white wedding {shoes}

Monday, June 6th, 2011

white wedding shoes

Shoes in bright colors are wonderful. So are cowboy boots. But when else can you wear a classic white wedding shoe if not on your wedding day?

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images: 1 Katie Stoops Photography; 2 Liz Banfield and Tara Guerard; 3 Leo Patrone via Style Me Pretty; 4 Laura Novak via Think Splendid; 5 Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty; 6 Logan and Joseph’s wedding photographed by Worthington Photography

National Donut Day!

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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Today is national donut day, but it doesn’t have to be the national donut holiday to serve these tasty treats at your wedding. If you’re in Richmond or Charlottesville, you’re in luck. We have some of the best donuts in the country, of course! : ) Last year at an event, we packaged donuts from Westhampton Pastry Shop in glassine bags for wedding guests to take with them at the end of the evening. Country Style Donuts are also dee-lish. If you’re in Charlottesville, maybe Carpe Donuts will make a surprise appearance at your event like it did at Keli and Nick’s wedding?

images: 1 – Designed by Simplesong Design and photographed by Kate Headley via MSW; 2 – from Eunice + Daniel’s wedding featured on MSW; 3 – Carpe Donuts photographed by Katie Stoops and featured in Southern Living Weddings

beautiful ceremony styling

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

ceremony styling

images: 1 – Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty; 2 – Tealily Photography via Style Me Pretty; 3 – Gayle Brooker Photography via Clader Clark; 4 – Liz Banfield and Tara Guerard; 5 – Jose Villa

Mason Jar Meals

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

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How much fun are these mason jar meals designed by The Decorated Cookie? They’re perfect for baby showers, cocktail hour and casual backyard parties. Label the lid, tie a ribbon around the jar with a pretty napkin and utensils, display in a pretty tub of ice, and you’re all set!

Meals designed by The Decorated Cookie spotted on Design Crush

word of the week: table cards

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

escort cards

Table cards, also called escort cards, communicate one crucial piece of info: what table your guests are to sit at during dinner. They’re a must if you’re hosting a large seated dinner {i.e. more than one table} and should be displayed during cocktail hour.

If you’re doing a traditional tented card, the name goes on the outside and the table number goes on the inside; but if you’re doing a flat card, like in the example, the guest’s name would go on the front, while the table number would go on the back. There are lots of variations on table card design but be sure to include the guest’s name and the table number.

If you’re offering meal selections, a fish, beef or vegetarian option for instance, table cards deliver another key piece of info — what meal your guests will be having for dinner. On the outside of the card, you can communicate the guest’s meal choice to the server with a symbol, ribbon, or color of ink. You can also use a stamp set like this from paper source.

spirograph cake

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

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Adoring these spirograph cakes, a conceptual work, called till you stop, designed by mischertraxler that appeared in the exhibition, “Design Criminals.”

Spotted on Kids Room Zoom

word of the week: chiavari

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

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There are many types of chairs to choose from for your ceremony and reception. Today we’re highlighting the chiavari chair in our new Monday series, which introduces you to common words you’ll hear while planning your wedding. The chiavari chair takes its name from the coastal Italian town of Chivari, for which it is named.

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A favorite of brides and first ladies alike, the chiavari chair is a classic that looks equally at home outdoors and in ballrooms. Light and easy to stack, the chiavari chair is as functional as it is pretty.


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Also known as a ballroom chair, the chiavari chair is most commonly found in mahogony, natural wood, silver, gold and black. The two images above were taken by Liz Banfield and designed by Tara Guerard.


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Depending on the market where you’re planning, you may be able to find chiavari chairs in colors as wild as magenta, spring green or clear lucite. Both of the tables above were designed by Eddie Ross — the first for an event at SCAD and the second, called modern mix, pictured here.

The chiavari chair is often twice as much as (if not slightly more) than the cost of a folding chair, which is another popular choice for events.


images: 1- photographed by Meg Smith via La Tavola; 2 pictured here and 3 via Martha Stewart Weddings photographed by Liz Banfield and designed by Tara GuerardKennedy Wedding via LIFE; SCAD event and modern mix by Eddie Ross


pretty color palettes #9

Friday, May 20th, 2011

wedding color ideas

photographed by Raymond Hom and styled by Randi Brookman Harris

obsessed with color

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

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This year is no doubt the year of color! Loving all of the bright & happy spring arrangements we’ve been seeing lately.

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1 – designed & photographed by chelsea fuss for project wedding; 2 – photographed by leslie shewring via decor8; 3 – once wed

keeping it compartmentalized

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

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Loving these organized displays. They’re a little bit like super sized bento boxes, aren’t they? Such a clean & modern way to display cocktail hour nibbles.

images: 1 – via Martha Stewart Weddings; 2 & 3 via A Subtle Revelry via On to Baby