Evanne and Phil grew up as family friends and their relationship evolved into adulthood. They chose Barnsley Gardens Resort because of it’s mix of old-world charm and quaintness. It was the perfect spot to host all of their out-of-town guests as it served for the perfect little getaway, tucked in the middle of the countryside outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Their romantic color palette was a unique mix of peaches and gray tones. I loved the juxtaposition of all the soft textiles against the rustic textures of the grounds. And their escort card wall was my favorite to date. It was also such a treat to work with Amy Osaba and see her floral designs come to life at this Southern soiree. Austin Gros captured it all so perfectly!
As artists, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own dreams and inspirations. But our art improves when we our limits are stretched and challenged by the community around us. I’ve been reading the book, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table as a reminder to why we come together and how sharing your journey with others enriches your life. I love this quote from the book: “The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment.” So I gathered some fellow creatives and we each brought to the table what we had to offer and shared an evening, a meal, a conversation.
“So this is the dance, it seems to me: to be the kind of host who honors the needs of the people who gather around his or her table, and to be the kind of guest who comes to the table to learn, not to demand.” – Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes.
Recently, Martha Stewart asked a handful of planners/designers to give their insider tips on getting the wedding of your dreams. I loved this question and was honored to be asked. After thinking on it for a while, I wanted to talk about how to achieve a color palette without choosing “wedding colors.” Here’s my tip:
“Jessica Sloane of Jessica Sloane Event Styling and Design notes that having very specific wedding colors in general is a thing of the past. It’s no longer important to have your favorite color being worn down the aisle by all your bridesmaids. Instead, focus on what resonates with you. Think about what you want the day to feel like, and less about what you want it to look like. That will help lay the foundation in telling your story. And a color palette will ultimately surface.”
You can read more insider tips on Martha Stewart’s blog today!
There’s something that I don’t use often enough in my tablescape designs: placemats. Not the cheap plastic ones you use to keep your toddler’s cereal from ruining your dinning room table. Chilewich is a brand that does placemats (and table runners) incredibly well.
I’m all about texture and color and combining things that would normally be seen separately to make a cohesive vision come to life. By combining elegant and sleek flatware with a patterned underlay, the aesthetic to an event gains a whole new perspective.
If you’ve seen any of my inspiration boards, you know I’m all about the expression “less is more,” but I’m excited to incorporate this new element. These Chilewich gold imprint placemats will make an impact on the design at Natalie and Everett’s wedding in a few weeks! Here’s a sneak peek.
With a background in social work, I’ve always been drawn to assessment, so I developed a process for taking my clients through session that hones in on what kind of event they want to create. During this meeting, we talk about what inspires them, not just within the realm of wedding decor and ideas, but in their lives, both together and individually. We talk a lot about what they value and what resonates with them.
This is where the inspiration/mood board is developed. I’ve done posts about these in the past, some for clients and others I created based on my own personal inspiration. For my clients, their board is a collaboratively work curated during their creative session. These boards not only serve as a tool for myself and my clients to return to anytime we lose sight of the bigger picture, but serves as a way to communicate their aesthetic visually. A piece of fabric, texture of paper, or swatch of color can seem so small on their own, but when put together, they create an overall perception and combined identity that is completely unique.
Clean lines and minimal styling has evolved into my personal favorite aesthetic. Maybe it’s because editing is so much more challenging than adding, that I find it really rewarding. I’m also a firm believer in “less is more.” So, I’m really digging this mood board that I created for a shoot I’m working on this fall.
Christine and Ben area a New York couple who love to spend time relaxing in the southern culture of New Orleans. They feel like the city brings out their fun-loving personalities, in contrast to their busy professional lives in Manhattan. So they’ve chose NOLA to get married next spring and are anxious to share their love of the city with their friends and families! Meghan Kay Sadler and I got a taste of this as we toured some of their favorite spots this past spring for their engagement session.
See the full feature on Once Wed here. Captured by the crazy talented MK Sadler. The way she captures light is magical. This wedding is going to be one for the books!
Our second SEE Sessions was held in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jessica Lorren and I really enjoyed our time with our attendees. The styling practice we do is always everyone’s favorite. This session, we had an optional additional day where Jess and I worked together to style and shoot a story about an artist. The scene was set in a warehouse, where light was filtering in on the canvas that served as the medium for this painter’s work. She works in her free time, as painting is her one true love.
Natalie, one of our beautiful brides, has been known to host very elaborate parties in the past, so for this particular wedding we’re reaching to achieve the “wow” factor! While “wow” goes hand-in-hand with “big,” there is an importance to making sure their special day feels warm and personalized. All of Natalie’s and Everett’s guest will be traveling to Nashville for their wedding, so it was important to set the tone with their save-the-dates. The talented calligrapher, Karla of Written Word, is orchestrating all of the paper design for the wedding. We asked her to scribe “bon voyage”, which we had gold foil pressed into brown leather luggage tags. Each guest received a kraft box with the luggage tags and a map of Nashville to serve as a precursor for their eventual arrival. Below is a glimpse of their stunning invitations that Karla captured.
Natural colors always set a tone even if it’s unintentional. Natalie is drawn to neutrals with deep green and gold accents. This rich color palette allows for us to keep a warm and inviting feel for such a grande event. A prime example of this palette would be the placemats that I sourced for the head table. The mats are square which allows for either parallel or diamond set-ups. Their gold and white colors will be complimentary to the scheme of the wedding.
As if that wasn’t enough gold (because when can you really have too much?) we are working on a gold bead installation that will suspend above the dance floor or band. This idea is in keeping with the common theme of “organic elegance.” By trying something new, we’re constructing an element that is unique to Natalie and Everett and will have guests saying “I’ve never seen that before.”
The great thing about the “before” to every story is that it’s open ended. Things change, ideas evolve and new ones arise. There’s never a dull moment and there’s always room to be better. There isn’t a cookie-cutter mold or predictable formula to follow. Just like each couple has a different story, so does their wedding and I love being the one that gets to share it with all of you. So you can be on the look out for Natalie and Everett’s “after” piece, which will feature the final product. I hope that they will not only showcase the character and personality of the couples I’m so honored to work with, but also the ways to achieve harnessing that personality in decor and style.
Teak & Twine is a company that curates gift boxes that embody everything good about giving. In the owner, Torrance’s words, the brand feels like a cup of coffee and a cozy sweater on a foggy Sunday morning. It embodies warmth, coziness, familiarity. It was a joy to work with the Torrance and Tec Petaja to style shots for Teak & Twine’s website last week. Here’s the mood board I put together for the shoot. I seriously can’t wait for the company’s launch this fall!