A Pretty Phoenix Engagement Shoot

Shot in downtown Phoenix, I’m loving this laid back engagement shoot from Session Nine Photographers. Anna and Zack have such a sweet chemistry together and I love the simple, playful feel of these photos. Not overly styled or overworked. Just love, great photography and the excitement of their upcoming wedding.

{Photos by Session Nine Photographers.}

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Sweet Finds: The Small Object

In the midst of a month that has been unusually stressful on my end, these little cupcake toppers are just plain, old-fashioned happy. I love the idea of using one of these on your little one’s birthday cake year after year as a fun family tradition. There’s something so quirky and cute about these little faces, it’s impossible not to smile as soon as you see them. Get yours from The Small Object.

{Photos by The Small Object via Two Brunettes.}

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Gold Gatsby-Inspired Wedding Glamor

We’re winding down with the last few Inspired Creations Contest entries this week and I’ve loved sharing the immense talent and creativity of so many inspiring wedding and event design pros with you. Today’s entry from Estera Events, Bellissima Photography, Architectural Anarchy and Elizabeth Grace is just as amazing. Inspired by Gatsby-era glamor and dripping in gold, this design is the epitome of luxe elegance. Sparkling linens, graphic patterned china, rich invitations and paper accents, gold leaf, lush flowers and soft candlelight create the prettiest of opulence. Gilded birch bark is used as an unexpected backdrop and a gorgeous cheese course table takes center stage with large cheese wheels forming a surprisingly tasty wedding cake alternative perfect for cocktail hour or for dessert served with honey or jam. Extra little touches like martinis and personalized coasters with gold leaf edging are the perfect accompaniment to this stunning creation.

Many thanks to this awesome team for being part of the Inspired Creations Contest! xoxo

Vendors –
Design, florals + coordination: Estera Events / Photography:Bellissima Photography / Venue: Architectural Anarchy / Stationery + paper goods: Elizabeth Grace / Linens: Nuage Designs / China + rentals: Les Tableaux / Cheese wheels: Whole Foods

{Photos by Bellissima Photography.}

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40 Oz of Funk: A 40th Birthday Party

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for great adult party ideas, so I’m really excited to share Zach’s birthday party with you! Zach’s wife is Amy Graham Stigler, creative director and designer of Smock, and she recently planned an incredible surprise party to celebrate Zach’s 40th birthday. Zach loves old school rap so a recurring theme throughout the party was 40 oz of Funk complete with 40 oz beers. A mix cd of his favorite old school rap songs were set out as favors and cocktail napkins were printed with a favorite LL Cool J quote. Amy mixed up tasty punches and arranged the fixings for a “guys” bar with an assortment of whiskey, scotch and beer. To complete the festivities, Zach’s brother even flew in from Seattle to surprise him and gave the honorary toast. This is my kind of party! Good food, good drink, good company and good memories.

{Photos by Jaclyn Tyler.}

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Modern Watermelon + Pink Styled Shoot

This shoot is a fun little project that I worked on with FiftyFlowers.com, Paper Mojo and Alice G. Patterson Photography and I just love how it turned out! A few months back FiftyFlowers.com approached me about creating an inspiration shoot using their gorgeous wholesale flowers and I was instantly inspired by the idea of a really bright and happy spring color palette. Various shades of pink and watermelon and a gorgeous variety of peony tulip took center stage. I had this vision of playing on the idea of oversized confetti and created a confetti-inspired wall installation by spray painting inexpensive cardboard cake rounds sourced from Michael’s. From there the rest of the details fell into place.

To further play on the confetti inspiration, I made a fun table runner using pretty paper supplied by Paper Mojo, simply using a paper punch to create a bunch of giant confetti. To show off the stunning peony tulips, I wrapped a pair of tall cylinder vases with pink mulberry paper and arranged the tulips to be tall and sort of wild looking. With loads of pink and bright punchy color, I wanted to make sure the flowers were equally fun.

And I always love showing you my little sketch so you can see how things evolve behind the scenes…

Many thanks to FiftyFlowers.com, Paper Mojo and Alice G. Patterson Photography for being a part of this shoot and to FiftyFlowers.com for inspiring such a bright and cheerful design. If you’re feeling inspired to tackle your own flowers for your upcoming wedding, bridal shower or celebration, I can’t recommend FiftyFlowers.com enough. Everything was shipped and packaged wonderfully and their customer service is top notch. Stay tuned a little later this week for even more of their gorgeous flowers!

Vendors –
Concept, design + styling: Sweet Occasions Studio/The Sweetest Occasion / Flowers: FiftyFlowers.com / Photography: Alice G. Patterson Photography /Paper: Paper Mojo

{Photos by Alice G. Patterson Photography.}

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