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!
“Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.” – Alexander Pope
At the turn of a new year, I find myself reflecting, looking back at how I’ve grown and what I’ve learned. I remember both the challenges and the beauty of this past year, I feel the serenity and peace that came with each event. I am so thankful for my clients, assistants and vendors who also value the process of creating. I’m grateful for those who have put their trust in me. I love what I do and what I create more and more as time passes.
Blue is often associated with depth and stability. I find it to be calming, and it’s richness inviting. I’ve been wanting to work with a deep blue and grey color palette and this Atlanta shoot was the perfect opportunity to do so. Such a great group of talented creatives came together to make this beauty happen and it’s featured on Style Me Pretty today! I mean, gorgeous flowers from Amy Osaba, perfectly undone hair by Amanda Gros, gorgeous dresses provided by Chaviano Couture, calligraphy by Early-June and captured by Austin Gros.
Flower arranging is one of my favorite things and Melissa Broadwell of Vintage Florals is one of my favorite florist! She’s such a talent and a dear friend. We’ve worked together on a lot of weddings over the years and decided to offer a holiday flower class together in November. This was such a fun evening! We taught, styled and arranged over festive drinks and treats at the stunning home of designer, Amy Jacobs of Gather and Build. One of our sweet attendees, Zipporah Photography, graciously captured the magical night! The last image is the arrangement I made. If you’re interested in attending one of our flower classes in the future, just email us. We’ll be announcing our next one after the new year!
One of my favorite parts of my job is during our initial creative session when we develop their individual mood board together. It’s a fine-tuned process that I’ve been using for a few years now. I love to see it unfold into something beautiful that speaks to my client’s, their relationship and values. The one below is because is a favorite. It just feels so light and airy and has all the right colors.
As creative director, I’m intricately involved in the aesthetics. In the floral meeting for this client, we came up with some amazing ideas that I can’t wait to see executed this coming spring! It will have a lot of special touches added in, but overall this captures the “mood” for their special day.
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!