Phi-Style: Half-Up Hair

Thinking having all of your hair down on your big day is a little too casual?  But putting it all up seems a little bit too scary?  Half-up dos are a great compromise.  You can take it from sleek and elegant, to loose and whimsical.  Try it! – Tram @ Phi-Style.com

[images from Sunday in Bed, Rangoli Jewelry, Become Gorgeous, Hairstyle Talks, Jenna Carver, The Knot, Bridal Guide, and  Hair Romance]

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Neon wedding inspiration: Decor

For the table inspiration we did this 2 ways….more of a monochromatic scheme (above), and then punching it up with a little more color (below).  This really could be any color, but since fluorescent yellow seems to be in relatively big supply, it was easy to focus on this first.  In my mind, I wanted to dip lots of stuff in yellow paint…the vases, the silverware, maybe even the plates!  This proved slightly disastrous, and only the forks held the paint sufficiently, but in the end I liked this better….who really wants to dip a full set of silverware for a wedding with 150 guests anyway?

Dipping vs spraypainting: I chose to dip for 2 reasons….#1, I live in an apartment where I couldn’t control where the spray paint would go (believe me, it gets EVERYWHERE), and #2, I prefer the look of dipping.  It gives a cleaner edge  and you dont have to deal with that pesky taping like you would with spray paint.

Since I couldn’t dip the vases as originally planned, I made yellow wraps for them with ripstop fabric I ordered online, which I also used to sew a table runner.  The napkins did get dipped in fluorescent yellow fabric dye (by the way, its the quickest process ever!)

Artist tape played a big roll in jazzing up a normally monochromatic scheme, and creating a fun backdrop for pictures or just to give life to a normally white wall.  While there are lots of tapes that come in neon colors, stick with the artists kind because its safer on walls. Never use duct tape!

These invitations were printed by Paper+Cup without the design on it…instead, Minhee made me a stamp with the heart design and I made my own stamp pad (directions here) so I could use the neon paints I had found to get my pop of color in there.   I kept it really clean for the invitation but let it get a little messier on the escort cards for some contrast.

Neon can play apart in desserts and flowers too…here Betsy from Nine Cakes replicated the faceted heart motif from the invitations, and Sarah from Blossom & Branch sprayed leaves and eucalyptus pods yellow to intersperse amongst the textural white blooms.  Read the directions on the can, sometimes the color comes out better if you’re painting on a white base.

Here’s that artists tape again!  I loved the idea of taking traditional molding found in lots of interior architecture and punching it up with tape to outline its shape.  It really made an otherwise traditional element into something modern and a great backdrop!

So how about it?  Are you daring enough to bring a little neon into your wedding?

VENDORS

Photography: 1. art beauty life (assisted by Michael Troy)
Concept: Vané Broussard
Styling: Jacqueline Weppner (assisted by Stephanie & Amélie)
Florals: Blossom & Branch
Cake: Nine Cakes
Makeup & hair: Face Time Beauty
Invitation: Paper+Cup
Model: Thomi from DBG Model Management
Flatware: Forks from Fish’s Eddy, rest by Jasper Morrison
Plates: Moon by Rosenthal
Napkins: purchased at CB2, dyed with iDye fluorescent yellow
Napkin rings: Alissia MT rings
Table runner fabric: Beacon Fabric
Branch: Confetti System
Location: iCi in Fort Greene

1. art beauty life, Merci New York, Paper+Cup and Blossom & Branch are vendors of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings.

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Phi-Style: Engagement Shoot Outfits

1. See by Chloe brocade mini skirt, $320 | 2. Erdem Adele printed stretch-cotton skirt, $670 | 3. 3.1 Phillip Lim wool-crepe shift dress, $625 | 4. MIH JEANS vintage belted denim tunic, $225 | 5. 3.1 Phillip Lim stretch-silk top, $250 | 6. J.Crew plaid stretch-cotton shirt, $78

What do I wear to my engagement shoot?  Here are a couple of hints and tricks to get optimal professional photos.  – Tram @ Phi-Style.com

1.  Bold colors – While black may be the most flattering and slimming on you in real life, black does not always photograph well.  Ever tried to edit a photo of someone wearing black and it just looks like their shirt is a solid block of black?  Exactly – it’s difficult to capture details, highlights, and shadows when wearing black.  The same goes with white clothing.  You can stick to a dark color, but try wearing bolder shades that will pop in photographs.

2.  Patterns – You don’t have to be afraid of patterns, but keep in mind that certain patterns can look dated.  Stick to classic patterns that don’t overpower your entire outfit.  Try choosing just one piece of patterned clothing and layer it with some solids.

3.  Fit – Wear something fitted, but not too tight.  Avoid overly loose clothing, as it can add weight in photographs.  You want to be able to see your shape, not a pile of fabric!

4.  Comfort – Wear something that you’re comfortable in and are able to move around while wearing.  The look of discomfort definitely is picked up in photographs!

5.  Be yourself - Wear something that is close to what you would normally wear.  You want to look back at these photos in 20 years and recognize yourself!  Avoid anything too trendy or styles that don’t reflect the true you.

[images from Net-A-Porter]

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DIY wedding

I’m completely smitten with this DIY wedding over at Weekday Carnival…what started out as a housewarming party turned into a surprise wedding!  So simple and beautiful…

[images from Riikka Kantinkoski]

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Brit Pop inspired wedding shoot

Double YAY for some brightly colored wedding inspiration…its just what the doctor ordered!  You really can’t go wrong mixing lots of white with pops of color.

Photographer: Sara Gray Photography

Hair Stylist: Madeline Roosevelt
Event Designer: Billede Design
Floral Designer: Rosemary Stafford Floral Design
Reception Venue: Saucebox Restaurant
Invitation Designer: hi, friend
Dress Store: Divine Designs
Cake Designer: Sugarhouse Cake
Heirlooms and extras: Pigeon Toe Ceramics
Equipment Rentals: The Party Place
Jewelry: Fresh Tangerine
Veils and headpieces: Jade Rose Designs

[images from Sara Gray Photography]

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