Frida Y Maria Story

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Frida Y Maria Story 2018-01-06T04:32:05+00:00

The Details

SWEETHEART TABLE collaborative design with Eco Peach Events + Design, The Idea Emporium, and Molly Ryan Floral.

Our sweetheart table was composed of many beautiful Spanish inspired elements such as Mexican old-fashioned glasses made of thick glass with brilliant blue rims, blue to brown ombre finished margarita and highball glasses, stainless steel twig flatware, ivory hue with black whipstitched border and purple crocheted flower, gold cactus rings, and an eclectic assortment of dinnerware such mustard yellow, white with coffee brown rim, and tan Mayan decorated plates resting on beautiful ivory crotchet placemats. Also featuring antique bronzed finish metal taper candle holders with gold taper candles, a skull painted table number reading table cinco, wood lazer cut names of the brides, calligraphy calla lillies with the brides names on them, and a beautiful flower table mural consisted of fresh local marigolds and zinnias.

APPETIZER/BAR TABLE collaborative design by Eco Peach Design + Rentals, The Idea Emporium, Molly Ryan Floral, and Lovely Layers Cakery.

We wanted to have the ultimate party table that featured traditional Mexican apps and delicious fresh and organic ingredients to make your very own “Frida Sangrias” and “Bloody Marias.” The table featured a fresh organic fruit display inspired by Frida Kahlo’s famous watermelon painting resting on locally hand woven straw baskets. It also featured a traditional herringbone weave, subtle fringe and knotted edge detailed table runner with an assortment of eclectic and Spanish styled appetizer platters, a beverage dispenser with fresh watermelon and orange juice, and of course alcohol of your choice. It also featured a beautiful wood shelve that consisted of an eclectic selection of glasses, dinnerware, and napkins. Not to mention the drop dead gorgeous tropical arrangement with ferns and dozens of different bloom varieties from our collective gardens that created a major statement and a bar menu printed on a slate.

FLORAL DESIGN designed by Molly Ryan Floral.

The beauty of choosing an eclectic and colorful palette is that we were able to incorporate a wide variety of local product. Ninety-five percent of floral ingredients used for this shoot were sourced from our collective gardens, Turkey Tail Farm, and California Organics. All local, fresh, and homegrown!

We made five Frida-style flower crowns composed of marigolds, zinnias, mini cala lilies, and bouganvilla, and roses.

The brides carried two distinct bouquets, one mostly white and the other full of color. The white bridal bouquet was full of wild gardenias on the stem, mint, and other interesting foliage, and had the most heavenly scent. The colorful bouquet showed off coral charm peonies, mango cala lilies,  sunset-colored roses, orange dahlias, trumpet vine and bougainvillea; it felt like happiness. Both followed a wild, loose, and natural style.

A large, tropical arrangement with ferns and dozens of different bloom varieties from our collective gardens created a statement on the buffet table, and felt natural with the abundance of tropical fruit that surrounded it.

We added vibrant color and life to the sweetheart table by adding a bed of zinnias and marigolds.

CAKE + COOKIES designed by Lovely Layers Cakery.

The cake itself was decorated with edible sugar flowers and a Mexican tile inspired center tier.

The Sugar Skull cookies could be used for wedding favors, placed at each table setting.

Each cookie is hand decorated with royal icing.

EVENT BRANDING + COLLATERAL designed by The Idea Emporium.

Matchbox shrines filled with tiny treasures and a table number inside, served as escort cards, guiding the guests to their seats.

A sliding box shrine marked with the quote “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic” -Frida Kahlo opened to hold the invitation to the wedding.

Above a small day-of-the dead inspired wedding scene the details of the big day were shared.

Laser cut place settings marked the sweetheart table, while at the guest tables, people found their names calligraphed onto calla lillies.

Screen printed favor bags, reading “gracias” held elaborate skull cookies.

A pair of dancing skeletons kept the bar menu festive, printed in white on a slab of slate.

The quote from the pair’s invitation made a re-appearance on a cow skull with gold horns.

PHOTO BOOTH BACKDROP designed by Ty Mendoza.

Frida’s Sun

This 3ft wall piece is an all original design made with CNC and laser cutting tech-tools. It is comprised of 4 layers, each hand painted to deliver an overall deep dimension.


The Wedding Party Look

WEDDING GOWN designed by Crystena Hemingway:

Multi-generation wedding gown /cream gown:

This one of a kind gown is made from an array of dresses and lace from the 20’s through the 70’s.

Each layer along with every stitch was mindfully placed to create a feeling of antiquity and past generation craft.

Tangerine Dream Dress with Layered Lace Petticoat:

For this dress I (Crystena) was looking for a vibrant fiesta vibe and Frida feel which came together by hand-dying a collection of vintage dresses and antique laces. To add versatility I created a petticoat with layers of vintage cream coloured lace beginning at knee level.

HAIR designed by Cortney Riegel:

Simple, elegant and polished braided up styles perfect for brides and bridesmaids.

MAKEUP designed by Cassandra Pierro:

For the makeup, the look was all about bold brows for the brides and vibrant lips for the entire bridal party. Cassandra achieved this look by first shaping the brows with threading then filling in with brow pencil. Temptu Pro airbrush foundation was used to give the skin a flawless look and OCC Lip Tar was used on the lips to accent the bright colors of the accessories and flower crowns.

JEWELRY DESIGN collaborative design by Earth Momma Originals + Claire Fong Jewelry

Maya (MARIA/ORANGE WEDDING GOWN) wore a pair of Fly South earrings in Purple. Three layers of purple, plum and royal blue leaf shapes with hand painted gold accents.

Sarah (FRIDAY/WHITE WEDDING GOWN)  wore a pair of earrings that were part of the collaboration. Orange and cream leather fringe topped with cubes of quartz in a bronze hoop.

Maya alone:

Maya wore a pair of Leather and Lace earrings. A delicate cream lace triangle, topped with a gold leather half moon. A bronze stud is centered in the gold leather.

Sarah alone:

Sarah wore another collaborative piece from Claire Fong Jewelry and Earth Momma Originals. These earrings consist of a bronze diamond encircled by a bronze hoop. Three red and turquoise tassels add a pop of color.

First shot of bridesmaids, from left to right:

Melody (GREEN DRESS) wore a pair of Fly South earrings in Green. Three layers of forest, lime and olive green leaf shapes with hand painted gold accents.

Rose (BLACK LACE DRESS) wore a pair of Chevrons. The chevron is made of vintage pink striped Guatemalan fabric and is topped with a navy blue V. They hang from bronze chain.

Sierra (ORANGE DRESS) wore a pair of Studs and Feathers. Three delicate blue, turquoise and teal feathers are suspended from studded navybrown leather diamonds. Bronze chain and findings.

Rose alone in black dress:

Rose wore a necklace that is another collaboration piece from Earth Momma Originals and Claire Fong Jewelry. Triangular, fire painted, bib style necklace with buttercream, turquoise, teal, royal purple and red wool tassels.

Sierra alone in orange dress:

Sierra wore earrings that are a collaboration between Earth Momma Originals and Claire Fong Jewelry. Hammered bronze hoops with hand cut coral and fuchsia leather feathers.

Melody alone in green dress:

Melody wore Rainbow Arch Earrings. The rainbow magic continues! Layers of red, burnt orange, yellow, lime, turquoise, indigo and royal purple leather cascade from these earrings. Topped with a gold leather band.

Rose alone in lavender dress:

Rose wore circular medallion earrings made of vintage, striped Guatemalan fabric with yellow and lavender triangle accents. Backed with chocolate brown leather.

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE collaborative design by Bootleg + Rekindled Garments

Upcycled Purple Lace Dress

Designed by Crystena Hemingway of Rekindled Garments:

“It is the perfect balance of sexy and classy. This is a one of a kind dress made from a collection of garments that I have fallen in love with for one reason or another and pieced together to create a “rekindled” design. It featured hand dyed fabrics and vintage lace daringly placed. It can be tied at shoulders for an extreme open back or at neckline and across middle of your back for added support. It has a clasp closure along low back and has enough coverage that it can be worn without a bra.”

Bootleg Dresses:

Vintage Dresses featuring

Green halter dress

Black lace dress

Orange off the shoulder dress

An intimate honeymoon swimsuit session

Both Frida y Maria wore locally sourced swimsuits paired with collaborative jewelry by Earth Momma Originals and Claire Fong Jewelry.


Creative Credits

Creative Director: Jenifer Rodriguez

Photography: Shannon RosanShannon Rosan Photography

Florals: Molly Ryan, Molly Ryan Florals

Branding + Collateral: Carey GallianiThe Idea Emporium

Bride Model: Aidee Flores Orejel 

Groom Model: George Knox

Bridesmaids: Sydney Pepper + Lizzie Carvalho

Gown: Crystena HemingwayRekindled Garments

Groomsmen Attire: George Knox, Independent Style Consultant at Gents 

Bridesmaid Attire: Syllabus

Jewelry: Devon DorenzoEarth Momma Originals

Hair: Cortney RiegelSeela David Salon

Make-up: Cassandra Pierro, Powder Room

Lingerie: Siobhan BarrettSiobhan Barrett

Tabletop + Prop Rentals: Eco Peach Design + Rentals

Set Styling: Carey GallianiJenifer Rodriguez, + Molly Harmon

Fashion Styling: Crystena HemingwayDevon DorenzoCortney RiegelJenifer Rodriguez, and George Knox

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