We might be a week past the Kentucky Derby, but this photo shoot captured by Greg Blomberg Photography and designed by Bows and Arrows is just too cute not to share! And I say why not throw a Preakness or Belmont Party instead? Any excuse to host a stylish soriée is a good excuse in my book – mostly when it looks this darn cute. I am particularly in love with the ribbon escort cards handmade by Missing Q Press complete with gorgeous calligraphy by The Left Handed Calligrapher – such a fun touch! As a horse lover and a certified lover of parties, I am having a hay day with this one, and you’ll most definitely want to trot on over to the full gallery for even more!
From Bows and Arrows…Whether spending a day at the races or a day at the stables, horses evoke a striking natural beauty that impacts the atmosphere, and brings back memories from childhood. We chose to set up a wedding atmosphere in the stables that was casual, rustic, intimate, heartfelt and yet, over-the-top! We broke the barrier vintage rustic chic by using super lush garden flowers, vintage letterpressed paper products, a precious assortment of cakes, fancy intricate hand calligraphy, a couture gown, and quirky luxe gold accents! Every detail was mastered artfully!
The dinner table scape included gold trophy vases packed with blooms in shades of reds and pinks, including garden roses, peony, amaryllis, tulips, anemone, and jasmine. Letterpressed menus were regal, with a pale pink wreath encircling a golden horse and horseshoe. The gold was further enhanced by the gold flatware and gold horse at the place setting. Vintage championship horse prints were used as the table number which paired nicely with the vintage award ribbons accenting the floral arrangements. Place cards were eclectic free standing flags in a mix of papers paired with different calligraphy ink color, making everyone’s place setting unique.
The escort card table held miniature handmade paper award ribbons with the guests’ name and table number scrolled in calligraphy, which were displayed on a lush bed of red carnations.
The cake table was made up of a decadent assortment of single tier cakes embellished with award-winning sugar ribbons, frilly butter cream flowers, and detailed trimming set upon vintage milk glass pedestals surrounding a colossal trophy packed with fresh blooms in the horse arena. A feast for the eyes, indeed.
Our bride and groom looked equally stunning to the details in couture Carolina Herrera from Carolina Herrera Highland Park Village. The slim fit and sparkle kept the elegance of derby attire.
Photography: Greg Blomberg Photography / Floral Design: Bows and Arrows / Stationery: Missing Q Press / Desserts: Sugar Bee Sweets / Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher / Stylist: Cowboys and Indians Styling / Hair: James DeFrange of Pura Vida Salon / Makeup: Carolyn Logan / Location: Rocking M Stables / Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera via Carolina Herrera Highland Park Village