Category Archives: Wedding

Shoot #5-A: Just Styled

May 30, 2012

Filed Under : Cards - Invitations - Paper Projects - Wedding

Shoot 5 of 5, Part One: The fifth and final shoot took place in my hometown, at a little public park filled with tree stumps and picnic tables. I was on my own this time with just the photographer. Intimidating, but I had a blast being able to style things however I wanted. We had no models either this time around. The cards and stationery were all on their own. Part Two of this shoot will be posted next Thursday.

Stationery: Anastasia Marie

Photography: Daniel Usenko

Shower the Bride

May 24, 2012

Filed Under : Personal - Wedding

Last weekend I threw my little sis a surprise bridal shower. I am happy to say that she was indeed surprised, even though someone accidentally slipped “isn’t today your shower?” when the sis told someone she was heading to the beach for the day with her man. Why that didn’t click, I do not know, but I’m sooooo glad it didn’t.

I decided to deck out the shower with lots of ivory and white, with touches of peach and kraft brown. My sister is a simple kind of gal, and so I wanted to keep the shower simple, but not too much so. Lots of whites were definitely the way to go. For the blooms, I went to my local Fred Meyer and picked up whatever white I could find there, and trimmed a ton of white snowballs from my mother’s backyard. I arranged them all in jars and clustered them all together to create one giant centerpiece. Peach and ivory ribbons were laid across the table.

A couple of days beforehand, I spent my late evenings cutting a load of white, kraft, and shimmering ivory tissue paper. I  arranged them one on top of the other to create fringe garlands. (Care to know the details on how to make your own? See my DIY tutorial!) The garlands were hung on either side of the two windows in the dining room. It’s kind of hard to create tissue fringe without making the party look like you walked into a big piñata, but I believe I succeeded!

From the chandelier, I placed my ribbon wreath chandeliers that I had made for my forest-themed portion of my promo shoot on top (pictures were just recently posted, so go see!). Love recycling props; it saves you so much money.

For the presents table, I hung up some more tissue fringe with peach and ivory ribbons.

Well, there you have it. Simple party decor that’s easy to re-create! And here’s a little look at my sis’ engagement photos taken by Max Lopatin:

Shoot #4: Forest

Filed Under : Cards - Invitations - Paper Projects - Wedding

Shoot 4 of 5: I envisioned this shoot to be straight out of a fairytale: a huntsman with his lady. When I saw my models arrive decked out in their costumes, I was thrilled! My model stylist read my mind exactly: the guy had his rugged, textured look; and the gal had on her pixie skirt and loose blouse. Perfect. But the pressure was on, because I actually got to scene style this shoot myself — which turned out to be buckets of fun. Here’s the inspiration board I came up with:

My photographer took us to a pretty park that had a woodsy feel to it, but let more light filter in than your average forest. Unfortunately, it started to rain that day, and it got so bad at one point that we had to call it quits. Rain and stationery do not mix too well. Bummer. At least while the rain held up, we got some pretty pictures in…

Stationery: Anastasia Marie

Photographer: Daniel Usenko

Model Stylist: Julia Nesterenko

Scene Stylist: Anastasia Marie

Production Manager: Eleanor Petry

Models: Pia Gueiros Gorbunov & Stephen Reed

Inspiration board image credits: forest (image source unknown); gal in the woods via Vogue; fancy dress (image source unknown); wild hair (image source unknown); ax (image source unknown); and apples (image source unknown).

Shoot #3: Field

May 16, 2012

Filed Under : Cards - Invitations - Paper Projects - Wedding

Shoot 3 of 5: For this shoot, I wanted something very organic and freeing. What’s better than a field? You can frolic barefoot. Have crazy wild hair. And it all just fits in perfect with the personality a field has. Imperfection. Here’s the inspiration board I gave to my stylists:

It was, by far, my most favorite shoot. Not only did it bring back good memories from my very first promo shoot (we shot at the same location), but some of my most favorite pieces are featured in this shoot. And yes, the styling is incredible. Can’t forget about that.

Stationery: Anastasia Marie

Photographer: Daniel Usenko

Model Stylist: Julia Nesterenko

Scene Stylist: Julia Manchik; other places to find her: photography and travel

Production Manager: Eleanor Petry

Model: Lena Davidyuk

Inspiration board image sources: frolic in the field via 100 Layer Cake, image by Joielala Photographie; field dreams via Eleanor Petry; gorgeous gal via Glamour & Grace, photo by Modern Love; branches (image source unknown); jump (image source unknown); and handful of blooms via Daniel Usenko.

Shoot #2: Garden

May 9, 2012

Filed Under : Cards - Invitations - Paper Projects - Wedding

Shoot 2 of 5: The garden is a classy place. I’m not talking about the kind where you grow your tomatoes, but more like the kind where you grow your roses. Below is the inspiration board I sent to the folks who helped me put this shoot together. A simple sort of glamour is what I wanted for the whole shoot to feel like and I think that’s what we got.

My photographer took the crew up to the Queen Anne neighborhood in the Seattle area and I think I found my dream place to live. Such gorgeous homes and gardens! The homeowners were nice enough to let us shoot on their front porches and in their yards. Such luck!

Stationery: Anastasia Marie

Photographer: Daniel Usenko

Model Stylist: Annabelle Petry

Production Manager: Eleanor Petry

Model: Angela Stein

Inspiration board image sources: running blind via Fashion Gone Rouge, image for Brides magazine by Amber Gray; gal among the blooms via Flickr (Gina Uhlmann); stylish man (image source unknown); head wreath via Ann He; and straw hat via Daniel Usenko.