We never tire of gray and yellow! It’s such a perfect mix of neutral and bright, modern and preppy, and there’s always a fun new way to do it. Here, Be Inspired PR teamed up with planner and designer LB Event Planning and photographer Ashley Sawtelle to create this modern, romantic styled shoot.

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In addition to gray and yellow, the table included crisp white and minty blue elements.

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The garden bouquet was a mix of creamy garden roses, green and white parrot tulips, yellow ranunculus, viburnum, and white lilac.

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From Be Inspired:  On wedding days, we’re all wishing for sunny skies and often forget about the many wonderful elements of a lovely rain shower. Our inspiration for this shoot evolved from the beautiful components of a rainy day. To create a moody and intimate setting, we shot at The Kitchen Upstairs, which provided the perfect backdrop with dark slate grey walls, and cozy sitting areas. Modern polka dot prints, cream, yellow and mint were also used to brighten up the mood and bring some cheer. Our florist, Cori Cook created stunning and sleek arrangements with garden roses, peonies, parrot tulips, ranunculus, anemones, lilac and more to complete the façade. Ashley Sawtelle perfectly captured an intimate and elegant setting, and the venue itself provided a feeling of sophistication and fun for guests – the food and drinks will take your event to another level!

Photography: Ashley Sawtelle / Producer: Be Inspired PR / Event Coordinating and Design: LB Event Planning / Venue, Catering: The Kitchen Upstairs in Boulder, Colorado / Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design / Hair, Makeup: Makeup by Sameera / Stationery: Prim & Pixie / Dress, Jewelry: Anna Be
  • Gray and Yellow Photo Shoot by Ashley Sawtelle

    9 July 2014
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    Carmen Santorelli is one of our talented Select vendors, and we were thrilled when she sent over this totally dreamy photo shoot from the coast of southern California. That veil! The bouquet! And those views! Romantic barely begins to describe it. To La Lune did such a lovely job with the concept and design, and I really can’t get over the bouquet by Plenty of Petals (did I say that already?).

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    From Carmen: The main inspiration for this shoot was the setting that we chose as our backdrop, the stunning Sunset Cliffs area in San Diego. The raw, organic beauty of the California coast line in this particular area is breathtaking, so we intended to keep all the design elements to a minimum, in order to let nature shine. Since the colors we were working with were tan (the cliffs and the beach) and blue (the sky and the ocean), we gravitated toward non-competing colors, like a nude/blush colored Claire La Faye gown, and a light gray J.Crew suit. Plenty of Petals created the most beautiful all-white bouquet with clematis, garden roses, and ranunculus, and To La Lune brought all the elements together, in perfect harmony. Last, but not least, our ‘bride’ is the principal ballerina of LA ballet (Allyssa Bross), so her grace and beautiful, fluid lines were one of the main elements that we wanted to focus on.

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    Sweet Lydia’s created two charming cakes for the shoot, both displayed on simple glass cake stands.

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    Photography: Carmen Santorelli / Event Design & Coordination: To La Lune / Floral Design: Plenty of Petals / Hair, Makeup: 10.11 Makeup / Dress: Claire La Faye / Veil, Hair Accessories: Erica Elizabeth / Suit: J.Crew / Bakery: Sweet Lydia’s / Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals
  • Coastal Photo Shoot by Carmen Santorelli

    4 June 2014
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    Jen Huang recently teamed up with Daniel Tran of Oliveta Design and Max Gill for one of her One-On-One Workshops, held at Casa Madrona in Sausalito. The details are romantic, the flowers perfection, and the furry little “groomsmen” are darling!

    Jen created this sweet and simple detail by painting “to have and to hold” in gold on a basic wood hanger.

    Pale green taper candles are an unexpected touch, and a lovely contrast to the dark wood table.



    From Oliveta Design: “We had the opportunity to style Jen Huang‘s One-on-One Workshop at the Hillside Mansion of Casa Madrona, Sausalito. The concept for this workshop was to reflect an airy, light and fresh spring day. The tablescape strived to contrast the simple yet elegant with a touch of vintage details. We chose a laser-cut beaded and flower motif gown by Sarah Janks.

    “We also had the privilege to work side-by-side with Max Gill Floral Design. Max created lush centerpieces and his choice of flowers were beautifully on point. The gorgeous cakes were created by Sugarpie Baking Company.”

    Photography: Jen Huang / Venue: Casa Madrona in Sausalito, California / Event Design: Daniel Tran for Oliveta Design /  Floral Design: Max Gill / Hair & Makeup: Rebecca, Sherrie Long Artists / Dress: Daisy by Sarah Janks / Painted Dress Hanger:  Jen Huang Art / Cakes: Jennifer Hirt, Sugarpie Baking Company / Rentals: Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals
  • Casa Madrona Photo Shoot from Jen Huang

    29 April 2014
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    Select vendor Erin Kate has paired up with floral designer Nicole Land of Soil & Stem for this gorgeous berry- and emerald-hued inspiration shoot… I absolutely love the use of berries and mint leaves in these floral arrangements!



    From Nicole: “We wanted to keep our look personal and organic. To achieve this vision, we used delicate detailing such as hand-lettered calligraphy, heirloom jewelry and flatware, French silk ribbon, and fresh mint sprigs harvested from the garden that morning. Vintage frogs were used to display seating assignments, menu, and invitation. We really loved the contrast of harsh metal against the supple fluidity of calligraphy. Floral frogs were also given as favors for wedding guests to use in their own garden bouquets or to display as art in their home.

    “From the flowers to our signature spritzer and ice, you will find rich berry and orchid hues woven throughout the shoot. Our berry theme carried over (literally in berries!) to our boutonnieres and cake styling. We find these colors evoke passion, closeness, and creativity – a little of what every love story is made of. David Austin’s ‘Kate’ garden roses, named in honor of the Duchess of Cambridge, provide us with a magenta that is striking against other beautiful stems like ranunculus, stock, mint, and olive. Aside from color, Kate’s fragrance is fresh with delicious hints of raspberry, redcurrant, and geranium.

    “My favorite part of the shoot was plucking a stray purpling ivy vine that had crept its way onto my lawn. Using ivy was never a part of my original design but it transformed into a lovely gestural member in my arrangements. Sometimes these small and inconsequential nuances can tie everything together to form a perfect marriage.”

    Photographer, Styling: Erin Kate / Floral Design, Styling: Soil & Stem / Calligrapher: You Doll Design / Cake: Pippa Cakery / Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic
  • Berry-Hued Wedding Inspiration from Erin Kate

    21 April 2014
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    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and I can think of no better way to mark the occasion than with this stunning red and gold styled shoot at one of my favorite Bay Area venues, from three (three!) of our brilliant Select vendors. With design by Shannon Leahy, flowers by Max Gill, and photography by Josh Gruetzmacher, you will definitely want to check out the gallery for every last detail.

    From Shannon LeahyThe inspiration for this photo shoot comes from the fabric, toile. Toile du Jouy (named after a French town) originated in 18th century Ireland and traditionally was used for window treatments and upholstery. In many ways toile has come to represent stuffy, outdated design and I wanted to find a way to take a relic of the past and update it in a fresh and modern way.

    Of course, the photographs from Josh Gruetzmacher who found the space and spearheaded the shoot take it all to the next level. The crisp, classic look of his film in this light and bright space bring everything to life and let us all step into the fantasy of what it must have been like to sail across the ocean in a 22-carat gilded saloon.

    Many of the traditional toiles are made in blue-and-white but for our shoot at the golden hued China Cabin we thought bringing in warm tones of yellow and cream would blend with the gold beautifully and set a perfect backdrop for Max Gill‘s dramatic red and burgundy toned flowers.

    The China Cabin is a historical location in Tiburon, just right over the Bay from San Francisco. The walls are gilded in 22-karat gold in this space which was once an elegant social saloon of the PS China. The ship was originally built in New York City in 1866 and was one of the four sister ships the United States Postal Service ordered to carry mail and passengers from California to Asia. The China Cabin, now docked permanently in the Bay Area was the officers stateroom.

    We really wanted to carry the toile through from beginning to end and so we incorporated a toile ribbon on the bride’s bouquet, a custom tabletop runner of yellow toile, a welcome box made we made for out of town guests made of toile and accented with glittering, over-the-top gifts that would set the tone for an evening in the China Cabin.

    The toile carried through to the paper products and invitations by Mira Aster as well. We adore the unique place cards she came up with that are made from gilded edged paper to look like a ribbon fluttering in the breeze, perfect for a wedding on an ocean liner.

    For this shoot, I found the perfect gowns from local San Francisco designer Trish Lee. The main dress for the shoot is called The Lady. We love the supremely elegant and refined look of this gown and can imagine a Bride who adores the traditions of the past but still wants a fresh and updated look slipping into this gorgeous gown. According to Trish Lee, The Lady was inspired by the poise and spirit of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aunt San Suu Kyi and is a tribute to the designers Burmese heritage. We can think of no better dress for a 19th-century ship that sailed between Asia and the United States.

    We imagined a second look for this Bride in the dress Joni also from Trish Lee. According to the designer this dress epitomizes that certain “je ne sais quoi” the elusory “it” factor. The fluttering capelet over the shoulder gives an effortless bohemian effect and to us, symbolizes the China Cabin’s final home in the free-spirited Bay Area. (See the second look in the gallery!)

    Julie Morgan styled our Bride perfectly with an elegant and refined Downton Abbey look for the first dress and a more sultry, whimsical look for the second dress complete with a crowning head wreath by Max Gill.

    We were so excited to use San Francisco’s own Frances Lane for the vintage tabletop rentals which really elevate the tabletop. Accents like the settee and vintage cake stand from One True Love vintage complete the story of romance rooted in tradition. The deep burgundy and fig tones of the floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres from Max Gill add richness and contrast to this glittering gilded yellow and gold tablescape.

    To complete the entire look the toile coated cake by Sweet On Cake is the crown on top of the jewel box. Inspired by the architecture of the space, Amber from Sweet on Cake created a real masterpiece.


    Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: China Cabin in Tiburon, California / Event Planner, Designer: Shannon Leahy Events / Floral Designer: Max Gill / Dress: Trish Lee / Hair, Makeup: Julie Morgan / Shoes: Valentino / Stationery: Mira Aster / Rentals: Hartmann Studios, Frances Lane, One True Love Vintage Rentals / Cake: Sweet On Cake / Hotel Welcome Gift: Shannon Leahy Events

    Josh Gruetzmacher, Max Gill, and Shannon Leahy Events are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

  • Gold and Red Valentine Wedding Inspiration

    10 February 2014
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