earthquakes, hurricanes, and showers! oh my!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Hey ladybugs! Sorry for the radio silence last week. We were without power for most of it thanks to Irene, who nearly caused us to re-imagine and relocate my baby shower due to power outages and general havoc. But the shower prevailed and went on as planned. Power came back to hostess Emily’s house just in the nick of time and we were able to celebrate baby girl Connally, who we’re expecting in early October. Here are a few snaps from the weekend.


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It was a late afternoon party, so my friends served small bites — tea sandwiches, cake, to-die-for macarons from Petites Bouchées, yummy cream cheese olive spread, fruit and crudités.


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We ordered napkins from For Your Party and chose a font for “baby spencer” that matched one of the fonts we used on the invitation. (We sent the pink tulip blossom invitation by Linda & Harriet Paperless Post).


We served sparkling ginger-orange punch and regular (mama-friendly) ginger orange punch sans the sparkle.


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Given the weather we’ve endured, last weekend’s weather was a welcomed relief. With a respite from the rain, we set up tables in the backyard, covered with custom chevron overlays made from fabric found at u-fab (love that place!). We ordered coral and white linens from La Tavola, while the other rentals (chairs, tables, glassware) were delivered by Classic Party Rentals of Virginia.


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Ginny Rogan penned the buffet cards and drink tags in a pretty shade of orange on scalloped, white coasters re-purposed for the project. Meanwhile, I arranged celosia, zinnia, dahlia, billy buttons, marigolds and snapdragons, much of which I found at the South of the James Market that morning.


Deanna Miller of LOL Richmond was on hand to capture the fun (and my massive bump). She made an amazing photo booth backdrop with hand dyed dollies. There’s my sweet mom posing below with my friend Anna’s cuter-than-I-don’t-know-what baby. My mom is clearly loving getting practice!


Major thanks to all of my friends who celebrated with us this weekend but most of all to Elizabeth, Sarah and Emily for hostessing. You girls are the best! xo

With this post, it’s probably time to tell you that I’m going on a modified posting schedule. Maternity leave will begin soon and will extend through the new year. I will pop back here from time to time with news. I have a few fun stories that I am just dying to share with you, but I must wait until October when some of our work will be published that we haven’t been able to show off just yet.

that’s a wrap

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

I’m obsessed with the way bouquets are wrapped almost as much as the flowers in the bouquet. Presentation and detail are the thing — a unique ribbon tied in an original way makes the bouquet.





1 – Tara Guerard; 2 – spring bouquet; 3- orange bouquet photographed by Meg Smith and designed by Ariella Chezar via The Brides Cafe; 4 – classic bouquet photographed by Altura Studio via Style Me Pretty; 5 – designed by Amy Merrick; 6 – designed by Ariella Cheza




colorful, playful & fun!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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Adoring this colorful Style at Home booth designed by Margot Austin for the Interior Design Show last January.


images via Style at Home and Effortless Style (via poppytalk)

word of the week: fondant

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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Fondant gives cakes a smooth appearance. Although bakers can generally get buttercream pretty smooth, buttercream will never be quite as smooth or as white as fondant. Fondant is also brilliant for another, and often more important reason in Virginia — it protects the integrity of the cake in heat. Fondant is an absolute must if you’re having an outdoor wedding in Virginia and will display your cake during the months of June-September.*

Most people are put off by fondant because they’re worried about the taste or how it’s made. Fondant is a rolled sugar paste that covers cakes after they have been assembled with filling and icing. It is often made from confectioner’s sugar and a binding mixture of gelatin and glucose. It’s completely edible, but it can also be pulled away from the cake when it’s served if you’d prefer.

To see the way a cake is constructed, click over to this diagram.

*Any cake will have trouble standing up to a 90+ degree day, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your event. I’ve seen fondant covered cakes droop on 100 degree days. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding and heat is in the forecast, cut your cake earlier in the evening.


image: cake via martha stewart

A Shower for Bebe Bjornard

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

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I spotted this adorable shower for Abigail and Bebe Bjornard over at Oscar & Emma. Karly is such a talented designer.  Just check out the beautiful invitation she designed for Abigail — a screen printed onesie in a box lined with registry details, sealed with a wraparound label. Love the other sweet paper details too — handmade paper rosettes and striped popcorn boxes. Congratulations Abigail, and thanks for sharing, Karly!



images courtesy Oscar & Emma

pretty pink & orange flowers…

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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…designed by Janie Medley and photographed by Adam Barnes for a June client. So lovely! Congrats Megan & Daniel!



16 wedding foods that should be banned courtesy Bon Appetit

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011


Rarely do I feel comfortable getting snarky about people’s choices for their weddings. It’s your wedding after all, and you should have what you want. But, seriously, guys. Seriously. Bon Appetit hits the nail on the head with their slideshow of 16 wedding foods that should be banned. That chocolate fountain. Um, that’s a no. Really. It’s a no. Any other foods you’re oh-so-over that you’d add to the list?

word of the week: sidepole draping

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Unless you’re renting a sperry tent, which has really beautiful wooden poles that support the tent, you’ll likely have metal poles to contend with. Draping is one way to conceal unattractive metal poles. White chiffon-like draping is a classic choice, as in the first image below by Leo Patrone, but you can also go the custom route, matching draping to your tent decor, as in the second and third images.


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1 – Leo Patrone Photography via Snippet & Ink; 2 – Alison Events photographed by Thayer Alyson Gowdy via Snippet & Ink; 3 – Blossoms Events


Darling Sally!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Kiernan Shipka

Kiernan Shipka is just about as darling as they come. Featured here in The Coveteur (old news, I know), the actress who plays Sally on Mad Men talks about her love of organization, design and ballet. {Please, tell me, Kiernan, that you also organize your closet by color! Then I’ll know we’re true BFFs.}

You’ll have to pop over and read the full Coveteur interview with Miss Shipka, where she shares some of her original designs. Yes, she’s a designer too! All by the age of eleven!


Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

le petit ecolier s'mores

…this dressed up version of s’mores that so smartly employes le petit ecolier cookies.  Nom, nom, nom!


{via Stephmodo via Cafe Zupas}