Archive for November, 2011

Vintage Finds : A Tin Sign

November 21

I love vintage finds. If I could  spend every day scouring antique markets I would. On a recent excursion I found this vintage tin sign with a sweet quote handwritten in gold ink across it. I walked past a booth and it caught my eye, but being the end of the day and having bought too many things already I passed. I walked away, but this voice in my head kept telling me I needed to go back and bargain a bit so I could add it to my collection. I am always inspired by pieces that are unique and hand-touched. I always wonder who owned it, who took the time to write that down on that particular piece of metal and where did it hang? Did it hang in a public place where it was seen by people every day and hopefully reminded them of the beauty in the world or did it hang in the kitchen of a family who did there best to live a life that did just that. I love antiques because even if the story is lost along the way the piece inspires us to wonder and imagine and create a new story to share.Metal Sign

The Paper Story : Pretty in Pink

November 11

A photoshoot that is near and dear to my heart was recently featured on The Bride Suite blog and I wanted to shed a little more light on all the prettiness. Suzanne from Shewanders Photography found this amazing pink dress by Claire La Faye and decided we needed to plan a shoot around it. We scoped out the perfect location at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and an idea took flight. From the minute I saw the tree I knew I had to fill it with paper. I am a sucker for vintage frames and have quite a few hanging around so they became the focal point for the backdrop. I hand cut words, silhouettes and hearts to “float” in the frames, I loved them so much that they found a home on my mantel for quite some time after the shoot. I also took on the task of designing the table which I must say was a lot of work, but who doesn’t love to shop for pretty things!! I found gorgeous plates and wine glasses at Anthropologie and filled in with more frames and my great-grandmothers silver. Paper played a huge part in the design of the table. I topped the linen with a paper runner and wrapped the vases in gorgeous printed paper to soften things even more. I wanted something dimensional on the plates so I created a scrolled menu and placed it with an antique soup spoon. The invitation was a fun piece that brought in soft stripes and a metallic pocket  with a framed window to showcase a simple heart when the invitation is first removed from the envelope. Topped off with some of my favorite vintage stamps it all added to the “pride and prejudice” feel of the shoot. Also, to add to the fun day, my sister Ashley was a bride for the day (the blonde)! Enjoy the amazing photos and check out more of them at The Bride Suite!

Table Design & Paper Goods: Brightly Designed, Photography: Shewanders Photography, Florals: Organic Elements, Chairs and Linens: Concepts Event Design, Dresses: Claire La Faye, Jewelry: Jennifer Rea, Location: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Hair and Makeup: Audra Rene, Hairpieces: Rachel Larraine, Wedding Cake: Cake