There’s a concept I’ve been working on for Cottage Hill’s next magazine and it’s going to be so fun to bring it together in a few weeks. For now, here’s my inspiration board for an evening of community.
Camille and John are both from Mississippi, met at Ole Miss and got married on family property in Oxford. Everything you’d expect from a Southern Soirée made an appearance at this wedding: from alfresco dining, bourbon bar and snow cone station to a soulful band, late-night cigars and bonfire!
I loved that Camille wanted to incorporate navy into her color palette, which we kept in subtle details. The bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo navy chiffon dresses that matched the silk and willow ribbon I wrapped around Camille’s bouquet by Tulip. Chelsea Petaja designed not only the gorgeous monogram and invitation suite, but also the custom corn hole set that guests enjoyed during cocktail hour.
I was thrilled to finally work with Lauren Kinsey, who captured this wedding beautifully despite a little unexpected rain!
I wanted to take a minute to introduce my Canadian counterpart, Emily. She joined my team two years ago and I feel truly blessed to have her! She is such an asset to my process, not only as my right-hand in executing an event, but also a creative inspiration. After all, two heads are better than one!
A note from Emily:
My journey to this place has definitely taken some unexpected turns. I never would have thought that I would end up in Nashville working on weddings and especially that I would love it this much. I have always been passionate about style and design, as well as hosting and entertaining friends. Working with Jessica has been a perfect marriage (pun intended) of these two things. Her care for the happy couple and their guests is demonstrated in all of the little details that we execute on the event day.
My passions extend beyond weddings as I also love fashion. I spent a few years at Anthropologie and have loved merchandising in their boutique store for two years now. The skills I have learned translate well to weddings because I have learned how important every aspect of the experience is – how the details make the experience, evoke emotions and contribute to the fond memories.
I am so proud of the work I have been a part of. I am so excited about this new chapter and adventure!
Thank you to Jessica Lorren for capturing this moment during her last visit.
Constance and Jonathan (Conny and Jonny) have a special place in my heart. Constance is a friend, who also works with me on wedding days. I’ve had the privilege of watching her relationship with Jonathan grow, firsthand. Their wedding is this week in LA and I could not be more excited for her and honored to be a part of it!
Constance is a true California girl and their engagement shoot perfectly represents their relationship… I mean, just look how happy they are! Jesse from Our Labor of Love really did an amazing job capturing them!
Amanda Gros and Jen Lewis of Pastel Makeup & Hair put on an incredible two-day workshop for makeup artists, called Rouge. The talented group of attendees created various looks that were captured by Austin Gros.
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.
Photography: Jessica Lorren / Design & Styling: Jessica Sloane / Floral Design: Amy Osaba / Venue: The Cordelle / Rentals: Southern Events / Rings: Arrow and Anchor Antiques/ Ribbon: Silk & Willow / Chargers: Handmade Studio TN / Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros / Calligraphy: Early-June / Long-sleeve White Dress: Elizabeth Dye / Floral White Dress: Houghton NYC via The Dress Theory/ Gold Dress: Kaufman Franco via Shop Bop / Black Dress: Liz White Couture / Veil: Urban Veils Couture/ Videographer: Needle + Thread / Catering: Beyond Details
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!
You can see the full feature on 100 Layer Cake!
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.
Photo by Austin Gros