Masterclass  2016

photography Jose Villa

The inspiration for the 2016 Masterclass was a Modern Montana wedding. It’s common in a natural Western setting like the Ranch at Rock Creek to see rustic or vintage inspired events. But I wanted the opportunity to show how a sleek and modern aesthetic could compliment the rugged environment, if the right elements were brought together. To do this, we balanced stark modern components with cozy knits & soft velvet textiles. Masculine colors like matte black, slate and chestnut brown (a nod to the wooden architecture at the Ranch) were contrasted with romantic, spilling flowers by Sarah Winward. I love Sarah’s ability to make every arrangement look effortless and at home in its setting.

Amber Moon Design created a beautiful modern invitation suite and menus, but brought in Western elements with cow hide pouches and brass tags. Cowhide agendas and brass rulers, pencils and zip drives were used by the students in the class room.

I chose the metallic accent of brass for the overall Masterclass design and farewell dinner, because it felt contemporary but also common in a ranch setting. The table top by March SF, a beautiful and luxurious home boutique in San Francisco, incorporated brass flatware and smokey amber glassware in a similar tone. The hand-crafted matte black wood chargers and slate stoneware dinner plates anchored the place setting.