The wedding of Rachel and Adam, held last June at the The Barns at Wesleyan Hills, was fun, rustic and super cheerful. Designed by Jubilee Events and photographed by Carla Ten Eyck, the event featured an abundance of different textures and pops of sunny yellow. Right out of the gate, Rachael wanted to give her quests a glimpse of what was to come. To achieve this, we created wooden Save The Dates with Rachael and Adam’s initials “carved” into the surface. When their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty late last year, Rachel said “The Save The Dates are one of our favorite touches that really allowed us to bring the country/rustic feeling throughout the whole wedding by giving us the wood heart to play with.” And we did just that! The carved heart became a custom tag that adorned their invitation and later, at their reception, was tied to favor boxes of chocolate covered Oreos. Even the cupcakes by A Little Imagination Cakes featured piped icing initials and hearts!
Lace was another element that was woven through many aspects of their wedding with Rachel’s gorgeous lace gown serving as the inspiration. Once again, the stationery helped set the stage. The invitation suite, printed on Ecru Crane’s Lettra to pick up the warmth of the yellow in their wedding palette, had a layered belly band of Kraft paper and lace. Gold and ivory twine wrapped around the band, securing a wooden heart and a wooden website tag. At their ceremony, an antique lace cloth hung from the chuppah and strips of lace trimming adorned each napkin. Feminine, soft and textural, it was the perfect compliment to the rustic design. And the textures didn’t stop there! The wedding programs were booklets with stitched linen covers. Each one was stamped with a custom design to further personalize them. The text inside explained each of the Jewish wedding traditions so that guests understood all the elements of the ceremony. The menus, printed on unique wood grain paper, brought the stationery suite full circle.
In addition to being featured on Style Me Pretty, Rachael and Adam’s wedding graces the pages of Bliss Celebrations newest edition.
All event photography by Carla Ten Eyck. Stationery images styled and photographed by Coral Pheasant Stationery.
Last June I attended engage!, the wedding industry’s best luxury wedding business summit. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! It was such a great experience that I went again in December and have plans to attend my third this June. The summit is three days full of inspiration, insights, ideas and innovation. But one of the greatest takeaways outside of those 4 I’s is the people you meet and the connections you make. It’s an opportunity to be in a room with people you might not normally cross paths with because of geographic distances. Case in point is the subject of this very post. At my first engage!, I had the great fortune of meeting Sarah Haywood, Britain’s most sought-after wedding planner. We sat next to each other during an afternoon of presentations and began chatting during the breaks. Those conversations continued (via Skype!) after the conference ended and developed into one of my favorite collaborations to date. Just weeks after connecting, Sarah hired me to redesign her top-selling wedding planning book and planner. I was over the moon! In addition to being a master at her craft, Sarah is such a delight to work with. The redesign of the Planner was the first order of business and we worked for several months selecting new images, developing a fresh color palette and overhauling the entire aesthetic. I am particularly fond of the silver foil printed calligraphy headings by Paul Antonio. Gorg! Today, on the most fitting of days (it’s Valentine’s Day folks!), the newly redesigned Wedding Bible Planner debuts! To quote Amazon,
(The Wedding Bible Planner is a) Stylish, practical, all-new second edition of this critically acclaimed wedding organizer from celebrity Wedding Planner and top-selling bridal author Sarah Haywood. Based upon the files and notebooks Sarah creates for herself when planning celebrations, this beautiful, detailed and practical organizer will also become a cherished keepsake for every bride who uses it as her own wedding planning bible. Wedding tips and advice from ‘Sarah and friends’ – all top wedding names from the world of luxury celebrations including the fashion famous, luxury stylists, A-list hair and beauty professionals, celebrity florists and chefs. Royal couturier Sassi Holford, cupcake Queen Peggy Porschen and Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts are just some of the experts featured.
The images below are a peek of what’s inside.
Last Spring the members of inWHITE teamed up to style a feminine meets masculine editorial for Well Wed Magazine at the gorgeous New Haven Lawn Club – an ideal location with it’s graphic black and white floors and the incredible art deco architecture. The inspiration for the shoot was heavily influenced by the looks seen on the runways at the Sring 2012 New York Fashion Week and the Alexander McQueen 2011 Savage Beauty exhibit. When developing the paper story, I chose to take a more masculine approach to the invitation design using a striking serif font. Come on, how sexy are the numerals? And that ampersand?! The suite was printed using black and white foil to emulate patent leather. The paper itself, Plike, was plastic-like and further emphasized the slick looks used in various bits of fashion and beauty. To add a touch of softness, beautiful, languid calligraphy by Brown Linen graced the outer envelope and place cards.
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Datura: a modern garden and Tony’s work did not disappoint. Several of the bouquets that he created were, shall we say… suggestive and included blooms fashioned into a riding crop and handcuffs. Genius. For an in depth look into the fashion styling, be sure to visit the blog of The White Dress by the shore. Still not enough? Pop over to Carla Ten Eyck and Jubilee Events for their take! To see the editorial in print, visit newsstands to pick up a copy of Well Wed’s Spring issue.
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck* and Anna Briggs // Event Design/Coordination: Jubilee Events* // Fashion Styling: The White Dress by the shore* // Floral Design: Datura, a modern garden // Paper Stylist: Coral Pheasant Stationery* // Calligraphy: Brown Linen // Cake & Confections: Little Imagination Cakes // Makeup: Jennie Fresa Makeup and Skincare Boutiquerie* // Hair: Terri Coon for Timothy Pamment // Lingerie: Beneath the Gown* // Video: Vintage Cinema
*Carla Ten Eyck Photography, Jubilee Events, The White Dress by the shore , Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design, Jennie Fresa Makeup and Skincare Boutiquerie and Beneath the Gown are all members of inWHITE: a luxury wedding collective
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