Secret Garden Wedding Invitations & Sneak Peak

 Secret Garden Wedding Invitations & Sneak Peak

Last spring I had the pleasure of working with such a sweet romantic bride that loved nothing more than nature, shades of green and birds. We wanted to intertwine her love of all things beautiful and natural into their wedding invitations and wanted the feeling of a Secret Garden combined with Wedding. We started with the invitation and created an ornate gate design laser cut onto a rich emerald opalescent paper and combined a custom die cut shaped invitation with a soft ombre fade from sea foam to celery green. Rich floral patterns and illustrations were combined with luxe copper foiled keys and their names for a pop of glamour. For an additional detail we wrapped the whole invitation with a silk green ombre ribbon tied with a skeleton key to give the guests the ‘key to the secret garden’.

See below for more details from this glamorous Secret Garden Wedding including the decor, the unveil of the Secret Garden Dessert Bar and the gorgeous ombre tiered wedding cake.

To stay in theme with the Secret Garden we also used the laser cut belly bands from the invitations to hold each guests menu with their names written on the top of them.

Invitation Design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Event Design & Coordiantion by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Mel Barlow & Co.

Flowers by Rountree Flowers

Venue Alpine Country Club

Entertainment by Greg Denard Band

Cake  by La Promenade

Calligraphy by Calligraphy by Jennifer

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‘Once Upon a Bride’ Fairy Tale Wedding Inspiration Shoot for Utterly Engaged

Every little girl has dreamt of becoming one of the the fairy tales that they grew up reading. Whether they wanted to be saved by a kiss from a prince, felt that someone was the Evil Queen in their lives, or just find that fairy tale romance that sometimes doesn’t seem real. I had so yearned for über long hair to throw out of my bedroom window to be rescued when I was grounded!

So when Lucia of Utterly Engaged asked me to design a bridal shoot inspired by the classic fairy tales we all know and love, the little girl in me definitely came out to play . We also spoke of mixing in the feeling of Scandinavian folk art undertones to bring out the textures and laces and patterns of this elaborate artistic style. With an incredible team behind me here are the creative results.

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Rapunzel Fairy Tale Wedding

Instead of the classic ‘Red Riding Hood’ I wanted to play off of a more updated and stylish version of a ‘Pink Riding Hood’. We paired this ruffled lacy gown by Provence Bride with yards of flowing scarves for a rich and stylish take on this character. Knitted gloves, a suede claret Ferragamo belt and darling porcelain basket of flowers completed this damsel in distress’s look.

You know, my dear, it isn’t safe for a little girl to walk through these woods alone.

…as pure and white as snow, and as red as blood, and her hair was as black as ebony…

When I think of Snow White, I think of the sweet animal loving forest nymph who attracted all things good with her beauty. We actually had another gown planned for this character but a serendipitous moment on Facebook happened after I saw an old friend getting married in one of Tara La Tour’s gowns and I was immediately floored by her stunning designs. This periwinkle ombre work of art (along with the evil queen’s gown) was over-nighted from Minnesota just in time to grace our shoot. The hand work and detail on this gown are simply unparalleled and a true masterpiece! Tara La Tour’s wedding dresses are definitely worthy of a fairy tale wedding.

For our Snow White look Alex wore stunning rough diamond chandelier earrings and a coral rose ring by the talented Leslie Fastlicht Russo.

Snow White wouldn’t be complete with out the Evil Queen lurking in the shadows. This dramatic indigo blue gown worked wonderfully for the dark and mysterious character longingly looking for answers in her mirror. Her dark bouquet of burgundy blooms and spiky succulents created the perfect sinister look for this stunning sinner.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

Gretel, sans Hansel, stumbled upon a deliciously tempting trail of sweets by Scootabaker and Elizabethan bakeries while wearing a pale taupe BHLDN gown and basket lush with wildflowers. This would make for such a wonderful intimate wedding at the courthouse dress!

Sweets and treats did tempt the children into the witches house made of bread and cakes…

When I told Heather of Scootabaker of my vision I described elaborate shapes of flora and fauna and woodland creatures in layering textures of white on white. As if she crawled into my head, Heather literally made by elaborate vision come to life with so much detail and precision it was amazing!

Alex wore carved bone earrings and cocktail rings by Leslie Fastlicht Russo. The diamond button detailing on the back of her dress was stunning!

And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love’s kiss, the spell shall break.

Krista Jon created the most gorgeous and interesting florals for each look that could not have portrayed the lightly dark yet romantic look of this shoot. The variety of blooms with vines and greenery and succulents were so forward thinking and stunning.

Wildflower Bouquet Red Pink Cabbage Roses

This vintage Roberto Cavalli jacket donned by our amazing stylist Adrienne Baravetto worked wonderfully to frame our Sleeping Beauty’s gorgeous face.

Creative Direction by Lucia Dinh of Utterly Engaged

Art Direction, Design & Invitation Design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Schnack Studios

Flowers by Krista Jon of A Humble Abode

Fashion Styling by Adrienne Baravetto

Jewelry by Leslie Fastlicht Russo

Props & Furniture by Archive Vintage Rentals

Make Up by Devon Duff

Hair by Caitlin of Flawless Face

Cake & Pastries by Scootabaker

Pies by Elizabethan

Model Alex Grace with Elite Models

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Moroccan Modern Palm Springs Wedding at Colony Palms

Moroccan Modern Wedding at the Colony Palms in Palm Springs

This summer we had the pleasure of working with such a wonderfully gorgeous bride who loved one thing, color! I am always so excited when clients of mine allow me to design with so many fun colors and textures and aren’t afraid to experiment and make a splash. The wedding was at the Colony Palms Hotel which was designed by one of my favorite interior designers, Martin Lawrence-Bullard, and featured so many fun rich Moroccan elements and treasures throughout the property. We wanted to bring in the Moroccan elements of the hotel into the design of her wedding but combine them with a fun and bold modern take for an updated twist.

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Flamenco guitarist David Maldonado played for the guests during cocktail hour.
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To recreate the custom designed pattern from the invitations I commissioned hand painted linens to be made for the head table.
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Our after dinner hookah lounge in the cabanas.
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Event Design, Coordination, Invitations + Stationery: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations / Wedding Photography: Lisa Hourin Photography / Venue: Colony Palms / Floral Design + Rentals: Arrangements Floral & Party Designs / Ice Cream Cart: Sweet Lucie’s / Flamenco Guitar: David Maldonado / Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Hair + Make-up: Joy Fields / Jewelry: Jewelry by Rosalina

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Inspiration to Accessorization: Sparkly Holiday Accessories

 Glitter & Glitz & Glamour, Oh My!

The holidays are already almost upon us… whether we would like to admit it or not.  And with this festive holiday winter season will come glamourous occasions to dine, dance, mingle and mix all with a sparkly mood and hopefully the accessories to match. Here are a few of my favorite picks of sparkly holiday accessories of the season sure to update any LBD or pair of your favorite skinny jeans for a casual chic twist.

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