fall wedding inspiration

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

"fall wedding inspiration"

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}

county fair inspiration

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

"county fair wedding"

In honor of the State Fair, which starts today, some fun wedding inspiration!

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{1 – Saveur’s Top 20 Festival Favorites ; 2 -  Amy Atlas via Pacific Weddings; 3 – event design by Elizabeth Demos & photography by Josh Goleman; 4 – Saveur; 5 – Elizabeth Demos and photography by Josh Goleman}

preppy meets moroccan

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

moroccan preppy wedding

I’m dreaming of an event that’s a little bit preppy and a little bit Moroccan. It all started when I saw that seahorse motif in Mr. Boddington’s studio several weeks ago. I’d love to pair it with a blue ikat pattern.

{1 – picture by me in mr. boddington’s studio; ikat fabric from the lil bee; J Crew bracelet via Style Court; flower arrangement originally from Domino Magazine via inspired to flower}

you say tomato…

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Tomato season is so close I can taste it, and Southerners love their tomatoes. Especially Richmonders. Hanover tomatoes might be as good as gold in these parts. Why not let this fruit inspire your celebration?

{1-martha stewart; 2-blush floral design; 3-la tartine; 4-100 layer cake; 5-elizabeth anne designs; 6-southern weddings}

Richmond Wedding Wednesdays: The Bloemendaal House at Lewis Ginter

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden weddingThe Bloemendaal House at Lewis Ginter is one of my favorite locations. Although you feel secluded and tucked away on your own private country residence for the night, the venue is close enough to downtown Richmond to be convenient for your guests, and unlike many comparable venues that have a home away from home feeling, Bloemeendaal has all the amenities on site you’ll need for your party – Meriwether Godsey catering on site and many rentals (tables, up to 200 chairs and one 30 x 60 tent available spring through fall).

Richmond Virginia WeddingMany brides are married in the in one of the two gardens in front of the house and host their reception on the patio in front of Bloemendaal. The site can host up to 250 for a cocktail reception and about 140 for a seated dinner. For more information, email facilityevents{at}lewisginter.org.

{image credits: Bride and Groom The Brides Guide; wagon via Real Simple; Invitation by Milkmaid Press via Snippet and Ink; Tent via 100 Layer Cake}

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}

valentine’s day inspiration

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

This sweet shoot was sent to me by Ana Schechter of Ana Photo. Ana is based out of New York, where she shot this story about childhood love with two of the cutest models I think I’ve ever seen! {In the end, he gets the girl.} There are so many ideas here that could inspire your own engagement pictures. Happy early Valentine’s Day!

{images courtesy Ana Photo}

A wedding with whimsy

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

This wedding would be all about whimsy and fun! Full of inspiration drawn from Hatch prints. A little bit country meets Anthropologie. Rough hewn wood and worn metals. It could take place in the country just as easily as it could in the city.

{Anthropologie catalog cover; place cards via Real Simple; Hatch print via The Country Music Hall of Fame; Zinnia arrangement via Putnam Place; Cake Topper by The Small Object; Anthro store display; Mailbox via Pottery Barn; Bride in yellow cardigan via MS; I love you card by Yee-Haw; Billy buttons; Red ticking fabric via New Arrivals Inc.}

You say tomato…

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Tomato season is in full flower, and Southerners love their tomatoes. Especially Richmonders – I believe Hanover tomatoes might be as good as gold in these parts.

{antique metal chair; cutlery via Kids Modern; tomatoes via Real Simple; heirloom tomato; Cheree Berry escort cards via MS; vintage dresses via MS; vintage tomato seed packets at Papier Valise; calligraphy by Paperfinger via Homegrown Wedding; couple photographed by Our Labor of Love via Oh So RB; Ring Pillow by Blanc by SDC; Table via MS; still life via Oh So RB}

Sarah + Bryant, Thomasville, Georgia

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Sarah and Bryant were married on April 25, 2009 at the Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia under a beautiful tree covered in Spanish moss. Lucky for us, Sarah is here to tell her story!

“Bryant and I have been dating since October 2002, but if you ask him we didn’t start dating until July 2003! Well, I started counting after we shared our first kiss, but I guess it took a little longer for a then 24 year old to realize he just met his future wife!”

“But what’s really funny is that Bryant has been best friends with both my older brothers since the fifth grade. We didn’t notice each other until I was a little older of course—I had just started college and he had just graduated from the University of Alabama and was returning to Tallahassee! Thank goodness my brothers kept in contact with him throughout the years because he was in Gainesville visiting my brother, and I one of my girlfriends, the night we kissed. I remember that night like it was yesterday, and seven years later I’m still smitten by the guy who stole my heart!”

“Bryant proposed to me April 19, 2007 and the first purchase I made was my shoes! That’s normal right…shoes then dress?”

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue?
“Old: Grandmothers diamond broach I wore in my hair, my baby bonnet that I used as my handkerchief, and a fourth generational silver hand held mirror given to me by my mother in law. New: Dress and shoes. Borrowed: Veil. Blue: Garter Bryant had caught from his cousin’s wedding in the Bahamas in 2007.”

“I wanted a classic and elegant traditional southern wedding. I have always loved fall colors: deep reds, browns and purples, however I was having an April wedding! I picked the bridesmaid dresses (Jim Hjelm) first in a color that I liked and it just happened to be scarlet red. That set the tone for the rest of the wedding. Bryant and the groomsman opted for tan seersucker suits from M Dumas & Sons (Charleston, SC) and the rest of the planning slowly evolved.”

“Bryant and I saw each other before the ceremony and in a way that was intimate and personal. Bryant was standing at the front of the ceremony site turned the other way so he couldn’t see me. I walked down the aisle and met him and we had a nice moment, just the two of us. It’s nice to have an hour or so with your future husband to cherish the commitment you are about to give one another.”

“I wanted our wedding to be a down to earth wedding with a relaxed type feel, allowing our guests to feel like they are at a close family reunion type setting. I incorporated the homemade family cakes as well as unconventional food that tends to only be served ‘down south.’ We had Bourbon roasted pork with tomato jam, collard greens, sweet potatoes and onions, wild rice salad with mandarin oranges and green beans, sweet potato and corn muffins, and Monterey jack cheese grits! That was after an hour of passed fried shrimp, oysters and grouper and before 6 homemade cakes and a wedding cake that fed 150! “

“My favorite design elements were the burlap table toppers and the flowers. The rich colors that mimicked a garden picked bouquet and the soft glow of the candle votives complimented the refurnished barn that had original brick in the floor, an open brick fireplace that served as the main focal point and the exposed rafters in the ceiling. It was a comfortable, casual night.”

“My mother graciously made these a few days before the wedding to hold the rose petals that guests threw as we left the reception. They were lace paper doilies she tied together with a ribbon and a sweet message. “

“We made little burlap bags with Hershey kisses inside. Originally they were going to be filled with pine tree seedlings but that didn’t work out. Bryant’s cousin made the labels for us through her company, Doodle and Pea Designs.”

“Bryant wanted something a little different for his formal grooms cake. He loves the cakes my grandmother, aunt and mother make better than anything else he’s ever tasted, so it was fitting they were the grooms cakes. We typed the story of how each cake evolved and put them in front of each one of the cakes.”

“My parents rented a horse and carriage to bring me and my father to the ceremony site the day of the wedding. The horse that pulled us, her name was Sally, was a retired Budweiser Clydesdale and those were her shoes! A friend of the family fashioned them into the triple shoe design that will be displayed over our door of our new home! Being Irish, we kept with the tradition that an upturned horseshoe captures good fortune, love and luck for the newly married couple.”

“The ceremony went by like a flash and before we knew it, we were married! The reception was full of dinner, dancing and fun times! And by the time the car came to pick us up, we had had the best night ever! One that we will absolutely never forget!”

Congratulations to the happy couple! You two are beautiful together. And thank you so much to Sara Harper for pulling these beautiful images together for little white book.

{Harpist, Jamie Gossett; Photography by Sara D. Harper; catering by Vicki Cureton and hors d’oeuvres by Sibley Richardson; Cake by Leslie Jacobs; Flowers by Missy Gunnels; Music by Vital Sounds Entertainment DJ; Bartender – Steve Copeland of Last Call; Rentals by The Party Line; Transportation by Classic Limos}