Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Somehow I feel like Mr. Boddington and I are long lost soul mates. Quirky but refined. A little bit modern and a little bit heirloom…Mr. Boddington’s Studio makes me swoon.

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}

viv&ingrid’s Carnival of Sweets

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Ruby Press threw a Carnival of Sweets at Miette to celebrate viv&ingrid’s ten year anniversary. I think this might just be the perfect sweet treat to end the holiday week! Enjoy!


{photography by Kristen Loken; Flowers by Cherries}

D.I.Y. wedding programs by Hello Tenfold

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Doesn’t it always feel like ceremony programs are The. Last. thing on the agenda with so many other things taking up your time in the weeks leading to your wedding day? Ellie (of Mint fame) offers the prettiest, modern D.I.Y. ceremony programs at her shop, Hello Tenfold, making this chore totally easy and something worth looking forward to! So, here’s the deal…just submit your text, color + pattern choices, and font preferences to Hello Tenfold, and they will deliver printed pages that are trimmed and hole punched. When the pages arrive, couples purchase the ribbon and gather some friends around to assemble. Simple, easy and pretty! If tying isn’t your thing, you can upgrade to the “full version” where your programs will come fully assembled and ready to go. Thanks for sharing Ellie!


{images courtesy Hello Tenfold}

d.sharp cake garlands

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

I’ve always been a huge fan of d.Sharp. The woman is fierce with paper. Loving her newest creation…postage stamp cake garlands. And there’s word she’ll be releasing DIY kits of stamp garlands. Can’t wait to see them!

{images via d.Sharp}

Special Delivery

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Miss Pickles PressLook what I got in the mail today! Pretty postcards made by Miss Pickles Press.

Richmond Virginia Wedding Event StylistRichmond Virginia Wedding Event StylistDid you know that the now wildly popular, often replicated “keep calm and carry on” poster originated during WWII in England? Check out this article from The Guardian. It’s a classic turned pop culture phenom, and just couldn’t be a better expression of what we aim to embody as an event planning company. We put our spin on this old classic, developed nearly eighty years ago (can you believe that?), by replacing the British crown with the Merriment pom and by incorporating our own Merriment font.

Richmond Virginia Wedding Event PlannerJen did such an amazing job on all of our printed materials and our site design. I just couldn’t be happier! But, really, how could you be anything but happy looking at those pom poms?

Thoughtful Day

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Excuse me while I jump on the Thoughtful Day bandwagon. I just love Erica’s work (she’s the design goddess behind the logo and branding for the B List event), especially the Melodie Collection made to mix and match in three colors. Hop over to Thoughtful Day. Delightful paper goodies await you!

Trend: Folk art inspired details part two

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

I’ve seen cross stitch and needlework popping up here and there lately, like this sweet puppy love kit at chez sucre chez or these embroidery hearts by miniature rhino.


Hello Lucky’s cross stitch lettering in this charming invitation suite and custom monogram detail are too cute!

{puppy love cross stitch pattern by chez sucre chez, embroidery by miniature rhino via frolic!, custom wedding cross stitch pattern by radical rags, photograph by Lisa Warninger and set design by chelsea at frolic!, cross stitch invitation suite and custom monogram by hello lucky}

Folk art inspired details

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

I’m so inspired by scherenschnitte (say that five times fast!), which literally means “scissor cuts” and refers to German paper cutting designs.

And, I’m loving that scherenschnitte and similar folk art inspired designs are appearing on the wedding scene, like these darling paper suites by Dutch Door Press via Design Sponge.



Remember Anna Bond’s beautiful wedding originally featured on Brooklyn Bride? Anna illustrated a fold out poster for her invitations. The motif wove its way throughout Anna and Nathan’s wedding.

See more of Anna’s work here.


Stop by later today for part two!

{hand cut hanging by emerlyearts, my heart in your hand print by glynwestdesign, dutch door press, anna bond of rifle design}

Jen + Richard’s Charming Southern Wedding

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

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 ordered the plain birdcage veil from Something Bold, and made the flower and feather fascinator that adorned it with floral and feather supplies from Michael’s!





“Chow Down” and “Good Grub” cutlery envelopes.


Custom made cupcake flags.

Guests left the reception with pumpkin butter in hand!

From top left:
The wedding invitation.

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.”



Photography by Martha Manning for Missy Mclamb Photography and Ashley Blencoe of Studio Blencoe.

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!