A Colorado Courtship
Inspiration is a peculiar thing. Sometimes it evolves slowly or develops through intentional brainstorming. Other times it hits you like a ton of bricks. Many of my styled shoots and mood boards have been inspired by song lyrics. For other people, the source of inspiration is often something more tangible. In the case of this shoot, the mind behind the concept, Elizabeth Restauri of Total Imagination Events, had a flash of inspiration from a single, nostalgic moment at an antique store. A small, antique, china salad plate with a floral design hearkened memories of her great-grandmother’s china. Adoration of that object gave way to a whole styled shoot based on formal vintage objects – not the cutesy variety we often see, but the mood of a special occasion dinner – juxtaposed with a rustic landscape. A memory of childhood holiday celebrations floating out of place and time that landed squarely in the woods outside of Boettcher Mansion. The result is an elegant vintage wedding with splashes of contemporary whimsy. I am so impressed at how the color pallet translates even to the (lush, gorgeous!) floral arrangements with turquoise tones in the succulents and golden berries in the bouquet. Pops of turquoise throughout really draw the eye and cameos by the designer’s elephant mascot are a fun find. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredibly handsome couple at the center of it all. How insanely beautiful is that bride in that custom dress designed for the owner of Little White Dress?!? The chemistry between the two is a lovely dynamic.
As the shoot was styled around the antique plates, we built the settings from the top down; finding hand painted and mismatched antique plates for each setting with gold trim and deep pink flowers. We added dinner ware from Anthropologie with a turquoise salad plate and a cream dinner plate from the ‘Old Havana’ line. We finished the look with an ‘Alpine Gold’ rimmed charger and ‘Gold Sentry’ flatware from Event Rents Denver and a cream linen with gold lace trim from Pier 1 Imports. We now had our color pallet featuring hues of pink from deep fuscia to blush matched with and antiqued turquoise and accents of gold. The complimenting colors provided an opulent, rich and evoking color scheme to design the shoot within.
Our bride was styled by the Little White Dress Bridal Shop in the trendy Highland neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. [She] was outfitted in a strapless ball gown by Anne Barge specifically designed for the owner of the shop, Cate Malone, featuring a romantic and voluminous skirt and delicate lace bodice. We knew this dress was immediately a perfect fit for our shoot with its lace bodice complimenting our vintage feel, the light blush color of the dress just barely hinting at the pink in our color pattern and the silk satin organza skirt with its perfectly placed rushing personifying the definition of enchantment.
Artistry Events & Design provided their hand restored leather cream club lounge set, gold metal wrapped mirrored coffee table, and art-deco wire side tables and we finished the set with a glass and crystal chandelier hanging from the branch of an overhead pine. Our stunning table setting consisted of two high back tufted wing cream linen chairs fit for a fairy tale dinner positioned on either side of a mahogany pine farm table and matching benches. Softly lighting the branches overhead bathing our farm table in a delicate glow hung a crystal and glass chandelier. Nearby stood the champagne bar made of a solid wood hand carved chalk wash distressed turquoise door with drop down bar. – Elizabeth Restauri, Total Imagination Events