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.

 Another iPhone photo by me.

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.  :)