Old School

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I was really inspired by the Ivy League style spread in the new Lonny Magazine and thought it would be fun to do a little “old school” inspiration today…think vintage varsity letters, plaid, pewter and brass trophies….

{Girl in plaid dress via Snippet & Ink via The City Sage, photographed by Kate Powers; custom designed invitation suite by Paper + Cup; Typewriter via Snippet & Ink, photographed by Jonas Peterson; Stationery via Snippet & Ink by Austin Press; Trophy via Country Living; Vintage books via Green Wedding Shoes, photographed by Jessica Claire; Coat and knit tie via Wasp 101}

Sneak peek: Elizabeth Messina

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

elizabeth messina vineyard wedding parasolJanie and I had an amazing opportunity to work with Elizabeth Messina last weekend. Here’s a sneak peek to hold you over until the full wedding is published!

{parasol by I Do Originals}

Pretty details for fall

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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{image #1 + 4 via Charleston wedding magazine; image #2 and #3 via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

Halloween inspiration: A Ghoulishly Glam Fete

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I am so excited for Halloween and thought it would be fun to share some things that are inspiring me this year! I love the idea of a glammed up Halloween fete, full of pink and silver accents.

Some great resources for ghoulish decor are Jamali Garden, Luna Bazaar, and, believe it or not, The Dollar Store, where you can find lots of sparkly skulls to accent your table.

{mercury glass pumpkins via pottery barn (last year); flower arrangements via Ruby Press}

Cozy fall table covers

Friday, September 25th, 2009

This time of year is all about cozy, warm blankets. How about giving them new life as table covers for a fall fete?

{image 1 + 2 via Country Living; image 3 via katiedid photographed by Victoria Pearson; image 4 via Martha Stewart}

Cabbage Roses

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

There’s nothing like a cabbage rose. Said to have more than 100 petals, cabbage roses were a favorite of Dutch painters. Most always a shade of pink, they have the loveliest scent (so lovely that rose oil is cultivated from them to make perfume).

{picture 1 via real simple; pictures 2, 3 + 4 via Martha Stewart}

Inspired by Dorothy Draper

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


I’m in love with the Fall issue of Elegant bride, particularly the “Peak of Chic” article mid way through the magazine, inspired by the designs of Dorothy Draper. Draper was an amazing woman – she professionalized the field of interior design. Known for color combinations that were bold, vibrant and unusual for the time, checkerboard flooring and her signature “cabbage” chintz and stripes, Draper’s influence is often referred to as the “Draper touch.” Wouldn’t it be fun to add a dab of modern day “Draper touch” to a wedding? Think Kate Spade china, Cheree Berry invitations, touches of gold, an elegant, simple gown…oh so glamorous but totally fun and playful!

merriment events: layout and space planning

Monday, September 21st, 2009
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Plans for a tented wedding reception on the Hampton Street Lawn at Maymont for 24o guests.

Plans for a cocktail reception for 200 at Main Street Station.

viv & ingrid

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I am a big fan of viv & ingrid. I wear my set of pearl hoops nearly everyday, so I’m super excited to pass along the news that vivandingrid.com is offering shoppers 25% off jewelry, hair accessories and Bonbon keepsake boxes from September 21st through October 12th. Enter vifall25 for the discount code at checkout. The new fall collection is launching this week, so {double yay}, you’ll be able to take advantage of the discount on new styles.

Ruby Press Bridal Soiree

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

I came across these images last night while organizing my inspiration files and fell in love with them all over again. They’re from the Ruby Press Bridal Soiree held last May. The color palette is so striking. Since I have Halloween on my mind right now – I’m working on a charity Halloween event – I automatically thought that this palette would be really lovely for a modern Halloween party. But it lends itself to so many events. Wouldn’t it be a beautiful palette for a bridal shower or even a baby shower too?

{Photography by Joel Flory Photography; Floral arrangements and paper flowers by Rosenow Floral Design; Candy table by Crown & Crumpet; Gowns by Nouvelle Vogue}