event design

The Party Revolution

A late night after party with only your closet friends after the music has shut down, the lights have dimmed and your heels are slung across the empty booth.  The Bartender is among your posse and night cap cocktails are served.  Neon lights from the bar and sparkling glitter shines across the empty dance floor.  Sharing stories from just hours ago about the most epic party you've ever attended!

Welcome to the Party Revolution!!!!  

When you have industry friends that encourage you to break your creative boundaries and promise to help you throw the craziest launch party for your baby of a brand, you say yes, yes and YES!!!  The Forrest and J Revolution was filled with disco balls, custom crafted cocktails, playing dress up in couture,  and a dream venue to showcase it all.  The icing on the cake was having my best friend for the past 10 years and my Forrest support me (totally humor me) with being gorgeous models.  

Here's some behind the scenes looks at how it all came to life.  We definitely have a little fun through all the chaos, click on the video links to see it in action. Also, make sure to check out the feature on The Edit Blog over at Party with Lenzo. You can also find all of the after party images over on our portfolio page.  

FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

The biggest challenge was being a model in my own styled shoot.  Trying to coordinate, style, direct, as well as pose was exhausting!!  I have the biggest appreciation for models, and people there job is HARD!  Sitting in the make up and hair chair gave me so much anxiety knowing I had so much to create.  Thanks to Cristina and Brittany my makeup was flawless to run around in all day.  

Forrest and J - Branding - Corina Nika

My incredible branding designer Corina Nika with Cocorrina inspired me to create something extremely edgy and unique. She gave me the ultimate branding package that was too cool not share.  Her ecentric palm trees and original calligraphy was my jumping off point for this entire shoot and theme.  I mean, how do you not totally obsess over her work 

FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

The before.  This is what it all looks like before the magic happens.  It's a lot of grit, labor, and hard work.  This venue was challenging with street parking, and everything having to load up to the second floor.  It took almost 1 1/2 to unload the truck before we could get started. This is the reality,  but it's oh so worth it in the end.  (And this is where your husband realizes he is now your hired labor for all eternity in this business!)

FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

Meet the man behind the lense.  Steve Cowell, with Steve Cowell Photo, was my rock for this big endeavor.  We met at a Christmas party last year, and between the cocktails and gift wrapping we struck up a conversation.  I love when you connect with a total stranger on a very personal note and it feels like you've been friends for years. Steve was the warm and fuzzy feeling of familiarity for me and I knew we had to work together.  We met for coffee and discussed both our boring corporate pasts and how lucky we are to have found our passions - better late than never!  My idea was, ideally, head shots for my website, but it kept evolving.  Ideas started flowing and before we knew it, The Party Revolution was born. 

FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

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FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

This is my Hubby, and me, I'm her Wifey.  Adrienne and I  been this crazy friendship for 10 years.  She was my first friend when I moved to Orange County and has been everything to me through so much good and even the regretful bads.  When I realized I needed to model, I begged her to be by my side.  She's the one girl that doesn't judge and makes me feel my most prettiest (if that's even a word).  And, the girl can seriously pose with the best of them.  

FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

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Gold disco or black disco...so many decisions. 

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FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

Can we talk about the ulitimate girl party cake!!!  Leave it to our favs over at Sweet and Saucy Shop to create the perfect center piece for Forrest and J.

FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

Between all the late night snacks, and fuchsia colored cocktails, my models stole the show.  You may recognize Amanda and Paige from our Boho Love Story Styled shoot earlier this year.  These girls are a total blast and aren't scared to take down a frosted donut, or 2! (They can  hang with us any day.) I have to shout out these custom cookies too!  My girl over at Coast Cocktails, Carley, her aunt created these fun little bites that were too pretty to eat. 

FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

Oh hey Forrest!  Looking as handsome as ever and such a good sport. 

Carley, the sexiest bartender around!  I met this rad girl over at Bloom the Workshop (along with my fab team over at a Boho Love Story). Carley is the owner of Coastal Cocktails and creates a bar scene that is truly surfer glam girl to the max!  She was my goddess on set and put my mind at ease with taking over the bar and cocktail styling.  You all have to check her out and what she has in the works.  Her custom made cocktail caravan will be making it's debut all the way from Australia very soon.  We can't wait to see all the fun she creates!

FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

Yep, I made 100 pancakes and didn't eat a single one!  Oh, styled shoot life. 

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Forrest and J - The Party Revoution - Website Launch featured on Party with Lenzo
Forrest and J - The Party Revoution - Website Launch featured on Party with Lenzo
FORREST AND J - The Party Revolution / Styled Shoot featured on Party with Lenzo

Time for some crazy unique head shots!  This plexi acrylic was a challenge to say the least.  We originally had 2 screens we wanted to install, but they kept collapsing on each other (Forrest was having a minor meltdown while I was in hair and makeup).  I've learned that nothing goes as planned and it always works as it should.  

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Megan Vos, with MV Florals, at again with a floral lip installation that would even have the Rolling Stones jealous.

 

That's a wrap!  Don't forget to check out the feature on Party with Lenzo and see more images in our portfolio section.  (Did you click on all the Behind The Scene videos above?!)  Can't wait for what next revolution we come up with next! 

STYLING Forrest and J / ASSISTANT STYLING Raymond Roberts / PHOTOGRAPHY Steve Cowell Photography / VENUE The 1912 / CAKE Sweet and Saucy Shop / MILKSHAKES, COCKTAILS, BARTENDING + NAPKINS Carley Beimel with Coastal Cocktails / COOKIES Kimberly Dickerson / RENTALS Witty Rentals / FLORALS Meagan Vos with MV Florals / LASER CUT, ACRYLIC, DRINK STIRRERS + COASTERS Midnight Confetti / BRANDING, GRAPHIC IMAGES, LOGOS + BUSINESS CARDS Corina Nika / MAKEUP AND HAIR Cristina Luka-Loose + Brittany Norton / CLOTHING Asos, Nasty Gal, BNKR, Alice McCall, Dior + Mark Pomerantz / SHOES Manolo Blahnik, Sophia Webster, Christian Louboutin + Dior / JEWELLERY Parpala Jewelry / EYEWEAR Dior + Miu Miu / HANDBAGS Chanel + Dior / MODELS Amanda Patrick + Paige Bach

Behind the scene photos by Forrest and J

Professional Images by Steve Cowell Photo

 

A Wild One - Birthday Party

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Hey baby, you said you were a wild one!  Little girl Brixton may only be turning one but she has a wild soul and zest for adventure.  And that cutie smile all day long how can you not give her the sweetest birthday.  When Lauren Allen - lead designer over at Archive Rentals - reached out to me to with partnering on little Brixie's first big bash and mentioned she was thinking cactus, I was so down!  Not only has Lauren been an incredible friend and support to me she is uber talented and has unique eye for design with events and interiors!  She also has two little towhead babes, Ilsa and Brixton, and manages it all perfectly.  She's one amazing mama!

We recruited our favorite peeps to join in on the fun and create a cactus paradise theme like never before.  Mackenzie Myers - another Archive vet - is finally taking her talents to the max with her new company Rooted and Wild.  She has an eye for beauty and makes it look so effortless and really freaking cool at the same time. - Watch out for this one.  I'm calling her out now.  Big things my friend, big things -  Of course Archive for the win with their perfectly curated selection of vintage rentals.  

Rooted and Wild knows how to make a fierce baby floral crown!  That smile is too much!

Calling all you savvy creative Mom's out there!  Lauren created the most cost effective extravaganza you've ever seen!  All those plush cacti her and her husbands mother made by hand for a month!!  They were the perfect compliment to this kid friendly tablescape.  They are beyond easy to create.  Grab some felt fabric, stuffing, and sewing thread.  Cut out your pattern and create what you like!  Or for you not so DIY doer's check out these on Etsy.

Tabletop is my dream space when it comes to conceptualizing.  I always like to start with this major focal piece and my theme tends to grow and expand around it.  Lauren had picked out her color scheme from this adorable Archive Rentals rug and she loved the idea of low seating area with cozy pillows for little ones.  We had done this concept before with farm tables, but wanted to experiment with Archive Rentals Solana table for a more modern floor set up.  I loved the idea of having southwestern decals  match the rugs design for a unique look.  Lauren used her Cricut laser cutter and graphic design skills to create the aztec shapes and cut the vinyl that we transferred.  These vinyl decals are friendly to any surfaces and just peel off when done.  

Macrame mania!!!!  Our photo booth backdrop was oh so simple and the perfect setting to snap all those adorable kiddos.  The multi colored rainbow fabric pieces were made by Rooted and Wild and the dip dye was all handmade by the super mom herself, Lauren.  

The invites set the tone for little Brixton's cactus bash!  Moe Paper Co. dreamed up these darling watercolor paper goods.  

It just keeps getting better!  A custom made playhouse made by Brixton's dad -yes, this family has crazy skills and needs a reality show-.  This is any kids dream and was the perfect boho lounge for little's to imagine and play the day away 

The gold maracas were party favors left over from my own wedding and we decided to have them calligraphed by Archive Rentals talented Office Manager, Brittany.  Lauren and I spent a couple hours creating 60 jewel tone yarn poms-poms for the place settings and napkin ring holders.  I'll let you in on a little secret, this tool is your best friend for these!  You'll find yourself making pom-poms for everything.

Number one rule if you want all your adult friends to come and celebrate your kids birthday on a weekend - Open bar!!!!  Make sure you have cocktails and refreshments on hand for your guests to enjoy.  We loved using Archive Rentals copper mugs for our Moscow Mule bar, with cactus ice and all!

Forrest and J - Brixton's Wild One - Cactus One Year Old Birthday Party

It helps when you have a traditional Mexican style chef in the family!  Lauren's stepmother fixed up a tasty spread of guacamole, mini tacos, and all the local flavors for a fiesta.  Lauren created a graphic to have printed on the custom cake and topped with the cutest Cacti candle of course.  Your's truly made the macrame cake holder.  I have a feeling you'll be seeing this fun install in many more projects of mine.

The macrame installation on the back wall was designed by Lauren.  She stripped fabric and hand died it to match her southwestern color scheme.  You can buy copper piping at Home Depot or any hardware store to make for any easy and lightweight prop. 

Jenny Leu Mar 24, 12:32 PM PDT  Hello Dawnine,  I thank you for all your patience. My client does not use email nor text message, so it's been a challenge to get connected with her on these type of details.  Please find the credit card information attached for 50% deposit.  ----  Can you please make the additional changes noted below to the order:  -Update to 8 Mila Black 134" rounds - client is requesting less sequins. Do you have a black linen that is more subtle for her. She wants a shinny black, but I refuse. :)  -Please change the 5 New York Ivory - to Black high top tables  -Change Serpentine tables to 3 total, with 2 side buffers. Do I need more than 3 linens for this? (see floor plan attached) **Wants to run a silver sequin fabric throughout the buffet. (killing me :/) - do you have a fabric that is good for this? Please add.  -Update to 2 Lily gold 134" rounds  -Update to 2 Nuevo black for ice cream station.  Delivery time and date updates: Deliver to Big Canyon May 25th, Thursday Pick up from Big Canyon May 29th, Monday Event day is Saturday May 27th, Saturday   Thank you so much, Jenny

Happy Birthday pretty girl Brixton!  Can't wait to see what Lauren creates next!  

Styling and design - Forrest and J || DIY and Concept - Lauren Allen || Florals - Rooted and Wild || Photography - Kelsey Albright || Rentals -  Archive Rentals || Calligraphy - Brittany for Archive Rentals || Paper goods - Moe Paper Co. 

All photos by Kelsey Albright