I had the pleasure of styling the table and creating the florals. We wanted to carry Amanda and Jen’s signature sweetness through the entire mood of the shoot. You can see more from the workshop on Wedding Sparrow!
Bridesmaid dresses are the ultimate complement to a bride. They should never overwhelm her, or even become the focus, but having an unusual selection of dresses can add more personality to a wedding celebration. There are however, some ground rules.
If you want to have your maids pick different dresses, but in the same shade, give them a few guidelines. The dresses should be made out of similar fabric (whether it’s chiffon or lace etc.) and a similar length.
Embellishments have become very popular and can add some special details to a dress without being overwhelming. If you want to try a print, chose something muted. If you end up with a floral print, make sure to work with your florist so they can create bouquets that will compliment the design, not compete with it.
If you allow your bridesmaids to pick something they are comfortable in, they will likely choose something that compliments their unique shape and size. There are some great stores that offer interesting dresses in petite, tall and curvy. My favorites are Anthropologie, Asos and Nordstrom.
Remember, when it comes to a wedding, there are no hard and fast rules! I hope you find these tips helpful in your search for the right dresses.
I couldn’t be more excited to share that Jessica Lorren and I will be hosting another SEE Sessions, this time in West Palm beach. We’ll be sharing our experience and perspective on: finding your voice as an artist, discovering inspiration, building & creating opportunities, visual storytelling and composition. The second part of the day will be led by calligrapher, Rachel of Honey Honey Calligraphy, teaching basic calligraphy techniques.
Day two will include hands-on styling practice, where you’ll have the opportunity to implement new techniques and receive practical tips and feedback. Jessica Lorren will photograph the attendees and their work for their portfolios. Attendees will hear tips on how to enhance social media and web exposure from Drea of the well-known and loved, ohdeardrea blog. Then we’ll conclude with a Q&A at the end of SEE sessions to ensure that each attendee walks away with a renewed sense of inspiration and direction!
I’m loving the colors we’ve chosen for the next SEE Sessions. This is my inspiration, drawn from the rich color of wine and texture of drying paint.
Experience is the teacher of all things – Julius Caesar
There is only so much that can be learned through sitting in a classroom setting. We wanted our SEE sessions attendees to experience the relationship and working dynamics between a photographer and a stylist. We shared our design values on the first day, so then they could witness these concepts in action. We spent the second day of the workshop styling a table, a place setting, an invitation suite, a model and more. Our guests were immersed in the midst of an editorial shoot, while we shared our thought processes for our aesthetic decisions as we worked.
We believe beauty is an experience that is created through following instincts; a concept that has to be caught. We had such a talented group of contributors as well as some stunning materials! You can see the beautiful feature on Wedding Sparrow as well.
On their 10 year anniversary, Dana and Reuben chose to renew their vows and essentially “re-elope.” Because Dana and Reuben never received the images from their original elopement, it was important that this day be celebrated and well-documented by Leslee Mitchell.
Dana wanted to wear the wedding dress she never had. She bought a Temperly London dress off the rack at The Dress Theory in Nashville. They rented a cabin at the luxurious Blackberry Farm to stay in for the week with their two boys.
The day began with breakfast together in the Main House, horseback riding, exploration, and the Wellhouse Spa for Dana. Since collecting wine is something they enjoy, they started their private “dinner-a-field” via the farm’s staff + executive chef, with a nice champagne paired with a cheese plate that I styled.
Since collecting wine is something they enjoy, they started their gourmet dinner with a nice champagne paired with a cheese plate that I styled. The lovely Chelsea Petaja created a beautiful print of their vows that they read to each other. At the end of their intimate ceremony, Dana changed into a less formal dress by Alice + Olivia. Because if you get to do it all over again, why not wear two dresses!
Talking color palettes is one of my favorite things. I had fun putting together this article on slate wedding ideas for MODWedding…
I love to pull inspiration from the natural environment. Slate is a great representation of a natural element that’s not only a versatile color, but a great texture. Since it is not a color you can easily find in flowers, it’s best used as an accent. When you use slate in your color palette, it can anchor brighter colors and warm up neutrals. Use it as the background for an invitation suite, bouquet or other detail shots. The bluish-grey tone is also flattering on everyone, so your bridal party can easily wear it as a background for the floral.
I’ll be joining a great team of talent at the Rouge Workshop in Nashville next week. I created this board for the styled portion. I’m in love with the water color textures and the soft, romantic mood of this board. Isn’t blush and grey a lovely color combo?
Shirra and Whistle are not just horse-lovers, they work with and have a deep connection with their horses. Their connection to the polo industry has them traveling frequently, but of the places they call “home,” none is more special to them than Graymar Farm in Franklin, Tennessee. It was because of these ties that they chose to get married amidst the beautiful polo fields in the countryside of Tennessee.
The night was a true celebration of their heritage. A combination of their love for each other and their community. The wedding coincided with the Kentucky Derby weekend and guests were greeted with mint juleps as they arrived until finding their seats in the garden. After the ceremony, guests proceeded to the pool area for cocktails. A simple tablescape complimented the beautiful grounds, southern dinner, and dancing under the stars. A soulful band was enjoyed into the wee hours of the night, even after Shirra and Whistle departed!
The gorgeous floral design was crafted by Melissa Broadwell of Vintage Florals and all captured by my friend, Austin Gros. You can see a full list of vendors in the feature on one of our favorite blogs, Wedding Sparrow.
Jackie and Ross are a modern couple who wanted to throw a knock-out party for their guests. We designed the fully draped tent to be an enchanting space, centered around the barn wood dance floor. We mixed ghost chairs with farm tables adorned with lush floral garlands. We carried the elegant, modern vibe over into the lucite table numbers and individual glass bulb vases that were at each place setting. Each guests was greeted with a place cards that dedicated a tree to be planted in their name, a gourmet meal and array of cakes in assorted flavors.
It had been raining all day, so we moved the garden ceremony in the Mansion. During the ceremony, Nashville went under a flash flood warning. The guests enjoyed cocktails, the sounds of a bluegrass trio and strolled through the Andy Warhol exhibit on display in the museum, all while the tent filled with water!
The grass floor of the tent soon turned to mud, but everyone embraced it by rolling up their pants and kicking off their heels. I loved seeing Jackie, Ross, their friends and family embrace the spirit of their wedding.
On their way out, they all hopped on buses to the after party downtown and were treated with the couple’s favorite hometown snacks, brownies and popcorn, for the ride!
The new resource for venues, Venue Lust, asked me to write an article for them about searching for the perfect venue and I wanted to share it. When you’re looking for the perfect wedding venue, forgetting to ask an important question could mean you’ve ended up with a venue that’s missing a key element or that your unpleasantly surprised down the road. As a wedding planner, I help my clients ask these important questions when searching for venues as well as taking in all the aesthetic possibilities.
1. Do you have my date available?
2. How many people can the space hold?
3. What is the fee for renting the space & what does this fee include/what is excluded from this fee?
4. How many hours does the rental fee include and what is the rate each additional hour?
5. Can I use any vendor or do you have a list of preferred vendors?
6. When can I begin set up on my wedding day?
7. Are there any restrictions on use of the space, photography/videography, noise?
8. Do I need to get insurance or any permits for the wedding?
9. How many parking spots are available for guests and can we rent additional parking if needed?
10. How much is the deposit, when is the balance due, and what forms of payment do you take?
When touring venues, make sure to visit the ladies room so you can see what the restroom facilities are like. Also, depending on the weather and the time of year you’re getting married, you’ll want to know if there’s heat or air available in the space. Additionally, most wedding venues will come with ample power for all your needs, but that’s not a given. So be sure to ask about the power they provide and if it’s likely you’ll need to rent a generator.
Above all, choosing the right venue for your big day is a gut decision. I tell clients that they should weigh all the pros against the cons, but ultimately, pick what feels right. It’s a day you’re going to remember forever!