Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"the hat" by edgardo bonilla

I was rummaging through the net to find some ideas for hair accessories -- (there I go again, figuring out my next design challenge!) -- and I spotted this black and white, what seemed to be retro, fashion photo. From the gorgeously beaded sleeveless dress to the patterned lapel of the man's suit, the stylist successfully managed to mix and match a few fashion eras. But the most obvious of them all is the huge hair piece that screamed out at me.

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With a few clicks, I learned it was created by Edgardo Bonilla, a name I was so lucky to encounter. Edgardo happens to have a talent for making outrageous hats, but even more intriguing is that coincidently, he's a bridal gown designer! From asymmetrical lines to modern angles, confidence in textured fabrics and touches of classic styles of his line of ever-so amazing bridal gowns, he takes couture to the next level. I love his style and eye for design.

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Edgardo Bonilla, who started out as a window dresser in Puerto Rico,* andnow sells his collections at premier bridal salons -- Saks Fifth, Mon Amie, and Kleinfeld, to name several.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

...and down the stretch they come! {save-the-date project}

Joanne and Justin live on the east coast, where they get to enjoy the four seasons, sip on mint juleps and bourbon at the annual Kentucky Derby, and hang out with great company. For almost a year now, B&W has been working alongside this sweet couple on the design+invitations+coordination of their spectacular destination wedding. With having only seen each other several times throughout the last year, I can't express how much I appreciate e-mail! The planning has been nothing but productive, and after visiting several exemplary venues, I was ecstatic when they decided upon the Manchester Grand Hyatt, a premier wedding venue which boasts one of the best skylines in Downtown. We're working on lots of details, but you'll have to sit tight, as I don't want to give away too much. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at the custom save the dates we designed!

Above: Gatefold save the date with 3.5x4 inch magnet and red envelope with wrap around address label

Above: Custom save the date magnet design by B&W

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Friday, March 26, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: FLUXX grand opening

"FLUXX Grand Opening"
San Diego has been longing for a new nightclub and the wait is now over as FLUXX has arrived. Neighboring bars and clubs have been rather quiet as this adult playground has taken over the Gaslamp District in a not so discreet way.

**FLUXX– the next generation of Downtown San Diego’s upscale and sophisticated nightlife scene. Developed and managed by San Diego tastemakers, RMD Group, FLUXX’s organic design is work of award-winning designer Davis Krumins of Davis Ink. –

We were invited to the grand opening and accepted without hesitation. The anticipation builds as make your way through the 13-foot long, cylindrical tunnel and like a video clip on replay, every patron shared the same jaw dropping reaction the moment they were in the clear. The décor was insane, speakers were loud, lighting and special effects were wicked and the energy just overwhelmed the state-of-the art venue.

Not only is it a place where morals are looser, it’s an unconventional space for your next corporate or private event. With exceptional service, a creative cocktail menu, professional mixologists, full kitchen and catering menu, they are equipped to impress groups of 50 to 5,000 guests. The front room has a maximum capacity of 300 guests for a reception while the full venue accommodates 1,000 or 100 for a banquet. If booked for a block party, you’re looking at +4,000 guests! It is definitely exciting, and the header on their website couldn’t have expressed it better: FLUXX a club of constant change.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

what's fresher than fresh? blind deboss

Christian Garibaldi, photography extraordinaire, came up on some fresh business cards by Dolce Press. Blind deboss, which is similar to letterpress sans the ink and usually imprinted on much thicker paper, creates a tactile nature to the surface. Who says you need ink when you can have texture? What I love about these cards is the little subtlety that makes a whopping difference -- the electric tangerine colored edge. Notice it? Very modern, chic, and truly artistic. I applaud Dolce Press for these fabulous business cards. Minimalism has a sneaky way of communicating.

(Photos by Christian Garibaldi; from Dolce Press blog)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

bellz & whistlez joins Facebook!

It's about time we got with the program! We've joined the expansive social media network, Facebook, to stay in touch with our fans. Click here to view our page, and become a fan! **You can always access our FB page by clicking on the FB logo located at the bottom of the right column.

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love is in the air :: invitations!

You saw the save-the-dates. Check out the invitation! Staying away from a modern feel, fancy metallic papers, luxe crystal embellishments, and ornate graphic elements, Francis and Eunice envisioned a much more simple invitation to go with their 1940s vintage aviation theme. We designed a single card mounted on green paper and accompanied it with a matching "Daily Flight" insert and RSVP card. And by wrapping the entire ensemble with green satin ribbon, it gives off the impression that it's a package. We also had the invitation cards 2-color letterpress printed on thick 220LB cotton rag paper AND didn't skip out on the matching cotton envelopes (those are letterpress printed, too!) -- a really nice bonus to the invitation, and also reminiscent of the printing technique of the vintage era. I love the tactile nature of letterpress printing.

(I photoshopped their street addy out for privacy reasons)

Notice their creative logo? We put on our hard hats to think of this one -- a biplane carefully illustrating "f+e!" In a way, the brush stroke creates a cloud-like appearance. :)

Keep posted. Francis and Eunice's wedding is just on the horizon and we've got much more to show you. This wedding is going to show you what it means to really capture all the bellz & whistlez!!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

oh sweet coco chanel

Oh, how you inspire so many, Miss Coco Chanel. A Chanel-inspired cake is bound to make any fashionista drool... This was one of the 2008 entries at the famed Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show. Imagine the rest of the competition!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

TEMPTU airbrush kit :: sephora

Now you can be sure to have flawless skin on your wedding day. TEMPTU, rated 4.5 stars by 309 consumers, is an airbrush makeup system available to the regular shopper -- Sephora shopper, that is. No need to spend hours searching for a reputable makeup artist who offers this service 'cause voila! -- DIY! Or have an experienced person help you. I think this is one innovative tool that the average makeup diva or divo can easily get used to and the coverage is so even -- I've seen it being applied. *BONUS: B&W readers, I've shared my Beauty Insiders promo with you!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

love is in the air :: save the dates!

Tying the knot is always NEWS! Drawn from their vintage 1940s military inspiration, we designed something news-worthy for Eunice and Francis' darlin' save the dates -- The Daily Flight newsletter, in which E+F call for guests to "Come Fly With Us!" We went back to basics, keeping the design and feel reminiscent of the era -- nothing modern, nothing upscale, nothing complex. These were delicately tucked into a par avion postal envelope, which was dressed with the "fly-est" vintage stamps collected by the couple and Francis' military style penmanship! But the real beauty of these save the dates is that they are genuinely personal, reflecting the style of the couple, the themed wedding design, and the true highlight of the newsletter -- their love story. Lucky guests will get a chance to witness the exact place Francis popped the question...yes, that landmark is somewhere inside their reception venue, the Air & Space Museum at Balboa Park...imagine that!

A few months ago, we posted teaser shots from E+F's e-session captured by Noa from Featherlove at the 94th Aero Squadron -- the perfect vintage, military backdrop. Just want you to see how the couple has brilliantly and creatively managed to keep with the theme. To see more fabulous photos of this e-session by FeatherLove, click here.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

vintage+modern+apple green cake concept

Another cake concept/illustration by B&W. We never fail to forget this important detail -- the cake. This is one of the highlights at your reception and a perfect place to incorporate the theme and style of your creative vision. For Erica+Dave, we illustrated this cupcake tower concept based on some art direction from the bride. We didn't know exactly how many tiers we were dealing with, and whether or not the tandem bike would fit height wise, but the finished product turned out to be a close match and simply adorable! We also ditched the ribbon idea since the cupcakes moved around more than we had expected. Great job, Jay's Catering on the cupcakes and cake topper!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

wedding forecast by JM :: Gilt Groupe Wedding Weekend

"Gilt's Wedding Weekend starts tomorrow!"
What do you get when you cross Gilt Groupe + Martha Stewart Weddings? Answer: Gilt's Wedding Weekend! Click here to get a sneak peek of the fashion finds available March 12–14. And if you're not a member yet, see what you've been missing!

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wedding forecast by JM :: Drai's Hollywood opens TONIGHT!

"Drai's Hollywood Grand Opening MARCH 11TH"
Need a cocktail? Time to put those dancing shoes to use? Need a break from all the wedding planning? Well, then head down to the premiere grand opening of Drai's tonight! The madness will begin at the top of the W Hollywood Hotel as this 26,000 square foot nightclub opens doors to Hollywood locals and visitors. Party on, people!

Drai's Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Blvd | 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

mardi gras + mauve love {invitation + details}

Here are the photos of the invitations we designed and assembled reflecting a hint of mardi gras flavor and mauve/ivory color palette. If you don't remember, I posted teaser shots of Candice + Dave's cool mardi gras mask table #s that we hand made. I finally managed to get shots of their invitation ensemble and matching paper goods. The design of the invitation incorporated the fleur de lis with their initials and a much more traditional feel. By printing 1-color offset on cotton rag paper with no print on the jacket or fancy fold out, Candice was able to keep her vision of a simple, elegant and classic invitation.

Photo above: Mardi Gras mask table numbers, ceremony booklet program

Photos above (2-5): invitation ensemble; custom bi-fold with pocket; A2 size inserts and 4Bar rsvp card

Photo above: custom cut mardi gras favor tag

Photo above: Mardi Gras mask table number detail

Photo above: matching tented reception program

Photo above: matching ceremony program; saddlestitched

Photo above: tented escort cards
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