What to serve for brunch in Richmond

Monday, February 6th, 2017

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Brunch: the perfect meal to serve for baby showers, bridal showers, baptisms, and on wedding days. If you’re planning a brunch in Richmond, you’re in luck, we have so many wonderful bakeries and gourmet markets, you’ll have to do no more than plate and present. Below are a few of my favorite local brunch treats that can be ordered in large quantities in advance (and some deliver!).

-Quiche or croissants from Sub Rosa Bakery (Let’s take a moment to give thanks for Sub Rosa’s chocolate croissants. Lord have mercy.)

-Smoked gouda pimento cheese from Mosaic (serve with Ritz, of course)

-Pretty canapés from Everyday Gourmet

Cuisine a la Carte’s classic chicken salad on rosemary-raisin crackers from Yellow Umbrella

-Shrimp and crab cheese ball from Bon Air Seafood (serve with club crackers)

-A donut “cake” from Sugar Shack (Basically a gigantic donut. Crowd. Pleaser.)

-Maroulosalata (a yummy salad of lettuce, dill, lemon, feta, scallion, olive oil and vinegar), Spanakopita, or a cheese and charcuterie platter from Stella’s Grocery

-Macarons from Sweet Fix Bakery

Throw together a quick fruit salad, a pitcher of mimosas and fill a drink decanter with iced water and cucumber slices, and brunch is served!

xoxo

 

photo: jen fariello

Giddy for Greenery

Friday, January 13th, 2017

We’re giddy for greenery: pantone’s color of the year (and truth be told, we always have been — just check out this green and white wedding inspiration board on Pinterest). This perennially chic shade of green is classic, crisp and perfect for spring weddings. We loved pairing it with the palest shade of blue in this shoot for Southern Weddings Magazine at Tuckahoe Plantation photographed by Katie Stoops.

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To see more, hop over to Southern Weddings Magazine, where you’ll see a full list of vendors who graciously contributed to this shoot.

Happy First Day of Fall!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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photos by katie stoops 

floral design by janie medley 

planning + design by merriment

 

artist we love: claire hill

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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I had the good fortune of discovering Claire Hill’s work last year at Fraîche, where her Richmond prints are sold (second image from the top). Claire has been an artist for as long as she can remember. After earning a BFA with a concentration in painting, she returned to her hometown of Richmond, where she has focused on producing custom pen & ink architectural drawings, paintings, portraits and custom calligraphy & illustration for weddings. Of her wedding work, Claire says custom invitations with illustrations are her favorite kind of commission because “they are more fun and leave a lot of room for creative freedom!” I just love all of the details Claire incorporates into her work, giving each piece a unmistakable sense of place — the dogwoods, cardinals and architectural elements. And the energy and happiness of her calligraphy is contagious! Thanks for sharing your work, Claire! xo

darling dogwood details

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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image #1 cake by maggie austin, photographed by abby jiu for maria & josh’s wedding; #2 wreath via once wed; #3 cookies for megan + will’s wedding photographed by katie stoops; #4 maids with dogwood bouquets photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings magazine; #5 dogwood arrangement photographed by landon jacob via southern weddings

Mimi and Clarke’s winter wedding featured in Virginia Living

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

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Designed around the idea of “golden glow,” Mimi and Clarke’s winter wedding was a bright light last February. From the long stemmed hurricanes, embellished with gilded poet’s laurel that maids carried during the ceremony in place of traditional bouquets; to the Rosa Clara beaded wedding gown Mimi wore; to their grand entrance into the Rotunda at the Jefferson to 300 adoring friends and family; to their getaway in their treasured 1979 Volkswagen Westfalia van, Mimi and Clarke’s wedding was so classically elegant but very fresh and original. We feel so fortunate to have been a part of it. Thank you to all of the people who expertly brought Mimi and Clarke’s ideas to life, most especially Jeanette McKittrick Floral Design, La Tavola (who despite some of the worst winter weather in the middle of the country got our linens to us on time! thank you!), Jimmy Harris at The Jefferson Hotel, Jen Fariello Photography, Amanda Robinson at Sweet Fix, Ms. Mo of Mo’Soul (represented by Sam Hill), Jimmy Oliver Event Technologies, Parrot Design Studio, Ave 42, and, most especially, my team. Please rush and get a copy of Virginia Living Magazine to see this wedding and many others that took place in the Commonwealth.

 

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Brittany and Andrew featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

 

Fall Wedding Inspiration

 

It was such a joy to help one of our nearest and dearest plan her wedding, which took place on a chilly day last November at Tuckahoe Plantation. Brittany has worked with me for more than five years as my lead production assistant, and as you might expect we’ve been planning her wedding for some time. (Maybe before she found the groom? shhh!) To see more of the details and get the full scoop, pop over to Martha Stewart Weddings!

{photo by Katie Stoops; Invitation Design by Parrott Design Studio}

Kelley-Harris wedding featured in the Summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

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A year ago today, we celebrated the wedding of our dear friends and clients. We’re celebrating again as their beautiful wedding is featured in the summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! We were fortunate to work with a great group of talent, including Janie Medley and Katie Stoops, who both did so much to bring the bride’s vision to life and capture it beautifully. It’s always a treat to work with creative, fun-loving clients and talented wedding friends. xoxo

a wedding full of heart!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Katie and Max’s May wedding at home on the Northern Neck was truly full of heart. From the brightly colored heart confetti that accompanied their letterpress invitations, to the hearts throughout the reception — along the walkway to the ceremony on the waterfront, handmade muslin hearts on each place setting, brightly patterned hearts on escort card tags. So much love was put into this celebration.

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photography by jodi miller

stitching memories — huger embroidery

Monday, January 26th, 2015

 

merriment events wedding There’s nothing I love more than meaningful gifts that tell stories and preserve memories. That’s why I love the work the work of Richmond’s own Huger Embroidery. Of course there’s the classic monogram, and Huger Embroidery does that very well, but their work capturing photographs, original artwork and drawings in thread and fabric is so incredibly fascinating and original! Above, our sweet clients’ engagement is captured on a pillow, while below, family pets, children’s drawings, invitations, photographs, and the like are stitched into heirlooms. I think I have Christmas gifts all figured out this year months ahead of schedule!

 

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