A Conversation with: A Charleston Bride

Spring is here and Charleston, SC is in full bloom with bougainvillea and magnolias covering the town. In other words, it’s the perfect time of year in one of the most beautiful cities of the U.S. and A Charleston Bride is hard at work producing another dream wedding. Between designing and coordinating, we were able to sneak in some time with this all-star team of women to hear what it’s like to create gorgeous weddings for lucky couples in Charleston. Scroll through to hear from Abby, Amanda, Haley, Lindsay and Melissa and then probably go ahead and book a flight to their gorgeous town and explore it for yourself!

Nüage Designs: Tell us your story –how did you begin designing and planning weddings and events?

A Charleston Bride: [Melissa Williams] In 1999, I worked for a real estate development company as an assistant leasing agent. Part of my duties were organizing and planning quarterly broker parties at their properties. This led to newly engaged friends inquiring about various vendors while planning their weddings.

In 2001, I created a website with stock wedding photos and planned 6 weddings the following year! Fast-forward 15 years, and A Charleston Bride has planned over 400 weddings!!

ND: Your designs are always so unique from each other, where does this inspiration come from?

ACB: [Lindsey Shanks] The overall inspiration for us really needs to start with our clients. We try to hear about them, learn their style, learn their overall spirit and go from there. It’s like putting all of your ideas on a big white board in your mind that make up their event and then organizing it so the client can translate it from there!

ND: Charleston is a gorgeous place with so many special characteristics. How does the city play in to your aesthetic, designs, etc.?

ACB: [LS] The backdrop of the city provides an historic and romantic base for almost all our designs. The natural beauty of the landscape from flowers to the moss covered trees next to an antique antebellum home. It’s certainly why most brides chose the city [for their wedding].

ND: You never double-book weekends with clients, how does this exclusivity foster the planning relationship with your couples?

ACB: [Haley Kelly] We only take one wedding per weekend for a few reasons! One – we want to be fully focused on that particular couple. We want to be at the ceremony rehearsal and all-in mentally and physically on their big day! It would be impossible to do that being responsible for more than one wedding [in a weekend]. Two – for the majority of our clients, we are involved with the entire wedding weekend – a welcome party, rehearsal dinner, brunch, etc. so we like to be available for them first and foremost!

ND: How is the collaboration process with your clients?

ACB: [LS] The collaboration is certainly mutual, as we want our clients to feel involved and reflect their personal style. Obviously, it’s great when they have full faith in our design direction, but of all the components they want to stay out of, I don’t think this is it! They want to hear their story from us and to be involved and excited. As a designer, I want them to be prideful and pleased with their wedding design. This only occurs when we find the sweet spot between our lofty goals and their dreams. We start with a shared Pinterest board with texture and style inspiration and ask lots of questions about their story, style, and vision. We then take that information plus what we know of our locations and their overall budget, and go from there.

ND: Do you ever find it difficult to push clients towards what they might see as an “edgy” design?

ACB: [HK] We try and get to know our clients very well. So, usually before going into a design meeting, we know how much we can push them into an idea and in what areas they are willing to budge. We feel like we are doing our jobs when we pitch new and fresh ideas – hopefully of things they have never seen before! But yes, pushing clients beyond their comfort zone is tough. However, we have been lucky to have great clients who trust us explicitly which has resulted in so many amazing and unique events!

ND: What are some of your trademark styles?

ACB: [LS] I would like to think our trademark is to never repeat something from the past or another wedding. Let it be part of the inspiration, but make your wedding your own. We actually had one of our peers, a highly respected planner here in Charleston, give us the best compliment; he said he loved our designs because they were not only logistically feasible, but clean and unique. It was great to hear!

ND: What is your advice to couples coming to you with a “trendy” design in mind?

ACB: [HK] We always like to think outside of the box so we generally take their ideas and then spin it in a way that is timeless and unforgettable. We feel that usually we can sell it better if it is something different and makes them feel unique and special! For example, they may love greenery runners but if they hear they can do a hanging installation over the head table dripping in lights that sounds like more fun!

ND: If you could plan/design a party for anyone in the world, who would that be?

ACB: [LS] India Hicks or Marchesa…. totally different spectrums, but both have deep appreciation for texture.

[MW] Ivanka Trump or Reese Witherspoon. Both have great style.

ND: What is your favorite thing about designing weddings?

ACB: [LS] I call the wedding day “game day” because it feels like the big rally of a Friday night football game. Everything comes together and it’s truly magical to see ideas come to life! I love their reaction to it all the most!

ND: Last one, because we have to pick your brain while we have you, what trends do you see for the upcoming wedding season?

ACB: [LS] I think we are going to see a return to the ballroom glam. I think we will also hopefully see bolder and pronounced colors vs. so soft and romantic.

[MW] I think copper is going to be the hot metallic for the next couple of years.

ND: Any other thoughts that you’d like to leave us with?

ACB: [MW] We always encourage our clients to relax and enjoy the planning process. Will it be stressful at times? Of course! But the wedding will be here before they know it and life and reality will set in. This is such a special time and one they should be able to look back on fondly. We hope that’s where we step in and really make a difference!

Photography Virgil BunaoSposa Bella PhotographyDecisive MomentShannon Michelle Photography, Ashley SeawellTim Willoughby | Venues Lowndes GroveThe Cedar RoomThe Sanctuary on KiawahHibernian HallWilliam Aiken House

Chic Backyard Party in Miami

There’s no place like Miami, Florida for a chic backyard soiree and this J Group Events party certainly does not disappoint! Set at a lush private residence overlooking the water, this tropical-inspired party was the perfect backdrop to enjoy a cool cocktail on a hot night.

Scattered throughout were high-top cocktail tables, their wood bases topped with upholstered tops in our Palm Springs fabric. To give them a luxe touch, J Group Events paired them with copper metal cafeteria- style stools and modern white orchid arrangements.

The lounge area was a mid-century inspired dream! Serpentine couches, in chartreuse and emerald green hues, and plush round ottomans in our Palm Springs fabric were accented with coordinating pillows in soft green velvets and palm leaf prints. Giving it that lavish touch, gold accent tables were interspersed with wood stumps and Eames-inspired lounge chairs.

And then, just below twinkling candles floating from the trees, the piece de resistance was a copper penny bar with the front fully decorated with real shiny pennies! We’ll have a martini and a seat, come join us!

 

Design + Planning J Group Events | Photography Koparazzi | Rentals Nuage Designs, Unearthed Vintage

Sparkle All Summer with our NEW Sequin Koi Collection!

Summer! It’s here! And with it came sunshine and the hot hot heat for us to bask in. If you’re like us, you’re dreaming up ways to split your time between the ocean and the countryside this season, a.k.a. the best of both worlds. For us that means partying in our very own city of Miami and wander-lusting about in Tuscany.

One of our favorite things to do as we venture out in the summer is dining with friends. So in preparation for that, we put together just the right looks for both cities to give any event that summer shine.

Scroll through to get that summer sparkle on point this season!

Miami White Party

Elevate your outdoor party with optic whites and bright golds using the White and Gold Koi linen as your base.

Tuscany Rustic Dinner

Compliment natural wood tones with delicate blush accents and a touch of shimmer with the Beige & Gold Koi linen.

We can’t wait to celebrate the summer with you, buon viaggio!

Florals by Rodri Studio | Images via Pinterest

Mother’s Day Brunch Inspiration

With the flowers in bloom and the weather looking just perfect, we are so excited to celebrate Mother’s Day outdoors this year! We’ve been looking for the perfect inspiration to set the mood for our upcoming brunch and found it with Lemiga Events!

Set at the fairytale-like Cator Woolford Gardens of the Frazer Center, this styled shoot, shot by Noi Tran, is everything we were dreaming of! From sharing a bubbly cheers under Juli Vaughn’s bright colored floral arrangements to sharing a rustic-inspired seat from Event Rentals Unlimited, the setting could not be more perfect.

We love the neutral palette on the tablescape, in sweet shades of blush and ivory, with a touch of sparkle from the Sultry Beige Dora overlay and a hint of gold on the magical Papered Wonders menus.

But best of all, when we’ve eaten to our hearts content, we can enjoy the gorgeous afternoon running around with mom under the pretty ribbons and lush trees. A Mother’s Day celebration for the books!

Venue Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center | Photographer Noi Tran | Design & Planning Lemiga Events | Floral & Design Bre for Juli Vaughn Designs | Bridal Gown & Accessories The White Magnolia Bridal Collection | Groom Attire – The Modern Gent | Hair & Makeup Scoobie West | Rentals Event Rentals Unlimited | Models Heather Wall | Stationery Papered Wonders | Linen Nuage Designs | Drape Unique Event Elements

Inspired by Greenery

From matcha lattes to palm frond wallpapers, Greenery has been on the brain this year! Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is “a refreshing and revitalizing shade…symbolic of new beginnings.” With our spring- cleaning complete and summer peeking its head around the corner, we definitely feel those new beginnings on the horizon!

In preparation for the spring and summer seasons, we’ve been mood boarding our way to Greenery-inspired linens which are now here for you to explore! Check out what we dreamed about and how it came together just in time to catch some sunny rays…

Inspired by the chic yet laid-back vibe of Palm Springs, this pairing will transform any event into a Slim Aarons-worthy capture.

Keep it cool in Martha’s Vineyard with traditional geometric patterns in linen-inspired fabrics.

Add a touch of Palm Beach laissez-faire with this embroidered tropical linen paired with a luxurious Velluto fabric solid.

Southern Magnolia Wedding

One afternoon, in search of Southern wedding inspiration, we delightfully stumbled upon this fairytale wedding and couldn’t help but squeal with delight. This unbelievable wedding, planned to perfection by the Social Office, literally took our breath away!

First things first, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee is kind of unreal. Its gorgeous grounds, lush with greenery and bursting with color, set a magical backdrop for the wedding. From there, Music City Tents & Events created a most unreal tent for the reception. With its delicate draping and sparkling chandeliers, you were transported to a gilded dream!

We love the mix of tables, a combination of family-style longs broken up with round tables dressed in our Gold Gardenia linen, all tied together with a rustic wooden chair.

 

And the flowers, oh my! The Tulip Tree’s gorgeous arrangements in shades of coral and ivory added a perfect touch of color to the tables. But the theme strung throughout the wedding? Magnolias! These Southern flowers, holding a special meaning for the couple, were used first in the paper suite, designed by Tenn Hens Design, later to create an incredible statement inside the tent and all the way to the end of the night, making an appearance as the couple drove off into the night.

Lucky for us, Kristy Hogan shot this unbelievable wedding in all of its Southern charm and sparkling glory for us to dream about for many seasons to come!

Photographer Kristyn Hogan | Videographer: Eugene + Heather | Planner and Designer The Social Office | Venue Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art | Florals The Tulip Tree | Caterer Kristen Winston Catering | Beverages Lipman Brothers Inc. | Wedding Cake Dessert Designs | Bride’s Gown and Veil  “Leda” by Vera Wang | Bride’s Shoes Rene Caovilla | Bride’s Ring Harry Winston  | Bride’s Jewelry and Accessories Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses Amsale | Hair Stylists ELAN Hair | Makeup Artist Daniel Cole Collection | Men’s Fashion Street Tuxedo | Paper Goods Tenn Hens Design | Rentals Please Be SeatedVisual ElementsNuage DesignsBeachview Event RentalsLiberty Party Rental, Music City Tents and Events and Graceful Tables | Favors Grace Rojas Designs and Riverside Wine and Spirits | Transportation Matchless Transportation | Lighting Bright Event Productions | Music Sam Levine and Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters | Welcome Baskets The Dotted Line

Diamonds or Tanzanite? – A Conversation with Très Chic Southern Weddings & Events!

Whitney Carillon, the owner and lead planner of Très Chic Southern Weddings & Events has a couple of tricks up her sleeve. The Orlando-based planner originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia where she grew up dancing ballet and getting early exposure to performing for a captivated crowd. Couple that with her time working at Tiffany & Co. (i.e. a leader in luxury customer service) and her innate Southern charm and you’ve got one pretty awesome event planner on your hands! We sat down with Whitney to pick her brain on the magic behind her events (spoiler alert: Mickey Mouse is a friend of hers) and why guest experience should always be top of mind. Read on to find out more…

Nuage Designs: First and foremost, let’s get this one out of the way, how do you get your hair to be so long and beautifully shiny?

Tres Chic Southern Weddings & Events: Well I would say, my hair has definitely become a bit of a trademark of mine. Honestly I just don’t use a lot of product. I have always had longer hair for as long as I can remember but it has been Rapunzel like over the past couple of years and it has just kind of stuck!

ND: Now that we have that covered, tell us about your story. We know you have a dance background, how did you go from that to event planning?

TCSWE: I began dancing at the age of two and had many incredible opportunities and experiences through dance over the years. I performed in many stage productions at beautiful theatres surrounded by incredible sets and costumes. I danced with the Atlanta Ballet and trained over the summers with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. Every event I produce, I think of as a stage production and no matter what happens, the show must go on.

ND: How does your time working at Tiffany & Co. inform how you work with your clients at TCSWE?

TCSWE: Tiffany & Co. is a true leader in customer service and creating an experience for their clients. From my time in leadership at Tiffany, I am inspired to always create a luxury experience for my clients and their guests. Tiffany & Co is built on brand recognition, quality, strength in originality and lasting excellence; I strive to do the same in my business but with the events I create.

ND: Originally from Atlanta, you certainly have a built-in Southern Hospitality. How does that play into your client experience?

TCSWE: Yes, I am definitely a City Southern girl. I grew up learning the finest ways of treating one another and how to not only present yourself with grace, but also how to put on one heck of a dinner party! True Southern Hospitality is being very welcoming, kind and gracious. I try to emulate this with my events, especially throughout the weekend festivities. We want our couples to create a warm and welcoming environment for their guests, which can start with a personalized note and gift in their hotel room at check in. We can carry this through all the way to the end with a send-off gift at the Sunday brunch. Even a wedding with more than 300 guests can feel more intimate when you bring in small personalized touches along the way.

ND: “Southern” is also in your company’s name – what was the impetus behind including that?

TCSWE: Growing up my parents had multiple businesses that included the word “Southern” in the name. I lost both of my parents in my 20s and as I was forming my business I decided as a way to honor their memory and their successes, I would also include “Southern” in my business name. I changed things around a bit by adding “Très Chic” to represent my then new French family for my husband’s side.

ND: Your designs are always so dreamy, where does your inspiration come from?

TCSWE: I am inspired by both current and past styles. I like to design modern styles in a timeless manner. I am inspired by everything around me honestly, from nature to theatrical sets, galleries, movies, interior designs and more. I feel that inspiration is all around us if we just open our eyes.

ND: How does (or doesn’t) Orlando and Disney World play into inspiration for your events?

TCSWE: For our events in and around Orlando, we find that many of the guests are coming from out of town so we bring a little fun and whimsy into the welcome bags at times. We also do many events at The Four Seasons Resort Orlando, which happens to be on Disney property, so we are able to bring special guests from Walt Disney World to our weddings sometimes. It can be really fun to have a black tie, super fashionable wedding and all of a sudden Mickey and Minnie come in and dance with your guests and are there to cut your cake. It’s something you just can’t do anywhere else, and we are able to bring some magic and pixie dust to our luxury weddings.

ND: How is the collaboration process with your clients? Where does the basis for their wedding begin?

TCSWE: Typically, my clients will have some general colors in mind that they like for their wedding. From there we talk about overall styles they like and then we create a mood board for them with linen choices, floral options, inspiration design. We also talk about how the music and the menu will be intertwined to create a cohesive environment. My performing background looks at every event as a stage production.

ND: We know you always put the “experience” at top of mind. How do you keep that the focus of the event in every detail?

TCSWE: We look at the experience of the event in the eyes of every guest in attendance. We look at what they will see from the moment they first get the invitation in the mail to set the overall tone of the event. Some people don’t view the invitations as being as important, but they truly are and set the expectation for your wedding! The next point of contact is in the welcome they receive at the hotel whether in the form of an itinerary or custom gift. The food we choose on the menu and the music at each stage of the night should go with the style of the event. We love bringing unexpected surprises in as well when appropriate. Every single detail is thoroughly thought out so your guests walk away thinking it was an incredible party and they had the time of their lives!

ND: Do you ever find it difficult to push clients away from “trends” and towards a more unique design?

TCSWE: In the past few years we have had many clients who wanted either an all-white wedding or the blush, gold and ivory wedding. Both of these are beautiful and elegant, but they are also very popular. We like to work with our clients to create a unique take on these styles to make them more them rather than just the same wedding you have seen done a million times.

ND: What is your advice to couples that do come to you with a “trendy” design in mind?

TCSWE: My best advice is to remember that this is your wedding and you want to always be able to look back on your pictures in 10, 20, 30 plus years and think how special the day was. You don’t want to look back and say “What was I thinking?” I always try to find ways to personalize a wedding by bringing in details that represent the couple whether it is something with where they are from, favorite foods, flowers, colors…you name it!

ND: What are some of TCSWE’s trademark styles?

TCSWE: I would have to say some of our trademark styles are an elegant and sophisticated glam. We also love to do a mix of table types with long kings tables and round tables and always encourage lounge furniture around the dance floor so those who may not be dancing fools still have a place close to the excitement!

ND: If you could plan/design a party for anyone in the world, who would that be?

TCSWE: I love my clients so it’s an honor to be a part of all of their events! But, I would have to say I would love to plan a party for the Royal family….there may be another wedding coming up in the near future with Harry and Meghan.

ND: What is your favorite thing about designing weddings?

TCSWE: I love being a part of one of the most important days in a couple’s life and helping them start their happily ever after. It is such a joy and honor to get to share in the moments leading up to the wedding and to create a personalized event for them to share with their guests! To get to see the excitement and love shared by all of their close friends and family as they see the ceremony unfold and onto the revealing of the reception is pure magic!

ND: We hear you’re a Graduate Gemologist…what’s your absolute favorite gemstone and why?

TCSWE: Oh it is so hard to pick just one! I of course love my Diamonds, but for colored gemstones a beautiful Tanzanite that is a royal blue with just a hint of violet is definitely one of my favorites! Tanzanite is only found in Tanzania and I secretly would love to go on an adventure to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and possibly find a beautiful rough Tanzanite just waiting to be discovered. Tiffany & Co is actually responsible for naming Tanzanite.

ND: Last one, because we have to pick your brain while we have you, what trends do you see for the spring wedding season? Any color palettes or themes that you’re dying to use?

TCSWE: I am seeing some color come back, but definitely still staying with the trend of greenery and white weddings. I would love to play with more colors as we go through the year. We have some weddings coming up where our brides are excited to use rich deep colors or some bright. So I think we are about to see a change for sure! We have some events coming up this year that have some personalized details and color that we are super excited for! Very Town and Country style design.

ND: Any other thoughts that you’d like to share with us?

TCSWE: This year we are continuing to expand on more Destination Weddings and going to more amazing locations with our couples. We are also doing some fun social events at the Four Seasons Orlando and are looking to expand this segment throughout the year to other locations!

Photography Leah Langley PhotographyStill 55 PhotographyVictoria Angela PhotographyConcept PhotographyDisney Fine Art StudioDonna VonBrueningBumby Photography, K & K Photography | Rentals A Chair Affair, AFR Furniture Rentals, FH Weddings, Nuage Designs | Stationery Très Chic Southern, Ceci New York | Florals FH WeddingsRaining RosesTrès Chic, Occassions by Shangri La | Dance Floor Let’s Dance on It | Venues Four Seasons Orlando, Vinoy Renaissance Hotel, Bella Collina | Planning and Design Très Chic Southern

Rustic Spring: Chambray Inspiration

April showers bring May flowers, and in anticipation of spring in bloom we’re dreaming of bright colors and pretty blues as inspired by J Group Events!

This Miami birthday celebration pulled out all the stops when it came to décor bringing together a rustic style with vintage furniture from Unearthed Vintage and bold spring colors. We love how the event was set with a combination of exposed wood tables and our Chambray-inspired linens, the Chambray Dalusio and Indigo Batik (coming soon!). Add in some ombre-dyed napkins tied with a string and this was a boho dream come true.

The floral décor from Karla Events, a combination of single flowers delicately dropped in glass & wire vases, and bunches of fresh fruits and veggies from Starr Catering, spoke right to the party’s motto of “Party like a Pineapple”!

All of these pieces plus a stained glass backdrop AND a pizza just made for photos, who could ask for more?

Photography Sonja Production | Planning/Design J Group Events | Catering Starr Catering | Florals Karla Events | Props Bambini Soiree | Furniture Unearthed Vintage and Nuage Designs | Linens Nuage Designs

 

Spring for Yellow this Spring!

The color yellow feels like a warm, sunny day. It feels like happiness. The color yellow makes us feel so good! It’s also a really amazing color to play with when it comes to design. We’ve said it before (here: when we were inspired by Pantone) and we’ll say it again, we are so into the color yellow, especially for spring weddings and events.

With thoughts of spring around the corner and bright colors ahead, we were thrilled when Emily Burton, of Emily Burton Designs, shared her Musgrove Plantation styled shoot with us.

This beautiful high-tea inspired shoot blended modern elements with the traditional backdrop of Musgrove Plantation, on St. Simons Island, Georgia for something totally unique and lots of fun!

We love how the table was set right on the dock, with the water all around to set the mood. The bold pattern, from our Yellow Lyon linen, contrasted against traditional gold china and vintage hobnail flower vases captivated our attention with all of the pretty to take in.

Oh, and those adorable mini cakes from Cathy Huber Cakes, had us abuzz with their tiny bee details! Set amidst gorgeous assorted yellow flowers from Gray Harper Events, the whole tabletop was aglow.

Tying everything together was the lovely paper suite from Foglio Press. Bright whites, loud yellows and pretty blues came together in a gorgeous floral motif made that much more fun by some cute calligraphy phrases, “Will you BEE my bridesmaid,” and “Crotchet this Way.”

Now, if we could just fast-forward to warm weather, blue skies and pretty yellow tea parties!

Planner Emily Burton Designs | Photography Beautiful Day Photography | Venue Musgrove Plantation | HMU Emma Collins Beauty | Jewelry Bleubelle Bridal | Wedding Dresses Provided by Bleubelle Bridal and Ivory & Beau | Stationery Foglio Press | Concept, Design + Styling Emily Burton Design | Florist Gray Harper Events | Catering Cape Creations | Mini Cakes Cathy Huber Cakes | Linens Nuage Designs | Rentals Beachview Event Rentals | Monogram + Custom Acrylic Cocktail Stirs Ten23 Designs

Lovely Gulf Coast Wedding

South Florida, we love you, you’re our home and we would never put anyone else before you…BUT, there is something to be said about North Florida beaches. Nestled in the panhandle, their white sugar-fine sand and turquoise waves looking out over the Gulf of Mexico make these beaches an enviable wedding destination. So, when Kellie McGehee of Florals by the Sea sent us these Panama Beach nuptials with us, we had to share them with you!

The day started with a beachside ceremony where the couple said “I do” under a delicate driftwood canopy decorated with pretty little blooms from Florals by the Sea. The bride’s bouquet, a bursting assortment of lavender and light pink flowers coordinated perfectly with the bridesmaid’s lilac dresses.

With the sun setting over the Gulf Coast, everyone headed over to the intimate reception at the Grand Pointe Pavilion of Inlet Beach. A family style table was set with glowing candlelight to welcome the newlyweds and their guests for dinner. At each seat, the couple’s monogram was water colored and delicately placed atop ivory satin napkins. Our favorite surprise was the pink flamingo peeking out at the top of their customized menu cards – such a cute souvenir from Florida!

The event’s color palette, warm ivories mixed with soft pastel shades of lavender and blush, had us head over heels! We love how the texture of the Ivory Rose linen from our Preston Bailey collection played against the smooth flower vases and pearlized chargers. Looking down the long table there were so many lovely little details to catch our eye!

Seeing this beautiful wedding on a perfectly clear night catching a cool ocean breeze, there’s no wondering why they call it the Emerald Coast.

Florals + Design Kellie McGehee of Florals by the Sea | Photography Olimb Photography | Coordination Savoir Faire Weddings | Rentals The Big Day Rentals | Linens Nuage Designs | Entertainment Top Hat Live

A Conversation With Events Luxe

Events Luxe creates some unbelievable events! From parties beaming with bold color combinations to weddings built around interestingly laid out floorplans, there’s never a dull moment with Amanda and Tiffany, the awesome duo behind Events Luxe. These two are design geniuses that can also wrangle logistics like it’s nobody’s business. From keeping an eye on the catwalk to tabs on interior décor trends, they pull inspiration from across industries to stay ahead of the curve in event design, always creating something unique and current while making sure it will stand the test of time.

Oh, and when you work with Events Luxe, you don’t have to pick between Amanda or Tiffany, you get both! This dream team spearheads each event together, with one of them focusing on design and the other leading the planning side. Let’s find out more about these two and the behind the scenes at Events Luxe…

Nüage Designs: Tell us your story – how did you begin designing and planning weddings & events together?

Events Luxe: We [Amanda and Tiffany] met when Tiffany’s husband-then- boyfriend’s roommate brought home a new girlfriend (Amanda). We were wearing the exact same pair of Armani Exchange jeans (remember when AX was cool?) and the rest is history! Quickly after, Amanda was married, living in St. Louis, and wanting to leave her career in insurance to pursue a much more fun and creative path in event planning. She reached out to Tiffany with the idea, knowing that as a St. Louis native with years of corporate and charity event planning experience in the area she was her ideal partner. Fast-forward to present day, seven years later, their business focuses on weddings and other celebrations, bringing a unique design to each event.

ND: Your designs always feel so fresh and unique, where does this inspiration come from?

EL: We gain inspiration from the TV shows we watch, the runways we follow, home fashions, hot colors and patterns, and what we like to see ourselves. Usually we’re not looking for inspiration – but something can just strike us just the right way. What we focus on is never doing what is “hot” right now. We like to get inspiration from what we see, and create what we think is unique or could be hot in the future – once you do what is hot right now, it’s over. We never want any client’s wedding to look dated or drab when looking back a few years later. We want them to always look fresh, unique, and fun. It’s also important to us to never make anyone’s wedding look like us – but look like them. We will have our ideas, but our ideas will always come from the inspiration of our clients as a couple, so that every wedding looks like THEM.

ND: You like to consider yourselves designers first, who are also great planners, instead of vice-versa, how does that set you apart from your competition?

EL: We like to consider ourselves designers who are great at planning, versus planners who can “do” design. This is important to us because design is what gets us up in the morning. What sets each wedding apart from the next is the design: the look, the feel, and the experience. The planning part is pretty standard across the board, but every wedding will feel different and unique. We think that focusing on this methodology sets us apart because we will never provide anything cookie cutter.

ND: How is the collaboration process with your clients? Where does the basis for their wedding begin?

EL: Each wedding begins with a custom budget. Once the budget is approved, we get started on the design process. The first step here is providing each client with his or her Style File, which is created, based on an initial design meeting. It is a one-page inspiration board collage that mainly highlights how we will showcase their proportion of color. Many weddings could be blush, gold, and ivory – but it’s the proportion of color that makes weddings different. Does the wedding, overall, look ivory with some metallic accents? Is the wedding overall more blush? Once the Style File is approved, we begin a Design Proposal, which highlights each and every element that we think should be included and how they all work together to create to cohesive design to suit that particular client. Once the design proposal is approved, we start selecting and booking every detail!

ND:Do you ever find it difficult to push clients towards what they might see as an “edgy” design?

EL: Sometimes clients come to us with ideas of what they want included in their Big Day and sometimes, they don’t know more than maybe a color or two that they have in mind. Either way, we have no problem bringing ideas together and creating something they never knew they always wanted. It is always a collaborative effort. It’s not our show. We just bring the ideas that we think will be “them” to the table and make our recommendations of what we think will be the most interesting and unique. Not all clients who want to work with us are edgy; sometimes they are more traditional or want to do certain things. We’re happy to work with any request so long as we are able to recommend a unique floor plan, a fun idea for the guest experience, a cool ceiling treatment, napkin fold, or even if it’s just a different way to utilize the! We find most modern brides are looking for this type of personalization.

ND: What are some of your trademark styles?

EL: Creating unique floor plans is one of our trademarks. We don’t usually design a room full of all round tables (but we can if that’s the client’s dream). Typically, other shaped tables are included and are laid out in a unique or interesting pattern. We also love ceiling treatments to draw the eye up, whenever possible. Also, when given the creative freedom, we love an interesting and bold color palette. We aren’t ever afraid of color (or pattern!) and we don’t think you should be, either!

ND: What is your advice to couples coming to you with a “trendy” design in mind?

EL: We usually advise against anything that is trendy right now. Once they see their beautiful photos six months later, the trend will be outdated. We like to find the balance between forward-thinking and traditional, so that their photos always look amazing and not outdated, yet look unique and special to them!

ND: If you could plan/design a party for anyone in the world, who would that be?

EL: [Tiffany] I want to plan Lady Gaga’s eventual wedding.

[Amanda] Princess Kate Middleton! This is pretty funny because Amanda and I love to blend hard and soft, sexy and romantic, modern and traditional… if we were to blend these events we’d really have something interesting!

ND: What is your favorite thing about designing weddings?

EL: Doing it differently every single time. Creating something unique to each individual couple is what gets us out of bed in the morning, what fuels our fire for this business. We love creating something that they will find incredibly special forever!

ND: Last one, because we have to pick your brain while we have you, what trends do you see for the spring wedding season?

EL: We saw that natural organic feel of bohemian inspiration big in 2016 and see that continuing in 2017, but being elevated a bit to a more elegant place. Or maybe that’s just how we like to do “Bohemian”! We call it Boho-Luxe, of course. We also see a trend of accessories or props as centerpieces versus traditional vases. This can combine modern unique candleholders, marble accent décor, piñatas (yes we’ve done that!) or even a canister or jar like you would see as an accent piece for home décor at Z Gallerie. Pro tip: not all centerpieces sit on your table. Sometimes they can hang above it! (We do this a lot).

ND: Are there any color palettes that you’re dying to use?

EL: We would love to work with a mauve/green or mauve/blue combination. We love choosing colors that seem like they won’t really go together and then making something truly striking and fabulous. We love using a range of colors in a palette instead of one single tone of each color. We think this makes things feel more organic and looks much better visually.

ND: Any other thoughts that you’d like to share with us?

EL: Trust your planner and designer. If you have hired them, you are obviously drawn to their eye and creative approach, and have seen what they can do on their site or Instagram. If they’re experienced and creative, know that they will do whatever they can to create something special for you to remember forever. They probably want you to participate and know who you are as a person or couple, so they can wow you on your wedding day when you walk into that room and it feels just like you!

Venues The Ritz Carlton St Louis, Wildwood Hotel,Hyatt Regency at the Arch, Forest Park World’s Fair Pavilion, Westin Downtown St Louis, The Caramel Room at Bissingers, Missouri Athletic Club, Downtown | Floral The Crimson Petal, The Special Event Florist, BUDS Florist, Belli Fiori | Photography Grace Havlak, Clary Pfeiffer, Kurtis Hall, Lisa Hessel, Eichar Photography, Pinxit Photo, Image Service Photographers (Italy), Mike Cassimatis | Stationery PaperCut Invites, PK Paper Art | Furniture Rentals Aries Co, Weinhardt, Premier Rentals | Linens Nuage Designs 

Rustic meets Modern in Atlanta

We’re so torn when it comes to planning our dream wedding – honestly, how do you even get started? We love string lights and exposed wood tables but also acrylic chairs and marble chargers…can this rustic and modern design exist? We weren’t sure it was possible…until we saw this unbelievable wedding from Lila Wilson Weddings!

In the heart of Atlanta, Summerour Studio set a fairytale backdrop with its ivy-covered brick walls and cobblestone-clad courtyard. And of course, just the perfect touch of string lights shimmering above the couple during their “I Do.”

Inside the reception, guests were welcomed to take a seat at an exposed wood table or a sparkling sequin round arrangement. We love this combination of rustic tables with the modern Natural Mini Koi sequin linen, adding just the right touch of sparkle to the night. Whichever your choice, they both featured lush green florals from Bloomin’ Bouquets and perfectly printed paperwork from the bride’s own stationery company, Foglio Press.

The wedding palette, a dreamy combination of grey, taupe and the loveliest shade of blue just bridged together the rustic meets modern design. From the “Hey Y’all” on the wedding invitation to the minimal floating candles, every detail made sure the night was imbued with southern hospitality in a modern light.

Sowing Clover Photography caught this magical night to share with us proving that you can really have it all on your wedding night!

Venue  Summerour Studio | Florals Bloomin’ Bouquets | Catering Bold American Events & Catering | Rentals CRUSH Event Rentals , Miss Milly’s Event Rental & DesignUnique Event ElementsPeachtree Tents & Events, Nuage Designs | Paper Goods Foglio Press | Calligraphy MM Ink Studio | Desserts For Goodness Cakes, Amelie’s Bakery | Hair & Makeup Jennifer C Nieman | Planning Lila Wilson Weddings | Entertainment  One Sound and Entertainment, ShutterBooth Atlanta, Mace Hibbard | Photography Sowing Clover Photography