Friday
Mar152013

Emerald and Gold Wedding Inspiration at Kohl Mansion Part I


Emerald and Gold Wedding Inspiration / Mike Larson / Sparkly Details / www.STYLEUNVEILED.com

 

I love my job.  Period.  Being the editor for Style Unveiled is so incredible because I get the most amazing gifts from wedding professionals across the nation ... photos of their art, their sweat, their tears, their inspiration ... and I get to share them with you!!!  Today is a special day ... I have been 'teased' about this emerald and gold styled shoot for MONTHS and now I get to see and share what this group of talented San Luis Obispo wedding vendors have been talking (and major instragram sneak peeking) about.  When Mike Larson, Corinne of Panacea Event Floral Design, and Davia Lee Events get together to dream up wedding ideas, they don't mess around ... then they invite all their wedding pro friends who also don't mess around!!  This feature (which is broken up into two parts) is so elegant and so romantic that I am having a hard time summing it up into words ... so I am literally going to STOP typing and let the images and the write-up by Davia Lee tell the story.  I will say that the Alma dress by Claire Pettibone and the gorgeous gold sparkly number by Mac Duggal were favorites of mine ... they definitely would make any bride feel like a goddess.

I know you'll be adding these to your Pinterest boards!!  Be sure and tag me in so I can come see what you loved most :)

XO~ Heather

Psssst ... if you want to see a sneak peek from part II (which will launch later this afternoon) head on over to my Instagram feed ... the table this group designed is the most regal I have ever seen.

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Write up by Davia Lee of Davia Lee Events ... you will notice there are a few elements that weren't shown in Part I ... let's just call them teasers ;)  That's all part of the fun, right??

 

I could not wait to design something around the PANTONE color of the year, Emerald, as it speaks pure elegance to me. As soon as we started working on the basic ideas for an emerald shoot, I knew we would bring in emerald in ways that some might not imagine and using accent colors that would add a majestic feel to the styling.
With gold being such a key accent color in my design, I immediately saw the bride walking down the aisle in a gold floor length evening gown that was complete with sequin detail and a fabulous train. I knew that a bride of this fashion would have a bridesmaid equally as fabulous. For that reason, we dressed her in a one-shouldered gold gown adorned with gems head to toe.
Of course no bridal goddess would be complete without a total fashion transformation for later in the evening! This evening gown change was the perfect moment to play with emerald fashion. It is such a royal color that it made the perfect statement as both the brides and bridesmaids second dress choices. These beautiful ladies wouldn’t have been complete without some jaw-dropping gems to finish off each look. For the gold gowns, I wanted to play up some emerald options in a classic way with drop earrings, some feminine necklaces and a one of a kind emerald stone ring. For the green gowns, I knew gold would be the ultimate accessory, as it would add a regal feel to the gowns. We had fun playing with many amazing accessories including gold tiaras, earrings and cuff bracelets which finished the looks off perfectly!
With a vision that was so heavily dependent on the fashion I knew that the grander the venue the better. So, after puling my fashion ideas and concepts together I was on the hunt for the perfect estate venue. If this bride could travel the world to any destination she desired, I would see her in Ireland at an heirloom castle turned estate. Emerald and gold scream Celtic influences with a nod to the royal days. Lucky for me, we didn’t have to travel all the way to Ireland for a grand estate feel. The Kohl Mansion was a little piece of Irish heaven tucked away in Burlingame. From the great lawn to the exquisite ballroom, there was not one element of this property that wasn’t pure perfection for the inspiration of this shoot. The details in the walls of the grand ballroom and the high ceiling of the green room all spoke of wealth and romance.
The hair and makeup would be traditional in a sense but would have a modern, playful twist. Gold and brown were used to accentuate the ladies already beautiful features and an elegant lip color would complete this elegant yet sultry look. For the bride, the flawless combination of an up-do and playful braid was perfection! Guests of this grand affair would each receive a beautifully designed invitation suite complete with satin fabric and a modern take on the ornate pattern that inspired the plates we chose for the table. They would feel as if they were guests of a royal wedding with the added decadence that this invitation would speak of.
The ceremony would be the beginning of a romantic day filled with class and elegance. We knew that this would be an area where we wanted to portray under spoken elegance. An intimate ceremony would be set where the aisle would be lined with floral details and the alter would be two perfectly placed urn arrangements that were so natural in beauty you wouldn’t be able to tell if they were arranged that way or simply grew naturally. The bride would walk down the aisle with a cascading bouquet in all its traditional glory. Her bridesmaid would accompany her with a perfectly simple and elegant bouquet that in its own way was equally as romantic as the brides.
The table design started with a search for the perfectly ornate place setting to play up a Celtic rope pattern. Once I found this element, I knew that a formal dining table setting would be the only setting that would fit an affair of this manner. From there I moved onto the linens and table details. This wasn’t a table that could host just any linen as I knew they needed to be something couture and fashion forward.Emerald green would be the base color for the table to play up the gold details in each place setting. The linen would be heavily draped to create a feeling you would notice more in drapery than a typical linen. We would then add an ornate gold table runner complete with floral details and rhinestones. This runner would drape down each side of the table pooling to make the perfect luxurious table linen I dreamt of. Each plate would be complete with a dramatic napkin embellishment that would leave each guest feeling like royalty.
When I started thinking about the design for a cake for a luxurious event of this magnitude I knew it would need to be majestic. I thought that this would be another time to use emerald in a unique and noble respect. The entire cake would be emerald green with gold details. I wanted these details to have a Celtic feeling so we immediately thought foiled gold details and ornate patterns. The stand would need to be as grand as the cake so a completely rhinestone stand was necessary and what better way to top off the cake than with a rhinestone monogram!
The final element that brought the glamour to a whole new level was the lighting! We brought in up lighting and pin spot lighting for the reception area to really add depth to the design. The lighting was the perfect way to play up the detail in the lush green low centerpieces and the tall regal calla lilies. The lighting around the table and fireplace added detail that wouldn’t have been able to be seen without it and the spotlighting on the monograms was the icing on the cake.
Overall this shoot was a masterpiece of elegance, romance and decadence. It was an avant-garde take on a royal wedding with a fashion forward influence.

 

Photographer: Mike Larson Estate Photography

Floral Styling: Panacea Event Floral Design

Design and Fashion Styling: Davia Lee Events

Beauty: The Queens' Bees

Venue: Kohl Mansion

Wedding Stationery: Copper Willow Paper Studio

Lighting: Impact Lighting & Production

Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Tiara and Bridal Crowns: Untamed Petals

Gold Sparkly Trumpet Style Dress with Sequined Overlay: Mac Duggal

Gold Cuff called Zora and Earrings style name Beverly: Desla

Hair Adornment called Confetti Flower and French Lace Veil called Amy Veil: Justine M Couture

Mosaic Emerald Drop Earrings and Green Onyx Pendant and Green Quartz Necklaces: Blue Candy Jewelry

Emerald Green Silk Dress: Junko Yoshioka

French Lace Wedding Dress - Alma by Claire Pettibone: Claire Pettibone

Wedding Dress - La Soie Charlotte: La Soie Bridal

Emerald Green Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Reader Comments (3)

Holy gorgeous. The gold sequin 'wedding gown' is the exact type of glamorous gown I have been looking for! I can't seem to find it on the Mac Duggal website.. was it a custom creation for the shoot? Or is there somewhere else you can find it? I seriously am in love.

Thanks for sharing this!! :)

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrittney

Wow! Thank you so much Style Unveiled for sharing our wedding style adventure with the world. We had so much fun working on this project and I'm honestly blown away at how beautifully it came together on your gorgeous site. Happy St. Paddy's Day! xx

The vision of this shoot came together like perfection!! With such an amazing team it is hard to believe but we have all been blown away by this feature! Thank you THANK YOU Thank you XXOO

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavia Lee

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