Happy First Day of Fall!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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photos by katie stoops 

floral design by janie medley 

planning + design by merriment

 

martha stewart weddings summer issue

Monday, September 19th, 2016

 

Martha Stewart Weddings Summer 2016

It’s always such an honor to contribute to Martha Stewart Weddings. In the summer issue, we answered a reader’s question about discussing dress code and attire with your vendors. While most vendors follow the industry standard (black), not all do. We offered some tips on navigating that conversation. Here’s a little insta snap of the article.  xoxo

How to kickoff wedding planning

Monday, September 12th, 2016

 

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One of the most important things to do once a budget has been established and blessed by everyone contributing is to map out a wedding agenda — as much of one as is possible at the beginning of planning. The agenda will give you answers to the basic questions you’ll need to answer as you enter the next phase of planning: hiring vendors. Do I need a photographer for eight hours or ten? How long should my band contract be? How much time should I allocate for photographs? Should I take photographs before the ceremony or after or both? When should hair and makeup begin? What time should the bus pick up my guests? etc.

But how do you start crafting a wedding agenda — where do you start? The ceremony time is generally a good starting point. Ideally your ceremony will begin just before “golden hour,” which is the time of day just before sunset when the light is dreamy and photographs look their best. Once you’ve determined what time your ceremony will begin and how long it will last, you can move on to thinking about how to structure photography before and after your ceremony.

In my experience, the trickiest part of crafting an agenda is in finding consensus around the photo/shot list. Since the posed photographs before and after the ceremony are driving timing to such a large extent, I would recommend tackling this first. Your photographer will most likely provide a suggested list of photographs.

Most couples schedule about an hour of photographs prior to the ceremony. This allows the photographer time to photograph the bride, bridesmaids and her family, as well as the groom, groomsmen and the groom’s family unhurried before vows are exchanged. You can decide if you’d like to do a first look then, too.

Once you’ve developed a list of pre-ceremony photographs, you’ll develop a list that will be taken after the ceremony. Then, you can easily back out time earlier in the day for hair, make-up, getting ready, transportation, and later in the day for your reception.

At the beginning of planning the most important items to work out on your agenda are: ceremony start and end time, posed photos before and after your ceremony, cocktail hour start and end time, reception start and end time. Once you’ve penciled in these significant time stamps, you’ll be in a great place to move forward hiring vendors and scheduling transportation!

 

photo: katie stoops

happy national dog day!

Friday, August 26th, 2016

We’ve named signature cocktails after them; dressed them in bow ties and floral collars; their likeness has even been printed on fabric. Cheers to our beloved pooches!

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Brittany and Andrew’s dog Henry inspired the signature cocktails (the “Henry” and “Henrietta”) at their fall wedding at Tuckahoe Plantation. One of our favorite printers created gold foil stamped drink stirrers in Henry’s likeness to dress up the (incredibly yummy) signature cocktails created by our go-to local caterer.

 

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Megan and Will’s labs joined us for cocktail hour. We hired a professional dog handler to help us that evening — always a good idea to have a professional on hand dedicated exclusively to the bride and groom’s pups.

 

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A Virginia artist hand illustrated a custom monogram for Katie and Joel, which included their pooch — you can see him just below the shield that surrounds the couples initials. So beloved was this pup that he made it onto Joel’s cummerbund and bow tie, both of which were custom-made by a local designer.

Cheers to our clients’ sweet pups and the fun they bring to celebrations! xoxo

crystal clear

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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We love how these chic acrylic accents add a quick dose of glamour to parties!

 

 

1- Alison Events; 2- KT Merry + Strawberry Milk Events; 3- Rachel Ellen Events + Jessica Kettle Photography; 4- Table cards designed by Twinkle & Toast via Exquisite Weddings Magazine; 5- Southern Fried Paper + Thisbe Grace Photography

totally knotical!

Friday, July 8th, 2016

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It’s all smooth sailing with these “knotical” details!

 

 

 

1 & 5  invitation suite designed by holly hollon and photographed by lauren kinsey; 2 – table number; 3 – nautical bunting Ingalls Photography; 4 –  table designed by Alison Events and photographed by Mel Barlow

Tie one on

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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Nothing quite as charming as these playful and fun tassels!

 

 

table cards photographed by liz banfield; 2 tassel bunting merriment events + katie stoops; 3+ 5 stitch design company; 4 calder clark & a bryan photo

Patriotic Pattern Play

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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There’s nothing I love more than a good dose of playful pattern, especially in red, white and blue!

Pictures 1 + 2 Mariliana Arvelo; #4 sunglasses Jillian Mitchell3 + 5 Jose Villa

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