Texture was the name of the game for this shoot. Between the beautiful gown, in a mix of lace and silk charmeuse, and the flowers which ranged from tropical to classic garden roses, there is something in there for everyone. We've expressed our love for Amanda Marie Studio a few times on the blog here, but in case you missed it, we LOVE Amanda! We collaborated on this shoot with her before she had even moved back to Minneapolis from Oregon. We worked with a great team of women at one of the most classic venues in town, Semple Mansion and together we created something quite ethereal indeed. We were lucky enough to use a gown from the Wisconsin based Monirose. Monica Freng is just a sweet little mama of four doin' her thing in Madison designing some simply gorgeous gowns.
This is a fun one for me to share because I played no part in it and it was all for me! As many of you know we are a sister business, we are the closest of sisters and we were of course each others maids of honor as well. This past year I had the privledge of having my sister and mother come together to create the most beautiful shower for me, I think you'll agree that I am quite lucky to have these two. The setting was as stunning as it was personal. It was in the studio of my mothers dear friend and my former painting instructor Donna Bruni (I was her first ever private lesson student). Her art has evolved throughout the years and has always been a source of inspiration for me. Her current collection is a delicious mix of pastels using a palette knife to create stunning imagery and mind blowing texture all inspired by twin cities scenes. As you'll see the shower was citrus inspired and boy did that play well in the space, see for yourself.
Photography: Whitney Furst
Art: Donna Bruni
Floral/Styling: Whimsy Designs
Treats by: Amy's Cupcake Shoppe
Calligraphy: Hooked Calligraphy
Welcome to our new and improved website and blog. To kick it off we are going to start with some lovely photos from Whitney Furst of us working together. I am going to be totally honest here, we don't normally look this good when we work. It's usually more like yoga pants, sweatshirts and some truly hideous slippers that we would not be caught dead in outside of the studio. It was a great experience shooting with Whitney, we were standing in one place processing flowers and being our most awkward selves and she somehow made that feel comfortable and fun. A major bonus to the day for us was the flowers we were able to get for the shoot, it was the perfect selection of delicious spring blooms. I'm talking hellebore, anemones, ranunculus, lilac, and of course peonies, it was a real feast for the eyes.
If you haven’t been to a&bé Bridal Shop yet, you are missing out. If you haven’t met Amanda of Amanda Marie Studios, you’re really missing out! A few weeks back we had the pleasure of providing some floral pieces for the Rebecca Schoneveld trunk show (we’ll get back to the beauty of her collection in just a minute). The show was hosted by a&bé, and Amanda was kind enough to stop by shoot a few pictures for us(on her birthday no less!).
Both a&bé and Amanda are new to town, and BOY are we happy about it. The original a&bé bridal is based out of Denver, and forged their reputation with their serious emphasis on American made designs. With a price point ranging from $500-$5000, there’s not a soul they can’t please. Lucky us Twin Cities: they opened a second location this summer right in the beautiful Loring Park neighborhood. The aesthetic is a pleasant walk from classic beauty all the way to modern Bohemian. Hipster brides everywhere rejoice! If the selection of pretty isn’t enough to sweep you off your feet, the amazing stylists that work there will. They will meet and greet you with warm smiles (and a cool glass of bubbly), and before you know it, they will make you feel like your best friend, helping you pick the most important dress of your life. Plus, when you’re done, you can pop over to the delicious new Third Bird for some craft cocktails and interesting bites.
Amanda isn’t exactly new to town, but she’s moved back to Minnesota after a five year stint in Oregon, where she was busy building a booming photography business. Her perfect balance of editorial and documentary style photography will leave you with images that all but take your breath away. With an incredible eye for lighting, and an innate ability to capture human emotion, she is a force to be reckoned with in the bridal industry. The word ‘epic’ comes to mind. We feel stupid lucky to call her our friend.
But seriously back to Rebecca Schoneveld, who is the perfect example of what a&bé is all about. Based out of Brooklyn, her mix of romantic and modern design make her dresses both effortless and impactful. We chose to make a mixture of bouquets and floral crowns for the ladies to try on with their potential gowns to compliment Rebecca’s thoughtful designs.