garden brunch wedding inspiration

Friday, February 5th, 2010

I had such a good time working on this little piece of inspiration I pulled together for The Wedding Shoebox. Valerie asked me to dream a little bit: if I could do it again, what would my wedding look like? I’d never in reality re-do my wedding. It was perfect just the way it was, but since we’re dreaming…I’ve always loved the idea of a intimate brunch wedding at a garden (maybe Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond in the spring). Because, really what’s better than yummy pastries & mimosas, not to mention a color palette that’s soft and dreamy?

b. poetic floral shoe clips

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

How darling are these shoe clips from b. poetic? I’ll have a pair in red, please!

{images courtesy b. poetic}

inspired floral design

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Inspiring me today…designs that feel like modern interpretations of Dutch still life paintings.

{First arrangement by Livia Cetti of The Green Vase; Bouquet by Saipua; Arrangement in urn by Dandelion Ranch; last two arrangements by Ariella Chezar}


Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

There’s a vintage chalkboard at my favorite antique store that I’m debating…I need your help. Are we still liking chalkboards? There are so many things you can do with them…menus, seating, photo booths…

{photobooth via Style Me Pretty photographed by Jen Fariello; Cake buffet chalkboard via Inspired by This photographed by Sarah K. Chen; Chalkboard seating chart designed by Kelly Oshiro photographed by Harper Smith; Seating chart #2 by Fete NY found via Jubilee Events; Seating chart #3 via Parcel Post; Table names via Oh So Beautiful Paper by Flowerwild}

custom wedding signs by chocolate butterbean

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Chocolate Butterbean makes the most whimsical wedding accessories, from custom sandwich boards, to thank you signs, to programs that all have that heirloom quality I adore. Check out more design goodness here!

little flower school

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerI’ve always really loved Saipua’s work, and couldn’t have been more excited to find out that Sarah (of Saipua) and Nicolette (of Nicolette Camille) were offering workshops at Saipus’s studio in Redhook, a neighborhood of Brooklyn. Above is a picture in the Saipua studio. Just look at those flowers! We had our pick of anemones, ranunculus, gray dusty miller; parrot tulips, pin cushion flowers and jasmine; queen anne’s lace, the most fragrant rose geranium leaves and delicate green bells.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerHere is a Japanese ranunculus. Can you even believe the size of that bloom? The Dutch ranunculus we normally see are half its size!

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerWe spent a lot of time talking about how the season dictates the color palette and materials you use. In the wintertime color tends toward icy pinks, silver and clean whites; you also see a lot of “woody” plants. The woody, gestural flowering quince was the basis of our class on Saturday.

Quince is the harbinger of spring. It’s one of the first to flower, reminding us that spring is just around the corner. Mind you, it’s still horribly cold outside as I type, so the reminder is welcomed.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerThe class was small – just nine of us. Here we are beginning our work.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerAbout an hour later, we were all shocked at our progress. Each of us made something beautiful. Here is my arrangement. I’ve only dabbled in flowers, making arrangements for parties here at our house, so it was fun to see what I could do under the guidance of two women whose work I admire so much!

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding Planner{photographs by me at the Saipua studio}

saipua flower school

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I’m traveling back today from a the Saipua flower school workshop. Can’t wait to share more later this week!

viv&ingrid special for little white book readers

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

viv&ingrid has beautiful jewelry for the bride and really sweet gifts for bridesmaids, like the bon bon above that holds a pair of earrings. And, lucky you, they’ve extended a 20% site-wide discount to little white book readers through February 18th. Enter the discount code LITTLEWHITEBOOK at checkout!

Queen Quills calligraphy

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I’m totally an obsessed fan. Emily’s work at Queen Quills is truly a work of art. Her lettering is full of whimsy, and I just couldn’t love it more.

If you’re considering calligraphy, Emily’s turn around time is generally between 14 and 18 days from the moment materials are received. Calligraphers tend to require extra envelopes (check how many extras they’d like…many stationers recommend about 25 extra). Also be sure to check the formatting requirements for your address list. Now, run over and look at her portfolio!

{all images courtesy Queen Quills}

whirling turban vintage wedding dresses

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerA few weeks ago on what might have been the *coldest* day of the year, Janie, of The Bride’s Cafe, Kelly + Ryan, of Kellan Studios, and I got together to photograph two vintage dresses made by Whirling Turban.

vintage wedding gownsWhirling Turban makes one of a kind vintage-styled gowns. The gowns we photographed were very Mad Men…think Betty Draper. I’m {clearly} a big fan of all things vintage, so I couldn’t have been more delighted to have put some of my vintage jewelry collection to work. It fits perfectly here, especially with the amazing hats Janie found on Etsy. With everything in place and bundled in warm coats, we were off to shoot the girls downtown!

vintage wedding inspirationIf you’re local to Richmond, you’ve no doubt heard about Two Sweet Cupcake Boutique. Debbie makes the most darling cupcakes, and they taste just as divine as they look. If you stop by her shop, try the key lime. It’s heavenly.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerA big thank you to Whirling Turban. We had so much fun!

{photography by Kellan Studios; makeup by Erika Nixon at Makeup on Demand}