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Spring Wedding Inspirations by Ceci New York
August 24, 2009
Outdoor Weddings

Lisa Hoffman of Ceci New York is guest blogging for us this afternoon. She always sends me SUCH beautiful work, I always get really excited when I see her name land in my inbox. Lisa is pure talent and we are thrilled to call her a friend!

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Even though summer is coming to an end and fall is nearly here, most of you are probably planning weddings for next spring so I wanted to share with you this fantastic project I collaborated on with the lovely Rebecca Stone of {duet} weddings, Camille Panzarello of Modern Day Design and the incredibly talented photographer, Corbin Gurkin.

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Together we put together a beautiful wedding at the Crossroads Estate in Los Olivos, California. We couldn’t help but be overwhelmingly inspired by nature for the look of the table setting. The beautiful landscape of the Santa Barbara wine county, the gnarled trees of the Crossroads estate, the overgrown, wild meadow contrasted by the perfectly manicured rows of grapes. Spring is such an incredible time of year- a time that is so full of new life, vibrant colors, berries and fruits, the sweet song of birds.  Our goal was to embrace this- to compliment it and celebrate it. Rather than force a theme, this in turn, became our theme: The celebration of spring.

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We chose to use a grouping of vintage tins to hold the lush, springy blooms. We loved the idea of bringing new life to the old tins. Similarly, we used vintage glassware and plates. As a nod to all of the beautiful songbirds that come out in the spring, vintage sheet music made for whimsical placemats, while a collection of antique birdcages hung as chandeliers from above.

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All aspects of the invitation I designed were inspired by our vintage garden birdcage/love bird theme. I incorporated a little bit of everything from the decor so it all compliments each other and properly sets the tone. The invite is a specialty die cut shape I created that was inspired by vintage mirrors. An organic special shape that creates movement, uniqueness and happiness to the eye. The pattern details are all hand drawn and are a mix between grape vines and leaves with a hint of vintage damask print mixed in. The flourishes intertwine the vines to create a very elegant statement.

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The back of the invite is actually a laser cut paper with a custom crest I designed where two "love birds" sit under the tree in the center.  The invite envelope is also a custom shape I made for the couple - I love to make custom envelopes so all lines of the invitation pieces were matching in movement. The envelope was then hand lined with antique sheet music. The custom stamps are made with a nod to the vintage tin cans used in the table settings. Finished with gorgeous white hand calligraphy on a berry envelope.

Rebecca always loves to create interest by pairing unlikely combinations. I couldn't agree with her more! The scene was pure magic as the sun began to set over the Santa Ynez Valley- a beautiful celebration of a spring evening.

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Ahhhhh. This wedding is pure heaven. Absolutely, positively gorgeous. Thank you so very much to Lisa Hoffman of Ceci New York...we love you!

Vendor credit Info ~ Venue:  Crossroads Estatein Los Olivos – Jill Remy, Events Manager / Photographer: Corbin Gurkin{duet} Weddings / Invitations: Lisa Hoffman, Ceci New York / Florist: Camille Panzarello, Modern Day Design / Hair/Makeup: Cathryn Van Breene, The Studio Agency / Tea Length Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye / Short White Dress:  Anna Sui Vintage Gown:  Unlabeled, found at flea market / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Photography / Wedding Planner: Rebecca Stone,