Blueberry Muffins
The Food

Blueberry Muffins
(Blueberries for Sal & Give a Moose a Muffin)

Fruit Salad 
(The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Egg Casseroles
(Green Eggs & Ham & Chickens Aren't The Only Ones)

Bacon
(The Three Pigs)

Cake- Formed like a Beehive
(World of Winnie the Pooh)

Velveteen Cupcakes
(Velveteen Rabbit)

Oatmeal Cookies
(If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)



Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower

Storybook Baby Shower


Baby Shower buffet

Baby Photo Game
The Game

Guess which baby photo belongs to each guest....It's fun to see all the photos of guests as babies.  I asked people to email me a photo and printed them all in black and white (to throw off people a little more). I numbered each photo and provided a sheet with the name of each guest participating in the game with a spot to pencil in a photo number. The winner got a bottle of bubbles!

Storybook Baby Shower


Baby Shower Storybook
 The Decor

Baby Clothes on Clothelines served as easy decor and clothing for the new baby!
Puff balls on string (done with a needle, thread and special help from my cat and boyfriend)
Crepe Paper Streamer (Stacks of crepe paper stacked and tied onto a string of yarn)
Diaper Cake (made with lots of baby extras for the mom-to-be)
Quotes on Wooden Chalkboards
Fabric
Flowers 
Paper Straws
Children's Books


Storybook Baby Shower

Winnie The Pooh Baby Shower