Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving sweet friends, clients and readers. I have so much to be thankful for. This has been the best year I’ve known so far, truly. From working with the girls at Southern Weddings to partnering with some of the most creative clients, the work I’ve been able to do this year has been so much fun to do . My clients have been such a joy, all so much fun to get to know. I’ve worked with amazingly talented people — from  The Sorrell Company and Kip Dawkins, working on projects for Thibaut and Anna French, to the talented creative people in the wedding community, many of whom I’m lucky to call friends! And, of course, there’s Connally, our sweet baby we welcomed on October 11th — the greatest gift of the year, for sure! Happy Thanksgiving and love to all of you!

{photo by Katie Stoops}

Southern Living Wedding planner and keepsake

Friday, November 18th, 2011

We’re so happy for our friends Maria and Kelly of Ritzy Bee Events on the publication of their new wedding planning book with Southern Living Magazine, available in stores and online at Amazon beginning January 3rd. From Maria and Kelly, “The planner is a guide to planning your wedding…no matter how big or small in size or budget…and is a fresh approach on how to stay organized, what to expect at each step and hopefully (mostly) stress free through the process!”

We’re so honored to be included in their list of inspiring blogs — thank you M + K! If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Maria and Kelly’s new book, visit the Ritzy Bee Blog.

Katie & max in Southern Weddings V4

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

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We had so much fun working on Katie and Max’s wedding, and we’re just loving seeing it in print in Southern Weddings. We’ll save the details behind this backyard affair until later in the year when we do a full post with some of our favorite images captured by Jodi Miller Photography. In the meantime, see more over here in their gallery. colorful, modern weddingPhotography by Jodi Miller Photography; Planning & Floral Design by Merriment; Wedding Design a collaboration between Merriment and the Bride & Groom!

Southern Weddings V4 – Williamsburg Wedding Inspiration

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

We’re so honored to not only have a featured wedding in the latest issue of Southern Weddings Magazine, but to have also contributed to an editorial shoot that appears in the magazine.

merriment events wedding planning richmond virginiaOn a hot and steamy day last June, my lovely assistant, Danielle, and I packed up and headed east for Williamsburg, where we met Sierra and Emily from Southern Weddings Magazine and Katie Stoops for a shoot at Colonial Williamsburg.

There are so many beautiful spots for weddings at Colonial Williamsburg. We shot at one of the Colonial houses on the property, and, although that particular house is not available for events, a few houses on the property are available for rental for wedding weekend lodging. Just imagine spending your wedding weekend with friends and family in an historical house on the Colonial Williamsburg property…so cool! You might also consider The Williamsburg Inn on the property for your wedding as well — gorgeous, classic location.


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I love this favor, and it’s something that is super, super easy to recreate. We made poppers and filled them with peanuts as a nod to Virginia, which is known for its yummy Virginia Peanuts. Moya Minns with MMInk calligraphed the names, so the favors could do double duty and also function as place cards.

We imagined a couple named Susannah and Gardner Lowell, and developed a story around the two, imaging that both grew up in Virginia and met while attending William and Mary. Our fictitious couple returned to the town where they met to celebrate their wedding with friends and family. Although you can just barely see it in the image above, we incorporated a drawing of the campus’ Crim Dell bridge on the wine label. Crim Dell is also known as lover’s bridge. It’s said that if two lovers cross the bridge together and kiss at the crest of it, they will be together forever. Love that story…


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This shot was a happy accident. We intended to shoot the table in a garden, but just as we finished setting the table and placing the flowers, black clouds moved in. We literally had seconds to move the table before the heavens opened. In the end, the alternate location really worked, don’t you think?

richmond virginia wedding Classic never goes out of style, which is one reason why we really adored helping bring this story to life. Thanks to the Southern Weddings team for having us! We had a ball! And without further ado, the fabulous people who made this story happen…

Photography by Katie Stoops; Styling & Floral Design by Courtney Spencer of Merriment, assisted by Danielle Hines; Hair & Makeup by Avenue 42 Designs; Flowers provided by Fifty Flowers; Bridal Gown “Arabella” by Christos; Location, chairs, flatware; cake, petits fours, tarts and ham biscuits – Colonial Williamsburg; Invitation & Program designed by The Lettered Olive with calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones; Linens – La Tavola Linen; Glassware, plates and some silver trays- Festive Fare; Monograms, menus, place cards, popper wraps, drink sign – Moya Minns of MMInk; Coaster and wine label – Magpie Paper Works; Beau Bar sign – Chocolate Butterbean; Bride’s shoes (“Forbes” by Nina) & colored bridesmaid dresses from Bella Bridesmaid; Ivory bridesmaid gowns by Saja

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!