Typically we're both running around town in jeans, flip flops, and no makeup. Not the most fashionable gals in town, but despite that we do appreciate fashion and love looking to it for inspiration. So when The Nashville Symphony Fashion Show approached us to help with this years event along with You're Invited, we felt pretty fancy. Zac Posen was this years featured designer so we went right to work playing around with his designs. We created an embroidered watercolor floral design based around on of the gorgeous fabrics. It became the visual inspiration for the whole event! The patrons party, the bar, the programs, the paper flower wall (wowza), signage, it was all amazing!
"whipped into a blur by wings beating too fast to follow"… the mighty hummingbird became the centerpiece of our inspiration and design. We were set with the task of creating a save-the-date + invitation for a special Jimmy Choo event, benefiting the Nashville Symphony. The Spring collection included jewel tones, Iris' (fitting, as it's our the state flower), and of course, small, but mighty hummingbirds.
We watercolored the florals and let them show through around the address by using a vellum envelope on the Save the Date. Then on the main invitation we really tried to make it feel layered and ultra luxurious. Gorgeous calligraphy with lots of flourish and a die-cut wrap that slid off to reveal the metallic silver foil. All the girly details we could think of for a shoe party inside the most beautiful closet you've ever seen. Yes, the closet. One of a kind indeed!
Favorite detail was this delicate hummingbird carrying the stamp…
We got to be involved at every step of this party so we also created the cocktail napkins and take away bags. Inside were hand painted chocolates by local co., Olive & Sinclair. They were amazing and the color coordination was spot on. Details, details.
We created a pretty fab "Tennessee" invitation last year for the Economic Department so when they called us again this year for a new one we had to put on our thinking caps. The party centered around a whiskey tasting so we created this watercolor glass and tri-star ball of ice getting poured on. The invitation printed on thick card stock with a fun backer design and calligraphy by Val Cole.
These photos really speak for themselves… but a few notes. We created a watercolor for the invitation in these muted gray and earth tones. Then we carried that watercolor over into all the day of pieces like. Even the cake was molded after our design. Sara Fried created such a dreamy, Tuscan affair that made guests double take they were still in Nashville. What was normally a big blank event space turned right on into Tuscany! Gorgeous flowers everywhere, olive branches draping, hand-painting slabs of Calcutta marble signage, twinkly garden lights, a tasting menu adorned with silver leaf, and incredible music. It all made for an incredible evening.
Event Planning: Fete Nashville
Photography: Austin Gros