Prepping for Game of Thrones: Throwback to our GOT Inspired Styled Shoot

We are T-minus 6 days away from the release of Game of Thrones Season 8 and I just. can’t. stand. it!

If you have been following me on IG then you probably saw my ambitious goal to read all the Game of Thrones books before the season 8 premiere on April 14, 2019. Well, I am still on book one, but Holy Mother of Dragons, it is GOOOD! But it did have me reminiscing over a styled shoot I helped out with last year that had #allthethings Game of Thrones!

Are you a lover of all things Westeros? Then you need to see all the beautiful things that our amazing team put together last year!

behind the print

So unlike the other designs I have shown you in the past, this stationery design is the masterpiece of Louise over at The Autumn Rabbit, and I did the foil printing to bring this (dire-wolf) puppy to life!

So now you are probably wondering how this all came to pass…

…well it all started with Misty, Owner of Misty C. Photography based in Washington State. She had been hunting and hunting for a printer who could bring Louise’s Design to life (and that wouldn’t involve all the gold in the 7 isles!) Once we found each other…well…you can check out the results for yourself!

the inspiration

Here are some of my absolute favorite images from the shoot! For a more detailed behind the scenes look at this one-of-a-kind wedding inspiration, you can read Misty’s blog post about this-one-of-a-kind wedding inspiration here.

the stationery

Did you see that Calligraphy work on the envelopes!! Lisa is the Calligrapher behind these gorgeous works of art!

the cake

Game of Thrones Inspired Wedding Cake Bottom Layer is Green Dragon Scales, Second layer is White with Fabric Detailing, Third Layer is White with Thing Gold Abstract Accents and Fourth Lager is Gold Anler and Rose Details all set in a modern day stone henge

the table

the venue

the details

the team

Here is the team of amazing artists that brought this Game of Thrones Wedding Inspiration to life!

Venue: Maryhill Stonehenge
Planning, Coordination, Décor: Tin Sparrow Events @tinsparrowevents
Planning, Photography: Misty C. Photography @mistycphotography
Videography: Beyond Sight Media @beyond_sight_media
Cake: Frost Me Sweet @frostmesweet
Skirt: Etsy shop- SkirtCreations 
Custom dip dye: Misty C. Photography @mistycphotography
Lace Top: Amazon
Models: Zandra and Vince Gonzalez @zgonzo21      @vinnyeku13loak and Dragon Eggs: @Willowwhisperartistry
Hair: Julee Heslop @juleeheslop.stylist
Makeup: Amy Rene Artistry @amyrene_mua
Flowers: My Garden Overfloweth@mygardenoverfloweth
Invitation Suite Designer: The Autumn Rabbit @theautumnrabbit
Invitation Suite Printer: Beauty Bright Design @beautybrightdesign
Wax seals: The Painted Papier
Signage/calligraphy: Artful Virgo @artful.virgo
Rings: Trumpet and Horn @trumpetandhorn
Jewelry: 2 Cool Creations @2cooltina

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Kwanzaa Harvest: A Celebration of African Heritage

We are gonna do a little celebration dance here at Beauty Bright Design and you are invited to dance along! Back in October, I had the opportunity to work with some very talented creative entrepreneurs on a Kwanzaa inspired styled wedding shoot. From rustic barns, beautiful African fabrics and gorgeous florals to gold foiled stationery, cowrie shell fondant details and tablescapes to die for, this make-believe wedding was a beautiful way to honor a rich and vibrant African Culture.

African American Couple Sitting on Blue Velvet Couch in front of White Victorian Home

African Heritage: the inspiration

I actually happened to fall into this styled shoot by accident (and I am so glad I did!) I was browsing through honeybook when I saw Gina’s post looking for a designer to create an “epic” stationery suite for a styled wedding shoot she was planning. If you know me, then you know I saw the word epic and reached out right away!

Woman Setting Up Candles for Kwanzaa

When I first chatted with Gina about her vision, she was extremely excited to celebrate African Heritage by incorporating the symbols and principals of Kwanzaa. Her enthusiasm had me hooked and my brain was racing with stationery ideas before we even got through all the details!

At the end of our chat, we knew three things about what she was envisioning for the stationery suite: it needed to make a statement, it needed to have a stationery box and it needed to incorporate elements of the gorgeous fabric used as the sash on the Bride’s dress.

it’s all in the details

The colors that Gina selected were gorgeous, warm and vibrant.

But these colors also presented of a bit of a challenge – too much purple, green and yellow and the suite would be throwing Mardi Gras Beads from a parade float on Bourbon Street while eating King Cake! I spent a lot of time tweaking the paper and envelope colors to find a perfect balance. After talking through some additional details about other elements in the shoot, Gina and I decided on adding an organic element, a light rsvp envelope and round menu card made from recycled materials.

Tablesetting with green plates and round menu cards

The venue for the shoot was Park Winters, a beautiful backdrop of California countryside and gorgeous buildings around the property like the Victorian Home shown below.

White Victorian Home with Greenery

I wanted the stationery to meld with the scenery and in no way take away from it’s natural beauty. As you see below, I opted to use a single white lowercase serif font for the main text. To help contrast the softness of the white, I opted for a line of all caps gold serif font. The white and gold pop right off the metallic colored paper! With such rich colors for the cards and the box, I opted to use a clear invitation as shown below.

now let’s talk about this stationery box.

This was one place I wanted to give a little umpff! Gina had said she wanted it to make a statement, and I couldn’t think of a bigger statement than a gold velvet lining. In my original design I had opted for a black invitation box, but boy am I glad we changed that! I absolutely love how the green contrasted the gold velvet and the blue wrap. Wowza!

Green Stationery Box with Blue Wrap among a table decorated for kwanzaa

vendor team

Thank you to our vendor team for putting together such an amazing display of creative talents. You all are awesome!

Planning, Coordination, Styling, Floral Design and Accessories: Inspirations by Gina
Stationery: Beauty Bright Design
Photographer and Videographer: Meagan Lucy Photographers
Wedding Dress: Sparkle Bridal Couture
Venue: Park Winters
Men’s Suit: Tuxedo Den
Hair and Make Up: All Dolled Up
Rentals: Rustique Country Rentals
Officiant: Dearly Beloved Celebrations
Cake: Go West Baking and Events 
Fabric for Sash, Bow Tie, Napkins, Runner: Mood Fabrics NYC

If you would like to learn more about all the details and inspirations, check out this blog post by Munaluchi Bridal featuring our Kwanzaa Harvest Styled Shoot: Honoring African Heritage: Inspiring Ceremonial Styled Shoot

Does this have your wedding planning gears spinning? Check out Six Things to COnsider Before Choosing your Wedding Vibe to see what’s most important to focus on.

Interested in having a similar stationery design for your wedding? Learn more about how the magic happens and schedule your design consult to get started!

Six Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Wedding Vibe

So you’re engaged!

Wedding party clicking champagne glasses

After planning a nerve wracking proposal, the wonderful and tearful “YES” that followed, now the hard part is done, right? If only! But before you start planning your wedding, you should first ask yourself, “what kind of wedding do I want to have?”

As important as colours and decor are to your theme, finding your vibe has many components. It represents you, your culture, your personality, the love you two share, and so much more. So, what kind of impression do you want to leave with your guests? More importantly, how do you want to look back and remember your day?

So, today I am going to give you a little food for thought and help you on your way to finding your perfect wedding vibe.  Let’s dig in!

Multi-Color Floral Bouquet

Choosing an Overall Theme

If you love the idea of a very formal event, something in between, or completely informal, these all need to be taken into account when choosing an overall theme. Whatever you choose should be consistent throughout the entire event, from ceremony, pictures, reception, venues, even your food and beverage!

Be it rustic-chic, country-western, Hollywood-glam, vintage, the possibilities are endless. You may even take a few of these ideas and combine them to suit your personality.

  • Are you someone who enjoys the outdoors? Do you love to travel? Maybe a garden or destination wedding would be more your style!
  • Perhaps you enjoy the classics, vintage décor, soft touches, subtle beauty, or maybe you’re a bit more loud and in your face.

Whatever the case, whoever you are, let it shine through in your theme!

Once you‘ve got a good sense of where your niche is, hone in on it. This will make planning the finer details much more seamless.

money saving tip:

Here’s a little trade secret…
Weddings held during the day are significantly less expensive than an evening affair! Something to keep in mind if you’re running on a tighter budget!

Choosing a Season

If you’re anything like me and hibernate in the winter, steering towards a warmer season may suit you best. You could be the opposite and love the thought of freshly fallen snow to bundle up and prance around in!

What season calls out to you?

If your wedding is going to be outdoors, this will have a huge impact. You’ll likely try to utilize the warmer months so your guests don’t freeze the single dramatic tears that fall from the joy that fills their hearts when they watch you say “I do”.

Finding the right Venue

Now that you’ve picked a big picture theme, you can start to look at what venues will cater to your unique vibe.

Your perfect venue may or may not be a blank canvas that you can decorate how you like. It’s smart however, to find a venue that you find fits your vision, so you can see if any colours you want to implement will clash with strongly patterned walls or floors.

In any case, start with something neutral and add a pop of colour. If your colours allow, throw in a contrast! Metallics are great for this.

Let’s talk turkey…or at least catering

The time of day you choose to host your wedding will determine how you should expect to feed your guests. What kind of food do you envision?  The level of formality will come in quite heavily here.

Do you envision champagne and hor’deuvres circulating and a plated three course meal? Maybe a buffet is more your style!  Here are a few examples to give you a few ideas:

  • Candle-lit affairs that scream whimsical romance will likely be held in the evening with dinner and cocktails.
  • Maybe you’re a lover of breakfast food and would love a brunch wedding with pastel colours and mimosas.  

Whatever your food choice, make sure it falls in line with the vibe and theme you are trying to create.

Don’t forget some entertainment!

One of the key components to the vibe of any wedding is the choice of music. Discuss with your band or DJ and be certain they can provide you with the tone you want to set!

Now all you need is something to tie it all together!

Adding a Touch of YOU

Is there something or someone you want to shine through on your big day?

  • Maybe you’ve served in the military and you want to honour your time served.
  • You may have a relative that isn’t able to be at the wedding and you would love to show honour in subtle ways.

Finding ways to tie these kinds of special treasures in your theme are what can really make a wedding unique and especially treasured in your hearts forever.

Having said all this just remember….

As much as the things that make a wedding special are found in the finer details, too many details will have the opposite effect you’re looking for.

So sit back and look big picture as to what you want to remember, and what you want your guests to remember about your wedding. Anything in excess can derail even the best of intentions, so be mindful of how you tie it all together.

Now step back, take a deep breath, and bring in the experts to make your event exactly what you want it to be, without all of the added stress!

To crowning moments and blissful memories…


Beth Olatunji is a Toronto based Wedding Planner that brings to life elegant weddings for busy couples and is the owner of Bliss by Beth Events. When not planning gorgeous weddings, Beth is passionate about cooking, baking and spending time with her daughter.

Learn how Beth can help you make your Big Day a Dream Come True here.