Lure your guests onto the slopes with these Aspen Ski Pass Save the Dates

Aspen holds a special place in Lauren and Steve’s hearts and made for the perfect fall destination wedding location.  Lauren, who had grown up skiing in Aspen’s Snow mass resorts, wanted her guests to take a double-take when they opened their fes­tive save the date designed to replicate the mountain’s ski pass.

We designed these ski pass save the dates to be sent nestled atop fall-hued Aspen leaves and inside of a sky blue mailer box as a nod to the Fall time festivities to come.  With a little sense of humor and personalization, having some fun with your save the dates is always a must-do!

The front of the Ski Pass Save the Date had the event information and the back side offered hotel and accommodations.

Invitation Design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Scott Lawrence

Ballerina inspired Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories

Whenever I find myself at a creative block I’ve always turned to forms of fashion and art for inspiration. While thumbing through an old impressionist art book, I recently came across the soft and ethereal work of Degas that I adored so much as a young girl. In his works of art studying the movements and life of the ballerinas that he admired so much, he put these delicate dancers in such a romantic and yet slightly mysterious light. Beautiful and sweet but with something a bit dark about their story.

This was the exact feeling that I got while oohing and ahhing over the wonderfully chic bridesmaid (or bride) dresses by the talented design house Sarah Seven. Her designs are retro inspired feminine pieces that would make any bridesmaid wild with delight. Let that little girl who dreamed of being a beautiful ballerina come out to play with some of these Degas inspired bridesmaid dresses and accessories.

Bridesmaid dresses by Sarah Seven, Morganite & Emerald Ring,  Morganite cocktail ring via Style Hive, Morganite Band via Glamour, Pink Ballerina Flats by Repetto

Bridesmaid Dresses by Sarah Seven, Silk Rosette Belt, Pink Satin Heels both by Badgley Mischka

Bring out your inner ballerina with these soft and romantic bridesmaid dresses and accessories.

A Wine Country Style Cheese and Dessert Bar

With the dessert bar rage sweeping the wedding world it’s easy to overlook some of the other delicious dessert ideas such as savory cheeses and fresh sweet fruits.  I’m definitely more of a ‘cheese plate for dessert’ kind of girl myself and thought how wonderful it would be if the sweet tooths and the cheese heads of the world could celebrate in unison. With this Wine Country Style Cheese and Dessert bar we accomplished just that. Fresh Greek pastries were offered along side crisp, sweet summer red fruit and creamy delectable cheeses.

To play in tune of the fresh cheeses being offered we used simple strips of cheese cloth for a sheer and breezy table linen.

Red summer fruits including watermelon, strawberries and cherries were among some of the sweet treats offered along side homemade Greek cheeses and pastries.

Vintage urns from Found Vintage Rentals were used as risers for the Greek doughnuts and Baklava by Petros. We also found vintage milk bottles and carrying crate for a fun twist and side offering,.

This rustic style of cheese, fruit and dessert bar would be a wonderful alternative for a farewell brunch as well!

Dessert & Cheese Bar Design, Styling & Dessert Bar Tags by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Cameron Ingalls

Props by Found Vintage Rentals

Venue Fess Parker Inn

Catering by Petros

A Food-Friendly Table Design for this Family-Style Served Wine Country Wedding in Los Olivos

California chic meets rustic Greek in this Modern Wine Country Wedding shoot that took place at the Fess Parker Inn in Los Olivos, the heart of Santa Barbra’s wine country. Recently featured in Santa Barbara’s Wedding Issue, this cool and contemporary take on Mediterranean modern included family-style served gourmet Greek food by the famed Petros restaurant which lives inside of the Los Olivos Inn as well as a second location in Los Angeles’ Manhattan Beach.

When designing a wedding tablescape for family-style served catering it’s important to keep in mind the space that you will need once the food is served. I found that by using creative risers and smaller clusters of vases and decor, you can easily transform the look from flowers to food with a few small tweaks. I’m fortunate enough to have yet another wedding at the Fess Parker Inn this fall and I’m reusing this same concept but with a much more modern take of glass cube vases that will be used instead of the boxes seen below.

A cool color palette of green and white combined with aqua sea glass, rattan and breezy cheesecloth gave this Wine Country Wedding table design a modern feel inside of the lush courtyard. We combined this earthy palette with crisp white and dark wood for added contrast.

Cows, sheeps & goats were icons used on the tags tied around the napkins with aqua ribbon. This clued each guest into which type of cheeses they were about to be treated to. To keep in line with the gourmet cheeses that were to be served, a simple cheesecloth runner was used for a fun and sheer linen option on top of the heavy wood table.

In lieu of all flowers, fig branches, rosemary and bunches of cabbage in modern sea glass vases were brought onto the table for interesting textures and a play off of the garden fresh catering that was yet to come. We used vintage boxes as risers for the clusters of florals that could easily be removed for the platters of food to be served family style. Blackberry limeaid was a beautiful and refreshing compliment to the warm summer night.

These boxes, which worked great to elevate and separate the clusters of Portuguese wine bottles, milk glass and sea glass vases of flowers, fruits and herbs, also worked to present the platters of delicious family-style food.

With the help of these rustic boxes used as risers for the platters of food, the presentation and design of this wine country wedding table stays beautiful and chic from the flowers to the food.

I absolutely love this shot the talented Cameron Ingalls captured of a bee getting a taste of Petros’ honey glazed Greek doughnuts. He’s no dummy!!!

Event Design, Coordination & Stationary Design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Cameron Ingalls

Flowers by Renae’s Bouquet

Venue Fess Parker Inn

Catering by Petros

A Soft & Glamorous Interpretation of a Gothic Wedding Dress

When most people think of Gothic wedding dresses and accessories, Dita Von Teese, in her famous indigo gown, pale skin and stunning jewels probably pops into mind. Not a bad image, but why not draw inspiration from this epic era without the overly dark colors and connotations. By mixing in some elegant elements such as quatrefoils, dusty pastels and even geometric patterns (such as the ones on the Eugenie pump) with a few bold choices of your own, you can achieve a beautiful and soft version of this iconic classic.

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