By the time February rolls around, many of us are just aching for some color! If you dream of bright, bold, cheerful flowers but you’re tying the knot during late winter (February and March), Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers (a Snippet & Ink Select vendor!) has some inspiration for you. Lovely photos by Kate Osborne.
Says Sarah: “For the bride that just can seem to submit to wintry colors, poppies and citrus fruit are in season in the late winter. They are just the dose of bright that you need in the late winter months.”
I love the look of red lipstick, but I’ve always been a little afraid to try it myself, so I’m thrilled to have Lora Kelley here to tell us how to do it without looking like a circus clown. And really, what better time to give it a go than Valentine’s Day?! Share your red lipstick look with us on Instagram and make sure to tag @snippetandink - we’ll re-gram some of your pics next week!
Lora’s Tips for Perfect Red Lips
Tip #1: Choosing the right color. The best advice I’ve heard is from makeup artist Rae Morris. Ask yourself if you prefer Tango Tangerine or Ballet Pink Rose. If you opt for Tango Tangerine, then you’ll probably love a warmer red. If you j’adore Ballet Pink Rose, you’ll probably want a cooler red. The great thing is that if you have a warmer red and want to add some coolness, you can pop a cool-toned pink gloss on top and voila! You have a new color. The same works for a cool red: sweep some golden gloss over the top for a warmer red.
Tip #2: Avoiding the “vixen” look. I’m dreadfully prudish and I love a good red lipstick. The way I avoid looking to crazy is by keeping my eye makeup in check. Our model is wearing little more than some sleek black liner, Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat, very light Sable Eye Colour in the crease, and of course mascara. You can add a retro swing by going cat-eye with the liner. I also recommend letting your red lip be the statement of your outfit, keeping colors minimal. If you’re making it an evening look, keep the dress Kate Middleton approved.
Tip #3:Be precise. I recommend Laura Mercier’s smoky eyeliner brush. Even though it’s not technically for lips, I have redefined its use to be my go-to lip brush. It’s a fine point synthetic brush with excellent precision for lining the lip.
From Shannon Leahy: The 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.
The lovely and talented Sarah Winward is back with some stunning January flowers for us – has she convinced you to have a winter wedding yet?! She’s one of our Select vendors, and as soon as you see these flowers you’ll understand why. I just love the neutral tones here, and I can just imagine these flowers in a room full of candlelight… Photos by Leo Patrone.
From Sarah: “I love a neutral color palette in the months after the holidays. This one has some golden hued accents with the copper beech and mocca amaryllis to keep it from feeling too icy. The Nymph amaryllis has a double bloom, so it is full and works great as a focal flower. Anemone are a great seasonal attention grabbing flower, and are wonderful if you trying to tie some black or navy blue into your color palette.”
Before finishing off the year with a round-up of some of my favorite things from 2013, we have a beautiful winter floral arrangement and bridal bouquet from Sarah Winward, with photos by Britt Chudleigh (two of our Select vendors!). Worried there won’t be beautiful flowers available in you’re a winter bride? Fret not and read on for inspiration!
From Sarah: “In the winter we are without many of the outdoor grown flowers, but the floral industry is still busy growing lots of other wonderful stuff for us indoors. Roses, amaryllis, and ranunculus are a few. I think amaryllis are one of the best flowers to use in the early winter months: they look seasonally appropriate, they are large, and they come in an array of colors. Roses are also always around and are wonderful. Peonies make a come-back in the winter and come to us all the way from the Southern hemisphere. Throughout December there are still a variety of seasonal fruits and berries available on the stem, too.”