modern mix by eddie ross

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

orange blue pink table by eddie ross

Loving this table designed by Eddie Ross composed of amazing goodwill finds like the chinoiserie plates and gold chargers.

{image via Eddie Ross}

classic little white book: jen + jonathan

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

In honor of my home state and The Derby, I thought it might be fun to look back at some of the classic Kentucky weddings that have been featured on little white book…

There’s so much to love about Jen and Jonathan’s Louisville, Kentucky wedding, but most of all I love the sincerity and sweetness that comes through when Jen describes the day.

What was your inspiration for the design/tone/feeling of your wedding day?
“I kept saying ‘simple;’ Jonathan said ‘classic.’ We wanted everything to be beautiful, of course, but we wanted to focus on what was really important and not get distracted by all of extra stuff. Jonathan’s family took care of the ceremony music – his dad selected all of the songs and played the piano, and his sister sang a solo while the mothers were seated.”

“The two things I knew about my wedding before we ever got engaged was that I wanted to carry pink peonies and that I didn’t want my girls to all wear the same dress. I didn’t realize how much I wanted to be married in Louisville until we got engaged — we were able to be married by the pastor I’ve known since high school.”

“We tried to keep the guest list as small as possible. It was a really special experience to be able to visit with each and every person who made the effort (since most came from out of state) to celebrate our wedding with us.”

“One of my favorite moments was seeing Jonathan for the first time. Not only did we get to have a special moment for just the two of us, but we also got to spend most of wedding day together. I was hoping this would help me stay calm during the ceremony, but Rev. Bishop performed such a touching service that there weren’t many dry eyes in the church.”

“Once we saw Glassworks, where we had our reception, we knew it would be a great venue for a party, so we focused on things that would make the evening fun for our guests – good food, an open bar and a great band to get everyone on the dance floor. We took advantage of the unique opportunities Glassworks offered — glass blowers worked in the hot shop during cocktail hour and we displayed glass art pieces on some of the tables.”

“My maid of honor led the Delta Gamma toast, and the band brought a recording of the (Texas) Aggie War Hymn.”

“We went to see the Wil Gravatt Band on our first date, and were so excited that the band was willing to travel to Kentucky to play at our wedding as well.”

“Our reception was exactly the party we hoped it would be. Every time that Jonathan and I danced together, I told him that I was just so happy that I could pop.”

Congratulations Jen and Jonathan! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us. A big thank you to Josh at Bella Grace too!

{photography by Bella Grace Studios; gown by Alfred Angelo; bridesmaids’ dresses from J.Crew; catering by LadyFingers; cake by Gallery House; music by the Wil Gravatt Band; Flowers by Lloyd’s; Transportation by R & R Limo and Louisville Horse Trams}

valentine’s day inspiration

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Just a few things that are inspiring me today…I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day weekend.

{collage by Perfectbound via Oh Joy; envelopes via Martha Stewart styled by Kristi Blunt; gowns photographed by Tec Petaja via Style Me Pretty; Kissing Booth poster by Roll and Tumble Press; Table by Emersonmade}

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}

Chelsea + Cover, Hillsborough Vineyards, Virginia

Monday, October 19th, 2009

I’m so excited to share Chelsea and Cover’s lovely wedding at Hillsborough Vineyards in the little town of Purcellville, Virginia, photographed by my talented friend, Katie Stoops. Chelsea and Cover are such a striking couple, and the color palette they chose for their wedding is striking as well. Bluish purples of and a mixture of pink tones, complemented by navy blue and gray — perfection!

Chelsea and Cover released two balloons during the ceremony in memory of Chelsea’s mother.

Chelsea and Cover both went to James Madison University, and Chelsea has sung for several years with the group “Notoriety.” The entire group attended the wedding and sung their favorite songs during the reception. Chelsea even recorded a version of “You’ve got a friend in me” that she played during her dance with her father. Too sweet!

Congratulations and best wishes to Chelsea and Cover! And, a big thanks to Katie Stoops for sharing with us! xo

{flowers by Lavender Green English Floral Design, Paris, Virginia}

Cabbage Roses

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

There’s nothing like a cabbage rose. Said to have more than 100 petals, cabbage roses were a favorite of Dutch painters. Most always a shade of pink, they have the loveliest scent (so lovely that rose oil is cultivated from them to make perfume).

{picture 1 via real simple; pictures 2, 3 + 4 via Martha Stewart}

Lauren + Scott

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Lauren and Scott were married at Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on August 1st; a reception followed at Liberty House in Jersey City, New Jersey. Lauren described her wedding style as “modern with a vintage twist.”

“We made the save-the-dates ourselves. We took handmade save-the-date signs into a vintage photo booth and held up ‘Save the date 8/1/09.’ The theme progressed from there.”

Minna at Minna Designs was so kind to coordinate this post between Lauren and little white book. Her beautiful paper goods were woven throughout Lauren and Scott’s wedding from the invitations, to the programs, to the menu cards, all full of fuchsia flourishes and modern vintage detailing.

Lauren’s favorite moment of the night was the sparkler exit. “Having all of our friends and family together in one place, sending us off with happiness was so meaningful. As we ran through the line, we looked out onto the Manhattan skyline, facing where Scott and I were starting our life together. It was such a magical way to end our wedding day!” Congratulations Lauren and Scott! And a big, big thank you to Minna of Minna Designs and Anne Constance of Anne Constance Photography.

{photography by Anne Constance; Paper by Minna Designs; Flowers by Joseph’s Flowers in Jersey City, NJ; Photo Booth from NYC Photo Booth; Videography by Matt Fink from DMO Odyssey; Music by Central Park Orchestra; Cake by Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ; Lauren’s wedding gown is by Jim Hjelm (from Adrienne’s Bridal), she later changed into a short dress by Phoebe Couture; Scott’s suit is Hugo Boss; bridesmaids dresses by J. Crew}

JM Flora

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

I’m so happy to be able to share the work of several of my favorite floral designers with you this week. I hope you’re finding the work as inspiring as I am! Today we have designs by JM Flora. I asked Janie to send me something pretty and pink and she couldn’t have sent anything more lovely than this batch of posies.

{photography by Katie Stoops of Open Air Photography}

Monday Morning Mimosas…mmm

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

While we were in New York, Maria, Nole, Vane and I stopped by the Smock Sample Sale to indulge in a bunch of goodies from Russell+Hazel, Linnea’s Lights, Delphine, Green Paper Company and Smock.

The ladies did such an amazing job decorating the space in crepe paper garlands and globes in pinks, oranges and yellows. Guests were served yummy mimosas, lemonade and yellow macaroons. Candy dishes were sprinkled on all of the tables.

Pin cushion plants fit perfectly with the color scheme and were a pretty accent on top of the cocktail tables. Erika filled juice glasses with lemon candy and pink whoppers.

If you haven’t checked out the work of these amazing vendors, be sure to. I’m enjoying a beautiful Tuberose candle right now from Linnea’s Lights right now. Can’t wait to order the Winter scent. Click here for more information about Monday Morning Mimosas.

Angie + Tim

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Barn? Check. Classic Kentucky bourbon balls? Check. Julep cups? Check. Ahhh…I love a good ole Kentucky wedding. Read on for more from Angie, who’s here to describe her wedding day for us! (spoiler alert: the color palette is amazing!)

“Tim proposed to me at his surprise 30th birthday party, which was also the weekend of our two year anniversary since we began dating! He popped the question at our friends, Steve and Amy’s, house in Hyde Park, in front of a large group of close friends. I wasn’t the only one surprised that day –Tim’s mom and aunt drove down from New York to attend his party!”

“Being from Kentucky, I really wanted our wedding to be true to who I am and where I’m from. I wanted something simple, Southern and romantic.”

“To welcome our out of town guests, we filled KFC buckets with mini bottles of Maker’s Mark, bourbon balls from Ole’ Kentucky chocolates, Lexington magazines, an itinerary, water, pretzels, ring pops, and marshmallow ice cream cones.”

“Our first dance, per a wonderful suggestion of Josh Merideth (our photographer), was a romantic twilight dance just outside the barn, as our friends and families formed a circle around us to watch.”

“Several friends and family members helped us with decorating The Round Barn the day before the wedding. We hung tulle and additional lights, set out centerpieces upstairs (that were made by one of my bridesmaids, Courtney) and placed votive candles on tables and throughout the barn.”

Congratulations Angie and Tim! And a big thank you to Josh at Bella Grace Studios for sharing these images with little white book.

{photography by Bella Grace Studios; reception at The Red Mile, The Round Barn; catering by Bayou Bluegrass Catering; cake by Stacey Maslin; flowers by E. Stephen Hein Florist; ceremony music by Classical Guitarist, Daniel B. Fisher; Reception music by Complete Music; Chair Covers rented from Chair Cover Express; Limo Bus rented from Thoroughbred Limo; bridal gown by Demetrios (Ilissa Collection, Style #941, Ivory); bridesmaids dresses Alfred Angelo (Style # 6129SN, Champagne); flower girls’ dresses from Strasburg Children (Style # HHOOW)}