Out of all of the common forms of social media, Twitter is the one I use least of all. And even though I hardly use it, and my account has been hacked more times than I can remember, I can’t bring myself to delete my account. And that’s because Twitter, of all places, is how Jill and Ryan of With Love and Embers first contacted me last winter.
I have always admired Jill and Ryan’s photography, and was taken aback when they contacted me expressing interest in working together someday.
I don’t know if they expected me to respond right away, but I did, and after months of planning and collaboration, and the addition of Natalie Wallace from Birdhouse Productions, we came up with an idea for a styled shoot that that was near and dear to all of us because it was inspired by our past. The entire shoot was based on this idea of what it would be like to wake up and be a teenager again (in the 90′s of course), spending the lazy days of summer riding bikes, hanging out by the pool, eating popsicles….all with your favorite person!
I am not going to lie, I was constantly worried during this whole process that I was doing everything wrong, that it would rain on the day of the shoot (and it almost did!), and that it wouldn’t turn out the way I imagined. There was a lot of time spent putting it all together, and a lot of risks, but I’m so happy that it came out better than expected. And the icing on the cake? The shoot was featured on one of my most favorite wedding blogs, Green Wedding Shoes.
To say that I have been busy these past few months is an understatement. It’s been almost 7 months since I attended Making Things Happen (blog post to come on what I’ve been up to…) and since then I’ve been working nonstop! Summer has come and gone with barely any tan lines to show for it, and I’ve spent more time listening to podcasts than talking to friends.
But its moments like this past weekend that make it all worth it. I had the honor of making decorations and creating all of the flower arrangements for my friends Beth and Blake - two great people who are perfect for each other, and had the perfect fall wedding on the roof of a building in Central Park. Their wedding would’ve been beautiful without my decorations – but I am so happy I had a chance to contribute to the day.
Here are some photos from the wedding that I took showing some of the details I made including the wax paper leaf garlands that hung inside the tent, hand painted bar menu, fringe tissue tassel drink stirrers, and some of the flower arrangements I put together using bottles I’ve collected over the past few years.
Once the professional photos are done I will be sure to share those!
Every day when I walk to and from the subway to go to work, I get to pass by some of my decorations in action. That’s because I created a window display for the wine store a few doors down from my apartment in June (it’s a great little shop with a great hand selected selection of wine and specialty liquor called Free Range Wine).
Lately I’ve had the chance to work on some really fun Etsy orders. At least 1/3 of my orders are custom orders and I really enjoy the process of working with customers to create something unique.
Here are some photos of some of my most recent custom orders….
Decorative cupcake toppers in custom colors that I made for a 1st birthday party. Also made a cake topper garland, a full length garland, and high chair garland.
Last month, an event stylist/photographer named Kelly Anderson contacted me to see if she could use my navy, teal, mint garland for a photo shoot and TV segment on her local morning show, Twin Cities Live. The segment and shoot were all about kid-friendly 4th of July party ideas.
Here is the link to the video. You can see my garlands hanging from the star piñata. Hope to have some photos to share from Kelly’s photo shoot soon!
This summer has been pretty busy – I’ve been preparing for my first styled shoot, (as in the first I am 100% styling and not just providing decorations for), and I have two weddings I am creating all of the decorations for.
Because of all of this work going on, I’ve had to put my Etsy shop in vacation mode for periods of time - in fact its in vacation mode right now and will reopen on July 22.
So if you want to order from my Sparkle Motion Decor Etsy shop, but its in vacation mode, here’s what you can do….
- For non-custom orders - Message me on Etsy or email me at SparkleMotionDecor@gmail.com. Some of the items I sell are already made and can be shipped right away. I can always re-open my shop so you can place an order.
- For custom orders or larger orders (such as 24-48 drink stirrers or picks, multiple garlands, etc.) - Again, you can message me on Etsy or email me. Turnaround time will be anywhere from 1-3 weeks, plus shipping.
- For custom wedding or party decorations - I will be able to work on a limited number of parties and a wedding this winter so message me via Etsy or email me if you want Sparkle Motion Decor to plan and create decorations for you!
A few months ago Lauren of Lauren Fair Photography contacted me about helping with decorations for a styled shoot/surprise engagement for Greg and Olivia of Willow Tree Films. My parents were coming to visit the day of the shoot but Lauren was nice enough to let me provide some decorations for the occasion. I made the chair sashes/garlands out of hand sewn lace flowers and tulle in shades of bright and pastel pink, lovebead seating cards in pinks for Olivia and teal for Greg, and matching heart cake toppers to fit in with the “Bohemian Glam” theme.
I am so excited to share that this styled shoot was featured on 100 Layer Cake!!!!