I am over the moon! Sabrina and John’s spectacular wedding day is featured on 100 Layer Cake! This was one of my favorite weddings of 2012 and I’m so excited to finally share it with everyone. Working with Sabrina and John was a dream…we hit it off right from the start and our collaborations were fueled with some serious creativity!
Sabrina designed her invitation suite and the contemporary aesthetic and neon palette served as the inspiration for the rest of the wedding. The Center for Contemporary Arts, provided the most incredible raw, urban backdrop with it’s high ceilings and exposed brick walls. The fact that guests were able to mingle and dine within the actual art exhibit was so unique!
Sabrina and John got down with some buttons! Instead of traditional escort cards, the created a pin for each of their guests with a fun fact. They were great conversation starters and provided such a unique and personal touch from the bride and groom.
Since the meal was being served family style, we didn’t want too much on the table. I made cement-looking vessels out of hypertufa and planted them with succulents (if you missed the tutorial, it’s here). Accented with a script table number, the settings were simple, urban and threw a nice little wink to the Santa Fe landscape.
To soften things up and to bring the ultimate marriage of modern and organic was the living wall that I built for Sabrina and John’s ceremony backdrop. Combining elements of rusted re-mesh grids, wire, moss and muslin, we gave a nod to the Southwest with Choya cactus, air plants and succulents. This was by far my most favorite project of the season. Here’s a fun lil’ behind the scenes video for you!
Living Wall from Jessie Baca on Vimeo.
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Photo one, Karen Kristian, All others: Articulate Photo
Hyper-whaaa? Yeah, you heard right, Hypertufa…a fabulous mixture of peat moss, vermiculite and Portland cement. Combined together is makes a material that looks like concrete, but comes in at a fraction of the lbs. My dinky pencil-arms LOVE that!
I wanted to share a little tutorial for some square planters that I made in which to plant succulents. They turned out so cute and if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty this project is pretty easy!
What you’ll need for 8-10 planters: 1 gallon scoop of each Vermiculite, Peat Moss (both found at nurseries or hardware stores if you’re lucky), Portland cement (at hardware stores for sure).
You’ll also need a bunch of 1/2 gallon milk and OJ gallon containers for your molds and quart and pint-sized containers to create the inside of the mold. These are usually from half and half or buttermilk, or egg nog..you get the idea)
Dump a scoop of everything into a big bucket. Add water slowly while you mix..this is where it gets messy. Use your hands to get everything mixed really well. You’re looking for the consistency of cottage cheese, not too runny, not too dry.
Drop a blob of your mixture in the bottom of the larger container and pat it down so it’s about 3/4 of an inch thick. Place the smaller container inside and press more of your mixture around the sides. Once all the molds are filled you’ll want to keep them in a cool place so they don’t get too hot, too fast and crack. Some tutorials recommend placing the molds in a plastic bag and that will work too, it just slows your drying time.
Then you wait.
After about 4-5 days you’ll be able to cut off the molds. I usually just drop a knife in and slice along the edge of the carton. Let the molds cure for another day or two and after they are totally dry you plant them! You can even water them safely without worrying if they will wash away! (Note: this is based on our extremely dry climate in Santa Fe…if you live by the coast, this will take weeks)
Aren’t these fabulous! I’ve used the for many-a-centerpiece and I’m excited to show you them in action….coming up tomorrow, a very special post!