Justine & Ryan - A Rusty Pelican Wedding

Justine was one of the wonderful brides we met at a bridal show over at the Rusty Pelican. As it would turn out, Justine was marrying her one and only, Ryan, and host her guests to a delicious Sunday Brunch 🍳 πŸ₯“ πŸ₯ž 🍀 (which the Rusty Pelican is famous for). Looking for something simple and clean, we stuck to keeping the invitation printed on white stock, but integrating a Gold Leaf Pocket to take Justine's invitation up a notch. πŸ₯‚

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After finishing up her invitation suite, we began working on Justine's wedding day paper goods. One detail that I'm especially excited about was the personalized place settings for each guest. The extra touch of calligraphy added a thoughtful touch that would surprise guests once they arrived at their tables to mimosa and brunch (Like wine and dine? Anyone?). 🍾  Scroll below to see more details from Justine and Ryan's big day.

I'm so excited that we were able to design a custom suite that would personify the clean, modern design Justine and Ryan were looking for. Wishing these newlyweds a life full of love and laugher. πŸ˜˜ β˜ΊοΈ

Vendors

Venue - Rusty Pelican

Photography - Alan Phillip Photography

Dress - Brides of Florida

Suit - Calvin Klien from Macys

Florals - Blooming Gardens

Invitations, Paper Goods, + Calligraphy - Only One Mark, Inc. (US!! 😍)

Hair + Makeup - Bombshell Makeover Makeup Chris Richards

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Ace Props House Elopement - A Styled Shoot

There are so many details to this one shoot that sing by itself...but oh...how the painted leather jacket does #slay!!😍  I'm so happy that Christy from Christy V. & Co asked me to join in on this throw back to the glamor of  60's Rock & Roll inspired weddings of the past. Girl, your ideas are magic. 

I'm proud to announce that we have been featured on Green Wedding Shoes!!

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To quote the King 🎀...

 
Wise men say
Only fools rush in
But I can’t help falling in love with you
— Elvis Presley

Click the link below to see the full feature!!

Vendors

Planner - Christy V and Co.

Photography - Andrielle Photography

Video - Esteban Hernandez

Florals - Simple Florals

Furniture + Venue - Ace Props House + Studios

Calligraphy - Only One Mark, Inc. (US!! 😍)

Tabletop - The Mix Dish

Hair + Makeup - Kristen Fortier

Dress - Island Tribe

Head Piece: Julhia Fischer

Bow Tie - TV-Head Company

Cake + Sweets - Elsie's Flour Shop

Models - Elisa + Johnny Lara

Behind the Scenes - Project NM

Ummm...and how could I not share what these moments looked like in action! Click the video below!!πŸ‘‡πŸ» 

Moody 4 Life - A Palmetto Bay Village Center Wedding

Gus and I met Nasima at a bridal show last year. Upon meeting up for our one on one consult, she was very specific with her expectations. Nasima was looking to create a suite completely designed around butterflies.πŸ¦‹ As with all my brides, we played around with all the possibilities and invitation types. We finally narrowed down our options and I took to task. Needless to say, creating her invitation suite was definitely a treat.

 invitation Photo Credit:  Dipp photography

invitation Photo Credit: Dipp photography

After getting to create this colorful invitation suite, we immediately began planning her day of paper goods suite. All I can say is that they turned out as equally as beautiful. We even incorporated some hand lettered pieces to make guests feel welcome. Oh and who doesn't wanna know what's in their drink. πŸ˜‰  πŸ₯ƒ 🍹

Getting to see how my bride's big day went always sets my heart a flutter. πŸ¦‹ 😍  Wishing Nasima and Mahiri all the best in this new chapter of their story. πŸ˜˜

Vendors✨

Venue: Palmetto Bay Village Center
Photographer: Charles Ingram Photography
Wedding Dress: Leggenda Bridal
Head Piece: SoVein
Makeup + Hair: Yaneth Gray
Groom's Suit: Joseph Abboud
Invitation + Calligraphy: ONLY ONE MARK, INC. πŸ˜˜ πŸ’Œ 
Tables, Chairs, + Linens Rental: Rumba's Party Rentals
Florist: Edge Design Miami
Limo Rental: Florian's Classics

Across the Universe - A 70's Styled Shoot

There are just some themes to parties that some folks dread. I think 70's themed parties are one of those themes that have unfortunately become seen very cheap and tacky. Needless to say I was intrigued when Christy from Christy V. & Co. reached out through Instagram to discuss such a theme. After chatting at a local Starbucks talking about our businesses and Dave Ramsey, it was clear that we were going to work well together (and become great friends in the process). 

I'll tell y'all point blank, with the help from the other creatives that were involved and Christy's guidence, I could have never imagined such a non-blank version of the 70's era being so breathtaking. Want to breathe in this groovy scent of Strawberry Fields? Come Across the Universe with us into this picturesque shoot.

Wanna see these details in action? Check out this gorgeous video below.

Vendors

Venue: C&I Studios
Planner: Christy V & Co.
Photographer: Erica Melissa
Filmmakers: Made With Love Films
Furniture: Simple Rustic
Florals: Simple Florals
Macrame: HelloChiqui
Cake: Lalisweets
Makeup & Hair: Marz Makeup & Hair
Dress: Lighthouse Bridal and Letterpress Design
Suit: My Grooms Room
Veil/Shoes: Champagne and GRIT
Invitation & Calligraphy: ONLY ONE MARK, INC. πŸ˜˜ πŸ’Œ 
Plating: THE MIX DISH
Nail Art: Luv Nail Shop
Blog: The First Look

Models: Erika+ Brian (Super Cuties that made me wish I was getting married again...or at least posing for a shoot with Gus) πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜Š

Want to see more of the photos? Check out this link from our friends over at Erica Melissa who give you a view of the full shoot.

Are you inspired to incorporate some of these details into your own wedding or special event? Click below to read more in our feature on WeddingWire.

What is a Styled Shoot?

If you've been following us for awhile (or any wedding professional for that matter) you'll notice that I/they will sometimes talk or post about a styled shoot I/they are participating in. I've gotten a lot of blank stares and question mark faces πŸ€” (like the ones you see in magnas or animes) whenever we discuss it with non-wedding/event folk. So, I thought it would be a great idea to give you a crash course into what makes a styled shoot and it's purpose for us wedding/event creatives. 

If you haven't notice by now, there are a lot of creative entrepreneurs out there in the wedding and events industry. You have planners, florists, photographers, stationers (like me πŸ€— ), and many more specialists that can contribute to a wedding day. Like I tell all my brides, the wedding industry is like the aquarium from the movie Finding Dory 🐟 . You usually operate in one portion of an exhibit and when you find yourself wandering off, there are so many more fish in the sea....I mean creatives to work with. πŸ™ 🦐  πŸ   πŸ‘ 🦈  πŸ‹

So when a creative begins putting together a styled shoot, they first think of a theme or style they really want to bring to life. Recently, I got the opportunity to work on a 70's styled shoot that allowed me to get my groove on with my watercolors 🎨 πŸ–Œ and play with colors brides normally aren't keen on working with. Needless to say, some of the other creatives involved got to do something out of the ordinary: Like Jaime from Champagne and Grit who made a wedding veil out of macrame (guys, it's a dream to look at and oh...the dipped something blue feature...). πŸ’™πŸ˜

Anywho, not only do we get to try out new things, but it also adds items or services to our repetuar that we otherwise might not have had the chance to create yet. For example, I have been dying to produce a backless wedding sign using my calligraphy for a wedding but haven't had the chance to do so. So one of the things I brought with me (and made sure to have it approved with the planner in charge) was a backless frame as an extra detail for that day.  

And for us non-photogs or videographers, it also allows us to open up our portfolio and add great new images to gush over (pretty pictures for the Insta too). Sometimes when a vendor doesn't have enough work in their online portfolio, some people think that they are inexperienced or too new to the game where they aren't the right person to trust for your special day. That's not always the case. To be fair, it's hard to share images aka proof of your work while it's in the event when you're not there (another story for another blog post). A styled shoot can be the perfect opportunity for creatives to prove they have the skill set you want to hire. 

I hope I've given you a bit more info on what a styled shoot is and how wonderful it is for us creatives to participate in as many of them as we can. Have you seen a styled shoot you absolutely loved? What theme or color scheme did it incorporate? Let me know in the comments below.