by jessica, 09.24.14

day + eric’s garden wedding

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!








































by jessica, 09.15.14

dominique + marcus’ southern wedding

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.



by jessica, 09.10.14

see sessions with jessica lorren

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 for more information.

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by jessica, 08.27.14

freehand wedding invitations

There are few things more personal than getting a handwritten letter in the mail. Opening an envelope addressed to you, the feeling and smell of the paper, the ink slightly raised from the page–the experience of opening a letter is sensory and personal. When creating an invitation for your event, consider that hand lettering stands out in this digital age. Since the invitation is the first glimpse your guests have of your event, an invitee who receives a hand lettered invitation immediately feels appreciated and knows to anticipate an intimate affair with your personal touches.

Lettering is a true art form with a rich history, and incorporating lettering into your invitations conveys a sense of timelessness. Modern Calligraphy, for example, is a great way to hint at the past tradition of calligraphy while perhaps incorporating a more fluid style and modern details, the perfect mix of elegant and relaxed. Working with a calligrapher or letterer enables you to create something unique to you and your event.


When planning your invitation with your designer, you’ll be able to truly customize your invitation suite so that it reflects you and your significant other and your special celebration together. Since a free-hand wedding invitation is entirely custom, you are able to add interesting details such as a unique floral illustration, a drawing of your venue, or a meaningful quote. Wedding invitation designers are artists, so take advantage of their knowledge and particular skill set. Don’t hesitate to ask plenty of questions, and give them examples that are similar to what you are looking for. Remember to listen to their suggestions and trust their artistic instincts.

Your wedding invitation becomes a keepsake. More than any favor, a hand lettered invitation is a tangible memento of your celebration. Just as a letter in the mail becomes a special priceless treasure, your invitation becomes a special part of that tradition.

This article was written specifically for Once Wed. Calligraphy by Jessie Early and photo by Austin Gros.


by jessica, 07.10.14

paige + jon mark’s modern wedding

It’s inspiring when a wedding design is a bit of a stylistic challenge. Paige and Jon Mark chose a very industrial space on the river, but wanted their celebration to feel warm and relaxed. In coming up with their design, we wanted to marry their industrial, modern aesthetic with natural touches. We were careful to mix straight lines with airy textures. I worked with Melissa of Vintage Florals to gold-dip the vessels she used for the flower arrangements in a way that mimicked Paige’s design of the menu cards. Don’t miss all the fun details and gold head table that Taylor Lord captured so beautifully in the full post on Green Wedding Shoes!

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by jessica, 07.8.14

rustic vineyard inspiration

“Traveling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” -Ibn Battuta

I was in Napa Valley on my family vacation last week and kept finding myself inspired by the lush colors and textures. Sometimes when I travel, I envision myself living in that place and Napa felt like home to my soul. There’s such beauty in creating something from start to finish and enjoying the final product. My favorite vineyards were the small family properties that produce wines culminated by years of labor and love. I could feel their stories and rich history. One day I’ll return, but for now, I’ll dream about it and stare at this inspiration board I created while I was there.

1. studio vita 2. petra veikkola 3. nicole franzen 4. turkish pavilion


by jessica, 05.16.14

how to wear blush for weddings

Blush is one of the most popular wedding colors right now! If you’re thinking about incorporating it into your special day, check out the article I wrote about how to wear a blush wedding dress over at Once Wed!


photo of my lovely client by the lovely Jessica Lorren



by jessica, 05.5.14

my studio and office space

I recently shared my inspiration for my new office and I wanted to share the final product. It’s so nice to have a space of my own. It’s quiet and has lots of natural light. It’s a place where I can focus, create and meet with clients. A big thank you goes to Austin Gros for capturing my little space. You can also see a feature of it on the school of styling.


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by jessica, 04.28.14

new office inspiration

One of my professional goals for 2014 was to open an office, which I started working on in February. It’s been so fun to design an interior space that’s inspiring to work in. I wanted to share some of my inspiration. The below images were taken from Pinterest and you can see my full Pinterest board here.

One of my photographer friends, Austin Gros, was so kind to photograph the space for me a few weeks ago. I’m really excited to share images of the finished space soon!



by jessica, 04.25.14

my sister’s seacrest wedding

I only have one sibling, so helping my sister with her wedding was a special honor!

With about 30 close friends and family, Jenni and Brandon said their vows barefoot in the sand. The relaxed celebration was held at a private residence. It felt like a romantic “pool party.”

Several of my industry friends helped us pull it all together. Beyond Details catered a plated dinner with a summer salad and smoked trout. Amanda Gros worked her magic on our hair and makeup.  And Austin Gros captured it all so beautifully! I’m so grateful to them for making the trip!

With a good friend of mine, we foraged the area and designed the centerpieces in clay pots. It was a real treat to be able to make my sister’s bouquet on her wedding day. Everyone came together and made it such a lovely day… even the rain cooperated! Make sure to check out the feature on Style Me Pretty today!



by jessica, 04.11.14

sullivan’s first birthday party

Every child’s first birthday is special, even if they don’t remember it! My son entered the world a little dramatically and had to spend some time in the NICU. So celebrating his birth was especially important to me. I really wanted to make it fun for everyone!

We already had the cute tepee, a gift given to me by a dear friend at my baby shower. I used it as the inspiration for the party. I made everyone a feather headband (using this DIY tutorial) to wear so that we all felt festive! We served brawts, sliders, texas caviar and sweet potato fries on bamboo plates. My mom and I made gingerbread moose cookies for the table and shortbread tepee cookies to take home as “camp treats.” We opened gifts and then everyone wrote a “camp note” to Sullivan… so that even though he probably won’t remember his first birthday, he can read about it one day!

A special thank you to Abigail Bobo for capturing my little munchkin and all the fun details. We’re honored that 100 Layer Cakelet featured Sullivan’s party on their adorable blog. Be sure to check it out – they have such great inspiration for mamas!


















by jessica, 03.18.14

grey wedding inspiration

I don’t usually pay much attention to wedding trends because I like to focus on my client’s values, style and personality. But, I can’t ignore that so many of my clients are gravitating towards using grey in their wedding. And personally, I love it! As a matter of fact, my bridesmaids wore dove grey dresses.

I love the mix of dark and light greys in this mood board. The textures make this neutral palette both moody and engaging. Don’t you just want to step into that bottom left image? I’d love to hear what you think about incorporating grey into your wedding palette.


1. Gudrun Arndt 2.Kelly Leahy 3. Raw Materials 4. La Lezione Di Oggi


by jessica, 02.14.14

winter wedding with tec petaja

Tec Petaja is an artist. His work is simply breathtaking. The way he captures details and moments is almost surreal and this winter wedding is no exception! Bracey and Kyle got married right before Christmas. Hosted at Richland Country Club, one of Nashville’s finest, Bracey didn’t want her wedding to feel stuffy. She deeply values her large family and I remember her telling me that she wanted the day to feel like it was her “grandmother’s wedding.” We used classy vintage elements in her design. Bracey collected bottle brush Christmas trees, antique gold candlesticks and vessels that varied from brass cups to a family trophy. The floral design by Melissa Broadwell of Vintage Florals complimented the gold accents and soft mint bridesmaid dresses. This beautiful winter wedding is sure to warm your heart… Happy Valentine’s Day!



























by jessica, 01.27.14

earthy inspiration

It always amazes me to look back at what I’m drawn to over time and how much that evolves.  Today, I’m launching my new website, complete with a new logo that I’m in love with!  And along those same lines, here’s an inspiration board that captures my personal aesthetic these days and what I’m drawn to at the moment.  The juxtaposition of the textures, earthy colors and  balance of white space draws me in.  I’m dying to do an event inspired by this board!  Happy Monday everyone!


1.unknown 2. Line T Klien 3. Kelans Art Couture 4. Daniella Witte


by jessica, 01.7.14

timeless sophistication

As I was brainstorming about how to start the new year with fresh inspiration, this board came to life. And I kinda love it. Doesn’t it feel sophisticated and timeless? It may feel a little masculine, but I’m already thinking of how I’d design a classy event around it.


 1. hilt journal 2. koti ja keittio 3. apt. 2b baking co. 4. 1924


by jessica, 01.4.14

a beautiful year

Better late than never, right? My family has been really sick over the holidays, but I finally had a chance to pull together some of my favorite images from several of my 2013 weddings.

With 13 weddings, I had a pretty busy year! I started doing flowers for some of my clients and really enjoyed that process. I had the honor of doing my sister’s wedding, I did my first same sex wedding. And my first TV show.Looking back, I was incredibly blessed with amazing clients, many of which have become friends.

I’ll be sharing my sister’s wedding soon. And I have several more weddings from this past fall/winter that I’m looking forward to sharing with you! Thank you to all of my lovely clients for making it possible for me to do what I love!

2013 review


by jessica, 12.12.13

a peaceful season

In the midst of a busy time of year, I’m reminding myself that this is a season for slowing down, being thankful, resting and reflection. I’m keeping that close to my heart and mind as the holidays near. This is my visual reminder of peace. I hope it inspires you to sit and sip on your coffee or hot cocoa a little longer this morning. Happy holidays to you and yours!


1. brian w ferry 2. secret maison 3. bench & compass 4. unknown


by jessica, 12.11.13

kimberly + justin’s cheekwood wedding

This gorgeous wedding was an absolute dream to work on! The LA couple wanted to get married in Kimberly’s hometown of Nashville. When I first met with Kimberly she explained that they wanted their wedding day to look and feel like a garden dinner party. Guests received a hand-calligraphied invitation with botanical liner to set the stage for the evening. Their wedding took place on a sunny fall day with all of their close friends and family gathered together at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.

Upon arrival, the women were served champagne and truffles in the drawing room of the Museum of Art, a 1920’s Georgian-style mansion. The men mingled around the Reflection Pool sipping on bourbon and telling stories about the groom. Guests wrote notes to Kimberly and Justin in “The Green Florilegium,” a book full of old botanical prints. When it was time for the ceremony, everyone processed together to the boxwood gardens and took their seats. The sun was setting as Kimberly and Justin took their vows and the bridal party joined around them for a moment of blessings. It was a magical ceremony, followed by a joyful celebration. Cocktails were served on the Terrace and in the Loggia, under a grand chandelier by the light artist Bruce Munro.

Guests dinned on a delicious southern-style dinner at tables set with heirloom silver containers filled with herbs, ferns, fruits and fall blooms. Everyone danced the night away to Super T, who literally came out in a Superman outfit marked with a big letter T! It was definitely a night to remember!  Jessica Lorren captured the day so beautifully.  And thank you to one of my favorite blogs, Once Wed for featuring this special wedding!

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by jessica, 11.18.13

austin + amanda’s wedding

One of the greatest things about my job is working with so many talented people and becoming friends with them.  I work a lot with both Austin and Amanda Gros and I was really excited for them when they got engaged!  It was an honor to do the flowers and styling for their wedding, even it if was just two weeks after I gave birth to my son!  There a beautiful couple inside and out and their day was nothing short of gorgeous!  It was such a joy to meet and work with Erich McVey as I’ve admired his work for a long time. Thank you to Weddings Unveiled magazine for publishing our work and for Once Wed who featured it on their beautiful blog as well.

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by jessica, 10.15.13

june + gabe’s wedding on snippet and ink

I’m taken back to this wedding when I hear the Kopecky Family Band on the radio. Their super-talented lead guy, Gabe Simon, married June last September and I was honored to be a part of it! Being from Arizona, June wanted their classic brunch wedding to pay homage to her roots, so we incorporated proteas and air plants in the centerpieces. Each guest was greeted with a personal mad libs about the couple, which was artfully drawn by my lead assistant, Holley Maher. Coffee beans were the perfect favor to compliment all the yummy breakfast foods, complete with a pancake cake!  Thank you to Austin Gros for the lovely images and Snippet and Ink for featuring our work today!




















by jessica, 09.24.13

simply beautiful

Occasionally I’ll find myself drawn to an image without knowing why.  This set of images just resonate with me.  The details are both simple and intricate.  And when paired together, they’re even more beautiful!


 1. mary mccartney 2. my sweet reveries 3. picky wallpapers


by jessica, 09.11.13

modern bridesmaid fashion

This fashion-influenced shoot with Michael Howard was such a fun challenge.  I love editorial work as it allows me to be creative and experiment outside of my comfort zone.  Sometimes it’s hard to incorporate modern pieces into an event without it feeling cold.  In this shoot, I wanted to highlight a few looks that play on modern architecture and clean lines, but could also easily be worn by bridesmaids or party guests. You can see the inspiration board I did for this shoot in my post from last week.

Amanda Gros did a beautiful job highlighting these looks with sleek hair and makeup. And thank you to the ladies over at 100 Layer Cake for sharing this shoot with their readers today. Check out the full feature here!














by jessica, 09.4.13

mod fashion-inspired board

Michael Howard, an awesome film photographer in Nashville and owner of Musea, asked me to collaborate with him on an editorial shoot.  We wanted to create something fashion driven, so I put together this board, which served as the inspiration for a shoot we did this summer.  I’ll be posting images from the shoot next week when it’s published on 100 Layer Cake.





by jessica, 08.16.13

urban nashville wedding

Kathryn and Justin got married in a courthouse the day before they threw a party for all their friends and family. As a former culinary student, we chose design elements that incorporated Kathryn’s passion for fresh food into the centerpieces that held radishes, pomegranates and kumquats among bright flowers and lush greens. The inspiration for the event was a modern take on the farmer’s market.  The festive flowers were done by Melissa of Vintage Florals and the lovely photography by Jessica Lorren.
















by jessica, 07.22.13

my little family

Since I’ve shared some maternity photos and images of Sullivan’s nursery, I figured I should share a few images of Sullivan and our little family.  Becoming a mother has been both the hardest and best thing of my life.  These images are particularly special to me because my dear friend Jessica Lorren took them for us.  I look forward to showing them to Sullivan one day!



by jessica, 07.10.13

bridal bouquets

I’ve really enjoyed designing flowers for my clients recently, especially their bridal bouquet.  Flowers are such an integral part of the overall design.  But more importantly, when I’m putting together a bridal bouquet, it feels like I’m making a very personal gift for my client, whom I’ve gotten to know pretty well by the time her day is here!  It’s definitely become one of my favorite things, so I wanted to share one that I designed for a bride this past spring.  Rylee Hitchner captured it so beautifully!



by jessica, 06.25.13

white summer inspiration

I just got back from the Aly’s Beach area in Florida, where we hosted my sister’s destination wedding.  I was so inspired by all the white European-inspired architecture that felt so clean and fresh.  I fell in love with it, really.  Here’s a board that I came up with out of that inspiration.

1. unknown   2. fresh gypsy  3. Creuse House by M Architecture  4. Bicylette Boutique Blog



by jessica, 06.10.13

cozy wedding on once wed

Working with Mancy and Alex was a breeze.  They were confident about what they wanted their wedding to feel like from the beginning.  Their priority was to have a celebration that was comfortable and warm, like a Kinfolk dinner with their closest friends and family gathered around them.  And on their wedding day, Mancy and Alex really embrace the rainy weather with such grace.  It actually felt like we planned for it to rain as the wet weather brought everyone closer and we had a very intimate gathering!  Rylee Hitchner captured it beautifully!  And I’m so honored to have it featured on the always stunning blog, Once Wed.




by jessica, 05.21.13

classy farm wedding

It’s really fun to work with couples who are young and in love!  This couple’s passion for each other is undeniable.  Their wedding was a beautiful representation of their personalities… both relaxed and simple.

Sam and Emily’s wedding was on Emily’s family farm, Deer Valley in Franklin, Tennessee.  I just love the weeping willows that were peppered with blooms to serve as the altar.  We decorated the spacious barn with lace and champagne linens, soft lighting and loose flower arrangements.  To keep with the farm theme, fresh potted herbs were given as favors.

This classy wedding was captured by the talented Brandon Chesbro and featured on 100 Layer Cake today. Congrats to Emily and Sam!



by jessica, 05.17.13

expert tip: working with neutrals

When it comes to design, a simple neutral palette like this inspiration board from last week, may seem intimidating, but it’s actually one of the easiest to work with. Adding neutrals to your color palette can elevate your design, bringing balance and cohesion.

There are some important things to keep in mind when using neutrals as your color scheme. It is important to incorporate different textures to keep the décor interesting. That could be through the use of polished or dull metals or combinations of rough and smooth textiles. The more balance between these elements, the more engaging the design will be. While choosing different textures, be sure to pick up on the undertones, to make sure that what you select will all work together.

Don’t let working with a neutral palette intimidate you! These colors and tones should do just the opposite as they evoke tranquility, and a soft, sophisticated elegance.  Working with all neutrals is one of my personal favorite palettes because it feels clean, peaceful and refined!


by jessica, 05.10.13

blush wedding inspiration

It’s high time for a new inspiration board!  I have a lot of clients say that they want to incorporate blush tones in their color palette.  “Blush” can mean different things to different people, so here’s my take on what it looks like.  And in my opinion, it’s the most stunning when paired with other neutrals.  There’s a muted softness in this board that I really love!

1. Jetske Visser 2. Landon Metz  3. Karina Manarin 4. Vogue Australia

by jessica, 05.2.13

sullivan’s nursery design

I’m a little behind on my blogging because I gave birth to our beautiful baby boy, Sullivan Finch Sloane, on March 13th!  And I’ve been dying to share his nursery that I worked so hard to design and get ready for him.  It was important the space feel tranquil, but still be fun and inviting, so I used a lot of neutrals to balance out the bits of color.

There are several personal touches throughout the room.  I framed my favorite maternity photo. The embroidered constellations are my sign, my husband’s sign and Sullivan’s sign, all made by my mother. The “rules to always be a gentleman” poster was a gift I gave to my husband for our future baby.  And the cardboard animal heads were purchased in my husband’s hometown and then we lovingly put them all together.

Some of my favorite elements in the room are his wooden toys, especially the camera, the antique arrows and sailboat mobile.  I guess I had a bit of adventurer’s theme going on in my head when I picked out all the details.  When he realizes it’s his room, I think he’s going to like it!  And I can’t thank my friend, Odalys Mendez, enough for taking these gorgeous photos for me!

by jessica, 03.18.13

spring inspiration and hair tutorial

Early spring is always inspirational to me!  It’s the start of a new season and things are beginning to change outside. So similar to the work I did with Austin & Amanda in the fall, we put together this shoot that’s featured on 100 Layer Cake today.  You might remember seeing the inspiration board for it here.

Amanda put together a hair tutorial that you can see in full over on 100 Layer Cake.  We painted leaves with gold spray paint and put them in the bride’s hair to give her a bit of a grecian look. The sleek dress and gold jewelry are complemented with the bouquet I put together made up of astilbe, ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus and white peonies. And as always, Austin captured everything so beautifully!  I hope you feel inspired and ready for a new season with these images.

by jessica, 02.20.13

colorful wedding on style me pretty

Jordana and Trent have been one of my favorite couples to work with because of their deep love for each other and rich creativity.  Full of whimsy and bright colors, this wedding had a feather aisle, food truck for catering and lots of vintage decor.  This is a hipster wedding by definition and I loved being a part of it!  Their wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty today, so be sure to check it out!

by jessica, 02.11.13

from paris with love

I’m dreaming of traveling to a romantic city, but since I’m over 8 months pregnant and that’s not going to happen, I thought I’d share this inspiration board so we can all dream a little together.  I used this board for a couple’s engagement session in Paris that I styled and posted here.

first image from siebe warmoeskerken and other image sources are unknown

by jessica, 01.14.13

paris engagement

I was honored that Joey Kennedy asked me to be a part of this beautiful Paris engagement shoot for Caroline and Richard.  The couple spent a few days in Paris before heading to London for their wedding… how ideal is that?  I just love the colors we chose and the softness of these film images that Joey took!  You can see the full feature on Style Me Pretty’s new Living blog here!

Paris Film-0044



by jessica, 01.13.13

DIY cheese platter

In September, I had the opportunity to visit my friend, Jessica Lorren.  One of our favorite things to do is eat cheese and drink wine (of course, since I’m expecting, I had to skip the wine this time)!  And we wanted to share how a well-executed cheese plate doesn’t have to be intimidating to put together.

I hope you enjoy these beautiful images by Jessica Lorren and our tips on how to build your own cheese platter with things you have around the house.  You can see this featured on Style Me Pretty today!

First, find a platter that will fit 3-5 types of cheese. This could be anything from a marble or slate platter to a wooden cutting board. Secondly, decide what types of cheese you want to offer. When shopping, pick a variation of soft to hard cheeses. Then choose your pairings. Fruit (especially figs), olives, jams, honey, mustard and meats all make good sides. We went with a mix of Greek and Spanish olives, blueberry jam, pear, marcona almonds, honey, salami and prosciutto. Don’t forget to buy an assortment of crackers and/or breads. Choose an option that is more seedy along with your plain white crackers.

To tie our cheese board together, we went with a travel-inspired theme. We choose a gouda from Holland, Italian truffle cheese, French blue cheese, Wisconsin cheddar and Spanish drunken goat cheese.

Lastly, place your cheeses on the board from soft to hard. You can make labels for each cheese, if you like. We did this by cutting bamboo skewers, labeling cut pieces of card stock and taping the labels on each skewer.

If you’re using a soft cheese like brie, set it out for an hour before serving to make sure that it softens and will spread. Place your savory and sweet sides on the board. Grab some small knives and snack plates. Now pour a glass of your favorite red or white wine and you’re ready to serve!

by jessica, 01.1.13

soft winter wedding inspiration

Embracing a new year is refreshing and exciting!  When I reflect on 2012, I’m simply amazed.  I’ve worked with some of my “heros” in the wedding industry… people I really admire and feel fortunate to know.  I’ve gotten the opportunity to learn from them and collaborate with them.  I’m blown away at some of the opportunities that have come up for me this year… like my Southern Living feature, being named Tennessee’s top event planner and then being asked to work on a TV show!  My couples this year were also a joy to work with.  I couldn’t be happier as I anticipate the new year.

With the birth of our first child coming in just a few months, I can’t help but think 2013 will be a real adventure!  I’m looking forward to new beginnings, new experiences and new weddings to work on.  This board, as a whole, resonates with me and how I feel.  It’s fresh and raw, while the gold touches add an element of elegance.  And while this aesthetic could be applied to anything, wouldn’t it make for an incredibly beautiful winter wedding?

Cheers to all the things that this new year brings!

1. Vogue China 2. Olive Manna 3. KT Merry 4. Grundtvig’s Church

by jessica, 12.28.12

melissa + kelley frances

Melissa and Kelley-Frances met at Vanderbilt and have such a deep appreciate and respect for each other’s ideas and opinions. It was a joy to work with them on making their union a true celebration of their love and personalities. The ceremony and reception took place at Houston Station, an industrial warehouse with lots of wood textures. A nod to their academia and love for stories, we used encyclopedias and cigar cases for the centerpieces. Their invitations were designed to look like the first page of a book and they gave everyone a library card to write well wishes on it for each of their anniversaries. It was a special night!

Thank you to Austin Gros for the images.



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