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GALA Weddings Magazine Feature

We’re starting our new year with a blam over here at Datura – and the blam I speak of is an 11 page fashion spread & the COVER of GALA Weddings latest issue.

You just don’t see enough features on winter weddings, so we got together with our good friends at Carla Ten Eyck Photography, Jubilee Events, The White Dress by the Shore and Dana Bartone & Company to bring you this crisp winter shoot at the Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, CT.

Needless to say, we were psyched when the good folks at GALA Weddings told us they were going to feature it — and double-psyched to hear that Carla’s portrait was chosen for the cover. Since I don’t want to spoil the surprise of seeing the images in print, I’m going to post a few that that are not shown in the magazine.
A huge thanks to Carla’s team of Sara Code-Krall, Rebecca Hales and Greg Lewis for lending their considerable talents to this shoot (and this post)!

We’ll start with bouquets. Cat and I each have a bouquet featured in the magazine but, as usual, we went a little overboard for this shoot and created three others. First up – a snowflake bouquet I created using several gauges of wire, rhinestones, cut-glass pendants & blue eryngium. It’s worn around the finger – like a ring. I love that Sarah’s crisp shots of the bouquet in the snow have a completely different feel than Carla’s warm, romantic take in the center image.

Next is Cat’s magnolia branch bouquet with dendrobium orchids and rhinestones – I love the smooth, rich orchids contrasting with the rough texture of the branch and the sparkle of the rhinestones.
The first image is Sara’s and shows the luxurious black velvet handle, followed by Carla’s portrait, where Beth’s styling and Dana’s hair and makeup really shine, and Rebecca tags in with a great overhead shot showing the sparkle of the rhinestones.

And for the last bouquet, I challenged myself to use nothing but fern, babies breath and carnations – things that are commonly considered run-of-the-mill flowers – to create a bouquet that no one would think of as run-of-the-mill. I accented these flowers with metallic silver angel-hair rolled into orbs. For Max, our groom, I made a simple boutonniere of white anemone, birch and lily grass. Carla shot these two portraits and Rebecca got the detail shots of the bouquet.

Here’s a ring I made from birch bark, thistle and babies breath. I secretly thought it looked like a piece of sushi and hid it under a scarf, but Beth found it and rescued it. I also made this bracelet from lamb’s ear and ornithogalum on a flexible wire base. The ring shot is Carla’s, the bracelet is Sara’s.

And finally a few images from our table. This was my first time collaborating with Candice from Jubilee on a creative proect. She brought some milk glass, I brought some flowers and we worked together seamlessly to create this tablescape. The magazine features many detail shots of her contribution to the work and here are some images, all by Carla, of the centerpiece.

There’s lots more of this shoot to see – but to do that you’ll have to run out and grab a copy of GALA Weddings magazine!

9 responses

  1. Pingback: a jubilee event :: wedding inspiration for the jubilant bride » Jubilee Events featured on the COVER of Gala Weddings Magazine!

  2. Congratulations, absolutely beautiful!

    January 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

  3. so gorgeous. i love when you explain your work tony– it’s so interesting to hear how you and cat create your incredible floral art! thanks for being such a wonderful source of inspiration and a good partner in crime.


    January 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

  4. Tony!! I’ll never forget this day….My first time photographing your incredible creations. You blew me away and you continue to do so every time!! You’re the best, man!! xo

    January 10, 2011 at 11:48 am

  5. Tony I love your take on the say!! Beautiful work from both you and Cat!

    January 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

  6. dd

    Gorgeous Tony! LOVE that you used flowers that everyone skips over for the fern bouquet! Fave!

    January 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

  7. Tony, these are some of my all time favorite bouquets that you created! They are truely works of art! Xo!

    January 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

  8. Thank you so much for being a part of this! We’re so excited to share this type of brilliant, beautiful creativity with our brides!

    January 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

  9. Always a thrill to see what you create…have come to expect the unexpected from Datura and you never disappoint! Great work Tony & Cat!

    January 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

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