Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Royal Affair

The US Grant dubbed their 2011 bridal show “A Royal Affair”…and what could possibly embody the idea of royalty more than nobility’s color itself: purple? Add to that dripping crystals, sparkling gems, bejeweled brooches…in short, enough bling to dazzle the Queen herself…and the resulting creative masterpiece will take your breath away. Adorations was delighted to bring to life Emily Smiley’s creative vision for what truly was a royal affair.

Sweet peas, garden roses, hydrangea and carnations in hues of plum, lavender, and cream form the perfect frame for elegant crystal candelabras.

A lavish place setting, perfectly suited to the most regal of diners.

For an after-dinner reprieve, a queen could only retire to such a grandiose lounge area…

Elegant stylings provided by…
Table Design: Emily Smiley Soirees
Floral Design: Adorations Botanical Artistry
Rentals: Platinum Pro
Furniture: Hire Elegance
Calligraphy: Wendy Ware
Photography: Pam Scott

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sneak Peak!

So excited to see our work in the new issue of Bride & Bloom Magazine. Tons of inspiration to look at. Just thinking about this wedding reminds me of all the deliciousness I want to talk about, so this is just a taste of what's to come.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

When Opulence Meets Simplicity

Uncomplicated elegance.

Coastal magic, with a bit of vintage woven within the simple details.

Beautiful, but what does it mean?

Words, when too easily tossed about can muddle up the expression of a thing.

Let's keep this simple and look at what influences a design and final concept.

Succulents are amazing. They're like a modern piece of art growing right out of a rock. Check out the hint of teal flirting with the cool tones of the whole color palette. It's not so much that it gives off a matchy matchy vibe, but instead compliments the glass so perfectly it almost hurts.

Simple, yet staying true to the luxuriousness that is the Hotel Del Coronado.

The white linens and chairs assist in keeping everything breezy and simple, while the layered floral textures of the anemones, ranunculus and orchids contribute to the overall opulent vibe. The presentation is elegant without trying to hard. Which is what the West Coast is all about.

The vintage dishware and silver candlesticks tie it together with meaning and nostalgia.

See the tiny little succulents nestled in the rocks at the bottom of the glass. Happy sigh.
And those delicate little silver balls are...wait for it... Silver Brunia. There's nothing flashy about them, but they exude class and charm like your grandmother's heirloom jewelry.

The artistic direction for this photo shoot was led by Nick + Aleah Valley with Valley & Co. They enlisted the creative hands of Kristy Rice of Momental Designs. Kristy's hand drawn images round out the seemingly effortless design of the many talents that contributed to this photo shoot!

The Creative Team included:
Exquisite Weddings Magazine
Table Designers: Nick + Aleah Valley with Valley & Co
Flowers: Adorations Botanical Artistry
Linens: Wildflower Linen
Tableware: Valley & Co. private collection
Stationery: Momental Designs
Photography: Terri Rippee, Rippee Photography
Location: Hotel Del Coronado
Models: Carmel McAndrews and Andrei Razmeritsa