I recently had the opportunity to meet Meagan Kearney from Stephen STARR Events | Starr Restaurants Catering Group, http://www.starrevents.com. “ With delectable cuisine, stellar service, hip music and cool settings, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering and special events.” Meagan gave me a tour of what I would say is one of my favorite venues I have ever been to. I love, love, love the character of this place, it’s city chic, meets industrial loft meets, whiskey distillery meets rustic horse barn! The New Liberty Distillery is a ( super old ) newly renovated space that is perfect for the anti-ballroom bride.
I was so inspired I decided to plan a styled shoot with some very talented people! Because the venue was so dark and had so much wood, I decided to go with a vibrant color palette of oranges, pinks and rouge’s which truly popped in the space and created a spectacular backdrop for the shoot. I brought in lots of custom built distressed furniture, antique trucks and vintage decor compliments of Deb at Y Knot Now, to create several vignettes in the space including a reception table, sweetheart table, bar and cake table. This look featured old and new, rustic elements and lots of bling which made for an eclectic look with a touch of whimsical charm. My favorite detail that you see infused throughout is the denim. Our bride looks stunning in her designer gown and denim jacket!!! Every aspect of the design has denim touches from the denim chargers and denim ribbon cascades to the denim jacket and denim flowers.
The Reception Table is a banquet style table with lots of layers which give the table lots of depth and drama. By sticking with a simple mix of silver, wood, white and denim the table doesn’t look to busy and the vibrant blooms truly come to life. The table setting is a mix of wood and denim chargers topped off with gray china, a silver napkin adorned with a jewel and a custom designed menu by April Lynn Designs. The centerpiece started with a wooden runner that had wooden and silver jeweled candlesticks in various shapes and sizes. Seeded Euculyptus was then weaved throughout to create an ethereal look! The sweetheart vignette features a stunning vintage love seat and an antique table that has a drawer overflowing with flowers. It also features a fun floral arrangement spilling through and distressed blue frame. Above the table is super sweet and flirty wagon wheel chandelier.
The cake that mimics the gown created by the Caketeria in Newtown, PA is displayed on a vintage whiskey barrel and has the backdrop of a stunning distressed old door turned table! Love it!!! The custom bar was made out of pallet wood a true work of art and adorned with lots of vintage touches and antique glassware and props. Some of my favorite details front the shoot are the custom designed stationery pieces by april lynn designs, custom bow-ties by Danielle Parker and the gorgeous sketch of the bride and grooms attire created but Megan Hamilton! I had so much fun incorporating my signature style into this design! lots of mixed materials, eclectic pieces and whimsical details like the denim letters, the suitcase overflowing with beautiful blooms and the unexpected orange heels!
Want to know more about the venue?
Located in an up and coming area where luxury town homes are currently going up, this ahh-mazing venue is just a few miles from old city and shares a court yard with the Crane Arts Center. The Hyatt is located in old city among other various hotels, so whether you choose to provide transpiration or valet service, your guests have have an easy commute. This 3 level building with an interior courtyard is the perfect space for a small intimate wedding or event for 50 – 200. As guests arrive, valet service can be provided for your convenience and will drop guests off at the gated entrance that leads into the courtyard which is a rustic, city garden space perfect for wedding ceremonies and pre – ceremony refreshments. The doors to the first floor are open and a bar / refreshment station can be set up amidst the large distillery machinery, which makes the space unique and interesting and provides a great backdrop for photos. Next guests head up the exterior stairway to the second level. Typically this space, which used to be a horse stable, yup, barn doors, stalls and all are still in tact, is used for a progressive dinging experience. Hi-top whiskey barrel cocktail tables and vintage furniture ( Y Knot Now), decorate the space creating lounge vignettes in the various alcoves and nooks. Meagan suggests interactive chef stations and tons of passed hors hors d’oeuvres that will be available throughout the space as guest mingle and enjoy themselves. Once guests have eaten their fill, they can head up to the 3rd floor which is an equally impressive open space with a whiskey barrel bar perfect for dancing the night away. All in all this space is spectacular and full of character! It’s perfect for a bride looking for a ballroom alternative.
Learn more about this working distillery @ http://millstonespirits.com/starr-events/
Distillery Shoot Vendors
Creative Direction, Styling & Florals – Kristin Rockhill, http://kristinrockhill.com
Props, Furniture and Antiques – Deb Ross, http://www.yknotnow.com
Photography – Marie Labbancz, http://www.artoflove.com
Suit – Mens Warehouse
Cake – http://www.thecaketeria.net
Bridal Sketch – Megan Hamilton, https://www.etsy.com/shop/MeganHamilton
Stationary – April Lynn Designs, www.aprillynndesigns.com
Custom Bowties – Danielle Parker, https://www.etsy.com/shop/dmarut7910
The New Liberty Distillery – http://stephenstarrevents.com/catering