First off, I’m not a green gal and I never went gah over emerald being the color of the year. But pair it with gold? I’m in. Then layer on a bit of modern, European-Deco glam and we’ve got ourselves a gorgeous little shoot from Seen Photography. I’m betting that you’ll walk away with at least one piece of pretty inspiration. Oh, and the glitter on the cake? Event planner and owner, Carmela, of In Style Weddings & Destinations, is walking us through this shoot and how it all came together.
SMP: Hi, Carmela! What is In Style Weddings & Destinations?
ISWD: In Style Weddings and Destinations is an Event Planning and Travel Agency company specializing in Austin/Hill Country & local weddings, as well as Destination Weddings and Honeymoons to pretty much every corner of the world. We also plan other services including corporate events, milestone parties and food tour groups. We plan any type of wedding style, from Texas Hill Country weddings, Vineyard weddings, Boho Chic, Glam weddings, Beach weddings to anything our brides desire. Our passion is to help brides see their vision and bring it to reality and as cliché’ as it sounds, help them make memories that will truly last a lifetime!
SMP: What was the inspiration behind this shoot?
ISWD: It’s European vintage elegance meets modern deco glam! The Green Glam shoot is all about a bride that wants to break out from monotonous wedding style. As with many brides today, their look doesn’t necessarily fit into a one-note box of “rustic,” “vintage,” “feminine,” or “glam,” but rather encompasses an eclectic mix of many styles. With this inspirational shoot, we were able to pair an antique, European-inspired setting with a barn and lush outdoor space, but added décor and details that embody a lot of modern and deco touches. And since Emerald green is the color of the year, we also wanted our entire shoot to center around shades of this fresh and vibrant hue.
The theme and look for this shoot was originally dreamt up by our photographer, Sophie Pearson of Seen Photography at the beginning of the new year, and I couldn’t wait to collaborate with her and the many other talented vendors within the greater Austin area to make this idea come to life. Both in and outside the barn, BBJ Linen provided the linens and dinnerware that really made both the modern glam and deco design aesthetic shine with their patterns and pops of Emerald color that paired perfectly with our smoky gray ghost chairs. Last Petal adorned the tabletops and bride with structured yet whimsical floral arrangements with elegant white flowers and sage green succulents. One of our favorite elements was the Emerald green Lucite menus and invitations created by Meldeen—quite a different twist to the same-old paper invite! Simon Lee provided a fantastic square green ombre cake that fit perfectly under a trio of vintage deco chandeliers as a great showstopper dessert…and what’s a good reception without a bar! The Inglenook Décor furnished the barn space with a green bar cart filled to the brim with tools and libations to create the perfect specialty cocktail.
Erica, our bride, was outfitted with a patterned white wedding dress courtesy of Blush Bridal that was paired with a striking green beaded sash that looked seamless with the theme. Her look was finished with a dripping of art deco styled jewelry, chic birdcage veil and soft, refined makeup and hair. And of course, we didn’t have to look any further than the Prairie by Rachel Ashwell as our venue of choice. Tucked away in the countryside of Roundtop, Texas, this beautiful location filled with European antiques and vintage charm proved to be a great backdrop for our bride and her glamorous party. It was a truly magical day of styling and ideas coming to fruition, and we are so happy to share these images to inspire your special day!
SMP: What exactly does your ‘Honeymoon Travel Service’ include?
ISWD: Following the wedding planning, the honeymoon is the next biggest event the new couple is often excited to plan for. With our background in travel and as a certified travel agency, we plan not only destination weddings but also the honeymoon. Our customers receive the benefit of working with us during the entire process from getting married to starting their new life together, and can expect the same levels of service as during the wedding planning. From our experience, many couples also come to us for their individual travel needs long after they have been married. Making travel plans especially to a new place can often be daunting and guiding couples with planning can define the difference between an amazing experience and a disaster. The Honeymoon Travel service is a personalized planning approach where we meet with our couples and customize their honeymoon within their dream location. With our experienced travel agents who have traveled to many world locations, we are able to convey the highlights of many locations, preferred hotels and activities to enjoy, all in a proposal for them to choose from.
SMP: Best piece of planning advice for Brides + Grooms?
ISWD: Hire a certified wedding planner! It will be the best investment and gift to themselves for planning a once-in-a lifetime event.
More vendor inspiration…
Floral Centerpiece. The natural and elegant centerpiece was made into a 40’s era white matte ceramic bowl. Complimenting the gorgeous and sophisticated dining table accessories with a neutral white-ivory floral centerpiece with fresh green that helps pop it subtlety in the center of the table. The composition was designed using a textural mixture of ivory hydrangea, open lisianthus, white sweet peas, white with black centered anemones, aubergine artichokes, fiddlehead fern fronds, White “Ohara” garden roses, green viburnum, and gorgeous light and airy green maidenhair ferns.
The Cake. Set on top a mirrored beveled base to create the glamorous touch to the natural surroundings. The simple look of ruffled large headed succulents helped unify the ruffled design on the cake. This was a perfect match! The vintage golden and white pennant lamps were hung above the cake design to create a sense of interior design in an outdoor space.
Hairstyle. Elegantly pulled back with slight height to give the face a beautiful showcase. The back of the hair is curled and twisted up to a intertwining pieces bun and hair on the sides lightly left out for a natural soft look that accommodates her facial features and once in a lifetime bridal dress.
Stationery. Menu cards and Invitations was inspired by the crisp air and the mixtures of rich textures around the Prairie. They landed on an acrylic invite and menu paired with a cotton-paper inserts.
Photography: Seen Photography | Event Planning + Design: In Style Weddings & Destinations | Floral Design + Deco Chandeliers: Last Petal | Makeup: Lauren Lumsden of Rae Cosmetics | Hair: The Beauty Studio by Brooke Amber | Linens + Tableware: BBJ Linen | Bar Cart, Pillows, Small Décor: The Inglenook Décor | Cake: Simon Lee Bakery | Invitations + Signage: Meldeen | Dress, Green Sash, Birdcage Veil- Blush Bridal | Venue : The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell | Bride/Model: Erica Fick | Feather Hairpiece: Powder Blue Bijoux | Earrings: Emma Stine | Ring: Bride’s Personal Collection