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Studio opening party!

Every once in a while, the stars align perfectly and an opportunity comes your way that couldn't have been planned better if you had tried, this studio opening was one of those times. After making the hard decision to leave my full time job with Saja Wedding this past May to persue my collection more earnestly, the opportunity came along with my dear friend and very talented designer, Rebecca Schoneveld, to set up studio space in her new Brooklyn store. A dream come true!

I can't tell you how wonderful and supportive Rebecca has been of me and my dreams, I am a lucky lady to have her on my side. Not to mention that our aesthetic styles compliment each other so well!

These images show case the true labor of love that Rebecca put in to totally reinventing the store front space she acquired (gutted and renovated!) . I love all the soft but rich colors, the custom chandelier she made (there were a LOT of genius DIY projects in this space) and the gold accents. A warm, welcoming, and productive space for Rebecca and I to make our mark on the world!

Thank you to all the amazing friends, family, and fellow industry professionals who came out to support us at the opening, it meant the world to us!

A special thank you to Amber Gress who took these heartfelt and beautiful images, we are honored to have had you be a part of this momentus event!

I also so appreciate the generosity of Sugar Flower Cake Shop and Rebecca Shepherd for their contributions! 

 - Thea

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Me and Rebecca!

Me and Rebecca!

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Festive store front window!

Festive store front window!

Thank you  Sugar Flower Cake Shop  for providing these beautiful and delicious sweet treats!

Thank you Sugar Flower Cake Shop for providing these beautiful and delicious sweet treats!

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Rebecca getting gussied up...and wearing my  Riley  headband!

Rebecca getting gussied up...and wearing my Riley headband!

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We couldn't get over how utterly stunning this bouquet from  Rebecca Shepherd  was, thank you Rebecca!!

We couldn't get over how utterly stunning this bouquet from Rebecca Shepherd was, thank you Rebecca!!

Rebecca's little one having the time of his life at the opening!

Rebecca's little one having the time of his life at the opening!

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This picture makes me so happy: grandmother (Rebecca's mom), grandson (Rebecca's son), and mother (Rebecca).

This picture makes me so happy: grandmother (Rebecca's mom), grandson (Rebecca's son), and mother (Rebecca).

Rebeccas dress from   her    wedding up on display for the opening!

Rebeccas dress from her  wedding up on display for the opening!

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Me and my mom!

Me and my mom!

Ashley of DulceDreamsEvents also brought her mom who was in town!

Ashley of DulceDreamsEvents also brought her mom who was in town!

Group picture! With my mom, dad, and boyfriend.

Group picture! With my mom, dad, and boyfriend.

So glad Patricia could make it to the opening (my co-planner for Entwined as well as the owner of  Fourteen Forty ). So fortuitous that her parents were in town too!

So glad Patricia could make it to the opening (my co-planner for Entwined as well as the owner of Fourteen Forty). So fortuitous that her parents were in town too!

My dad having so much fun!

My dad having so much fun!

Rachit never gets silly in front of the camera, so thanks Amber for getting this awesome candid of him!

Rachit never gets silly in front of the camera, so thanks Amber for getting this awesome candid of him!

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Pretty incredible, right? Rebecca sourced, designed and fabricated this beauty!

Pretty incredible, right? Rebecca sourced, designed and fabricated this beauty!

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Styled "Love Shoot" by Amber Gress Photo

Amber Gress, photography

HushedCommotion, hair accessories

Jenna Cantagallo, styling

Kelly Cobb, 2H flowers

Morgan Gates, makeup

Sarah Dorkin, cookies (sdorkin@gmail.com)

Model and Illustration Artist: Masha D'yans

Male Model: Colin (fiance)

 

As you can see, Masha and Colin, are a stunning couple - inside and out! Masha is an incredibly talented watercolor illustrator who has a thriving business. Her fiance, Colin, works as both a male model and an actor. While planning the engagement shoot, we really wanted their spirit and personalities portrayed, so one of the first elements created was the Save-the-Date by Masha. She created a stunning invite that's colorful and whimsical, giving both us and their upcoming marriage great inspiration. 

The elements of flowers, cookies and wardrobe all followed the theme set by the invite. To personalize part of the shoot, we 

added in a specialty cocktail that Colin could make and serve to his lovely fiance as part of their intimate celebration of their engagement. Jenna and I were inspired by vintage, one of a kind pieces found in local Brooklyn thrift stores. We had so much fun gathering glass wear, cocktail trinkets and borrowed table linens to implement our vision for the garden table scape.

Pomegranates have such great color as well as being a perfect compliment to St.Germain, so we built upon the flavor palette until we came up with the perfect recipe for their "Love Potion". The Pellegrino was a wonderful addition, it makes the pomegranates float! 

I created two gorgeous headpieces for Masha to wear - one for the initial cocktail scene, as well as a gold hand beaded headband for the second scene. Masha is a self proclaimed fashion maven, so we sourced from her personal closet since we wanted to capture the couple and showcase their style. Colin's clothing also came from his personal closet, we loved that navy blue blazer! 

The cookies on set looked as if they were taken directly from Masha's Save-the-Date. We love how Sarah translated that whimsical feel into the colors and design of the cookies. Have you ever seen marbleized chartreuse cookies? So fun!

Kelly of 2H Flowers went with strong, bold colors for the arrangements. Creating simple bouquets that had a pop of color, it worked perfectly with the table scape that was accented with gold (red gomphrena and red aster). Kelly & Jenna also created a wonderful flag bunting with carnations spray painted in gold for the backdrop of the bar supplies shot. Colins boutonniere needed to be interesting but not fussy, so Kelly used a combination of dusty miller, red gomphrena, and silver brunia.


Morgan, our makeup artist, started off with a dewy  soft, complexion to pair with that bold red dress. As we moved through the afternoon she added more details to create a stronger look, using purple to line her bottom lash lines in the second scene and then a mulberry lip color for the final scene right before they go "out on the town". 

Amber's photographic eye helped bring together all of the elements of the day into one lovely shoot! She captured both the playfulness of the couples personality, as well as their chic style, which she collaborated on styling with Masha for the shoot.  Her ability to both direct the couple and tell a story really comes through in the images.

Our setting couldn't have been more perfect for what we needed and it is all in thanks to Rachel, who graciously allowed us to use her brownstone and shoot in her back yard!

As a team, we were so delighted to hear from Masha and Colin after the shoot, conveying their enjoyment with the layout and personal attention each of us paid to making it feel like a shoot that reflected them. 

Cheers!