I’ve been working on the design for SEE Sessions, the workshop I’m hosting with Jessica Lorren in February. We’ll be at a gorgeous historic space called The Cordelle, a renovated Victorian in the heart of Nashville with lots of white space and great light. My goal is for the tablescape to encourage conversation between the attendees with a setting that feels warm, inviting and simple.
It’s been a joy to work along side Melissa Broadwell of Vintage Florals the past few years. We enjoy it so much that we decided to team up and offer flower classes. Our first one will be November 21st, just a week before Thanksgiving. Participants will create their own floral centerpiece and get tips from me on how to set and style their holiday table. It’ll be an evening of desserts, drinks, flowers and holiday music. What’s better than that? I can’t wait!
If you’re interested in registering, just email us at email@example.com.
Airy, open, inviting and warm, the Cordelle is a venue that feels like home as soon as you walk in the doors. You want to throw a party and invite all your closest friends and family. These sentiments inspired us to create a story for a bride who embodies these characteristics, someone who is warm, open, and finds the joy in the people around her.
Everything she does, she does with care. She spends hours dip-dying squares of muslin, imagining precious friends and family laughing and sharing a glass of sangria. A hand-lettered invitation suite is thoughtfully sent. She includes a note about the history of the venue, a little insight into her inspiration. She is the ever-caring host, who knows that handmade touch communicates her gratitude for her guests.
My friend Melissa Broadwell and I had a great time putting the flowers together. We used sage (which smells so good), pink protea, one peony, chocolate cosmos, scabiosa, ranunculus, agonis, astrantia, sweetpea and oregano for the uniquely bouquet. The lovely Jessie Early hand-lettered everything for me. Hair and makeup was done by the talented Amanda Gros. And all of it was captured so beautifully by Austin Gros. You can see the feature here on Wedding Chicks!
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.