Elegant Redwood Forest Photoshoot

One of the great things about being an event stylist/planner in the Bay Area is that there are an array of choices of natural landscapes.  I was approached by Arnau Dubois to do an elegant styled shoot in the redwood forest and I couldn't refuse.  We were fortunate enough to have the Sequoia Retreat Center host our shoot and it was just the perfect place.  Here are some pictures of our shoot captured by two great talents, Arnau Dubois and Megan Tsang.












Event Design: Harvesting Love Events
Photography: Arnau Dubois Photography and Megan Tsang Studio
Flowers: Flowerstory
Cake: Kaycakes Bakery
Model: HMM Models
Hair/Make Up: Styles by Ann
Venue: Sequoia Retreat Center
Wedding Dress: Jin Wang Bridal
Tableware: Stuart Party Rentals

DIY Copper Vase

Photo via This Love of Yours

In my organic botanical shoot, my focus was to incorporate a lot of copper elements.  This shoot was a bit tricky because anything made out of copper seems to be extremely expensive.  Of course I had to have copper vases which were inspired by this Pinterest picture I found.  I did happen to find some all the way in Europe, but I didn't want to pay over $100 for just one vase...plus shipping!  Instead of getting actual copper vases, I decided to make my own.  The copper material was inexpensive as well as the glass vase.  Plus it only took me five minutes to do each vase.  Happy crafting!    


Materials:
2) Measuring Tape
3) Exacto Knife
4) Glue Gun
5) Cardboard or Cutting mat for cutting
6) Round Glass Vase


1) Measure the height and perimeter of the vase with measuring tape.


2) Use a ruler to draw out where you will be cutting.  Use an exacto knife to cut the copper metal sheet.  Optional: If your copper metal is crinkly, use the ruler to smooth it out.


3) Make sure the copper metal sheet wraps around nicely around the vase.  It's ok if there is some extra that wraps around.


4) Carefully glue the copper metal sheet tightly around the vase.  Make sure you don't put a big glob of glue or else it may show.


5) After gluing, hold the copper metal sheet down for about 10 seconds to make sure it's glued on.


6) Put a plant or some nice flowers in it and make it look pretty!

Photo Via This Love of Yours



Featured on Greenwedding Shoes

Yay, we are so honored to be featured on the Green Wedding Shoes blog.  Check out the post!


Modern Botanical Photoshoot

For a long time, I had a hard time coining down what the name of this shoot would be.  The florist had the perfect description and she said its West Elm meets Anthropologie.  It's not the best title, but it REALLY was the perfect description.  My main focus was incorporating a lot of botanicals and have copper in every element of this shoot.  For me, copper is the new gold and I hope these pictures can give you some ideas on how to use it for your event.   


Coordination and Design: Harvesting Love Events
Florals: Flowerstory
Hair/MakeUp: Makeup by Quis
Cake: Amanda Fu
Invitations/Stationary: Written Word Calligraphy + Design
Eames Chairs: Midcentury Monger
Model: Christine Ngyuen




DIY Gold Mercury Vase

I decided to tackle on this DIY gold mercury vase because I was in a bit of a rut trying to find the perfect sized mercury vase for a client.  Most of the ones I found were either way over the budget or it was too small to fit the concept.  Instead, I looked up some DIY options and came up with this.  Overall, I was actually happy with the results and best of all, my client loves it!  Plus, you can customize the amount of gold you want on your vase.  


Materials:
1. Vases (textured, smooth)
2. Spray Adhesive
3. Gold Leaf Flakes
4. Spray Sealer
5. Brush

Directions:
Detailed Instructions:
1) Clean your vase with water and wipe clean.
2) Spray adhesive gently into the inside of you vase.  You might need to give it a few squirts to get the whole inside of the vase.  Be careful not to get globs when spraying.  You can avoid this by holding the spray adhesive about 3 inches away from rim.
3) Take a pinch of the gold mercury leaf.
4) Start dabbing or rubbing the gold leaf onto the inside of your vase.
5) I would recommend brushing away excess gold leaf periodically so you can get a better idea of how much gold mercury leaf to put on.
6) Keep going until you finish.
7) Make sure to dump out any excess gold leaf in your vase.
8) Spray the inside of your vase with the spray sealer.
9) Give it a day to dry and rinse the vase with water.  There will probably be a few lose gold flakes and just make sure to rinse it out.  The sealer should hold the gold flakes onto the glass well.

Happy crafting!