Tuesday, February 28, 2012

{in the studio with} twiggs photography

Claudia, also known as Twiggs of Twiggs’ Photography

Lisbon, Portugal
How did you get started in photography?
 Well, I didn’t quite noticed it, but I always liked photography and I remember having a small film camera on my family vacations… but then it was just later in 2007 that I got a point-and-shoot for Christmas while I was in NY, when I started to really enjoy taking pictures and explore that creative side… then I joined Flickr a few months later and the adventure continued at full speed! However it never crossed my mind I would or could make a living out of such field, as I’m graduated in Psychology and for 8 years I worked as a Psychologist/Human Resources Consultant.

Where do you go for inspiration? 
Everywhere, but I love Lisbon to take pictures, as there is a magical light in this city… the narrow streets inspire me, the small windows with typical white crocheted curtains inspire me, small details that get unnoticed by those who walk by inspire me… vintage cars… nature… the sun in the end of the afternoon…
What's your signature style? 
Well, I never thought about that until I started to go to Handmade Markets with my work, as I sell Fine Art Prints online. And suddenly my work started to get labeled by those who passed by. Apparently I have a whimsical work… something that makes it hard for people to believe that I actually took and worked on those pictures (never understood that, anyway!)J When I take pictures of people, I love to play with light, enhancing the colours… I don’t play all soft and sweet, but I like how colours can match a soft golden light… and also play a little with innocence.

What’s your favorite spot in your studio? 
The only one I’ve got, my chair in front of my laptop… as I have a cork board in front of me, I have placed some things that inspire me… and asides from that, the fact that I can reach everything from where I seat, is amazing! I try to keep it organized, so that I can work and feel organized!
Where do you see your business in 5 years? 
Oh my, I wish I can see myself as an independent photographer, keeping my business as a blogger, fine art seller and also as a web-designer. If I can manage these four things I will be a very happy Twiggs! I would like to focus on Portraiture… Engagement… Motherhood…

Finish this sentence 
“I can’t live without… my family as it is right now and a creative life! My boyfriend supports my ideas and business as I never thought I could have someone supporting me… and my dog is a full-time presence on my daily routines, so I can’t live without these “two” boys in my life... I also have worked for a few years in a consulting environment and it made me think about what I want to do and what kind of life I don’t want to live. And this creative life is something that really makes me a happy and fulfilled girl, or should I say woman as I turned 31 the other day? Hum… ;)

Monday, February 27, 2012

{pretty palette} lavender + stone

I had the great pleasure to guest blog over at Love & Lavender last week and I shared with Aileen + Ellen's readers this soft palette of lavender and stone.  Everything from the dried lavender bouquet to that gorgeous calligraphy makes for one romantic wedding. 

{colors} lavender, wisteria, stone, plaster
{photos} bride {adam barnes photography} bouquet and cake {elizabeth messina} escort cards {martha stewart weddings}

Friday, February 24, 2012

{happy friday}

Hi friends! I hope you're all doing well.  This weekend I have a date with my favorite 6 year old {my nephew} but unfortunately it seems like the weather won't cooperate with us and we'll be stuck indoors. Cue the color paper, scissors and glue because I have a feeling that lots of arts and crafts are in my horizon. Have a great weekend! 

Here are my faves of the week...

{photo} sarah rhoads

Thursday, February 23, 2012

{sponsor pretties} weddingfavors.org

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{inspiration boards} #154 shipwrecked sweethearts,  #62 napa valley,  #56 new orleans,  #55 light as a feather,  #71 cherry blossom, #97 summer garden

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

{real wedding} danielle + steven

You never would have guessed that Danielle + Steven's wedding was first inspired by the book series Lord of the Rings.  I'll let Danielle take over and explain her vision with us..."Oddly enough (or, perhaps, not that odd for those who know me) the inspiration for my wedding came from my favorite book, or book series: Lord of the Rings.  More specifically, it came from a particular scene… Bilbo Baggins’s 111th birthday party.  The movie "The Fellowship of the Ring" put it perfectly in visual form: a party beneath the starry night sky, in the midst of a green meadow with guests drinking and dancing merrily to music. 
The VanLandingham Estate provided the perfect venue for this “garden party.”  Like Bilbo’s party, I wanted all the wedding festivities to take place under the night sky with lanterns hanging from above and a few candles scattered below to provide lighting." 
"My first instinct for a color scheme was the same for the Fellowship.  Green, gold, and white or ivory, which would be perfect for an early fall wedding.  However, after I got my dress and selected my bridesmaids’ dresses in a chocolate brown, I shifted the color scheme slightly.  Green would be there in the grass, trees, and other garden greenery around the Vanlandingham Estate.  I thought I would bring in the gold, white, and browns with my flower and dress choices.  I was very happy with the evolution of the theme and after all of this (the setting, flowers, and dresses) was selected most of the overall aesthetic was in place."
"Probably the other BIG thing to set the stage for the overall “feel” of the wedding was the invitations, which I just fell in love with.  Steven, my husband to be, was very adamant about the quality of the invitations and insisted on letterpress. I was worried because it could become quite expensive.  In the end, it was totally worth it.  I encourage anyone and everyone interested to take a look at Mink Letterpress.  Nicole, the artist, is very talented and great at honing in on your aesthetic and creating something you could never have dreamed up on your own."
"I only took on a few DIY projects and for good reason as krafts are so not my thing.  Luckily I have a few artistic friends in my life who were willing to provide their expertise to the event.  The escort cards and escort card board were my biggest and most troublesome projects.  I bought the cards as well as the paint pens and decorative hole punch at Michael’s.  I found the animal stamps, which I used to indicate meal choices, on Paper-Source.com.  I tried not to over-saturate the stamp - erring on the side of less ink - which made the cards come out looking rustic.  Perfect for the ‘theme.’  I also wrapped the board itself in burlap to continue the pattern set by the table runners."
"The wedding turned out perfectly.  The weather played games with our hearts all day and it came down to a judgement call at the eleventh hour: set up the tables under my tentless frame and risk the rain or take the safer route and set up inside -- a far from ideal solution.   I went with my gut; the rain held off and this party was meant to take place under those stars.  Best decision of the day (I had, of course, decided to marry Steven years ago, so I can say this with certainty).  The pictures say it all.  We had an awesome time and the aesthetic was everything I hoped for.  I wouldn’t be surprised if someone spotted a hobbit amongst the guests; they would have felt right a home."
{Bride’s dress} Justin Alexander, purchased at NY Bride & Groom
{Bridesmaids dresses} Da Vinci, purchased at NY Bride & Groom
{Groom and groomsmen attire} David’s Bridal
{Makeup & Hair} Who’s the Fairest?
{Florals} The Place for Flowers
{Cake} Cheesecake Etc.
{Ceremony music} Renee Painter, pianist and singer; friend of the family
{Reception music} Jill with All the Right Grooves
{Caterer} VanLandingham Estate
{Rentals} Creative Solutions
{Invitations & Programs} Mink Letterpress

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

{pretty palette} bayou blue + champagne

It's Mardi Gras!! Let's party!
Love this moody bayou blue paired with champagne. 

{colors} indigo, bayou blue, champagne, sugar
{photos} dress {oliver lalin} fritters {tartelette} champagne {la belle laura} mask {lava 360}

Monday, February 20, 2012

{real anniversary} kristin + jon

It's been a while since I featured a anniversary shoot on P&P.  Kristin + Jon's sweet session was sent by Laura Zastrow Photography.  The couple wanted to recreate their engagement session with a guitar serenade on the grass and later changed into their wedding clothes for some dancing.
From Laura, the photographer...I loved photographing these two again. I love how they make each other laugh, how they can be serious together, and how they are so completely enamored with each other.

Friday, February 17, 2012

{happy friday}

Hi friends! Happy Friday! It's been one of those weeks. I have a new and huge project at work that is eating up all my time and energy. I'm curious to hear how other bloggers manage to maintain their blog along with work, family and life. I barely manage to keep my head up float. Regardless of how tired I am I can't get enough of some awesome wedding pretties.  How amazing is that photo above? Love it! 

Here are my faves of the week...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

{pretty details} neon

I usually tend to gravitate toward light and softer palettes but I have to admit that there is something fun about neon.   It's bold and in your face and when used in the right amount can totally brighten your look. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

{real wedding} holland + tripp

This romantic southern wedding has me smitten. The couple wanted to include as many personal touches as possible. The food was served on silver trays that belong to each of their grandmothers. Quotes from their favorite films were attached to wooden stumps on each table.  Since Tripp is a writer, guests used a vintage typewriter to send their well-wishes in lieu of a traditional guest book.  Holland's father is a pilot so they wanted to pay homage to him by having their guests toss paper airplanes at them as they walked down the aisle during the recessional.  The parents of the bride sewed and rolled vintage napkins and tied them with a burlap ribbon.  Holland wanted to incorporate something that she could pass on to her future children and that also had treasures from the past so she fell in love with the idea of having a bouquet created for her by using vintage brooches given to her by family and close friends.  The Bride will wear Tripp's grandmother's engagement ring and wedding band, and the groom will wear his grandfathers wedding band.  His grandparents were married in 1936 and remained married and completely in love until their passing almost 70 years later.  Keeping with tradition, Holland had not one but two six pence's in her shoe, one for her mother's birth year and the other for her father's birth year.  The cake toppers were custom made wooden figures.  The groom topper wore a black suit with a Carolina Tarheel shirt underneath, just like the groom, and the bride wore a dress just like the brides.  The brides mother made her two garters - the one she wore was orange and blue - Auburn University colors (Holland's alma mater) and the toss garter was carolina blue and white - UNC colors (the groom's alma mater). Katie and Jill of The Charmed Event found a very unique vintage store rack where they hung vintage photos of the couple's grandparents, parents, and other family members.    
Holland wore a vintage looking tea-length Justin Alexander gown that looked like something out of an Audrey Hepburn movie.  She saw it in a magazine and knew it was THE dress, even after purchasing another gown that she was talked into a couple of months before.  The groom wore a tailored Dolce and Gabana suit with black shirt and white tie.  Tripp surprised Holland by wearing a Batman belt buckle.  He is a huge comic book fan and collector. Batman is his favorite. 

{Photography} Jason Armond 
{Venue} private lakefront home (Lake Norman) home in Mooresville, NC
{Lighting} Sterling By Design 
{Pool Covering} Pleat Systems 
{Florist}  Party Blooms 
{Planner} The Charmed Event 
{Vintage Rentals} Charmed Prop Shop 
{Videographer} KA Studios 
{Rentals} (linens, chiavaris, etc) - Creative Solutions 
{Caterer} Born to Cook 

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