In the Studio "Alone"

It is very rare for me to be in my studio alone, especially in the Spring- Fall months where we are hopping with weddings every week.  The winter months are quieter, full of reflection, planning, and smaller editorial projects.  As a creative, it's important to make the time to exhale and refill one's creative fuel tank on occasion, and winter has become the time of year for me to do that. 

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This past winter, while I was deep in my creative cocoon, Bend Magazine approached me about sharing my business story for an upcoming issue.  I couldn't believe my luck, as I love the magazine and admire the community-based storytelling and photography in every issue.  My friend, photographer Heaven McArthur, was assigned to follow me around and take pictures of me for the article, so we both planned on an afternoon when I was creating florals for a small styled shoot when I was in the studio alone.

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Heaven arrived to the beat-driven, gritty rock n' roll that was blasting on my studio speakers and my explanation that when I work alone I always have music blasting to help me get into my creative zone.   It worked for her too, because she immediately slipped into her creative zone and started snapping photos of me at work.  ;)

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We chit-chatted and got to know each other a little better as we both worked.  It felt very natural and organic, and I think her photos really captured that afternoon perfectly.

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To see which photos made the cut and read the magazine article, go here.

XOXO-

Summer

A First of Its' Kind (part 1)

The winter time in Bend sees a slowing of the pace.  It is when all of us in the event world take a collective rest from working 7 days a week.  Styled shoots are organized and wedding show season commences to fill in the gaps.   

This year for the first time, two of my favorite venues, Brasada Ranch & Pronghorn Resort, joined forces and hosted The Premiere Bend Wedding Show, giving couples the opportunity to tour both venues, sample menus, and meet their preferred vendors on the same day.  We had the opportunity, as a preferred vendor at both locations, to choose which one we wanted to have our booth at, and I chose BOTH (of course), because they are so unique from one another and have such different aesthetics.  I loved the idea of offering two completely different tablescapes inspired by each individual venue so we joined forces with Abby of AE Creative and Casey of My Fair Letters in a shared booth space.  (all photos by Gallivan Photo, unless indicated)

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Pronghorn's sweetheart table was lush and romantic to complement the grand architecture, dark wood, and warm colors of the space.  We chose a color palette of pink, blush, and berry and mixed it with charcoal grey, mauve, and brass accessories to compliment and ground the pinks.

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I love to layer texture, upon texture, upon texture to emulate nature and add interest for the viewer to be enchanted by when they experience our arrangements.  The idea for this installation was that it appeared to grow from either side of the table on the floor up to meet in a visual crescendo at the center where the couple is seated.

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 This is a crappy iPhone photo that I took.  

This is a crappy iPhone photo that I took.  

Pronghorn changes their artwork above the Clubhouse fireplace fairly often and will remove paintings for events, but I asked them to keep this abstract piece just where it was.  This painting had played a role in our choice of color palette and design direction for the event, so I only felt it fitting to build a mantel installation that complemented its' movement and presence.

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In a corner next to our sweetheart table, was my display console featuring wearable flowers and a bouquet for brides to try on and hold.  At the bottom were some of the publications I've been fortunate enough to have been featured in.  

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The bouquet created for this event was lush and romantic full of ruffle-y show stopping, seasonal blooms, and textural berries.

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Another iPhone photo by me.

The diva Charlotte Ranunculus from Japan was the queen of the bouquet and tablescape.  All other blooms were chosen to complement this super star.

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We love detailed work, so I wanted to show off some ideas for brides to consider for their wedding day that we LOVE to make.  We've made hundreds of these corsage cuffs over the past couple of years and not one is alike.  They are modern and super easy to wear.  Living jewelry for VIPs in the bridal party or family.  LOVE the idea of stacking these on one or both wrists too.  ;)

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This shoulder corsage (similar to the one worn by the bride in our portfolio) is the modern version of a pinned corsage that is more oblong in shape and wraps around a neckline or can be pinned onto straps or at a waistline or center back of a gown to add an extra luxe element.

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A full floral headband, which is a more elegant alternative to a flower crown for brides, bridesmaids, flower girls, or even family members apart from the bridal party to be honored with on a couple's day.

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Lastly, a living floral necklace that ties at the back with cascading silk ribbons, perfect for the bride who is really looking to make a statement on her wedding day.

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Brasada has a more modern rustic aesthetic with neutral tones inspired by the rugged landscape the resort inhabits.  Our color palette for our tablescape at the Brasada show was dustier and more pastel in feel.  We chose mauve, blush, beige, sand, sage, and ivory and grounded it with burgundy, brown, and rose gold to create a more bohemian, eclectic, textural look.

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We selected an eclectic mix of containers to compliment the votives and mixed patterns that Abby from AE Creative dressed the table with.

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At our table's center was an arrangement under a glass cloche surrounded by satellite arrangements and eclectic bud vases.

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The bouquet that I made to accompany the tablescape was decidedly very bohemian with a King Protea as its' star, finished with our signature luxurious raw silk cascading ribbons.  The model wore a dress from Portland bridal shop Ania Bridal (our neighbor booth).  

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Both shows felt like a big party where we got to mingle with and meet couples, clients, and vendors alike.  I'm so excited that we got the privilege to be featured at this inaugural event and I can't wait to see what it turns into next year.  

XOXO-

Summer

p.s.  For more visuals, check out my Instagram story highlights.  :)

Our Very First Wedding Show

I have to admit  I was a wedding show virgin.  I've walked around wedding shows before but I hadn't really felt the pull to be a part of one myself, until late last year when a bunch of my friendors (aka friends who also are wedding vendors) convinced me that we should all go in on a collaborative booth together at The Cascades Wedding Show hosted by The Riverhouse Hotel here in Bend...  and OH MY GOD, I'm so happy we did.  It was so fun and so creative to collaborate with my friends AE Creative, Foxtail Bakeshop, and The Broomsmen.  We had a few brainstorming meetings leading up to the show, all of which ended up extending way past their scheduled times, because we can all TALK when we get together.  Like go off on a million tangents kind of talk.  :)   I also LOVED meeting with a bunch of really sweet, interesting people.  I spent the entire day in conversation with brides, and moms of brides, and best friends of brides, and even a few grooms.  Plus we got to rub elbows with our favorite vendors from the community and I got to be a part of an hour long question and answer session on a stage in front of a bunch of attendees.  I was kind of nervous about that last part, but it ended up actually being really fun, and I felt like the questions asked and answered really did help a lot of couples with their planning conundrums.  

Here are some lovely photos by Gallivan Photo (unless otherwise stated) of our booth at the event:

 Here we are right before the doors opened.  From left to right, Casey from  My Fair Letters , me, Nickol from Foxtail Bakeshop, Abby from AE Creative, and Phil from The Broomsmen.  (photo by Dana with AE Creative)

Here we are right before the doors opened.  From left to right, Casey from My Fair Letters, me, Nickol from Foxtail Bakeshop, Abby from AE Creative, and Phil from The Broomsmen.  (photo by Dana with AE Creative)

 Tanya and I manning our little corner.  She was my lovely assistant for the day.

Tanya and I manning our little corner.  She was my lovely assistant for the day.

 Our central tablescape with a little bit from each of us.  (Rentals from AE Creative.  Florals by us.  Plated dessert by Foxtail Bakeshop.  Oh and that amazing marbled runner is from our good friend Bend artist  Karen Ruane , who is just expanding into home goods (!).

Our central tablescape with a little bit from each of us.  (Rentals from AE Creative.  Florals by us.  Plated dessert by Foxtail Bakeshop.  Oh and that amazing marbled runner is from our good friend Bend artist Karen Ruane, who is just expanding into home goods (!).

 His and her chair signs by My Fair Letters.

His and her chair signs by My Fair Letters.

 A detail of our centerpiece that I took with my phone and Foxtail's delicious smores-inspired plated dessert...  Oh, and yes, that place card is edible.  

A detail of our centerpiece that I took with my phone and Foxtail's delicious smores-inspired plated dessert...  Oh, and yes, that place card is edible.  

 I love that a very pregnant Cali from  Wedventure Magazine  was captured in our try-on mirror.  Hi Cali!

I love that a very pregnant Cali from Wedventure Magazine was captured in our try-on mirror.  Hi Cali!

 A detail of our super textural almost all green bridal bouquet.  

A detail of our super textural almost all green bridal bouquet.  

 Another detail of the bridal bouquet we featured.

Another detail of the bridal bouquet we featured.

 We love making terrariums out of pretty much anything, especially these modern brass lanterns.  ;)

We love making terrariums out of pretty much anything, especially these modern brass lanterns.  ;)

 Our new business cards, featuring glowingly beautiful Caitlin and the bouquet we made for her. 

Our new business cards, featuring glowingly beautiful Caitlin and the bouquet we made for her. 

 My photo of Foxtail's dessert table full of yummy samples. 

My photo of Foxtail's dessert table full of yummy samples. 

 On the lower deck of our table were the two most recent magazines we've been featured in.  On the left is  Wedventure , where we were honored to be a part of a 12 page spread, and on the right is  Oregon Bride Magazine  in which we are featured in this  flower crown article  and in  The Haute List .  :)

On the lower deck of our table were the two most recent magazines we've been featured in.  On the left is Wedventure, where we were honored to be a part of a 12 page spread, and on the right is Oregon Bride Magazine in which we are featured in this flower crown article and in The Haute List.  :)

 And our new brochures, also featuring a detail of Caitlin's bouquet, designed by Tanya.  :)

And our new brochures, also featuring a detail of Caitlin's bouquet, designed by Tanya.  :)

 Here I am on the Bend Bridal Guide panel with other Central Oregon wedding vendors, from left, Stephanie from  Ace of Hearts Films , Marlise from  Studio Jay , Brittany from  The Bridal Suite , me, Leann from  Shine Events , and Courtney from  Flip Flop Sounds .

Here I am on the Bend Bridal Guide panel with other Central Oregon wedding vendors, from left, Stephanie from Ace of Hearts Films, Marlise from Studio Jay, Brittany from The Bridal Suite, me, Leann from Shine Events, and Courtney from Flip Flop Sounds.

 And a sweet little flower crown that we made for brides to try on during their visit to our booth. 

And a sweet little flower crown that we made for brides to try on during their visit to our booth. 

Lux Bohemian Styled Shoot

Welcome to Scarlett and Lucas's winter wedding at Pronghorn Resort.  I hope you will choose to attend.  ;)

My first day of working at The Wilds , photographer Charlie Thiel approached me, introduced himself, and suggested we put together a photoshoot.  I was TOTALLY down.  I was new to Bend and there were so many super talented Bend event vendors that I wanted to work with.  So, I ran with it and came up with a whole story, esthetic, and color palette for each of the collaborating vendors to be inspired by.  

I wanted this shoot to be modern bohemian and luxurious.  Our fictional couple were named Scarlett and Lucas, and they were a couple from Portland.  She's the lead singer and guitarist of a critically acclaimed all girl band on the verge of commercial success.  He's a freelance journalist who covers the music scene in the Pacific Northwest.  They met after one of her shows, which he had attended while writing a profile about her band.  They love indie rock, literature, art, artisanal foods, strong coffee, and small batch bourbon.  They wanted their intimate wedding to appeal to all of the senses and reflect who they are as a couple.  

Our color palette became lavender, burgundy, bronze, indigo, teal, butter, and chocolate.  I wanted to use geodes, succulents, and airplants in the decor, but I wanted to find something graphic that could tie all of the elements together in pattern and color, like a great scarf ties together an outfit.  Painter Karen Ruane, one of my studio mates, blew my mind one day the first time I watched her marble.  I loved seeing how each of the colors that she chose interplayed as she built her piece and then masterfully manipulated them to create a striking pattern.  I was completely inspired and knew that I wanted to use her work in this shoot.  This was her submit for color for approval: 

And with that, our shoot started to truly come to life.  

I thought long and hard about the invitation, because I feel that the invitation is a guest's first experience of an event.  I wanted it to look modern and clean and feel luxurious.  I reached out to another of my studio mates, graphic design guru Gabe Ruane, of RangeCFB, to design the invitation suite because I love his modern esthetic.  From there, his design went to Samantha Olson of TeeNee Mi Design & Letterpress for printing because letterpress is the epitome of luxury.  Samantha chose the color of the envelopes and Karen created their marbelled liners and as you can see they turned out GORGEOUS!

Notice something extra yummy in these shots?  Hmm.  They look kind of like geodes, but no, those are favor cookies custom made by Bend Cookie Company.  Scarlett and Lucas love food, so they chose to give cookies to their guests as favors, because who wants some random throw-away favor?  Give your guests something delicious as a thank you for attending.  ;)

Now meet Shaley, who played Scarlett, our rock n' roll bride...  And meet Christine Colucci of Makeup Mafia , who is an accomplished makeup and hair goddess.  She totally blew everyone's mind with the modern Gibson Girl updo and classically glamorous makeup that she came up with for Scarlett.

I wanted to make her a flower crown that was lush, romantic, textural, and very big with juicy garden roses, roses, green blackberries, and gilded foliage.  I just love the way Christine worked with the headpiece and created a hairstyle that really suited it and our bride.

For Scarlett's wedding day look, I wanted her to look rock n' roll and vintage inspired bohemian.  I chose a Lillian West gown with an embroidered 3 tiered skirt and sweetheart strapless bodice which The Bridal Suite in Bend provided.  I paired it with a vintage burgundy rabbit fur jacket and vintage 1970's cognac leather boots.  Her bohemian crystal jewelry was provided by Bend's own Mint Jewelry Company.  

What better way to get rid of those wedding day jitters than to cozy up to Pronghorn's bar and enjoy a cigar and one of the small batch bourbons that Lucas so loves?  Meet our groom, Shaley's real life husband Kody, who played Lucas and already sported the perfect facial hair for the job.  :)  Lucas was dressed by Bend's best menswear shop Revolvr. I loved the warm reddish- brown of his chinos mixed with a small geo print button-up shirt, a utilitarian navy wool vest, and wool herringbone blazer.  I finished his look with a warm wool scarf, navy wool wide brimmed hat, and brown leather oxfords.  It was a very hip, yet timeless look with vintage inspiration.

I made Lucas' boutonniere with a single burgundy ranunculus, a ranunculus bud, some green blackberries, and a few eucalyptus leaves finishing it with a narrow burgundy ribbon wrap.  I prefer small boutonnieres because they still look masculine.  

Scarlett's bouquet was large and garden-inspired full of lush roses, garden roses, helleborus, ranunculus, blackberries, and textural foliage.  I gilded some of the larger leaves gold to bring in a metallic lux element and finished the whole thing with a long cascading plum silk taffeta ribbon. (to see some behind the scenes of the making of these flowers check this out.)

Welcome to Scarlett and Lucas' ceremony which we set up in one of Pronghorn's lava caves that are hidden on one of their golf courses.  What a perfect place for an intimate ceremony!!!  Wouldn't you agree?!  

We built an enchanted installation at the alter that followed the curve of the mouth of the cave.  I didn't want to take away from the natural beauty of the cave and am really into making installations that look like they are naturally part of their environment.  We used lots of branches and textural foliage, including the gold gilt salal.  I chose a vintage Turkish rug for the couple to stand on when they took their vows, which can later be brought home and kept as a reminder of their ceremony and the promises that they made to one another on their wedding day.  I also used Karen's marbled paper to encircle all of the glass hurricanes that I used for candles to bring the marbled element into the decor.

And now welcome to their reception, where you are greeted by this stunning site.  Wallis Creative made the dreamcatcher backdrop where each of the guests' place cards surround its' indigo-dyed crocheted center which is hand embellished with crystals.  We then covered the structure with branches, foliage, and airplants.  Foxtail Bakeshop created this drop-dead gorgeous 3 tier wedding cake covered in metallic buttercream and the delicate French macaroons that decorate the table among AE Creative's rental geodes, mercury glass votives, and brass bud vases.  Everything sits atop a vintage linen table runner and Karen's marbled paper.  I finished the table with flowers, succulents, and airplants.

 A single airplant is all this magnificent cake needed to give the viewer a focal point.

Scarlett and Lucas' guests then got to dine at tables that were full of intricate treasures and lush flowers.  AE Creative and I tag-teamed the design of this table.  I chose a vintage linen blue stripe table runner to lighten up the natural wood table.  

Each of the place settings were set atop a marbled placemat.  I chose gold rimmed organically shaped plates and gold flatware from West Elm that I own to add a modern element to the table.  The gold faceted stemless wine glasses are also mine and brought the perfect metallic to the table.  Atop each plate was a menu and either a geode or airplant as decor.  

I love the idea of flowers under glass because they add interest to something so beautiful and offer the guests something very unexpected to experience.

AE Creative and I loved the idea of not creating just a centerpiece but a true experience for the guests at each table.  She supplied colored mercury glass votives, geodes, stones, brass bud vases, and a deep blue glass vintage goblet that I made a small floral arrangement in.  At the table's center AE supplied a geometric terrarium that I added blue sand, geodes, and airplants.  Another curious arrangement of sorts.  :)

The sweetest thing about this shoot is that Shaley and Kody were married almost 6 years ago in real life and unfortunately were very disappointed with their wedding photos.  With these photos, they now have some gorgeous images of the two of them all gussied up at one of Central Oregon's most gorgeous venue.

Summer Robbins Flowers-- planned, organized, designed, and styled this shoot, the models, and did all of the flowers

Charlie Thiel--  photographer

Pronghorn Resort--  venue

Makeup Mafia--  hair and makeup 

Karen Ruane Studio--  created the custom marbled elements

RangeCFB--  designed the invitation suite

Teenee Mi--  letterpress printing

Wallis Creative--  made dream catcher backdrop

Foxtail Bakeshop-- created the wedding cake and French macaroons

Bend Cookie Company--  made the geode inspired favor cookies

AE Creative-- provided decorative rentals and helped design tablescape

The Bridal Suite--  provided the bridal gown

Mint Jewelry Company--  supplied the bride's jewelry

Revolvr--  provided groom's apparel

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