Paperless Post is a great resource for save-the-dates, engagement parties, showers and birthday parties! They recently published a great article that I wanted to share that can help you pick your invitation wording. To see the post, click here.
Paperless Post is a great resource for save-the-dates, engagement parties, showers and birthday parties! They recently published a great article that I wanted to share that can help you pick your invitation wording. To see the post, click here.
Their Fall Arkansas wedding was one for the books (or in this case, magazines) and this spread truly highlights the elements I felt honored to be a part of. When Hannah and I first combed through images of things she was drawn to as far as inspiration for their wedding, we landed on a mood of warm, timeless romance. That is exactly what the day became and what I know the two of them will have forever.
Nell and Elliott were as laid-back as it gets when it came to planning their wedding. Their priority was to have a fun dance party with their friends, which we accomplished by having a massive dance floor area inside The Cordelle with The Downtown Band on stage. Guests enjoyed dinner under the tent in the lawn and then moved inside for the party! Images captured by Brandon Chesboro.
So many features, so much joy. Hannah + Shay Mooney (of Dan + Shay) are just as amazing as the picturesque landscape they said “I do” in front of. Their wedding was featured with People, Country Living & BRIDES (to name a few) and I feel honored to have been a part of it. Let the pictures below (courtesy of Heather Payne Photography) take you on their beautiful journey. Oh, and Shay sang an original song for Hannah at the reception. They are too cute!
It was hard to keep this one under wraps for so long, but entirely worth it!
On a warm afternoon in May, Randy Houser and Tatiana Starzynski were married under a large oak tree. Just as the two said their vows, a large clap of thunder unveiled a rainstorm that broke the heat. Randy and Tatiana described it as a “beautiful thing,” as if the environment was being effected by the energy the two have.
We focused on a warm and inviting aesthetic that really represented these two. It was the perfect mix of masculine + feminine that intertwined their taste and backgrounds.
It was also refreshing to conduct a “cell phone collection” at the start of their big day, which really aided everyone to live in the moment and take in the events that were unfolding around them.
By the end of the night, the open-air room was full with candlelight and a warm fire from the double-sided fireplace that mirrored the emotions of everyone in attendance.
Collaborating with other artists is always a refreshing break from planning. While I always welcome the challenge of helping someone else fulfill their vision, it’s nice to play a role in creating the vision from the beginning. I teamed up with Kelly Lenard of Intertwine and Lauren Balingit for this inspirational editorial shoot that was created from Lauren’s love for Italy. The tablescape is one of my favorites!
And if anyone out there wants to hire me for their Italian wedding, that’s literally my dream. Just saying!
Christina and Shaina are genuinely best friends! I loved working with them on their very lush and vibrant wedding in Miami, Florida at Villa Woodbine this time a year ago and it was featured on Martha Stewart, here! We loved working with Anthology Floristy for the first time. This was also our first time using velvet table runners, which we sourced from BBJ Linen. And it’s always an honor to work with the great Erich McVey, who documented the celebration! Despite the unexpected rain during dinner, this was joyous celebration! Happy first anniversary to these two!
Christine and Ben have a love story for the ages, while they met in high school, both on their debate teams from opposite sides of the country, they didn’t find romance until years later through mutual friends when they were both in New York. It was so special planning their New Orleans Wedding, which blended Christine’s Vietnamese heritage and Ben’s Jewish roots. I miss these two! You can find featured in Martha Stewart Weddings; “A New Orleans Wedding with a Pastel Color Palette.”
One of my favorite wedding designs can now be found on Martha Stewart Weddings. But even better than their impeccable style, I always admired Brooke and Nick’s authenticity. They’re the couple that I always run into at Trader Joe’s with their precious daughter. I look at them and envy their grounded relationship. What an honor it was to be a part of their special day and continue to know them!
When we work with clients who are more like friends, it’s a seamless partnership. Rose is a calm and collected woman with lots of grace. She trusted me and her wedding was such a beautiful celebration. I’m honored at what she said about working with us.
“We wanted to showcase the things we both love about Nashville. Southern charm, hospitality, and the ability to be modern and chic while effortlessly classic, laid back, and comfortable at the same time. Great food and music above all things were priorities. There is no one I can imagine who appreciates and embodies all of these things and can bring them together with style and grace the way Jessica Sloane did!”
This wedding was featured in the Magnolia Rouge magazine and can be seen here!
It’s not everyday we have the privilege to step out of our comfort zone and try something outside of our norm. Planning and styling an album listening party for over 200 radio programmers was new territory for us and we loved every minute of putting this major event together for Kelly Clarkson! The “Meaning of Life” is Kelly’s eighth studio album with an edgy cover and soulful sound. Orchestrating the event at which she would share it with a small corner of the world before it’s release felt very special to me. The New York Times say it best in their article mentioning the event; Kelly Clarkson Is Nobody’s Puppet. She is an inspiration to all women and that’s what we worked hard to represent at this special event that took place at her personal home!
Occassionally, I’m asked to style instead of plan. Usually I do all of the above for a client. But, this one was just a styling job.. but it made it really fun to come in and work with m friend Jessica Lorren to compose shots and tell such a beautiful story for Natalie and Danny’s wedding. See more on Style Me Pretty!
Cheekwood is the perfect canvas for a simple editorial shoot with plenty of lush gardens and corners to get lost in. Joey Kennedy and I did just that as we created a fresh bridal look around the beautiful Chandon Gown by Miss Hayley Paige via The Bridal Theory. I always love working with Melissa of Vintage Florals and naturally like to build a design that gives her creative freedoms. The stunning bouquet she designed was a focal point for the shoot and I worked to a build a nude color story around that. A neutral palette brings out the vibrancy of everything you pair with it. Get all the details from this organic garden inspired shoot courtesy of Magnolia Rouge.
It’s been an exciting week: BRIDES has featured one of our Summer weddings as their Nashville Wedding of the Day. Erika Wolf married Alex Orbison, son of the late Roy Orbison, at Bloomsbury Farm, right outside of Nashville. In planning their special day, it was all about capturing the true magic of the venue and of course, Old Hollywood. Sarah Falugo was a joy to work with!
Liz and Warren said their vows by the Reflection Pool at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, TN. The celebrating continued with dinner and dancing in the neighborhood at Belle Meade Country Club. It was a night full of celebrating, not only the couple’s marriage, but also the bride’s birthday! You can see the full featured on Once Wed. Photos captured by the sweet and talented Cassidy Carson and featured in the current issue of Nashville Lifestyles Real Weddings magazine.
We got some exciting news this week: Martha Stewart Weddings named us as one of “27 Wedding Planners You Need to Follow on Instagram.” And what Martha says is gold!
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
I’ve been traveling more for work this year and I love it! It’s always inspiring to see new things or some of the same things, in a new way. I’m headed to Big Sur next week and had to do an inspiration board for what’s to come.
I had the honor and privilege of being invited to RT Lodge in Maryville, Tennessee this spring for a familiarization trip. The venue and staff there far exceeded my expectations and I’m dying to do a wedding there soon! We were wined and dined and got to make new friends while making ring dishes with McQueen pottery and foraging flowers to make our own arrangements. New friends Natalie Watson and Sarah Ingram shared these photos, which shows off this hidden Southern gem!
Drawing inspiration from anywhere, I often find myself feeling particularly inspired by interior spaces that resonate with my aesthetic. Drawn in by color (or more accurately, the lack of color), line, pattern and textures, when I walk into a store, restaurant or home (where all these things align), I feel more alive than I did a few minutes prior. More than just being pleasing to the eye, your environment can be food for the soul.
When working with my clients, this is what I aim for – a personal, individual events space that feels like you! Your wedding day should not only reflect your personal aesthetic, but more than that, it should be an extension of who you are, and what ‘home’ means to you.
Curating a minimal, thoughtful tablescape also requires a clever and focused symphony of individual elements. Using the interior trend of mixed metals (copper on gold!) and contrasting neutrals as an example – a trend that has inspired me and that I’ve used with a client recently – you can layer copper chargers with organic ceramics, minimal glass and matte rose flatware. To add height, dimension and a sense of visual balance, weave in copper and marble held taper candles, adding softer textures with charcoal linen and cotton paper place cards.
When translating interior inspiration into a complete, cohesive tablescape, here are some more general guidelines you can adhere to:
Read the full article here on my favorite blog, The Lane!
This wedding was a joy to design. It is rare that I get to work weddings from afar and not be present on the day of, but still see the vision come to fruition. It took place on a beautiful day at Carnton Plantation, a historic estate that is in Gavie’s family. This wedding was also featured in Nashville Lifestyles Weddings most recent issue and captured by the talented, Austin Gros.
What stood out to me most about Anna and Adam and their family was how kind and thoughtful they all were. Their intentionality showed in the details of their wedding. Shades of red were complemented by the simple gold accents, while Anna’s bridesmaids shined in their beaded gowns. The intimate ceremony was held in the stunning Church of the Assumption in Nashville and the reception was at Cheekwood Botanical Garden’s Museum of Art and Swan Lawn. The grounds at Cheekwood inspired the natural arrangements with pops of burgundy and sprawling branches by Vintage Florals. It was a night to remember!
I had the honor of helping Teak & Twine with their product shots and have since gotten to know the owner, Torrance. I really admire the message behind Teak & Twine, which is, “gratitude changes everything.” Gosh, that’s so true!
In your search for the perfect gift to thank your bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, hostesses and guests, look into these thoughtfully curated boxes and you’ll look no more!
Destination weddings are exciting for both the couple and the guests. They’re a time to escape to somewhere new and they add a mystical element to an already magical day.
Christine and Ben are a busy couple living in NYC. Christine was named one of Forbes Top 30 under 30 of 2015. In their off time, they like to vacation in one of their favorite cities, New Orleans, because it’s so different from their normal lives. I’m excited to join them in NOLA for their special day this April.
Not only is the wedding taking place at the amazing, Marigny Wedding House (which has hosted several celebrities), but we have an all-star vendor team: photography by M.K. Sadler, florals by Holly Carlisle and Michaela McBride‘s talented calligraphy and paper goods. Stay tuned to see how this we help tell this couple’s journey!
Photo by Erika Parker Photography
If you follow my posts at all, you’re probably no stranger to the concept of my inspiration boards. They help me to hone in on an overall aesthetic for an event and conceptualize it more efficiently throughout the planning process. Here is a snapshot of what you can expect for this NOLA wedding.
What an honor it was to be asked by one of my all-time favorite blogs, Design Sponge, to feature my home! My son’s nanny, Shelby Hornbuckle, is multi-talented. She took these photos and I’m excited to share them! All the calligraphy you see is from our previous nanny, Jessie Early. Apparently I like to employ really creative people! You can see the full tour here.
Pantone did something they’ve never done before.. they chose a color combo, a soft shade of blue and a milky pale pink, for this year’s color of the year.
I really love what their Executive Director said, “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” This is board is my interpretation.
The second day of shooting for the NFocus feature was with two of my past clients (and friends). I did their wedding in LA last year. We had such a great team of local vendors again! I pulled dress from The Dress Theory, Fabulous Frocks, Modern Trousseau and Olia Zavozina. Menswear and tuxes were provided by Street Tuxedo. All jewelry was graciously borrowed from Brentwood Jewelry. Hair and Makeup by Hannah Farmer and beautifully captured by Cassidy Carson.
It’s a dream to work on a cover for a magazine. NFocus, a Nashville magazine, asked me to creative direct their feature for the bridal issue they release once a year. We put together a story based on some of Nashville’s best hotels. Our first models were Max Goldberg and his lovely new wife, Laura Lea. We had such a great team of local vendors. I pulled dress from The Dress Theory, Fabulous Frocks, Modern Trousseau and Olia Zavozina. Menswear and tuxes were provided by Street Tuxedo. All jewelry was graciously borrowed from Brentwood Jewelry. Hair and Makeup by Hannah Farmer and beautifully captured by Cassidy Carson.
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 and it was featured on the Green Wedding Shoes blog here!
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.”
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.
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!
Karrah is aesthetically-driven and creative. She knew from the beginning that she wanted to create a wedding ceremony that honored her small-town heritage and a reception that felt like a warm, inviting dinner party with all her close friends and family. The ceremony was held at an old, small church down the street from The Cordelle, a restored Victorian-style home from the late 1800s in downtown Nashville. It was important to Karrah that the ceremony feel like home, a small town in west Tennessee.
For the reception, we drew inspiration from Karrah’s favorite shade of blue. We sourced a West Elm rug for her newly renovated bungalow that became a focal point. Linen lounge seating around the fireplace welcomed guests in. Karrah found the perfect ribbons from one of her trips back to NYC that we paired with ribbon and silks from Silk & Willow. Having worked in the wedding industry and having some experience with floral design herself, the flowers were another focal point in the design. The loose arrangements by Vintage Florals were filled with texture and contrast. Jackson vine adorned every nook.
Guests dined on an Tuscan-inspired meal and enjoyed conversation while a baby grand piano was played in the background. As guests mingled out on the porch, a Barista created specialty coffee drinks to enjoy with carmel pound cake while old vinyl records filled the air. Karrah and Jamie departed through a lawn of candlelight, where hundreds of candles were scattered by the big Hackberry tree.