360 West Spring 2015 - Weddings : Page 22
The Details Finishing T ouches Custom metal signage by Linda Shobe of Chanticleer Wedding Art e; Á oral arrangements from Tisa Zellers of Sage Fine Flowers 22 Spring 2015 360WestWEDDINGS.com
Two friends find design inspirations in art and nature.<br /> <br /> Where there's a need, there's someone who can meet it. Linda Shobe is known for her elaborate silk flower arrangements at Domain XCIV, a Fort Worth home/accessories store. She's also an accomplished painter. Both activities have helped her hone her eye when it comes to design. She has helped coordinate various weddings, including her daughter's, over the past 14 years.<br /> <br /> Tisa Zellers has been working with flowers for 25 years, at Zen in Dallas and then with event planner Todd Fiscus. She eventually managed Fiscus' Avant Garden store. When plans for a Fort Worth outpost of Avant fell through, she joined the staff as the wedding consultant at Twigs, a custom floral-design shop in Fort Worth.<br /> <br /> "About six months ago, Tisa and I found out we were on parallel paths," says Shobe, who met Zellers through their mutual love of horses. Both were hoping to start their own business while staying true to their artistic visions. For Shobe, there's a slight obsession with cake plateaus. She was tired of seeing boring ones or designs that didn't function very well.<br /> <br /> Working with a local blacksmith, she sketched out a few designs and had him build sturdy metal plateaus embellished with repetitive rows of small metal leaves or bumblebees. She embellished them with rustic and more sophisticated accents: deer antlers, slabs of marble, swags of pearls. She repurposed antique iron floor grates and piano-stool feet for a square cake plateau.<br /> <br /> She didn't stop there. Understanding that it's the little things that make an event special, she drew up designs for metal table numbers, menu boards, seating-arrangement signage — she wanted the items to be freestanding instead of having to lean against something. She also stenciled a gleaming white corn hole set complete with a bucket for the toss bags, because she understands that people like to play corn hole whether they're wearing tuxes or T-shirts and jeans.<br /> <br /> She named her new business Chanticleer Wedding Art, a moniker just vague enough to be intriguing, something she readily admits.<br /> <br /> I like the word "chanticleer," says Shobe. "I like the way it sounds, and I like the visual." In fact, a metal rooster ("chanticleer" is French for the comb-topped fowl) sits atop her workshop in west Fort Worth.<br /> <br /> Finishing Touches<br /> <br /> Art also plays into what Zellers aims to provide with her custom florals. Inspired by years of traveling in Europe and being surrounded by beautiful things in her work, she aims to push her vision at Sage Fine Flowers, her new business. Working with Shobe is not only a business collaboration but a creative one as well. They knew they thought alike when it came to aesthetics. All Chanticleer rentals are available through Sage, although wedding planners and designers also can work with Shobe directly.<br /> <br /> For more information, go to sagefineflowers.com.<br /> <br /> NEW&NOTABLE<br /> <br /> BY MEDA KESSLER & BABS RODRIGUEZ<br /> <br /> Steel City Pops <br /> <br /> Looking for something different for your reception? Chill out with Steel City Pops. The Fort Worth shop will roll out its vending cart for your event, with a server and two hours of service included. The pops are $3 each plus tax, and there's a minimum order of 100. The cart and server are free if your event is within 20 miles of the store (there's also one in Dallas). Or you can pre-order and pick up ($2.50 a pop with a 50-item minimum order). Bring your own cooler and they'll pack it for free, or just pick up in Steel City's insulated containers. Choose from a myriad of seasonal flavors, or give them enough notice and they'll mix up a custom batch. 908 Currie St., Fort Worth; 817-744-8544. For more information, go to steelcitypops.com.<br /> <br /> MOD Bakehouse <br /> <br /> Pastry chef Lina Biancamano and business partner Carla Thurston have been making wedding and specialty cakes since October. But MOD, a mashup of "modern" and "modify," is growing. Lina is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has worked in Dallas at Wolfgang Puck's 560 and at Stephan Pyles. She worked most recently at the Fort Worth Club as executive pastry chef. Carla graduated from the Culinary School of Fort Worth late last year. Their standard goods are fancy 6- and 8-inch cakes sold for $40 to $50 each as well as pastries for cocktail parties, cookies, coffee cakes and macarons. All MOD Bakehouse items include delivery. 817-734-8579 or modbakehouse.com.<br /> <br /> Vella Nest <br /> <br /> Vella Nest, noted for owner Alexandra Turner's exuberant floral decor and sweet-dream custom-made pillows, survived the closing of The Shoppes at Brownstone Village late last year. The good news is that it's expanding. It's now located next door to El Gabacho. Turner is expanding her wedding and special-event floral and rental business, too. Fresh flowers are shipped directly to her from Ecuador. Known for her romantic floral designs, Turner creates custom arrangements — from bouquets to flower-girl halos to altar pieces, centerpieces, cake-stand embellishments and more. Follow Vella Nest on Facebook for updates on her floral classes. 2408 W. Abram St., Arlington; 469-744-1936 or vellanest.com.<br /> <br /> PARTY FAVORS <br /> <br /> Say Cheese<br /> <br /> By Laura Samuel Meyn<br /> <br /> There's just something about a vintage VW bus that makes people happy; they tend to stop, ask questions, share memories. And when there's a photo booth inside that bus? They're eager to gather friends and climb in — the smiles in The Photo Bus tend to be the real thing.<br /> <br /> Kyle Coburn, a Dallas-based wedding photographer, saw it firsthand when his college buddy brought his Photo Bus to last year's Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival. John DePrisco, himself a wedding photographer in Kansas City, Mo., had been trying to persuade Coburn to start a DFWarea Photo Bus for some time. "An unreliable vintage vehicle is something I had no interest in; it sounded like a hassle, a money pit," says Coburn with a laugh. "But when I saw it here in Fort Worth, saw the reactions, it started to turn me around. Then John started forwarding all these inquiries from Fort Worth people wanting to book the bus."<br /> <br /> That spring, Coburn purchased and began refurbishing a 1979 VW transporter van in an eye-catching retro blue. The restoration took a little longer than anticipated, so the first booking wasn't until mid-September. But The Photo Bus DFW would make up for lost time, completing more than two dozen events in the next three months around North Texas. By early 2015, Coburn will have a second bus.<br /> <br /> Custom slipcovers provide more than a dozen fabric backgrounds to choose from for any given event. You won't find automated software inside the bus; instead, there's an attendant who lets guests hold the custom trigger button, taking the photo when they're ready. The standard photobooth props-on-a-stick — moustaches, eyeglasses, pipes, martini glasses — are handmade from double-thickness felt. Two to five people at one time look to be the optimum number, and it's perfect for the ultimate selfie.<br /> <br /> Upon exiting the bus, each person in the photo gets an instant printout, with images also posted to social media to tag later on. High-quality photo equipment — along with those natural smiles — produces results people seem eager to share.<br /> <br /> "It's a photographer's photo booth," Coburn says. "And it's an instant conversation starter."<br /> <br /> THE DETAILS<br /> <br /> The Photo Bus DFW Rates include three hours on-site with unlimited photos and begin at $750 on weekdays and $1,200 on weekends. Call 214-702-4141 or visit thephotobusdfw.com. The Photo Bus DFW is on Instagram and Twitter @thephotobusdfw.<br /> <br /> TRANSPORTATION<br /> <br /> Clint and Lottie Fowler are the husband-and-wife team behind Grit + Gold, a Fort Worth-based wedding collective offering a boutique-style approach to event design and planning.<br /> <br /> In looking for an office, they chose a historic brick building in Fort Worth's Northside. Built in 1911 by Joseph B. Googins, it was then referred to as Googin's Corner, a name recently resurrected as a reference to this Main Street location. Local businesses include W Durable Goods, with new tenants Cake Walk Bake Shop and Lyncca Harvey Photography coming soon.<br /> <br /> One visit to the whitewashed space gives you more than a hint of Lottie's vision and style. A full-service shop, Grit + Gold expanded in 2012 by adding car transportation to its menu options. This is where Clint steps in.<br /> <br /> It started with a ' 51 Chevy Bel Air found sitting in a field. Lottie fell in love with her as did Clint, who's a master mechanic by craft and trade. A fanatic of American-built automobiles, Clint refurbished the coupe from the inside out. Dolly, as she was named, was the beginning of Bowtie Vintage Classics.<br /> <br /> A year later, late in 2013, they found Loretta in Waxahachie. The '57 Chevy Bel Air belonged to a policeman in Ennis and also was in need of a lot of TLC. While Lottie admits she wasn't as partial to Loretta, Clint saw the potential. Again, he completely stripped her down as well as gave her a new interior, new paint and chrome and some much-needed engine work. <br /> <br /> After the restoration, Clint drove Loretta on a daily basis before "retiring" her to become part of the Bowtie stable.<br /> <br /> "Brides are definitely drawn to Dolly," says Lottie. "She's beautiful and curvaceous. Guys are more attracted to Loretta. Both are for people who appreciate classic cars. When we got married, we got a Rolls-Royce and, even though it was beautiful, it didn't really suit our personalities. In 2007, not many people were doing what we're now offering with Bowtie Vintage Classics."<br /> <br /> While neither car has air conditioning, not a viable option in the '50s, Lottie laughs and says she offers hand fans if clients need one. Both cars offer roomy back seats, the better to get in a little cuddling.<br /> <br /> And while Clint maintains the cars inside and out, he also is the stylish driver — and, yes, he wears a bowtie.<br /> <br /> — Meda Kessler<br /> <br /> THE DETAILS <br /> <br /> Bowtie Vintage Classics Dolly and Loretta are available for chauffeured wedding and special-event transfers as well as photo sessions such as engagements and holidays. Other services include the addition of floral wreaths and/or signage. For pricing and more information, go to bowtievintageclassics.com or gritandgoldweddings.com.
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