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Whimsical Rockefeller Bridal Inspiration

Creative LifestyleGina PaulsonComment

A couple of years ago, I received an email to do some wedding signs for a bride in Arizona. She was a talented photographer, incredible sweetheart and total babe. She was one of my first big out of state weddings, and she may not even know it, but her trust in me gave me a level of confidence with my business when I needed it. Her wedding then went on to be featured and heavily repinned- and one sign in particular generated a lot of inquiries. So I'll forever have a soft spot for both that bride and her photographer, Alicia, for capturing it. I've kept up with those girls on social media and even though they are states away it seems at times like I actually know them. That is what I love about this industry, the connections can be so unexpected but so great. 

Fast forward a couple of years to a few months ago when Alicia reached out to me about a styled shoot in Chicago. I of course jumped on board immediately, postmarked my goods and sent them across the country wishing I was going with them. When I received the images back, I was elated. The photos are gorgeous and I can only imagine how magical it would have been to actually be there! This talented group of vendors met at the Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. Adorned with walls covered in vines and architecture that takes inspiration from Gothic Revival influences, it was the perfect background to this whimsical and romantic styled shoot. 

The invitations were printed on handmade paper with touches to watercolor. Handmade paper naturally gives my writing a bit more of a delicate look to it, a bit whimsical but perfect for this shoot. The table number is on a semi translucent paper giving it a soft elegant feeling. I am so happy I got to be a part of this shoot and you can see and read more about it here: 

Amazing Group of Vendors: 

Photographer:  Alicia Lucia Photography

Dress Designer: Alyssa Kristin

Model: Anna DeBlecourt

Floral Designer: Cornell Florist

Invitation Designer: Eleven and West

Beauty: Pins & Lashes

Event Venue: Rockefeller Chapel

Holiday Vibes at Headquarters

Creative Home, Creative LifestyleGina PaulsonComment

I hope you all are enjoying the holidays and spending lots of time with your family and friends! As those of you who follow along with me know, we purchased a house about a year ago now (yes- its crazy how fast that year went) and spent a few months remodeling it and are finally getting to a point of being content with it. Decorating for the holidays was definitely a good thing for me, and hosting a holiday party was EXACTLY what I needed to get things into place and kick up the festivity! My mom came over one afternoon with some tubs of random garland, ornaments, pinecones, etc. and helped me whip this house into shape. Granted our house is mainly just a kitchen and a living room, I wanted to share a few snippets from it with you guys! (YES, one day I'll finally get my BEFORE/AFTER photos on here- I promise!) I'm totally dreading having to take down the decorations in fear of it looking less cozy around here but I'm sure I'll find something to replace my Christmas Tree and garland! 

I'd LOVE to hear about your holiday decorating, fun ideas and suggestions in the comments or on Instagram @elevenandwest!! Thanks again, friends! CHEERS!