January 27, 2016

Spring Mingles

After being held hostage by 30" of snow, for 5 days, I think it's pretty safe to declare that we are SO over the beauty of snow!

To take the chill off of the winter weather, I decided to compose Spring Palettes. This color combination just seems to spell out "Sunny"… gorgeous, sumptuous shades that drive out the Winter grays & blacks like nothing else.

 
I mean really…how much prettier and sunnier could you get? We are kind of amazed at this Tangerine Tango trend. It’s everywhere! We just had to share some more pics with you.



      Ok! Back to the snow…stay warm & think Spring!

January 5, 2016

Styling Your Winter Wedding

A Winter Wedding has the unique possibility of becoming one of the most magical and enchanting events that anyone ever attends. There is something about the backdrop of snow, the whites and crystals we expect in the Winter landscape, the accessories and hues of warmth, furs and feathers, and the deep, fiery colors that lend themselves to weddings fit for a fairy tale. Winter Weddings can be as simplistic or dramatic as you can imagine, and the spectrum of color is never restricted to Christmas Red! Think colors as cool as Aqua to as deep as Eggplant. Truly anything goes in the Winter…the cooler the hue, the icier the feel and the warmer the hue, the cozier. Either way, the Winter season can be played up and dramatized as much as you desire. And since you’re getting married in a season as dramatic and gorgeous as Winter, we say, go all the way…


White drapery billows against Aqua lighting. White and Powder Blue linen works softly against the Brighter Aqua creating a very “icy” reception


Creamy florals, Golden chairs, and the natural element of branches create a surprisingly formal feel for a Winter Wedding. The look is timeless…a classic scheme that will never be challenged by trends in color.

The possibilities are endless for designing a Winter event that is seasonal without being defined by the Holidays. As always, take your cues from the natural landscape and let your imagination wander; if you get stuck in a décor brainstorm, you can always give us a call.

Happy Planning!

January 2, 2016

It’s Your Big Day - Sooo Many Decisions.

You've eagerly awaited this time in your life, you thought this would be perfectly easy! You kept a running tab of what you liked or didn’t like from the weddings you've attended, advice that you were so freely given - even if you didn't solicit it and lets not forget the "Holy Grail " of all things creative, Pinterest.

What about those spontaneous floral & favor ideas; you thought your taste in bridal couture was defined. But now you find yourself blankly staring at the ring on your left hand thinking, "Where do I begin?"

For starters, there are a lot of things that are shockingly far more important then cake flavors and your choice of bridesmaids dresses.

Such as: Finding and receiving premarital counseling
               Deciding on where to live
               Connecting with the people who will make up your new family
And then…how and where to celebrate your new union, intimately or surrounded by your friends and loved ones? How and where to throw an incredible party?


When the rubber hits the road, your priorities become crystal clear. Regardless of your budget, here are a few of the questions you may want to ask yourself.
1. Is a house of worship wedding a priority for me or my groom?
2. How many guests do we need/want to accommodate?
3. How can we best honor what we believe about marriage in the ceremony and reception?
4. When we (not your great aunt’s sister-in-law) thinks back on our wedding day, what three words do we want to come in mind?
Jot down your answers and see where it takes you.
    
And of course, give us a call to let us know how we can help!

December 10, 2015

Hues In Harmony


Sometimes while I’m refolding fabric on my swatch table, two shades get positioned side by side and I’m pleasantly surprised. Here are some quick color combinations to inspire.

                                    Lime & Plum
                                    (with Chartreuse ribbon)

                                    Slate & Pale Olive
 
                                    Tiffany & Fuchsia


April 25, 2015

ENGAGEMENT SESSION ~ JOCARA & TEARA

Teara was the epitome of fun! She knew what she wanted when she saw it and didn’t hestitate to make sure that the planning of her big day included NO stress at all. That in turn made us have an absolute blast when planning! Here's a few shots of her and Jocara’s engagement session. A big "Thank You", to Ashley Marie Photography for sharing these images!





August 15, 2014

A Colorful Peacock Inspired Wedding

Cheri and Derrell Sutton were one of our full scale planning & design couples for 2014 and let me tell you, these two are SUCH an animated couple and know how to throw a party! They were a joy to work with and I was so excited to help execute the wedding day of their dreams. It was important to the couple that their wedding represented the vibrancy of their love for each other and their family.

I first met Cheri at a bridal showcase, in 2013, where she fell in love with our "Jewel-Toned Peacock" display. She was a bride that knew what she wanted and was not afraid of incorporating personal elements into a theme that can sometime be "over played". Our Design Team worked with the couple to execute a “Peacock Couture” wedding, full of jeweled tone hues of purple, green and blue florals and décor.

Tierre Cobb of Anaya Photography captured all of the details and special moments of this wedding. Enjoy!








Guests were welcomed into the church ceremony, by rows of billowy draped satin pews with floral & crystal accents. The couple selected a color complimenting sand ceremony, which allowed their guests to rejoice and bless the union they were going to witness.





 
 
 





 





For the reception, The Sutton's had one additional element to add into the décor, the USPS...which by the way, is where they met, fell in love and the rest is history.

The post office & peacock feathers, hmmm....where there's a challenge, WE FIND A WAY!


Guests were seated at tables, named for the various post office locations throughout the city of Baltimore.

And what better way to receive cards & well wishes, than with a custom USPS mailbox?!
 
 
Check out the rest of their reception below!

 
 

  
 
                            








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August 12, 2014

31 Impossibly Fun Wedding Ideas... Our FAVS Are: 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 17 & 20


We LOVE numbers: 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 17 and 20
 
 
 
 
 
While browsing through a few of our media sources, I came across this fun & creative article via Buzz Feed Life. While some of these suggestions, in my humble opinion, would be better suited as Pre-Wedding Festivities such as a wedding weekend or "Get Acquainted Hour"....I've selected my favorites that I would TOTALLY recommend to any of my couples, looking to add personality to their big day!














 

 








1. Have a pre-wedding field day so your groomsmen and bridesmaids can get acquainted with one another.

Also perfect for a joint couple’s shower.

 
 
 

2. Add a line for a DJ song request on your RSVP cards.




 

3. Enlist your grandmas to be your flower girls.

Photographed by Genevieve Leiper.



4. Serve your drinks on “My Two Cents” coasters.

Buy them here. Other variations are also available via Etsy.

 

 

 

5. For a brunch reception, serve up a waffle bar.

 



6. For seriously rad photo ops, give out sparklers as favors.





You can have a nighttime sparkler exit.

















7. Crown your wedding day with this fun cake topper.

BUTT TOUCH 4 EVR.
Buy it here




8. Incorporate your love story into the aisle runner.


It doesn’t even have to incorporate photos.
 
 
Chalk marker on black paper works too.



 9. Hire a rad food truck for a late-night snack.

According to Pinterest: “IN-N-OUT will rent you a truck for 1K fully stocked with a cooking team for the day. Perfect for a midnight snack at a wedding!” (You can contact their event services to verify this.)





10. Order your very own wedding Converse as dancing shoes for the reception.

Get them at Converse.com.
Photo by Kelly Ewel Photography.




11. Have your very own beer bar.

With spigots and everything!




12. Or rent a Pub-Hub for a DIY bar area.

It’s a fridge that has been converted to a beer dispenser. It also has fridge space for liquors.





13. Get everyone to dance on a GLITTER DANCE FLOOR.





14. Instead of wedding favors, let people fill up bags with the candy of their choice.


 
 
 
 

15. Include an inspirational quote from vodka.





16. Leave out advice cards near the guestbook or on the dinner tables.

It’s a great icebreaker for people sitting together who might not know each other that well.


17. Sometimes an array of bridesmaid dress colors can look prettier than just picking one.





18. Let people DIY their own confetti combo.

And be sure to include lots and lots of sequins.


19. Decorate the bathrooms with childhood photos.





20. Keep the program simple and to the point.





21. Play a game of “flip cup” for your after-party.

Bridesmaids vs. groomsmen! Girls vs. guys! Old people vs. young people!




22. Be dance-floor-ready in seconds with a transformer wedding dress.

 

 

 

23. For an outdoor summer wedding, serve up some alcoholic Otter Pops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can do this by using a syringe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



24. Put crayons at the kids table.


 

 

 

25. Forgo confetti for pom-poms 

Your photos will be so much more colorful.



26. Have a ball pit.

Instead of having a height restriction, you might want to restrict the level of drunkenness.



27. Lose the bartender and serve your alcohol in water coolers.





28. For dessert, display an ice cream bar.

Perfect for a summer wedding.




29. Or just have everyone dive face-first into a 10-foot-long banana split.

I promise you it will cost less than a $500 wedding cake.




30. Forgo the typical bouquet for one big-ass paper flower.

It’s less expensive and so much more ~dramatic~.




31. Instead of a guestbook, have your guests leave a message for you in an “anniversary piñata.”

It’s like a time-capsule guestbook! You’ll really have something to look forward to when you break it open a year later.