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}

tips for wedding gown shopping

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at a private event at Bella Rosa Bridal in Richmond. Phylis, the resident Bella Rosa bridal expert, had some great tips for gown shopping.

Shop with a budget in mind. Your wedding gown budget should include alterations and accessories. To be safe, budget about $500 for alterations. The most common alterations are hems and bustles – most every gown needs both.

Allow 14-16 weeks for your gown to ship. You should also allow another four to six weeks for alterations. If you’re having your bridal portrait taken before your event, back your timing out from that date.

Create your own swatch with ribbon. If you can’t get a swatch of your gown’s fabric (not all designers provide swatches), Phylis recommends getting two or three colors of ribbon and bringing them along with you at your fitting. You can find a color match between your gown and one of the pieces ribbon, so you’ll have a “swatch” to take to design meetings.

Make sure someone else knows how to bustle. Once your gown has been altered, take a friend, your planner or your mom with you to learn how to bustle your gown and how to tie any bows or sashes.

{image via The Brides Guide}

cheese please

Friday, January 15th, 2010

This artful cheese display designed by Sunday Supers and featured on The Bride’s Guide this week is just yummy.

Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Somehow I feel like Mr. Boddington and I are long lost soul mates. Quirky but refined. A little bit modern and a little bit heirloom…Mr. Boddington’s Studio makes me swoon.

Bride and Bloom – Simply Elegant

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Elizabeth MessinaA few months ago, my friend Janie at The Brides Cafe asked me to help design a table for the current issue Bride and Bloom Magazine, which was photographed by Elizabeth Messina at Veritas Vineyards. We wanted the table to feel rustic but sophisticated, and I think this concept is a testament to the versatility of burlap (one of my favorite materials). I love how burlap gives you a good neutral background.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerJanie designed some of the most gorgeous flowers. Read more about them here.

Elizabeth MessinaFestive Fare in Charlottesville provided the linens and glassware, while Kristy at Monumental Designs created all of the paper. She is so talented!

Janie Medley JM Flora The Brides CafeElizabeth MessinaI was head over heels meeting Kristine at K. Rose Cakes, who made this stunning cake. I’ve always admired her work.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerWe found the placecard holders at A Remark You Made on Etsy.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding Plannerburlap wedding inspirationThank you so much to Bride and Bloom Magazine for featuring our work, and a big thank you to Elizabeth Messina for partnering with us on this shoot!