Styled Shoot-Raw Elegance

When PJ of Milk Glass Vintage Rentals approached me about designing a styled shoot…I was in!  I love collaborating with other talent as well as getting to work with friends.  It takes loving what you do for a living to a whole new level.  I first met PJ when working on Jennifer Skog’s Picnic Baby Shower.  Our love for design (plus a our common understanding of towing around toddlers while running businesses) has kept us friends since.

The inspiration for Raw Elegance came from a love of mixing and contrasting design elements.  I love something sparkly set against something weathered.  I wanted frilly materials to have a raw and tattered edge to them and metallics to have a patina.  Leather was another material used throughout the design.  The entire scheme was to appear slightly dark and grungy all the while still coming off very elegant.  My other intent with this design was to showcase PJ’s amazing collection of vintage pieces in a new way.  Vintage weddings have been huge the past few years and when the trend dies down, I wanted to show everyone there are still fantastic ways to use vintage pieces.  Mixing old and new elements are really what can give a design layers of interest.

All Photography By | Jennifer Skog


Setting the mood for our design was the Berkeley Faculty Club.  With its wooden walls and beams, taxidermy and antler topped fireplace, this venue was the perfect backdrop.  Again, with the need for contrast in the design, there was a great juxtaposition with this masculine venue and the femininity of our bride.

The color palette mainly consisted of creams, ivory, brown, and gold.  Green and a touch of purple were the only pops of color.  The table was set with layers of different raw edged lace patterns.  Atop sat wooden scalloped chargers, green ikat dinnerware and capiz shell wooden bowls.  To add a little sparkle, I use gold-rimmed stemware, cut crystal glasses and mother of pearl flatware.  A golden antler held the placecards at each setting and marbled chocolate textured by bubble wrap made for a special little treat.

To me, the flowers are always the crème de le crème of tablescapes.  Placed in leather strapped vases and heightened by chain link candelabras, these flowers added a great variance of height.  Arranged by Nicole Ha Designs, she used various white flowers, purple artichokes, leafy greens and feathers.  A weedier version was set atop a simple cake to add height.

The desert table was back dropped with an industrial shelf holding cut crystal stemware and vases. More leather was brought into this mix and the whole vignette was styled with vintage items. Fun plays on the faculty club were made by using two vintage desks.  The first, an old classroom desk.  The other, we used as our dessert table.

Our bride, although elegant needed to have some edge.  Her dress had layers and layers of tattered ruffles and was belted off with a slim leather belt with gold studs. Her necklace added some sparkle and color to an overall matte look.  For some flirty fun she wore ruffled socks with platform shoes.  Her edgy look was also brought out by Make-up artist Lindsay Skog.  Smoky eyes and a messy up do completed the look.

The stationary designed by The Card Lady

Our lounge showcased many of Milk Glasses’ vintage upholstered pieces.

For some flirty fun she wore ruffled socks with platform shoes.  Her edgy look was also brought out by Make-up artist Lindsay Skog of PMA.  Smoky eyes and a messy up do completed the look.

This design was featured on Style Me Pretty :: HERE

A huge thanks to all of the vendors involved in this project.  I could not have pulled this off without you!


Photography: Jennifer Skog Photographers / Design: Jennifer Bishop Design / Vintage Rentals: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals / Floral: Nicole Ha Designs / Hair & Makeup: Lindsay Skog / Venue: Berkeley Faculty Club / Dress: Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier / Cake: Jen’s Cakes / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals / Stationery: The Card Lady / Chocolate: Forno Vecchino

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