Time to share more pics from our recent feature in Inside Weddings Magazine, an intimate party in honor of Bianca Juarez [the fabulous twin of photog extraordinaire Jasmine Star]. Such a fun family to work with!
Our intimate seating table complete with hanging crystal-and-plexiglass chandelier, whipped together by the In The Now team!
To give you a quick background: this event was loosely based off of the inspiration shoot we’d worked on together a few months prior. An upscale bridal party for a group of close friends was the idea [almost a bridal party brunch of sorts] and we whipped out some fabulous details that were original and gorgeous [umm just ask me- was that too much tooting of my own horn?!]! For this shower, we wanted to give a distinct look and feel that was different than the last shoot we’d done, but still emulated the idea of intimacy and class. So, we themed it right quick: diamonds are forever.
Left: each of the girls, on their place settings, received a perfectly obnoxious large fake diamond ring to flaunt for the day. Stuck in the ring box for this photo, is the menu. We kept it simple by printing on pretty white paper and wrapping with a sparkly twine. Each “i” in Bianca’s name was adorned with a rhinestone accent.
Right: we wanted the party to feel very clean, simple and streamlined, so we opted for all-white, monochromatic and mono-styled florals in clear rectangle vases. Shown is a vase of tulips but we varied them between roses, hydrangea, and ranunculus as well.
Left: Because we wanted things to be uncluttered, we opted to brand the water glasses as a way to seat the guests. Each name was marked on the outside of the glass using a vinyl sticker.
Right: A view of the table’s details- the gorgeous sparkling charger plate as well as the luxe dupioni silk napkin. We paired frosted plates with white china to mix elements of diamond white and sparkle throughout the event!
Jasmine mentioned this on her blog- but, the real inspiration for this party was the fact that Jas herself had to miss her sister’s bridal shower due to the busy wedding season. We wanted to create something extra special and ultra personal. We did our best to infuse style and class into a party we knew had to be kept intimate and special for someone so near to Jasmine’s heart!
Left: our menu, which was thematically named after the “four c’s of diamonds”- cut, color, clarity, and carat. They also coincided with each dish, which I loved! We’re quite thematic.
Right: A detail shot of our gorgeously dripping chandelier
Left: A twist on the perfume station at the shoot, we opted for a salt scrub station with simple scent options at Bianca’s party. The jars were pre-filled with chunky salt and an unscented base [baby] oil, and ready for scenting!
Right: The oils were displayed neatly, stacked onto boxes full of crushed white glass and donning simple descriptive name tags. Spoons were placed to the side of each, for the gals to give a quick stir and mix in the scent thoroughly.
The invitation read that the guests should wear white to this daytime soiree- and it worked out perfectly that Bianca wore a steel grey dress [that of course we found for her- because what girl doesn't love being STYLED for her special occasion!] to give her that extra pop of special attention.
Left: In the blurry foreground, you can see that our simple cake plates were adorned with shimmery ribbons to give extra pop. Our branding was kept simple and featured throughout the event on these clear stylish easels.
Right: The cake was simple, luxe, and delicious! With a sugar-encrusted center tier, and complete with a “floating” cake topper [which is really a plexi disc and embellished with vinyl decal], it was a smash hit!
For an extra fun bonus, we set up a white chocolate fondue station complete with white hot treats! The gals munched and laughed as they relaxed in these ridiculously fun exaggerated wing back chairs.
Left: Mini covered ice cream dishes were brought out to compliment the warm fondue goodies. Guests could dip their choice of cheesecake, angel food cake, or rice crispie treats [or all 3!]. The clear skewers set the perfect mood, as did the thick glass plates the items rested on. In case you can’t tell, the clear skewers are also crystal-adorned at the bottom tip! An extra touch of perfection [and a painstaking detail!!]
Right: A shot of our coveted wingback chairs [as well as a splash of our homemade sequin lumbar pillows- soo cute! We're thrilled the gals enjoyed this sweet treat station!
I firmly believe that presentation is EVERYTHING when it comes to even the smallest of parties. So, when we focus on our events, we focus on how the guests will be exposed to the details. Things like trays, description or instruction cards, lining up of signature drinks, or any display become crucial elements in your guests' experience of your day [wedding or not!]. Knowing this, we planned B’s gift station accordingly. With a place for everyone, and everything in it’s place.
Left: Bianca’s thrilled to open her gifts from guests- you’ll note the ridiculously oversized clear disc with the word “gifts” splashed across it. That allowed guests to know where to drop their offerings. The small settee made a perfect place for the bride to sit. Each chair for the guests had a mirrored table next to it, boasting a personal champagne bucket, mini POP bottle, and a flute for sipping.
Right: A light splash of French Lemonade [like sparkling lemon water, really] lined up just so and enjoyed along with the desserts from earlier.
Left: To really give a flow to the event, and knowing this portion was to be outside- we continued the feel of the blue color by bringing it in through the mini bottles of champagne. This close-up look at the side tables shows what each guest was offered at the event while Bianca opened her gifts [typically this time is such a "write off"- we really wanted to make it a touch more special for this one!].
Right: After the gifts are open, a group hug and toast all together was enjoyed by the girls.
And just so you know how fun it really turned out to be, here’s a few shots of the gals enjoying themselves in it: