fall wedding inspiration

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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I think fall might be my favorite time of year, and nothing is better than autumn in Charlottesville, Virginia, where we shot this table last year.

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{Photography by Elizabeth Messina; Rentals provided by Festive Fare; Paper goods by Momental Designs; Flowers by Janie Medley Flora Design; Cake by k.rose cakes; Location – Veritas Vineyards; Styling by merriment}

how-to: table card display

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

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I made this project for Jon and Lauren’s wedding last year at Veritas (photograph above by Elizabeth Messina). Before we get started, if you need a refresher on the difference between place cards and table cards, you can revisit this post.

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The first image in the post shows you the final product. The image above shows you the materials…

1. Wooden crate I found the wooden crate used here at Smith & Hawken’s very sad but very rewarding store closing sale. You could craft something similar or use a vintage wooden crate.

2. Heavy gauge copper wire. Look for it at craft stores.

3. Needle nose pliers.

4. Green styrofoam. Also at craft stores, my dears.

5. Reindeer moss. Ditto on the craft stores.

6. Small hand saw. Good for carving pumpkins when not carving foam. Available at Lowe’s.

7. Acorns, pine cones, etc. Not pictured in the materials shot. Good to nest around the crate when it’s displayed.

8. Tented escort cards. Not pictured, but available at paper source.

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First step: Cut foam to the width and depth of your wooden crate, creating an even surface that’s almost flush with the top of the crate.

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Second step: Cover foam with reindeer moss.

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Third step: The copper wire will become the table card holder. You’ll need about 5″ per holder. Cut a piece to size now, and pick up your needle nose pliers.

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Fourth step: Griping the wire with needle nose pliers, gently turn one end of the wire around and around again, clockwise, until you have two circles.

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Fifth step: Release your needle nose pliers from the grip of the wire. Smooth the rough edge of the wire, and gently pry your two circles apart. You’ll see you have a place where you can insert the card.

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Last step: Count the number of cards and plot out your rows.

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Voila! You’re finished. Place your cards alphabetically in the crate. When you’re ready to display, nestle the crate in spanish moss with acorns and pine cones.

{first image courtesy elizabeth messina; how-to photos courtesy katie stoops photography}

lovely lettering

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

escort cardI’m a huge fan of hand lettered  table cards. They’re a simple and inexpensive way to dress up events, and displayed beautifully they become an excellent focal piece.

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{first image: lettering by pretty pen jen for jon and lauren’s wedding photographed by elizabeth messina; second image: lettering by laura hooper for a client’s wedding at the country club of virginia, photographed by patricia lyons}

Bride and Bloom – Simply Elegant

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Elizabeth MessinaA few months ago, my friend Janie at The Brides Cafe asked me to help design a table for the current issue Bride and Bloom Magazine, which was photographed by Elizabeth Messina at Veritas Vineyards. We wanted the table to feel rustic but sophisticated, and I think this concept is a testament to the versatility of burlap (one of my favorite materials). I love how burlap gives you a good neutral background.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerJanie designed some of the most gorgeous flowers. Read more about them here.

Elizabeth MessinaFestive Fare in Charlottesville provided the linens and glassware, while Kristy at Monumental Designs created all of the paper. She is so talented!

Janie Medley JM Flora The Brides CafeElizabeth MessinaI was head over heels meeting Kristine at K. Rose Cakes, who made this stunning cake. I’ve always admired her work.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerWe found the placecard holders at A Remark You Made on Etsy.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding Plannerburlap wedding inspirationThank you so much to Bride and Bloom Magazine for featuring our work, and a big thank you to Elizabeth Messina for partnering with us on this shoot!

Bride + Bloom

Sunday, January 10th, 2010



A big thank you to Bride and Bloom for featuring our work in the current issue! More details up next.

Bride and Bloom

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Be sure to stop by next week to see more of the pretty table we designed for the current issue of Bride and Bloom magazine.

Sneak peek: Elizabeth Messina

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

elizabeth messina vineyard wedding parasolJanie and I had an amazing opportunity to work with Elizabeth Messina last weekend. Here’s a sneak peek to hold you over until the full wedding is published!

{parasol by I Do Originals}