Ethereal Oregon Boudoir Featured on Once Wed

I can honestly say that I feel that this is some of my best work (brought out by the incredible women I collaborated with, of course) and some of the very hardest to have to wait months to share with everyone! The wait is over, and you can see more on Once Wed. Without further ado, Oneanta Gorge Boudoir:

I cannot say enough good things about how many incredible people I get to work with. It is truly a pleasure. Ashley Kelemen is such a talented photographer and also one of my favorite people. Beth Level Artistry created this incredible glowing goddess that is Lana Nyman. I could happily work with them every day.

Oregon is one of those incredible states where you really can travel to every kind of environment within its state lines. However, when I first came to Oneonta Gorge it was like nothing I have ever seen. The gorge is akin to what you would imagine finding in Hawaii or Costa Rica, but instead of palm trees the ridge is dotted with pines.

Your senses come alive as you walk through the gorge; everything gets quieter and cooler, the sun makes the water sparkle and the air is the freshest you can imagine. I couldn’t possibly think of a better location for something as intimate and special as a boudoir session.

I chose simple and natural feeling materials and colors that would not detract from the awe-inspiring setting.

Looking through Ashley’s beautiful images I’m immediately transported back to this incredible place where I can nearly hear the echoes of the falls and feel the early morning sun start to warm my skin.

See Once Wed for more of this feature!

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Creative Direction + Styling: A & B Creative | Hair & Makeup: Beth Level Artistry | Model: Lana Moon Nyman | Film: Indie Film Lab

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Sunrise Boudoir Session

One of the hardest parts of my job is having to wait (with bated breath) to share images from projects that I have worked on. Today the wait is over for one of my shoots because one of my favorite blogs, Once Wed, is sharing this Sunrise Boudoir session!

The concept of a sunrise boudoir session on your wedding day is incredibly apt and a beautiful way to document your last moments before becoming a bride. It also offers you a way to stay present in these special moments of solitude before the wedding day begins. Rising early on your wedding day to capture these moments ensures that you will take the time out of a day of busyness to think about the weight of what this day will bring and offer quiet moments of reflection.

I had the pleasure of teaming up with one of my very favorite people (in general, but for work too) Beth Level who highlighted all of Marlie’s beauty for a hair and make-up look that is luminous and somehow comes across as effortless.

This was my first time working with Kimberly Seabury and as you can see, it turned out quite well. I’m already having to anticipate waiting a painfully long time to share the latest project we worked on together just last weekend.

I had been a fan of Gossamer Vintage for some time and was so happy to get to use three different gorgeous pieces of hers for this shoot.

I basically want everything in her shop (and probably closet). If I had no ego/insecurities/shortage of crinoline petticoat skirts I would constantly look like I just walked off the set of Dirty Dancing. So many vintage party dresses to lust after in her shop! Thank you for a wonderful team and to Once Wed for sharing this shoot, hop on over to their blog to see more.

Vintage pieces: Gossamer Vintage | Photography: Kimberly Seabury | H&MU: Beth Level | Model: Marlie York | Creative Direction and Styling: Rebekah Carey of A & B Creative


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Organic Bali Destination Wedding

I am so excited that Style Me Pretty is sharing this gorgeous Bali wedding today so that I can finally share these beautiful images from Em the Gem and Ashley Kelemen!

Cathy and King had a long, long-dinstance relationship all the way up until their big day. I worked with the couple to be true to that with the phrase we came up with of  ”Worth the Wait.” I contacted Jenna Rainy of Monvoir to create this gorgeous piece for the ceremony altar and I love how it turned out.

I love these fan favors in muslin bags!

We wanted to create a simple and organic reception design that allowed the beauty of Bali from outside the floor-to-ceiling windows really shine.

Cathy and King were such a sweet and beautiful couple and we are so happy that we got to be a part of their special day! To say the experience was one we’ll never forget would be an understatement.  Also, baby monkeys:

Photography: Em The Gem | Design & Styling: A & B Creative |Wedding Gown: Angela Marcuccio Bridal Couture | Cake: C For Cupcakes | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ceremony Venue, Reception Venue: Kayumanis Nusa Dua | Floral: Chantelle Madison | Hair + Makeup: Lona Bali Make Up Artist | Photography – Assistance: Ashley Kelemen | Wedding Stationary: Eza Nasir

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Intimate Bridal Shower

I’m delighted to share images from this beautiful (if that’s not too immodest to say) bridal shower I threw for Addison of Twiggs that is being shared by 100 Layer Cake today!

I am very fortunate to be a part of a small group of like-minded wedding creatives based in the Bay Area and recently one of our own (Addison Searles of Twiggs) got engaged (in France!) As soon as I knew she had been engaged I was excited to celebrate her.

Addison has such great style and I wanted to reflect that in the classic invites and paper products (via Wedding Paper Divas), minimal design and autumnal palette. Aubriana of The Bloomery Co made all of these invitations more personal with her beautiful calligraphy and floral inspired quotes.

With (nearly) all the ladies of our group gathered in my Berkeley studio we showered Addison and ate delicious food and, obviously, talked about their future wedding!

Naturally, a shower for one half of Twiggs wouldn’t be complete without stunning florals!

This was such a great afternoon to just be able to chat and relax and for everyone to get to catch up after the busy summer. It is so special that we all have these beautiful images by Jessica to remember this moment in time.

Photographer: Jessica Burke / Styling & Design: A & B Creative / Florals: Twigss Floral Studio / Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas / Calligraphy: The Bloomery Co.

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Classic San Francisco Engagement Session

I love this engagement session so much. Em The Gem just captured all of the love of this gorgeous couple, our beautiful state (and why I moved to the Bay Area over six years ago), perfectly. Hop on over to Style Me Pretty to see the whole feature, below are some of my favorites!

Kristarae and Felix were having a San Francisco City Hall wedding, so an engagement session was the perfect way to be able to capture their invitation suite (by Wedding Paper Divas with custom calligraphy by Aubriana at The Bloomery Co), local San Francisco scenery and beautiful moments together shortly before they will be husband and wife.

I said this in the feature, but as I got the images back (and even in person as I was watching K & F), I kept thinking how this is the San Francisco that Alfred Hitchcock was so enamored with and had to include in his films.

How can you not feel that San Francisco is just completely enchanting when you see images like these? It doesn’t hurt that the gown I found for Kristarae fit her as though it was custom made for her and that she shines so beautifully in it!

Photography: Em the Gem, Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, Calligraphy: The Bloomery Co


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Ladies Who Brunch Event With Wedding Paper Divas

This was such a great day, and I’m so appreciative of Style Me Pretty for sharing it! A little bit ago I got to design and style another fun event for Wedding Paper Divas. This one’s theme was a DIY event we titled, “Ladies Who Brunch.”

We gathered a great group of (mostly) Oakland creatives to create fun DIYs with the WPD invites and enjoyed yummy food and drinks.

The collaborators for the event were just incredible, I feel so fortunate to get to work with such great vendors! (See all of their handles below)

I wish I could have brought the Frances Lane glasses home with me. I need no excuses for adding to my vintage glass collection (hoard).

Sarah Seven opened her Oakland atelier (which I had the pleasure of just having given a fresh revamp design to) for the event. Here we are, and her gorgeous collection below.

One of my favorite elements of the design was the custom backdrop that Tomfoolery created with Wedding Paper Divas envelopes…and a funny photo from their booth with my favorite “Smile, there’s gin” signs by Bright Room Studio!

The florals from Loop were perfect. The look for the event was pretty minimal with a really fresh palette of black, gold and green.

I’m still dreaming of the delicious gin cocktails we made from Alameda’s own St. George Spirits.

Another really fun element of the event was the lash bar that Pricilla Francine hosted! (And shout out for my hair and make-up! It was amazing to actually feel like myself, albiet and more polished version, at an event instead of the sleep deprived mess I usually feel like I look like at an event!)

Jessica Burke captured the event perfectly! I love how great she is at capturing details so beautifully as well as candid moments of the attendees. At the end of our fun morning each one of our guests got to leave with a pretty floral arrangement and a little box of goodies to go with their handmade DIYs. I can’t wait for the next event!

Styling & Event Design: Rebekah Carey, A & B Creative | Photography: Jessica Burke |Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Design: Loop Flowers | Calligraphy: Brightroom Studio | Lash Bar:Priscilla Francine Makeup |Liquor: St. George Spirits | Photo Booth: Tomfoolery |Venue: Sarah Seven Oakland Atelier | Vintage Tumblers: Frances Lane

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Blogshop Portland, 2014

I’m still catching up from pre-surgery work and this was a fun project I’m excited to finally share! I was asked by Blogshop to come back and do the decor for their Portland Blogshop (see what I made for the first one I collaborated with in 2012 here!) late this summer. I love that when I collaborate with Blogshop I know I can do some really fun bright colors and modern approaches to design (don’t get me wrong, I love neutrals and “organic” as much as the next girl, but POP is pretty fun too!) and I love what we created.

As soon as I knew we would be doing the floral aspects too I reached out to Miss Floral guru herself Sarah of The Green Dandelion. Here we are morning-of, installing! We may have been just a little exhausted from being up the night before wrapping everything up.

Sarah created gorgeous centerpieces in wood bowls and together we created a pretty hanging floral backdrop.

I also made a fern wall photobooth for the attendees. Catch Bri’s write-up of the class on Design Love Fest!

Photos by Angela Kohler & Bri Emery.

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The Golden Hour-As Seen in Flutter Magazine

I’m excited for this latest magazine feature with some of my favorite people. Have you read Flutter Magazine before? I’ll be honest, I hadn’t held a copy “in real life” before they featured a shoot that I designed and styled and I have to say I was completely impressed! The paper and images were clearly high quality and it was beautifully curated. You should definitely pick up a copy for yourself, but here is the spread none-the-less:

This shoot is so perfect for our current weather with the nip in the air and beautiful autumnal light we’re having these days. These paper products by Little Miss Press are truly some of my favorite ever. They felt incredible in person (apparently I’m rather tactile these days!) and had such beautiful detailing. Bianca is so incredible at taking some rambling of an idea I give her and turning it into pieces of art. Hire her.

I love this shoot so much too because of how “Oregon” it feels. I grew up outside of Corvallis (where this was shot) kicking these chestnuts across the street as I walked home from school as a kid. My best friend always hunts for these chantrelle mushrooms with her family. And that moss? One of the best motivations not to hate the 9+ months of rain a year you get in the Willamette Valley!

Starflower made the most incredible arrangements for our shoot. I absolutely love her centerpieces and just can’t get that amazing bouquet out of my mind. When I called her to talk about my “vision” I mentioned mushrooms in the bouquet and she had just picked some and said she could wire them into the bouquet. I love how unexpected that is, and subtle too, because you know…that could get weird (but didn’t).

Beth Level completely knocked the make-up out of the park, hire her too. She had the amazing idea of putting a touch of yellow eye shadow on Dominique. I never would have thought of that, but it’s so subtle and striking in this image.

This issue of Flutter mag is on stands now, go pick yourself up a copy and see the other amazing artists who’s work is featured as well!

Photography: Erich McVey, Make-Up Artist: Beth Level, Paper Product & Invitation Design: Little Miss Press, Gown: Sarah Seven, Florals: Starflower PDX, Model: Dominique Farias, Venue: Private Estate outside Corvallis, Oregon

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Autumnal Rose Gold Inspiration

It’s a little dreary outside today, so I thought it would be the perfect time for a little inspiration. I haven’t made an inspiration board that wasn’t for a shoot or a wedding in so long and it was so fun to get to play just for fun.

I love the colors of fall so much and I wanted to create a board that was maybe a little different than what we think of as “typical” fall colors of solely orange and reds and browns. I wanted a board that would make a wedding in the fall feel completely romantic and a feast for the senses. Without further ado, I give you my inspiration for an Autumnal Rose Gold wedding.

What do you think? I love that the oranges of fall can be added in the flame of a candle. Also, I’m a little fixated on rose gold in general, but rose-gold foil? Yeah, may have already begun pinning away on how all of my paper products can somehow now have that incorporated. Wedding Paper Divas has a bunch of new products that are really exciting; laser-cut and letterpress but the foil, and especially rose-gold foil, invitations and save-the-dates are just beyond stunning. I also mixed in a gold program that isn’t foiled, but I think would pair perfectly with them. I feel like there needs to be an amazing earthy wax seal in the mix somewhere too.

Well, I officially want to live in this board. Happy Thursday!

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Coastal Maui Engagement Session

Style Me Pretty recently shared a beautiful coastal Maui engagement session that I styled for Jessica Burke Photography. Nicole and Bryan are such a sweet couple and a total pleasure to collaborate with and to style!

As Nicole and I started gathering images that inspired her, I was thoroughly impressed with the classic and romantic looks she was continuously adding. Frothy gowns and vintage inspired holiday looks were our favorites.

I scouted locations in Maui (which Nicole’s family had been vacationing on for years, a special place!) that matched the epically romantic look they were going for.

Ho’okipa was the perfect match to the smart look of Bryan’s more formal ensemble and was completely jaw-dropping next to the crimson Sarah Seven gown that Nicole wore perfectly.

I also loved N & B’s vintage inspired beach look complete with perfect oversized hat.

We ended the day as the sun was setting on Maui with surfers in the background and sea turtles bobbing in the waves. Jessica captured all of these moments so perfectly that I can nearly feel the breeze and smell the sea salt now! Did I mention we travel for engagements and weddings…?

All photos by the incredible Jessica Burke, see more on our Style Me Pretty feature here!

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