branching out

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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Love the big impact of these stunning leafy greens!

 

1 – the nouveau romatics; 2 – frank alexander nyc; 3 – natalie bowen; 4 & 5 – R. Jack Balthazar Wedding via martha stewart weddings

 

Southern Wedding Tradition: Burying the Bourbon

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

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Of all the Southern wedding traditions, burying bourbon is a favorite among our clients. Tradition says you must bury a full bottle of bourbon, upside down, exactly 30 days prior to your wedding at the ceremony site to ward off rain. After the ceremony the bride and groom dig up the bottle and take a celebratory swig! So far it’s worked: outdoor ceremonies have been rain-free, and, for the most part, we’ve had sunny skies. One tip: be sure to mark the location where you bury the bottle with a rock or shell. There’s nothing worse than having to hunt!

Images: #1 Katie and Joel at Westover Plantation photographed by Jen Fariello, #2 Brittany and Andrew at Tuckahoe Plantation photographed by Katie Stoops, #3 and 4 Megan and Will at Tuckahoe Plantation photographed by Katie Stoops

please be seated

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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We love to tie a little something special on the bride and groom’s chairs, whether it is as simple as a double faced satin ribbon tied in a bow, a trinket that ties into the design or an embellishment, like a hand embroidered sash. Sweet details like these bring the design to life!

Sources: bells; pink satin ribbons; tullecoral chair ties; embroidered chair covers 

happy derby day weekend!

Friday, May 6th, 2016

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It might be sacrilege, but I’ve never really loved mint juleps (gasp). This bourbon slush, though? The best. Happy derby weekend!

 

Bourbon Slush

image above: bouquet designed by janie medley, styled by courtney spencer and photographed by patricia lyons for southern weddings magazine V6

Start with the entrée

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Ina cleared up all confusion about menu planning last night in her talk at Richmond Centerstage: start with the entree. So simple! So brilliant! Start with the entrée. Think about the ingredients that are in your main dish and then plan the remaining courses with complementary flavors.

Planning a menu for a party, especially a wedding, where you have so many opinions, options and conditions to consider, can be riddled with anxiety. Ina encourages us all to keep it simple. “Earthy,”  by which she means “down to earth,” dishes are always winners. No need to be elaborate or to serve something that is entirely foreign to you or beyond your budget. Simple is better. Serve what you know.

She also encourages hosts to plan one menu that everyone can enjoy. Rather than cooking one meal for your vegetarian friend, another for your gluten free friend and yet another for the rest of your group with no food allergies, plan one meal that accommodates the entire group. Start by asking your guests “what food don’t you eat.” Ina says beware: you might get some funny responses (“fish eyes!”), but you will eventually get a complete list of foods your menu should avoid, and from there, you can start making a plan. Start with the entrée first!

photo by katie stoops for southern weddings V5

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 25th, 2016

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Hope you have a happy Easter weekend. Below, a few links to Easter goodies!

In love with Emily Henderson’s pastel Easter brunch.

Have you seen this elegant Easter table designed by Calder Clark?

There are two Easter traditions Birdie and I observe every year: making birds nests and baking the Back in the Day Bakery carrot cake (in a bunny cake pan, of course!).

Cute carrot surprise balls.

Carissa does it again! These floral bunny ears are adorable.

Flashing back to this fun Easter project over at Oh Joy!

And, as always, there’s more here. Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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Hope you’ll hop on over to Martha Stewart Weddings, where we’re talking about hiring wedding vendors with our friend Lindsay of Toast Events!

here comes peter cottontail!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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radish wreath via sunset magazine; basket with tulips via martha stewart weddings; dodie thayer from tory burch via lonny; dyed brown eggs via martha stewart weddings; lilac via midwest living

true blue

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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#1 blue and white suite designed by Smock as seen in Martha Stewart Weddings’ summer 2016 issue; #2  Abby Jiu & Ritzy Bee Events as seen in Brides; #3 Navy wedding photographed by KT Merry; #4 via Pink Pagoda; #5 Honor & Jay’s wedding featured in Martha Stewart Weddings’ summer 2016 issue

artist we love: claire hill

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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I had the good fortune of discovering Claire Hill’s work last year at Fraîche, where her Richmond prints are sold (second image from the top). Claire has been an artist for as long as she can remember. After earning a BFA with a concentration in painting, she returned to her hometown of Richmond, where she has focused on producing custom pen & ink architectural drawings, paintings, portraits and custom calligraphy & illustration for weddings. Of her wedding work, Claire says custom invitations with illustrations are her favorite kind of commission because “they are more fun and leave a lot of room for creative freedom!” I just love all of the details Claire incorporates into her work, giving each piece a unmistakable sense of place — the dogwoods, cardinals and architectural elements. And the energy and happiness of her calligraphy is contagious! Thanks for sharing your work, Claire! xo