Creative Candles Blog
Pack your bags because we’re headed across the globe again -- this time to the stunning and serene island of Santorini off the coast of Greece. The La Maltese Estate, which rises high above the village of Thira is set on top of the highest point on Santorini. Featuring a blue, gold, and white color palette inspired by the natural landscape and architecture of Santorini, this bridal session was dreamed up by EDE by Jacqueline along with the help of some amazing vendors including Trynh Photography, Seniman Calligraphy, Betty Flowers Santorini and Creative Candles.
The shoot blends modern elements like mid-century chairs and the clean lines of La Maltese Estate with old-world touches including elegant, detailed glassware and romantic calligraphy on hand-dyed paper. Our taper candles in Wedgewood perfectly matched the deep color of the Santorini blues.
Event stylist Jacqueline said, “Having a postcard-worthy, picturesque wedding location is quintessential for every couple planning their nuptials. We were so inspired by the sweeping views of the crisp, white architecture and blue dome churches. This is the ideal destination for a romantic setting and couples to say ‘I do.’”
La Maltese Estate features a modern setting with clean lines and a newly renovated event space, but Jacqueline chose to highlight the island's historic charm by blending in clay-like potted dishes and crystal clear glassware. The timeless calligraphy on hand-dyed, cotton paper and silk runner from Tono + Co softened up the tablescape. As soon as the sun began to set, it became the ideal “golden hour” for beautiful photography.
See the full shoot on Style Me Pretty!
Vendors: FLORAL DESIGN Betty Flowers Santorini CALLIGRAPHY Seniman Calligraphy EVENT DESIGN AND PLANNING EDE by Jacqueline PHOTOGRAPHY Trynh Photography VINTAGE RENTALS Weddings & Whimsy TABLETOP RENTALS White Lilac WEDDING DRESS Marianna Kastrinos CANDLES Creative Candles BLUE RING BOX Gossamer RING BOX The Mrs Box HOTEL La Maltese Estate SILK Tono + Co CAKE Alexandra's Cake
It’s finally the Fourth of July! Cheers to fireworks, a long weekend and everything red white and blue! Whether you’re celebrating at the lake, beach or the comfort of your own backyard, we have all the inspiration you need to channel a patriotic, fun and timeless look with your Fourth of July decor.
Red, white and blue is the obvious color scheme for America’s birthday, but don’t feel limited to just one shade of those colors. We used our ivory pillars and tealights in lieu of traditional white to create a soft, more rustic charm. Lanterns have become an increasingly popular lighting choice for weddings in 2017, but we love them for any outdoor tablescape including this coffee table.
Get creative with your table settings! These colorful plates, glasses, and linen napkins from Pryde’s Old Westport are unique and patriotic while maintaining a classic and formal look. A simple floral arrangement, styled by Hen House Market’s floral department, featuring red garden roses, greenery and complementary white and blue flowers was a perfect centerpiece. Surrounded by red ball candles and red and navy tapers, this table is fun and festive.
And now for the best part of every meal: dessert! These red velvet bundtinis were not only delicious, but their bright crimson color doubled as patriotic decor! We added Royal Blue, Red and Roman Bronze 6” celebration candles to honor and celebrate our country’s independence.
How do you plan to decorate for the Fourth? Tell us in the comments or share your patriotic looks with us on social media by tagging @Creative.Candles on Instagram and Creative Candles on Facebook!
Photographer Megan Sorel captured this delectable shoot for stylist Kelly Oshiro’s The Principles of Styling workshop. This contemporary editorial shoot is is full of romantic, slightly tropical florals by Lavenders Flowers as well as perfect ideas for designing a modern California wedding. And what better venue than the Santa Barbara Historical Museum to showcase all the goodies? Let’s take a closer look at the stunning details from the styling workshop.
Inspired by the colors of the late 60s and early 70s, this contemporary wedding editorial was all about color. Eggplants, orange-y reds and deep cranberries came together for a unique, tropical vibe that is perfect for summertime weddings.
This table combines so many elements into one colorful, gorgeous look. The bare, wooden picnic table adds rustic charm for a casual, understated aesthetic while the florals and fruit bring the overall look and feel to life. A mix of towering taper candles in white and a few shorter, thin tapers in burgundy enhance the look by adding subtle elegance.
See the entire shoot on 100 Layer Cake!
Vendors: EVENT STYLING & DECOR Kelly Oshiro WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Megan Sorel Photography WEDDING DRESS Stone Fox Bride VINTAGE RENTALS Barn Relic TABLETOP The Ark Event Rentals Porch WEDDING INVITATIONS Susan Silverberg HAIR AND MAKEUP Jess Wilcox CANDLES Creative Candles STYLING BOARDS Heirloom Bindery FLOWERS Lavenders Flowers RIBBON Tono & Co JEWELRY 33 Jewels RECEPTION VENUE Santa Barbara Historical Museum SHOES Kate Whitcomb
Cuba truly feels like another world; it’s a country that takes you back in time yet is filled with so much beauty and romance. Jeannemarie Photography and her workshop team have encapsulated the country’s enchanting charm in this gorgeous Havana bridal session, exclusively using our ivory pillar candles, which were also recently featured on the fine art wedding blog, Joy Wed.
Jeanne, the principle photographer, said that despite a huge influx of tourists checking out the street, the charm and romance was still very much present in the culturally rich city. She raved that between the weathered patina colors of buildings, amazing textures, patterned tiles and narrow streets, there’s truly nowhere else like it in the world. The dilapidated buildings and patina on the walls are a photographer's dream of an era lost in time.
Designer and stylist Debbie Hemingway said that traveling to Cuba is like stepping into a time warp to the 1950s and never wanting to come back. Within an hour of landing in Havana, the team was already wandering and exploring the streets in search of the perfect backdrops to style our shoots. The weathered patina colors, textures, patterned tiles and narrow streets were truly unmatched.
Workshop host Matthew Ree added that the workshop had attendees from all over the United States and England for his first photography workshop in Cuba. This was his second trip to Cuba in one year and he noticed several big changes right away. A new terminal in the airport is being built for all the arrivals coming from America and new hotels are also in the works.
Let’s just say we’re already packing our bags to see the historic city for ourselves!
This year, one of the most popular wedding colors for spring and summer brides is also one of the most beloved flowers of the season: lovely, lavish lilac. Featured on Style Me Pretty, Laura’s Floras vision of a wedding that embraces a variety of dreamy purple hues came to life in an epicly romantic outdoor wedding shoot. How will summer brides choose anything but lilac this season after viewing the gorgeous images by Esmeralda Franco?!
Table centerpieces are a key component of your reception decor and set the mood for the the day or evening. Because centerpieces are really the focal point of your reception decor, it is so important to select the right color scheme. Our thin tapers in Cafe Au Lait were the perfect accent to pair with this gorgeous lilac arrangement.
Our thin tapers in classic brass candlesticks look simply stunning bookending the wild and overflowing floral arrangement which features more lilac and several shades of pretty pinks and purples to go along with the romantic outdoor theme.
The lilac table runner from Silk & Willow softens the look and adds a sense of sophistication. Overall, this beautiful shoot is encaptures a soft, feminine and romantic look and feel that reflects the enchanting flowers and colors of the season.
Click here to view the entire feature on Style Me Pretty!
It’s finally June and it feels like wedding season is in full-swing. As a bride, you want your big day to be the magical affair you always dreamed of as a little girl. Likewise, wedding and event planners want to deliver extraordinary ceremony and reception designs for their clients. In order to produce a high-end look one must incorporate all the bells and whistles to create the perfect scene, which includes setting the mood with candles. Photographer Jose Villa, event planner Laurie Arons and florist Sarah Winward demonstrate how to perfectly incorporate pillar candles into a wedding ceremony at the 2014 Mexico Workshop.
For more than 10 years, Jose Villa has been hosting photography workshops in Mexico where 25 attendees from all over the world learn from Villa and his dream-team of design experts. The creative team includes editors from Martha Stewart Magazine, the owner of Style Me Pretty wedding blog, wedding planners and designers from Duet weddings, Nicolette Camille floral designer and more.
For the ceremony, the team lined the aisle with our classic hurricane pillars in Paris Gray for a whimsical, romantic look. The varied heights add a wow-factor and the subtle greenery complements the pillars beautifully.
The altar was gorgeously illuminated with pillar candles, too. Winward created a flowing garland of greenery that ties in with the leaves in the aisle display. The neutral color palette of creamy grays, natural browns and rich greenery for this ceremony is simply stunning.
For the reception, the team designed an astonishing entrance lined with pillar candles in different heights. The warm glow of candlelight instantly established a romantic mood as guests entered the space to take their seats for dinner.
A mix of pillar and taper candles were used for this banquet-style reception table. Red floral arrangements provided a beautiful contrast against the neutral color palette of the tablescape and rustic feel of the venue.
How have you used pillar candles in a wedding? Show us in the comments or tag @creative.candles on Instagram!