Outside the Flower Box

We were inspired by the term ”Contemporary Rustic” and when we began to think about how it could translate into a tablescape for a wedding we decided on tall, dark patina urns paired with simple, white plates, and crisp white napkins.  Incorporating lanterns with clean, contemporary lines added a vineyard-esque element without becoming to ‘themey”. The flowers were designed with lush, cream and blush peonies, ranunculus and hellebores. We wove in eucalyptus greenery, delicate navy privet berries to pay homage to vineyard grape vines and details of kumquats to give it a fresh finish. Finally, using hand calligraphed seating cards and menus from Paperfinger added an elegant touch. We couldn’t help but make a bridal bouquet and groom boutonniere to perfectly compliment the spread.

Flowers: Poppies & Posies

Calligraphy: Paperfinger

Photography: Missy Photography

[images from Missy Photography]

Poppies & Posies is a sponsor and member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Top 10: Photobooth props

It all started with the mustache…now, we’ve moved to all sorts of facial hair and THEN some!  When it comes to photobooth props, the skies the limit…

1st row: Linden Lovebirds, Goldylocks, Whiskerworks
2nd row: DIY Chalkboard talk bubbles via Oh Happy Day, props from Paperfinger
3rd row: Tom Banwell Designs, Smitten Sticks, picture frames via Studiobooth
4th row: Little Retreats, stuffed goodies from Ashley Meaders


By now you know how it goes….leave a comment below for a chance to win a Smitten Sticks bow-tie kit which includes 8 bow-ties! Winner announced on Friday!

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Top 10: Calligraphy

I’ve discovered so many great calligraphers over the years…here are just a few of my favs!

1st row: Crystal Kluge, Betsy Dunlap, Primele
2nd row: Kristine Lombardi, Neither Snow
3rd row: Paperfinger, Kathryn Murray, Linea Carta
4th row: love*jenna, May+Belle

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Outside the Flowerbox: Science inspired table

The ladies of Poppies & Posies have done it again with a fabulous science inspired wedding!

About the shoot…
We’ve been chatting about doing a science inspired wedding for some time now.  It seems that every time we go antiquing (which is pretty often) we’ve come across vintage lab equipment and antique medicinal bottles that we couldn’t pass up. They were just begging to be used in a tablescape and ultimately were the elements that inspired our vision for this shoot!

We chose to shoot the tablescape in an outdoor garden because it felt like the perfect natural environment. Each beaker, bottle, and science vile was filled with soft, delicate flowers such as blush dahlias, white scabiosa, garden roses, and vines to create a romantic atmosphere.

We brought Bryn of Paperfinger on-board to create the perfect seating cards and table numbers for the shoot. We’re always blown away by her elegant calligraphy and attention to detail. Her table number was based on the periodic table and we used the mini glass science tube stoppers to hold her oh so sweet seating cards down.

No wedding is complete without delicious cuisine and neither of us would rather eat any other food than that cooked by Stuart and Welch catering. They prepared grilled ahi tuna with local corn, heirloom tomatoes and avocado. The vibrant colors of the dish perfectly ‘popped’ off our tablescape.

Jen Huang joined us for the day to photograph the spread and as always we were blown away by her talent! Her attention to detail and unique perspective really brought it all to life on film.

Jasmine Johnson of BridalBod wore a utterly breathtaking dress designed by Sarah Seven and provided by Lovely Bride. We adored the non traditional and super fun look that a short dress created. Small quirky touches, such as our anatomically correct heart boutonniere and a dinner menu designed using an antique periodic table finished off our science inspired wedding.

The possibilities for designing an entire wedding around this theme are endless. We imagine an entire seating chart painted on glass microscope slides and a dessert bar filled with jars of colorful “elements” (think gold leaf covered chocolates and blue rock h20 candy) would be just the thing to make any wedding unforgettable!


Credits:
Flowers & Design Concept by Poppies & Posies
Photography by Jen Huang
Food by Stuart and Welch Catering
Calligraphy by Paperfinger
Sarah Seven dress provided by Lovely Bride
Models, Jasmine Johnson of BridalBod & Davraam
A special thanks to our intern, Annie Huang!

[images from Jen Huang Photography]

Poppies & Posies is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings

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Studio tour: Paperfinger

Name: Bryn Chernoff
Location: DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) | Brooklyn | New York City
Company: PaperfingerModern Calligraphy & Hand-Drawn Design

What is your aesthetic? Organized | Tasty | Comfortable | Contemporary | Natural | Spacious

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? A place for everything and everything in its place. It’s important to me that when I walk into my studio each morning that it is the kind of space that makes me excited to sit down and start working.  On a clean wooden desk, whatever is spread out while I work looks good in the process. I work mostly to natural light thanks to the large windows. And I get immense pleasure from the organized drawers stocked with pens, inks, paper samples. My studio has pops of color here and there but still has a quiet, graceful feel to it.

Favorite part of your studio? My tackle-box of nibs. It’s my version of a candy store.

Where do you go for inspiration? Children’s books. A photo of myself at age 7 that I keep on my desk. Plants. World wide web.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Harvest, my bookkeeping and invoicing software. I love everything about it. It makes invoicing fun.

I have to give a shout-out to my geeky device that helps me keep straight lines on opaque envelopes, the Phantom Liner.  Oh and one more must-have! My wireless Sennheiser headphones that I wear all day and keep on my head all the way across the office and at the sink while I’m washing nibs.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A giant studio where I could explore larger format work, host events, work with friends, run around.

Anything else we should know? I used to have a radio show called “Plus Size Soul” featuring women vocalists from the first generation of jazz, blues and soul. I relive those days by posting a song to my blog, Paper Tastebuds, every Friday. The music is diverse and is always a song that I’ve been listening to that week in the studio.Via my blog, I also continually add ideas to a wedding gift guide if you’re looking for unique presents. Come visit and listen in on Fridays!

[images from Emily Gilbert]

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