With family in France, it was important to Melanie to incorporate her heritage into her wedding design. We designed her Georgia wedding as if it were taking place in Provence. Serenbe is a sustainable community and gorgeous location Georgia that transported guests to a cozy place in the woods.We worked on the perfect invitation suite and paper goods with Signora e Mare that helped set the tone for this intimate evening. Guests nibbled on cheese plates, sipping lavender infused drinks followed by a gourmet dinner by Sun In My Belly. Amy Osaba adorned the old farm tables with fresh greens, lavender and lots of romantic candlelight. Guests were also invited to enjoy a wide array of homemade French pastries and desserts by Earth and Sugar. It was a gorgeous night of celebrating and dancing under the stars while taking in the fresh countryside air. These images from Jessica Lorren will just take you there…
Cottage Hill is a beautiful curated new publication that focuses on community. Their Editor asked me to produce and style an editorial shoot that showcased the dress shopping experience, specifically the exchange between the bride and her mother. I had a great team that helped put this together and I love how the images tell a story of such a unique occasion that most brides get to experience. We used the gorgeous space and dresses at the local shop, The Dress Theory. Amanda Gros did hair and makeup. And Austin Gros captured it all. You can see the full post here on Cottage Hill.
This autumn wedding was featured on Once Wed last week and it makes me eager for more fall weather in Nashville! Sarah and Marc are an artistic couple with Brooklyn style and a Southern sensibility. They wanted to have a laid-back gathering of close friends and family to celebrate their marriage. Sarah, a Brooklyn designer, known for her ceramics and work with porcelain, wanted to contribute her art to the wedding design. She crafted all the porcelain pieces that were used as vases and the hangings placed over the guest tables. Her overall approach was DIY and that’s what made her wedding truly unique. All of the decor, hangings, desserts and favors were contributed by either the bride or talented friends and family. Sarah even took her stunning Nicole Miller dress and with her mom, reworked the lace to be a gold modern design that complimented her aesthetic. This relaxed celebration was truly “homemade,” but felt more like an intimate community of artists, family and friends.
Day and Eric are the casual type. They wanted to have a chic event that celebrated their union without it being fussy or over the top. Day gravitated towards a classic aesthetic, but wanted to mix in her personal style. What resulted was a garden party at Front Porch Farms with lots of lush, winding vines and florals by Jaclyn Journey. I love how Day’s maidens wore different ivory dresses, making their pink-hued bouquets even more vibrant. Day’s flower crown added a touch of bohemian to her glamourous hair and makeup by Jordan Byers. And as always, Tec Petaja captured it all perfectly!
One of my all-time favorite bouquets to create was for my sweet bride, Dominique. This classy Canadian wanted a Southern fall wedding at Belle Meade Plantation. And even through the rain, they had such a beautiful and intimate celebration. You can read their full wedding story in the Weddings Unveiled 2014 Summer Issue.
I am so excited to announce my first workshop that I will be hosting with my amazingly talented friend, film photographer, Jessica Lorren. This will be a comprehensive styling experience exploring the art of seeing.
Jess and I have always had a similar aesthetic. Our goal is to create and portray beauty with an organic, simplistic approach. And our objective for SEE sessions is to help you, as designers, stylists and photographers, to intricately explore how to approach a wedding both aesthetically and relationally to create a final product that is unique to each client and artist.
During Day One, we will be sharing our experience and perspective on: finding your voice as an artist, discovering inspiration, client interaction, building & creating opportunities, storytelling and timeline management. We will review photography techniques for composition, posing and lighting. We’ll also give tips on shooting and styling for getting published.
Day two will include a fully styled wedding editorial shoot where attendees can observe, participate, practice and receive feedback. There will be a Q&A at the end of the day to ensure that each attendee walks away with a renewed sense of inspiration and direction in their role as an artist.
SEE Sessions will be held February 10 – 11 in Nashville, Tennessee at The Cordelle. Space is limited. If you’re interested, please check out seessessions.com for more information.
There are few things more personal than getting a handwritten letter in the mail. Opening an envelope addressed to you, the feeling and smell of the paper, the ink slightly raised from the page–the experience of opening a letter is sensory and personal. When creating an invitation for your event, consider that hand lettering stands out in this digital age. Since the invitation is the first glimpse your guests have of your event, an invitee who receives a hand lettered invitation immediately feels appreciated and knows to anticipate an intimate affair with your personal touches.
Lettering is a true art form with a rich history, and incorporating lettering into your invitations conveys a sense of timelessness. Modern Calligraphy, for example, is a great way to hint at the past tradition of calligraphy while perhaps incorporating a more fluid style and modern details, the perfect mix of elegant and relaxed. Working with a calligrapher or letterer enables you to create something unique to you and your event.
When planning your invitation with your designer, you’ll be able to truly customize your invitation suite so that it reflects you and your significant other and your special celebration together. Since a free-hand wedding invitation is entirely custom, you are able to add interesting details such as a unique floral illustration, a drawing of your venue, or a meaningful quote. Wedding invitation designers are artists, so take advantage of their knowledge and particular skill set. Don’t hesitate to ask plenty of questions, and give them examples that are similar to what you are looking for. Remember to listen to their suggestions and trust their artistic instincts.
Your wedding invitation becomes a keepsake. More than any favor, a hand lettered invitation is a tangible memento of your celebration. Just as a letter in the mail becomes a special priceless treasure, your invitation becomes a special part of that tradition.
Dominique and Marcus, a Canadian couple, were ecstatic when they finally got engaged after 8 years of a long-distance relationship. They are a couple who define love and commitment. These two work together at their family gourmet food business day in and out. They wanted their engagement session to be timeless, romantic and simply, just about the two of them. We chose a location in Nashville that had a lot of history and charm. It was also the location where
It’s inspiring when a wedding design is a bit of a stylistic challenge. Paige and Jon Mark chose a very industrial space on the river, but wanted their celebration to feel warm and relaxed. In coming up with their design, we wanted to marry their industrial, modern aesthetic with natural touches. We were careful to mix straight lines with airy textures. I worked with Melissa of Vintage Florals to gold-dip the vessels she used for the flower arrangements in a way that mimicked Paige’s design of the menu cards. Don’t miss all the fun details and gold head table that Taylor Lord captured so beautifully in the full post on Green Wedding Shoes!
“Traveling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” -Ibn Battuta
I was in Napa Valley on my family vacation last week and kept finding myself inspired by the lush colors and textures. Sometimes when I travel, I envision myself living in that place and Napa felt like home to my soul. There’s such beauty in creating something from start to finish and enjoying the final product. My favorite vineyards were the small family properties that produce wines culminated by years of labor and love. I could feel their stories and rich history. One day I’ll return, but for now, I’ll dream about it and stare at this inspiration board I created while I was there.