Table Top Tuesday | 12

 Peaches and  Mint Photography

For installment twelve of Table Top Tuesday,  we are inspired by this elegant table scape by Rock Paper Scissors Events captured beautifully by Peaches & Mint Photography at our favorite vintage wedding venue in New York, The Metropolitan Building.

Peaches + Mint Photography

Peaches and  Mint Photography

 What makes this work?  The sherbert toned chairs with white and matching peach flowers create balance.  The deeper toned napkins and runner add a bit of drama and a great backdrop to showcase place settings.

Peaches and  Mint Photography

What details make a difference?  The natural edge of the white linen table cloth and the relaxed placement of the runner provides a more welcoming vibe juxtaposed to the formal chairs and grand wood table.

Credits:  Via Style Me Pretty, Photography: Peaches & Mint Photography, Event & Floral Design: Rock Paper Scissors Events.


Chic Vintage Holiday

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I love unearthing new vintage beauties and this photo of Dovima is all types of holiday chic.  An American model in the 1950s, Dovima was discovered by a Vogue editor on a New York City sidewalk and had a photo shoot with Irving Penn the very next day.  Amazing.

The color story in this photo feels like sugary candies + peppermint on a snowy day.  It’s a perfect alternative for a chic holiday color story.

Image via pinterest; photographer unknown.

Table Top Tuesday | 11

Clayton Austin Photography

For installment eleven of Table Top Tuesday,  I am loving this neutral color story with black accents via Style Me Pretty.   Photographer Clayton Austin captured this table at all the right angles to fully appreciate the handiwork of Taylor Lord; her concrete candle holders create just enough drama among the greenery.

Clayton Austin Photography

What makes this work?  I love the twist of organic meets modern with concrete candle pillars + lucite chairs matched with yards of sprawling greenery.

Clayton Austin Photography

What details make a difference?  The smokey grey + black glassware and black velvet ribbon are the details that make this table top stand out.  The eucalyptus sprig is almost too pretty to untie from the ribbon!

Clayton Austin Photography

Credits:  Via Style Me Pretty, Photography: Clayton Austin, Floral Design: Without Wax Katy, Concrete Candle Pillars: Taylor Lord.

Table Top Tuesday | 10

By BellaGrace Studio & Whitney Neal Photography

For installment ten of Table Top Tuesday,  our intern Julia discovered this beautiful table set up.   Two magnificent photographers Josh Merideth of Bella Grace Studios and Whitney Neal of Whitney Neal Photography teamed up with Jaclyn Journey for styling + florals.  Such a unique way to use navy in any gathering!

What makes this work?  Navy blue linen, gold accents and soft touches of eucalyptus in the arrangement create a lovely color story.  The surrounding trees provide a wonderful backdrop!

By Bella Grace Studios & Whitney Neal Photography

What details make a difference?  The gold rim glassware and gold flatware against a dramatic navy linen is eye catching.  The dark compote which holds the delicate floral arrangement is a great contrast as well!

By Bella Grace Studios & Whitney Neal PhotographyBy Bella Grace Studios & Whitney Neal PhotographyCredits:  Via Ruffled Blog , Photography: Bella Grace Studios  & Whitney Neal Photography, Styling + Florals: Jaclyn Journey, Calligraphy: Rachel Fisher

Summer Blooms

Photo by John Rawlings

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This photograph by the infamous John Rawlings captures the prettiest summer color palette.  Although it appears as if it could have been taken yesterday, it was photographed for House and Garden in 1952.  Timeless imagery is the mark of a genius photographer.  My favorite fact in researching Mr. Rawlings?  He shot 68 Vogue Magazine covers.  That’s a lot of fashion!

Moody Poolside

Jean Simmons Photographed by Baron c. 1953

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Color stories hit me with one photograph.  This is Jean Simmons, a British actress and trained dancer who was best known for a dozen or so films in the 1950s.  I adore the aqua pool, the full circle skirt dress, her white dog looking straight into the camera and brown house and stone surrounding the pool.  Possibly my favorite touches of color are her sepia toned lips which pick up a few flowers of the same tone in the distance.

Photo by Baron circa 1953.  Found via a scan on Sophia’s Flickr stream.


Elegant Flower Haul

Evelyn Tripp Harpers Bazaar 1952

Pretty Little Inspiration by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

This image is flawless.  Not only is model Evelyn Tripp stunning, but the larger than life blooms casually thrown over her shoulder while wearing an evening gown is brilliant.  Evelyn appeared on over 40 magazine covers starting with the 1949 January cover of Vogue.  She was a true testament to the glamor of the times.

Photo: Harper’s Bazaar 1952  Gown by: ? (please advise if someone has reliable credit here).  Found via a scan on Sophia’s Flickr stream.


Inspiration: Pink Hyacinths

Color Story Mandy Forlenza Sticos

There is something about the month of March and the first sunny day bordering on fifty degrees that makes me think of hyacinths.  These pale pink hyacinths are the start of a great color story for a wedding, bridal shower or even baby shower for a little girl.  Happy almost Spring!

PicMonkey Collage

Hyacinth: Varpunen  Dress via Wedding Chicks photography by Branco Prata