We’re thrilled to bring you today’s styled shoot from Locally Grown Weddings. Their entire team is so talented and wonderful to work with, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet them in person and see their work… and taste it too (Pei-Yee makes to-die-for cupcakes!). Thank so much for sharing ladies!
Madeline was the creative lead for our theme of “Modern and Bold”, drawing from the current trend of bright colors she has been seeing in the fashion and design world as well as the simple and clean aesthetics that she is always drawn to. This theme let us showcase our versatility and explore our creativity by putting together something quite different from our past weddings and photo shoots.
The theme of Modern and Bold steps away from the “traditional” wedding concept – using a black dress instead of white, and featuring a same sex couple as our models. We felt that it is important, especially at this time, to recognize that getting married is a right. As wedding ceremonies and couples are changing, so should the representation of them.
See more of this styled shoot (OMG the details!) after the jump…
With all of this in mind, we also wanted the setting to be non-traditional and therefore leaned toward something that was more urban. At the recent beach cleanup that our team participated in, Madeline spotted these brightly colored objects sitting on Pier 54, and the location was found! The setting reflected not only a urban environment but contained vibrant and colorful floats that acted as an interesting contrast to the industrial look of the pier.
The idea of using a black dress was inspired by the trend of black wedding dresses that is starting to emerge. For example Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 collection has some amazing black wedding gowns.
Madeline and Angela brought new meaning to the words sustainable and locally grown by constructing the wedding dress out of a $10 bag of fabric from SCRAP (the Scroungers Center for Reusable Art Parts), which is a veritable treasure trove of supplies.
In addition to fashioning the wedding dress, Angela styled our models with make-up inspired by the movie Blade Runner…..1940’s meets the future. Dramatic, dreamy eyes and neutral lip. Perfect dewy skin. Absolutely gorgeous.
The jewelry, provided by Love and Luxe, provided a modern but edgy detail to complement our non-traditional wedding dress.
Madeline brought in bright blooms such as peonies and dahlias in the same color families of red, purples and oranges to pop with the black dress and the urban environment. The black resin vase from a local designer, Tina Frey, also had a modern look to it and worked with the bright bold flowers to create an intriguing composition.
For the boutonniere, Madeline added a vintage pin, borrowed from Molly Meng of 8mm Ideas, to add something that complemented the urban feel of the design with its aged metallic finish.
Molly uses vintage finds to compose art that creates a story. This particular piece of art shared the story of love, which of course went along with our story but also had a feeling and look that fit with the urban feel of the shoot. It’s almost as if this was a found object you could have come across while strolling the waterfront.
Chef Stephanie was inspired by the location on the waterfront and prepared two mouthwatering seafood appetizers: smoked salmon mousse with a cucumber chip & black sesame seeds and garlic shrimp with white wine.
And since summer has arrived in San Francisco she created a refreshing watermelon agua fresca to quench everyone’s thirst. She kept the presentation “modern and bold” with simple white china platters and sexy martini glasses.
Drawn by the bright color palette of the shoot, Pei-Yee crafted individual-sized cakes that were decorated with dried nasturtium petals. These edible flowers are usually found scattered in salads to add color and spice to a dish, but their gorgeous orange hues created a subtle ombre effect as well as a delicate counterpoint to the edgy urban vibe of the pier.
The cake also brought together some bold dessert flavors – a spicy cardamom and pistachio cake layered with rose hip jam and covered with a rich chocolate and orange ganache – for a unique spin on the traditional wedding cake.
And you can never have too many sweets, so we enlisted Heather of Rock Candy Snack Shop to create one of her fabulous candy displays. Combining the familiar – cinnamon bears, red vines and gummi peaches – with the artisanal – decadent handcrafted truffles from Trufflove – this was an array of candy we all wanted to dive into!
It was a day in San Francisco to showcase the creative energy of our team and most importantly to capture the beauty of two people who are truly in love with each other.