happy new year!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Hope your night is filled with lots of sparkle!

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{1 – Sunday Suppers; 2 –  via I don’t think Prada is the answer; 3 – The Knot; 4 – Martha Stewart market party via Couture Parties}

a holiday soiree

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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{photography by katie stoops; flowers by janie medley; styling by merriment events; calligraphy by pretty pen jen; croquembouche by sweetest thing bakery}

holiday wedding inspiration

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

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Holiday weddings are near & dear to me…my husband and I were married on December 30th! I love this grouping of images. They’re right for the holidays, and take advantage of holiday greens, but don’t scream Christmas.

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{1 – blackberry farm via apartment therapy; 2- martha stewart; 3 -; 4 – alison events; 5 – jamie grenough photography & atelier joya design & flowers via style me pretty}

christmas at colin cowie’s

Friday, December 17th, 2010

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Janie and I hopped on a plane last week headed to New York to spend the evening with the B List at a party hosted by Colin Cowie. It was so much fun to see Colin in his element. He made a comment at one point during the evening that he can see an entire room at once, no matter where he’s standing: it’s true. There are no lulls in conversation or dry glasses in his presence. He’s an attentive and gracious host.

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If you haven’t already checked out Colin’s website or signed up for his newsletter, you must. I love this video, in particular, housed on his site from the TODAY show where Colin discusses key tips to creating holiday parties:

*It’s about no fuss, being resourceful and spending time on presentation

*Focus on creating interesting pairings and stations devoted to the match, such as a south of the border station with tequila cocktails and southwestern appetizers

*Put a card in front of each dish so guests know what they’re eating and drinking

*Go vertical rather than horizontal with decor, as it can take up quite a bit of space

*And, not included in that clip, but passed along at the party: invite colorful guests. The more interesting your guests, the more interesting the party.

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Colin talked a great deal about the industry, blogging and what is in store for his company, including the expected launch of a new app. Meanwhile, cocktail architect,Yusef Austin, engineered two signature cocktails, while we listened to music styled by Donna D’Cruz. White Mischief was clearly the darling of the night. A recipe is below.

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pictured left to right: Jackie Weppner of Merci New York, Janie Medley of The Bride’s Café, Vané Broussard of Brooklyn Bride, me, Colin Cowie, Christy Weber of Junebug Weddings, Ami Price of Elizabeth Anne Designs, Anne Chertoff of From “I Will” to “I Do”, Mixologist Yusef Austin and Amy Atlas of Amy Atlas Events

winter flower inspiration from Studio Choo

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Hello lovies…today I have pretty muscari, violet and paperwhites made into sweet and simple winter bouquets from Studio Choo.

Don’t these winter flowers look lovely in Studio Choo’s birch vase set? Birch is such a great material for winter weddings.

Be sure to also check out Jill + Alethea’s post on forcing paperwhites at Design*Sponge too.

{all images courtesy Studio Choo}

thanksgiving inspiration from ritzy bee

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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I’m over the moon for my friend Maria’s pretty table featured this month in Southern Living. Such a striking combination of colors and textures. The paper goods were designed by Suann at Simplesong Design. Flowers by Sidra Forman. Photography by Jennifer Davick.

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This might be the best time of year…

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

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{fig cake from Martha Stewart Weddings via Homegrown Wedding; place setting by Eddie Ross; flowers by Saipua}

holiday inspiration

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Richmond Virginia Wedding PlannerIf you haven’t see our holiday soiree over at Snippet and Ink, be sure to stop by Kathryn’s blog! We shot this pretty table a few weeks ago. What I love most about it is that the ideas are something you can easily interpret for your own holiday soiree.

winter wedding inspirationIf you don’t have mercury glass containers on hand, galvanized steel, which is easy to find at gardening stores and Lowe’s (of all places), can stand in their place. Janie used peonies, anemones and parrot tulips, but if they aren’t available to you, there are so many other pretty white blooms this time of year…white tulips, amaryllis and paper whites that are easy to find at grocery stores and greenhouses.

Richmond Virginia Wedding PlannerRichmond Virginia Wedding PlannerWe used white hemstitch placemats and napkins and dark charcoal gray plates – the great thing about those materials is that they’re not so holiday you couldn’t reuse them later in the year. Mercury glass is also a really great basic I use throughout the year. It looks great at Halloween, and I could definitely see this decor transitioning well into the new year!

Richmond Virginia Wedding PlannerRichmond Virginia Wedding PlannerVintage sheet music is so pretty at the holidays. Accordion fold strips and seam them together with glue for a pretty garland to decorate your mantle or tree, or turn it into paper pinwheels that look equally great on the table, tree, mantle or as embellishment on wrapped presents.

Richmond Virginia Wedding PlannerFor unique ribbon look beyond the usual suspects. I went straight to the upholstery aisle at Hancock Fabrics and found lots of beautiful ivory trimming.

Richmond Virginia Wedding PlannerA croquembouche, like this one made by Jenny at Sweetest Thing Bakery, is the perfect treat for a refined holiday soiree.

Richmond Virginia Wedding PlannerRichmond Virginia Wedding PlannerI hung my collection of silver trays above the mantle with plate hangers you can find at any craft store. Floral decor mimicked what we used on the table. I added a vintage wooden container in the center for texture and filled it with jute twine and silver ornaments. I also added a white bust (on the far right of the mantle) and dressed her up in long strands of pearls and rhinestones.

Christmas InspirationI love this garland! It was a last minute idea that came to me um, probably an hour before the shoot! I found these tags at an antique store down the street, stamped them and strung them on jute twine. I’m going to use this same garland in a project I’m working on now…a really pretty Christmas card display in our kitchen window.

I hope you enjoyed our holiday soiree inspiration as much as we enjoyed pulling it together! Happy holidays to all of you!

{photography by Katie Stoops, floral design by Janie Medley, calligraphy by Pretty Pen Jen, pastry by Sweetest Thing Bakery, hair and makeup by Sarah Valentine at Mango Salon}

thanksgiving inspiration

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

I’ve been looking for the perfect Thanksgiving inspiration, and I think I’ve found it! The girls at 100 Layer Cake teamed up with photographers, Erin Hearts Court, Brown Paper Design (flowers), Peggy of Blue Pool Road (paper) to create this beautiful fall celebration table. I hope you have a happy, happy Thanksgiving! Be sure to check back on Friday for a super {sweet} party.