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From Inspiration to Reality: The Design, III

My favorite part of these inspiration shoots is knowing that the ideas that look so beautiful in the photographs, are actually REAL steal-able inspirations that you can incorporate into your own wedding. Even if you can’t set up pretty picnic tables outside, you can still collect vintage vases and fill them with pretty Spring hues. Even if you aren’t sure if the sun will be shining on your big day, you can still bring in elements you love and use them in unconventional ways to make your day even brighter. Thank you so much to Beth Helmstetter, Steve Steinhardt, Laura Hooper, Holly Flora and ALL of the vendors involved for inspiring us to no end…

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from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

From Beth Helmstetter Some DIY elements from the shoot included the lace overlay which was literally purchased directly from the fabric store, cut by the store clerk and thrown on the table. A material that beautiful didn’t need anything else to distract from it’s natural look and feel. While, Holly has an incredible ability to make flowers that have taken hours upon hours look incredibly effortless, don’t be intimidated to try to arrange a collection of your favorite vessels filled with simply cut flowers. I don’t advocate any bride working on her wedding day, but it could be a great project for your bridesmaid’s luncheon or any other entertaining you do in the future. Lastly, if you aren’t afraid of a handcrafted look, give a hand at baking. By putting what would appear to be common desserts into beautiful tea cups or on top of lovely trays, you can really make something so basic look delicious.

While, I hope it would be easy to see that anyone could recreate a simple style like this one on almost any budget, overall, what I would encourage most to the brides out there is to really take inventory of what they already own, love, can’t get enough of, etc. and find a way to incorporate it into their day. Start collecting vases and vessels that inspire you or prints that you love from the local fabric store. Take the thought of “Does this go with the other vase I bought?” right out of your little mind and just literally collect what you love. No limitations. For us, the brand spankin’ new lace that I couldn’t get enough of paired with stationery that felt more like an introduction to a lady’s tea party than a wedding, got my wheels a spinning. For you, it might be a favorite wallpaper or postcard you once received from a traveling friend. No matter what, trust your self and your sense of style and don’t dismiss any elements that draw you in when you are starting to design your big day.

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Designer: Beth Helmstetter / Florals, Rentals & Venue: Holly Flora / Photographer: Steve Steinhardt / Stationery: Laura Hooper / Custom Linens / Homemade Desserts / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier / Shoes, accessories and men’s attire: J. Crew / Bridesmaid’s dress: Vintage / Hair & Makeup Stylists: Fiore Beauty / Bridesmaid Model: Nina Fehren with Wilhelmina Models

J.Crew and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Beth Helmstetter Events, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Fiore Beauty and Steve Steinhardt Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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From Inspiration to Reality: The Design II

I hope that you guys have fallen as in love with our Inspiration Shoots as I have and are able to see the incredible ideas for your own wedding tucked inside each and every detail. Going into this shoot, I knew that it was going to be amazing. With Beth Helmstetter at the wheel, Laura Hooper doing her thing with the incredible paper goods, Holly Flora crafting the stems, Steve Steinhardt on photography, and Mariana’s inspiration board…it was a no brainer. But I’m not sure I knew JUST how gorgeous it would be…

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from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

From Beth Helmstetter…Working with raw wood tables, is always a treat of mine, but given the rustic trend that had made them all the rage, I wanted them to feel somewhat fresh but also still special enough for an intimate spring wedding dinner. We choose Alencon lace as an overlay and accented the tables with press vintage glass vessels effortlessly arranged with the season’s best florals in shades that remind me of the springtime. Pops of yellows and greens donned everything from the stationery to the china and we added just a couple of hanging lanterns to add a bit of interest but not so much that they take away from the pureness of the dinner table.

The dessert display was heavily inspired by an old refrigerator Holly had collected months ago. I had been dying to find a use for it and filling it with spring inspired desserts like citrus tarts and lemon sorbet felt just right. We were further inspired by the venue when we decided to moss the refrigerator just a bit to make it appear as if it had been there for years and it had almost started to become part of the land. Sweet touches of fresh lemons in the egg shelf of the refrigerator softened and completed the overall look.

The models were all so lovely. From touches like a floral head band for the bridesmaid to the hemp that was wrapped around the bouquet of happy peonies, the overall look we were going for was both approachable and charming.

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Designer: Beth Helmstetter / Florals, Rentals & Venue: Holly Flora / Photographer: Steve Steinhardt / Stationery: Laura Hooper / Custom Linens / Homemade Desserts / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier / Shoes, accessories and men’s attire: J. Crew / Bridesmaid’s dress: Vintage / Hair & Makeup Stylists: Fiore Beauty / Bridesmaid Model: Nina Fehren with Wilhelmina Models

J.Crew and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Beth Helmstetter Events, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Fiore Beauty and Steve Steinhardt Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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From Inspiration to Reality: The Design

There is no better way to welcome in Spring than with this insanely gorgeous From Inspiration to Reality shoot crafted by some of my all time favorite vendors including the fabulous Beth Helmstetter, florals by the oh-so-talented Holly Flora, photography by Steve Steinhardt and paper goods by the lovely Laura Hooper. Inspired by THIS inspiration board, there are so many steal-worthy details tucked inside. So, rather than blab on, I’ll just let Steve’s gorgeous images speak for themselves…

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

From Beth HelmstetterI’m a true believer in approachable and effortless style. Because of this, not only do my client’s inspire the weddings I design, but the venue, season and readily available resources are always a significant part of the how and why of the events I style. This shoot was inspired by gorgeous inspiration board as well as the rustic, mountainview farmhouse that was all a twitter with fresh spring flowers, blooming trees and overall casual yet unavoidably spiritual feel. The venue along with found objects and the personal collections of both myself and that of Holly, the talented florist behind the shoot, were also major inspirations. From the lightweight sundress that had been hanging in my closet for months waiting to be exposed to lots of sunshine and the new grass of spring to the vintage refrigerator that we used as the backdrop for our dessert display, I’ve always found that pulling together a variety of items you are truly in love with, whether new or old, is always the best way to inspire yourself for your wedding or even a springtime photoshoot. All of this combined with the rustic but fresh and sweet “Gold in the Air of Summer” inspiration board definitely encouraged the entire team’s creativity.

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Designer: Beth Helmstetter / Florals, Rentals & Venue: Holly Flora / Photographer: Steve Steinhardt / Stationery: Laura Hooper / Custom Linens / Homemade Desserts / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier / Shoes, accessories and men’s attire: J. Crew / Bridesmaid’s dress: Vintage / Hair & Makeup Stylists: Fiore Beauty / Bridesmaid Model: Nina Fehren with Wilhelmina Models

J.Crew and Monique Lhuillier are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Beth Helmstetter Events, Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Fiore Beauty and Steve Steinhardt Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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