Friday, March 19, 2010

Inspiration to Reality: Silvery Black and White Part Deux

Yesterday was the husband's birthday, so I didn't get around to posting the second part of the Silvery Black and White Inspiration to Reality shoot that was featured this week on Style Me Pretty. So here's the rest of the pretty incredible shoot that was inspired by my Silvery Black and White inspiration board, and make sure to stop by later to see the most adorable stop-motion save the date video that MYM reader Courtney sent me!

Some awesome ideas from the team of San Francisco vendors, including Viola of chewing the cud and Lisa Neighbors of Blonde Tulip Photography:
"We wanted to create a tablescape that had a touch of whim and fancy, yet still felt urbane and refined. Our graphic silhouette for the table was the butterfly. Butterflies are such a dreamy, fanciful creature that created instant romance and drama when suspended by the hundreds above the table. We wanted a hint of romance, but wanted to infuse a more multifaceted, edgy vibe and did so by using newsprint and black paper for the cutouts. The newspaper and black paper tied in perfectly with the brick wall and the steel beams. The color palette for the table was gray, black, white and silver. We selected hammered silver utensils and a collection of smoked wine glasses mixed with black opaque wine glasses. The silver Marais A chair was the perfect choice for it’s rounded edges and it’s urban chic feel.

Lining the center of the table was an overflowing arrangement of all-white ranunculus and hydrangea. The arrangement was created to have a full and soft feel created by the different textural flowers. The rounding effect of the arrangement added a contrast to the rectangular shape of the table and the clean lines of the black and white striped French ribbon.

The escort card display was created using one of the steel beams in the loft. Using a variety of different fonts and numbers printed on an assortment of papers created a visual feast for the eyes. Each card was hung with a custom magnet that repeated a graphic icon from the wedding invitation.

For the place cards, we used muted gray plates that had a combination of soft rounded details mixed with more graphic ridges and dots. Each plate had the guest’s name and corresponding magnet icon from the escort card display written on the plate. Menus and table numbers were also transferred onto dinner plates for guests to read upon being seated.

Taking the cue from the layered tulle dress from the inspiration board, our bride wore a beautiful tiered dress, with a custom hairpiece made of silk and fashioned in layers and topped off with the most dramatic rhea whips. Our fabulous hair and make-up team created a natural, glowing look with a touch of flirtiness. As you could tell, they had fun adorning her with the crazy black and white wigs! A touch of detail sparkled its way upon the bride, as she was adorned with a touch of blue by Ashley Morgan. The hand made necklace was made of a rare and fanciful rosecut indicolite tourmaline set with a pave diamond border. The three stackable rings were a gift from her future husband- represented the past, present & future.

We also created a “For the Boys” Scotch bar. We custom-fit the chalkboard inside the antique mirror swivel frame, which worked perfectly in the space. Custom-designed bottles were wrapped with twine while others were wrapped with French ribbon; all were coupled with black-and-white vintage toppers. Votive candles with custom butterfly cutout wraps added a warm glow to the table and the antique cameras were playful accent pieces.

The precious flower girl couldn't help but toss all of the little black butterfly cutouts that the tiny white ceramic bowl held. Strands of butterflies and ribbons were hung from the bowl creating a lovely bit of fluttering. Her lovely white dress with black detailing complemented all of the other d├ęcor elements from the event.

It’s always fun to have the groomsmen wear boutonnieres that are all a bit different than one another. Shown: a white amaryllis wrapped with a zebra feather, black sprayed poppy seeds with zebra feather accents, and white ranunculus with zebra feather accents. The bridal bouquet was created on the fly, inspired by the gorgeous headpiece. A combination of amaryllis, ranunculus and zebra feathers made for a striking piece. The lines of the bouquet create drama and sophistication that contrast the soft ruffling of the dress."

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. Congrats my wife!

  2. Wow! what a wonderful post!
    this wedding is absolutely inspiring, the color palette is perfect.
    All the details are amazing.
    Love your blog.
    Regards from Tuscany.


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