This was a photo shoot I took part in with the talented photographer Christina Bernales. Christina dreamt up a Southwestern styled shoot and, after agreeing to use as many local vendors as possible, we put a decidedly vintage twist on it. To create a vintage-meets-the-Southwest look, I used a mashup of different botanicals from cottage garden favorites like roses, larkspur, and carnations, to the more bold desert cactus and succulent. Crochet blankets, stunning floral barkcloth, and quirky hankies were layered beneath earthy terra cotta plates and bowls, plants anchored in swirls of turquoise and white sand, victorian silverware and gold-rimmed glasses. So much fun! I love creating tablescapes that don't fit into just one "box." It's featured on Stylemepretty here.
The vendors Christina and I worked with were hand picked favorites including Christa Alexandra Designs whose fresh stationary helped pull together our theme beautifully and Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace who provided the wardrobe and a majority of the props and tabletop decor that we used. Besides being addicted to their shop for my home decorating needs I also love Vintage Inspired because they have a rental option for vendors and brides in need of vintage wedding props and decor at a fraction of retail cost. Our model, Lulu Lovering was a joy to work with and Marieanne Souza put together a seriously gorgeous series of looks for her makeup and hair. At the last minute we made a point of including a male model, Lulu's beloved boyfriend Marcel Leclaire III, in the shoot to bring some true love into the pictures and to make the project less bride-focused. Grooms need some attention too!
For this project I also took the opportunity to showcase my new hobby of silversmithing. I made a big bohemian statement ring with a Southwestern turquoise stone set in sterling silver, up-cycled a brass pendant into a modern necklace with quartz and pyrite, and created some smaller sterling silver stacking and accent rings. Silversmithing is the perfect activity for me to do in the winter when all the flowers are sleeping! I love the detail-oriented work and find it similar to floral design because it also incorporates natural elements into hand made, delicate age old symbols of love. I relish the excitement and rush of making ephemeral floral arrangements that require they be wholly enjoyed in an evening or a week, but it's nice to spend the winters doing something a bit slower and deliberate, coming up with little treasures that can be coveted for generations to come. As I hone my skills, I am working towards bringing jewelry into my business and offering these small creations as a facet of my brand.