We’re always honored to have our wedding welcome gift creations featured on Style Me Pretty. But it’s even more exciting when you have a chance to collaborate with some of your favorite people in the industry. In this case, Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events is not only a client of mine but also a friend and to have the opportunity to collaborate is always a dream come true.
She asked me to create a masculine, yet elegant, wedding welcome box for the photoshoot and of course I was up for the challenge. I chose a white-washed, open-top wooden box for a clean, modern look. Contents were gourmet popcorn tied with thin velvet ribbon, a mini bottle of bubbly, an artisan candle, chocolate-covered Oreo cookie gems by Buttercream Bakeshop and a very special etched gift tag by A Fine Press.
Here at Marigold & Grey, we’re not just obsessed with weddings and welcome gifts but also with the Fourth of July. We love celebrating the freedoms that are so dear to us with the people who bring so much joy to our lives. Throw a chic patriotic wedding on top of all that Fourth of July goodness and we might just die of happiness!
Think lush, organic, green and white florals on a background of dusty blue linens topped with a tiny pop of sparkle in the form of gold flatware. Add flowing chiffon bridesmaid dresses in the most dynamic blue and a red,white, and blue naked caked stuffed with decadent strawberries and blueberries. And to top it all off, the chicest americana welcome baskets filled to the brim with local treats and treasures. Please excuse me while I shed a few tears as I remember that I already got married. Vow renewal anyone?
This styled shoot is one I’ll never forget. Over a two-hour drive from my studio, I made it just outside the main entrance of the Inn at Perry Cabin in beautiful St. Micahels and BAM! I got a flat tire. And not the kind you can risk it just a little longer and drive on, either. It was completely shot. Rumor has it I hit a curb because I wasn’t paying attention, but I’m pleading the fifth. Anyway, it was lucky I was close enough to see the venue in front of me so I ditched the car, grabbed my wedding welcome gift design and styling props, and headed for the shoot. I’d deal with the car later.
The Nantucket-inspired nautical aesthetic was breathtaking. Lauryn Prattes styled up an exceptional two days of gorgeous and Laura Gordon captured it with film. Let’s put it this way. Even if I hadn’t gotten a flat tire and become stranded, I would’ve stayed ALL day!
There are a some special elements making up this gift design that I’m super excited to show you! The first, an actual message-in-a-bottle! The weekend itinerary was rolled up, tied with cotton twine, garnished with fresh lavender and carefully inserted into the bottle to get just the right shot! When I say “carefully”, oh my goodness, I mean it. I won’t even tell you how many tries it took to get the word “brunch” pointing perfectly towards the camera.
Next is the treatment of this champagne bottle. I wrapped it in dusty blue paper so soft, it draped almost like fabric. I rolled it down to expose the cork and then added a silk tassel for an extra accent. The welcome itinerary and custom monogram were both created by Poppy & Scooter.
Additional gift contents adding to the soft, luxe, spa feel were Tocca perfume, a dish of fresh blueberries and blackberries, ivory candles, and a hand-lettered “welcome” tag with silk ribbon. Tag also by Poppy & Scooter.
A huge thanks to Lauryn for asking us to collaborate on this project! And an even bigger thanks to Nikki Frasier, makeup artist at the shoot, who offered to give me a ride all the way back with her. It’s definitely a day I’ll never forget!
This past Sunday, I was invited by the ultra-energetic and super-talented Jenna Shellhammer of Pop the Cork Designs to be a part of her New Years Eve Meets Masquerade photoshoot. But this wasn’t your typical masquerade. Instead, think laser-cut leather masks and soft shades of blush and metallics. Of course, I designed a custom wedding welcome gift!
I showed up and, to my surprise, it was a private residence in Annapolis right on the water. Practically steps outside the back french doors and you were at the owners private boat dock. Basically, the location was to die for. But the inside! Oh my goodness, the INSIDE! This home was Restoration Hardware meets Nantucket meets 1920’s glam. The most beautiful shade of grey on the interior walls with thick white trim and just the perfect amount of white-washed furniture, tons of mirrors and, some beautiful antiques tastefully sprinkled in amongst the modern. And of course, the home was flawlessly decked out for the holidays. Basically, it was styled shoot heaven. Between the furniture, rugs, wallpaper and upholstery, there were a gazillion textures. Not a bad problem to have!
And now for the most amusing part of the day…seeing the boyfriends of the bride and bridal party do nothing but play video games to pass the time. Boys will be boys.
GREAT JOB to all the vendors who contributed to this shoot. I am dying to see the finished images! So honored to be a part of this project. Thanks Jenna! Hop over here to learn more about partnering with us to create custom gifts for your event or clients!