Friday, March 26, 2010

Sunny Side Up! Our Spring Photoshoot

Photoshoots are a really fun way for wedding designers and florists to get creative! It's not often that we get to do exactly what we envision, and this is a great way to have fun and be really playful with what we do. When Exquisite Weddings Magazine asked us to be a part of their photoshoot, we were obviously delighted and started searching for inspiration.

We knew we wanted to do something springy and bright with the March magazine issue....and it seemed to be the perfect time to bring to life a concept that has been playing around in my mind for a few years now. With a love for breakfast and the fresh and bright look of eggs we knew we had found our inspiration and a way to turn our table...Sunny Side Up!

We loved the idea the idea of highlighting the egg and the symbolism it offers newlyweds: of new beginnings and the anticipation of what's to come. We played off of the white and yellow egg accents and combined it with a fresh spring palette. Robin Mathis of Twigg Botanicals created what may be one of my favorite arrangements yet! It was so beautiful and fresh that it literally looked good enough to eat. Using romantic peonies, veronica, orchids and amaryllis in shades of corals and pinks made our pops of yellow brighter than sunshine. We then accented the look with soft white feathers, giving the table a feminine touch. The fun white chairs that sat in front of our draped linens replicated the oval egg shape.



I have always wanted to do a wedding breakfast for an evening reception. I think it could be completely wonderful for a number of reasons! Who doesn't love breakfast foods at every hour of the day, and what meal is more economical and more fun than breakfast? It's completely unexpected for "wedding food" but enough to make any guest pleasantly surprised. I imagined the table set with a grand display of fresh-squeezed orange juice, warm waffles with raspberries, flaky buttered croissants and crispy maple bacon. I still love waffles for dinner just as much as I did when I was a kid. It always seems to be the ultimate treat!

Some of our favorite details were the paper elements that were done by Courtney Scowby of Brightly Designed. She was able to really create the look we were going for with the hint of a retro diner feel . I loved the menus and all of the egg yolk accents that complimented our "Sunny Side up" table.

We loved incorporating the rooster egg cups we found that hinted toward an early morning wake up. Nestled in these cups, delicate hand-stamped eggs rested, which were marked with inspirational words relating to marriage and the nurturing of one's love. Such words as "promise," "patience," "loved" and "complete" were printed and personalized for each guest. We hand stamped these ourselves inspired by Palomas Nest on Etsy...where you can find similar customized ceramic eggs for your own events that don't require hours of tedious work :)

Each participant in the shoot was asked to create a specialty drink. We decided on a breakfast smoothie full of raspberries, bananas, pomegranate juice and vanilla yogurt. The bright color of the drink looked great against the glass with aqua details and swizzle stick that read the name of our drink "bright eyed and bushy tailed!"

We used french candelabras placed with yellow mums and topped with a single egg instead of a candle. The center of these candelabras held a yellow pomander with white ostrich feathers coming out the top.



Retro diner menus, hand-embroidered napkins done by Etsy seller and friend, PinCusionPrincess, and vintage dishes gave our table a nod to the past, while still keeping it fresh and current.

Place cards were egg patterened wraps that went around each place setting. I loved mixing the playful elements with the really eclectic and elegant touches like the tin candle favor and the gold and aqua trimmed china.

Twigg also created this incredible arrangement of feathers (alluding to a rooster's tail feathers), phalenopsis orchids and teddy bear sunflowers, all of which rested in a vase filled with real eggs!




Terri Rippee of Rippee Photography was the photographer for the day and did an excellent job capturing all the vibrant colors! Thanks to Terri and Exquisite Weddings Magazine for allowing us to showcase what we love to do! Be sure to pick up the latest issue of the magazine to see the rest of the incredible tables from all of the other designers!!

10 comments:

ken said...

Fabulous idea and deliciously ripe colors! what a spring welcome!

carolinesbakeshop said...

gorgeous! i love it, you guys!
... wishing we were antique shopping again this weekend ...

The Vintage Stylist said...

what a fantastic color palette! so bright and cheerful... perfect for an early summer.

Jamie Hammond Photography said...

LOVE IT!!! i would love to photography it AND be invited to it ;)

Stephanie said...

Adorable. I love how sunny and bright it is. My favorite little detail is the wraping aroud the plates. Wonderful!

Hutchinson's said...

Where are those white chairs from? This is so beautiful Heather!

Amorology said...

Thanks Linley! The white chairs are from Luxe. Aren't they incredible? I had been dying to use them for quite some time.

bridecowzilla said...

What a wonderful burst of colour! I love it!!!

Anni {Lovely in Love} said...

I never wished for a brunch wedding until this - too bad our venue is a shop that's open during the day! Thanks for the inspiration.

carissa said...

SO cute! ps. i totally served late night breakfast foods at my own wedding (french toast sticks, mini croque monsieurs, bacon cups with scrambled eggs etc) - it was HUGE hit! people just love breakfast...well done!