I’m adoring the wallpaper story in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, but I’m a total wallpaper junkie. Every surface in my house would be covered in paper if I had my way. Whether you’re interested in adding a bit of pattern to your invitations, creating a backdrop for a photo booth, lining serving trays, creating a unique escort card display, making drink flags or backing programs, vintage and modern wallpapers offer myriad ways to personalize the design elements of your event. There are literally thousands of ways to use patterned paper! And the great thing about wallpaper is that one roll will really go a long way toward all of your paper projects.
If vintage is more your style, Etsy is a treasure trove for vintage wallcoverings. Elements of Style (have you seen the invitation that employed a blue and white pattern from Erin’s shop?) and colleenabean are two of my favorites. Secondhand Rose is also a go-to for vintage papers, while Schumacher is a modern love of mine.
I’m looking forward to spring and the early bloomers…all of those pretty flowering branches that herald the beginning of a new season. This chinoiserie-inspired party flanked the bar with cherry blossoms — those famous trees that draw crowds just to our north in Washington D.C. Spring green and white are an eternally classic combination. Love it not only for a wedding, but for any sort of spring or summer gathering.
images: The Greystone House Gala featured in Veranda. Photography by Reed Davis.
In a former life, I worked in advertising as a strategic planner. Planners are responsible for articulating the client/brand goals in a way that is compelling to the creative team (who will ultimately create the creative product) and in a way that is compelling to the audience (the people who will ultimately consume the work/the people who you want to communicate with). I think a lot about the creative briefs I used to write and how the format can be adapted to be a really useful tool for couples planning weddings. With SO much inspiration and so many ideas floating around, it’s good to focus, focus, focus. Hopefully asking yourself these questions and committing your answers to paper will help you focus your efforts and energy during your planning.
What’s the one thing we want to remember?
What’s the one thing we want our guests to remember?
We’re standing at the altar and we turn around to look at the congregation, these are the people we hope to see…
Three words that describe us as a couple…
If we imagine the look and feeling of our wedding, we’d use these three words to describe it….
These are the things we can’t live without. They’re mandatory….
Our budget is…
Now, go pick three images that match up with your vision for your wedding. Not 300. 3. They can be of anything…interiors, food, clothing. Use those three to remind yourself of where you’re going when you’re in inspiration overload.
Since neon is where it’s at these days, I asked my creative friend, Katie Kelley, whose neon finds on pinterest caught my eye, to contribute some of her finds here.
1. Quirk Gallery neon tote by Brandon Peck 2. Neon pink geo earrings available at Quirk Gallery 3. Small leather triangle necklace from LEIF 4. Butter London 3 Free polish 5. Vibrant yellow ballet flats from TopShop 6. Neon handpainted vintage earrings
1. Adams brand “While You Were Out” neon notepads 2. 35mm Fisheye camera 3. Hot pink lace washi tape 4. Neon pink chevron favor bags 5. Field Notes notebook three pack from JCrew 6. Neon pink gift tags 7. Mini Flourescent Pink Sharpie
1. Prickly pink cactus place card via Jessi Haack Design photographed by Gabriel Ryan 2. Absolut Mandrin 3. Cake Knives at LEIF 4. Memento Mori mini skull candle 5. Pink agate trivet at LEIF 6. Dissembled geo II 7. Electric cocktail via Pinterest
Craving some more neon inspiration? Visit my collection here!
Two of my favorite things — Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold and spun sugar cupcakes topped with champagne buttercream. Although I’m pretty sure the design of the latter wasn’t inspired by the former, the similar gesture of the sugar to the falling rocket in Whistler’s painting illustrates how event design inspiration can come from many places…even your favorite painting.
It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted a Richmond Wedding Wednesdays inspiration board — there’s no better way to kick start the series again than with an inspiration board for a lush, afternoon garden party at the Kent-Valentine House. Also home to the Garden Club of Virginia, the Kent-Valentine House was built in 1845 and is located in the historic Monroe Ward district of Richmond. Whether you choose to host an outdoor tented event in the courtyard or a smaller, cocktail style event indoors, its southern beauty is sure to charm. I imagined a palette of light gray, green, white and off white — very classic, very Richmond.
image sources: (1) designed by Ariella Chezar; (2) photographed by katie stoops for southern weddings magazine; (3); (4) photographed by gia canali via style me pretty; (5) designed by calder clark for southern weddings magazine and photographed by a bryan photo via ritzy bee; (6) photographed by polly alexandre photography via style me pretty
Adoring these bold baubles for the bride and her maids alike. Interested in cultivating the look on your wedding day? Elva Fields crafts some of the most divine pieces. Kate Spade, Miriam Haskell and Kendra Scott (available locally at Bella Bridesmaid) also make a statement.
I’ve noticed this color a lot this year — nearly every Christmas card we’ve received has hints of soft blue-green. It’s so striking and a bit unusual for holiday decorating, which is why I think I love it so much. What colors are you using this year?