Maybe it’s because I’m a 30-year vegetarian, but I jumped in quickly when Meagan Broadway (stationary designer) and Kimblerly Mitiaska (photographer) asked me to join their creative team for a styled wedding shoot with a summer harvest theme. I had yet to take part in a shoot in which fresh farm veggies took a starring role, second only to the bride and groom!
Every single thing about this gorgeous shoot has a luscious, ripe, seasonal sheen that makes you want to kick your shoes off, grab a cold drink from the bar, and maybe pluck an artichoke right from the table display. We were more than happy to lend our simple, geometric ironware plates, copper vessels, vintage glassware, a vintage bar cart, wicker baskets, wooden salad bowls, and bucket wicker chairs to help evoke the rich, saturated, gorgeous look of this very special styled shoot. See the entire fabulous shoot on the Ruffled wedding blog!
Photography: KMitiska Photography
Event Design and Planning: Root + Gather Events
Floral Design: Fawns Leap
Venue: Lone Hawk Farms
Bridal Boutique: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio
Hair: Kim J Beauty
Makeup: Pretty Bride Shop
Catering: Butcher & the Blonde
Wedding Cake: Sam Keith Cakes
Bartending: Garnish Bartending
Rentals: Plank & Pearl
Tables: Harvest Table Company
Chairs: All Events
Paper Goods: Whimsy Design Studio
At Plank & Pearl we love a good design challenge, so when the opportunity arose to join an exceptionally creative team for an eclectic styled shoot at Blanc (Denver), we jumped in feet first. Our building blocks were a rustic plank table, the gorgeous exposed brick walls of our industrial venue, and a stunning, real-life couple whose inner and outer beauty is powerfully magnetic. Continue reading Colorful Eclectic Wedding Shoot at Blanc Denver
For me, autumn is the most sensual season of all: the smell of woodsmoke and cinnamon, the feel of bumpy, strange-shaped gourds, the sound of feet crunching fallen leaves, the taste of harvest fruits and vegetables from the fall garden. Inspired by those sense memories, we created our own tribute to the season using a variety of our richly colored vintage pieces.
I have always been drawn to carved wooden fruit and vegetables, and have amassed a decent collection over time—as well as grape clusters in glass, acrylic, and marble from the 1960’s and 70’s. They work particularly well on an autumn table, mixed with real produce and gem-colored goblets.
The vintage carafe with the oversized round cork was a great thrift-store find. The rounded, mid-century design highlights the other round shapes in our vignette, such as the plates, grapes, and goblets. Even the lowly onion becomes a star, showing off the deep burgundy color of its skin.
If you’re like me and you’ve grown tired of the usual “pumpkin and pilgrim” Thanksgiving and harvest décor, this vignette may inspire you to go in a different direction as you think about the fall holidays. So grab a sweater, brew some coffee, and enjoy the distinct pleasures of the season.
Okay, so you haven’t traveled the world yet, gathering unique treasures from off-the-grid markets to bring home to your perfectly curated home. Or you decided it was probably a good idea to keep paying off your student loan rather than handing over your credit card for a vintage kilim rug. Well, don’t despair—because everything you need to create a fabulous backyard boho lounge is available (and affordable) at your local thrift store, estate sale, or vintage market.
In fact, everything pictured in our boho lounge was sourced from such places—and I mean everything: the rugs, furniture, pillows, vases, macramé wall hangings, and accessories.
Continue reading Create A Boho Lounge on a Bootstrap Budget
“You’ll love this bride,” Sarah (the wedding planner) told me. “She’s so fun to work with and she’s fallen in love with your retro gold typewriter!” I was immediately excited to meet Evie, who is planning an autumn wedding in the Colorado mountains, complete with gondola rides to the top of the peak where the ceremony will take place. When I asked Sarah about the theme she told me to visualize a whimsical mountain affair with white and touches of gold. She also mentioned that Evie had been drawn to my collection of brass candlesticks in various sizes and shapes.
Because I work from home as I explore future space possibilities, meeting clients means I set up inspiration vignettes on my long dining room table, the coffee table in the family room, the kitchen counter, and just about anywhere else that can accommodate my vintage inventory.
Continue reading Inspiration for a Whimsical Mountain Wedding
If you’re not from Colorado but you’ve followed the media frenzy on our legal marijuana market, you might guess that our favorite local crop is pot. For many, this is absolutely true—and it’s the reason Denver can’t throw apartments up fast enough to house the constant influx of new residents to our formerly quiet city.
But for many of us, the incredibly delicious Palisade peaches grown on the Western Slope are the hands-down favorite! We have to wait until late July for the overflowing crates to show up in grocery stores and farmers markets—but by then we’re ready to grab them up and head home to make pies and jam. Or simply eat them fresh with the sweet juice running down our necks. So here are a few photos inspired by Palisade peaches. And now I have to go bake a pie for my husband.
Continue reading Peach Season in Colorado
Vintage gold flatware, Corelle plates, and assorted amber goblets.
When Sarah met with Plank & Pearl to talk about the wedding shower she would be co-hosting for her sister, Amy, she gave three words to describe what she had in mind: retro, summer, and yellow. The party would be held outdoors in the expansive backyard of her aunt’s home on the last Friday evening of June, attended by members of their large and close-knit family. As Sarah chose milk glass vases, amber goblets, and a yellow typewriter she radiated absolute excitement about using vintage tableware and décor for the event. “It’s so Amy!” she explained. “And wait until you see my Aunt Clare’s backyard.”
1960s retro Royal typewriter with a custom message.
Continue reading Summer Bridal Shower: A Retro Backyard Celebration for Amy
Here are some photos from our Fourth of July styled shoot! We gave ourselves a challenge: to create a patriotic vintage vignette using select items from our inventory enhanced by household objects easily found in the average garage, attic, or basement. No plastic windsocks or tempting merchandise from the Target dollar bins! You’ll see in the photos that we started with a rusty red wagon from the garage as our focal point, added some blue-covered history books from our shelf, a stray brass eagle bookend, some blue-and-white plates, white goblets, and a red cake stand from the pantry and (last but not least) our adorable mutt Otis! Taking a shortcut, we picked up some festive desserts, but otherwise spent nothing on this easy-to-recreate backyard celebration.
Continue reading A Very Vintage 4th