Bride and Bloom

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Be sure to stop by next week to see more of the pretty table we designed for the current issue of Bride and Bloom magazine.

Jon + Lauren at Veritas Vineyards, Afton, Virginia

Monday, January 4th, 2010

merriment eventsIt was such a honor to be a part of Jon + Lauren’s wedding at Veritas Vineyards in Afton, Virginia. Although we were working on a crazy time line, with just two weeks to pull all of the details together, when Janie called to ask me to take part, I didn’t hesitate for a second. It was beyond thrilling to meet and work with Elizabeth Messina, K. Rose cakes and, of course, my go-to girl, Janie. I truly feel blessed! Be sure to take a look at the vendor list at the end of this post. We couldn’t have done a thing without the help of these super talented people.

dahlias tulips wedding inspirationJanie arranged the most beautiful flowers. This nosegay of dahlias and tulips has to be one of my all time favorite bouquets. So sweet and simple…

elizabeth messinaLauren was such a striking bride. As Janie said, she truly is a little Carrie Bradshaw. Lauren wore two different veils both designed by Myra at Twigs & Honey. She also wore two gowns — a strapless fitted design that she slipped into later in the night and a ballgown that she wore during the ceremony.

modern wedding cake inspirationmerriment events richmond virginiaK. Rose cakes designed Lauren and Jon’s wedding cake. Her work is outstanding, and she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.

wedding planning richmond virginiarichmond virginia wedding event plannerThere’s something so incredibly special about the Charlottesville area…something about that area of the country – maybe it’s the mountains – puts you at ease. Veritas is incredibly special to Jon and Lauren, who met at college nearby. During their courtship, they spent many weekends making visits to the vineyards that dot the Charlottesville landscape; it was only natural that they’d have their family to a place that meant so much to them for their wedding weekend.

richmond virginia wedding event plannerrustic wedding inspirationescort card displayveritas vineyardsWith the help of Pretty Pen Jen, we designed a moss covered escort card box nestled in Spanish moss that drew on the rustic feeling of the venue. Be sure to check out The Bride’s Cafe next week for a D.I.Y. tutorial.

JM Flora Janie Medley The Brides Cafeescort card displayThe reception space at Veritas is a grand ballroom draped in the most beautiful pleated organza. The french doors open onto a field that overlooks the vineyards, where Jon and Lauren were married.

Elizabeth MessinaThank you so much to all of the talented people who comprised our dream team. It was an honor to work with all of you! And congratulations and best wishes to Jon + Lauren.

{photography by Elizabeth Messina; flowers by Janie Medley at JM Flora/The Brides Cafe; Makeup by Erika Nixon at Makeup on Demand; Calligraphy by Pretty Pen Jen; Venue – Veritas Vineyards in Afton, Virginia; Rentals from Festive Fare, Charlottesville; Cake by K. Rose Cakes; Parasol by I Do Originals; Mr. and Mrs. signs by Family Attic Shoppe; Veil and headpiece by Myra at Twigs & Honey; Styling by Merriment Events}

Jon + Lauren’s wedding in Weddings Unveiled

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Last fall I had the most amazing opportunity to work with a dream team on Jon + Lauren’s wedding at Vertias Vineyards in Charlottesville, which is featured in the current issue of Weddings Unveiled. Check back later this morning for all of the details!


A New Years Eve Wedding

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

I’m love-love-loving Claudia’s sparkly gown and all of the pretty timepiece details in this New Year’s Eve wedding captured by Grazier Photography.

until next week…

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

I’m signing off until next week, but I hope you have the merriest and the brightest of holidays. xo

{photo by Katie Stoops, calligraphy by Pretty Pen Jen}

Nice Package

Monday, December 21st, 2009

One of my favorite places for unique wrapping and packaging ideas is Nice Package. EZ and Marichelle’s store is stocked full of fun trims, ribbons and tags. They’re my go to for bakers twine, glassine bags (see our glassine bag project here) and metal rim tags. For more inspiration, click on over to EZ’s blog, Creature Comforts.


{all images courtesy Nice Package}

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}

thanksgiving inspiration

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

I’ve been looking for the perfect Thanksgiving inspiration, and I think I’ve found it! The girls at 100 Layer Cake teamed up with photographers, Erin Hearts Court, Brown Paper Design (flowers), Peggy of Blue Pool Road (paper) to create this beautiful fall celebration table. I hope you have a happy, happy Thanksgiving! Be sure to check back on Friday for a super {sweet} party.

J.Crew holiday event at Tyson’s Corner

Monday, November 16th, 2009

If you’re near D.C. you won’t want to miss this fabulous event at J.Crew organized by the ever stylish Maria of Ritzy Bee! The event is on Sunday, November 22, and I hear there will be lots of great discounts on the holiday collection. Be sure to r.s.v.p. to info@ritzybee.com since space is limited. More info here.