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!
So, we decided to take a break on Thursday – we’d been going pretty much non-stop since we got in (with breaks for some late-night hot-tub hopping, a living room dance-party and the occasional glass of wine). Some of the crew decided to take it easy and rest up for our big Friday shoot, while a few of us just couldn’t stop. I was one of those guys.
See, there was this one dress that we initially had on the list to come along with us, but it just didn’t work out. And I loved this dress – it’s ‘Hunter‘ a Priscilla of Boston with a bolero jacket of fabric roses. So when Beth from The White Dress by the Shore suggested I make my own floral bolero, I jumped at the idea.
I’d been wanting to use these pink flowers that grow on the property at Los Suenos (Beth calls them Costa Rican hydrangea) and this was the right application for them. I asked around and no one knew what they are called, so anyone who might have an idea, throw it out there.
A little glue, half an hour and boom:
Carol, one of our models from day one and, I’m happy to say, a new friend, came over to our house and Beth dressed her in Tobi by Modern Trousseau, which is fresh off the runway and suited the high-fashion look we were going for. DD Nickel outdid herself with dramatic hair and makeup and we grabbed Carla Ten Eyck, Jim Altieri, Max LaManna & Aryn and took off to a location about 20 minutes from our place – a dirt road lined with huge trees crawling with philodendron.
Safari Jim was never off-duty:
This shoot felt like magic to me. There is just something about seeing an image in your head and making it become reality that’s hard to describe. Everything I make is ephemeral, fading before it’s even complete, and just having the opportunity to create these fantasy pieces is artistically thrilling, but to then see it captured and translated by such incredible artists as Carla and Jim – I can’t even describe how grateful I am to be a part of this team and to call these people my friends.
When we were done with the jacket it was time to move down the road to Kayak Jaco to make DD Nickel‘s vision become reality. DD had in mind an idea for a bird in a nest as a hairpiece and I had a suitcase full of feathers and some earring hardware…
While Carla worked her magic, I couldn’t help but repurpose the bolero and create a bouquet. I’m telling you, I just couldn’t stop making stuff:
After our mini-shoot, we headed back to the house and joined Candice, Katie, Sarah, Domenique, Diana, Lindsey, Mark, Magan, Barnabus and Vanessa for a dinner out to celebrate Beth’s birthday.
Our first day in Costa Rica was a huge adventure. While our trusty photographers, Carla Ten Eyck, Katie Slater and Sarah Code-Krall took off on an adventure with event planner extraordinnaire Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events, Magan Hunt of MMH Marketing and Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema, Aryn and I headed to San Jose with our host Larry Savage of Stay In Costa Rica, Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore and makeup artist DD Nickel. Beth and DD spent the day on one side of the city at a luxurious coffee bar conducting a casting call for models while Larry took us on a bumpy ride through the grittier side of town to the flower market.
As soon as we hit the street, Larry realized that he wasn’t allowed to drive in the city on Mondays (something about the last number on his license plate being wrong. Don’t ask me). So we zipped into a parking lot, bribed the guard to let us leave the car and then grabbed a taxi downtown. Our first stop was a pretty average looking spot – a lot like a New York City florist, buckets of flowers, nice and neat. We grabbed a few things while Aryn wielded the camera:
Lots of gorgeous and inexpensive tropicals, but we were looking for more white flowers (you’ll see why eventually) – and Larry knew the right place to go (after he made a few phone calls and asked a bunch of folks for directions) – Mercado Centrale – a huge open air market filled with meats and fish, live chickens, geese, ducks, dried herbs
and ALL the way at the back of a building, a few flower stalls with just the right things for us.
Tomorrow is our first day of shooting. I’ll try to grab some behind-the-scenes so I’ll be up late turning those flowers into bouquets…