Over the years, we’ve come to specialize in planning and producing large outdoor, tented weddings, but I’ve always had a special place in my heart for intimate, restaurant receptions. And Amuse isn’t just any restaurant — with excellent views into the museum and outside to the sculpture garden; a nearly neutral existing color palette (how many reception venues can say that?); exquisite furnishings (hello Saarinen tables!); and some of the best food in Richmond, Amuse is my go-to recommendation for small parties. Given free reign, I’d introduce lovely shades of blue and green; large tropical foliage; metallic-lined drum shades for accent lighting over a large, outdoor bar; and bright fuchsia floral here and there for punctuation.
Pink, orange and yellow are perennially pretty party colors, but the addition of red, in this table designed by Gen Sohr for Southern Living, is incredible! The wallpaper Sohr used as a runner is brilliant as well! To see more, visit Gen’s blog.
image via Gen’s Favorite as published in the June 2013 issue of Southern Living
I recently had the honor to design my sister-in-law’s wedding. It was such a joy to source so many locally-grown flowers and to work with such a pretty color palette. Nicole and Monty were married at home on a beautiful day in May, among an intimate group of family members. They exchanged vows in a service officiated by my mother-in-law, Monty’s mother, in their backyard. Afterward, we enjoyed a buffet of sweets — blackberry-vanilla cupcakes, lavender macarons, lavender and white cookies (a play on the classic black and white cookie), mini coconut cream pies and chocolate truffles topped with sugared pansies. Special thanks to Eleise Theuer for sharing these lovely photographs with us!
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!
Loving these classic blue and white inspired details! Perfect for a classic Richmond wedding.
For more blue + white inspiration visit my board on pinterest!