ideas for a classic late spring wedding in virginia

Friday, March 11th, 2011

sperry tents virginia skyline tent

There is nothing on earth that I love more than an outdoor wedding. The opportunities for personalization are endless when you’re outdoors. Tacky ballroom carpeting? No problem out here. Clashing color palettes. Nope. Not here. The world is your oyster under a tent. And if I were choosing a tent, I would certainly, hands down, no question choose a Sperry Tent. And, then I’d order blonde folding wood chairs (to match the wooden tent poles in the Sperry, of course).

outdoor wedding ideasUm, how fabulous is this idea from (pun intended) Everything Fabulous? Ikea stocks wicker chests similar to the one pictured here.

outdoor wedding furniture

Broadway: one of my favorite furniture sets for outdoor parties. Perfect for lounging about during cocktail hour, while you watch friends play lawn games and sip on a mint julep. Yum.

outdoor wedding ideas

Speaking of lounging, varied ways to partake in sunshine and the iced cold bevs are welcome. Simple blankets with pretty pillows are a win. And, everybody loves kites, right? And bocce ball. Or how about a friendly game of badminton on the lawn?  (p.s. I am madly in love with everything about this wedding)

Happy weekend everyone!

photos: Sperry tent image courtesy Skyline Tent Company; Sofa via American Furniture Rentals; Cooler via Everything Fabulous via House and Home Canada December 2010 via Heidi Claire; Chris and Tim’s wedding via Martha Stewart Weddings

delicate dots

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

swiss dots

Aren’t these dotted details just perfect for spring?

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{french net veil via martha stewart; hobnail milk glass via My Sweet and Saucy photographed by Elizabeth Messina; Swiss dot gown by Carolina Herrera, photographed by Melissa Musgrove, via Martha Stewart; wedding cakes via Martha Stewart; bride with bouquet via Martha Stewart; gown by Ivy & Aster photographed by Elizabeth Messina}

boutique tents

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I’ve been nursing an obsession with Boutique Tents lately. Obviously I’ve got some beachy/moroccan/ikat thing going through my mind, and these tents are fueling the obsession.

{the chinois tent designed by Blue Moon Events and photographed by A Bryan Photography}

preppy meets moroccan

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

moroccan preppy wedding

I’m dreaming of an event that’s a little bit preppy and a little bit Moroccan. It all started when I saw that seahorse motif in Mr. Boddington’s studio several weeks ago. I’d love to pair it with a blue ikat pattern.


{1 – picture by me in mr. boddington’s studio; ikat fabric from the lil bee; J Crew bracelet via Style Court; flower arrangement originally from Domino Magazine via inspired to flower}

summertime dreaming…

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Today I’m dreaming of warm days, summer colors and yummy fruity drinks


{table & watermelon salad both from martha stewart; flowers via martha stewart; auga frescas via ruby press originally from matt bites; wedding via country living}

garden brunch wedding inspiration

Friday, February 5th, 2010

I had such a good time working on this little piece of inspiration I pulled together for The Wedding Shoebox. Valerie asked me to dream a little bit: if I could do it again, what would my wedding look like? I’d never in reality re-do my wedding. It was perfect just the way it was, but since we’re dreaming…I’ve always loved the idea of a intimate brunch wedding at a garden (maybe Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond in the spring). Because, really what’s better than yummy pastries & mimosas, not to mention a color palette that’s soft and dreamy?

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}

Inspiring me today…the not wedding

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Beautiful florals and styling from The Not Wedding. Browse the gallery here.

{photography by Our Labor of Love, flowers by Amy Osaba}

Inspiring me today…

Thursday, May 7th, 2009


Inspiring me today…lovely vintage powder tins at Things of Beauty, shabby chic tea party place settings here and here at Country Living, tablecloths from The Vintage Table and {free} downloadable seed packet favors from Vale Design via iDIY.

Susan’s Evening Cocktail Party

Monday, March 17th, 2008

My friend Susan is having a cocktail party to celebrate her upcoming wedding, and she asked me to make an inspiration board. While Susan and Cam’s wedding will be a small, family ceremony, the cocktail party will be a larger celebration with friends.

When I asked Susan to tell me how she envisions the party, she sent me this picture and three words: dusk, lights (in the trees), urban.

The party will be at Susan’s sister’s house in Richmond’s Fan District. Susan described the setting: “a little garden in the middle of an urban setting in this old Victorian house! It reminds me of the London part of Peter Pan.”

Susan plans to use a lot of blue and white at the party, but I thought it would be nice to incorporate some really rich purple tones (do you know that lavender means loyalty and devotion?), as well as shimmery silver in the mercury glass which will really bounce the light around during the evening.

Lanterns from Julie Mikos; Girl from The Green Vase;
Lavender Tablescape from Ariella Chezar; Pinocchio flowers from Martha Stewart;
Floral Arrangement from Nancy Liu Chin Floral Designs;
Mercury Glass from Matthew Mead;
White Tablescape and String Lights by Sandra Lane via Sarah Kaye

But, I’m not sure how Susan feels about purple. So, here’s a board of blue and white (with hints of purple).

Blue Bottle from Getty Images;
White Tablescape and String Lights by Sandra Lane via Sarah Kaye;
Hydrangea Wreath from Martha Stewart; Blue Room from Getty Images;
Blue Tablescape from Martha Stewart; Lanterns from Graham & Green


Here are some other ideas:
How about Blackberry Mint Juleps?
Or Lavender Champagne?
A Lavender Whiskey Sour?
A Ricotta Tart with Blackberry Jam?

And, I LOVE this idea from Lena Corwin’s wedding: a fabric backdrop in the backyard where guests can take pictures.


Maybe with a fabric like this?


Update: Target has all sorts of pretty outdoor string lights at the store now.