Name: Xochitl Gonzalez
Location: Downtown Manhattan
Company: Always a Bridesmaid
What is your aesthetic? City Chic
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? It’s colorful, warm and a bit eclectic, which I think is definitely what we try and bring to our clients.
Favorite part of your studio? I love that we took the time to line our shelves with the toile print. It makes me happy on a daily basis. More practically, I love that we have the space to meet with our clients, show sample vases and still have some of our team able to do some work.
Where do you go for inspiration? Fabric stores and linen shops really do a lot to get my juices flowing. But, a trip to the Met museum is a sure-fire way to come up with some ideas. There is just so much there.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? If they stopped manufacturing safety pins, we’d be out of business. That, and a scanner!
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? The only thing we’d change is our location. We’re on a VERY busy street and it is a comedy routine when we are loading up gift bags or getting deliveries.
Anything else we should know? For some bizarre reason, despite having a decent amount of space, Mayra (my business partner) and I keep our desks about 1 foot apart. It’s strange.
Are you in the wedding industry and have a cool studio space? Send some pics over!
[images from Always a Bridesmaid]
Amanda Auer from In The Now Weddings sent me this gorgeously modern tablescape she recently designed, and its totally perfect for Brooklyn Bride!
The venue is actually the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. It’s brand new, just opened in May of ’09 and has a great retro beach funky theme to it. When I was concepting this shoot, I knew I wanted this table to be a “rat pack” vibe- very mid-century modern with a playful color scheme focusing mainly around whites. Clean, crisp, simple, but some killer details!
I was CRAZY about the drink flags, which said ‘CHEERS!’ in tonal green, as a perfect addition. Also, the stemmed wine glass has a very retro astro-burst pattern [reminded me of the Jetsons for sure, and it also matched the salad plate’s pattern as well]. I had to pop the color by filling the vase with kelly green water, wrapping a simple ribbon around each place setting and bringing in the french macarons as favors. I picture this for a couple looking to freshen up a throwback wedding look with a little new modern twist. 🙂
The colors ended up at kelly green, aqua, white, with touches of platinum [to give that 50’s kick to it]. Think Palm Springs meets TODAY with that funky centerpiece of Dusty Miller. My team and I actually rocked the florals ourselves [and I’m totally in love with the all-filler Dusty Miller centerpiece- totally wacky like a little tree on crack!] while we depended on Wayne Toshikazu, my photographer, to capture it.
[images from Wayne Toshikazu]
I saw this project in October’s Living Etc and thought it would make a great keepsake for engaged couples…it would probably be more manageable for a bridal shower, where guests could share their words of wisdom.
[image from Living Etc.]
These bridesmaid dresses from 57Grand are a fun, flirty, and best of all, affordable! These are just a couple of my favorites…
[images from 57Grand]