A Magical Styled Shoot with Unicorns and Shades of Purple

The events industry is nothing if not magical. It’s full of surprises, bright colors, smiling faces and pure happiness. That’s what we live for! And as creatives in the events industry, there’s nothing like getting to play around and design something for the sheer fun of it. So when Jordan Payne, of Jordan Payne Events, pitched us shades of purple and unicorns, we said, “Go for it!” Scroll through to see her fantastical design…


The color palette is so rich on this design! Shades of purple are anchored with black accents and peppered with pops of pink. The flowers, from David Kimmel Design, give the design that “dark beauty” feel that Jordan Payne Events was looking for. The arrangement, although low on the tabletop, adds dimension with branches that extend toward the ceiling. A beautifully creative look for this design!

Our Lilac Velluto linen set the table with a lovely light purple hue, paired with a deeper shade of purple from our Purple Oxford napkins. We love the tabletop goods, from Posh Couture Rentals, that really tied everything together. Clear purple glassware, black china with a gold edge, and mirrored chargers gave the table a chic shimmer.


And for serious invitation inspiration, Ceci New York, dreamed up the star of the design, watercolor menu cards with mystical unicorns at the center. Paired with the rest of the invitation suite, which included paper flower details and laser cut accents, this really made the afternoon shine!

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Photography John Cain Sargent | Design Jordan Payne Events | Florals David Kimmel Design | China Posh Couture Rentals | Paper Goods Ceci New York

Mix and Match design elements for an Instagrammable tablescape

We love when things get a little…kooky, so when Ashton Events shared this styled photoshoot with us we were absolutely in love! From wooden accents to velvet textures and a lot of things in between, they mix-and-matched this table top to Instagram-enviable levels. Scroll through to read all about it…

First things first, let’s set the table. Our Indigo Batik linen was the base for this look, giving it a very bohemian vibe for Ashton Events to play off of. To our delight, they paired it with our Floral Monet Napkin, creating a contrast of prints that looked just divine together.


Wanting to elevate an otherwise casual feeling linen, Ashton Events added in touches of gold from the ceremony space to the tabletop. From gold flatware to gilded-edge chargers and towering floral arrangements, it added just the touch of metal to give it that chic finish.


And the florals, how we loved those! In beautiful soft, pastel shades they played right in with the decor. Ashton Events designed an assortment of arrangements giving the design extra dimensionality. Two tall arrangements sat at the ends of the table with a low flower runner in between, tying the light corals and blush pinks of the flowers together just right!

The other thing that we were absolutely obsessed with? The mix of wood and rattan seating used at the table. From two accent chairs at the heads of the table to an assortment of vintage wooden chairs and a simple bench draped with a plush fur throw, not one detail was overlooked!

Whether it’s a wedding ceremony or an intimate dinner party, we love this look! It’s the perfect combination of boho and chic with the stunning loft background of Haus 820 (and you know how much we love an industrial space!). What’s your take – do you mix and match when you design?

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Photography Justin DeMutiis | Venue Haus 820 | Design, Planning, and Florals Ashton Events | Wedding Dress Boutique White Magnolia Tampa | Hair Stylist Mary Galletta | Makeup Artist Mary Galletta | Paper Goods Eleven Note | Cake Fresco’s | Rentals Treasury Rentals Wish Rents Revel

Black and White Southwestern-Inspired Prints in Arizona

Ready to jet to the Southwest? Come along with us as we discover the Desert Foothills, an oasis of a wedding and events venue located just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Inspired Environments dreamed up the concept for this dinner in the desert and we are ready to dine! Scroll through to see how everything came together…

Desert Foothills is the perfect place for an outdoor soiree in Arizona. We are in love with all the nuances of the space and how it set the backdrop for this shoot. The lounge area, an assortment of leather and cowhide seating accented with an assortment brass, gold, and clear acrylic tables, was tucked under an open air tent. Just the spot to take a seat and enjoy the desert views.

On to our favorite part, the tablescape! Our Black Sedona linen set the base for this design. With its geometric pattern, it’s reminiscent of Southwestern inspired textiles. Inspired Environments used a black top over the linen on which chargers and desert-inspired images were drawn on for a whimsical and creative touch on this design! Giving the table top a bright punch of color, AZ Petal Pushers brought in bright greens, oranges and reds in succulent arrangements that ran down the center of the table. A perfect compliment to this black and white design!


And kudos to the attention to detail! We love the bar, a cowhide texture with an optic white frame and light wood top to tie back to the lounge area. We can only imagine how the warms colors of this rental shine against the desert orange once sunset starts to hit.

From Southwestern-inspired prints to bright succulents, this is a desert celebration we’d be thrilled to attend! How do you design with Black and White?


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Photographer Mary Ellen Kopp with Randall Photography LLC | Design Inspired Environments | Florals AZ Petal Pusher | Rentals Event Rents | Venue Desert Foothills

A Bold Print Outdoor Party with Fiesta Inspiration

There are so many wonderful things to cherish about summer. From beach days to boat rides, being outdoors really tops our list for the season. And the number one thing we really love to do? Dining al fresco with friends! It seems we’re not the only ones. The team behind Event Prep in Detroit, MI, put together some bold fiesta inspiration fit for a summer soiree. Scroll through to see what they dreamed up…

No matter what time of year, a bright-colored party is always right! Event Prep designed this fiesta-inspired photo shoot in bold hues of orange, fuchsia and blue and we’re so into the combination. Our Papel Chino print was used not just once, but twice, to set the scene! Our Orange Papel Chino Runner was used on the DIY Nacho Bar and our Royal Papel Chino linen was used on the tablescape. One style, two ways for an amazing party design!


Finding inspiration from our Papel Chino print and Mexican Talavera tiles, Glass City Cupcakes design a cake so perfect we could hardly believe our eyes (and tastebuds!). Patterned blue on white print covered the base with a combination of succulents and flowers topped the design. Delicious and divine!

We are absolutely in love with how fun this concept came together. The team at Event Prep really took the theme and ran with it! From the DIY Nacho Bar, with toppings arranged in pink cactus margarita glasses, to the personal-size Patron favors, every detail was covered. And did you see the photo booth? Cactus outlines painted to match the party’s palette we set against a fuchsia backdrop, creating the most Instagrammable spot for a guest photo!


As always, another great excuse for going bold with color! Looking for more bright inspiration? Check out this tropical-inspired photoshoot in Chicago. One of our faves!

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Photography Amanda Collins Photography | Design & Styling Event Prep | Florals Hafner Florist | Desserts Glass City Cupcakes | Custom Cocktail Napkins With Love and Ink | Stationery Letterpress

Inspired by The Knot Pro Workshop at the US GRANT Hotel in San Diego

When it comes to hosting an events industry workshop, The Knot Pro really knows how to do it! We’ve partnered with them as their exclusive linen sponsor since 2017 and have gone from Hawaii to New York City with a ton of stops in between. Most recently we stopped over in San Diego, at The US GRANT Hotel, and had an absolute blast! Scroll through to take a peek into the workshop…

Welcome in! We’re loving the registration set up, from White Lace Events and Design, the planners and designers of the event. The natural and rustic look of wooden accents, wrought iron details and lots and lots of greenery gave the hotel sleek design a cozy feel. Oh and all the lemon details? We’re adding that to our fave-things-for-fall list.

Stepping into the workshop room, a set up for 200 attendees, we were taken aback! An ombre sea of our velluto linens, starting with our Steel Velluto, to our Charcoal Velluto, and ending with our Black Velluto, played so well with the hotel carpet (which we all know can be a thing). It also gave a cool effect in the space, creating a nice neutral base for the stage design, with beautiful furniture and stylish decor, to really be the focal point.


As we heard incredible presentations from The Knot team, local California event professionals, and friends from across the states, we picked up an appetite. Stepping into a garden inspired lunch we couldn’t help but gasp at the delicious design. With a blue and white table palette, set with our Royal Delft linen paired with our White Hemstitch napkins and our Indigo Velluto linen paired with our Snow Elizabeth Lace napkins, paired with wooden cross-back chairs and delightful floral arrangements from Botanicamuse, we felt as if we were dining in Italy!



Aside from connecting with friends, new and old, one of our favorite things about The Knot Workshops is the chance to really dig into our business, from headshots to one-on-one consultations, there’s a lot to explore. We’ve even joined in the fun with a space of our own where attendees can come meet our team, explore our linens, take home our 2018 Style Guide and discover our Design Trunk all in one place!



Have you had a chance to join us at #TheKnotWorkshop yet? Next stop is in Boston – nab a ticket and head out to meet us. If Boston is a little far from home, here’s the schedule for the rest of the year – hope to see you soon!


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Photography Shane and Lauren Photography | Planner and Designer White Lace Events and Design | Venue & Catering The US GRANT Hotel | Event Branding & Stationery Méldeen | Breakfast MIHO Catering Co. | Afternoon Desserts Michele Coulon Dessertier | Afternoon Gelato Sicilian Breeze Gelato | Headshot Photographer France Photographers | Videographer Le Reve Films | Rentals and Styling To Be Designed San Diego | Rentals Bright Event Rentals Entree Plates, Flatware & Goblets Cheri’s Vintage Table | Floral Design Botanicamuse | Favors Design by Laney | Stroopwafels Gourmet Wedding Gifts | AV, DJ, & Live Music Encore Event Entertainment | Faux Cake on Stage Sugar and Scribe | Beauty Diamond Beauty Hair and Makeup | Photo Booth Red Photo Booth | Cotton Candy Station Make Your Life Sweeter Fluffpop | Timeline Program Timed App

A Living Lookbook

There were marble tabletops, vertical tabletops and even swinging tabletops at #ALivingLookbook and we can barely control our excitement! This amazing event, hosted in NYC alongside our showroom collective, Bastille Flowers & Events, RedBliss Design, Sofia Crokos Events & Lifestyle, and BorrowedBLU, was a blast to concept and bring to life. Scroll through to immerse yourself in our living lookbook…

Welcome in! We flipped some tables around (and on their sides) to turn our collective showroom into an off the walls living lookbook – quite literally. Not only was this meant to inspire creativity, but also to connect like-minded creatives in our industry. Lucky for us, Marcia Selden Catering helped us set the mood with glasses of sparkling water and wine and a never-ending stream of snacks!



As a creative team, we came into this event wanting to inspire less traditional ways of looking at events. We rigged up five swings to showcase different tabletop looks, adorned with beautiful pieces from RedBliss Design, BorrowedBLU and an assortment of our linens and napkins. To give them a really striking contrast, they were set against a black backdrop with vibrant florals from Bastille Flowers & Events tying them together in an artful, organic form!

Across from the swings, set against our already existing floral wallpaper, we designed a vertical tablescape – giving attendees that perfectly Instagrammable overhead shot without having to lean over the tabletop. Sofia Crokos Events & Lifestyle anchored the setting with our Black Metallic Forest, adding in a pop of color with our Avocado Oxford napkins and mixed metal accents with a gold charger from RedBliss Design and gilded glassware from BorrowedBLU. The perfect mix of textures and colors to have this design jumping off the wall!


And for those who love an exposed tabletop, we gave our marble island a light summer refresh with panels of our art-deco inspired Nude Raleigh  linen. We can’t get enough of the gold napkin buckle RedBliss Design added to our Blush Ditsy napkin, giving a casual design an elegant touch! Add to that a stunning arrangement in shades of pink and red, from Bastille Flowers & Events, and you’ve got yourself a delicious place to dine!


We’re so grateful for our friends and partners that came by to say hello. From sharing ideas to saying cheers, it was quite the day! If you couldn’t make it, we’d love to have you by, give us a shout and come say hello!

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Photography Phillip Van Nostrand | Catering Marcia Selden Catering | Hosts Bastille Flowers & Events RedBliss Design Sofia Crokos Events & Lifestyle BorrowedBLU Nuage Designs

An Outdoor Summer Wedding Styled Photo Shoot in Annapolis

Officially, we’re told, the first day of summer was June 21st and boy are we as ready as ever to get in the swing of the season! To us nothing says summer like dining al fresco – you know we love it! So when Heather Benge Events sent us images from the Annapolis Styled Shoots Across America stop, we were ecstatic! Scroll through to see why…

Usually when we think of al fresco dining it’s on a terrace or at a patio, rarely are we lucky enough to be set up at a place like Whitehall, a waterfront wedding venue in Annapolis, MD. Everywhere we looked we were happily surrounded by vibrant greenery and beautiful architecture. The setting was so nice that Brittany Branson captured it in a beautiful live watercolor painting!

We’re in love with the range of colors on this one! From the cake, from Angyono Cakes, to the invitation suite,  from By Brittany Branson, everything was decked out in brightly colored hues. The color palette was really set by the incredible arrangement of flowers, from Intrigue Designs. The florals ranged from a deep burgundy to a blush pink with an array of oranges and yellows in between. And the ribbons tied off of the arrangement? A perfect touch for this breezy outdoor design!


Heather Benge Events made sure not one single color of the rainbow was forgotten! She brought in beautiful blues with our Sky Velluto linen, which set the base for this design. Paired with ornate flatware and blue-tinged glassware, from White Glove Rentals, it came together like a dream!


What do you think, would you go brightly colored for your wedding? You know we certainly love it, let us know what you think!

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Photographer Arika Jordan Photography | Host Styled Shoots Across America | Planning & Design Heather Benge Events with Assistant Coordinator Elevee Events | Venue Whitehall | Flowers Intrigue Teaches | Hair Brushed Beauty | Makeup Zero Beauty | Stationery and Live Painting By Brittany Branson | Gown Enaura Bridal Couture | Rentals White Glove Rentals | Cake Angyono Cakes | Shoes David Tutera Footwear | Men’s Accessories Groomsday | Models John & Yone Stergar

How to use Specialty Napkins in your Wedding Design

We know, we know, there’s nothing like finding the perfect linen to really set the mood for your design. But we think, why stop there? Once you’ve got the base down, find a napkin that will really take the whole took to the next level. Scroll through for three different ways to add napkins to your event…

For that truly ethereal wedding look, we love how The Creative’s Loft used our Flax Elizabeth Lace Napkin. The neutral fabric with a linen touch tied in perfectly with the rustic feel of the evening. And a nice lace edge adds just a touch of playful to the exposed wood tables!

For a more corporate feel, we’re totally into Lindsay Landman Events’ use of our Coral Honeycomb Napkins paired with our Indigo Velluto linens and runners. This networking lunch, at The Knot Pro Workshop in Philadelphia, was a beautiful blend of elegant and fun. The mix of runners and full linens in a traditional navy blue were a perfect contrast to the bright hued geometric print!

For that summer vibe, we’re head over heels for our Floral Monet Napkin at this Styled Shoots Across America set up. Heather Benge Events designed this table, with our Sky Velluto linen as the soft blue base, letting the flowers and décor really shine bright in their bountiful colors. We think it’s the perfect place to grab a sunshine filled brunch.


From lace to prints and infinite colorful options in between, we think napkins add just the right touch of detail to any event! What’s your favorite from our collection?

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Flax Elizabeth Lace | Photographer Alisa Ferris | Wedding Planning and Styling The Creative’s Loft | Flowers Maison Francis | Calligraphy Papel & Co. | Venue Fisher Island

Coral Honeycomb | Photographer Love Me Do Photography | Design and Florals Lindsay Landman Events | Planning Heart and Dash | Rentals White Glove Rentals | Venue The Logan Hotel Philadelphia

Floral Monet | Photographer Arika Jordan Photo | Host Styled Shoots Across America | Planning and Design Heather Benge Events | Assistant Coordinato Elevee Events | Florals Intrigue Designs | Rentals White Glove Rentals | Venue Whitehall

An Outdoor Wedding at the Belle Isle Boat House in Detroit, Michigan

Follow us to the heart of downtown Detroit, a neighborhood in the middle of a revitalization. With our affinity for historical details and raw event spaces, we couldn’t help but fall for the Belle Isle Boat House, formerly known as the Detroit Boat Club. Styled Shoots Across America put together a beautiful waterside shoot here, scroll through to see it all…


Who could ask for a more beautiful location that the Belle Isle Boat Club? With its original details (just look at those moldings!) and patio with a water view, it might literally be the perfect place for a wedding. And those sun-drenched interiors really set the perfect scene for a lounge area. Especially if said lounge area is made up of tufted pink velvet pieces from Event Theory.



Let’s pop back outside to the patio, because why dine indoors when you could be outside? With views of the Detroit river and right onto downtown, this really has a great vantage point. Heather Benge Events set the table with our Chambray Dalusio linen, bringing in the bright blue skies to the tabletop. We love how the pattern is both ikat-inspired and has a Baroque feel to it – blending old and new, much like the venue itself. The tabletop decor, including our Flax Diana Lace Napkins, was kept subtle with coordinating blue glassware and traditional flatware, really giving the floral arrangement from Intrigue Designs space to bloom! We love the spectrum of pink hues, from light blush to bold fuchsia, that brought this table to life.



And all of the details tied in just beautifully! Our favorite piece? That delicious cake from The Dulce Experience. Set in a shade of blue that matched the tabletop, it was lightly brushed for artist effect and adorned with lovely flowers. We say, let them eat cake and then some!






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Photographer Rakoteet Photography | Host Styled Shoots Across America | Planning & Design Heather Benge Events | Assistant Coordination Ryan Abney Event Design | Venue Belle Isle Boat House | Flowers Intrigue Teaches | Hair and Makeup Lena Shkreli & Co | Stationery West Bloom Paper Co | Furniture and Rentals Event Theory | Gown Modehaus Bridal | Cake The Dulce Experience | Shoes David Tutera Footwear | Men’s Accessories Groomsday | Models Kendall Tiffany & Kaliq

Pastel Color Inspiration for Modern and Whimsical Weddings

What color do Millennials dream in? Apparently pink. From Rose Quartz to Blush, there are 50 shades of the perfect hue to fall in love with. And the best part? It plays well with others. So whether you go monochromatic or accent with pops of color, it sets just the right base. In the case of this styled shoot, shot gorgeously by Heather Waraksa, they went bold! Scroll through to see more…

Dreaming up a whimsical scene, Gabrielle Hurwitz styled this playful photoshoot full of bright balloons and modern acrylic accents. We’re head over heels for the Ipanema Press invitation suite, a collection of coral, pink and ochre yellow paper goods with sans serif font that would make any modern couple swoon. Oh and don’t skip over the stamps – an assortment of pop art florals and fashion graphics for those of us who are extra-detail oriented.

Amongst the fun, our Pink Velluto set the table in what might be our very own perfect shade of Millennial Pink. Much to our great pleasure, a playful arrangement from Pear Tree Flowers brought in shades of lavender and peach alongside lush greenery to bring the tablescape to life. Giving this just the shimmer it needed, tapered candles sat flickering in assorted candlestick holders, mirrored off of pink glassware.

The colorful scene really gave stunning Allure Bridals gowns space to shine. From chiffon to sequins, and the prettiest laces patterns around, they truly stole the show! Not to mention graphic floral print Manolo Blahniks that look like they were printed right from this delicious cake from Nine Cakes. Honestly, we’d eat them both!


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Photography Heather Waraksa | Styling Gabrielle Hurwitz | Flowers Pear Tree Flowers | Hair and Makeup Facetime Beauty | Model CeCe Yost | Cake Nine Cakes | Stationery Ipanema Press | Dress Allure Bridals

A Bright Orange and Blue Styled Shoot for Summer Weddings!

When it comes to wedding color palettes, we love seeing bright hues introduced. Everything from colorful floral arrangements to festive morning-after brunches get us very excited. So, needless to say when this set of vibrant images from Styled Shoots Across America came our way, we were head over heels! Scroll through to see this bold blue and orange styled shoot…

Heather Benge Events took us to the Melrose Knitting Mill, in Raleigh, North Carolina for a warm and intimate inspirational wedding photoshoot. Magic hour lighting streaming in through oversized windows gave the loft-like space a dewy glow. Just look at how the exposed brick wall warms up with those ribbons of light!

In the center of the room, under sparkling crystal chandeliers, was the real show stopper. A tablescape set with our Cobalt Marrakesh brightened up the room with its bold ikat-inspired pattern. Intrigue Designs created the most unreal floral design to top it all off. We’re in love with the arrangement of orange, blue and deep red flowers that came together in such a vibrant way. Our Sky Western napkins tucked right around calligraphed menus from Chickadee Dixie adding a metallic touch to the delicately water-colored cards.

This lovely styled shoot brought together two of our favorite things – bright colors and bold patterns. Do you go all in on these? Find some more inspiration in our Solstice Collection!

 

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Photographer Arika Jordan Photography | Host Styled Shoots Across America | Planning & Design Heather Benge Events | Venue Melrose Knitting Mill | Flowers Intrigue Teaches with IBuy Flowers | Hair, Makeup & Styling Silverceiling Beauty Consulting | Stationery Chickadee Dixie| Gown CTO Bridal | Cake Sugar Euphoria| Jewelry Styled by Markie | Backdrop Blush and Blue Designs  | Ribbon Lion Ribbon

Tropical Inspiration for Bright Summer Weddings

Memorial Day is right around the corner and with it, the unofficial first day of Summer! And just in time to coincide with the rising temps comes this tropical inspired photoshoot from our stop at the Crystal Gardens in Chicago with Intrigue Teaches. From lush greenery to bright flowers, scroll through to find your inspiration for a hot party this season…

The Crystal Gardens, in Chicago’s Navy Pier, are a hidden gem tucked right in the heart of the city. Their beautiful greenery set inside a glass atrium gave views right onto Lake Michigan. A perfect summer getaway destination!

In the center of it all, Heather Benge Events designed a tropical-inspired tablescape with just the right balance of bold and neutral hues. Our Bone Brookline, a linen-inspired fabric, set the base for the bright decor. We’re obsessed with the floral arrangement from Intrigue Designs! Shades of coral and red with Anthuriums galore sat among Birds of Paradise and Monstera Palm Fronds. The perfect arrangement for a summer wedding with tropical flavor! We love how the flowers tied in with our Tropical Maui Napkins, giving the whole design a destination-friendly vibe.

And it doesn’t stop there! From the lining on Emery Ann Design’s envelopes to the decor on Chicago Custom Cakes’ delicious cake, everything had a hot twist. Add to that our Palm Springs linen and a boho-inspired backdrop, from Boho Blush, and you’ve got just the right place for a cake cutting.

With all this tropical inspiration on the brain, we’re thinking this is the summer to go all in on the tropics. We’re ready to pick up the heat, how about you?

 

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Photographer Aris Ringas Photography | Host Styled Shoots Across America | Planning and Design Heather Benge Events | Assistant Coordinator Urban Allure Events | Venue The Crystal Gardens  | Flowers Intrigue Teaches| Hair Unfading Beauty by Julia | Makeup Makeup by Natalie | Rentals and Decor Boho Blush | Paper Goods Emery Ann Design | Paper Flowers Floral by Emily Jane | Calligraphy Things Unseen Designs | Jewelry Lindsay Marie Design | Floral Lollipops Flour & Fig | Gown Alyssa Kristin Bridal | Cake Chicago Custom Cakes| Shoes David Tutera Footwear