We hope you are enjoying this holiday with a watermelon slice in hand and a deluge of fireworks in your near future because that is just what we have in tail for this fine Fourth of July. The SMP team is sending a whole slew of Independence Day cheer your way along with an uber-cute inspiration shoot captured by La Vida Creations PhotographyIsari Flower Studio + Event Design crafted some pretty, pretty florals that paired perfectly with the Americana design and styling by Taylored OccasionsMinted Condition. It’s red, white, blue and gorgeous all over and more awaits in the gallery. And don’t forget to click around our network today…lots of fourth inspired goodness on our Florida, Texas, New York, California and Destination blogs!

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From Isari Flower Studio + Event DesignAfter working together on a wedding last May, La Vida Creations Photography, Taylored Occasions, and Isari Flower Studio were excited to collaborate on a stylized shoot featuring a gorgeous local venue in San Diego. With a vintage American feel, The Condor’s Nest offers the perfectly unique character to inspire the theme “Americana”. The property is home to a family of animals that mimic the characters of Charlotte’s Web… horses, exotic chickens, pigs, and even two goats. Vintage accents take guests back to a simpler time, creating a very relaxed vibe. The peaceful setting boasts sweeping views of rolling foothills, lush valleys and glimpses of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. From the sun-kissed red barn, to the vintage red farm vehicles parked around the perimeter of the ranch, we highlighted the bold beauty of these property features and carried that through our design and details. This was at the center of the inspiration for Americana, a modern twist where American Apple Pie meets Rock ‘n’ Roll with a whimsical modern flair that breathes new life into these American traditions.

In lieu of a traditional place card table, a stampede of paper horses greeted guests on one wall of the barn. Eight different breeds of horses were hand-painted and cut-out to correspond with eight tables. Guests would move on to the interior of the barn for refreshing cocktails served in mason jars, accented by fresh local strawberries and mint.

The main table was set with Russian linen tablecloths resembling bags of grain. The casual folding wooden chairs and the vintage farm trucks parked around the main lawn complemented the sun-kissed red barn. This barn served as the main character and unifying element throughout the three vignettes we created. Brightly colored hand-woven table runners provided a pop of color and added a West meets Mexico flair. The color palette for the floral accents echoed this flavor and drew inspiration from the area surrounding the barn, a blend of succulents with a casual floral mix. Hand-stenciled napkins and a casual menu reflect the relaxed style of the dinner that would presumably be ranch beef and fresh, local produce. The dinner menu was printed on the backside of grocery bags to give a natural texture and the paper was sewn to red cardstock for a hand-made touch. The menus were inspired by old west posters using a combination of wood type and script typefaces.

A retired farm wagon was put to work once again holding a collection of cupcakes and pies made from old family recipes. Handmade tags on vintage paper and popsticks help guests navigate their way to their favorite flavored treats. The models donned a variety of modern and classic clothing, floral headbands, and cowboy boots to represent the feel of Americana.

Event Design, Styling + Props: Taylored Occasions + Minted Condition / Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio + Event Design / Photography: La Vida Creations Photography / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Napkins: Emerson Made / Invitation, Menu, Paper Products: Minted Condition / Stylist: Stylish Silhouette / Dresses: Sky Couture / Desserts: La Concha Bakery / Venue: The Condor’s Nest / Hair + Makeup: Shlomit Arviv

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