Here’s another fun couple getting married this summer! Aftan heard about me through one of her track friends at SIUE. (You may remember Katie & James’ wedding)–well Katie & Aftan ran track together in college. Aftan & George are both down to earth, laid back & love body building & fitness! They drove 3 hours to meet with me at The Nature Institute in Godfrey IL for their engagement session.

 

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A Valentine’s Brunch with Strawberry Coconut Butter & Cocktails

“When you end up with friends who have homes with years of design investment you get overly excited when they will let you take over their dining room for a Valentine’s brunch centered around friendship. Sometimes many of those around us just need to be reminded that they are amazing. This table is about spreading that feeling to others on a holiday that is traditionally celebrated between couples and may leave some without a reason to celebrate. We decided on a simple elegant take on the traditional pink and red. We used layers of leather, soft tulle, and glass to accentuate the antique hand scraped table.

We wanted this to be a relaxed “pour your own cocktail” kind of gathering and decided waffles would be the order of the day. We made a special strawberry coconut butter for topping, and added citrus based cocktails to the menu. The divine White Forest Gateau from La Patisserie Chouquette had layers of almond cake with dark cherry and citrus gelee topped with cherry yogurt mousse.

Pepper the scruffy puppy wanted to lounge as close as possible to the event so we adorned her with a bow in just the right shade of pink. Her childlike excitement was felt by everyone and added a touch of fun to conversation. In the sitting room near the table we placed a handmade Marquee sign to add that extra pop of whimsy and remind us that love is at the center of it all.”

Be sure to click on this link to see more photos at Bespoke Bride! http://www.bespoke-bride.com/2015/02/12/a-valentines-brunch-with-strawberry-coconut-butter-cocktails/#more-29331

Design & Styling – Lauren Field Design // Dessert—La Patisserie Chouquette // Handmade Love Marquee—Signed Sealed Delivered Events // Sparkle Table Linens—Sparkle Soiree// Wooden Bar Accessories—The Sucre Shop // Hand Lettered Paper Goods—Design by Kadie // Candles—Creative Candles // Leather—Moore & Giles //

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It’s never too late to blog! Hence is the reason why I’m just now posting this New Years Eve Table! It was recently featured on Grey Likes Weddings!

Styled by my dear friend & talented Lauren Field Design.

Special thanks to all our vendors:

Palladium Saint Louis

Laura Hooper Calligraphy

La Patisserie Chouquette

An Affair To Remember

Loop Living Furniture

West Elm St. Louis

West Elm

And a huge thanks to Grey Likes Weddings for the feature! I’m such a HUGE fan of their site!

http://www.greylikesweddings.com/inspiration-shoots-and-boards/by-color/black-inspiration/new-years-eve-bash/

 

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This table by Moondance Photography and Lauren Field Design shows the beauty of an atypical winter holiday color palette with elegant soft neutrals and simple details for impromptu winter get-togethers or Christmas celebrations. Simple geometric place settings paired with knit layers bring warmth to everyday dinnerware classics. The touches of metallic from the copper mugs, two-tone flatware, and the mirror add shine to the ecru layers of texture. Delicate foliage provides a soft hint of color in white shapely vessels .The dessert tops off the table with a chic modern take on the French Mont Blanc confection.

Featured on Style Me Pretty

http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2014/12/22/winter-holiday-table-inspiration/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendors:

Photography – Moondance Photography    

Design & Styling – Lauren Field Design

Location –La Patisserie Chouquette

Holiday Tags – LH Calligraphy

Flowers – Flowers to the People

Cake, Cookies & Marshmallows- La Patisserie Chouquette

Special thanks to West Elm St. Louis & Design Assistant Elaine Freund.

 

 

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I am so thrilled to share that a styled wedding shoot I photographed with the talented Lauren Field of Lauren Field Design has been featured today on The Knot!

Click on this link to view it: http://www.theknot.com/weddings/album/a-vintage-industrial-styled-wedding-shoot-at-soulard-station-in-st-louis-missouri-174411

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The creation of this shoot started from the aesthetic of the rich yet soft patina of a found antique bronze vase coupled with the feeling of the transition from the cool elegance of dusk in winter into the soft romance of spring. Inspiration was taken from botanical prints, building textures, and the concept of layering soft and hard elements in an urban environment. The use of metal, wood, and robust greenery were used everywhere from the textured bronze backdrop walls to the cloche enclosed cakes and played a large role in site selection. Jewel tones mingled with pastels in the flowers, place-settings, and invitations and brought a sense of whimsy to the environment. 

The Vendors that helped contribute to this styled shoot are all listed below:

Vendors:

Photography – Moondance Photography

Design & Styling – Lauren Field Design

Location – The Soulard Station

Invitations – Lauren Field Design

Flowers – Peacock Blooms

Cake – Heavenly Treats by Natasha

Bridal Dresses – La Sposa, Alvina Valenta, Olia Zavozina, & Enzoani via Simply Elegant Bridal

Table – JND Furnture Farm

Headpiece /veil/garter – Tessa Kim

Long Veil – Lauren Field Design

Ring – Juliana W Jewelry

Earrings – LaaLee Designs

Ring Bowl – Albie Mitchell of The Collab

Decorative Spindles – Layered Living

Gold Cake Stand – Wood Expressions

Font – Vermandois by Magpie Paperworks

Decorative Wall Panels – The Design Deli

Tablecloth & Brass Décor – Worn Vintage Rentals

Models – Miranda Wall & Peter Baydu

Huge Thank You to all the vendors & businesses that helped contribute in this vision! And big thanks to our models, Miranda Wall & Peter Baydu!

 

 

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