In three years of blogging here on Burnett’s Boards, the truest blessing has been the friendships I’ve made with many of the vendors I’ve featured here. When I mentioned to Carrie King Photographer and Cheryl of Sunflower Creative, two wedding pros you’ve seen featured countless times, that the 3-year blogiversary of Burnett’s Boards was coming up they offered to create a shoot to celebrate.
I’ve never been brought to tears by an inspiration shoot before now – but this one did it. They’ve captured not only my own personal aesthetic perfectly, but also that of this blog’s, and woven in details throughout that only friends would know. It’s a truly inspirational editorial and I can’t thank these two ladies enough for celebrating with me!
First of all – we have to talk about that epic cake from Intricate Icings. The painting on it mirrors the painting used throughout Burnett’s Boards and the orchids are crafted from sugar wafer paper. Three candles adorn the top to celebrate 3 years of blogging and I love the way it’s arranged with a profusion of blooms at the base. It’s simply a stunning creation!
You can also see little nods to the Hawaiian Islands throughout the shoot via the orchids, driftwood, sea glass, and tropical flowers used in the hanging centerpiece by Cheryl of Sunflower Creative and of course – pineapples! Nothing says Hawaii quite like pineapples and it’s a beautiful ode to where I’ve been running this blog from for the last three years.
The menu for this celebration couldn’t be more perfect. You’ll see written by Taryn Eklund Ink: Champagne with sweet citrus and Caribbean coconut sorbet with tropical cream cake, coconut syrup, fresh mango & pineapple along with demitasse (nothing keeps a blogger going quite like espresso!) and macadamia dark chocolate truffles.
For place cards, calligraphied bottles were used with vintage stamps – another cute nod to the sea. I just adore that St. Lucia is included on the bottles since I’ve been working there since September and find myself in love with both the Pacific and the Caribbean. Despite my island-hopping nature my roots are in the South and so the inclusion of monogrammed napkins really touched my heart.
The ghost chairs at the sweetheart table are super chic and I love that it’s mixed with a more vintage looking table. Candles, sand, and driftwood center the vignette and the entire setup is island-loving perfection.
Carrie King Photographer shot this exquisite editorial on film. I’ve had the honor of meeting this incredible woman while she was shooting a destination wedding here in Hawaii – she couldn’t be a more special person and I’m truly blessed by her friendship and support.
Nothing says celebrate quite like Champagne, and the little ‘celebrate’ stir sticks from Southern Fried Paper are delightful when combined with tiny pineapples, gold rimming sugar, and pineapple slices that were dried to look like delicate flowers.
It’s been a fabulous three years of blogging and this shoot is a big MAHALO to all of my supporters, wedding vendors, readers, friends, and family. When I blow out the three candles on the cake my dearest wish is that this blog continues to inspire beauty and creativity for many years to come!
Photography: Carrie King Photographer* // Floral Design & Styling: Sunflower Creative* // Cake: Intricate Icings // Calligraphy: Taryn Eklund Ink // Gown: Evelyn Gown by Tara LaTour via Anna Bé* // Venue: Taxi Event Center in Denver, Colorado // Chair Rentals: Event Rents Denver // Film Lab & Scans: Richard Photo Lab // Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic // ‘Celebrate’ Drink Sticks: Southern Fried Paper // Demitasse Saucers: Capiz Shells // Demitasse Cups: found antique Limoges // Truffles: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – dark chocolate and coco cabana // Gold Faltware: Threshold from Target // Gold-Rimmed Glassware: Anthropologie // Clear Champagne Saucers: found antique Lenox // Blue Champagne Saucers: Anthropologie // Sorbet for drinks: Talenti gelato, Caribbean coconut and simply strawberry // Placecard Bottles & Boat Cleat: Found antiques.