inspired by maymont’s italian garden

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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As we prep for this weekend’s wedding, it’s fun to look back at the inspiration we gathered for it!

{arrangement in terracotta pot via Design*Sponge; buffet by Sunday Suppers; bride & groom photographed by Carrie Patterson via Once Wed; black and white dining photo via weddingbee; place setting by Sunday Suppers: coral peony arrangement by Saipua; dahlia & peach arrangement by Ariella Chezar via Oh Happy Day; coffee – Sunday Suppers}

romantic, rustic runners

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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Whether they’re made of bay leaf, laurel or magnolia leaves and whether they’re complemented by dahlia, garden roses or fruit, runners always look so lush and romantic.

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photos: 1- Photographed by Meg Perotti via Camille Styles, originally featured on Style Me Pretty; 2- Runner designed by Lily Lodge; 3- Scott Clark Photography via Brooklyn Bride; 4- runners designed by Lily Lodge and photographed by Gertrude & Mabel via Martha Stewart Weddings; 5- Sunday Suppers, Saipua and paperfinger collaboration for Martha Stewart Living via paperfinger

holiday wedding inspiration

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

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Holiday weddings are near & dear to me…my husband and I were married on December 30th! I love this grouping of images. They’re right for the holidays, and take advantage of holiday greens, but don’t scream Christmas.

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{1 – blackberry farm via apartment therapy; 2- martha stewart; 3 -; 4 – alison events; 5 – jamie grenough photography & atelier joya design & flowers via style me pretty}

Rustic baby shower

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I hear so many requests for baby parties from my clients…no more ladies-only baby showers, but parties where mom and dad can celebrate the new arrival among friends. That’s why I’m loving the details from this baby shower designed by Bo Peep Productions. It’s thoroughly modern and undeniably chic.


{images via Follow Studio and imprintables}

fall wedding inspriation

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

For the afternoon crowd…a lovely centerpiece from the wedding of Jenny to Marty last fall at Patrick Henry Inn, coordinated by Merriment. Jenny owns Sweetest Thing Bakery. She’s an amazing lady and can bake a mean cake! I just adore her flowers, which were designed by Flower Girls in Richmond.

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{photography courtesy Chris Lacroix}

Pretty details for fall

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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{image #1 + 4 via Charleston wedding magazine; image #2 and #3 via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

Harley + Duane, North Carolina

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Elegant country might be the best way to sum up Harley and Duane’s beautiful North Carolina wedding. Harley’s here with us today to describe all of the special details that made her wedding day deeply personal and truly reflective of both her and her fiance (now husband!), Duane.

“Duane is a veterinarian and that’s how we met. He looked after my animals and all of my family’s animals for so long. A little neat extra to the story is that my other grandfather, Harley, was a vet too and Duane worked with him when he was in high school.”

“I wanted a southern wedding right here where I grew up. I wanted it to be very different but traditional at the same time. I wanted people to leave and say just what they did, ‘your wedding was just like you.”

“All of the flowers were designed by a close friend, Cindy Mobley. She did an amazing job. I couldn’t have been happier. I used a lot of hydrangeas and feathers. I loved the arrangements that she did for the reception tables. They were all different and many of them had birds and nests in them. “

“My something old was a dragonfly pedant in my bouquet that my sister carried in her wedding. And she carried the pendant that I wore in her wedding in her bridesmaid bouquet.”

“My shoes (my favorite) were by Vouelle in Paris. I had everyone at my bridesmaid’s luncheon sign them and write me a personal message. On the wedding day, we displayed them in the foyer of the church with my bridal bouquet. I wore my cowboy boots to the church and exchanged them before the ceremony.”

“The programs were designed by Mindy & Angie’s Fine Paper in Wilmington Beach, North Carolina. They were great to work with and helped me capture just what I was hoping to. I did not want them to look like the same old wedding programs you always see. I was hoping that they would be so beautiful and different that people would want to keep them. I added a little saying on the back to go along with the bird theme, ‘He gave her wings…she gave him a song.’ A lot of people commented on how neat that was.”

“One of the neat and different things about the wedding ceremony itself was that my grandparents had our wedding bands instead of the maid of honor and best man. They brought them up and stood with us as we exchanged rings. It was very special and made a lot of people cry. It was a sweet moment that I will always remember.”

“During the ceremony we had someone put bumper sticker magnets on all of our guests’ cars that read ‘Duane {hearts} Harley.”

Harley’s horses, Cody and Colonel.

“The reception was held at my grandparents farm. I grew up on that farm helping my granddaddy with the pigs and riding on the tractor. The farm is very special to us both and we are so glad that we chose to have an outside reception there.”

“For the food we chose our close family friend chef James Bain from Dockside Restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina. He came up with the perfect menu he called ‘Elegant Country.’ I like to think of my entire wedding as just that – elegant country.

The menu included deviled eggs with shaved country ham and mini asparagus tarts for passed hors d’oeuvres. We also had a cheese and fruit table outside of the tent in front of the barn as the guests arrived. The buffet consisted of salt & pepper fried chicken with a creamy orange marmalade dipping sauce, grilled pork tenderloin with apple butter, spring vegetable pasta with parmesan cream sauce, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, strawberry-almond spinach salad with sesame seed dressing, roasted new potatoes with rosemary and assorted rustic rolls. Yummm!”

“The colors that I chose were French blue inspired by Martha Stewart and a light green with browns and golds to accent. We used birds as a theme. Our cake was by Flower & Flour of Carolina Beach, North Carolina. They love to cook traditional southern recipes that we all love. We chose a lemon pound cake with orange & lemon curd and citrus butter cream. My favorite layer was the chocolate Fudge pound cake with chocolate butter cream. We have already ordered a top layer for our one year anniversary of that one!”

“We had two open bars with beer, wine, and one special cocktail called a strawberry mojito that I heard was fantastic..I wish I would have had some!”

“I had wooden arrow signs painted with ‘supper,’ ‘photo booth,’ ‘outhouse,’ ‘watering hole.’ They added a nice little southern feel to things.”

“One of the neat things that I was excited about at the reception was our favor cards on the each of the tables. In lieu of favors we chose to donate money to the Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach, North Carolina and to S.O.A.R. (Southport Oak island Animal Rescue). We thought there was no better way to honor our guests than to support such a good cause. We handmade cards explaining the contribution we had made. I am very proud of the cards! We found antique buttons and glued them on there for a nice touch. I thought they were a nice table decoration to accompany the flowers.”

“The photo booth was a big hit. It gave our guests something fun to do while they are waiting on us and it gave us the best pictures of everyone. “

“My mom surprised us with a fireworks show. I was very surprised, but Duane wasn’t — he had to make sure the horses were taken care of before the fireworks started. We had such a good time dancing the night away and enjoying the company of good friends and our families. It was the perfect day!”

Thank you so much Harley and Duane! Congratulations and best wishes. And thank you so much to Millie Holloman Photography (especially Amanda, who was so, so helpful in getting these images together for little white book).

{photography by Millie Holloman Photography; Harley’s gown by Steven Yearick; Harley’s shoes by Vouelle; Hair by Courtney Coaster from Hair Color Experts in Wilmington, North Carolina; Bridesmaid’s dresses by Melissa Sweet; Tuxes rented at tuxes from Cape Fear Formal Wear; Programs by Mindy and Angie’s Fine Paper; Flowers by Cindy Mobley; Cake by Flower and Flour; Food by James Bain of Dockside Restaurant}

Sneak Peek: Harley + Duane

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


“I grew up on that farm helping my granddaddy with the pigs and riding on the tractor. The farm is very special to us both and we are so glad that we chose to have an outside reception there.”

Check back tomorrow to see more from Harley + Duane’s beautiful North Carolina wedding!

{photography by Millie Holloman Photography}