Skansen: an outdoor museum in Stockholm...basically like our zoos...but it tells the history of farm life up until the 1940's when the hierarchy in Stockholm was broken down. This is a glimpse of what that farm life looked like.
A little of our stay in Stockholm this summer from our city explorations and a glimpse into the lifestyle focus I decided to document.
As much as I love weddings, it is only the starting point for our lives lived together. How you curate it is up to you. It's true that your wedding day is a day you'll never forget--I remember mine vividly. But after the wedding, life is made up of so many moments after that day that fill out our memories more fully. And I wanted to focus the rest of this year with elements that focus more on lifestyle moments and how flowers play out in those settings as well, because for my family, it still plays a big part.
We get to choose some of the moments we want to remember in our minds eye. And for me, they revolve around fantastic meals (whether the food is good or not), but spent with my chosen people--because it's the experience and the senses involved that bookmark those moments in our minds--the same way we choose our wedding days to mimic and feel like. The people who get me, who have stood beside me in dark days, and who see the world how I see it too--that's where I want to spend my time. Those who see that an apple tree outside our front door is more than just a snack or an ornament for the yard, it's an activity with my son, it's our table decor, it's our inspiration for our dream house backyard, it's something to sketch.
Swedish culture understands and supports the family dynamic and the emphasis that we are meant to work to live, not the American ways of living to work. That is the influence I want to instill in my life, in my son's life, and what I want to bring back with me to America as we act as participating members of our society to help mature our country during these adolescent growing pain years that the U.S. is living through currently. These are the heart of what I want to encourage our clients to embrace for their wedding day feeling in their overall design concept, and afterwards in their marriages together.
So, these photos share a bit of how those values translate into my family's daily life activities, and hopefully it gives insight for what we encourage with our friends and clients in their own lives.
silk runners: The Poetry of Silk
place cards: Brylo Wed
This August we decided to take off and regroup, refocus and inspire our work by visiting some friends in Sweden. It's a trip that should have happened years ago...but we finally made it over there. We stayed in Stockholm most of the time, but spent a weekend on an island off the coast in our friends' cabin. It was green, lush, on the cusp of fall, and rainy. My perfect conditions.
The cabin we were housed in was built in the 1600's and transported by boat to this island. To be around architecture older than the entirety of the U.S. makes one realize how young our country truly is. We are a country experience growing pains, and a visit away was a wonderful escape to reflect, recharge, and play a little.
Here's a bit of our stay there. We made breakfast, took hikes around the island, and our friends cooked us a traditional Swedish dinner with cray fish.
Silks: The Poetry of Silk
Place cards: Brylo Wed
This project was something we shot almost a year ago, and I'm so excited to finally share these images. You can see more of the gallery featured over on Grey Likes today. For this project, I wanted to do something a little different floral wise. I really pushed the myself with shapes and color palette. But the main thing I really wanted to do differently from other people who have visited this location is to approach the gate with a vertical design concept. Melanie captured it all so beautifully, and we had a wonderful team of collaborators listed below this gallery and in the Grey Likes link as well.
Photographer: Melanie Osorio Photography
Florist: Pavan Florals
Hair and Makeup: Love Notes by June
Venue: Vista Valley Country Club
Models: Marissa and Zach
Rentals: Sweet Salvage Rentals
Dishes: Crate and Barrel
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Calligraphy: InLoft Calligraphy
Runner: Silk and Willow
Accessories: Petals and Stones
Ring: Susie Saltzman
Tux: The Black Tux
Pottery: Beanpole Pottery
Cake: The Good Cookies