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

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!

 

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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