Inspiration

by Cynthia
05.10.17

From the stylist & model:  As we were wrapping up another amazing wedding day, Emily of Emily Millay Photography and I were discussing how I never took any outdoor photos at my own wedding.  Emily let me know that she wanted to shoot an “Indian Summer” themed beach photo shoot to take advantage of the unseasonably warm October in Cleveland and had been looking for a couple to model and she thought I would be perfect for it!  I was of course ecstatic, Emily is amazing!  She asked if I wanted to plan the shoot as well and I immediately began thinking of ideas.  Being able to go wedding dress shopping again was super fun!  The ladies at The Dress Bridal Boutique were beyond generous to let us put a wedding dress in Lake Erie, and their boutique is so cute with tons of amazing choices!

I worked with the creative geniuses at Plantscaping & Blooms to create the most amazing scene on a neighborhood beach near Cleveland, Ohio.  We really wanted to work with the rich colors of Autumn while also drawing inspiration from the beach.  This resulted in a stunning color palette complete with shells, driftwood, and netting.  Borrow Rentals had the perfect items to complete our vision including a canoe!  And how amazing is that round farm table?! Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes made our naked cake and macarons.  Rather than using traditional stationery I decided to take a walk on the beach and find shells to make place cards, how lucky am I to have a job that involves walks on the beach.

Lugging all of these items down to the beach was no easy task and I am so thankful for such an amazing team to pull all of this off.  We had a bit of a weather scare when it unexpectedly started to rain 10 minutes into our photo shoot but thankfully we didn’t give in.  The sky remained dark but the rain let up to allow us to get some more photos and get everything off the beach. Emily snapped one last photo of my mom and I so I could remember how fortunate I am to have someone willing to haul items up and down multiple flights of stairs as I sat and got pampered for hair and makeup!  It actually started pouring like crazy the minute I pulled into my driveway, sometimes things work out so perfectly!

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Photographer: Emily Millay Photography | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design | Flowers & Decor: Plantscaping & Blooms | Rental Furniture: Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals | Cake Baker: Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes | Hairstylist: Lather A Salon | Makeup Artist: Lindsay London | Bridal Salon: The Dress Bridal Boutique

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by Cynthia
05.04.17

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten Magazine

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineWhen we first saw the images of Kari & Scott’s Chicago wedding, we were totally smitten!  It is the perfect mix of industrial edginess paired with black tie formality.  And the custom crafted chuppah and centerpieces made out of air plants and copper pipe make for one of the most creative weddings we have seen!

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From the bride, Kari:
Scott and I attempted to pull off an oxymoron of sorts: we wanted to create a natural, industrial glam aesthetic. To do it, we used lots of warm copper, living green plants, great lighting, vintage pieces and black and white accents with hints of brass and gold. As artists, we wanted to find ways to assimilate our art into the wedding without turning it into an art show. We had already been working with copper to make sculptures and functional pieces like coffee pour-over stands, so creating our own centerpieces out of copper was a natural choice. We got our artist friends involved to help us create the sculptures (we may have bribed them a bit with beer and food!) and each sculpture is different. We loved seeing what our friends came up with! We also used airplants instead of flowers — we wanted to create the effect that living plants had taken over the industrial-looking sculptures – sort of in the way nature slowly reclaims abandoned buildings!

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Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineOur good friend Edward Cabral, a sculptor and cake decorator, made our cake (he also made a few of the centerpieces). His cake design went perfectly with our décor – it was all black with a copper structure painted on it.

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Instead of place cards, we cut out a picture of each guest and hung them on a copper stand we made. We edited all the pictures to be black and white to give it a bit of a vintage glam look, like when you see actors’ headshots in an old playbill. It was a lot of work hunting down a photo of each guest, but it was totally worth it! It was a great way to “welcome” the guests and it set a nice tone in the beginning of the evening.

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineWe can be a bit unconventional at times, and our wedding contained a bunch of seemingly improbably mash-ups. We tried to balance our less orthodox decisions with more widely accepted wedding traditions. While we broke with tradition by both changing our names to one we made up together: Otteburn, we still exchanged vows, cut the cake, and danced to Modern Swing for our first dance. Our bridal party had boys and girls on both sides (my brother Kyle was my Man of Honor and Scott had grooms ladies), but I tossed my bouquet.

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Photographer: Two Birds Photography | Location: Bridgeport Art Center | Catering: Beyond Events Chicago | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Events by Carolyn Labahn | Event Design: Chicago Vintage Weddings | Makeup Artist: Makeup With Nikki | Cake Baker: TipsyCake | Lighting: Art of Imagination | DJ: Toast and Jam

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by Cynthia
03.21.17

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The Inspiration from photographer Lushana Bale:

The idea for this shoot came about on a cold February day while dreaming of Spring and mountain adventures. My friend, wedding planner Ashlie Metcalf, had recently moved out to Squamish (a small town about an hour north of Vancouver) so this was the perfect chance to create some mountain top wedding inspiration together. I really wanted to emphasize the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, so the Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish was the perfect choice! It offers such a stunning setting with a view of both mountains and ocean. After a long winter, I wanted to create photos that felt like springtime in the mountains. We put together a team of talented vendors from Toronto and Vancouver to help bring this vision to life.

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Photographer: Lushana Bale Photography | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Harmony Wedding & Event | Flowers & Decor: Garden Party Flowers | Rentals: Bespoke Decor | Hairstylist: Save The Date Beauty | Makeup Artist: Save The Date Beauty | Bride’s Dress: Rue de Seine | Cake Baker: Cake by Nicole McEachnie | Bridal Salon: Union Bridal | Groom’s Attire: The Tux Store | Invitations & Stationery: Peartree & Clover | Bride’s Jewelry: Hattitude Jewellery | Location: Sea to Sky Gondola

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Modern Michigan Winter Inspiration

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Montana Ski-Inspired Engagement

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This engagement session set in the snowy Montana mountains completely made us swoon when it landed in our inbox – between the charming Mule Bar with refreshing hot toddies to share with your love, the snowy backdrop perfect for a playful snowball exchange, and hello – the utterly amazing floral ear muffs!! We think this […]