In the life of any small company, so many changes in a year. It’s said that dogs live seven years to every year of ours, and I’m beginning to think that a twelve-month cycle for a wedding rental business can have the same feeling of acceleration!
2017 brought a vast array of change, challenges, and successes to Plank & Pearl. Just a year ago we were finishing the remodel of our building and stepping around ladders, paint cans, and sawdust. We hadn’t yet booked summer weddings and didn’t anticipate how busy we’d be August through December. We couldn’t’ imagine we’d buy the extensive vintage inventory of a local rental company that was closing shop. And most surprising of all was how our clients reacted to our fresh supply of beautifully upholstered vintage settees and chairs. The whimsy of tufted velvet in gorgeous gem-tones is in high demand. One bride described her choices as “straight out of a fairytale wedding.”
Our theme for 2018 is “lighter and brighter.” We’re excited to launch our redesigned website, with a brighter design and greater usability for our clients. We’ll be refreshing our inventory with new pieces and parting with older collections that don’t fit our more focused approach to event rentals. And, as always, it’s a brighter day when we get to work with some of Denver’s most talented wedding professionals in treasured Colorado venues.
As the days lengthen little by little, the skies are brighter and spring feels like a true possibility. At Plank & Pearl, our mood is lighter as we anticipate a sweet and festive wedding season—and hope that you are, too!
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Maybe it’s because I’m a 30-year vegetarian, but I jumped in quickly when Meagan Broadway (stationary designer) and Kimblerly Mitiaska (photographer) asked me to join their creative team for a styled wedding shoot with a summer harvest theme. I had yet to take part in a shoot in which fresh farm veggies took a starring role, second only to the bride and groom!
Every single thing about this gorgeous shoot has a luscious, ripe, seasonal sheen that makes you want to kick your shoes off, grab a cold drink from the bar, and maybe pluck an artichoke right from the table display. We were more than happy to lend our simple, geometric ironware plates, copper vessels, vintage glassware, a vintage bar cart, wicker baskets, wooden salad bowls, and bucket wicker chairs to help evoke the rich, saturated, gorgeous look of this very special styled shoot. See the entire fabulous shoot on the Ruffled wedding blog!
Photography: KMitiska Photography
Event Design and Planning: Root + Gather Events
Floral Design: Fawns Leap
Venue: Lone Hawk Farms
Bridal Boutique: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio
Hair: Kim J Beauty
Makeup: Pretty Bride Shop
Catering: Butcher & the Blonde
Wedding Cake: Sam Keith Cakes
Bartending: Garnish Bartending
Rentals: Plank & Pearl
Tables: Harvest Table Company
Chairs: All Events
Paper Goods: Whimsy Design Studio
“You’ll love this bride,” Sarah (the wedding planner) told me. “She’s so fun to work with and she’s fallen in love with your retro gold typewriter!” I was immediately excited to meet Evie, who is planning an autumn wedding in the Colorado mountains, complete with gondola rides to the top of the peak where the ceremony will take place. When I asked Sarah about the theme she told me to visualize a whimsical mountain affair with white and touches of gold. She also mentioned that Evie had been drawn to my collection of brass candlesticks in various sizes and shapes.
Because I work from home as I explore future space possibilities, meeting clients means I set up inspiration vignettes on my long dining room table, the coffee table in the family room, the kitchen counter, and just about anywhere else that can accommodate my vintage inventory.
Continue reading “Inspiration for a Whimsical Mountain Wedding”
Vintage gold flatware, Corelle plates, and assorted amber goblets.
When Sarah met with Plank & Pearl to talk about the wedding shower she would be co-hosting for her sister, Amy, she gave three words to describe what she had in mind: retro, summer, and yellow. The party would be held outdoors in the expansive backyard of her aunt’s home on the last Friday evening of June, attended by members of their large and close-knit family. As Sarah chose milk glass vases, amber goblets, and a yellow typewriter she radiated absolute excitement about using vintage tableware and décor for the event. “It’s so Amy!” she explained. “And wait until you see my Aunt Clare’s backyard.”
1960s retro Royal typewriter with a custom message.
Continue reading “Summer Bridal Shower: A Retro Backyard Celebration for Amy”