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.

D.I.Y. wedding programs by Hello Tenfold

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Doesn’t it always feel like ceremony programs are The. Last. thing on the agenda with so many other things taking up your time in the weeks leading to your wedding day? Ellie (of Mint fame) offers the prettiest, modern D.I.Y. ceremony programs at her shop, Hello Tenfold, making this chore totally easy and something worth looking forward to! So, here’s the deal…just submit your text, color + pattern choices, and font preferences to Hello Tenfold, and they will deliver printed pages that are trimmed and hole punched. When the pages arrive, couples purchase the ribbon and gather some friends around to assemble. Simple, easy and pretty! If tying isn’t your thing, you can upgrade to the “full version” where your programs will come fully assembled and ready to go. Thanks for sharing Ellie!

{images courtesy Hello Tenfold}

Dessert Receptions

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

One of the questions I hear most from brides and grooms is how to cut the budget. Of course we all know the #1 way to cut you budget is by cutting your guest list. But there are other ways to get creative….one of them is a cocktail and dessert reception.

Cocktail and dessert receptions are really lovely in the early afternoon. Consider hiring a jazz quartet and serving a nice selection of white wine and prosecco. Dance the afternoon away and ask friends to meet you later in the evening for an after party.

{image #1 from Country Living; image #2 a desert bar by Amy Atlas}

Doily inspiration

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I love the look of doilies whether they’re inspiring fashion, favors, table design or place cards. They’re beautiful in all seasons, but they’re especially pretty for winter soirees!

{image #1 from the Tudors; doily place cards by Paper Finger; hot chocolate favors by Oh Hello Friend; gift bags via iDIY; garlands via Project Wedding; Cake via Real Simple; ring bearer bowl via Country Living; garland via Martha Stewart; Martha Stewart via Decor Addict}