Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Lovely Evening with Lovely Women

Our annual WOW holiday party at Lawry’s restaurant in Beverly hills. 



IMG_8586Lisa Kasberg takes time to remind all of us how “WOW”nderful each lady of WOW is.  I think she just likes to make us cry at every meeting.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Steampunk Wedding Anyone?

THE COUPLE: Stacy and Eric
Lawry's in Beverly Hills, CA
THE DATE: April, 2010
Floral Fields and Beau Ideal Beauty


Well, it’s basically the Victorian Era re-imagined with science fiction. According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy. The term denotes works set in a world where steam power is still widely used, usually the 19th century. It encompasses fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H.G Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.

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When Stacy and Eric first met with Debbie Fields to discuss their unique wedding theme, they had no idea quite how it was going to end up. They were all confident that it would turn out stunningly, as Debbie and her team always fulfills the clients vision, but the challenge was how to incorporate fresh flowers with unusual props, antiques, trinkets, dusty old jars and strange gadgets. It took nine months of creative brainstorming to design the Steampunk theme this bride and groom were dreaming of; the most imaginative and impressive Steampunk wedding ever!!!

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The designers of Floral Fields, armed with that definition, spent days working with clockwork gears, light bulbs, vintage books, dusty jars, watches, eyeglasses, lock holes, magnifiers, vintage typewriters, old wine bottles and tons of flowers to create unique and insanely intricate centerpieces (each very different). The bouquets and boutonnieres were embellished with typewriter keys, watch parts, and gears to match.

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“I can't say enough wonderful things about Debbie and the team at Floral Fields. We had a specifically themed (Steampunk) wedding, and the one thing that I was never sure about was how the heck we would decorate the tables. My husband and I spent months collecting props off of eBay, antique typewriters and light bulbs and hardcover books, and we ended up just dumping them all in Debbie's lap the week or so before the wedding. And she came back with centerpieces that just floored me. First of all, she had worked in all of our props in creative ways that I hadn't even considered, having flowers flow out of typewriters, and nestled in among tiny jars full of gel and LED lights. She even brought some of her own props from home and from family members and generously allowed us to use them. And the actual ceremony space was just stunning, draped all over with candles and greenery. She went way beyond anything that I could have ever imagined, and helped to make an amazing wedding for us. People just couldn't stop talking about how incredible the decor was. Thank you, Debbie”


In designing the hair and make-up with Stacy, Kathleen Hagan decided to do her make-up more towards the natural Victorian ideal instead of the more dramatic Punk look since she is a person who rarely wears a lot of make-up, also reasoning that since it was an early day wedding, a delicate make-up was more appropriate.
Stacy had amazing, beautiful curly hair naturally, so Kathleen just wanted to enhance it. She first put in Argan Oil to give it shine and as a heat protectant, then wrapped all her hair in tiny sections on a 1/4 inch curling iron. It looked like her natural curl, but perfected and shiny. She then loosely pulled it up and pinned it and left some tendrils falling out, opting for a casual, romantic look.
The tiny top hat was the challenge! It took quite a bit of pins, of all shapes and sizes to get it to stay at the perfect sassy angle. Once secured, Stacy did quite a bit of shaking and bending her head to make sure it wouldn't budge. With the top hat firmly in place, they realized that to attempt to take it off would most definitely ruin the perfection of the carefully curled tiny sections of hair, so Stacey opted to keep it on the entire day since the top hat was an integral part of her attire and should stay on throughout the event.