strawberry fields

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Strawberry season starts in Virginia in April. Loving these sweet berry details, especially the story behind Jenny’s bouquet…so sweet!

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photos: 1- bouquet designed by Shawn Cosette, photographed by Katie Stoops; 2 -photographed by Jonathan Ong for Eat Drink Chic; 3 – bouquet designed by Shawn Cosette, photographed by Katie Stoops; 4 – Martha Stewart Weddings; 5- via The Bride’s Cafe tumblr

Three things that will make your party a success (and they have nothing to do with pretty details, although I’m a fan of those too)

Monday, March 21st, 2011

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1. Your guests and their experience are paramount. Keep your guests in the forefront of your mind as you plan. That means keeping cocktail hour to an hour; starting the ceremony on time; anticipating your guests’ needs — if it’s going to be hot during your outdoor ceremony, have cool drinks waiting for your guests.

2. Edit, edit, edit. Style does not come from adding on. It comes from editing and being true to your vision.

3. Don’t establish a vision for your event and a guest list before you know what things cost in your area. Do educate yourself on what things cost in your market and establish a budget and a guest list based on that information.

photo: Leo Patrone with styling by Merriment and flowers by JM Flora

shades of green

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Polly Wreford is such an inspiration. I love these images in shades of green…lime, chartreuse, kelly green and emerald. Stay tuned. I’ll be back in a bit with some of my favorite green wedding day details.

photos: Polly Wreford via Sarah Kaye Represents

seaside inspired

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

seaside wedding inspiration

Today I’m dreaming of a color palette inspired by the seaside….

photos: chevron rug at calypso st. barth; seahorse scientific print via NOAA; girl getting makeup via scotch & scones photographed by marcia; pencils photographed by heather pauline via creature comforts;  umbrella via east by south

table runners

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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One of the chicest ways to add personality and personalization to a very standard event rental — the white table cloth — is to commission a seamstress to create runners for your dining tables. My favorite local sources for fabric in interesting prints and patterns are U Fab and the Williams & Sherrill Outlet.

photos: green and white stripe runner via This is Glamorous via Duet Weddings; second runner via Martha Stewart Weddings; third designed by Eddie Ross

ideas for a classic late spring wedding in virginia

Friday, March 11th, 2011

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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.

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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.

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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

ethereal ombre

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

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Loving all of the delicate watercolor-inspired ombre details I’ve been seeing lately, from pretty hanging pendants, to cakes, to this brilliant d.i.y. project designed by Joy Thigpen for Once Wed.

photos: Pendant lampshade, place setting and cake via Martha Stewart; Napkins via Once Wed

illustrated wedding details

Monday, March 7th, 2011

illustrated wedding programs

There’s nothing quite as personal & meaningful as a hand drawn wedding detail…

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photos: Katie’s programs originally featured here, photographed by Cooper Carras; Program by Anna Bond of Rifle Design; Doodle Cake by My Sweet and Saucy; Illustration by Paperfinger via Wedding Invite Love

mothers’ bouquets

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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I love these mothers’ bouquets that Chelsea Fuss of Frolic! styled and photographed for Project Wedding. Posies, also called nosegays, are such a sweet and modern alternative to corsages or wrislets. Whether a diminutive version of a bridesmaid’s bouquet or a small clutch of flowers that coordinate with wedding colors, posies can be carried by mothers, grandmothers, even flower girls.

photos: Chelsea Fuss via Project Wedding

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}