Inspiration Shoot Backstory

Hee hee, I know it's been over a week since we were on Ruffled, but we're still so honored and pleased that our pet project got some love from such a great blog. We wanted to tell you a little more about the meaning and process of this photo shoot, as well as show you some images that haven't been published before. Without further ado:

Sometime in the 1960’s...

....a very skinny, very quiet high school boy in suspenders was poked in the stomach at his bus stop by a pretty, playful girl two grades above him. The girl claimed not to remember, but the boy never forgot, and when they met again years later [he pursuing science and she pursuing art] they stayed up talking all night and realized they had more in common than they ever imagined. 

In 1972 they were married in San Francisco, and lived a charmed life with their dogs and cats, the artist adorning their windowpanes with little painted flowers and grasses, the scientist juxtaposing his carefully conceived equations next to them. Their family would grow to include three daughters: Nessa, Meesha, and me.

When coming up with our inspiration shoot, I wanted to pay homage to the two fields that my parents brought together so harmoniously: Art & Science. Also, since my mom is no longer with us, I wanted to pay tribute to my parents’ marriage of 38 years, and design a wedding to perfectly fit them.

Hannah and I had such a wonderful time brainstorming and executing ideas to show how science and art can complement each other. We also wanted the shoot to reflect the personality of my parents, two very free spirits who embodied love in the 1960’s and 70’s. For our lovely model Maria, Novella Bridal Boutique provided us with two gorgeous dresses, a short Pronovias, and a long Manuel Mota. We chose these beautiful smocks because they reflected the comfortable relaxed nature we were going for, and harkened back to the 70’s in the most modern and lovely of ways. 

For the hair and makeup by Jira at Wowpretty, we went natural and soft. We wanted our model to look angelic, as if she were my mom awaiting my dad on the other side to welcome him to their dream wedding reception.

Church Street Flowers arranged all of our florals into real science equipment – we were so thrilled that beakers, flasks, cylinders and test tubes can look so very elegant! They also provided us with the materials to arrange a wild free spirited centerpiece of curly willow, moss and succulents. 

The tables, seating, and mix of eclectic dishes were all provided by Classic Party Rentals SF. We love that they have such a great range of items. We were able to mix and match to get the casual yet refined and character-filled look that we wanted.

We fused science and art in the details as well: the watercolor invitations and painted sign gave an artistic representation of the dna helix. 

Using this same dna twist idea, we made both the enclosure for the invitations and the twisted “paintbrush holder” that adorned the back of the bench. The fabric for the twists was the same as that of our napkins which we custom-made. 

Above the table we hung “atoms” twisted from gold wire and pearls.

All of our pieces came together at the amazing Allied Arts Guild. Once we came up with our concept, we could think of no better place than this artistic gem in Menlo Park. There are so many hidden corners and intimate areas here. It’s our personal favorite for either weddings, or just a relaxing stroll.

Last and certainly not least, our photographer Page Bertelsen not only provided us with gorgeous images, she also entrusted us with someone very dear for the day: her sweetheart dog Ginger! Hannah & I are pet lovers, so we just had to have a pup in our shoot!

We’d like to thank all of the talented and wonderful vendors who worked with us on this shoot, and helped our vision come to life.

Photography by Page Bertelsen
Hair and Makeup by WowPretty
Model: Maria Fang
Venue: the Allied Arts Guild

Behind the Scenes: Prepping for Our Inspiration Shoot

Hello Honeys!

We were so honored to be featured on Ruffled right before the weekend. 

Here are some phone pix from behind the scenes of creating decorations for our inspiration shoot :D 

watercolor sketch for invitations
golden atoms, the diy here:

my workstation

Watercolor Invitation 

Watercolor Placecards
Homemade molecule sets from which to hang atomic escort cards
We'll be back with more photos from the shoot, so stay tuned!

Vendor Spotlight: Gem Photo

This week we'd like to shine a light on one of our favorite photographers: Emily Scott of Gem Photo. We showed you some of her work on Tuesday, now let's hear a little more about her!

Photo by Gina Zeidler

Quick Q's!

Best Meal: anytime my husband makes breakfast for us. he is a wizard in the kitchen. 

Best present someone has gotten you: a pair of black Christian louboutins. 

Favorite place to be: my grandparents summer cottage on the lake in Canada. 

What do H&T stand for to you?  my two favorite things : hugging & traveling 

About Your Craft

What inspired you to be a photographer? Living in Japan for a year after college made me want to capture every new sight I saw and share it with everyone back home. 

Tell us about a favorite moment you’ve captured. I recently photographed a dear friend just a few hours after the birth of her first child. It was the most incredible thing to see her hold this product of love and sacrifice  

A moment that has made you cry: I cry at literally every wedding I photograph. Usually during the father daughter dance.

A moment that has made you laugh: I love photographing grandparents and I really wanted to photograph my brides grandmother as she was walking into the reception and when I stopped her I was hesitant to ask her to move into better light. She told me - "Listen, when you have as many kids as I do, you get used to people bossing you around! So you just tell me where to go."

Biggest challenge shooting a wedding: deciding what to focus on when there are so many moments happening at the same time. 

Best thing about shooting a wedding: being with people on the best day of their lives. 

Favorite type of shoot: lifestyle shoots - or engagements where we go and eat at amazing food spots in the Bay Area. 

What philosophy do you use to guide your work? A while back I found a quote from scripture that struck me so deeply - it goes "All beautiful you are, my darling, there is no flaw in you." And the idea that through the eyes of love - there are no flaws. That's how I try to see and capture everyone. 

Do you have openings for 2013/2014? Yes! Only a few weekends open for 2013 left. 

What's the best way to reach you? Email


So sweet and calming, Emily is always a pleasure to work with. She's also a big inspiration to us to follow our hearts and do what we love! To see more of Emily's moments of laughter, light and love, visit her websiteblog and facebook!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello Honeys,

We hope you're having a beautiful Valentine's Day! This season is full of love-ly inspiration wherever you go. We really believe that you can find inspiration everywhere (we should have a section on our blog called "inspiration everywhere", no?). Here are a couple things we saw and loved out and about at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. 

Sprinkles is always delicious and cute! Their xox motif makes our hearts flutter (could also be the sugar), and these cute felt cushions adorned with hearts would be a fun and simple diy for a sweet and handmade event. 

Paper heart garland spotted at drybar. Mixing textures and prints within a chosen color palette adds interest and cheer.

 Fantastical Louis Vuitton display. We've had visions of a lawyer wedding dancing in our heads for one of our couples, and this really makes paperwork look exhilarating!

Well hello~~ aren't you the best for last! Couldn't pass this puffy little cloud without snapping a photo. I think she's wishing you all a very happy Valentine's Day! And so are we!


p.s. look at her little feet! SO cute!

San Francisco Art Institute Wedding

Happy Tuesday Honeys! 

We'd like to share with you this lovely video by Tyler Faires Productions

We had the honor of coordinating for gorgeous Rebecca & Jon on their wedding day. Some of our favorite parts:

The breathtaking view at SFAI, the mouthwatering scent of paella wafting through the air, the romantic Ñanduti wedding favors, the beautiful chuppah built by family...and what's a celebration without a little gangnam style? :)

Winter Origami Decoration

Happy Honey & Twine Tuesday Everyone!

We've got a winter wedding coming up that we're soooo excited about! The colors are silver and pink, and the bride & groom are cute as can be

One of the pieces we're working on for them is a hanging origami installation. Theirs will be surrounding a skylight, but we've put together a simplified version for you to use as holiday party decor on the wall.

In our example, we used origami butterflies made from 6"x 6" silver foil paper (following this video tutorial) but this project can be done with cranes, snowflakes, etc!

What you'll need:

What to do:

Using your pin, skewer, or other sharp object, pierce a hole in the butterfly. We want our butterflies to hang at an upward angle, so we're piercing them towards the front. 

Cut string to desired length and tie a bead to the bottom. This will hold your butterfly in place. 

String your butterfly through the hole you pierced and slide it into place. 

Tie another bead desired distance from the first one. We spaced ours 4 inches apart. Slide another butterfly down the string, and repeat as many times as you like!

Once you've strung butterflies to the top of your string, tie the remaining tail to a horizontal string, and secure with hot glue. 

Continue making strings of butterflies and space them evenly apart – we spaced ours 4 inches. To get that undulating rhythm, we strung butterflies seven to a string, then six, five, four, five, six, seven, etc! 

Hang on your wall or mantle to add some shimmer and texture. 

For our couple, we'll also be adding larger butterflies and snowflakes cut from glitter paper, so stay tuned for photos from the wedding!

Recipes & Memories: A Sneak Peek

Hello Honeys! 

This H&T Tuesday I'd like to share with you a project that is very dear to my heart...and stomach :)

When I was busy writing personal statements for colleges, my dad was busy writing up his own special piece: a cookbook for me and my sisters, so that even though we were all out of the nest, we could still have a taste of home.

This cookbook contains almost all of our favorite childhood recipes, from beef noodle soup to spinach enchiladas. It also weaves in special memories associated with these dishes, and some family history. I would even say it's a bit of a love story.

This cookbook got me through college (healthily!), and while I know most of the nearly 100 recipes by heart now, I still look over it to double-check or just to be reminded of good times. 

It lived as a word doc for many years, but I recently undertook the task of laying it out in Indesign. I want to have it up on Google Books as a Christmas present for my dad. Oops...I hope you're not reading this Baba! If you are, just pretend to be surprised!

Whenever I proofread it all the way through, the last page never fails to make me tear pops is such a poet!

The entire cookbook will be available for download on Google Books in a few weeks, hopefully in time for Christmas :)

Simple Centerpiece Tutorial

Hellloooo and Happy Tuesday! 

We recently added Diana & Jon's wedding photos to our website gallery, and wanted to share with you how their centerpieces were made. We had such a great time working with them and coming up with ideas to fit their needs and style! 

The centerpieces needed to be low and small enough so that they could be placed on lazy-susans without getting in the way of the delicious banquet. We took cues from Diana's pinterest to create these simple gray flower boxes filled with white hydrangea.

Since the couple didn't have a budget for florals, we created their bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces with silk flowers. To save on labor costs, Diana enlisted the help of her wonderful family, so we made a very simple tutorial for them of how to assemble the flower boxes:

Once the box was assembled, we added a yellow ribbon for the finishing touch. The table numbers, concepted by Honey & Twine and designed by the wonderful Karyssa Magann, were named after SF locations that held special meaning to the couple.

Here's the cost breakdown for their simple and elegant centerpiece:
Hydrangea from Michaels: $21.54 for 6 (we got them on sale – yay for Michaels' 40% off sales!)
Dusty Miller from Michaels: $5.99 per bunch. Each box uses 1/3 of a bunch, so add $2 per box
Wooden Boxes Rented from Honey & Twine: $6
Approximate Total Cost Per Centerpiece: $29.54

Depending on your priorities, there are always creative ways to be cost effective. We can't wait to share more ideas with you in the posts to come!

Stay Sweet,

Customized Wedding Favors

If you haven't seen already, we were honored to have Love & Lavender feature Alison & David's wedding last week.  We had so much fun working with these two! We connected instantly at our first meeting over coffee at Philz. When they asked if we could plan their wedding in three months – we said, “absolutely!”

Through working with Alison and David, we also became acquainted with someone very important in their lives: their adorable cat Buddy.  They wanted him to be represented at their wedding, and had the great idea for customized beer bottles as wedding favors, dubbed “Great Budworth’s Celebration Ale”. To do this they used Grogtag, who makes it easy to either custom-design or use one of their templates. The label design started with this hilarious picture of Buddy in his best outfit:

We designed labels for their beer favors using their wedding’s color palette (peach, olive and antique gold).  We also added the Union Jack to give a nod to David’s heritage.

We eventually decided to go with darker labels to stay true to the Newcastle ale: 

Guests had so much fun bringing their very special beer home, and I'm happy to say that Buddy is still a part of our lives :) David and Alison sent us this photo just last week:

We love our jobs because we get to make so many new friends, both human and animal!

Hanging Flower Decorations

Fall is upon us, and as leaves start to flutter down, one can't help but think of romance. There's something magical about beauty above us, so when thinking about your wedding centerpieces, think above the table as well as (or instead of) on the table. Here are a few examples of beautiful hanging floral centerpieces:

We know that letting your imagination soar is always fun, but not everyone has the budget to do large hanging centerpieces throughout the venue. If you'd like a scaled down version, consider using a hanging centerpiece to draw attention to one specific area, like the sweetheart table or cake table. 

Happy Planning!

*Photos courtesy of Ruffled, Style Me Pretty, Doltone House, Sullivan Owen, and Belle the Magazine

Vintage Fashion Expo: 1920's Dresses & Animal Jewelry

Happy Tuesday Everyone! Sunday we went to the Vintage Fashion Expo in SF and saw a huge array of eclectic pieces. We couldn’t help but think of our brides when we browsed Decades of Fashion's  collection. They carry gorgeous delicately hand-sewn 1920’s dresses by the same designers who did costume design for Oscar-winning film “The Artist” and upcoming film “The Great Gatsby”. You can enjoy elegance and comfort in one of these – they all have elastic waists so you can actually breathe and eat! Have a second piece of cake! 

Here's a sampling of what we saw:

My weak camera phone does the dresses no justice, but visit Decades of Fashion in SF to see some amazing options for your wedding, after party, or just for fun! You can make an entire day out of browsing their collection of clothing, hats, shoes, and bags. 

Seeing their lovely goods inspired us to share some other 1920's inspired looks we've been seeing around:

Ventura - Pronovias by Manuel Mota
photo via

Eden by Jenny Packham
photo via

Audrey Ivory by Freya Rose
photo via

I of course got distracted by some adorably precious animal jewelry as well:

Animal shaped things! Sigh~ I have an addiction. Hope your Tuesdays are sweet & strong!
-T xoxo
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Things Tria Loves

I love soooo many things, but here's the distilled version:

Reading & Writing have shaped who I am. Taking in the work of authors lets me experience worlds I would never otherwise be able to, and producing my own writing helps me process the world I live in. 

There’s nothing more relaxing to me than painting. When I was growing up, instead of going to Chuck E Cheese's, my two sisters, mom and I would spend the weekends on the porch with our paintbrushes. Now whenever I paint it feels like home. 

A painting of my mom's

I’m not crazy about exercising, but I do love to dance. In November I’m going to the Movement Lifestyle Tour with amazing teachers like these two newlyweds:

I love animals of all kinds, with a special soft spot for kitties, bunnies, and whales. This has led to a slight obsession with animals in weddings, as you can see from my pinterest board. 

oh heyy kitties~

Animal-shaped things also really do it for me.

I might never grow up

Cooking at home saves me so much money, is (usually) healthier than eating out, and is always fun to do with friends and family :) Wanna come over and make dinner?