Simplicity at the water-front

Some of the most striking wedding photos are those found near water, whether it’s the beach or a river or a lake and when it comes to decorating I say the simpler the better. Nature is your friend! No elaborate tulle-covered lattice is needed when you’ve got built in (and cheap!) decorations. Living in Denmark I’m always amazed how the Scandinavians embrace nature in many parts of their life and a wedding is no exception. These are a collection of some of my favorite Scandinavian wedding shots shot near water. Notice how they are not over-the-top, but keep to a simple theme like a simple row boat or an unfussy bouquet.

Swedish lakeside wedding by Jonas Peterson

Elaina and Mark’s beautifully simple Danish wedding by Swedish photographer Hilda Grahnat (who’s shooting weddings in the US in June!)

Danish beach wedding (with Hunter boots!) [image by Audrey Smit]

Christian Eide for a beautiful Norwegian setting found via Pretty Chic

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

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Tattly proposal idea

With Valentine’s Day and I’m sure lots of pending proposals coming up, I was dying to figure out a cheap but creative way to propose….enter Tattly.  After seeing the new Diamonds design, I knew I had something to work with.  Using the Deming font and my handy assistant Brandon, we laid out the proposal and took strategic reveal shots to clip together for a fun .gif.  It was super quick and easy, and I love how the engagement “ring” could be as simple as the Diamond‘s tattoo.  [makes a great place holder until your ring gets sized properly]

ps. be sure to check out Tattly’s new Valentine’s Day sets!

[images by me] [thanks to my arm model Brandon & Tina for the tatts!]

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New Revel post

My latest post is up on Revel today….it was a challenge but I think I actually made the traditional garden party a little hipper!  Let me know what you think!

[image from Revel]

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Gold is the New White

Color "Inspiration Board" Gold Pink Blue Charcoal Art Foil

It used to be that I could paint anything white and it would fit my décor. My sister used to make fun of me for my tiny obsession. I’m reminded of the Portlandia skit, “We put birds on things”. I’d find an old picture frame that didn’t quite fit in my room, so I’d paint it white. A cool vintage statue of an owl, paint it white! Now I’m obsessed with gold. I love the level of sophistication it can add to any setting, but paired with the right color, only using a hint of it, can still be playful and fun.

enjoy. with love, Catherine (local social)

Tablescape on The Decorista | gold flatware from West Elm | Confetti System Streamers | Foil Stamped Invitations featured on The Sweetest Occasion | gold painted chair from Anthropologie | artwork of Martin Pfeifle | Streamers from Martha Stewart | wallpaper by Verde | DIY star drink sticks | gold painted branches at Martha Stewart | gold installation by Carmody Groarke


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The New Modern: Pink and Gold Fete

Happy New Year Brooklyn Bride fans! Here we are with a glamorous table for you to see. Okay, Okay – I know this has frilly pink flowers (but at least no poofy dress!). Forgive me,  I just can’t resist peonies. We kept it simple with low clusters of blooms and twinkly gold votive candles. A cheap store bought house number from Home Depot was easily gold leafed for a snazzy table number. Sprinkle some sequins, throw down tulle and ribbons for a runner and you are done. Cheers! – Denise


Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs

Photography: Tory Williams
Votive and vases: Jamali Floral and Garden
Ribbons and Notions: M&J Trimming

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