Hope you have a lovely weekend! My mom and grandmother are coming to see the baby, and it will be the first time that Birdie meets her great grandmother — so exciting! Before I dash off from the internet for the weekend, I had to share this color palette that I’m dying over right now. A mixture of cerulean, teal, emerald green, grellow (as young house love would say) and a few shades in between, this combo is bright, fun and totally modern. Hope you have a lovely weekend. xo
I’m adoring the wallpaper story in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, but I’m a total wallpaper junkie. Every surface in my house would be covered in paper if I had my way. Whether you’re interested in adding a bit of pattern to your invitations, creating a backdrop for a photo booth, lining serving trays, creating a unique escort card display, making drink flags or backing programs, vintage and modern wallpapers offer myriad ways to personalize the design elements of your event. There are literally thousands of ways to use patterned paper! And the great thing about wallpaper is that one roll will really go a long way toward all of your paper projects.
If vintage is more your style, Etsy is a treasure trove for vintage wallcoverings. Elements of Style (have you seen the invitation that employed a blue and white pattern from Erin’s shop?) and colleenabean are two of my favorites. Secondhand Rose is also a go-to for vintage papers, while Schumacher is a modern love of mine.
Since neon is where it’s at these days, I asked my creative friend, Katie Kelley, whose neon finds on pinterest caught my eye, to contribute some of her finds here.
1. Quirk Gallery neon tote by Brandon Peck 2. Neon pink geo earrings available at Quirk Gallery 3. Small leather triangle necklace from LEIF 4. Butter London 3 Free polish 5. Vibrant yellow ballet flats from TopShop 6. Neon handpainted vintage earrings
1. Adams brand “While You Were Out” neon notepads 2. 35mm Fisheye camera 3. Hot pink lace washi tape 4. Neon pink chevron favor bags 5. Field Notes notebook three pack from JCrew 6. Neon pink gift tags 7. Mini Flourescent Pink Sharpie
1. Prickly pink cactus place card via Jessi Haack Design photographed by Gabriel Ryan 2. Absolut Mandrin 3. Cake Knives at LEIF 4. Memento Mori mini skull candle 5. Pink agate trivet at LEIF 6. Dissembled geo II 7. Electric cocktail via Pinterest
Craving some more neon inspiration? Visit my collection here!
Oversize prints, roman stripes, lush florals, chintz, chessboard tiles, and exuberant color — all signature Dorothy Draper moves. Her sense of whimsy and playfulness is infectious; her passion for color + flowers is so inspiring, especially for fetes as joyful and full of fun as weddings.
images: 1 +7 originally featured in Elegant Bride Magazine; 2 invitation designed by Cheree Berry; 3 Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin via Full House; 4 – via Heidi Claire; 5 + 6 Annette and Dan’s NY wedding via Martha Stewart
I’m so super addicted to pinterest. Several months ago, a client encouraged me to join, and I did, having absolutely zero idea what the hype was about, but it’s truly one of the most useful tools that’s been introduced online in a long time. It satiates my need for visual organization in a major kind of way. Gone are the days of organizing + cross referencing thousands of images on my desktop.
I believe my
obsession devotion has paid off since merriment has recently been recognized as a tastemaker in weddings + events! I’m pinning handfuls of boards thematically for weddings — from color stories, to paper details, to Richmond focused wedding inspiration. The classic board has to be one of my favorites though.
Do you pin? Would love to see you over at pinterest!
I think the most challenging thing about designing a wedding is feeling overwhelmed by ideas and projects you want to accomplish. A good way to tackle design is to think about your event in three parts (or four if you’re moving from the dining tent/dining room to a separate area for dancing & dessert following dinner). The three parts are, ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
Because I live by lists, I put one together outlining of all of the places your design can come to life – of course every event is different and you may need to modify the list to suit your event.
You’ll want some repetitive elements throughout the three parts of your event to create some cohesiveness, but each does not have to look exactly like the others. This event featured on Snippet and Ink is a good example. Part one (the ceremony & cocktail hour) and part two (the reception).
Loving these classic blue and white inspired details! Perfect for a classic Richmond wedding.
For more blue + white inspiration visit my board on pinterest!
Hello! Brittany here again with my second post on the merriment blog! Chevron is such a fun and popular print these days, in fashion, in decorating, and of course in weddings. It’s one of our favorite patterns too — a certain someone I know may use it for her baby shower! It’s the perfect accent for a classic and preppy wedding or for a fete that’s a bit non-traditional too.
images: 1- Designed by Sitting in a tree and photographed by Sarah Yates; 2- designed by Alison Events and photographed by Jose Villa via Green Wedding Shoes; 3- designed by Wardrobe Stationery; 4- Designed by Maddy Hague of Inspired Bride and photographed by Paper Antler via 100 Layer Cake; 5 – photographed by The Nichols via Style Me Pretty; 6 – designed by Ritzy Bee and photographed by Kate Headley