Ashley and Jason, An Organic Chic Austin Affair

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I have definitely been backed up on the blogging lately.  I’ve been sitting on the images from this wedding for some time now, and anxiously waiting to share. Weddings are always a little bittersweet for a wedding planner.  It’s so rewarding to see months of hard work pay off on the big day, but a … Continue reading

1970’s Themed Woodland Tea Party Styled Shoot

What happens when you combine three wedding pro’s, a kitschy sense of humor, and a hot summer day?  Why you get an impromptu photo shoot inspired by grandma’s 1970’s polka-dot kitchen!  I styled and created the floral elements, Rhoda, from Loot Vintage Rental, provided all linens and furniture, and Kari Crowe worked her magic behind the camera.

This shoot was so much fun for me to style.  Rhoda had these little plastic gnomes that were the inspiration.  They reminded me of a house that we used to live in that was wall to wall shag carpeting, brightly colored bathrooms, and an olive green kitchen.  I always imagined it the way that my great-great-aunt who was the original occupant would have had it decorated with mushroom paintings and milk glass plates hung on the wall and everything matched with her kitchen’s theme including her strawberry planters on the back porch.  I took that inspiration and entwined my own rustic trademark with succulents, driftwood, and a big ol’ manzanita tree.   After a trip to J Rae’s and the flower market we had all the beginnings of a great shoot.

I love the way succulents look planted in the milk glass goblets.  I have these arrangements all over my house.  It’s a fun way to show off your heirloom collections without the fear of them getting broken during use.

For the flowers I used ranunculus, green trick, carnations, gerbera daisy, hydrangea, and fresh moss in Chartreuse

Loot carries a great selection of mismatched china for both events and staging.

Rhoda and her children made the button mushrooms out of clay, and they now decorate her little girl’s room.

I’m a total junkie for driftwood as you will see in most of my designs.  I’ll slip it in any way I can muster!

This was such a fun shoot for us.  There was no pressure for everything to be perfect and it gave us all a fun way to exercise our creative muscles!

Photography: Kari Crowe photography DFW

Styling/Floral: Vera Green Productions- DFW

Linens, china, and furniture: Loot Vintage Rentals- Austin, TX

Cupcakes- J Rae’s- Fort Worth, TX

Vendor Spotlight: Loot Vintage Rentals

I want to start out this post by saying that I have been saying for ages that anyone who started a company like this would make a killing. As a wedding planner part of my job is to help my brides stay in their sometimes very minimal budgets by incorporating some top secret tactics that we don’t like to talk about with the civilian. One of these tactics is finding vendors who sale vintage items and antiques and convincing them that they should rent their goods to my clients. Believe it or not, many dealers are not willing to do this on a regular basis. Cue the music and soft lighting, because I’m about to make sweet blog love to today’s featured vendor, Loot Vintage Rentals.

Anna Brimberry Crelia from Austin, TX and her sister-in-law Rhoda Brimberry from Fort Worth got the idea for their company after Anna’s wedding. They are both long time lovers of anything old, and their unique style sets them apart from others in the wedding industry. Which we all know, makes us a match made in wedding vendor heaven!

Anna is a recent newlywed and purchased so many vintage items for her wedding that as soon as it was over she found herself asking “what to do with this stuff?” The whole time she was planning her event she would repeat, “there really needs to be a place to rent these items!” Well all it took was putting those two thoughts together before Loot was born.

Anna then enlisted the help of her dear friend and Sister-in-Law Rhoda to put her business savvy to use and create the concept for this new company. The pair quickly started hitting the flea markets and collecting items to create a couple of “themes” to offer for rental. And then Rhoda contacted me (we were already friends and neighbors) for ideas and suggestions.

I am elated to be able to share this company with the world, and to FINALLY have a place where my brides can find truly unique and beautiful event rentals.  They are currently serving the Austin market, but as Rhoda lives in Fort Worth they are considering taking limited engagements in DFW.   Please enjoy these product shots that they have shared with me. They expect their website to be fully operational soon. I know these ladies are going to go far with this venture!

They have a large selection of mismatched vintage china plates, tea cups, linens, napkins, wooden crates out the wazoo, Arbors, vases,  pretty much anything you could want. And if they don’t have it, chances are they can find it for you!