Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Quick "Hello!" From our new Creative Director

Hello friendors, fans + followers!

It has been pretty quiet over here on the blog for the last, well...three years...*gasp*...and we sure do have MUCH to catch up on, But...first things first!

I'd love to introduce myself!
My name is Ryanne Steele and I am the new Creative Director + Lead Designer of OTL! For those of you in the local San Francisco Bay Area wedding + special events industry, you may already know me as the owner of Steele My Heart, a wedding planning + hand lettering company.

"Hi everyone!!!"

For those of you I have yet to meet, I am thoroughly looking forward to meeting, connecting + creating some magic with all of you! I am thrilled for the opportunity + the honor of taking OTL on a new adventure! Our founder, Amanda, created something so special with her carefully curated collection, which consists mostly of French antiques + trinkets from her travels across the globe. It's truly amazing to be surrounded with so much history + beauty each day that I'm in our new warehouse!

The collection we have tells a story of where we came from, but I am excited to see how we can take our collection in new directions; mixing in more color + patterns, playing with textiles + textures, adding styles from various decades, letting inspiration from nature + a little modernity influence the collection.

I am also excited to take our collection on new adventures, literally! I am a California girl through and through, so I find my biggest inspiration from that magical place where the land meets the sea. I've just always felt a little tingle anytime I'm near the ocean (Have you read Blue Mind?) and want to take our rentals on as many road trips as possible, near or far! I'm a diehard road-tripper, and will almost always drop anything to pack a bag, hit the road + discover a new place! The thought of including a mini trailer full of our Lovelies (or finding a VW Van in sea foam green would be cool too, just sayin'), to capture their beauty, from the Big Sur coast, up to Lake Tahoe, and back down to Santa Barbara, then through the dessert to Palm Springs, over the Rocky Mountains and just get's me so excited!

With that said, I have so much more to share with you here on the blog over the next few weeks. I will be sharing a little bit more of the OTL story, and what's been happening since the beginning of the year. There's been huge galas, a celebrity wedding, we were published in print twice, delivered rentals to over 35 happy couples or clients, hired a new team, have had a handful of online features, sourced some new + exciting inventory...and that's the tip of the iceberg!

I am really looking forward to sharing this new OTL adventure with all of you, and I'm hoping to meet all of you awesome people one day soon!

Love + Light ~Ryanne

PS: Here's The Engagement picture of my adorable Great-Grandparents used in the local newspaper to announce their marriage in 1935. (Back when you only took one image, ONE!) 
Because #LOVE ... and I have a 'thing' for old-timey photos! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

giveway // styled. the workshop


Well then.... should apply!

Winner will be announced tomorrow so hurry!!!!


Monday, June 17, 2013

behind the scenes // jose villa shoot

Here's a little behind-the-scenes action from our recent shoot with Jose Villa designed by Kelly Moore. These instagram photos don't even begin to do the shoot justice so we can't wait to share Jose's beautiful images!

first three images via my instagram // last two images via jose villa's instagram

More soon!


Friday, June 14, 2013

behind the scenes // the today show

We are so excited to announce that we were part of a surprise marriage proposal planned by The Yes Girls and filmed by The Today Show! It should be airing in the next week or two and we will definitely keep you all posted so that you can tune in! 

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at the set-up with our rentals! We were on the 40th floor overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Marin Headlands. It was just beyond! 


Check back soon for details about the air date! 


featured // SMP living

When my wonderful friend, Melanie, told me she needed help nailing down the look and feel of her upcoming birthday party I jumped at the opportunity to help! Melanie wanted a look that was simple and easy to achieve. When I asked her what colors she wanted to see at her party she mentioned really liking pastels also the color grapefruit. My mind immediately went to a fun, summery palette of soft pinks + peaches paired with crisp citrus colors like tangerine + grapefruit. Since the party was being held at Hog Island Oyster Co. in Tomales Bay I wanted to incorporate navy blue to ground the bright, summery colors and give a nod to the location's nautical vibe. The Hog Island Oyster Co. sign also happens to be navy which made the pop of blue even more perfect!

Here's the board that I created for Melanie:

And here's the board brought to life by Melanie: 

Didn't she do a great job of sourcing items + bringing the vision to life?  I was really proud of her! I don't know about you guys but my favorite parts of the table are the fabulous striped runner from Heath Ceramics and the florals by Natalie Bowen Designs!

You can see more from Melanie's birthday party over on Style Me Pretty Living


Monday, June 10, 2013

behind the scenes // jen huang shoot

This past weekend I finally got the chance to work with the amazingly talented Jen Huang. The airy, light-filled quality of her photography has always blown me away so it was an incredibly huge honor to have her photograph my styling work! I am counting the days until we get the photos back but in the meantime, I have some behind-the-scenes photos to tide me over :) 

A big thanks goes out to our talented team of vendors: Natalie Bowen, who created floral magic once again, Melissa Hoffmann, whose hair + make-up skills are just beyond, Honeycomb Events, who did an outstanding job bringing my cake vision to life (the flowers looked SO REAL!!!), Kinsley James who provided the most stunning lace Liancarlo gown and our fabulous model Sarah Rose, who was such a champ even though she was freezing her behind off! 

More to come soon!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

featured: martha stewart weddings

You know those times when you are so excited that you have a hard time formulating words let alone complete sentences? Well, this is one of those times. I am so darn excited. If I were speaking out loud to you right now I would likely be stuttering. Okay, let's be real,  I'd also be jumping up and down and flailing my arms around a bit. (Do you have a good mental picture formed in your head? Excellent. We can continue....)

So why all the jumping and flailing? My work (along with some other incredibly talented artists) was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings yesterday!!! YES. Martha. Stewart. Weddings. I'm not even going to try to play cool and pretend this isn't a big deal to me because Martha is practically my hero. I am so incredibly honored!!!

One True Love Vintage Rentals has been featured on MSW before (I did a happy dance that day as well!) but this is a first for my styling work through Amanda O'Shannessy Creative. And holy moly does it feel good. Not only does it feel good because I absolutely love how this wedding turned out aesthetically (the dinner entryway door + wagon was my favorite design of last year!) but it feels good because this was a dream wedding to work on from start to finish. The bride, Gabrielle, and the groom, Tony, are two of the most talented and loving people I have ever had the privilege of working with. They are two of those people who you meet and instantly feel a connection with (I honestly wanted to be a guest at their wedding!). The vendors that they selected were top notch and a breeze to work with. And the icing on the cake? At the very beginning of the design process Gabrielle told me her vision and let me run with it. I really can't emphasize the importance of this enough. Find talented vendors who you trust wholeheartedly and let them do their thing. Fabulousness will ensue, I promise :)

Thank you Gabrielle + Tony for giving me the opportunity to bring your vision to life.

Thank you to the talented vendor team that made G + T's day so amazing:

PhotographyChristina Richards
LocationChateau Julien 
CateringAlicia Phillips of Classic Catering
FlowersStudio Choo
MusicProof Jazz
MakeupKim Larson

And a very special thanks to my awesome OTL team. Couldn't have done it without you ladies!

You can see more of Gabrielle + Tony's big day here on Martha Stewart Weddings!