A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Thanks so much to Amanda from In The Now Weddings for sending me this fabulous New Year’s Eve Inspiration. From Amanda, The way this came about was to revitalize the humble, homespun New Year’s Eve soiree. I tried to stick with the traditions but took the colors a step further and the decor up a notch. Palette: Chocolate, Gold, Copper/Rust with accents of bone.

The Favors: The obvious choice was to go with the traditional trinkets of NYE- horn blowers and tinsel “sparklers”, which were re-purposed from party store accessories. We simply dressed them up modern style [the gold blowers gold a chic corset wrap and the tinsel was glued to sleek acrylic rods and finished with ribbon]. They were tied together with a rust ombre ribbon and tag to remind the guests of the reason for gathering [to ring in the new year]! And who can forget the classically cheesy New Year’s gold hat! I re-worked the design to tie a stunning chocolate ribbon around it and added two copper-toned feathers to add that designer’s touch.

The Papers: I wanted a simple feel for our paper products, so we went with gold shimmer paper and copper design/writing. Each place card featured a name and picture of a random object with a quote/statement underneath pertaining to starting over in the new year. The one featured, with the name Amanda, says “you already know where you’re going”. I wanted them to be simply inspirational about how we have a new start in just a few hours. For the menus, I focused on the idea of being the iconic “last supper… of 2009″. I felt the play on the idea of a heavy, regrettable meal along side the inspirational and positively-toned place cards was a hoot!

The Decor: My favorite part of the setting was the over-sized, hand made metallic confetti. It brought in the simple “celebration” element that really set the tone for the dinner. The non-floral centerpieces, which is what I saw most fit for the party, were actually just jewelry “tree” holders and the pod-flowers were affixed to them with hot glue. The faux bois candle holders were actually from my home- as I’m totally head over heels for faux bois. I really liked playing with the metals and organics together- the tree out of metal, the flowers out of wood, the candle holders out of metal made to look like wood.

Vendors:
Rentals – Classic Party Rentals
Linens – La Tavola Linens
Design – In The Now Weddings
Photography – In The Now Weddings [Josh and Amanda Auer]

Thanks for taking the time to share this wonderful inspiration with us Amanda!

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An Engagement Session By Jonas Peterson

Sometimes you see the work of a photographer and just fall totally in love with their style and the way they captured those moments. Sometimes, so much that you don’t even care if they live on another continent – you just know you found your perfect person. That is exactly what happened to Lauren + Nick when Lauren saw the work of Australian photographer Jonas Peterson on his blog – and I totally understand, his photos are seriously so breathtaking!

Of course, they live in California, but that didn’t stop them. Yes, most photographers are willing to travel! If you see someone you love, but they aren’t in your hometown, they can still photograph your day. You will need to cover their airfare and lodging, but that is a small price to pay for the amazingness they will capture. I can’t wait to see how Jonas captures their wedding next year in San Diego. For today, please enjoy the stunning engagement photos taken in Blackstar Canyon, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Beach. Thanks to their wedding coordinator Gianna for the heads up!

Check out more of Jonas’ amazingness on his blog.

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Inspiration Board #23: Home for the Holidays

Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays to all my lovely readers! I’m headed all over the country (thanks Virgin America + Google for the free wifi right now so I can get some work done!) to visit family and friends this next week and a half. I hope everyone is taking some time to spend with their loved ones – that is what this time of year is about. I’m also ready to enjoy some time away from the computer and playing with my cameras. :) I do have some posts planned for next week though, so check back on Monday. And in honor of this most fabulous holiday, a beautiful board of bright reds and mossy greens – so perfect for the holidays!

photo credits: eva lindh, lisa lefkowitz, land-rich, mel barlow, mel barlow, allison c photography, elizabeth messina, eva lindh, angelica glass

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