December 3, 2013
Recently I've had the chance to go and visit Brooklyn a number of times- for the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, The Renegade Craft Fair, and Smorgasburg- and every time I come away with such an appreciation for all of the really cool and up-and-coming things that are happening there. Sure, we may joke about the hipsters and their plaid shirts and beards (and maybe it's because we secretly want to be them), but beyond that there is so much creative energy, diversity (of food!), and a sense of community.
For this editorial shoot, we wanted to meld together two different concepts- the classic elegance of Coco Chanel, and the ease and industrial-vibe that is Brooklyn- as well as feature some of Brooklyn's landmarks (The Williamsburg Bridge, Jane's Carousel, and The Green Building).
Here is what Hannah, from HANALULU CO., shared:
For this inspiration shoot, we wanted to do something on the non-traditional side so took a classy and sophisticated brand, Chanel, and introduced it to good ole’ Brooklyn. We knew right off the bat that The Green Building would be the right setting for this matchmaking.
The goal was to show how you can have combine two unique concepts in a fun and modern way. To give us some initial direction, we fell hard for the classic Chanel colors of black, white, and blush pink. To emphasize and give a more bold and playful look, we mixed in contrasting patterns as well as pops of gold. Once we found the Marchesa “Chloe” gown from Gabriella NY, it perfectly set the tone for the entire shoot.
We wanted this to be about having a joyful celebration for couples that want to have fun on their big day, while still being able to maintain their own sense of style and personality.
Our beautiful shoot, captured by Jenny Futography, was featured this summer on both Brides.com and on Brooklyn Bride!!!
Concept, Event Design + Styling: HANALULU CO. // Photography: Jenny Fu // Photography Assistant: Joan Michel // Hair + Make-up: Sissi Chan // Wardrobe Styling + Hair Accessories: Anna Mains Designs // Floral Designer: Violet & Verde // Cakes + Cupcakes: Lael Cakes // Stationery: Yuling Designs // Calligraphy: Everly Calligraphy // Wedding Gown: Marchesa “Chloe” from Gabriella NY Bridal Salon // Pearl Necklaces: Whimsy & Pearls // Rings: Anna Sheffield // Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals // Venue: The Green Building
November 27, 2013
Gratitude! It's my theme for this holiday season! This year I am SO grateful for the friendships, bonds, and collaborations that have been formed and the wonderful synergies that have come out of them. Like this tablescape designed by Katy of Sweet Sunday Events, and the beautifully captured vignettes by Michelle Boyd Photography.
Remember these hand-marbled escort cards? Katy re-purposed the cards for this tablescape, that is a delicate balance between refined and rustic. I don't think she could have styled it better! Now, if I could just get my Thanksgiving table to look like this... Happy Thanksgiving!!!
October 23, 2013
It's almost the end of October, and it is definitely full-blown fall weather here in New York City. And while I love LOVE fall (think: apple picking, leather jacket, pumpkin everything, pies, and FOOTBALL!), I can't help but reminisce about a time not so long ago when it was sunny, warm, and perfect-beach-weather. Esther & Kenny's playful Save the Date postcards bring me right back there. [Cue big striped umbrella, relaxing on a beach with my favorite fashion magazine.] Haha, maybe as a fun little throwback I will make myself a pineapple and rum concoction, complete with a festive mini-umbrella. Who's in???
September 17, 2013
I am finally getting the chance to post about all of the weddings and projects that I've been hard at work on in the last six months, and what an awesome wedding to kick off the blogging extravaganza!
Melissa and Dan (appropriately) met while at a friend's wedding abroad, in Cancun, Mexico. The night they met, the two talked about all of the places they hoped to one day travel to. Little did they know that this conversation would lead them both on an adventure of a lifetime. (True story: their first seven dates were in seven different countries!!!)
It was a blast working with this well-traveled and long-distance couple! Half of their emails to me start out with "Hello, from [Sri Lanka, Bangkok, Bali, Hong Kong, Quebec, etc.]". Despite their crazy travel schedules and the time differences, we somehow found a way to make things work, including Saturday conference calls from airport lounges in between flights, haha.
Congratulations Melissa and Dan! May your journey together continue to lead you to new heights!
Melissa's vision for her wedding was vintage meets Asian jazz! She incorporated travel souvenirs- vases, bird cage, silk table runners- on their tablescapes. We used this as inspiration and incorporated a desert sunset color palette, bold patterns, and an Asian lotus flower motif throughout all of their pieces.