Now that the weather is finally beginning to warm up in Toronto (note: I use the word “warm” loosely), I find myself daydreaming of outdoor activities. The thought of picnics, beach days, farmers markets and the like have been dancing around in my head for some time now. And then THIS landed in my inbox. Outstanding in the Field is a fantastic event that attempts to connect diners to the land where their food is born. Captured by the talented Anais + Dax, THIS is how I want to spend the next few months. In a field. With food. And the scent of a barbecue permeating the air. Checkout the rest of the gallery for more!
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From Anais… Jim Denevan, creator of Outstanding in The Field, allowed us to come to their event and photograph all of the deliciousness that was happening. Outstanding in The Field is probably what inspired so many around the country to organize dinners inspired by where food is grown: the farm. Jim’s team is like a traveling circus, minus the circus, plus the chefs and a great team of friends and organizers. They go from town to city, from state to state and organize dinners on farms with local chefs for an average of 150 people! Jim’s landscape and installation art skills come in handy when it comes to setting up the table and placing it strategically on the farm’s land.
That day, the dinner took place at Wattles Farm in Hollywood, or more precisely a beautiful community orchard just off of Franklin Ave. The chef for that night was Jason Neroni of the newly opened Superba Snack Bar in Venice Beach. He had a plethora of friends helping out, from Meave McAuliffe caterer, to Paul Hibler owner of Superba. Pascal Shirley and Joseph Lemieux were even doing videography.
Needless to say, it was a beautiful dinner, filled with good conversations, a tasty menu and an inspiring Outstanding In the Field crew. Thank you Jim for allowing us to participate in such an original kind of dinner!
Photography by: Anais + Dax
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I’m pretty sure Jasmine Star loves us because she’s always sending us the coolest photo shoots. The kind of shoots that take tradition and give it a good twist. (Remember this gem?) And for that, we love her right back along with this team of amazing vendors. Ahem Couture Events, The Little Branch, Fiore Beauty and Vanilla Bake Shop, we’re looking at you. This inspiration is ripe with old Hollywood glamour and a cool, Hipster style that blend together so beautifully. See even more right here in the full gallery.
From Danielle Sidari of Couture Events… The inspiration for the shoot really came from my own life; I recently moved to Hollywood and in getting to know the area I discovered a constant recurrence of old meeting new. I wanted to connect the classic and timeless styles of Old Hollywood with the trendy and relevant hipster style that is so prevalent in communities all over LA. The mix of classic and eclectic intrigues me and inspires my everyday style so it was exciting and challenging to try and achieve that through this bridal shoot and I think it came across really well with the help of every vendor that contributed!
I think the process of designing a wedding can be overwhelming for many brides– they feel this expectation that it needs to be perfect and it needs to follow certain traditions. I hope through this shoot that brides see there are beautiful ways to break away from stuffy structure and tradition; I hope they have the courage to wear flowers in their hair and embrace bold colors. Mostly, I hope that this shoot inspires brides to get creative and take chances as they design their most perfect wedding!
The flowers that The Little Branch used for the shoot were absolutely amazing–the perfect accents for fall! My favorite was incorporating the pomegranates throughout the tablescape! The bouquet and centerpieces included billy balls, ranunculus, dahlias (another favorite!), roses and even coffee beans. The flowers really created the fall warmth and romance for this shoot. The dress was designed by a company called Love, Yu and the name of the dress is Jenny. I felt like it was the perfect dress for this shoot! Whimsical and trendy but also so elegant!
Photography: Jasmine Star Photography / Venue: Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, CA / Event Planning + Design: Couture Events (LA Division) / Floral Design: The Little Branch / Wedding Cake + Desserts: Vanilla Bake Shop / Stationery: Dear Lola / Rentals & Decor: Archive Rentals / Dress: Jenny by Love, Yu via Lovely Bridal Shop / Hair + Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Bowtie: The House of Lux
Apricot is this bride and groom’s jam. The creamy love child of orange and peach is the featured color of these Seed Floral flowers, and well, this couple actually hand made apricot jam for friends and fam to take home from their Dominick’s reception. Shoe lovers, you can stop here today with this bride’s platinum Milk & Honey peep toe sparklers. Lucky for you and the rest of us revelers, Joanna Wilson Photography serves up close encounters with preserves and shiny shoes and oh-so-much-more in the full gallery!
From the Bride… Our wedding day was everything we dreamed it would be: beautiful, relaxed and fun. We knew immediately that we would have a traditional Catholic wedding mass and that we wanted to have our reception at Dominick’s Restaurant in West Hollywood. The restaurant’s open-air patio is gorgeous and romantic, so our additions were just icing on the cake! We decided on a simple color palette (apricot, cream, and black) and a rustic vibe. My husband and I canned countless batches of homemade apricot jam (some with vanilla, others with jalapeno) to serve as favors for the guests. Another highlight was our DIY Polaroid photo guestbook. My favorite memory of the night, however, has to be my husband’s surprise rap — who says hip-hop can’t be romantic?
I have two pieces of advice for brides who are currently planning. First, take the time to interview several different vendors before making your selections. Everyone we worked with was incredible, and it felt great to be able to just relax and let them do their thing on the day of the wedding. Second, whenever the stress creeps in, just remind yourself what weddings are all about: celebrating love with friends and family. Take a deep breath, kiss your fiance, and start the next batch of jam!
Wedding Photography: Joanna Wilson Photography / Ceremony: Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Community in Los Feliz, California / Reception + Catering: Dominick’s in West Hollywood, California / Floral Design: Seed Floral / Dessert Bar: Fantasy Frostings / Entertainment: VIP DJ / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Shoes: Milk & Honey / Bridal Preparations + Portraits: The Redbury