Flatlay Inspiration with Selycia Yang

Last fall I was overjoyed when Selycia Yang allowed me to join her creative team for a styled shoot in Savannah, Georgia at the Wormsloe Historic Site. It’s such a stunning location and I had fun experimenting with different techniques to create an illustration of the famous Spanish moss covered gate and entrance.

I love the elements Selycia used in her flatlays, like that vintage silver wax seal stamper!

Selycia then asked me to create an alternate invitation suite to give variety for the photographers that were attending the shoot. I had been wanting to work on a watercolor crest for awhile so I took my chance to create one for the shoot. While the first suite included pointed pen calligraphy, it was a fun challenge to use the same color scheme but with watercolor. The result were two very different suites!

A few more items were created for the shoot and for fun like this bouquet recipe shot!

I loved making these items for Selycia to style and photograph! So many details! View more of Selycia’s work on her website and Instagram!

Purple Florals Contrasted with Industrials, Brick at Liberty Station Wedding Styled Shoot

Jaymee Lynn Photography

Coming in to the New Year I was excited to get back to work after Christmas break and this was the first suite up! Here we are 8 months later and it’s still one of my favorites!

Take a scroll and reminisce with me over this glorious purple lavender shoot that was mixed with silver galvanized metals at Brick 828 at Liberty Station in San Diego. The venue is so named as you are surrounded by the rich red bricks, giving the event such a warm light!

I received so many glorious galleries from the many photographeres at the shoot, but I narrowed it down to two ladies’ images to share with you today! Take a look!

Jaymee Lynn Photography
Stormy Peterson Photography
Stormy Peterson Photography

I loved this welcome table set up with the seating chart displayed on galvanized metal sheets! They were stunning in person but challenging to photograph!

Stormy Peterson Photography

As always, Kristin Smith of KS Floral Concepts brought the most amazing florals! I’m in love with her bouquets and installations!

Stormy Peterson Photography
Stormy Peterson Photography
Jaymee Lynn Photography

Creative Team
Photographers: Jaymee Lynn Photography & Stormy Peterson Photography
Planning/Design & Creative Leader: Jessica Schmuckle Photography
Host: Styled Shoots Across America
Venue: Brick.828
Florals: KS Floral Concepts
Rentals/Styling: Touched By Time
Models: @_shyla_xx @ckenny_27
Gown: @luluswedding
Models: @allison_allen_hairstylist @steven_lamberta
Gown: BHLDN
Invites/Calligraphy: Sam Allen Creates
Mens Wear: Friar Tux
HMUA: Peretti Hill
Tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven
Lace Boots, lace shoes, garter: House of Elliot Lace Boots
Custom wine, shot & champagne glasses, hangers, flask: @everytingdonetoat
Custom Hair piece: The Lucky Sixpence
Cake: Wednesday Cake
Tiles: @molly.wat
Perfume: Anthropologie
Ribbons: @honeysilks
Ring box: The Mrs Box
Brides Ring: Rings by Bethany Crandell
Embroidery: Lisa Emerita
Handkerchiefs: The Handkerchief Shop
Leather jacket: Kimberly George Art

Whimsical Alice In Wonderland Garden Wedding Inspiration

When Stephanie Weber and Melissa Fe Chapman reached out to me about working on an Alice in Wonderland styled shoot, I enthusiastically responded, “YES!!”

I love all things Disney so when I get to combine that passion with my love of paper and design, I just get giddy!

The mood board for the shoot was primarily a garden wedding, so I while I designed the invite, I thought about ways to make the invitation classy like a garden wedding but whimsical for Alice’s topsy turvy world.

I wrapped the invite in a sheet of vellum printed with vines, but with a unique cut for that touch of whimsy, but my favorite part was the wax seal, impressed with a key! These elements combined to give that “through the looking glass” feel as you enter into Wonderland.

Once the guest opened up their invitation, they were greeted with a simple invite with draping vines. A pop of color was added through the blush pink envelope and large handpainted flowers!

My next project was creating matching vow books and a quote from Alice: Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.

Alright! Enough about the paper details, let’s get to the gorgeous bride… the most perfect Alice!

From Stephanie: We recreated a lot of the elements in the film, from the tea cups, clocks and whimsical florals to the “eat me” cookies, and we even had Lewis, Carol and Alice join our mad tea party as our very important guests. The designs chosen for the ceremony and reception site included a mismatched combination of shabby chic rentals, bringing to life the mad tea party. We showcased vintage books, keys, and even The White Rabbit made an appearance throughout the shoot.

The best part of working on a styled shoot is seeing all the vendors coming together, each with their own talents, to create something fresh and unique. Since I got to attend this shoot in person, I loved watching the florist work, as Alison arrived with buckets of beautiful stems and then transformed them into these amazingly intricate installations!

As the photographers moved on from shooting the ceremony to portraits, the vendor team assembled to redress the area for the reception. No one had worked together prior to this day, and yet we all worked seamlessly with the final vision in mind. It was so fun to watch the photographers and organizers of the shoot to come back later and see it all done and put together, that’s a sign of a good team for sure!

More from Stephanie: We ended our shoot as the sun set and our couple enjoyed reading a book, much like when the story began with Alice and she entered wonderland as her sister read her a book.

As featured on Bridal Musings: https://bridalmusings.com/2019/06/alice-in-wonderland-wedding-inspiration/

Read more from Stephanie Weber Photography’s perspective here:

Creative Team
Photographer: Stephanie Weber Photography
Venue:
Chateau Adare Estate
Florals:
New Creation Floral & Vineyard Floral Design
Stationery & Calligraphy:
Sam Allen Creates
Cake:
CocoaBerry Cake Co.
Vintage Lounge, Dessert Table & Peony Arch:
Le Petit Jardin Rentals + LPJ Rentals Stylist
Vintage Furniture Rentals & Decor:
@touchedbytime
Table Top Rentals:
Birdie In A Barn Event Rentals
Videographer:
Bradley Toms
HMUA:
Sandy Hillegaart Beauty
Tux:
Friar Tux and Stitch & Tie
Dress:
@krustalloscouture
Veil:
AW Bridal
Ring Box:
Lace Byrd
Acrylic Signage:
Olive Mint Shop
Velvet Ribbon:
Emma Linh
Planner:
Stephanie Weber Photography + Melissa Fe Chapman Photography

White Floral Boho Styled Shoot at Lot 8, San Diego

While this shoot was well over a year ago, it was the first shoot I attended with multiple photographers. Whenever I can attend a shoot in person, I leap at the chance. The connections made while at a shoot are unforgettable and for this homebody who would rather stay in her pajamas working behind a desk, I really need these opportunities to force myself outside because I never regret it!

All photos taken by Carsten Tice Photography

There were so many talented photographers there, but I decided to just use one gallery here for a cohesive post. Take a look at my Instagram for some more imagery from other photographers who attended.


As always, I like to start any wedding post off with the invitation!

As I worked with the organizer, Katie Hammond, she requested a wood welcome sign. After some emailing, we decided to do this quote instead and then on the day of the shoot, the florist and designer loved it so much that they used it as a focal point for the reception area. Needless to say, I was overjoyed to see them use it in this way!

The Lot 8 venue is so open while having such great bones to work with… the succulents used for the placecards were plucked (with permission since we only needed 4, ha!) straight from the venue itself.

One of my favorite cakes ever… I love how each layer has its own distinct look! By Oh So Lovely Desserts

It was such a fun day, thanks for taking a look at the beauty!


Vendors:
Venue –
Lot 8
Coordinator – Katie Hammond Photography
Designer – TBD San Diego
Rentals/Decor – TBD San Diego
Florist – TBD San Diego
Cake – Oh So Lovely Desserts
Hair + Makeup – Lesli Jones
Calligraphy/Stationery – Sam Allen Creates
Bridal Gowns – D’Angelo Couture
Menswear – Stitch & Tie
Models:
Bride + Groom – Rachael Brown and Cameron Brown
Bridesmaid – Jody Kuni
Bridesmaid – Care Cowen



Blush and Gold Wedding in Lake Geneva, a Swiss Elopement

Last spring, the talented wedding planner and stylist Loukia Arapian reached out to me to create a suite for an elopement she was planning at Lake Geneva in the Swiss Alps. Even though the couple was eloping, they had the most stunning details and I loved being a part of it!

I love creating suites with watercolor washed handmade paper. A lot of love goes into every single page. As the elopement would be outdoors in nature, we sealed the invitation with a rooted tree and tied with thin gold thread.

Gabriela Oswald Photography created such magic that day, I love her eye and her light and airy feel in the photos.

I’m truly honored to have been a part of this day, I just wish I could have been there in person! So gorgeous!

Vendor Love
Photography:
Gabriela Oswald Photography
Planning & Styling:
Loukia Arapian
Stationery:
Sam Allen Creates
Rings:
@aquadeoro.ch
Ring box:
@esselesf
Vintage stamps:
Ink on Paper
Flowers:
Louloudia Art Floral
Chairs:
Options France

Milagro Winery Wedding, Styled Shoot in Ramona, California

Last June, I traveled down to the Milagro Winery in Ramona, California for a wedding styled shoot. I love when I get the chance to actually attend a photo shoot in person. The creativity is just so contagious. I love watching talented people come together to use their skills collectively as a team to build something magical!

This particular shoot had such a romantic feel to it! The color scheme centered around dusty blues, cream and peaches. I had so much for designing the stationery and other lettered goods!

When the shoots are photographed by multiple people, I try to select just one to highlight so my blog post is cohesive, but this time I just couldn’t pick just one. Hope you enjoy seeing this wedding through these many skilled eyes…


Invitation Photos taken by yours truly…

I loved getting to work on this acrylic sign! I incorporated the leafy design from the stationery paired with whimsical script and a classy serif font.

Katy Annalee Photography
Jessica Schmuckle

The table setting was so ethereal and full of a variety of textures. That table cloth alone was so feminine and just made you want to run your hands across it! The handmade paper menu and vellum placecards added even more texture to an already perfect tablescape!

Sam Allen Creates
Morgan Dove Photography
Staci Stack
Dock Photos of Bride and Groom by Janita Mestre Photography

Thanks to all these lovely vendors:
Venue:
Milagro Winery
Rentals:
Rustic Urban Events
Linens:
Nuage Designs Inc
Silk ribbons:
Paperie And Silk
Decor items/table decor:
Antiqueology
Stylist:
Tilly Mestre
Designer/Coordinator:
Janita Mestre Photography
Florist:
Paloma_Blanca_Flowers
Makeup:
Tiffany Sharman
Hair:
Karissa Breann Photography
Dress:
Lulus
Tux:
Stitch And Tie
Cake + goodies:
Sweet Maple Creations
Models:
Chase Lytle + Ally Saunders
Stationery + Calligraphy:
Sam Allen Creates
Videographer:
Isaiah Adona
Shoes:
Bella Belle Shoes

Rapunzel Inspired Wedding, Styled Shoot – Photography by Jess Palatucci

As featured on Wedding Chicks!

You may not know this, but Rapunzel is my favorite Disney princess! I love her spirit and her heart. And her love of the arts!

I jumped at the chance to design an invitation for a Tangled themed wedding! I bought books about the art of the movie to dive deep into its conception and learn more about the background of its artwork.

My concept of the invitation artwork was inspired by Rapunzel’s hair when her and Flynn go into town. The top left florals wrap around behind the main part of the invite, and end at the bottom right. I threw in a bird and butterfly for good measure and then lined the edge of the circle with gold metallic dots to represent the lanterns that the town lights each year.

And then on the details page, I painted a yellow lily-like flower to represent the flower that gives Rapunzel’s hair its healing powers.

While these details are subtle and may be missed by the average viewer, I loved creating them and wanted to give the suite an added depth that only the strongest Rapunzel fans may notice and appreciate.

But one of my favorite details in the stationery was the addition of a golden sun wax seal! It’s so very subtle but adds that royal look of the sun logo from the movie.

Please keep scrolling to see all the magic that Jess Palatucci documented on that gorgeous day in Pennsylvania last spring!

A big thanks to all the vendors who made this day happen:
Photography | Jess Palatucci
Assisting | Kia Marie Stone
Videographer | KGD Films
Planning | La Rue Events 
Concept | Nicole Newgaskt
Makeup | Kiss and Makeup
Hair | @Reelstyle_beauty 
Wardrobe Styling | Elizabeth Jones Styling
Venue Management & Rentals | Open Aire Affairs 
Venue | Historic Strawberry Mansion
Vintage Rentals | Lilac and Lace Co
Balloon Installation | @peonies.events
Stationery | Sam Allen Creates
Styling Boards | Curio & Oak
Ribbon | A Ribbon’s Nest
Calligraphy Mirrors | @barelyblushink
Florals | @miss.bergamot
Cake & Desserts | Lysa’s Caketique
Dress Designer | Calla Blanche Dress
Dress Shop | Vesa Brides
Jewelry | @marnielewisjewelry
Rings | Harry Merrill
Suit | Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes | Colehaan 
Models | @littleashleylynn & @rusty_shackleford90

Desert Boho Wedding in Joshua Tree, California

I remember when Jessica first asked me to join her on this shoot… and then listed off all the things she wanted done. Yes, yes, and yes; I replied! I love getting to letter outside of paper so when she brought over the tambourines, agate slices and mirrors for me to write on, I was so ecstatic!

This shoot was so full of the best boho details, layered full of textures and materials. Hope you enjoy gazing at all the beauty with me!


Photographer: Lisette Gatliff

There were so many talented photographers there, but I decided to just use one gallery here for a cohesive post. Take a look at my Instagram for some more imagery from other photographers who attended.


If you’re interested in having me address your wedding invitation envelopes, take a look at my Etsy shop! And email me for a custom quote on your invitations, agate placecards or mirror signage!

Watercolor menus available for purchase here.

I just adored Jessica’s idea to use a tambourine as the bride’s bouquet! Such a fun twist on the traditional!


Vendors, who made all this possible!
*Venue: Tumbleweed Sanctuary
*Planner/Stylist/Creative Director: Jessica Schmuckle Photography
*Host: Styled Shoots Across America 
Photographer: Lisette Gatliff
Day of Assistant: Katherine Elaine Photography
Professional Models (Kristina & Areg): @kristina.fx 
Professional Bridal gown (Krisitna): BHLDN
Bridal Jewelry: @nordstrom @anthropologie
Real Life Couple Models (Melissa & Andrew): @mel_belle13 @american_augie
Real Life Couple Bridal Gown (Melissa): @lulus 
Mala Prayer Beads: @mala_wanderer
Sage Bundles: @taylor.spurrier
Candles: @joshuatreecandleco
Cake: @mirandas_sweet_treats
Stationery/Calligrapher: Sam Allen Creates
Bridal Jacket: Revelle Bridal & The Mrs. Jacket
Bridal Hat: Tiny Trucker Co
Bridal shoes: Converse, Bella Belle Shoes, Badgley Mischa Bride
Ring Box: The Mrs Box
Tux: Friar Tux
Silks: A Ribbon’s Nest & Honey Silks
Catering: The Natural Sisters Cafe
Florist: KS Floral Concepts
HMUA: @bowsandarrowhair & Krystyl Hernandez
Agates/Place cards/Cake topper: Suspend.it
Bridal Details: Kai Fragrance
Styling/Rentals: Touched By Time Vintage Rentals
Large succulents: @thecactusmart
Macrame: Macramama

Peaches & Cream Styled Shoot with Christine Pegany—As Featured on Wedding Chicks!

I was absolutely blessed to be able to be a part of this gorgeous photo shoot, planned and photographed by Christine Pegany! She has so much talent and such an eye for details. Plus you know, horses!!

Regarding my stationery: I loved the theme of Peaches & Cream too… and used a peach blossom as inspiration for the suite by painting a branch for the envelope liner. Each page of handmade paper was painted with a watercolor wash before printing the calligraphy. These flatlays Christine shot are just divine.

Keep scrolling to see all the beauty the team made that day and see the bottom of this post for a full list of the vendors!

Photography – Wild Love Photography – https://www.wildlove.us
Venue – Carola Horse Ranch
Florists – Black Petal Floral Design – http://www.blackpetalfloraldesign.com/
Furniture Rentals – Mintage Rentals – http://www.mintagerentals.com/
Cake & Cupcakes – Texas Wildflours Bakery – https://txwildflours.com
Calligrapher – Invitations – Sam Allen Creates – https://samallencreates.com/
Weddings Sign – Leigh Letters
Dress Designer & Veil – Yours And Mine Bridal – https://www.etsy.com/shop/YoursandMineBridal
Shoes – KUKLA Fashion Design – www.etsy.com/shop/kuklafashiondesign
Hair & Makeup – Ashley A Hair & Makeup – http://www.ashleyahairmakeup.com/
Jewelry – Pink Carnation Design – https://www.etsy.com/shop/PinkCarnationDesign
Suit & Tie – Stitch & Tie – https://stitchandtie.com/
Mens Ring – Metal Wendler – https://www.etsy.com/shop/MetalWendler
Hair Vine – Bella Via Designs – https://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaViaDesigns
Ring Box – Happy Boxes Shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyBoxesShop
Day of Coordination – Sweet Laurel Events – https://sweetlaurelevents.com/
Models – Colton Longden & Lacie Burkdoll – http://www.lalalalacie.com/
Handmade Paper – Fabulous Fancy Pants – https://fabulousfancypants.com/


Published on Wedding Chicks!

Sam Allen Creates: January thru March 2018

I’ve been working on this post for a year, adding to it over the year but never finishing it. I hope you enjoy a peek back at some of my favorite projects from the beginning of the year!

A lot of these will just be a glimpse into the project, like for the styled shoots… as I plan to post more in depth about them at a later date.


January

January kicked off with a mighty bang! Right off the bat, I spent the first morning of the new year painting this GIANT painting!

And partying for this little guy’s 2nd birthday!!

Most of January was spent working on styled shoots, one that I got to attend in San Diego and one in Joshua Tree for a photographer coming in from Arizona.

The following photos are by Carsten Tice Photography, will share a full post soon with full vendor credits.

And from Joshua Tree, by Molly McElenney

The year also started with the creation of a housewarming party invite for a good friend of mine here in California! I created the art for the invite in such a way that I could frame the original painting as the housewarming gift! Win!

Sam Allen Creates Watercolor Painted Housewarming Party

February

Once those January shoots were done, I went right on to work with Abbe Foreman on her blush pink and gold shoot…

And went on to work with Emily Sallach on this boho shoot at L.A’s Frogtown Magical Cabin, photos by Jenn Spain

Along with this handpainted gold and emerald suite for a flat lay conference on the east coast.

Sam Allen Creates Emerald and Gold Wedding Invitation Suite

And I also celebrated my shop’s 5 year anniversary!! This was such a big celebration as it coincided with my 10,000 Etsy sale!!

February is also a big month for Disney animation anniversaries! And of course I had to celebrate!! First up is my favorite: Peter Pan! And then keep scrolling to see the Cinderella inspired piece that went on to spark a whole invitation suite…

And to finish off the month, some envelope addressing!




March

These Disney inspired pieces were created for the AMAZING Michelle Santiago to photograph. It was magical collaborating with another Disney nerd to create these suites! Will be posting more about these soon!

Another style shoot, this one photographed by Danielle Unger… love that fabric hanging and the fabric menus! Oh my! Held at the Woodshed in Vista, California.

In honor of my Etsy shop’s anniversary in March, I did a giveaway for shop credit! One of the winners worked with me to create this custom piece, the solution to her problem of having to pick the Floral Letters or the papercut silhouettes. Such an an amazing idea, I just love how it came out! Find out more information to create your own custom piece in my shop here.

When I saw Christine Pegany post about needing a calligrapher for her upcoming shoot, I jumped at the chance! She’s such a talented photographer and stylist! In a few weeks, I’ll be sharing more on this gorgeous shoot!

And to end this first quarter review, a REAL wedding suite created for Kate Vennergrund (photo by Carmen Soares). More to come on this as well…


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and for making it this far! I enjoyed going back over these projects that seemed to have taken place so long ago but as if they were yesterday!