If you’re like me, you have a certain image of Thanksgiving dinner stuck in your mind, playing on a loop each and every day of November. It’s basically this: a large, happy group of family and friends crowded around a really long table, groaning under enormous plates of traditional food.
I’ve hosted this kind of Thanksgiving more times than I can count–needing to rent tables, borrow chairs from the neighbors, and fervently pray there’s enough cheese ball appetizer to go around. Besides the massive prep work and cleanup, big gatherings can be fun and exciting–and boisterous and silly. You get caught up in the sheer abundance of energy and celebration, and count yourself lucky to be in such good company.
But how do you feel about a small Thanksgiving gathering? Does it make you feel sad if you have to host or attend one? Do you feel pity for the friend who mentions that her Thanksgiving will be tiny when yours will likely be forty if the second cousins stay home?
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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
At Plank & Pearl we love a good design challenge, so when the opportunity arose to join an exceptionally creative team for an eclectic styled shoot at Blanc (Denver), we jumped in feet first. Our building blocks were a rustic plank table, the gorgeous exposed brick walls of our industrial venue, and a stunning, real-life couple whose inner and outer beauty is powerfully magnetic. Continue reading “Colorful Eclectic Wedding Shoot at Blanc Denver”
Okay, so you haven’t traveled the world yet, gathering unique treasures from off-the-grid markets to bring home to your perfectly curated home. Or you decided it was probably a good idea to keep paying off your student loan rather than handing over your credit card for a vintage kilim rug. Well, don’t despair—because everything you need to create a fabulous backyard boho lounge is available (and affordable) at your local thrift store, estate sale, or vintage market.
In fact, everything pictured in our boho lounge was sourced from such places—and I mean everything: the rugs, furniture, pillows, vases, macramé wall hangings, and accessories.
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If you’re not from Colorado but you’ve followed the media frenzy on our legal marijuana market, you might guess that our favorite local crop is pot. For many, this is absolutely true—and it’s the reason Denver can’t throw apartments up fast enough to house the constant influx of new residents to our formerly quiet city.
But for many of us, the incredibly delicious Palisade peaches grown on the Western Slope are the hands-down favorite! We have to wait until late July for the overflowing crates to show up in grocery stores and farmers markets—but by then we’re ready to grab them up and head home to make pies and jam. Or simply eat them fresh with the sweet juice running down our necks. So here are a few photos inspired by Palisade peaches. And now I have to go bake a pie for my husband.
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Here are some photos from our Fourth of July styled shoot! We gave ourselves a challenge: to create a patriotic vintage vignette using select items from our inventory enhanced by household objects easily found in the average garage, attic, or basement. No plastic windsocks or tempting merchandise from the Target dollar bins! You’ll see in the photos that we started with a rusty red wagon from the garage as our focal point, added some blue-covered history books from our shelf, a stray brass eagle bookend, some blue-and-white plates, white goblets, and a red cake stand from the pantry and (last but not least) our adorable mutt Otis! Taking a shortcut, we picked up some festive desserts, but otherwise spent nothing on this easy-to-recreate backyard celebration.
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