Looking forward to Spring this year? It's all about new beginnings. With a little help from the wonderful tools over at SMP, I've put together a medley of tones found in the Aurora Borealis range I just couldn't resist ringing in the New Year with. Happy 2010!
Credits: Gown by Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture; Shoes by Kate Spade
We can't get enough of this surrealist-inspired engagement session, photographed by Caroline Ghetes on the streets of Charleston, SC. These images of Los Angeles couple Patricia and Dennis, are among some of the most uniquely beautiful engagement session images we have featured on Completely Unveiled. Caroline found inspiration in her favorite artist, Rene Magritte, and used items from etsy retailers to style the shoot. We also think Patricia's spectacular wardrobe contributes to the session's look of stylish sophistication. Visit the Caroline Ghetes Photography blog to learn more about the inspiration behind the session and to see more of these gorgeous images.
Salt Harbor Designs is based in Wilmington, NC. To contact Salt Harbor Designs, visit their website by clicking here or call 910.534.0081.
Weddings Unveiled: Tell us a little bit about Salt Harbor Designs.
Salt Harbor Designs: Salt Harbor is a full event design company that approaches wedding planning from a design perspective, starting first with the couple's style and story and building the event around those things. We do all our design work in-house, including floral and paper design, so the same designer who is working on the flowers is also overseeing the menu cards and guest book design. The result is a very cohesive design that feels organic to the couple.
WU: How did you become an event designer? When and how did you begin Salt Harbor Designs?
SHD: I began working part time at a florist when I was in high school. I continued to work with florists in college and grad school as I pursued various creative avenues (interior design, set design, graphic design, writing, and art). I eventually earned a degree in creative writing, but had taken many courses in all of the other artistic areas. When I planned my own wedding, I realized that all of my experience had prepared me for a career I had never even considered. Event design has been and continues to be the perfect occupation for me, one that combines everything I love -- paper, flowers, theater, fabric, story and concept, and color.
WU: Tell us how you work with engaged couples, whether as a team or individually. SHD: We meet with couples to get an idea of their style and story. After that, we propose a design plan based on the clients' tastes, personalities, and stories. We build the event around those things by creating layouts, deciding colors, choosing rentals, coordinating paper, flowers, and specialty items. On their big day, we make sure all of those pieces are perfect and placed precisely.
WU: Describe your wedding style. SHD: Our style changes constantly and bends to fit the style of the client. Overall, our work usually contains something unexpected and many times has a natural element to it. We are always experimenting with different materials and styles. I would say our style is sometimes eclectic, sometimes vintage, sometimes contemporary, but is almost always different.
WU: What inspires you? SHD: I have always been inspired by the natural world and that definitely finds its way into our work. I also love old things (old furniture, books, materials, papers) and keep them around me all the time for inspiration. I get really excited by common threads, which is the design piece that I am always searching for. When I can find the common thread in couples, in concepts, or in design, I get so inspired! I live for the piece that ties it all together and there always is one -- my job is to find it!
WU: How do you keep your ideas fresh? SHD: Each couple presents a new challenge. They have a style and story different from any other couple, so it is easy to keep ideas fresh in an environment where the material is all new. Sure, flower choices and linen types cannot change constantly, but the concept and overall design with each new couple. Every single day brings something new!
WU: What was your favorite wedding and why? SHD: I have so many, it is hard to decide. My favorites are definitely the ones where the client is focused on more than just a pretty event. My writing background makes me obsess over concept and story, so I love that weddings that tell a story! Not only are we as event designers more fulfilled by these events, but so are the clients and the guests.
WU: What makes Salt Harbor Designs different from other wedding and event designers?
SHD: A few things -- one is our obsession with story. We love to create pretty weddings, but more than that, we love to tell a story with our events. When every single detail is a part of a central concept and story, the overall event becomes even more meaningful. The other thing that makes us different is that we handle all of the design pieces within our company. We don't hire a florist and a graphic designer. It is all done here, which means every single detail down to the bride's bouquet, the escort cards, the ribbon on the napkin and boutonniere flower has been chosen and coordinated by the same person.
WU: What would be your ideal wedding assignment or dream wedding to design? SHD: I can honestly say I have designed my dream wedding a number of times. Usually, it is a wedding with a small-medium head count in a really unique location. The couple wants the day to be intimate and meaningful and they realize that the key to achieving that is in the details. The couple gives me great material and lots of personal details and then trusts me to pull these things together in a beautiful and significant way. I have been so lucky to have clients every season that fit this description, making my job a dream job.
WU: Tell us three things you can't live without. SHD: My family, books, trees.
WU: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you? SHD: A mentor in college once told me that if you turn 30 and you cannot even remember what it is you wanted to be doing with your life, you need to re-evaluate. When I see people around me who dread going to work each day, I think that advice is so right!
WU: What is the best advice you can give to an engaged couple? SHD: Weddings can become huge, elaborate affairs where the head count is out of control and cost is more than the average house. Decide what you want the day to be about and stick to that. Trim your head count to people who really matter to you and pick details not based on what people will be impressed by, but by what is meaningful and significant.
As editor of Bride Chic I can't tell you how excited I am about this new launch! For those of you following Bride Chic, The Blog, The Zine is a hand-picked assortment of features focusing on all the best of the blog and Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal Couture combined. That's right, if you love those fashion editorials you can catch three at a time on the Zine. In addition will be a few postings from some of my favorite sites out there. And for those of you just stumbling upon Bride Chic for the first time, we're all about wedding fashion starting with the gown and moving on to Mom dresses, bridesmaids, guests, kids, as well as rehearsal and shower options. An entirely new feature for the blog as well as Zine will be 'Access', a spotlight on all accessories bridal from tiara to shoes. And if you love top notch photography stick around. All the newest, off-the-charts fashion and wedding artists gather on Bride Chic, The Zine . . . .
We're always on the lookout for great bridesmaid dresses that aren't so... well... bridesmaid-y. Check out these great dresses from Swoon, created with destinations in mind and for wearing beyond the big day. The dresses are made in contemporary designs, figure flattering styles and beautiful range of colors. Designer Amy Won Micucci searched everywhere for bridesmaid dresses for her own wedding and didn't find what she was looking for. She finally decided to design her own collection of modern frocks inspired by the sun, sand & stars. Her chic designs are available in either silk charmeuse or chiffon and all dresses are priced under $300. We've posted a few of our favorites below, but visit the Swoon website to see all of Amy's designs.