Studio tour: Elizabeth Messina

Name: elizabeth messina
Location: california
Company: elizabeth messina photography & kiss the groom

What is your aesthetic? i love sweet simple style….vintage inspired….clean…real….life & style….a beautiful plate of organic vegetables….a perfect pair of shoes….a chocolate truffle….a chandelier…..a kiss….

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? my studio is a blend of art & function….in the middles of my office is an an antique chandelier (from my wedding) hanging above a dark brown wood table flanked by two vintage deep orange velvet couches (that belonged to my grandparents)….the table if often strewn with various photographs that i am editing or packaging….. their is beautiful window light & soft sheer curtains….i move between my MAC computers in one corner, to my encaustic & art project table…. i have a collection of vintage cameras & crowns on the shelf & a amoire in the back filled with vintage dresses….my office is a mixture of a gallery space, a work space & my home….my space is very personal & very functional…its a place i want to be & where i can get alot done….i tried to create a space that was full of light & beauty, where i could edit, email make art & dream….

Favorite part of your studio? the chandelier that hung above our wedding table….

Where do you go for inspiration? i feel inspiration is all around us….in the little sweet nuances of day to day life….i am infatuated with nautral light…the way it caresses & illuminates a face, a flower a pair of shoes….my work & my life are intrinsically connected….i love to photograph my children…. the pot of stew i’m cooking for dinner….and the soft  affection of people in love….i am a romantic….

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? film film film…..i love the timeless beauty of film….my favorite camera is my contax 645….that and natural light & i am completely happy….

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? the only upgrade i need is more balance….i want to be the best mother i can be, the best friend, the best wife and a photographer that evokes feeling & beauty with my work….i am often pulled in several directions at once…i strive for more peace & balance so that i can follow my dreams & sip a cup of tea in silence….

Anything else we should know? i am in love with photography….it is the language of my heart & i am so grateful i found this incredible art form…..surprisingly i have also found myself falling for blogging….its been so wonderful to share a little bit of myself without anyone editing me or my work….i feel connected to the world in a way i couldn’t have imagined….

[images by Elizabeth Messina]

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Cole Haan

shoes for groom

I guess this is the guys opportunity for his “something blue…”  Best of all, its on sale!

[image from Cole Haan]

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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 24]

We recently brought on a new calligrapher at Urbanic that I’m pretty excited about. Her name is Molly Thorpe (such a great name right?) and her line is called Plurabelle. I’m loving her artsy cool vintage style. This is definitely the type of mail that’s jaw dropping even for the postal workers I’m sure!

I have a few more pictures of Molly’s work up on Parcel Post. … and by the way, we also now have a fun new vintage postage stamping service that I can’t wait to tell you about. Until next time…. *A

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Real wedding: Raakhee + Agan

In case you didn’t follow my tweets last weekend, I spent the holiday weekend at my dear friend Raakhee’s wedding!  These pictures are by no means professional in any sense, but since I had never attended an Indian wedding, I just had to share some with you!  I was so impressed with the sense of tradition and ritual in the ceremony and even down to the dances at the reception the next day, but my favorite part had to be the colors!  I’m so used to seeing weddings stay relegated to 2, maybe 3 colors, but here we were immersed in every color of the rainbow, and they all worked so beautifully together.

Congrats Raakhee & Agan!

There were bracelet and bindi “bars” where guests could load up on color and jewels…

A quiet moment among us bridesmaids…

The groom’s side wore turquoise turbans, and the brides side wore orange.  What a combo!

For the reception, Raakhee changed out of the pink sari her mother wore for her own wedding and into this stunning Naeem Khan peacock gown!

[images from Brooklyn Bride and Chad Broussard]

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Book review: Flowers Chic & Cheap

Normally when I get a book to review, I don’t always post about it because it doesn’t fit my audience, but I was pleasantly surprised at the new book by Elle Decor editor at large Carlos Mota, with Rita Konig and photos by William Waldron.  Its amazingly versatile with great tips on putting together arrangements with flowers from your own yard or market.  Beautifully styled and photographed, I could see so many of the ideas used for modern weddings!  Check it out at your bookstore if you get a chance…its a good one!

I especially liked these arrangements in coffee mugs with grass…why didn’t I think of that??

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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