Peruvian born, Daniella Manini is a good friend and former co-worker of mine from the fashion industry. Daniella schooled me on Peruvian style and provided me with the authentic manta (blanket) we spoke of in chapter two. I was honored to collaborate with her on the graphics for our invitation suite. Her artistry helped communicate the mood of our reception by incorporating a wide range of rich colors, tassels, and flowers that kept the invitation romantic and seasonal.
Calligraphy from Kristina Ann Kalligraphy complimented the fluidity of the graphics and added such a rich layer of softness to the overall design. The final look branded the reception and we were excited that the “guests” would be taken on a holistic Peruvian journey from the moment they received their invite to the final serving of cake.
Kristina Ann Kalligraphy also lent her beautiful modern calligraphy to the gold leaf adorned leather placecards that were placed at each place setting. White ink was used for the names to soften the masculine yet romantic feel of these textured leather cards. For DIY instructions on these gold leaf place cards refer to our earlier blog.
Rounding out our vision were the stunning florals from Allie Loy of Bloomwell & Co. The Flowers set the ambiance, and the arrangements and garland completed a Peruvian inspired romance that felt so surreal. Coral charm peonies, which are typically only in season in May and June, were available and we were able to couple these with cranberry dahlias that have naturally ombred petals. Visual depth was added by layering in an array of flowers. We used ranunculus, astilbe, king protea and various garden roses. Pampas grass was incorporated to compliment the earthy feel of the yarn chandelier along with privet berries, bayleaf, and huckleberry for texture that dramatically framed this romantic affair.
And alas, we are set! The sound of the water hitting the rocks and the flicker of the candle flames in the early evening light pulled together weeks of collaboration that was truly satisfying.
Anyone can have a vision, however it takes a team to execute and bring that vision to life. We had a flawless group of professional collaborators that we featured throughout this series who made this shoot exceed all expectations.
As this comes to a wrap, a special thank you goes out to my husband who our on-site vendors appropriately nicknamed “studio boy”. He created a pulley system for the insanely heavy chandelier and the suspended table allowing me to work and rework every little detail until I was completely satisfied. He swept, cleaned up floral scraps, and went on food runs. He is the best project engineer a designer could ask for.
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Set design/styling - Seventh Bixel | Photography - Allison Maginn Photography | Furniture/Tabletop rentals - Archive Rentals | Florals - Bloomwell & Co. | Venue - Coyote Hills Golf Course | Dessert - Sweet and Saucy Shop | Invitation Suite - Daniella Manini | Calligraphy - KAKalligraphy | Linens - La Tavola | Chandelier Installation - Lauren Moyer