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Celebration of Spring!
May 12, 2009

HI all!
So I know it has been forever since my last entry, but I thought I would make up for it with a really exciting post full of gorgeous photos from a reaaally cool project that I got to be a part of!
I could not have been more thrilled when the fabulous Corbin Gurkin asked if I would be interested in collaborating on a photo shoot she was doing. I am a huge fan of Corbin's work and I was so honored that she thought of me! Also-the shoot would be taking place in my favorite place in the world- Los Olivos, and one of my all-time-favorite florists ever- Camille Panzarello was on board too. (Camille and I always have such a blast working together!)
When we started to envision the scene, we couldn’t help but be overwhelmingly inspired by nature for this shoot. The beautiful landscape of the Santa Barbara wine county, the gnarled trees of the Crossroads estate, the overgrown, wild meadow contrasted by the perfectly manicured rows of grapes. Spring is such an incredible time of year- a time that is so full of new life, vibrant colors, berries and fruits, the sweet song of birds.. Our goal was to embrace this- to compliment it and celebrate it. Rather than force a theme, this in turn, became our theme. The celebration of spring. :)

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The *incredible* Lisa Hoffman, owner of Ceci New York created this invitation suite just for us for the shoot!

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I found an old beat-up piece of fence which was given new life by Laura Hooper's calligraphy and made for a welcoming wedding sign.

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Rows of farmer's market raspberries and blackberries created a quilt effect for a yummy, fresh favor table.

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Raspberry hued juice (with berries and blood oranges) sipped out of mason jars was a sweet treat on a hot day.

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I took a vintage gate (beautifully patina'd with age..) and secured escort cards to the decorative iron scrollwork with antique lace ribbon.

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The favor table was adorned with an old urn overflowing with Camille's incredible blooms.

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French macaroons made for a sweet, dainty alternative to wedding cake.

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Embracing a vintage aesthetic, old tins were given new life as vases to hold the vibrant blooms on the table. A nod to the song birds of spring, vintage sheet music was a detail we incorporated throughout (here as placemats!)

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Rough twine was tied around elegant, pearly handled flatware to create interest and bring in a bit of a rustic touch.

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One of camille's masterpieces from the day. Love the torn ribbon wrapping the bouquet.

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The table was set under a whimsical "chandelier" of vintage bird cages. It was pure magic as the sun began to set behind the hills..


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I loved these vintage bird cages. I collected them for months, hitting every flea market I could! (And thanks to my dear friend Kris for letting me borrow a few of her's!)

Thank you so much, Corbin for this wonderful opportunity and for your absolutely incredible photography!!

25 comments

25 Comments:

omg! ridiculously charming. this would be another example why i knew you would be perfect for my wedding!!

By Anonymous Diane, at May 14, 2009 at 10:55 PM  

LOVE! What stunning work, Rebecca. xo Angelina

By Blogger Angelina, at May 15, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

Oh my Rebecca - this is incredible!

By Blogger Kathryn, at May 17, 2009 at 7:32 AM  

Just absolutely perfect! I'm so inspired!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 18, 2009 at 12:20 AM  

Wow! This turned out amazing. All the details are lovely!

By Anonymous Emily, at May 18, 2009 at 5:42 AM  

Oooohh Rebecca, sooo beautiful! :)
I can smell the berries.....:)

By Anonymous Renee, at May 18, 2009 at 9:44 AM  

Charming and delightful! I could look at these all day. Gorgeous and so well done. =)

By Blogger shanon, at May 22, 2009 at 6:37 AM  

Incredible!

By Blogger Lucky Designs, at May 22, 2009 at 6:44 AM  

gorgeous!!! all those lovely details, i'm swooning! xo joanna

By Blogger Joanna Goddard, at May 22, 2009 at 7:53 AM  

This is beautiful. Where did you find the vintage tins? At antique fairs? I'm looking for a bunch of these for centerpieces. Thanks for the inspiration.

By Blogger Kendra, at May 23, 2009 at 12:24 PM  

These photos are breathtaking! The colors, the location, the texture... I love it all!

By Blogger Emily, at May 24, 2009 at 9:46 PM  

The beauty in these photos is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

By Blogger Ali and Evan, at May 26, 2009 at 8:25 AM  

Wow- this project is absolutely stunning. The details are captivating, from the birdcages, to the vintage sheet music, to the name tags tied with twine around the flatware! Your work (and Corbin's and Camille's) is gorgeous!! LOVE it. :-)

By Blogger Jen, at May 27, 2009 at 8:26 AM  

I love love love this! It is so stunning and gorgeous and breathtaking. My heart started beating fast when I saw the invites from Ceci and it it still racing!

By Blogger veevixxen, at May 27, 2009 at 11:13 AM  

I tried to single out my favorite part of the shoot but I Just LOVE everything about it. Youre so awesome! Congrats to everyone on board!

By Blogger Nico Designs, at May 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM  

Gorgeous!!!

By Blogger Maria @ {ritzy bee}, at June 4, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

Beyond gorgeous - Just saw the write up on Junebug and had to check you out. :) The invitations set is especially amazing!!

By Anonymous Angie Burke, at June 4, 2009 at 7:32 PM  

awesome rebecca!

By Anonymous leigh miller, at June 8, 2009 at 11:34 PM  

Whoops! Don't know which post I left my earlier comment on, but these are the colors + deets I meant to say were stunning :)

By Blogger CaraBella, at June 9, 2009 at 8:25 AM  

Woo Hoo Nice comeback piece...not like you ever left. But a sweet surprise to find when I popped over to see what you've been up to...BRAVO it is impeccably designed. I can see your hand in everything.

By Blogger kate holt, at June 9, 2009 at 5:14 PM  

Such a beautiful wedding -- especially the French macarons and suspended bird cages -- just lovely.

By Blogger {this is glamorous}, at July 6, 2009 at 7:53 PM  

I love EVERYTHING you have done here -stunning work!

By Anonymous leslie, at July 8, 2009 at 9:36 PM  

How absolutely beautiful! You do awesome work! :) This is my first visit to you blog. I actually found you by goggling "vintage bird cages". Do you mind if I use the above photo on my blog for an upcoming post. I, of course, will link you your blog. :) Please visit me at: http://littlebitvintage.blogspot.com/

Thanks!

By Blogger a little bit vintage, at July 22, 2009 at 4:52 PM  

love all the bird cages
love your blog!

By Anonymous joanna of simple blueprint, at August 21, 2009 at 7:51 AM  

just beautiful!
i am trying to find birdcages for my wedding. any advice for finding them???

Lisa

lmm_lisa@hotmail.com

By Anonymous Lisa, at February 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

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