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Kim and Rich at Barley Sheaf Farm

Kim and Rich celebrated their marriage in a modern, Fall reception held at Barley Sheaf Farms. They hired me to design their event and arrange their florals. It was interesting to incorporate as much Fall color, such as burgundies and rusts, with modern touches, like laser cut wood and brass table numbers. Yes, pretty much all of my events last year (and most this year) have a laser cut element to them. With a gazillion material options to choose from and a relatively low price point, it’s such a cool, new way to produce custom decor pieces. 3D printing is next. Who wants a completely 3D printed centerpiece??? Email me and let’s make it happen.

Under strings of globe lights, guests dined at tables filled with whimsical, flowing flowers of Autumn hues and a lot of texture. Pretty lounges from Maggpie Rentals lined the full wood dance floor under a big tent in the garden of Barley Sheaf Farm.

These beautiful images by Brandon Rodkewitz Photography  show the emotion-filled, joyous, wedding that I was honored to design for Kim and Rich.

Stop by later this week when I’ll show you a bit of the design process of their wedding with some images of us making a blank tent into a beautifully curated space.

Wedding Chicks was kind enough to feature the whole shebang.

Later this week – the design process and behind the scenes of taking a blank tent and turning into the pretty images you just saw.

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HGTV x Benjamin Moore Color Project

HGTV came to me with an idea: to produce a lifestyle shoot that incorporated Benjamin Moore’s new 2017 trend colors in a way that shows readers how the paints could fit into a variety of places in their homes.

Do you always have flowers in your home? I know that I don’t. Which could be a side effect of “not taking your work home with you” or just as easily a smart decision with not that many surfaces in a small Brooklyn apartment that can hold flowers and Matchbox cars that are constantly whirling through the air courtesy of my almost-three year old boy. No flower is safe.

Although, if I DID want to decorate my home with flowers and if I DID repaint my walls with lush, saturated color from Benjamin Moore – then this is how the flowers would be styled. Monochromatic. It’s an easy, modern way to choose what blooms go in your home. This shoot I produced and designed is more on the conceptual side. I walked around the flower market meticulously matching the colors of nature to the color of a paint swatch. While you probably don’t carry a paint swatch of your walls in your purse, a good rule of thumb would be that red goes with red, pink goes with pink, blue with blue…so on and so forth.

So here you go my lovely people. Five of Benjamin Moore’s trend forecasted 2017 paint colors, five areas of your home, and five arrangements to liven up a space.

Tomato Tango + a dining room centerpiece

Dark Burgundy + an entryway

Pink Bliss + a bedside table

Midnight Navy + a front door wreath

Guacamole + outdoor planters

You can see more images and read more details over on Photos by Julia Elizabeth Photography.


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Pop Art Wedding Editorial at Dobbin St.

My fellow color-loving friend, Leah of Color Pop Events, asked me to do the design and flowers for a pop-art inspired shoot for My Wedding Magazine. She knew she wanted it pop art inspired, although didn’t quite know how to make that happen while still keeping the look classy, formal, mature, and of course fun and colorful.

I did a lot of research on the pop art movement by digging into my art history books from college. My student loans that I’m still paying for every month are actually useful! Imagine that! Everyone thinks of Warhol’s soup cans and Lichtenstein’s screen prints as quintessential to the movement and although those are both lovely and important works of art, neither scream “wedding” or “classy” or “relatable” to me. I’ve seen a bunch of editorial shoots of late that use something crazy as inspiration, say unicorns, and take that literally by just throwing a bunch of actual unicorns around. While cool, the everyday couple probably isn’t having a unicorn wedding.

When I get the opportunity to design editorial shoots, I like to use the inspiration in a way that couples can relate to and use on their own weddings. This means making items that can actually happen on a wedding day (no giant installations that would cost a million dollars or drink stations in fields) in a design aesthetic that is more relatable to the general public.

I decided to use one piece of art from the pop art movement as our main inspiration for this shoot. Warhol’s Flower series was it. It’s bright, colorful, full of flowers, and easily translated in a variety of decor items.

Coordinated by Color Pop Events, at Dobbin st, photos by Amy Gray Photography, and design and flowers by myself, scroll on down to enjoy this bright and fun editorial shoot.

Here’s a bonus image of me doing my thing. Making super cool and pretty wedding backdrops since 2011, people.

And the full list of the talented creatives who made this happen:

In partnership with My Wedding Magazine / Coordination: Color Pop Events / Venue: Dobbin St. / Photography: Amy Gray Photography / Drink stirrers: California Luster / Jewelry: Suzie Saltzman / Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals / Hand Painted Backdrop: Hannah Lowe Corman / Linens: Nuage Linens / Cake: Hudson Cakery / Cookies: Sweet Dani B / Makeup: Pre-Dame / Catering: Brooklyn Grange

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