Posts Categorized: Wedding

collaborations + Party + Style + Wedding / Tuesday, 29 Mar 2016

Mix and Match bridesmaid party with BHLDN

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Introducing the first ever Mix & Match bridal shower! The secrets to this party hide within the details: mix and match dishes, custom treats, fresh flowers, jeweled accessories, and of course, delicate dresses. But, the real secret of the party lies with you. Instead of sending your bridesmaids out to find dresses, you’re bringing them in to find their perfect match. Frills, ribbons, and excited grins are your party favors. Now, you can leave your most trusted sidekicks feeling like queens themselves.

BHLDN asked us to throw the perfect bridesmaid party, because after all, every wedding needs beautiful dresses. So, here are the details to the Mix & Match bridesmaid: a party to throw, a brunch to remember.  Read on →

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collaborations + Projects + Wedding / Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016

Wedding albums & fabric gift wrap

Beautiful wedding album

…and 5 years later we finally have our wedding album printed! Ha! How’s that for taking our time?! Clearly I wasn’t in a rush to preserve our photos to paper but now that it’s to the point where “are we ever going to get this done?” I decided that I should probably put it down as one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Luckily I was able to team up with Preservation and Creation once again to help me get the job done. I ordered a couple of extra so I can gift them to our parents and used some gorgeous fabric to wrap them up to stick in the mail.

With Preservation and Creation you have the option to create a beautiful, memory-keeping books in soft and hard cover forms with easy to use their drag and drop features.

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Funny note: Paul had NO idea what he was getting himself into for our wedding. He was living in Denmark, I was in Washington, DC and the wedding and wedding prep was in California. That meant that we could sneak around and do whatever we wanted. Ha! When he finally got there he stunned to see that our house had turned into a paper flower factory with flowers piled up to the ceiling.

I included a few wedding photos of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents so we could keep track of our family heritage as we go. I love seeing how each decade celebrated in such stellar style.beautiful-wedding-album-from-preservation-and-creation-21

See how we gift wrapped these albums to give as gifts to our parents along with some never before seen wedding photos! Read on →

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collaborations + flowers + Party + Wedding / Thursday, 29 May 2014

Flamingo Pop: a bridal shower collab with BHLDN

Flamingo Pop: a fun & whimsical bridal shower collaboration with BHLDN and The House that Lars Built . Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop: a fun & whimsical bridal shower collaboration with BHLDN and The House that Lars Built . Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Rose Lemonade from Pop 'n Sweets. Gold serveware from Anthro. Flamingos from BHLDN. Tablecoth from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Fiery flamingos and bursts of balloons are the name of the game for Flamingo Pop, the bridal shower I created for BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding site. They asked me if I could come up with a fun and whimsical theme using some of their products and if I would be interested particulalry in their flamingo cake toppers. Ummm, yes I would thank you very much. These cute little guys ended up stealing the show and setting the tone for the theme!
If you came here looking for the tutorial on how to create the balloon arch, you can find it here.
Flamingo cake toppers from BHLDN. Wedding cake by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Top from Anthro. Dress from BHLDN. Jewelry from Anthro. Flowers by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Table linens and chairs from Scene Makers. Flowers by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
I recruited an amazingly talented bunch to make it happen and I couldn’t be MORE THRILLED with the results. Let’s talk details shall we?
First off, the flowers. I mentioned to my gal Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, that I wanted to do a balloon installation of sorts but I didn’t quite know how I wanted to incorporate florals thinking that the two might compete. Leave it to Ashley to suggest putting flowers IN the installation. Brava Ashley. Brava.
Then I knew I wanted something super lovely to play off the BHLDN and Anthro products and tone it down a notch. I worked with Allie of Scene Makers, an event styling/prop rental/space design company in Salt Lake City, who was THE BOMB. She took me on a tour of their warehouse showing me all their amazing props. She even walked me through the process of selecting linens for the tables and chairs. I ended up going with a gorgeous linen blush pink tablecloth with coral napkins, which I thought brought in all the colors wonderfully. She was even there to pick up the tables and chairs when we were done. They couldn’t have been more accommodating. Locals, use Scene Makers!
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Photo by Jessica Peterson.Balloons from Zurchers. Flowers by Tinge. Clothing from BHLDN and Anthro.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Photo by Jessica Peterson. Candy from Zurchers. Bowls from Anthro.
I knew the balloons would be the trickiest to figure out because I didn’t know the first thing about them. How many would I need? Would I want helium? How would I install it? Zurchers, a local party store stepped in and provided all the balloons and some delicious treats like the gum balls above. They have them in every flavor, both the balloons and the gum balls. I loved selecting the balloon colors. There’s a menagerie the choose from. I knew I wanted them in a variety of colors and shapes and the employees were so helpful in giving me sage advice. I’ll provided a more complete DIY on how to create this balloon installation later.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flowers by Tinge. Balloons from Zurchers. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built.. Goblets and dinnerware from Anthro. Top and jewelry from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
BHLDN let me lived my dreams out and said I could select whatever I wanted to use. I stuck to a mint, coral, blush pink, berry pink palette and then incorporated some Anthropologie products too that fit the bill like a lot of the dinnerware. One important element was to bring in quirky pops of animals in every shape or form. Hence the elephant sugar holders, duck vases, praying mantis plates, and of course dash of flamingos.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dinnerware and flatware from Anthro. Name tags from BHLDN. Flowers by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dress from BHLDN. Earrings from Anthro. Flowers by Tinge.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Pennant banners from BHLDN.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
I loved adding in some of the BHLDN products like these paper pendants that come in a variety of floral patterns.
One of my favorite parts was working with Tess Comrie of Le Loup cakes. Now, we can see that these cakes are truly gorgeous, but what you can’t see is how DIVINE they are. I came home with a few slices of chocolate cake and let me tell you, it was perfection. The perfect consistency. Not too sweet (as Paul the European likes it). Just right. Tess, I’ll take your leftovers any day!
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloons installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Balloons provided by Zurchers. Flowers by Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dress by BHLDN. Hair by Jessie M. Flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Florals by Tinge. Dinnerware from Anthro. Flutes from BHLDN.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
I selected the rose lemonade soda from the local candy/pop store (that’s Utah’s version of bars), Pop ‘n Sweets. I love the color they added.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flamingos from BHLDN. Tablecloth, duck vase, gold serverware from Anthro. Cake stands from BHLDN. Rose lemonade from Pop 'n Sweets. Florals by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dresses from  BHLDN. Top from Anthro. Hair by Jessie M.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flamingo cake toppers from BHLDN. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dresses from BHLDN. Gold serveware from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes from Le Loup. Florals by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.

And, of course, I just love these models. Not only are the beautiful, but they loved helping than they loved modeling and for that I owe them my first born. Truly, they created such a fun atmosphere. And they were dolled up by the awesome Jessie M, who works magic.

Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloons installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Tinge Floral. Dresses from BHLDN. Top from Anthro. Tablecloth from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Balloons provided by Zurchers Party store.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Name tags, coasters, flutes from BHLDN. Dinnerware and flatware from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Balloons provided by Zurchers Party store. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Balloons provided by Zurchers. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Florals by Ashley Beyer. Table linens and chairs from Scene Makers. Photo by Jessica Peterson. Photo by Jessica Peterson.

And last but certainly not least, Jessica Peterson, the photographer, who I’ve now worked with numerous times and have loved every experience. She’s one of the most passionate persons you will meet and knows how to capture the human soul.

Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dinnerware and accessories from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Florals by Tinge Floral. Dinnerware from Anthro. Table linens from Scene Makers. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dress by BHLDN. Earrings from Anthro. Florals by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Chandelier made from paper straws. Straws from BHDLN. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop, a bridal shower in collaboration with BHLDN
floral coasters, pennant garland, dresses (here, here, here), cake stands, straws, champagne flutes from BHLDN
floral top, jewelry, praying mantis plates, mint goblets, mini bowls, elephant sugar holders, duck vase from Anthro
Models: Michelle Christensen, Morgan Sidwell Owens, Anna Grimmer
Assistants: Hillary Gallup, Melissa Leavitt, Karlee Bronson, Leslie from Dylbug
Styling and creative direction by Brittany Watson Jepsen for BHLDN
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paper flowers + Party + Projects + Wedding / Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Caitlin and Tanner’s wedding invitation

Last week my sister’s oversized flower garden wedding was published (see here) and you guys have responded so kindly to it. The wedding really was a huge labor of love especially from my mom and friends who devoted a number of months to creating each bloom. I’m still in awe over how it turned out.
I’m ALSO in awe of the invitations that the bride and groom created themselves. Tanner is a freelance artist and drew the most charming portraits of them in about fifteen minutes (right?!) as well as the lettering. And then Caitlin, a painting major, painted the invitation. They printed it on vellum (the see through kind) and folded it into kraft no-bend mailers along with their engagement photo that they took themselves. It was the ultimate collaboration.

My mom created the boutonniere’s for the groomsmen, above, and Melissa Esplin hand lettered this envelope. Isn’t it gorgeous? She’s such a talent.

invitation by Caitlin Watson Boyes and Tanner Boyes
calligraphy by Melissa Esplin

photography by Trisha Zemp
styling by moi 

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Party + Projects + Wedding / Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014

Caitlin and Tanner sitting in a…flower bed

It’s been a long time coming but they’re here! The pictures from my sister’s wedding were published on Martha Stewart Weddings site today, which means that we finally get to show what all the floral madness was about last year. 
The theme was “Come tiptoe through the enchanting flower garden” based on Tiny Tim’s creepy yet charming tune, “Come tiptoe through the tulips” and of course in true Watson style we had to do oversized flowers again (here are pics from my wedding from nearly 4 years ago now where we did paper flowers). Thanks to the amazing handiwork and many months of preparation of my mom and my sister, the bride herself, they turned butcher paper into beautiful blooms that filled the reception site. 
When I visited family over the holiday break, we decided to stage the flowers in a nearby park to recreate the scene with the photographic magic of Jessica Peterson, who just happened to be in town.

 Caitlin wrote some lovely words about how they met:

“With all great love stories, there needs to be a connection. Ours involved Facebook and a telegram. We both grew up in San Clemente, CA. Our families knew each other. I was event friends with Tanner’s older brother. Being older than Tanner by 4 years, we were never in high school together. I went away to college to Utah. Tanner left for New Jersey. It just wasn’t our time to meet yet. Finally in 2012 I clicked the magical “you might know them” Facebook button and befriended him. He accepted! With our FB message, I asked him to help me write a telegram that I was sending to my sister in Denmark. He then sent me a telegram. And the connection was made! 

How did you come up with the theme of your wedding?

“I have always loved flowers. I think it’s a family thing. My mother worked a lot with flowers and later I worked in a flower shop. I think because of those experiences I really wanted to make amy own handmade flowers for my wedding. I wanted the backyard to transform into a flower festival. I envisioned people being able to walk under handcrafted oversized flowers. Tanner caught my vision and we worked hard together to make it work.”

What’s personal about your wedding? 

“We tried to make our wedding completely us. Tanner had a fully custom tailored red suit. I had the most beautiful colorful embroidered floral wedding dress. It was our magical floral creations that brought it to life.”

Tell us about your dress:

“Temperly of London. I first saw my dress on Project Runway when Alice Temperly was a guest judge. She was wearing this one and I fell in love. I googled the dress and always kept a photo of it on my computer. When I got engaged I didn’t even think about it being my wedding dress. While trying to find some inspirational photos to use for my wedding, I came across my saved dress. I knew I had to have it for my wedding! I went online and saw it was still for sale and half off! It was a miracle. By the time I was ready to order the dress I couldn’t find it anywhere, like completely gone! I made a phone call to London and was told there were a few dresses there. Everyone over at Temperly London was really exited I was going to wear it as my wedding dress!”

What was the feel of the wedding?
It was very casual. I did my own hair and make up. My mother helped me put on my dress. We got married earlier in the day, with just our close family and friends in attendance. Tanner and I took off to take some photos and then it was time for the reception at his family’s house.

photography by Jessica Peterson
paper flowers by my mama Kim Watson and bride Caitlin Watson Boyes
styling by me
dress from Temperly London
tie from STNTN
groom’s suit: Nelson Dumancela of Couture Clothiers, NJ. A full custom hand made suit designed by Tanner.
groom’s shirt Paper Cloth NY
banner by the bride Caitlin Watson Boyes
bride’s shoes and necklace from J. Crew

Click here to see more images on Martha Stewart 

If you’re interested in having flowers at your wedding, Caitlin is now starting to rent them out. Click here for more info.

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