If you haven’t had a chance to flip through the pages of Martha Stewart’s Real Weddings Special Issue yet, you’re in for a treat! From new “good things” (always a favorite of mine!), to enchanting floral design, to real wedding features, the special issue, released just twice a year, is rich with inspiration.
I’m happy to share a sneak peek of one of the weddings featured in this issue —Allison and Tyler’s mediterranean revival affair in Florida. With its pretty peach color palette and a mesmerizing love story (Allison and Tyler met in middle school!), this wedding is the stuff of dreams.
Guided by her father’s philosophy “the more, the merrier,” more than 370 guests feted the couple, while 14 bridesmaids, wearing neutral and blush-colored gowns, accompanied Allison at the altar, and three priests officiated the ceremony. To see all of the pretty details and read more of the story, be sure to pick up a copy of the Real Weddings Special Issue!
Photos by Tory Williams, courtesy Martha Stewart Weddings
We were so honored to work with M + W on their spring wedding at the venerable and ever beautiful Tuckahoe Plantation, captured here by Katie Stoops. Our sweet clients entertained nearly 300 guests under a sperry sailcloth tent on a perfect spring evening, following a Catholic ceremony at a church nearby. The colors were soft and whispery shades of pale, buttercup yellow, mint green and peach. We showered out of town guests with local indulgences — hardywood beer, virginia cookies (with a heart piped over Richmond!), lamplighter coffee. All in all it was a picture perfect day, don’t you think? Could the perfect weather have had something to do with the bottle of bourbon the couple buried at Tuckahoe a month to the day before saying I do? We’d like to think so.
To see more from this wedding, please visit Snippet & Ink.
Have you visited Revel yet? It’s a new blog from the girls at 57 Grand, and today I’m contributing a shop the look story based on Katie and Max’s wedding. Shop the look is like an interactive inspiration board. You can click on the images to purchase the item pictured or one that’s very similar. I hope you’ll stop by today to check it out!
We had so much fun working on Katie and Max’s wedding, and we’re just loving seeing it in print in Southern Weddings. We’ll save the details behind this backyard affair until later in the year when we do a full post with some of our favorite images captured by Jodi Miller Photography. In the meantime, see more over here in their gallery. Photography by Jodi Miller Photography; Planning & Floral Design by Merriment; Wedding Design a collaboration between Merriment and the Bride & Groom!
We’re so honored to not only have a featured wedding in the latest issue of Southern Weddings Magazine, but to have also contributed to an editorial shoot that appears in the magazine.
On a hot and steamy day last June, my lovely assistant, Danielle, and I packed up and headed east for Williamsburg, where we met Sierra and Emily from Southern Weddings Magazine and Katie Stoops for a shoot at Colonial Williamsburg.
There are so many beautiful spots for weddings at Colonial Williamsburg. We shot at one of the Colonial houses on the property, and, although that particular house is not available for events, a few houses on the property are available for rental for wedding weekend lodging. Just imagine spending your wedding weekend with friends and family in an historical house on the Colonial Williamsburg property…so cool! You might also consider The Williamsburg Inn on the property for your wedding as well — gorgeous, classic location.
I love this favor, and it’s something that is super, super easy to recreate. We made poppers and filled them with peanuts as a nod to Virginia, which is known for its yummy Virginia Peanuts. Moya Minns with MMInk calligraphed the names, so the favors could do double duty and also function as place cards.
We imagined a couple named Susannah and Gardner Lowell, and developed a story around the two, imaging that both grew up in Virginia and met while attending William and Mary. Our fictitious couple returned to the town where they met to celebrate their wedding with friends and family. Although you can just barely see it in the image above, we incorporated a drawing of the campus’ Crim Dell bridge on the wine label. Crim Dell is also known as lover’s bridge. It’s said that if two lovers cross the bridge together and kiss at the crest of it, they will be together forever. Love that story…
This shot was a happy accident. We intended to shoot the table in a garden, but just as we finished setting the table and placing the flowers, black clouds moved in. We literally had seconds to move the table before the heavens opened. In the end, the alternate location really worked, don’t you think?
Classic never goes out of style, which is one reason why we really adored helping bring this story to life. Thanks to the Southern Weddings team for having us! We had a ball! And without further ado, the fabulous people who made this story happen…
Photography by Katie Stoops; Styling & Floral Design by Courtney Spencer of Merriment, assisted by Danielle Hines; Hair & Makeup by Avenue 42 Designs; Flowers provided by Fifty Flowers; Bridal Gown “Arabella” by Christos; Location, chairs, flatware; cake, petits fours, tarts and ham biscuits – Colonial Williamsburg; Invitation & Program designed by The Lettered Olive with calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones; Linens – La Tavola Linen; Glassware, plates and some silver trays- Festive Fare; Monograms, menus, place cards, popper wraps, drink sign – Moya Minns of MMInk; Coaster and wine label – Magpie Paper Works; Beau Bar sign – Chocolate Butterbean; Bride’s shoes (“Forbes” by Nina) & colored bridesmaid dresses from Bella Bridesmaid; Ivory bridesmaid gowns by Saja
Head over heels, totally in love with this 8 mm film by Kate Headley. It feels like a modern-day heirloom…what a lucky couple!
A big thank you to Bride and Bloom for featuring our work in the current issue! More details up next.
Jen and Richard were married October 5th on a farm just outside of Atlanta. Jen, of Miss Pickles Press, designed the invitations, guest favors (pumpkin butters, yum), cupcake toppers, cutlery envelopes, ceremony programs, bridesmaid gifts, gift tags, and s’mores packets. Jen said, “we had a BBQ reception with a bluegrass band, so i wanted all the crafts to reflect a ‘barn’ and ‘fall in the south’ kind of feel.”
Jen designed her dress with the help of Creations Bridal Boutique in Richmond, and seamstress, Jenni Crisci.
Flowers by Gloriosa Design.
Jen gave her bridesmaids silk pouches that contained custom-made glass paperweights (see the paperweights on the last row on the right).
“Chow Down” and “Good Grub” cuterly envelopes for the reception.
On the far right, you’ll see custom made books (tied with orange ribbon) that contained Jen and Richard’s ceremony (for the minister to read from and for guests who did readings during the ceremony).
Paperweights for bridesmaids.
Detail of the wedding ceremony programs.
I just love Jen’s cake. Here’s what she said about the passage in the frame on top of it, “It’s a passage from Alice in Wonderland about Alice following the rabbit down the rabbit hole. When Richard decided to move to Virginia with me (we had only been dating for about 6 months), he said ‘let’s see how far down this rabbit hole goes’…of course meaning ‘ok – let’s see what this relationship has in store for us’…it was really sweet and was a huge leap of faith on his part. So I wanted some sort of homage to that. I designed a little old-timey graphic using the rabbit from the original illustrations, and found that little frame at Michael’s.”
Thank you Jen and Richard for sharing your beautiful wedding with us! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Miss Pickles Press wedding designs!