From Inspiration to Reality: The Design II
May 21, 2010

Are you feeling inspired yet? Join the club! This shoot is killing us with all of the amazing details. One of our faves?  The delectable dessert table with so many gorgeous cakes from Natasha's Mulberry and Mott. Hello sugar heaven. This is the perfect example of how this shoot can be translated into not only a wedding, but even a rehearsal dinner or a bridal shower. The possibilities are endless. And if you are loving the paper goods as much as we are, be sure to check out Lilah Paper's blog where she has DIY instructions for all of you crafters.

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{click here to see the FULL photo shoot}

Floral Arrangements:

Our floral arrangements were inspired by the location. The Simpson House feels so romantic with stone walls and the massive oak trim and front door. The house is in a natural garden setting and that influence made me think "moss" and chartreuse as accents to purple flowers. Lavender stock hanging upside down at the "altar" looked like wisteria clusters. The entire vintage ambiance felt right at home!

Dresses and Accessories:

We wanted to make a bold statement with the bride's dress as we felt the design board had so much glamour. So we went with the gorgeous Christy dress from LulaKate. The dress was accented with jewelry from M.Flynn and shoes from Blue Tux. Because the bridal gown was a show stopper, we wanted to go a little simpler with the bridesmaid dresses, but still incorporate the rich jewel tones and two-toned concept from the design board. We chose two Simple Silhouettes dresses, Orchid and Petunia, that helped bring out the tones of the peacock feather. Dresses were accented with broaches from Haute Bride, headpieces from Bird Cage Designs and purses from Nelle. Our flower girl wore a dress from Rosebuds and was accented with a sash and broach as well.

Paper Goods:

When it came to the paper goods, I was really inspired by the "jewel" aspect of the inspiration board. I used not only a jewel toned color palette, including golds, turquoise and purples, but printed the invitation on a metallic paper stock as well. The idea behind the design was to evoke the feeling of glam and elegant sophistication, while ensuring that the aesthetics were anything by stuffy Since the peacock feathers were so prevalent in other areas of the design, I decided play upon some of the finer details found within the invitation, and apply them to the additional paper goods, such as the dessert tags. For the menus and table numbers, I really wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary. I thought it would be fun to combine the two ideas into one piece that when printed on the napkin, could become an integral part of the table setting itself. These menu/table number napkins add a vintage look and are a fun, inexpensive DIY project that any bride-to-be can do.

Check out Lilah Paper's blog for step-by-step instructions.

Photography: Adrienne Maples / Paper Goods: Lilah Paper / Event Planning: Simple Elegance / Cinematography: Creative Video / Cakes: Natasha's Mulberry and Mott / Florist: Craig Sole Design / Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid's Dresses and Accessories: Bella Bridesmaid, Kansas City / Makeup and Hair: Mink Artistry / Location: The Simpson House / Linens and Decor: Celebration Party Rentals