blue christmas

Friday, December 16th, 2011

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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?

 

images: 1 + 4 photographed by Katie Stoops, styled by me for Southern Weddings V4; 2 via Martha Stewart; 3 via; 5 designed by Snippet & Ink

flowering branches

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

quince flowering branches

Little buds are appearing on the quince in my backyard and all sorts of flowering branches are showing up at the flower market, which means spring is on its way! Flowering branches are lovely for late winter and early spring weddings — simple, graphic and stunning.

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{1 – Design*Sponge Weeder’s Digest;  2 & 4- We like it wild on Design*Sponge; 3 – Katie Did; 5 -Bitter House blog}

happy new year!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Hope your night is filled with lots of sparkle!

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{1 – Sunday Suppers; 2 -  via I don’t think Prada is the answer; 3 – The Knot; 4 – Martha Stewart market party via Couture Parties}

a holiday soiree

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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{photography by katie stoops; flowers by janie medley; styling by merriment events; calligraphy by pretty pen jen; croquembouche by sweetest thing bakery}

holiday wedding inspiration

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

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Holiday weddings are near & dear to me…my husband and I were married on December 30th! I love this grouping of images. They’re right for the holidays, and take advantage of holiday greens, but don’t scream Christmas.

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{1 – blackberry farm via apartment therapy; 2- martha stewart; 3 -; 4 – alison events; 5 – jamie grenough photography & atelier joya design & flowers via style me pretty}

on entertaining

Monday, December 13th, 2010

“I believe that entertaining should be a genuine extension of who you are, not a stuffy catering company and forced conversations. For me, it’s about a house full of fun and laughter.” -Deb Lloyd, creative director of Kate Spade as quoted in Elle.

{image via Lonny Magazine}

winter flower inspiration from Studio Choo

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Hello lovies…today I have pretty muscari, violet and paperwhites made into sweet and simple winter bouquets from Studio Choo.

Don’t these winter flowers look lovely in Studio Choo’s birch vase set? Birch is such a great material for winter weddings.

Be sure to also check out Jill + Alethea’s post on forcing paperwhites at Design*Sponge too.

{all images courtesy Studio Choo}

blue and yellow inspiration

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

turquoise blue wedding inspirationJust a little pretty I’ve been holding onto for awhile, so long in fact I’m not sure where I found a few of these images (if you have clues please send them my way). I love this palette for winter or very early spring, with its whispery shades of blue and yellow.

{first row: love poster by Made by Girl; cattleya bouquet by The Treasured Petal photo by One Love Photo; second row: centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings; third row: blue gown at far left by LulaKate; bird cake topper by Ann Wood Handmade}

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.

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}