Oz The Great And Powerful Inspired Wedding Shoot

This Oz The Great And Powerful inspired wedding shoot’s eye catching emerald and artistic venue made us want to skip down the yellow brick road.  Below, Kait Winston, owner of Kait Winston Photography , shares about her day with this creative group Oz lovers.  Poppies and props and plates, OH MY!

Tifany of Gourmet Invitations reached out to me with the idea of concocting a styled wedding inspired by The Great and Powerful Oz movie released this past March.  I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to usher in emerald as the color of the year than with a wedding inspired by the emerald city itself.  We drew a lot of our inspiration from bold colors, especially emerald and the element of the hot air balloon that plays a prominent part in the film.  Tifany did a beautiful job of capturing the sweet details of the balloon in her invitations and other stationary goodies.  Though it was inspired by the color emerald, we relied on it more as a complimentary touch for details to give the photos and set decorations a nice pop and contrast against our very neutral toned venues. Kelly Harrison of Le Lapin de Marrige worked her magic with the set styling and table decorations at Hardywood Brewery and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  She has such a beautiful talent of crafting awe-inspiring settings.  Nicola Flora’s floral arrangements were more stunning than I could have ever dreamed and really helped add a bit of playfulness.  Paisley and Jade provided the gorgeous furniture prop details that really helped add to the whimsical element and bold color scheme.  Cakes by Graham crafted a lovely cake with darling glasslike poppies scattered throughout.  Ashlyn Landrum’s makeup artistry once again proves that a bride can still be soft and romantic even while wearing a pop of color on her eyes.  The shoot ended up being such a dreamy and whimsical affair with a dash of playfulness thanks to our lovely models.”

-Kait Winston

Photography: Kait Winston Photography 
Wedding Planner/Stylist: Le Lapin de Marriage 
Makeup: Ashlyn Landrum 
Invitations: Gourmet Invitations 
Florals: Nicola Flora 
Cake: Cakes by Graham 
Prop Rental: Paisley and Jade 
Venues: Hardywood Brewery and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (in Richmond, VA)
Models: Rachel Faulkner (bride), Dylan Nolan (groom), Josh Plasse, Sonnie Slagle

A Barn Wedding With Debbie Gellar

Debbie Geller of Geller Events created a gorgeous wedding at a private estate in Los Angeles this past year. We caught up with her a few weeks ago. Here’s what she had to say:

Bringing this wedding to life was one of the most exciting projects I have had the chance to execute in twenty years of event production. Having known the bride and her family for over fifteen years, and having experienced their style and sensibilities, I was certain there wasn’t a facility in the area that offered exactly what they were looking for. We decided to build their dream on a vacant lot near the bride’s parents’ home. Starting from scratch represented challenges as well as opportunities.

I turned to Edgar Zamora at Revelry Event Designers to assist with the structure and to create a barn style setting in a tent. In the 60‘x 100’ tent by Classic Party Rentals, a sub floor was built to level out the empty lot. A truss structure with varying ceiling heights was built
and covered in reclaimed wood. 

Sourcing the reclaimed wood was a huge project in and of itself. Revelry Event Designers called all over the city and finally found a place where they could buy enough reclaimed wood from various old buildings across Los Angeles to cover the entire truss. They then had to treat the wood to make sure guests would not encounter splinters or stains if it was touched.

In order to create intimacy and warmth within the structure, we designed a dance floor area with a peaked ceiling using fabric and reclaimed wood beams. A drop-ceiling arbor over the dining area was covered with foliage by The Hidden Garden, and was accented with wooden lanterns. Hand-painted hardwood floors helped set the stage of permanence for this temporary structure, and barn-style doors were the perfect entrance. The biggest challenge of all was building the main doors to the tent to look like an actual barn door. The doors had to be beautiful and functional, and Revelry built it with rivets to look just like a barn door!

Using a combination of rectangular exposed wood tables and round tables with linens, we created an eclectic seating pattern. A variety of chair styles helped to continue this look. The centerpieces executed by The Velvet Garden were different on every table. A combination of wildflowers combined with formal touches completed the look of rustic elegance. Subtle lighting design from Images by Lighting gave the illusion that all of the lighting came from our hanging lanterns and candles, although most of it did not.

When the tent was filled with guests dining and dancing, the joy of the occasion was the last layer on our multi-faceted event. The setting was understated enough to make that joy the primary focus of the evening, and the marriage of bride and groom the most important detail. My favorite moment creating this event was when the inspector from Building and Safety came to inspect the tent, and asked us where it was…while standing in it.


 Event Coordination, Production & Event Design: Debbie Geller of Geller Events

 Event Design: Edgar Zamora of Revelry Event Designers

 Florist:  The Velvet Garden

 Florist:  The Hidden Garden Floral Design

 Rentals, Drapery and Tent Facade: Revelry Event Designers

 Tent: Classic Party Rentals


Trey and Colleen’s Wedding

The simple lovebird cake toppers, chalkboard seating assignments and sweet treats with milk set the tone for this adorable wedding. Smitten couple, Colleen and Trey, were married in a gorgeous church with an energized wedding party and Natalie Good of A Good Affair could not have done a better job of perfecting this milestone wedding alongside.  From the stunning church ceremony at St. Philip Church to the quaint reception at  Villa del Sol d’Oro, we think this wedding was just plain adorable!


Planning and Design: A Good Affair, Wedding & Event Production, Natalie Good 

Ceremony: St. Philip Church, 151 South Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106

Reception & Catering: Villa del Sol d’Oro

Florist:  My Floral Bliss

Photographer: Marilyn Nakazato Photography

Videographer: Elman Adams

Bakery: Simply Sweet Cakery

DJ: Honored Occasions

Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

Rentals: Create A Party

TransportationAmerican GTS

Accommodations: The Langham Huntington Pasadena 

Retro-Glam in Hyper Color by Kristin Banta & Laura Grier

Modèle Weddings thanks Kristin Banta of Kristin Banta Events and Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography for producing such a gorgeous shoot.  See it in print nationwide at Barnes & Noble.

“Staged in Hicksville, a “TRAILER PALACE” hidden deep in the desert scrub near Joshua Tree, miles from the paved road…it was here that we created the set for what was designed to be an all American scene, staged in a “POST APOCALYPTIC” desert setting (think Mercury, Nevada bomb test site), styled as retro-glam in hyper-color.

As the scratchy old radio played Loretta Lynn on repeat, the set echoed an over-saturated, cloying, over-the-top 1957 scene. The bride is celebrating her perfect day, her perfect husband, her perfect fantasy life.

Heavy-handed, blown out hues – you can almost taste the saccharine cherry pie and intentionally cliched props setting the stage for our protagonist to celebrate her dream moment.

Oblivious to her surroundings, she poses in exaggerated domesticity while around her time and life has been shattered. It’s Mad Max 30 years earlier and she’s the last hold out of a forgotten life. She serves and preens, desperate to fulfill the role.

Slowly she winds towards emancipation. The fantasy starts to unravel. The idealism fractures, and by the end of our story she casts off the foisted role. Screw him. Screw this.

She tears off her chains to the obligations of the past, turns to face the future and realizes it’s too late.

“Life is not perfect. We are unapologetically imperfect women in imperfect times still in pursuit of our perfect unions.”

Created, Art Directed, Designed and Narrated by: Kristin Banta

Kristin Banta With an extensive background in fashion, entertainment, and international event production, as well as experience in catering and interior design, Kristin creates unforgettable celebrations while bringing a fresh perspective to the mix. Her events, from society weddings in exclusive locations to film and music industry soirees are as unique and diversified as her clientele, which range from Fortune 500’s to multi-platinum recording artists. A frequent contributor for many of the leading wedding and event publications, Kristin’s work has been featured in InStyle Weddings, Modele, Bespoke, California Wedding Day, Southern California Weddings, Los Angeles Weddings Magazine, The Knot, Modern Bride Southern California, Brides Southern California, Southern Living, Your Wedding Day Magazine, LA Times, Real Simple Weddings, Inside Weddings, Life & Style, Style Me Pretty, Junebug, Green Wedding Shoes, MSN Living, Bravo’s The Dish, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Bride Finds, AOL and Punk Rock Confidential, among others. Featured on the Mark Burnett/DreamWorks series for TNT, “Wedding Day,” she can also be seen throughout the third season of Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” as the wedding designer and planner for host Patti Stanger. Kristin was featured as one of Los Angeles’ top event designers in the book “The Art of Celebration” released last November 2010, in addition to the forthcoming “Southern California Weddings” both published by Panache Partners. Kristin was most recently featured on her own Bravo special “The Ringleader” which premiered on Valentine’s Day, 2012 showcasing her signature out-of-the-box style, revolutionizing the way couples look at their special day. The show reaired for an encore Bravo presentation as “The Wedding Party” throughout the summer of 2012. Kristin also recently appeared as correspondent on KTLA for a holiday segment and will soon be featured on the new season of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Laura Grier With a dual degree from Syracuse University in both photojournalism and art photography, Laura Grier has always blended the two genres of photography to create a unique, conceptual style that allows her work to stand alone.

By age 18, Laura obtained secret clearance with a government agency working in their photo imaging department. She then went on to work in London for the rock and roll-themed magazine, Mixmag. Two years later she understudied with National Geographic photographer, Ed Kashi, in Florence Italy.

Since then, her photography has taken her to six continents. She has worked freelance for a variety of media giants like Warner Bros. Studios, CBS Studios, National Geographic, FM2 LLC, Wire Image, Jive Records, and Spence Studios. Having such an eclectic background in photography, Laura has easily transitioned her style to create powerful images in a wide array of disciplines, including travel, wedding, commercial, music, celebrity and fashion photography. Notably, she has photographed and was featured on VH1s “My Fair Brady Wedding”, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine, Destination I DO! Magazine, Modele Weddings Magazine, For the Bride Magazine, The Style Network and won the Nationwide photo contest in American Photo Magazine for the Top Ten Best Wedding Photos of the Year.  Recently, one of Laura’s photos won the World Wide National Geographic Traveler Contest for the Top Ten Best Travel Photos of 2011 and her photos from the HyperColor Retro Glam Shoot have won the 2013 Top Knots photo contest appearing in PDN Magazine in April.

Presently, Laura is a Los Angeles based Photojournalist, and the founder and present owner of Beautiful Day Photography (www.beautifuldayphotography.com) one of LA’s most highly regarded wedding companies specializing in Destination Weddings.  During the year, she can be seen overseas shooting weddings, balancing language books in one hand and camera in another.

Laura’s ability to channel her storytelling into a chic, vibrant perspective, has made her a veteran International photographer, shooting weddings around the globe. While on these trips, she has been inspired to create her own travel portraiture and art on the side, satiating her inner Wanderlust. She felt an overwhelming need to tell the stories of the people and experiences she has gathered along the way through her lens. This desire sparked the creation of “Wanderlust by Laura Grier”, a personal blog focusing on Travel, Portraiture and Fine Art, highlighting the behind-the-scenes of her photography and personal stories while jet-setting around the world.

Modèle Weddings acknowledges and thanks the following talented vendors for their contributions to Retro-Glam in Hyper Color:

Makeup – Tara Dowburd-Luftman of Make-Up Therapy

Hair – Stephanie Ovalle of Make-Up Therapy

Florals – Carly Cylinder with Flour LA

Chairs and Props – Archive Vintage Rentals

Tabletop Rentals – Casa de Perrin

Linens – La Tavola

Cake – The Butterend Bakery

Pies – Porch Pies

Dress – Dolly Couture

Dress Alterations – Leah Bauer

Apron – Two Design Divas

Mannequin – Bob Gail Special Events

Model – Pauline Van Valin

Pretty Simple

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1. Wheat Pin with Diamond at www.scullyandscully.com
2. Aqua Universalis, Lumiere Noir & Apom Incense Paper at Bergdorf Goodman
3-5. Jalama Canyon WeddingImages by BWright Photography
6. Lulu Frost for J.Crew Winged Glory Necklace
7. Aurelie Bidermann Wheat Cuff at www.modaoperandi.com
8. Judith Leiber Vintage Clutch at www.farfetch.com
9. Aurelie Bidermann Wheat Ring at www.shopbop.com
10. Sandals by Alexander McQueen
11. Beatrice Belt at Temperley London
12. Tailleur Dress at www.bhldn.com
13. PETAL dress by Jenny Packham 

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