Art of the Pin | Wood You Marry Me?

It's summer time but I'm already dreaming about the end of summer and the arrival of Autumn when the leaves turn brown, the weather of cools down and the sunsets are the best ever --- all orange, peach, taupe and streaks of grey-blues.   During hot Napa summers where the weather becomes in the high 80's, low 90's, I can't wait for when the weather cools down and I can seek refuge under a cashmere throw.  Nothing like a good book(here's a side bar --- I'm reading Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asian trilogy right now)  on a cozy night and a hot cup of cocoa or hot apple cider.  

Perhaps it's all this talk of cozy fireplaces, cashmere throws that is inspiring me to think of medium oak wood tones mixed with taupes, grey roses, nudes, fall greens, taupes, trench coat beiges and leather tans.  I take inspiration from tweed jackets, Heath stone ceramics, Italian stone urns perfect for voluptuous and lush blush flowers, dark brown chocolate stones, bounded leather, relaxed wood chandeliers, beige-taupe hued wedding gowns and volumes of ruffles.  Who doesn't like a good ruffle, right?  

With the fall season coming up, what are you looking forward to? 

Newsworthy | What's Your Style Part IV

Of the four major categories of floral style the final one is what I consider rustic, organic. It's tends to be rich in hues, think fall colors, all things warm, what you would envision if you had a dinner in Tuscany.   Though I'm sure many of you will think you can do rustic in pastels, I prefer when rustic (which has elements of the earth) is done in richer, deeper hues.   Decor elements could be wood containers, branch materials, sunflowers, succulent or airplants, lots of texturals, non tropical foliage, garlands, Tuscany stone, rustic chairs, wrought iron, herbs, natural linens.  I think you get it!  

Here is a few examples of rustic organic. 

Press | Mexico City Wedding from Mr and Mrs Chin on Style Me Pretty

Thought I would share this wonderful article from Style Me Pretty on this inspiring shoot in Mexico City with many of my favorite wedding vendors including my wedding photographer husband, Kevin Chin, invitation designer, Underwood Press, gown from Kinsley James, tabletops coordinated by Claudia Chapa(our former apprentice) for Aurelia Events, shoes from Bella Belle, rents from Rent + Co. The venue was the dramatic Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City's old history center.  

Details include a wood tables set with silver vintage flatware, crystal cut goblets, silver hammered charger with ceramic modern dinner plates.  Casual elegant menu with criss cross ribbon trim and foliage. Flowers of bright marigolds, pumpkin, peach with white and greens accent contrast nicely with black iron candlestick holder.  (The sun was going down so fast and the temperature was dropping while wind was picking up, I was panicked as the tapers were dripping and blowing out constantly with minimal light but ever the professional, Kevin got this shot, which I still can't believe to this day!) 

Photo by Kevin Chin

Photo by Kevin Chin

Newsworthy | What's Your Style Part III

There are four major styles when it comes to wedding and floral decor. This next one is formal, traditional and classic.  Flowers that you would associate with formal, traditional and classic tend to be fluffy, rich, neutral colors. Though I'm sure many of you will argue that deep rich colors can also be formal and classic.  Think tall grand arrangement, candlesticks, candelabras, mercury cups, dupionique luxe linens, gold chiavari chairs, soothing wash over the ballroom, crystal or metallic accents, grand fondant cakes.  Are you getting the picture?

Here is a few examples of formal traditional classic florals! 

Photography by U Me Us Studios.  Venue Asian Art Museum. Planning by Finish Touch Hawaii  Catering by Global Gourmet Lighting by Everything Audio