Ok, I'm actually crying right now ... No joke! Why? Because I just watched the video (link at the bottom of this article) that was taped during the styling of this shoot. The work that Hilary of Estera Events in Chicago and her team went through is incredibly impressive ... you can see the thought process that a wedding and event designer goes through to make your wedding day the most amazing and memorable day of your life. It's truly inspiring and it's a must see. Ok, moving on! A month ago, we called Hilary and asked her (no, we begged) to use her talents to make our website more beautiful ;) We asked her to use Anthropologie and the BHLDN wedding line as an inspiration source and to create a tablescape for a wedding. Below is what she came up with ... and it's 'TO DIE FOR' stunning.
XO ~ Heather
Wedding vendors involved include: Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie Event Designer: Estera Events Floral Design: Estera Events Venue: Room 1520 in Chicago Draping: Art of Imagination Lucite Designs: Luxecuts Mercury Glass: Fleur Chicago Invitations and Escort Cards: Sarah Drake Design Calligraphy: Stacey Shapiro Linens: Nuage Designs Furniture and China Rentals: Tablescapes Desserts: Vanille Patisserie Cinematography: Studio 272
Estera Events Concept
When the lovely ladies of Style Unveiled recently asked me to style a photo shoot feature for their blog, I was absolutely thrilled. And when I found out it was to be inspired by Anthropologie’s new collection BHLDN…well, let’s just say I was completely over the moon. I love everything ‘Anthropologie’ (hard to find anyone these days who doesn’t) and BHLDN really reflects an approachable glamour that I find enchanting.
The concept for the shoot was to create a tablescape inspired not only by the clothing and accessories from the line but also the philosophy of Anthropologie’s style. My immediate thought was that it should be ethereal, soft and pretty with a pop of color and just the right amount of shine and sparkle. I wanted to capture the delicate, but complex quality of the gowns and found a beautiful juxtaposition in the highly textured sequined linen, elegantly draped walls, monochromatic colors, Lucite, metallic finishes and persimmon hued accents.
I knew right away that mercury glass vessels would fit perfectly with the concept. The finish exudes a vintage quality that can be dressed up or down. I love mixing metals, so we paired the mercury glass with gold accents, which had a warm and sophisticated effect. The flowers provide the only pop of color (besides the glorious desserts) and a composition of carnations and roses created a wonderful texture that can only be described as ‘ruffled’. Balsa wood flowers (in their natural color and dipped in gold) were used as monochromatic, textural accents on the tablescape. Overhead, we introduced clear glass spheres that contributed to the intimate environment by lowering the ‘ceiling’ and also emphasized the hanging Lucite table number.
Every component of the place setting is vintage (from the silver to the chargers) and each plate held a darling Lucite favor box containing brightly hued Macarons wrapped in metallic ribbon and topped with a gold dipped flower, Lucite tag and a feather!
The Escort Card table was so much fun to pull together. Of course, it also needed to be light and airy, vintage-y and visually pleasing. So what is more appropriate than a Lucite table filled with feathers! We decided to approach the seating cards from a different point of view and used 3 styles. A soft pink, textured card with a torn edge and elegant calligraphy was set off by vintage jewelry and balsa flowers that each held shimmery curls of paper embellished with the guests names. The bright flowers and chic desserts add an unexpected but graceful element of color and decadence to the composition.
The photo shoot would not have been possible without help from a few fabulous people. It was so much fun to collaborate with a truly talented team of vendors from across the country!
Here is a video showcasing the process of this shoot ... Note from Style Unveiled: Proof that sometimes you don't want to DIY ... look how hard Hilary is working!!! :)
BHLDN from Studio 272 on Vimeo.