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Playful + Glam Palm Springs Garden Party Inspiration Shoot

With a vision of “a glamorous garden party with the nostalgia of Palm Springs,” this all-star team of creatives dreamt up this tropical bridal shower editorial we want to dive right into. Palm leaves and pineapples, bright colors and signature cocktails — this shoot from Charla Storey Photography, The Southern Table, Southern Fried Paper, Bella Acento, Layered Bake Shop and Natalia Issa is a summer dream.


From Charla StoreyOur vision was to combine a glamorous garden party with the nostalgia of Palm Springs. Graphic elements of palm leaves, pineapples and whimsical flamingos are featured throughout the party accessories designed by Southern Fried Paper.

“Our team was thinking what we would all love for a summer bash and we kept coming back to gold pineapples and palm leaves. We wanted to make these special details that are so Pin-worthy easily available for every celebration, no matter the size. We just launched our Tropical collection on etsy, which features all of the paper and party accessories from this adorable editorial like laser cut drink stirrers, napkins and invitations. Our favorite is the laser cut palm invitation folder. It adds a unique wow factor for any tropical event!”

The Southern Table brought the vibrant colors of summer with a garden twist. “We combined tropical elements like ginger, palm leaves and citrus with our garden favorites of coral charm peonies, poppies and sweet pea.”

Natalia Issa styled Amanda in side-swept perfection with a headpiece of freesias and ferns. Her coral tone lip accented the look perfectly. Our chic bride-to-be opted for a modern blush jumpsuit perfect for a poolside party.

Charla Storey Photography captured the lightness and vibrancy of our editorial collaboration. When you have a team this talented, the only thing left to do is celebrate the beauty! And our signature cocktail is the perfect recipe for this summer soiree!

Cocktail recipe: Mango Sunrise: Champagne, grenadine and mango, layered for a festive ombre cocktail.

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Photography: Charla Storey Photography | Cake: Layered Bake Shop | Hair + Makeup: Natalia Issa | Floral Design + Styling: The Southern Table | Invitations + Design: Southern Fried Paper | Location: Jefferson Tower | Modeling Agency: Molli With Callidus Agency | Rentals: Bella Acento

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The New It Color This Wedding Season: Terracotta

If you thought orange was overrated then we invite you to peruse this gallery. Because if anyone could make the tang of terracotta look totally chic it’s this dream team right here (we’re looking at you Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography, Bows and Arrows, Sugar Bee Sweets and The Wildflowers). Blooming with beautiful hues and lovely rentals a la Bella Acento, we’ve got every saturated second waiting in The Vault!

From The WildflowersThe elegant ambience of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas’ iconic residence-turned-posh-hotel, secures its status as a beloved venue. The hotel’s blush and terra cotta hues exude joy, and the exterior walls perfectly complement a gold-toned wedding palette. This was the setting of this private floral workshop hosted by Bows and Arrows.

Imperfect cobblestone paths took the bride through twists and turns in the mansion’s secluded gardens. Her bouquet was loose and draped, creating a just-picked vibe, and included a mix of bright open blooms and smaller delicate buds. Rich purples and dark greens contrasted with happy pinks and yellows to add dimension.

The bride’s undone, looped updo echoed the cascading raw silk ribbons on her bouquet—which were featured in rust hues on invitations with barely-there swirling calligraphy. Her striking gold ring paired beautifully with the warm colors around her.
Both her veil and dress flowed effortlessly in the wind, adding movement to the gown’s feminine and fluid silhouette.

An arch framed the bride in asymmetrical vines in an organic shape, as though they had just sprouted. The arch was left with rustic wood exposed, to add balance to an otherwise bold look.

Tablescapes included light wood flatware, matte ceramics, and lush, low flowers. The cake was similarly sleek, with a smooth finish that gave the lavish floral accents the spotlight.

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Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Wedding Gown: Anais Anette | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: Tracy Melton Artistry | Venue: Rosewood Mayakoba | Bridal Boutique: a&be bridal shop | Desserts: Sugar Bee Sweets | Floral Workshop Attendee: Wedfully Yours | Floral Workshop Attendee: Stone House Creative | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Goods: Script Merchant Calligraphy | Planning + Design: The Wildflowers | Rentals: Bella Acento | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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A Moody Spring Inspiration Session Full of the Prettiest Seasonal Blooms

As Moss Floral Design says, “the first signs of springs are subtle, yet worthy of celebration — daffodils peeking out of fallen leaves, hyacinths, budding branches.” And this gorgeous inspiration session from the talents of Moss Floral DesignCallie ManionMeggie Francisco Events celebrates that magic perfectly. With a beautiful set up at La Villa Francisca including chairs from Bella Acento and a Anna Campbell wedding dress, this editorial is as pretty as a fresh spring day. Head to The Vault to see it all!

From Callie Manion“Ode To Spring”
The inspiration for this particular shoot began after a reading of Henry David Thoreau’s, “Spring”:

The first sparrow of spring!

The year beginning with younger hope than ever!

The faint silvery warblings
heard over the partially bare and moist fields from
the bluebird, the song sparrow, and the red-wing,
as if the last flakes of winter tinkled as they fell!

We loved the idea of recreating “the first sparrow of spring” and wanted to play with a moodier palate to inspire brides getting married in the springtime, as a nod to the passing season of winter. During this period, tiny buds begin to blossom and grow from dark, moist patches of earth. We played with these colors seen in nature by incorporating touches of lighter pinks and whites amidst the darker palate of deep blues and blacks–emulating the colors of spring emerging from the colors of a passing winter.

We didn’t want to go too literal, but we wanted to incorporate subtle elements that would be a nod to this idea of a spring bride being the first “sparrow of spring”. You can see the bride playing with one single feather in a few portraits; then again that feather will show up at the table setting later; and lastly, we wanted to emulate a bird’s nest with the bride’s up-do hairstyle at the very end.

This inspiration shoot was all about striking the balance between light and dark, and finding the beauty in both. Captured entirely in film, the images show a sense of darkness, but are also soft and feminine. Our aim was to symbolize the beauty of darkness with the inside location; and then highlight the lightness and airiness of spring with the outside location. We hope to speak to a sophisticated bride who enjoys lightness, but also can appreciate the darkness of the transitioning season, and wants to incorporate both into her wedding day–perhaps with an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception.

From Moss Floral DesignThe first signs of springs are subtle, yet worthy of celebration. Daffodils peeking out of fallen leaves, hyacinths, budding branches – these are some first signs of spring that inspired the florals I chose for this shoot. Flowering quince is one of spring’s early bloomers. So I decided to incorporate hints of blooming quince branches in the background. As badly as I wanted to add fluffy peonies and garden roses to the floral arrangements, I wanted to stay true to early spring blooms. Touches of hyacinths, lilac, tulips, and the late winter beauty, hellebore, added a delicacy that early spring emulates. This delicacy was also symbolized by the color palette. I selected peach, lilac purple, and a soft pink to represent the innocence and freshness that early spring brings. This against the moody blue tones highlight new life that follows the dead of winter.

From Meggie Francisco EventsComing from a restaurant background, I’ve always cared very much for how cuisine plays a role in an event experience. When guests gather to celebrate a wedding, they travel from far and wide, they buy a beautiful gift for the couple, and they bring out their best attire–all to share an experience together. While this experience begins at the wedding ceremony, it culminates over the meal as guests trade stories and laughter.

Magdalena’s did an extraordinary job bringing together the flavors of early spring with visual brilliance. The creamy asparagus soup has the tender bright green of new leaves, the oysters are plump and juicy from waters that haven’t yet warmed up, and the lamb chops are beautifully seared. I imagine the conversation would be lively and free-flowing with wedding cuisine like this!

Besides the dinner, one image that lingers in guests’ minds after a beautiful wedding is the blushing bride and her attire. The gown, designed by Anna Campbell, showcases lustrous, intricate pearl beading atop delicate scalloped lace. The substantial beading honors the heavy textures of winter, while the delicate lace hearkens the incoming warmth of spring. The bride’s bouquet, a blend of vibrant early-spring blooms by Adri at Moss floral, is juxtaposed with a hearty velvet ribbon. Hair and makeup guru Quynh Nguyen gave our model a fresh, dewy look and two dynamic hairstyles for ceremony and reception.

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Photography: Callie Manion | Event Planning + Design: Meggie Francisco | Floral Design: Moss Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Cake: Jar Cakery | Invitations: Wondrous Whimsy | Bride's Shoes: Vince | Jewelry: Shapiro Diamonds | Catering: Magdalena's Cocina Mexicana Loca | Hair + Makeup: Q Professional Makeup Artistry | Venue: La Villa Francisca | Venue: At Home | Chair Rentals: Bella Acento | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Flatware + China: Crate & Barrel | Glassware: Billy Ella | Model: Allison Ponthier | Ribbon: Mood

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