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Desert Valentine Inspiration

Happy Monday everyone!

How was your weekend?  Some of you might still be reveling in your weekend thanks to those great Presidents of ours.  I plan to spend my day answering some emails, designing, crafting, and shopping at Joanns and spending my President's Day coupon!  And it's not just any coupon, it is a 10% off your entire purchase coupon!  This is big time, they don't come around often.  Normally they do 40% off a single item coupons but these aren't too helpful when you're buying a bunch of inexpensive little things, something I frequently do.  I have to buy a handful of items for some upcoming DIYs so let the shopping begin!

Ok, enough about Joann's coupons, today I want to share pictures from my Desert Valentine inspiration shoot that was featured on The Knotty Bride before February 14th.  Alison's beautiful blog is definitely not the place to go if you're looking for the same-old, same-old so I wanted to make my Valentine's DIY unique.  Obviously you see a lot of pinks and reds and hearts around VDay so I wanted to avoid those for this particular shoot.  Don't get me wrong, I love pink and hearts but I wanted to appeal to the girl who craves something different.  My influences were desert colors and textures, burlap, jute twine, and kraft paper.  All are inexpensive materials that I paired with succulents and mason jars for a complete look.

If you follow my blog, you know that I went to Palm Springs with my bestie Elysse.  It was a girl's weekend away but also a chance for me to drag her along on one of my photoshoots.  We stayed at The Ace Hotel and also staged most of the pictures there.  Below is an example of how helpful she was...Elysse your arms are famous now!

My favorite detail from this shoot had to be the mason jars with the jute twine wrapped around them.  See the full DIY tutorial with pictures over on The Knotty Bride.  It was super simple to execute (it doesn't require any special skills or materials) and it could be used in all kinds of decor situations.  The jars would be perfect as table props for a rustic wedding.  Maybe I'll try styling a table mockup to show the versatility of these jars in the near future.  It definitely isn't just a Valentine's project, far from it! 

Definitely check out the rest of my images from this shoot (I'm in love with all of them) and enjoy your Monday and the start of your week!

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Reader Comments (9)

great photos. love the succulents too! it's my favorite shade of green.

p.s. I'm picking up the 35mm lens today :D

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Loved featuring this brilliant project. You're unstoppable, Lauren. You're one of my absolute favorite creatives; your imagination is boundless!

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison @ The Knotty Bride

haha you sound just like me...I'm the coupon queen and take full advantage of them. why pay full price when you can save 20,30 or 40%.
I love this but you already know that.

February 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpostcards and pretties

I love the natural smell of all your photos above. Very special.
Hugs from Europe♥

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMädchen für alles

Once again, you did an AMAZING job!!! Congratulations my dear!!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSofia@Brancoprata

Lauren!! I think I died a bit when I saw this. You are SO talented!!!!


February 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermegan

Your blog is awesome! So inspiring and I love those images! Thanks for sharing this post! I would love to see more of those! :D

Love these! Doing a similar shoot soon, so obviously its a great idea!

This is fantastic!! So inspirational! Trackback: http://joyhey.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/inspiration-springy-wedding/

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoyHey

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