San Jose Wedding Inspiration from Lani Elizabeth + Shannon Cline
December 5, 2011
United States
You're going to flip this morning, LBBers. I've got some San Jose wedding inspiration that is about to hit your eyeballs, and it is absolutely phenomenal. The real life couple was all dolled up for a second time in a modern day Marie Antoinette soiree, set with amazing vintage finds juxtaposed with contemporary pieces. The event design and florals were courtesy of Lani Elizabeth Fine Designs in Flowers & Events, who were inspired by the gorgeous glove molds - and instantly started imaging their stunning flowers molded around this element. Captured wonderfully by Shannon Cline Photography, this shoot is so insane, I can't stop frantically rushing through the gallery over and over! I'm sure we're bound to meet up in there pretty soon.

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From Lani Elizabeth Fine Designs in Flowers & Events ... As floral designers, there is nothing more rewarding than working on something new and exciting that's a vision all our own. So for this shoot we wanted to do something fun and funky with a vintage/industrial edge to it, yet not too over the top! Our goal was to create something do-able for a regular bride that wanted to think outside the box. So we called up one of our gorgeous past brides and her new husband and asked them to join us in the shoot. Using her own dress with a fashioned turquoise sash and some of Lani's jewelry collection, we transformed her into a "modern Marie Antoinette" with dramatic eyes and big hair (thanks to the talented Makeup Dolls) and even bigger flowers.

Perusing the antique/second hand stores for inspiration led us to this super hip store, Frank, which is filled to the brim with all sorts of vintage finds and one-of-a-kind objects. We fell in love with the vintage aluminum glove molds and thought how perfect the "hands" would be holding bouquets. We found out that the store owner rents out her unique finds for events, so you don't have to break the bank to have a truly unique look for your wedding. We also had to have these reflective glass orbs that you'll see in many photos - so cool.

We wanted to ensure that our shoot location was an actual wedding venue, and the San Jose Museum of Art quickly came to mind. With it's amazing backdrop of art and the gorgeous chandeliers by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly, any bride would be thrilled with the limitless possibilities for wedding photo backdrops.

Just like the setting of our shoot, the flowers were bright, bold, and dramatic. The shiny lacquer parsons table was dressed with a collection of vintage china Lani and I have been collecting for years. Each dinner plate was a great find on its own, and brought together amidst glistening mercury glass, the old glass orbs, and decadent succulents, they created an eye catching display that married well with the abundance of colorful blooms.

We collaborated with Shannon Cline Photography, who is known for her vivid and sharp photos and modern vibe. We couldn't be happier with the results! The videographers from Grover Films created a really cool cinematic style wedding film - a highlight is a time lapse of the museum at night with the glimmering downtown skyline. The colorful ombre cake from Margaret's French Bakery was carefully created from individual mosaic pieces of fondant. We think it looks perfect sitting atop a vintage scarf with the fringe cascading down the table. Loralee Lewis' vibrant chartreuse invitation suite was just the right amount of vintage glam mixed with modern styling. The fonts alone are drool-worthy! Finally, the couch, table, chairs and glassware courtesy of Hartmann Rentals really made the whole tablescape come together. There's nothing more chic in our opinion than the clear "Louis Ghost Chairs." They really give a whole new look to any wedding space. Enjoy!

Floral & Event Design: Lani Elizabeth Fine Design in Flowers & Events / Photography: Shannon Cline Photography / Videography: Grover Films / Furniture & Tabletop Rental: Hartmann Studios / Invitation Suite: Loralee Lewis / Cake: Margaret's French Bakery / Vintage Objects: Frank of Los Gatos / Venue: San Jose Museum of Art / Makeup: The Makeup Dolls