Wednesday, November 3, 2010

a martha stewart exclusive: metallic hollywood regency

this has got to be one of my favorite photo shoots to date...getting to collab with other amazing vendors for the GODDESS of weddings, ms. martha stewart, is like a dream come true...plus the design style they wanted us to incorporate was right up my alley - hollywood regency...

they wanted us to infuse loads of metallics in order to tie in with the color theme of their current issue...so we came up with something luxe, sophisticated, soft and dreamy...we also wanted to showcase something OTHER than a wedding...so we went with more of an engagement party feel, with cocktails, champagne and desserts...this could also work for a welcome reception, dinner party or bridal shower!

i designed florals in tones of white, gray, beige and muted copper...


no hollywood regency look is complete without a male bustform ;) renee also brought in the most insane antique gold beverage cart that we topped with greyhound cocktails along with grapewood branches and succulents that i spray painted gold...


shade hotel was a blank slate background and even had this chic white lounge furniture for us to use...

accenting the man of the hour's lapel was a vintage gold pin in the shape of a dog's head ...


and for the bride-to-be, i created a glamorous but subtle head band using gold chain and a gilded succulent...





kristy came up with some beautiful stationary to augment the shoot - i love how she blended metallics with the greyhound motif - super hollywood regency!



for the tablescape, i brought in a chain link patterned runner and some blanc de chine urns to get that regency feel...


i then filled white footed vessels with white hydrangea, pieris, ranunculas, lisianthus, beige scabiosa pods, gray dusty miller, silver brunia berries and these gorgeous muted copper toned garden roses...


beautiful antique gold rimmed china and a placecard with gold beaded trim helped bring more metallics to the tablescape...




more killer props from renee...





cortnie crafted these super easy greyhound drink stirrers...





aaahhhhh, the desserts - truly too beautiful to eat! cupcakes couture did an amazing job coming up with things that were like little golden works of art...gold dusted macarons, marshmallows and shortbread cookies - so, so pretty!


the cupcakes were wrapped with greyhound liners from kristy...








another little DIY project thats super easy to mimic...wouldn't it be fun if guests entered the party and were given these little gems to wear all night? just take some silver or gold chain metal, spray paint a succulent in the matching color and wire it onto the chain to create a bracelet! you can get extra fancy and add a jewelry clasp so it stays put on the guests wrist...


cortnie and i created this little popcorn stand with fabric wrapped tiers and cuffs of beaded metallic trims...it was then filled with salted caramel popcorn and made a fab alternative to a cake...



little cocktail pieces accented with more of the vintage gold doggie pins :)


aimee's silver sequined mini dress and gold jimmy choos were a perfect fit with the metallic vibe...





cortnie created another DIY project with these little mirrors, hung with silver chain from the back of each chair...i hot glued a golden succulent onto each one for added texture...






thank you thank you thank you to these amazing vendors i got to play with!

shoot production and coordination: leila from be inspired pr
photography: jose villa
event design and styling: cortnie from canvas and canopy
florals and styling: me :)
venue: shade hotel, manhattan beach
props: renee from oc prop girl
china, flatware and dog pins: jason from small masterpiece
stationary: kristy from momental designs
hair/makeup: erica from 1011 makeup
white "ottoman" linen: wildflower linens
dresses, jewelry and accessories: stylish silhouette
models: the uber adorable troy and aimee grover

and thank you to shira at martha stewart weddings for giving us the opportunity to design for you! to view our feature on the bride's guide, click here...

16 comments:

angie said...

that dress is sparkling gorgeous!

Allison said...

I am LOVING the gold painted succulents!! Totally infusing those into my holiday decor.... Brillant!

Katie said...

i literally had trouble remembering to breathe while looking at all this! Thanks for the fun burst of inspiration :)

botanical brouhaha said...

Absolutely drop-dead gorgeous!

Matt Jones said...

The gilded succulent headband for the bride to be is very cool. So unique and out of the ordinary from a regular flower.

Beata Biernat said...

love the mini succulents in the white vases! may i ask where they are from? were they had made as favors? love it!

Becca said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE everything about it! :-)

JWK said...

Absolutely STUNNING! Every little detail is divine!!

kristie said...

This is amazing!! What an incredible combination of talent xo

postcards and pretties said...

this is gorgeous especially that spray painted succulent bracelet!!

milk tea + polkadots said...

Everything is stunning! I love all the details...especially the white urns.

Therese Jacinto said...

The flowers, Carissa! GORGEOUS! Everything is just so STUNNING. Amazing work once again - you never fail to WOW us all.

Apt. #34 said...

man, this makes me want to go to Hitched so badly!

Laurie said...

stunning! great job.

Alison said...

Hi Carissa - I love this whole spread! In showing the post to my fiancé to get his thoughts on the décor style, he instead became fixated on the groom's suit. Any further info on it? ;)

justinelarden said...

I totally stumbled on your website and am astonished with the photography. absolutley beautiful!