Wednesday, October 5, 2011

a dark, weird dinner party just in time for halloween

this shoot was a feature for rue magazine that focused on the home and lifestyle of noa from featherlove photography...noa has such crazy rad style - a unique blend of bohemian, gypsy and 1960's hippie...with some dark, unique elements thrown in...

when anne sage and jesi haack set out to create a party that reflected noa's flair, the girls came up with ideas that they coined "darko-weirdo"...at first i was confused but after a couple emails i totally understood what they were looking for with the tablescape and florals...when you see the photos it all comes together ;)

in fact, i think the styling and design ideas actually make for some killer halloween inspirations! skulls, taxidermy, feathers, tarot cards, crows, macrame, ferns, face painting, dreamcatchers, furs, antlers and jello molds!?!!? i meeeaaaan...it was literally one of the weirdest but most genius shoots i have ever been a part of...

jesi used all of noa's existing furniture to to set up an al fresco dinner table, complete with bohemian rugs and that crazy dreamcatcher in the background...


i found a ton of vintage green and amber glassware at local thrift stores so we used them not only for vases but for drinking glasses as well...



i used some twine to hang some of noa's animal skulls, antlers, bones and teeth from one of the trees...




to give the table texture and dimension, i found a killer gray fur coat at a salvation army and we bunched it up to create a runner down the center of the table...


instead of florals, i stuck with all types of ferns, and accented a couple of the pieces with feathers...



here's the lovely noa - how fab is her outfit?! the perfect bohemian hostess :)


jesi came up with these crow placecard holders...the perfect dark touch for our table...




little fortune teller menus made by amber from pitbulls and posies...jesi found the 70's dishware at a goodwill...


i saw this glazed ceramic frog at the thrift store and couldn't resist nestling him into the fur runner...






jesi worked with jay's catering to come up with these insane throwback foods - grasshopper pie and a tomato jello mold?!?! they fit the 60's vibe so perfectly...




these are some shots of the inside of noa's home - her interior design is so funky and unique! it was such a great inspiration for our shoot...





a brilliant idea from jesi - using a retro lightbrite!



after dinner, guests entertained themselves with tarot card reading, music, fondue, face painting and of course, dancing!!







this was such an awesome shoot to collaborate on! jesi, anne and noa had a super crazy vision and it was so fun to feed off their energy and ideas!

to see the rue magazine feature and write-up on noa and her aesthetic, click here (page 142)...there is also an awesome video of the day, shot by son of sharkpig...seriously, watch it...it's a total reflection of the vibe of the day!



here is the full list of everyone involved:

event design and styling: jesi haack design
photography: braedon flynn (who is SO talented by the way)
florals and tablescape decor: JL DESIGNS
food styling: jay's catering
videography: son of sharkpig
face painting: body art by allison

5 comments:

M.O.H. Spotlight said...

I really like the unique menu cards. The entire tablescape is gorgeous! The photographer did an excellent job capturing the this event! Awesome!!

Anonymous said...

Totally outstanding in everyway, beautifully captured, thanks so much for sharing. x

Sara said...

This is beautiful. Everything is very cohesive. I especially like the ferns.

Karen Wise Photography said...

This is so so creative. Beautiful work!!

Local Milk said...

I've been combing the internet for inspiration for a Samhain underground pop up restaurant to raise funds for the printing of a surrealist Edwardian book of poetry & block carvings... this is gorgeous, perfect. So inspiring... exactly the sophisticated occult vibe I've had in my head!