Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Inspiration offbeat wedding photo shoot - Black and White Elegance

A little bit ago, I shared that I had been swamped from doing a bunch of photo shoots and promised to share the pictures once they were ready.
Well, they are!  It was a bit of work and we had to get really creative to get the results I wanted, but it was all so worth it. So today I thought I'd share the pictures as well as the inspiration with you!

This was inspired by an offbeat couple with the groom being a writer/ journalist and the bride being a photographer. I pictured them as offbeat with a beautiful love story in which he travels for work being a journalist and  their relationship is kept going by all the correspondence they do through letters. They both feel that writing letters is a romantic way for them to express their love to each other, and both share a great love for books and great stories. She wants some color added to their day and her color choice is fuchsia pink, but he is not so sure for concern that  their wedding is going to end up looking frilly and too 'girly' for his taste.
The solution, we mixed both masculine and feminine elements to create a perfect marriage of the two. They both love vintage style looks, so we used that as the common denominator. We used vintage typewriters and cameras as the centerpieces which both spoke for the couple's passions. We tended to the concern that the groom had about having too much pink, and introduced a fourth color (yellow) to ensure that the pink would not take over, after all, it is his wedding too!

Their love for correspondence was represented by the stationery sets scattered on the tables by the typewriters and cameras, as well as their favorite love poems printed out in calligraphic writing that they both love and appreciate.
The final touch was a sheet of paper in the typewriter with the playful words 'love and chocolate' which is how they occasionally sign off their letters to each other because of her love for the different kinds of chocolate that he brings her as a gift every time he returns from a work trip! It also functions as an invitation to their guests to share their 'love and chocolate' moments by typing their messages to them so it doubled as a guest book of sorts!

This couple is obviously offbeat and wouldn't want a traditional wedding, so we dressed them to suit the occasion and to reflect their eclectic taste and style. The bride wore a white and black gown from our rental collection with black netting for a shawl as well as an offbeat hat with a fuchsia pink veil and the groom wore a black suit with a black and white ascot instead of a tie and his favorite hat!

It was such a fun shoot to do and coming up with the design concepts was such a treat, so I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I would love to hear your thoughts, so don't be shy!


Design: Creative Wedding Solutions
Photographers: Santana Chavez and George Yurahen
Event rentals: Rentals Unlimited
Dresses: Xharisma Bridal Rental line by Creative Wedding Solutions
Flowers: Carolyn Kegler
Typewriters and Cameras: Sunshine Lucy
Hair: Nancy Brown
Makeup: Christy Lavalee
Fashion stylist: Mauryn Kkira (Creative Wedding Solutions)
Headpiece: Mauryn Kkira (Creative Wedding Solutions and Kkira Creations)
Wedding Planners: Creative Wedding Solutions

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New York Fashion Week! Boho brides, can you say inspire me?!!!

Hi All,
I have been taking a look at fashion week styles and I thought I would share my favorites. Ofcourse this is just in regards to fashion , but always also from the perspective of how it would translate for an offbeat bride. I will be sharing more of my finds as the days and weeks go by, but I thought I would start with these which are quite fun and interesting in various ways.
As you may know, I am a very big fun of brides adding color to their outfits, and having different options to play with. I also love texture because I think it adds character to what would often otherwise be a pretty regular gown. So take a look and see what might inspire you.
The cool thing about a bunch of these is that since they are not bridal gowns, there is room to play. Carlos Miele is a high end designer, but you don't have to spend so much to get the look, and you don't even have to buy the same exact gown if you are not looking to spend that much. The point of these entries is to get you thinking about how you can create a unique look for your self on your wedding day, and to get you thinking about how you might be able to achieve the look that you see in your mind's eye. So once again, don't restrict yourself, let your brain and heart go and see where they take you and how they suggest you get there!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Red carpet fashion inspiration for the fashionista off beat bride!

I thought I would blog about red carpet fashion since we just got through watching the Emmys and  I think it is also the beginning of Awards season. In addition to the multitude of fashion critiques published after an awards show, there are a number of articles written to inspire brides to take a page or two from some of the red carpet styles. Bridal columns often suggest a 'bridal version' of the gown some celebrity was wearing, which is one fun way to think about your bridal fashion. That said, I always thought it would be really cool if there was no 'bridal version' and we could just think outside the box and see the actual red carpet gowns as potential wedding gowns. So today I picked out a few interesting red carpet styles from my stash and thought it would be cool to consider them as unusual bridal gown options for offbeat brides who love fashion. I like to take a look at them and picture what they would look like as wedding gowns, with a head piece of some sort and the whole nine yards. Maybe you can give it a try and see what you come up with. This is a fun way for an offbeat bride to consider what she would do if she could. It might help you come to a fun and unexpected decision about what you would really like to wear, unbeknownst to yourself! Remember, most of us don't have awards to go to and we often don't have anything we have to dress up this much for, so why not take advantage and go all out for the big day and give your guests a wonderful opportunity to get all gussied up for your very own red carpet event! Think about it and share your thoughts, am looking forward to hearing them! Enjoy and pass it on, it should be a fun exercise to do with your fashion loving girlfriends whether they are getting married or not!