Monday, June 23, 2014

Tropical Wedding

I like to dissect good design, that's really what I do here at Modern Mindy.  It's one thing to look at something and like it, it's another thing to look a little closer & find out why.  At first glance I like this wedding inspiration because of the color.  I love rich, vibrant, grab-your-attention color.  So what sets this apart in my mind from every other tropical party decor?  Contrast.  Yep, it almost always comes back to contrast.  I'll explain further.
 A tropical wedding theme should be playful but since it's a wedding, it should also be sophisticated.  The careful balance and back and forth of these 2 ideas are what take this from your average tiki torch gathering to a stunning wedding with a very original look.
 It all begins with these invitations and custom graphic details.  They are every bit tropical, but it's the hand drawn details and gorgeous calligraphy that give the sophistication you want.
I'm not going to lie to you, the location really helps pull off this upscale tropical look.  If you took all this decor, as beautiful as it is, and plopped it in a boring ole reception hall, it would really lose something.  Never underestimate the importance of your event location.
 The location adds a lot of the contrast.  It's more rustic and earthy which compliments the vibrant colors and helps it all pop.
 Of course and heavy dose of white helps create balance as well.  Color is good, just know when to say when.
 Linens are nice and pretty hard to eliminate in a real life wedding.  The take away from this inspiration is to mix it up a bit and add painted pieces for specific displays whether that be a photo table, dessert display, or even head table.  This green table top is pretty amazing.
Shoot Location: Maitland, FL / Photographer: Best Photography / Floral Design: Freshly Picked / Venue:Maitland Art Center / Wedding Dress: Solutions Bridal Designer House / Makeup: Radiant Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: The Sugar Suite / Rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals and Dishie Rentals / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Shannon Kirsten Illustration  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Botanical 1st Birthday

 I'm pretty excited to have one more chance to celebrate a first birthday.  There's something so sweet and special about your babies first party!  I'm seriously crushing over this pretty little party by Je Adore!  It was a huge collaborative effort, so don't feel overwhelmed about recreating this all by yourself, just let it inspire you one idea at a time!
Absolutely love this floral 1.  This alone on your dessert table would be amazing.  Here's a tutorial if you're interested:DIY

Creative, cute, and simple.  If you're the creative type but not the baking type just find a fun way to display a simple treat.  
 Feeling ambitious and pre-bought party hats aren't your thing?  These little crowns are super cute & a nice custom touch.  Notice she wrapped cups in the same paper.  Purchasing patterned paper can lead to all kinds of ideas!
It can be hard to come up with a theme for a first birthday so a floral theme is perfect.  Just go nuts with it!
Design and photography: Nikki Kinowski of Je Adore and The Scalloped Window
Nom Nom and Eat Cake Banners: Rifle Paper Co.
Large Peony Flowers: Whimsy Pie
Large anenome flowers: Especially For You
Flower garland: Mazzi Flowers
Lace teepee: Banana J. Creations
Cardboard macroon stand, napkins, plates, straws, favor bags, pancake ball stems: Shop Sweet Lulu
“soap bubble” Ball pit balls –
Flower Crown, floral “1” and floral heart: The Scalloped Window
Floral backdrop: Rifle Paper Co. table cloth

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Flamingo Pop Bridal Shower

As an event/wedding/party designer I know how hard it is to come up with an original idea.  So when I see something new, I get really excited!  This bridal party shoot was a collaborative effort head up by the super talented Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built.  Collaborating with other creative people can produce some pretty cool results!
This balloon garland is simply amazing.  Just when you think you've seen every balloon decor idea!  I'm convinced anything used in mass is good.  Then, add flowers to this lovely mess of colors & you get stunning!
 So maybe the idea of creating such a huge piece is overwhelming.  You can still take this idea and run with it on a smaller scale.  Think several colors of balloons and just a few clusters of flowers.  Even just adding greens would be awesome against a bright color selection.
If you choose one knock out decorative piece make sure to let the other details work with it rather than competing.  These cakes are perfectly simple and keep the whole look fresh and not too over-the-top. Notice the other details are softer in color.  This makes the balloons really pop : )
Vendor Love
Flamingo Pop, a bridal shower in collaboration with BHLDN
photography by Jessica Peterson
flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral
Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup
Hair and make up by Jessie M
floral coasters, pennant garland, dresses (here, here, here), cake stands, straws, champagne flutes from BHLDN
floral top, jewelry, plates, mint goblets, mini bowls, elephant sugar holders, duck vase from Anthro
balloons provided by Zurchers
flamingo cake toppers from BHLDN
striped tablecloth from Anthro
gold flatware from anthro
pink lemonade soda from Pop 'n Sweets
table linens, napkins, tables, chairs from Scene Makers
Models: Michelle Christensen, Morgan Sidwell Owens, Anna Grimmer
Assistants: Hillary Gallup, Melissa Leavitt, Karlee Bronson, Leslie from Dylbug

Styling and creative direction by Brittany Watson Jepsen for BHLDN
Stay tuned for more DIYs and tutorials on how to achieve this look