For someone who has recently discovered how fabulous moody blacks and browns can be, today's shoot from Jennifer Bishop Design is perfect. The juxtaposition of the leather, the rustic woods, the deep colors, the moody flowers and the sparkle and vintage details is what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving. It is no exaggeration when I say, if I could pack up and live in this shoot, I would. In a heartbeat. Because even if it is just half as pretty as Jennifer Skog Photography's images are, it's utter perfection. Click here to see it all.
From Jennifer Bishop Design ... The inspiration for Raw Elegance came from a love of mixing and contrasting design elements. I love something sparkly set against something weathered. I wanted frilly materials to have a raw and tattered edge to them and metallics to have a patina. Leather was another material used throughout the design. The entire scheme was to appear slightly dark and grungy all the while style coming off very elegant.
Setting the mood for our design was the Berkeley Faculty Club. With its wooden walls and beams, taxidermy and antler topped fireplace, this venue was the perfect backdrop. Again, with the need for contrast in the design, there was a great juxtaposition with this masculine venue and the femininity of our bride.
Our bride, although elegant needed to have some edge. Her dress had layers and layers of tattered ruffles and was belted off with a slim leather belt with gold studs. Her necklace added some sparkle and color to an overall matte look. For some flirty fun she wore ruffled socks with platform shoes. Her edgy look was also brought out by Make-up artist Lindsay Skog. Smoky eyes and a messy up do completed the look.
Since we were working with Milk Glass Vintage Rentals, my intent with this design was to show their vintage items in a new way. Vintage weddings have been huge the past few years and when the trend dies down, there are still fantastic ways to use vintage pieces. Mixing old and new elements is really what gives a design layers of interest.
The color palette mainly consisted of creams, ivory, brown, and gold. Green and a touch of purple were the only pops of color. The table was set with layers of different raw edged lace patterns. Atop sat wooden scalloped chargers, green ikat dinnerware and capiz shell wooden bowls. To add a little sparkle, I use gold-rimmed stemware, cut crystal glasses and mother of pearl flatware. A golden antler held the placecards at each setting and marbled chocolate textured by bubble wrap made for a special little treat.
The flowers were the crème de le crème of this tablescape. Placed in leather strapped vases and heightened by chain link candelabras, these flowers added a great variance of height. Arranged by Nicole Ha Designs, she used various white flowers, purple artichokes, leafy greens and feathers. A weedier version was set atop a simple cake to add height.
The desert table was back dropped with an industrial shelf holding cut crystal stemware and vases. More leather was brought into this mix and the whole vignette was styled with vintage rentals.
Fun plays on the faculty club were made by using two vintage desks. The first, an old classroom desk. The other, we used as our dessert table.
Photography: Jennifer Skog Photographers / Design: Jennifer Bishop Design / Vintage Rentals: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals / Floral: Nicole Ha Designs / Hair & Makeup: Lindsay Skog / Venue: Berkeley Faculty Club / Dress: Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier / Cake: Jen’s Cakes / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals / Stationery: The Card Lady / Chocolate: Forno Vecchino