I am over the moon that our “Mexi-Modern” Wedding Inspiration shoot is featured on 100 Layer Cake! I am excited to share some more pictures as well as the original sketches for the design. The inspiration for this photo shoot came to me when I stumbled upon a book cover I found in my grandmothers library. The spine was color-blocked with teal, French blue, terra cotta, bubblegum and citron green. This unusual combo surprisingly worked, and I knew I wanted to bring this palette to life with a modern yet crafty design, but needed the perfect opportunity. A few months later, I received an email from Tim Mannle, a Connecticut based wedding photographer who was going to be visiting New Mexico. He asked if I would put together an inspiration shoot at a venue in Santa Fe. Coincidentally, the Center for Contemporary Arts was interested in highlighting their modern space as an event venue. The perfect opportunity had presented itself!
Using geometric design cues and throwing a touch of neon in to the color palette, the theme Mexi-Modern was born. The handmade elements of painted terra cotta, yarn crafts and thread tassels are reminiscent of Mexican folk art and these were paired with patterns of ikat and geometric motifs. The clean setting of whitewashed brick walls and raw concrete was the ideal urban space to allow this modern mixture of craft and contemporary really pop. This modern shoot blended the perfect amount of craft and contemporary.
The concept for the ceremony scene was a bare tipi structure made of large wood poles. I created “Ojos de Dreams;” a melding of the Ojo de Dios Mexican yarn crafts and the Native American dreamcatcher. The result was a graphic and bold design, and paired with rustic wood and yarn, these magical pieces embodied the “Mexi-Modern” theme perfectly. Our “tipi” was decorated with geometric garlands in teal, blue and citron and the “Ojos de Dreams”.
The metal, industrial chairs were also decorated with tasseled garlands and hand-embroidered pillows. Embellished maracas and tambourines rested on the seats for the guests to cheer on the bride and groom as they walked down the aisle.
The bridal bouquet created by Melissa Paquin of Renegade Floral was lush and textural with blooms in peach, pale yellow, coral and ivory. Cascading ribbons with geometric patterns paired beautifully with the thread tassels in neon yellow, coral, teal and blue. The grooms unique orchid boutonniere even had a few tassels on it!
To juxtapose with the lush bouquet and to keep with the contemporary space, my wing-woman Johanna Frenz took on the wardrobe styling and she put the bride in an ivory jumpsuit! It was fabulous with a pair of cobalt J.Crew pumps, a woven sash of Ecuadorian fabric, and a hot pink peony in the bride’s hair. This unexpected look fit right in to our Mexi-Modern scene.
Bringing the design for the tablescape to life was one of my favorite things to create. A weathered wood table was topped with ikat fabric runners and edged with blue, teal and neon tassels. Set diagonally on the runners were long wood boxes filled with sand, a spot for the punch of whole citrus fruits and fresh flowers to gather.
Hot pink taper candles, set in brushed gold candlesticks brought a festive vibe. I painted terra cotta chargers to echo the geometric motif and keep the color palette alive. Individual place settings were kept modern with clean lines of the flatware and place cards made of laser cut wood. We had the ikat fabric to match the napkins and stitched geometric hems in neon thread.
Of course, we had to include the tequila shots, poured into classic Mexican glassware, and accented with key lime slices and salted rims.
The tequila also made another appearance on our Paleta Bar. Johanna also happens to makes a mean popsicle and to spin-off the classic Mexican paleta, she made them a little booze-y; the “Tequila-Limon” and “Guava-Colada” pops. What a great alternative dessert or even a signature cocktail for a summer wedding!
We collaborated with Cassie Templeman of Peanut Press for the print elements. She knocked it out of the park with her design and we were over-the-moon thrilled! It was clean and modern but still carried the thread of our Central American folk-art motif.
To complete the invitation suite, Cassie wrapped it up in neon cord, made custom laser-cut wood elements, and sourced the perfect vintage stamps.
To think that this idea first began with an arbitrary mix of colors on a book’s spine…and the result was a photo shoot that combined handmade folk art and modern neon. We were blown away that it worked! Every element added a particular touch that helped to create this cohesive and distinct mash-up, Mexi-Modern!
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Concept + Art Direction ~ Jessie Baca of Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Styling, Paletas~ Johanna Frenz of Jessie Baca Weddings and Events / Photographer ~ Tim Mannle / Stationery ~ Cassie Templeman of Peanut Press, / Floral ~ Melissa Paquin of Renegade Floral / Make-Up ~ Svetlana Britt / Models ~ Nicole and Kai Kuller / Venue ~ Center for Contemporary Arts
I’m excited to be sharing a new series called “The Makings Of.” Here, I will be showcasing behind the scenes tidbits of current projects I’m working on with my clients. To me, the best part of any creative endeavor is the process and the path which the artist takes to get to the final product. Today, I’d like to share with you the makings of Aaron and Johanna’s wedding invitation. What you must know about them first, is that they are hands down, the coolest. They’ve got style and pizazz and are basically dream clients. I love that they are looking for something out of the box and are totally cool with my quirky ideas. Together we have cooked up a modern and whimsical invitation suite that is perfectly unique and totally “them!” Let’s talk paper, shall we?
I do love a good invitation. One that screams from the mountain top, “Get ready, this is going to be one AWESOME wedding!” Well, Johanna and Aaron’s invite screams, “THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST WEDDING EVER! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PARTY PANTS ON!!” I must say, since it was designed and printed in-house, I am pretty darn proud of how this turned out. Johanna and I really turned up the DIY gears on this one…printing, spray painting, wrapping, cutting, calligraphing. The studio was a-whirl with all things paper!
Of course we started with a color palette. To me, any successful design stays tried and true to the original scheme. It gives consistency and most importantly, will always be the sounding board to which you return when deciding if something matches.
Once the color palette was solidified we chose our materials. We ordered pre-cut cover stock paper from Paper Source in the perfect color scheme. Oh, paper, it’s the best! Then Johanna gave me a copy of a doodle she used for some notes to her bridesmaids. Our motif was beginning to take shape. I scanned the image and loosely copied the design to echo on all pieces of the invite suite. We chose a font that mirrored the geometric and modern feel and accented with a script font for just a touch of whimsy!
Then came the details. To me, this is what OCD dreams are made of! We got down with some serious spray paint….the backs of the invite were sprayed a fluorescent coral to match the accent on the front of the invite. The coral reception card was cut on a diagonal and accented with an opaque white triangle to add more depth and the RSVP card got a metallic triangle detail of its own too! Then, we sprayed one side of the fig paper with a coat of shiny gold and cut giant pieces of confetti! The entire suite was wrapped with coral and gold thread and placed into a gravel colored envelope. I calligraphied the names on front to match the script font on the invite. Did I mention that I LOVE consistency?!?
One of my most favorite things about this invite suite is the cheeky RSVP. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have something other than “Decline with Regret” as an RSVP option. Johanna decided to give her guests three options:
“Will be there with our party pants”
Will be there with no pants”
“Darn, Can’t make it”
Hee hee, I love it! How stoked would you be if this came in the mail? I just love that when you see it, you immediately think of Aaron and Johanna and know that one seriously good time is on its way!
I am so excited to share a beautiful invite for one of my brides. Talk about stunning, Avie Designs knocked it out the park with their signature Papel Picado inspired invite suite. I couldn’t think of a more perfect motif for a wedding in New Mexico!
The bride, Kinleigh has great taste and a wonderful sense of color. I just adore her choices. The combo of the cool turquoise, papaya and a chocolate accent just gives me the flutters!
To save a little dinero, the guests were asked to RSVP online, so we were able to eliminate an additional envelope and postage.
Get your buns over to Avie Designs! They’ve got all sorts of lovely stationery in addition to wedding work and their style is just delightful!