One of my absolute favorite color combinations is cobalt and white. Something about the stark contrast of the two is so clean and fresh, and I love how versatile the two colors are! Although they may seem like a summertime mix, cobalt and white can transition beautifully into a winter wedding as well. You can even add more colors against the backdrop of a cobalt and white print to add a little bit of fun and interest.
References in Order of Appearance, Top to Bottom, Left to Right: 1. Once Wed 2. Once Wed 3. Style Me Pretty 4 & 5. Style Me Pretty 6. Pinterest 7 & 8. Wedding Chicks 9. Ruffled Blog 10. Grey Likes Weddings
Any day that I get to enjoy some time at The Make-Up Studio is a good one. So, when I was given the opportunity to spend part of my birthday getting a make-up lesson from Julie, I jumped at the chance. The process is SO informative and helpful, and Julie does a great job of tailoring your lesson to meet your needs. You come to the studio with all of your make-up and brushes and a clean face, his was especially hard, its not easy to walk around with a “naked” face! I’ll admit, I’m not huge on make-up so I’m sure my small pile of products looked pretty sparse compared to many, but Julie was able to easily guide me through an easy routine in our time together.
She started by asking me what my “problem areas” were. For me, this is definitely dark circles under my eyes! Julie taught me the importance of the color wheel and how to choose a concealer in the right shade to hide them. During each step, Julie showed me the best way to apply my make-up using the correct tools (brushes). For me, the most helpful aspect was that she not only showed me what she was doing, but she talked me through it and even had me try the process for myself. Being a “learn by doing” type, this helped me retain the information a lot better. While we used my make-up and brushes, she also let me try out some of the products they sell at the make-up studio to test out other products. I even fell in love with a beautiful red lip color from Lipstick Queen, a new brand that they are now carrying at The Make-Up Studio!
At the end, I took home an informational sheet the reminded me of the products I used, and where so I could easily re-create my look at home. Most importantly Julie’s philosophy on make-up is what shone during my lesson, make-up is not a mask that we hide behind, it is a tool that enhances the beauty that is already there. In addition, it is the way make-up can make you feel. Looking your best has a direct affect on your mood, and when you’re happier, you look beautiful.
And I must say, I was very happy with my final results!
This time of year it is important to take time to recognize and reflect on the things in our lives we are thankful for. At Soirée we are extremely thankful for our fellow wedding vendors, clients and the entire Spokane community that have helped us grow and develop our business over the past two years. We could not have made it without all of your love and support!
May this holiday season find you surrounded by loved ones and plenty of things to be thankful for!
Ali & Jessica
Colder temperatures and bits of snow already have me missing the bright, fresh florals of spring and summer. Since I’m heading home to sunny San Diego for Thanksgiving, I was inspired by these vibrant prints and colors to create a fun floral palette! We’ve talked about patterns in the past (check out our pattern palette and pattern play posts!), and this one is no different in terms of how you can incorporate it into your wedding. Choose colors you love for a pattern to be used throughout and make a big splash, or go with smaller details, like floral teacups or a subtle floral print on your dress, to incorporate these gorgeous patterns. Enjoy!
References Left to Right (for prints) 1. Green Wedding Shoes 2. Society6 3. Pics to Pin 4. Pinterest
References in Order of Appearance, Top to Bottom, Left to Right: 1. One Stylish Bride 2. Dessert Girl 3. Martha Stewart Weddings 4 & 5. Ruffled Blog 6. Green Wedding Shoes 7. 100 Layer Cake 8. Storyboard Weddings 9. Ruffled Blog 10. Green Wedding Shoes
One of the reasons I love interning with Soirée is because of how much I get to do that I never pictured myself doing, like being a bride model for an inspiration shoot! For Brides Night Out, Soirée styled a Let Love Sparkle shoot, and I got to be the bride. It was such a fun, unique experience, and the shoot was gorgeous! These pictures are form the perspective of one of the two photographers for the shoot, Ariel Nay from Designer With A Camera. To see more from this shoot, you can head on over to Apple Brides and check out their post, too!
Notes from Ali:
For this inspiration shoot we teamed up with Beacon Hill Catering and Events (the new exclusive caterer at the Fox Theater) to create a glitzy vignette inside such a beautiful space. We had such a great team for creating our ‘Let Love Sparkle’ inspiration. Lindsey with Papermade Invites did a fabulous job of capturing an art-deco inspired look that would flow with the details of the space. Esther with Special Touch Floral provided a beautiful floral runner with soft colors and a few metallic accents. Rentals from Event Rents and the Attic gave us some beautiful touches inside the space. Our model was dressed up in a fabulous dress from Marcella’s Bridal and dolled up by Alicia with Modern Apothecary and Carrie with CG Studio Salon. Add a few pieces from Olive and Boone, and that’s a look! We had some yummy cakes by Pastry Chef Joile Forral of Couple of Chefs Catering. And, we were lucky enough to capture this vignette from two different perspectives, Ariel Nay Photography and Amber Glanville Photography. One of our favorite things about this project is to see how beautiful you can capture the Fox Theater and this fun vignette in two equally beautiful, but different lights.
Photography: Designer With A Camera, Ariel Nay
Venue: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
Catering: Beacon Hill Events & Catering
Cakes: Joile Forral at Couple of Chefs Catering
Flowers: Special Touch Florist
Stationery: Papermade Invites
Rentals: Event Rents
Vintage Rentals: The Attic
Dress: Marcella’s Bridal
Make-Up: Alicia at Modern Apothecary
Hair: Carrie at CG Studio Salon
Headpieces: Olive and Boone