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}

sperry tents

Monday, July 12th, 2010

sperry tent

Last week I featured Boutique Tents, and you all fell in love! But, let me tell you about another tent I’m obsessing over…the Sperry Tent. Made of sailcloth and pine poles, the Sperry Tent is characterized by its high peaks, waving pennant flags and rounded corners. Our clients are just as in love with these little beauties as we are. Locally we work with Skyline Tent Company, who provided the images for this post.


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{images courtesy Skyline Tent Company}

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}

outdoor lighting inspiration

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

We’re working on a few at-home weddings this year, and, of course, you have so much more freedom to be creative with lighting when you’re hosting an event at your own home! These images are inspiring us now…

{image #1 martha stewart; #2 via cupcake style;#3 sandra lane via sarah kaye; #4 michelle rago; #5 joy thigpen via once wed; #7 lena corwin’s wedding via flickr}

planning an outdoor wedding

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

If you’re planning an outdoor, off-site (i.e. no kitchen) event, your first stop should be the tent company. Since you’ll be building your space from scratch and bringing in all of the mechanics necessary for your party, it’s best to have a clear understanding of rental costs from the start.

Other important things to think about for outdoor events: is there power at the site? How much? Will you need a generator? Are there bathrooms or will you need to bring restroom trailers in? Will your caterer need a catering tent or is there a structure on the property that can function as a prep area? What type of lighting is necessary?

Of all of the types of events, an outdoor wedding can be the most logistically challenging. Be sure to work closely with your planner (if you have one), your rental company, the venue and your caterer.

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}