An Inspired Affair...
October 12, 2007

For the last 6 months or so, the girls at Abby Jean by Fontaine Maury have been hard at work on streamlining and perfecting the Abby Jean albums that are sold to stores around the country. Having seen the great fun that we, at Style Me Pretty, have had with the inspiration board contests, the girls wanted to incorporate different boards into the album with the hopes of showing brides and grooms that an inspired wedding can start from the very beginning of the process...with a stunning invitation. We printed the inspiration boards, using Shutterfly's streamlined service, on 5x7 glossy paper which we placed throughout the Abby Jean


We wanted the boards to be absolutely show both the style behind an inspired affair, as well as the emotion and the incredible beauty of a perfect wedding. Thus, we looked no further than to the girls at Oh How Charming to get us started. Lisa, along with brilliant photographers like Elizabeth Messina, Lisa Leigh and Megan Sorel (to name a few) helped us to create these gorgeous boards that I have been dying to share with you. And now that the books have hit the store shelves, I can do just that!

Here is the first board. Check back a little later to see the invitation that it inspired!


I love how organic and yet completely romantic this wedding feels. The color palette is probably one that will always be my favorite (as they were my colors, as well) and the execution of all the details is in a word...perfect.

Lisa at Oh How Charming has been sweet enough to share a few more details about this gorgeous wedding...

"The wedding was held at Ventana Inn & Spa - so we had the gorgeous coastline of Big Sur as the original inspiration. Blanca was a true romantic at heart, while Shaheen had more of a modern & organic vibe. Both of them had very strong roots in their respective cultures (Blanca is hispanic and Shaheen is Persian). Infusing the personalities and cultural influences of my clients into the wedding design is extremely important to for this one... we had quite a recipe! Romantic- hispanic-modern-organic-Persian!

For the florals, we combined soft romantic roses for Blanca with more modern and organic elements such as bleached grapewood and succulents for Shaheen. I designed two different tablescape concepts and we ended up using both of them which was fantastic. The first was a long wood table with more linear florals (a combination of grapewood and floral clusters). On this table - we used a beautiful raw linen runner which was the perfect backdrop for the grapewood floral displays. The second tablescape was a round table with a more traditional floral arrangement housed in a wood box. Kim England from Fleurs du Soleil executed everything beautifully for us! For this table, we used a gorgeous "toast" silk linen from my dear friends Carlos and Anna at Tabella Design which provided a more elegant vibe. Both tables were flooded with candles.

We set up a comfy lounge using wood furniture and custom pillows from the same two fabrics we used on the tables. We had a roaring fire in the Ventana fire pit in the background as well. Under the starry sky of Big couldn't have asked for a more romantic environment! The menus and table numbers were printed on beautiful cotton paper (all designed by the fabulous Jennifer Parsons from Tiny Pine Press) and we mounted them on wood veneer backers which was organic and elegant at the same time.

For the favors - we wrapped copies of a Henry Miller book on Big Sur in brown paper wrap, and then tied them with a raw hemp twine. Shaheen was quite crafty and constructed the wood escort card displays you see in the photo. Again - we used romantic and elegant calligraphy on the escort cards, but displayed them in a very clean and modern fashion.

Shaheen also constructed an amazing "cabana" for Oscar (their adorable dog) which Oscar proudly sat in as one of the "groomsmen" during the ceremony. In the photos - you can also see the fancy leash Oscar was sporting for the ceremony as well! At the dinner reception - as a nod to Shaheen's heritage, we incorporated elements of a traditional "Sofreh" table.

We used gorgeous mercury glass (one of my favorites!) containers to house the elements of the table and it turned out to be quite a display. Blanca and Shaheen (and Oscar!) were an absolute delight to work with, and the wedding was truly a wonderful blend of their personalities and cultures.--Lisa Vorce, Oh How Charming"