Not Your Ordinary Valentine's Day Inspiration

When I approached Michelle Edgemont about doing a small Valentine’s Day inspiration shoot together, I knew going in what our shoot would NOT be: pink and girly. Now don’t get me wrong, I love all things pink but I felt like Valentine’s Day was in need of some edgier, more sophisticated inspiration. Fortunately, Michelle was on the exact same page, with visions of a moodier, more editorial shoot on her mind. And I knew the perfect photographer to bring on board, Chi-Chi Ari.     

  All photos by  Chi-Chi Ari

All photos by Chi-Chi Ari

We knew we wanted to shy away from the classic Valentine’s Day color palette, so for our first tablescape, we chose a turquoise and gold sequin linen from Nuage Designs (it’s actually their koi linen which switches between colors with a swipe of your hand) as our foundation.

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We then set the table with neutral plates and glasses plus a pale pink napkin from Broadway Party Rentals, topped off with West Elm’s “Love Is Love” plates. I stumbled upon the plates in a West Elm over Christmas and when plans for this Valentine’s Day shoot started to materialize, I knew they would be the perfect addition. Not to mention that a portion of the proceeds from West Elm’s sale of all of their “Love Is Love” products goes to the Human Rights Campaign.

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We also brought in Juliana from Ink + Nibs to create calligraphed place cards for a romantic touch. Michelle then crafted a gorgeous statement arrangement filled with anemones, roses, ranunculus and other florals in shades of red, pink and purple to complete the look.      

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One of the things I love about working with such creative and talented people is the opportunity to create on the fly. While we had planned to photograph a second tablescape using another one of Nuage’s linens, we hadn’t planned on giving that table a whole new look. But on the spot, Michelle had an idea in her head and together we executed a really stunning grey tablescape with strong pops of red. It read so clean and sharp…I was so impressed with what she had come up with!

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We traded out the pink napkins for white napkins with black hearts, accompanied by Ink + Nibs’ menus and left all of the color to the flowers.      

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I hope that you find a little inspiration of your own from what we’ve created!

Vendor Team
Coordination: Color Pop Events
Photographer: Chi-Chi Ari
Design and Florals: Michelle Edgemont
Calligraphy: Ink + Nibs
Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals
Linens: Nuage Designs