Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Blow Out Bridal Shower: Behind the Scenes

When Lucia from Utterly Engaged contacted me to do a shoot for their upcoming issue, I was beyond thrilled! I heart their online magazine, packed with so much inspirations and I heart Lucia. Whoever spends just 30 min with her will know what I'm talking about. Her giggles and laughs make everyone smile and her positive spirit is always so refreshing and inspiring so it was quite an honor to collaborate ideas back and forth with her.
Finally, I'm sharing all the behind the scenes of our fun 'Blow Out Bridal Shower' we put together for their issue and the amazing team of vendors we collaborated.
The concept of the shoot was very simple: to get the girls pampered & polished while they sip, nibble and laugh! 
Super cute invitation design by the talented Vanessa of Alchemy Events

The shoot took place at the DryBar in West Hollywood location on Monday, Jan 10th from 5AM-9AM. Yes, I woke up at 3:30am, got ready and took off at 4am!
Here's the quick storyline: 5 girls (one being the bride) will arrive at the Drybar and be greeted by silk robes and martinis. Their hair will be styled while noshing on snacks, salad and sandwiches. Afterwards, there will be an area to choose their nail color and they can also make their own floral hair accessory. The shower will close up with gift opening and cake cutting. 

Here's our overall vision of different stations drawn by the talented ladies over at Fleuretica 

The girls were greeted at the front by pink silk robes and pink grapefruit martini with lemon zest accent. Handheld miorrors had each girl's name printed on it which were tied to each chair and on the counter, we had shadow boxes of flower. Let the blow out begin!
 Hors d'ouevres on mini martini cups, panini and salad were served on a white tray. A paper flower was also served as a napkin ring as well as a corsage bracelet that the girls can wear on her wrists afterwards.

Presents wrapped in different shadow of yellow, white, gray with brighter pink accents were stacked on a chair. Three yellow side tables were pushed together for the mini cakes for the girls & main cake for the bride.

Here's the nail hair accessories bar! Nail polish in varying shades of pink and red were labeled a different type of adjective like 'sassy', 'sexy', 'flirty' and etc which were lined up on an upholstered frame. Glassware in varying shapes held 'make & take' hair kits, headbands and other fun items for creating their own hair flowers. Instead of playing typical bridal shower games, why not have craft sessions with your guests so they can take them home as favors? :) This is one bridal shower I would LOVE to attend to!

Here's our little behind the scenes clip from our shoot! It's a MUST WATCH!

'Blow Out Bridal Shower' Photoshoot Utterly Engaged Issue #14-The White Issue: Behind the Scenes from Utterly Engaged on Vimeo.

Again, huge cheers to the dream team for all their hard work! 
Concept Design: Lucia Dinh of Utterly Engaged
Event Design & Styling: Esther Kim of My Bride Story
Floral Design & Styling: Fleuretica
Food Styling: Kristine Shin Designs
Model Styling: Ruche
Photography: Ja Tecson
Videography: Cloud 9 Cinematography
Cake Design: Erica O'brien
Stationery Design: Alchemy Events
Make Up: 10.11 Make Up
Hair: The Dry Bar
Hair Accessories: Petit Plume


North Carolina Wedding Planner said...

This is gorgeous! I absolutely love the concept. It's so creative. Kudos!

milk tea + polkadots said...

Such a creative bridal shower idea! The photos and styling (of everything) look amazing! I've always liked gray and yellow together. So fresh and chic!

Esther said...

thanks for your sweet comments ladies! i fell in love with gray & yellow color combo! :)