1960’s inspiration – Groovy!

By this time it was really raining, so we got the shots we could with people in them and I set up and photographed the picnic scenario a few days later in a different location.  Ya do what ya have to do!

Photography:  http://www.somethingoldsomethingnewphotos.com

Clothing, decor, accessories:  facebook.com/borrowedvintagerentals

Blue Dress:   Borrowed from Amanda Perrin/Frye Boots:   Borrowed from Margie MacDonnell-Purdy

Models:  Lauren Purdy, Jenn MacDonald, Charlie “Birddog” Purdy

Locations:  Spencer’s Point, Bible Hill

Hair:   facebook.com/pages/Hairstyles-by-Amanda-Perrin/237835592926995

Makeup:  facebook.com/chantellebrownmua

Daisy wreath:  Wild daisies, made by Pam Rehberg!

 

All the other usual suspects!

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1950’s inspiration

Crazily, a styled shoot for just one decade wasn’t enough for me and I had to cram three decades into one day.  After the 1920’s shoot in Great Village we moved the troops to Spencer’s Point and set up shop in Harold Purdy and Margie MacDonnell- Purdy’s cottage.  Here is where the weather started to taunt us and changed what we were able to accomplish for the 1950’s shoot.  But we were there, we had hair, we had makeup.  Nobody seemed to mind getting a little wet and everyone, including other family members and cottage owners chipped in to help us out.   This really was the result of so many wonderful people!

Photography:  http://www.somethingoldsomethingnewphotos.com

Decor, clothing, accessories:  http://www.somethingborrowedvintagerentals.com

Models:   Jenn MacDonald, Lauren Purdy, Margie MacDonnell-Purdy

Set-up, take down, transportation, muscle, laughs:  Brandon Purdy, Harold Purdy

Co-ordination:  Lori Grund, Pam Rehberg

Makeup:  Chantelle Brown Makeup Artist

Hair:  Hairstyles by Amanda Perrin

 

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Hard Work, Many Hands, Beautiful Results – 1920’s inspired shoot

Almost a year ago now, in June 2013, I put together a styled shoot showcasing inventory from Borrowed, the talents of some local vendors and the free and donated services of some beautiful models, a barn location, a cottage and property, some muscle and some co-ordination help.

Who knew how much work it would be or that it would take me almost a year to share it?    The barn is gone now, torn down which makes it all the more special to have this remembrance.

First up is 1920’s inspiration:

Barn:  Logan Spencer, Great Village NS (facilitated by Clair Peers)

Hair:  Amanda Perrin (www.facebook.com/pages/Hairstyles-by-Amanda-Perrin/237835592926995?fref=ts)

Makeup:   Chantelle Brown (/www.facebook.com/chantellebrownmua?fref=ts)

Models:  Jenn MacDonald, Lauren Purdy, Olivia, Lily & Sophie Grund, Gaia Purdy Nielsen

Muscle:   Brandon Purdy, Harold Purdy

Photography:   Something Old Something New Photos

Clothing, Decor, Hairpieces:   Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals

Florals:   Superstore, arranged by Margie MacDonnell-Purdy, Joan Montgomerie, Lori Grund, Pam Rehberg

 

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Fall Wedding Inspiration – Blue Willow

I was involved, with an amazing group of wedding professionals, in a styled shoot inspired by the Blue Willow china pattern and the gorgeous colours of a Nova Scotia autumn.  Thanks to each and every one of them for including me in this experience.  It was cold and it was a long day from the time I loaded up a van, drove to the Annapolis Valley, participated in the shoot and drove home, but it was worth every minute.  Here are the creds:

Elegant Productions – Lauren and Katelyn:  http://elegantproductions.ca  I had a chance to work with these two creative ladies a few times over the 2013 season and appreciate the business they sent my way and for suggesting Borrowed for this shoot.  It was fun to see them in action, their organizational skills and how they made things seamlessly flow throughout the day.  Who doesn’t need that on a wedding day?
Flowers:  http://www.chelsealeeflowers.ca  –  when I saw those flowers in my cobalt bottle collection my heart stopped!   If I had been on a chair I would have fallen off!  And the bouquet, swing (THE SWING) and halo were equally amazing.  She made sure every bloom was in perfect, photo worthy condition!

Cakes:  Those blue birds are handpainted on the cake!  Talented!  http://www.frostingcakesandevents.com

Wedding gown, bride’s cape (made from vintage doilies –  you know I was loving on that), bride’s necklace http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/GillianHannahBerry

Food:  How delicious does that look?  http://localsourcemarket.com/catering-2

Stationary:  http://www.creativedestiny.ca – One word – beautiful!

Hairstyling:  http://truebeautysalonspa.ca – Soft and flowing but managed to last the day.

Makeup: Allison Kirby  – well just look at Drew 🙂

Models: Drew Campbell & Jono Horne – beautiful/low maintenance:

Ta da!   Photography by the incomparable http://candaceberry.com (with special props to her husband Dave for the “heavy lifting”).  See her blog post here:  http://candaceberry.com/blog/2013/11/blue-willow/ (Plus the link will appear when watching my slideshow – credit where credit is due)
I’ll be featuring the photographs which so stunningly capture the beauty of my inventory (plus some others that I just couldn’t resist sharing) and showcase some ideas on how to incorporate them into your day.

(Click on the first photo to enlarge and scroll through the images)

Two of a kind working on a full house

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Maybe you’re not a country music fan, but I am.   Die. Hard.  I go to concerts whenever and wherever I can.  I sing and play guitar.  I buy downloads of songs and for about five years I purchased every single issue of Country Weekly.  When I decided I wanted to train for and run a full marathon, it was the Country Music Marathon in Nashville that my sister, brother-in-law and I completed.  So this quote from a Garth Brooks (yes I have seen him in concert) song was just the ticket to describe my latest yard sale find.  Two perfect roseback side chairs.  Of course they didn’t look quite like this when purchased, but with a little TLC, some new fabric and the talent of Karen Stanley Hamilton (upholstery expert) they are all prettied up and ready to go.  I can hear them singing to each other now:    “So draw the curtain, honey turn the lights down low.  We’ll find some country music on the radio”.  Wait a second, now they’re dancing.   ALL the chairs are dancing.    And just like that there’s a party happening in the shop.

A sucker for a pretty face

Sometimes I leave the house with a list of things I know or feel clients will be looking for.  And come home, maybe with those things, but also with a few other bonuses.  It doesn’t only happen when I am shopping for Borrowed.  It happens pretty much every time I go into a store – grocery, clothing, whatever.  Drawn in by the beauty, uniqueness or feel of a certain item.

So a couple of weeks ago I was visiting the antique shops in Great Village, Nova Scotia, which I tend to do at least every other weekend.  I was looking for bottles, coloured glass goblets, bone china dinner plates…..and I came home with a stove!

My first reaction was that it was from the 50’s (mostly because of the colour)  but my initial research on the Guelph Stove Co leads me to believe it is likely from the 20’s or 30’s.   The colour is gorgeous and I can think of so many ways it could be used for wedding or wedding shower decor.    Want to be the first to borrow this beauty?  You can do that for $30 per event.

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