Thursday, March 18, 2010

Inspiration to Reality: Silvery Black and White

Yesterday I woke up to find that another inspiration board of mine had been turned into an Inspirtation to Reality photo shoot on Style Me Pretty! Needless to say I was super flattered and excited to see the results of another team of vendor's interpretation of my Silvery Black and White inspiration board. They didn't disappoint.

From the team of San Francisco vendors, including Viola of chewing the cud and Lisa Neighbors of Blonde Tulip Photography: "This board caught our eye because of its unique and dramatic contrast. In one breath there is the whimsy created by soft layers of tulle in the wedding dress and the full, lush floral arrangements. In a second breath, there is a strong graphic element shown by the sleek silhouettes displayed on the plates and the cake. We thought it’d be fun to play with these stark contrasts and create an event on the interplay of these elements."

From the vendors: "Drawing inspiration from portrait silhouettes commonly seen in weddings, we took it one step further and used animal silhouettes to create a surreal black and white fantasy. By selecting a loft space, with black steel beams and rugged brick walls as the location, we set a sophisticated, sleek stage and worked from there to infuse the feminine, whimsical elements that created the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.

The three-dimensional black on black invitations emphasized the graphic language and the various butterfly, bird and plant icons that appear later in the decor and details. The sleek yet feminine typography added a touch of glamour to the overall look.

We carried the same visual language to the 2-tiered black and white cake, by Sugarcoat it Studio, reflected the same icons as the invitations. Dimensionality was created by creating inset white butterfly outlines on the fondant, balanced with similar cutouts in black and white. This play on cascading butterfly silhouettes was also translated onto the tablescape.

Guests were invited to write their well wishes for the couple on butterfly cutouts and hang them on the perfect canvas: a blank white wall. In the process of adding their butterflies, a beautiful art installation was being created and made for the perfect event backdrop. Displayed with the butterfly cutouts was a perfect little white teacup adorned with a graphic number, black pencils with white caps, and a vintage glass dome that housed a petite nosegay of ranunculus, black painted poppy seeds and tiny strands of black butterflies fluttering about. Alongside the bouquet sat two lovely black striped knobs calligraphed with “bride” & “groom”.

Check out Design*Sponge for even more pics and deets on the butterflies!"
Stop by later, there's more to come from the shoot!

Credits: Coordination and Planning: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Event Design and Florals: Atelier Joya Event Design and Floral / Invitations and Concepts: chewing the cud / Photography: Lisa Neighbors of Blonde Tulip / Cake: Sugarcoat it Studio / Gown and Fashion accessories: Amy Kuschel / Hair Accessories: KAutumn / Jewelry: Ashley Morgan Designs / Make-up: Darlene Carlson Hair and Makeup / Hair: Jim Avila and Associates / Lighting and Piping: Got Light / Linens: Classic Party Rentals / La Tavola Linens / Chairs: Design within Reach / Model: Look Model Agency


  1. La Vie Le Gage Couture Events Wedding PlanningMarch 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Annie, how do you do it! I love your boards! It makes me want to push my own creativity. This is pure art! Thank you!
    Joyce Goeppinger

  2. I mean really, you are a master of the inspiration board! And/or you've got SMP pretty well figured out :) these are beautiful!


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