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.
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.
I’m already listening to Christmas music and stuffing party invitations. It may be a tad early, but it snowed in Nashville this week, so why not! It’s my favorite time of year, despite the cold weather. And decorating for Christmas is at the top of my list. So you can imagine how excited (and nervous) I was when the well-known Flower Mag asked me to be a part of their Design School for this year’s holiday issue. This part of the magazine has historically featured designers that I really admire and respect, like Joy Thigpen and Amy Merrick. So here I am with the garland I made for the magazine and instructions on how to make your own this holiday season!
I don’t think I’ve ever posted a wedding video, but this one is worth posting! This was one of the most challenging weddings I’ve done in my five years of being in the event industry. And it turned out so beautiful and everyone was so happy, despite the flash flood warning we were under! I’ll be sharing the images in February with Martha Stewart Weddings. But for now, enjoy the video!
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.