Style Guide Issue 10: Magic.

Tuesday, December 8th 2015

"Don't settle for anything less than magic." - C.R Bittar.

I found myself flying over the Swiss Alps into Tuscany last week to style a wedding in the beautiful Italian city of Lucca. Warm sun on my skin, completely mesmerised by the shifting landscape below of ice capped mountains breaking through blankets of cloud to reveal a scene so dramatic and spectacular my iPhone, as much as I tried, could never do it justice. So I was forced to just peer out the window and daydream, lingering over the perfection of that moment instead. Mind drifting, thoughts wandering, all to the sound track of From The Morning by Nick Drake. It was pretty magical.

Not so much for the guy sitting next to me, however. Sweat beading down his face, white knuckles gripping his food tray. The heavenly scene below for me, was to him nothing more than a horror story waiting to happen. Certainly empathetic (I used to have the same fear of flying), yet I couldn't help but feel fascinated that two people can externally experience the exact same thing and have two conversely different experiences. What for one person can feel like pure magic, can for another feel like a horrific struggle for survival.

It got me thinking about what it is that creates that euphoric feeling of magic, and what prevents it.  And the more I pulled the concept apart, the more it lead back to control. That push, pull of always trying to direct life. When you're so consumed with forcing or preventing an outcome, you're too distracted to notice the perfection of the moment you're experiencing. You miss the beauty and freedom that lies in being completely present. You place a limit on what might surpass the wildest of imaginations if you were to leave room for magic.

Reflecting on the magical moments that have shaped my life thus far lead me back to all sorts of unscripted occurrences. Life changing experiences in the journey, not the destination. The in between moments. Editorial shoots where meticulously planned briefs are tossed aside because the shoot has taken on it's own life, and given space to grow. Magnetic connections with strangers. Music that seeps into your skin. Traveling solo. Exploring foreign cities and finding pockets of magic that reflects a place's soul via love notes scribbled on walls, flowers growing through concrete cracks or spilling over old walls. Deep laughter with your closest friends. The electricity of a first kiss. Falling in love. Those magical, but elusive moments that unfold when they are allowed but slip between your fingers when you try to hold on too tightly.

This month, we delve into the world of magic. We explore what it is that triggers euphoria and the kind of soul stirring moments that take your breath away. When it comes to event planning, for me it's about creating a series of magical moments for your guests. it's about the emotion you feel walking into a room, not the extravagance of your venue. It's how wildly you celebrated, not how perfectly your run sheet ran to schedule. It's how much your nervously delivered speech touched each person in the room because you were vulnerable and honest, not how eloquently you voiced a rehearsed speech. It's how creatively you dealt with obstacles that are guaranteed to arise. When it comes to magical moments, they're the ones that you can never force, or over plan. They're manifested by letting go.

As we all sign off on what was an extraordinary 2015, a year of articulating dreams and adventuring toward infinite horizons, we've prepared a beautiful month of event inspiration and ideas for 2016. From finding beauty disguised in ordinary moments, drawing on celestial references for aesthetic inspiration, dressing in otherworldly gowns, creating enchanting spaces imbued with mood…this month we're enchanted by all things majestic. In weddings, in our work and in our every day lives we're infinitely inspired by the simple adage, that one should always leave room for magic.

Karissa x

Beauty: Celestial Play

Reception: Gypsy Tents

Bridal: Gold Dusted

Bachelorette Planning: Rituals

Reception: Light Canopies

Jewelry: Etoile

Friday Rosé. House of Arras.

Friday, November 6th 2015

Mood: As the sun stains the sky a soft pink, that magical hour, a gradual segue from day into dusk, and dusk into night…we’ve found the perfect aperitif to accompany the fading light. Sipping bubbles poured from a bottle as pretty as the liquid itself, it’s the perfect sophisticated Friday, shoes-off-kind-of-sensuality, sunset worthy sparkling.

Rosé: House of Arras Rosé

This Méthode Traditionnelle sparkling wine, all soft tints of pink and intense flavour is stained with a beautiful balance of red fruit, finishing with natural acidity - a sophisticated rosé, best sipped chilled with friends, from favourite stemware.

Playlist: (Follow The LANE Playlist on Spotify

La Femme D'Argent / Air

Norrland / Gidge

Motherless Child / Romare

Lose It / Oh Wonder

Slow Down / Poolside

All Night / Slum Sociable

Holding on Tonight / Rod Ladgrove


Style Guide Issue 9: The Artist Issue

Thursday, November 5th 2015

Meraki (v) to do something with soul, creativity, or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work.

We see a lot of work pass us by at The LANE. These days anyone with a camera can call themselves a wedding photographer, anyone replicating high end couture gowns with budget fabrics and amateur skills can promote themselves as designers. There's a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon trying to make a quick buck, too impatient to study, learn and perfect technique.  But there's absolutely no comparison to the breathtaking work that is executed with raw passion and authentic soul. In a heart beat you can see and feel the difference. 

With the Artist Issue we wanted to celebrate imagination and draw attention to the artists in the wedding world who are truly dedicated to their crafts. Our gaze turns to the talented creatives who work tirelessly behind the designer gowns and beautiful events that we like to promote at The LANE, and invest so much of themselves in the process. From makeup artists who use the face as a canvas to paint with light and shade, stationery designers imprinting luxurious paper on ancient letterpress machinery, photographers who artfully frame emotive moments forever frozen in time, jewelry designers creating hand forged pieces that echo your personal style, and caterers who invest deep thought into creating cohesive, beautifully presented menus that are as much a work of art as your decor styling. 

This month it's about quality not quantity. It's about slowing down, stripping back and appreciating the beauty of technique and process. It's choosing hand crafted pieces over massed produced goods, which then become lifelong keepsakes and tell a story.  It's not settling for a one size fits all package deal on your wedding day. And most importantly it's about connecting with and investing in likeminded professionals who will breathe life into your dream wedding plans, and do it with integrity and passion, because it's far more than just a job for them. 

We delve deep into the art world this month, intrigued by the minds of some of our favourite creatives, and how we can be guided by their approach for event styling in terms of colour palettes, composition, shape and form. From painterly handmade ceramics as non traditional gifts, otherworldly pastel dreamscapes as ceremony backdrops, artful jewellery shapes, tablescapes accented with geometric details, and the allure of poetic sleeves on your honeymoon, the art world has beautifully inspired each Style Guide article you'll see throughout this month on The LANE.

We're so excited to kick off The Artist Issue with an exciting collaboration (pictured above) which we photographed at Sky Gallery in New York City recently with Paridust, (adorned in Marchesa) - an architect turned internet sensation exploring art through the lens of fashion, and one of our favourite artists Kim Keever (who famously creates the poetic, liquid artwork we've long adored). You can read the full interview with Pari here.

I hope this month inspires you to draw upon the magical world of creative minds, to push boundaries when it comes to styling, to never get so busy ticking off a to do list that you don't approach each planning decision thoughtfully, and see each component as part of a cohesive whole. Most importantly we hope you're as touched as we are by the talented creatives who feature in this issue, and get the chance to experience working alongside artists who invest their heart and soul into their craft. Because the results are always extroadinary.

Karissa x

Paridust x Kim Keever Shoot Credits:

Dress: Marchesa

Model: Pari Ehsan

Artwork: Kim Keever

Studio: Sky Gallery / Gowanus Hospitality Group

Photos: Tylor Hóu

Hair: Cosma De Marinis

Make Up: Samantha Dametta

The Artist Issue:

Gifts: Painterly Plates

Ceremony Spaces: Pastel Palette Landscapes

Love Stories: Artist & Muse

Jewelry: Artful Shapes

Reception Decor: Geometric

Vacation Style: Poets Blouse

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