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.
Blush is one of the most popular wedding colors right now! If you’re thinking about incorporating it into your special day, check out the article I wrote about how to wear a blush wedding dress over at Once Wed!
I recently shared my inspiration for my new office and I wanted to share the final product. It’s so nice to have a space of my own. It’s quiet and has lots of natural light. It’s a place where I can focus, create and meet with clients. A big thank you goes to Austin Gros for taking these for me so that I could share them with you!
One of my professional goals for 2014 was to open an office, which I started working on in February. It’s been so fun to design an interior space that’s inspiring to work in. I wanted to share some of my inspiration. The below images were taken from Pinterest and you can see my full Pinterest board here.
One of my photographer friends, Austin Gros, was so kind to photograph the space for me a few weeks ago. I’m really excited to share images of the finished space soon!
I only have one sibling, so helping my sister with her wedding was a special honor!
With about 30 close friends and family, Jenni and Brandon said their vows barefoot in the sand. The relaxed celebration was held at a private residence. It felt like a romantic “pool party.”
Several of my industry friends helped us pull it all together. Beyond Details catered a plated dinner with a summer salad and smoked trout. Amanda Gros worked her magic on our hair and makeup. And Austin Gros captured it all so beautifully! I’m so grateful to them for making the trip!
With a good friend of mine, we foraged the area and designed the centerpieces in clay pots. It was a real treat to be able to make my sister’s bouquet on her wedding day. Everyone came together and made it such a lovely day… even the rain cooperated! Make sure to check out the feature on Style Me Pretty today!