The Perfect Neutrals

We are always on the search for that perfect neutral. Be it a light shade of blush or a golden shade of champagne, there’s the right neutral tone for every event. So when Jenny Corts, of Jenny Richter Special Events, shared this Country Music Hall of Fame wedding with us, we were so in love with the combination of neutral hues that came together like magic!

The wedding was set in a palette of warm champagne tones, with high back sofas lining the room, tables dressed with the Sand Web alternating with the Goldmine Faux Dupioni and sunset streaming in at just the perfect moment – captured perfectly by Kristyn Hogan. A simply elegant cake, from Dessert Designs by Leland, sat a top the Blush Scalla, adding a tinge of blush to the night.

Our favorite thing about a netural palette is how it gives flowers the space to shine! Branches Event Design & Florals brought in pretty pops of color in the centerpieces, from bright corals to lush greens, to brighten up the room.

From the perfect palette to the dreamy draping, this event really just came together beautifully. And we’re not sure if someone planned on that golden hour light streaming in, but we definitely want that one at our wedding too!

Venue Country Music Hall of Fame | Photographer Kristyn Hogan | Planner Jenny Richter Special Events | Florist Branches Event Design & Florals | Paper Goods Ink Nashville & Val Cole | Bride’s Dress Romona Keveza from The Bride Room | Groom’s Tux Custom from Loring & Co (Stitch-It) | Cake Dessert Designs by Leland | Videographer Catchlight Cinema | Rentals Please Be Seated, Nuage, BBJ Linens

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we’re seeing pretty pink hearts and lovely red roses everywhere we look. And while we’re big fans of these traditional tokens of love, Gretchen Culver, of Rocket Science Weddings, kind of gotten us thinking about Valentine’s Day in a different way with this styled shoot, inspired by Francis Bacon’s painting, “1946.”

Right off the bat we’re drawn in by this unique venue. Machine Shop, in Minneapolis, sets the tone for this styled shoot with its unique original details and modern loft feel. Couple that with the incredible ceremony backdrop, designed to fit in seamlessly with the existing elements and we’re obsessed. Avant Décor draped sheer pink fabric so beautifully (note: from a crane!) to contrast against a tiered hanging installation. Also let’s not miss the candle installation; an assortment of tapers and pillar candles in shades of deep red and black anchored the design at the foot of the fabric. This was truly a dreamy place for these gorgeous grooms to say, “I do.”

The tabletop was just incredible! Gretchen mixed unique textures, from the black leather linen to the pink chiffon draped chair backs, giving the design an elevated feel. The centerpiece, an amazing arrangement of red flowers crafted by Rocket Science Weddings, is a true statement piece sitting on Event Lab’s tall stand.

Gretchen Berry’s unique menu design laid a top of The Festive Frog’s pink glass plates and black & white Monique Lhuillier plates from Ultimate Events made for a gorgeous stack – almost too pretty to eat on!

Photography Cadence & Eli | Floral and Decor Design Rocket Science Weddings & Events | Stationery Gretchen Berry Design Co. | Venue Machine Shop | Tuxedo Isaia | Bowtie Ryan Seacrest Distinction | Ring David Yurman | Table and Couch Bethings | Chairs, Clear Steamware and Napkins Apres Party & Tent Rental | Black and White Plates Monique Ultimate Events | Linens Nuage Designs | Glassware and Pink Plates The Festive Frog | Chair Draping Avant Decor | Centerpiece Stand Event Lab | Candle Holders and Flatware Beverly & Co. | Candles Koehler & Dramm | Rug On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals | Desserts and Cake Stands Cocoa & Fig | Paintings Steph Guidera

Top Styling Tips by Tinsel & Twine!

Have you met the ladies of Tinsel & Twine? Liz Castelli, Adette Contreras and Erica Taylor are the girl bosses behind the Brooklyn-based event design and production studio that concepts and creates dream atmospheres for everything from weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs to experiential marketing activations. We’ve been long-time fans of their work, finding ourselves completely in love with their grand ideas and their attention to detail. We had a chance to hang out with this all-star trio and pick their brains on how to decorate like a pro. Scroll through to find out their top styling tips that’ll make every party you throw a hit!

1. People usually gravitate towards burlap for a more rustic event, but we always recommend something with a bit of sheen and metallic threads to help elevate the table. The texture is still there but with the added glint of candlelight.

2. We love the trend of anchoring place settings with unexpected details like figs, feathers, or gold-painted kumquats. Something as simple as a palm frond or gemstone goes a long way as a unifying design detail.

3. Luxurious textures and tabletop details with some weight help otherwise rustic tables from feeling too casual. We like to incorporate elements like statement placemats and chargers in heavy, traditionally masculine materials like slate, leather, or hammered metal.

4. Angular elements, like rectangular placemats and long menu boards placed at each place setting, help to frame the table. This is especially important with free form, organic floral arrangements and garlands.

5. Placing taper candles at varying heights in collections of mixed holders gives a table more visual interest and movement.

6. Add furs and throw blankets to the backs of chairs to create an extra cozy environment for guests — especially for an intimate, winter party.

7. Table garlands that cascade off the edge of the table and pool onto the floor always look more glamorous and luxurious. We love this technique for dressing up dinner parties or making a statement at a head table.

8. Dress your table with things you love. Tabletop decor doesn’t have t be limited to flowers and candles. We encourage clients to explore objects and themes that bring them joy. Think: miniature statues and figurines, snow globes, books, framed artwork.

9. If one color is boldly used throughout an event — i.e. hot pink up lights, hot pink balloons, hot pink flowers — incorporate neutral tones as a foil. To balance blocks of color, we recommend more sophisticated choices in linens, vases, and room furnishings.

10. Never too many candles! Place votives and hurricanes in mixed heights and materials for a million points of light to warm up any space.

11. A canopy of balloons with shimmering garland accents is a striking and exciting way to make an entrance.

12. Once you establish a visual theme, explore ways to incorporate those details in unique but complementary ways. For example, use a geometric theme to explore various lines, patterns, shapes, and sizes through vase selections, tabletop details, lighting patterns, linen choices, and plating.

13. Our newest obsession is using vinyls to give a new look to floors and walls. We especially like taking inspiration from textiles or other familiar surfaces to create new (and temporary) environments. Think: Vinyl of an oversized oriental rug for a dance floor, log cabin walls, or an ombré gradient aisle runner.

Take notes because these ladies are in the know and always creating new trends with it comes to styling. Keep up with their latest endeavors via Instagram where they are always posting inspirational event eye- candy!

The Sketchbook Series Feature

You’ve just met with a newly engaged couple and hit it off immediately, what fun! They book you to help design their wedding and off you all go on this adventure together. You have the Pantone book out and colors are selected, fabric swatches are lined up with ribbons to match and Pinterest boards are aglow. You have big ideas and things are starting to come together…now, how do you depict your concept so that the couple, their parents, the vendors and your team can bring your vision to life?

Cue Mary Phan, creator of The Sketchbook Series. Mary is a true artist and a big believer in the power of sketching for creatives. With sketching, you could take your great unique idea, put it on paper and convey it in a way much more impactful than words.

We’ve attended The Sketchbook Series ourselves and were so impressed with how Mary makes sketching feel so approachable and simple (and trust us when we cannot draw a thing!) while also making it a so much fun! We were curious to see a bit further into the sketching process so we sat down with Mary to pick her brain and play around with some mood boards to see how they would translate to sketches. Needless to say, the sketches were amazing and we’re ready to sign up for The Sketchbook Series again!

Read on to find out more and get inspired to start sketching!

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Nuage Designs: How did The Sketchbook Series come to be?

Mary Phan: Before launching The Sketchbook Series, I had been running Very Merry Events wedding planning and design (since 2008). I had always offered sketches to help design clients bring their visions to life through art before actually bringing them to life. My background included a degree in design with retail merchandising and interior design experience prior to rebranding to Very Merry Inspired. Sketching was always part of the planning process and soon people started asking if I could teach them. Due to increasing demand, I launched my first class in Sonoma in 2013. It was small but it was a hit!

ND: Where did you learn the magic of sketching? What’s your background prior to The Sketchbook Series?

MP: I have to say that it runs in the family. My dad was very much into drawing and my brother was an architect. I always thought I’d grow up to become a fine artist but I ended up doing more rendering in school for interior design.

ND: How does your experience in interior design influence your sketching when put in an event or wedding context?

MP: In interior design, one has to visualize a space, which is similar to designing an event. It is critical to visually communicate effectively with partners in order to create a clear concept to share with a client. Following the client approval, the sketches would be showcased to the vendors and creative partners.

ND: What is the biggest reason clients come to you for sketches?

MP: There is a market for leveraging sketching as part of your process in executing creative projects. I was always known for sketching out my ideas and I offered a unique style as part of the planning/design service.

Since I started offering classes, naturally other event planners and designers started asking if I could create sketches for their clients. We also have an in-house hand-renderist who can create whole scale room concepts and he is quite amazing!

ND: What makes the ability to sketch for a wedding and event clients such an asset as an event professional?

MP: With sketching you are able to create unique ideas without just pulling together Pinterest images, which often leaves loopholes when communicating the overall end vision. Clients are interested in custom looks that haven’t been recycled from other peoples’ designs. As for the administrative work behind every project, big or small, sketching improves communication by helping to cut down on back-and- forth emails. Words, by themselves, cannot convey what visuals can.

ND: Do you find it’s a skill that event professionals can charge for in their services? Does it give them an edge over their competition?

MP: Definitely! I feel that it’s an asset and service to add to their packages once they’ve put in at least 100 hours in practice. In order to get really confident and good at something you have to put in the time to practice. When I used to offer wedding planning and design, I offered sketching as part of the planning process. In fact, it elevated my business. I’d fold it into my cost, not as a line item that was optional but instead as an upcharge in the cost. To accommodate this, you could charge more for your service package as a whole. Taking my Level 1 or Level 2 courses will get you basics, but I would want you to become great at what you do before you start charging. Practice makes perfect!

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ND: Do you think that this is a skill limited to event designers? Or can other event professionals benefit too?

MP: Not at all! Any creative discipline that’s selling a creative idea can benefit, from tech to jewelry, and interiors to fashion designers.

ND: What’s your favorite part of the sketching process with your clients? Is there a special collaboration that comes to life in the process?

MP: Sometimes I get people asking, “Do you sketch in front of clients?” The answer is if it’s quick then yes. Otherwise, mostly no because for me, the process is about being able to take their ideas and treat it like a survey to figure out what their tastes are. Afterwards, you do the research and pull images as necessary to create a sketch. It’s not really a collaborative process for me since I think of the sketches as my art. My favorite part of sketching is that being able to make ideas come to life feels fulfilling and therapeutic to me. I don’t think clients usually visualize what their ideas are going to look like in real life either, which makes it exciting when the event comes to life.

ND: How do you feel watching the event come together, from mood board to sketch to conception? Can you see elements of your sketches in the final event?

MP: I love it! I’m so used to seeing the things I sketch turn into reality, and often so closely, that I’m not surprised by the outcome. I also love the element of surprise for my clients, but don’t like surprises myself.

Eliminating surprise factors takes away anxiety for me. If you can’t visualize what an event you’re designing looks like, how can your clients visualize it? Once I have a clear picture in my head, I put it down on paper, and then my clients, who have invested lots of money for their big day, relinquish control. Ultimately, as a planner all you want and need is your client’s trust – once you have that budgets can be stretched much farther than before. For me, the sketches are the blue print. If we solely used mood boards, they could convey feelings but you’d still have no idea what the event was going to look like. That just leaves a little too much interpretation for a client to have the potential to be disappointed.

ND: What’s the secret to sketching? Can anyone really do it?

MP: I think it’s about patience and trusting that it’s a process. I’m amazed at the improvements some of my attendees have in just the two days they are with me. My style is simple and quick techniques, but impactful. During the class, I break techniques down step-by- step that are really fun! I give you the tools necessary in a low-pressure environment. I do believe that we all have the ability to sketch!

ND: What’s on the horizon for The Sketchbook Series?

MP: We have a lot coming up soon! This year’s workshops will include Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Tulum, Mexico, Vancouver, San Francisco, an exclusive class with Pantone and Italy Inspires in Milan. We are starting our enrollment process, something new this year but we really wanted to create a unique experience for each of our cities so make sure to sign up to our newsletter! Other activities include the opening and closing of our e-course as well as international expansion into Mexico and Canada.

ND: Any advice you want to leave us for sketching, designing, etc?

MP: Every designer or anyone selling creative or design work should know how to do this. It’s something they need to invest their time in to learn how to do it or have someone on their team do in order to make project processes seamless from start to finish. Plus, who doesn’t love seeing a sketch of their design? It’s just cool!

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New Year Zen

With the holidays behind us and the New Year in full force, it feels like we could use just a minute to catch our breath. As we do with every new start to the year, we like to zen out a little bit. So, what better way to do that than with our friends at Avant Gardens?

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This stunner of a 60th birthday, planned by Sari Sosa Events, is beautiful bliss itself. The blue and white color palette sets just the serene mood we are dreaming of. Pairing the Royal Papel Chino linen with white Moroccan-inspired lanterns and votives floating in tall-stemmed glasses, this table setting is light and airy. We love the soft introduction of fuchsia in orchids, placed gently on the place settings and throughout the floral arrangements.

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What better location to play host to this intimate and relaxed affair than the SLS South Beach. With it’s Phillippe Starke-designed event space and Lenny Kravitz-designed suites, it is the perfect combination of modernity and laid-back vibes. Junior Gamez Photography captured the lovely balance for us to enjoy! And because even on our most zen days cake still makes everything better, we cannot get enough of this gorgeous dessert! With a pattern that reflects the Papel Chino design with pink and fuchsia sugar flowers, it just makes the night.

And with that, we take our pause, reinvigorated to take on the New Year!

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Planning Sari Sosa Events | Florist Avant Gardens | Photography Junior Gamez Photography | Venue SLS South Beach

Blue Koi – NYE Party Inspiration

Oooh, how we love New Year’s Eve! The night holds such promise and it always feels like there’s magic in the air. Our favorite thing about NYE is ringing it in with good friends, delicious snacks and a little bit of bubbly. So what’s the only thing that could top an already fantastic party on the 31 st ? A New Year’s Eve wedding!

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Cue Mikkel Paige of Mikkel Paige Photography and Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events with the perfect NYE wedding inspiration. Shot at the new trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue, Dobbins St., this Jackson Pollock-inspired shoot is just incredible.

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The team pulled in the venue’s black, white and Yves Klein blue color palette to drive the design for the Bliss & Bone paper goods, Hawkins New York dinner plates and Nine Cakes wedding cake – all of which were the perfect blend of elegance and coolness.

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We really love how the table scape came together, contrasting our royal and silver sequin linen, the Blue Koi, with modern black & white accents and pretty pink bouquets from Blade Floral and Event Designs. Modern wedding design at it’s finest!

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And of course the bride, in her gorgeous Hayley Paige gown, was stunning! The soft layers and edgy design make for the perfect gown for a modern bride. So, what do you get when you combine a brilliant design plus the Manhattan skyline in the company of your most beloved? Sounds like a perfect night to us!

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Photography Mikkel Paige Photography | Styling  Kristen Poissant | Floral Design Blade Florals and Event Design | Venue Dobbin St. | Wedding Dress Hayley Paige | Wedding Shoes Kate Spade | Jewelry Susie Saltzman Custom Fine Jewelry | Hair and Makeup Chelsie Robben | Makeup Adriana Andaluz | Bridesmaids Dress Hayley Paige Occasions | Groom’s Attire The Black Tux | Groomsman’s Attire J.Crew | Catering Ryan Brown Catering | Wedding Cake Nine Cakes | Cake Truffles Mini Melanie | Rentals Broadway Party Rentals | Linens Nuage Designs | Dinner Plates Hawkins New York | Custom Painting Art by Megan | Calligraphy Anne Robin | Paper Goods Bliss and Bone | Videography NST Pictures

Inspired By: Art Deco

Ah, Les Arts Décoratifs, is there a more timeless style than that? Art Deco is such a stunning style with an incredibly interesting history. Born in the early 1900’s, it gained popularity in design, architecture and lifestyle in the roaring 20’s leaving it’s mark across fashion, art and notable buildings throughout the world. Most recently we saw resurgence in the popularity of Art Deco and that certain je ne sais quoi of the 1920’s in the way of speakeasies, flapper-inspired outfits and Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

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In the spirit of the upcoming new year and kicking it off in style, we’re finding inspiration in Art Deco through the eyes of our friends over at Blue Gardenia Events. Join us as we travel back to the roaring twenties in preparation of 2017!

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The play between craftsmanship and ornamentation was at the forefront of Art Deco design. Based on primarily geometric motifs, the designs were based on simple designs ornamented with rounded curves and sunburst patterns. You can see a beautiful interplay in New York City’s Chrysler Building, built in 1928 by architect William Van Alen.

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To go along with that, there was a strong emphasis on using high quality materials. You’ll find pieces crafted in silver, jewelry with inlaid jade, and designs embellished with ivory. Our favorite place to look for some of these materials is in jewelry from the era. From strands of pearls to long-pendant earrings, the look was one of exuberance. Diamonds, vibrant gemstones and colorful natural stones in emerald and Asscher cuts were set in silver and white-gold to match the angular and futuristic feel of the period.

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With the change in times came a change in fashion, especially for women. Ladies, it was the time to free yourself from the corset and rock a relaxed frock with basically no waistline. While they were at it, they freed those ankles too with hemlines coming up to mid-calf and soon after, above the knee (scandalous!). In addition to altering silhouettes, designers like Coco Chanel were revamping fashion with new styles of tailoring, draping and embellishing with beads and feathers for the first time!

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For men, “dapper” was the look. Well tailored and topped with a hat was the style! Most of the time men were to be seen in suits, generally a white button-down shirt with suspenders (or rather braces, the button- kind), a vest and pleated pants, sometimes cuffed, which were worn in a much fuller cut than they are today.

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Tie the look together with some nicely polished brogues or two-toned saddle shoes. What a handsome fella! Even with prohibition taking place, cocktails were rampant. With the ban on alcohol, speakeasies started popping up as a meeting place where drinks were free flowing. Adding entertainment in the form of music or live performances made speakeasies the place to be!

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What we really love most about Art Deco and the culture that surrounded it, beyond the pretty, shiny things, was the attitude. The bon vivants of the time imbued their laissez-faire attitudes and love of life in every moment. It was a time of opulence and exuberance, from architecture to lifestyle, and that sentiment still rings true today.

So, raise a glass to Art Deco, a lavish time of indulgence that still makes for a damn good party. Cheers!

Photographer Arte de Vie Photography | Design & Planning Blue Gardenia Events | Floral Design Bee’s Wedding and Event Design | Linens Nuage Designs | Stationery Jenn and Jules Designs | Calligraphy VCalligraphy | Cake/Pastries Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Hair My Haute Dame | Makeup Midori Makeup Artistry | Fashion Accessories Love It! | Videography One Louder Production | Rental Equipment Event Rental | Lighting Firefly Ambiance | Vintage Deco Furniture Prête a fete | Tuxedo’s John’s Tuxedo’s

Celebrate the Holidays in Style

Holiday parties are officially here! We can hardly believe it but it’s true. With so many events to attend and so many friends to celebrate with, be wary of design fatigue. No need to worry however because we’re here to help! We’ve put together our Holiday Style Guide with some of our favorite looks that can help inspire you this season. Whether you opt for mixed metals, go all-in on bright color or prefer a cozy neutral, there’s something for every occasion…because friends don’t let friends throw basic parties. Now let’s celebrate!

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Red River Waterfall Photo Levie Creative Co. | Design Pablo Oliveira of Nüage Designs | Props Always Flowers | 

Blue Koi Photo Mikkel Paige Photography | Design Color Pop Events | Florals Blade Floral and Event Designs | Paper Goods Bliss and Bone | Rentals Broadway Party Rentals | Dinner Plates Hawkins New York | Custom Painting Art by Megan | Calligraphy Anne Robin | Venue Dobbin St. Brooklyn |

Silver & Gold Table Photo Sofia Negron Photography | Design Matthew David Celebrations | Papergoods Ceci New York |

Emerald Sequin Taffeta Photo Sofia Negron Photography | Design Tinsel & Twine | Papergoods Ceci New York | Props West Elm |

Ivory Laurel Photo Sofia Negron Photography | Design jesGORDON/properFUN | Papergoods Ceci New York | Rentals Party Rental Ltd

Utah Dreaming

Have you been to Utah lately? Between the Great Salt Lake, the sweeping canyons and the mysteries abound in the desert, there’s so much to discover in this Southwestern state. Needless to say, we’ve had Utah on the mind lately, so when this breathtaking Park City styled shoot came our way, we could barely contain ourselves!

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Tracie Domino Events takes us to the St. Regis Deer Valley, a picture perfect venue offering luxury and modernity set against spectacular nature views. Imagine being able to step into the mountains, just a few feet away from where you said your vows. Even in this gorgeous Reem Acra gown it’s worth the adventure.

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Designing with a delicate blush palette, MMD Events created a lovely tablescape that blends glamorous and rustic styles perfectly. The centerpiece, a pretty array of light pink, coral and sage hues set atop of driftwood, is just lovely. We love how the metallics, in rose gold and copper tones, create a soft yet glitzy contrast to the wooden chargers and oak chairs.

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Captured on film by Lexia Frank photography, this was a truly magical shoot. You can see how vivid the colors, how warm the sun and how dreamy of a destination Utah is to say “I do!”

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Photography Lexia Frank Photography | Event Planning Tracie Domino Events | Wedding Dress Reem Acra | Stationery A&P Designs | Hair + Makeup Versa Artistry | Venue The St. Regis Deer Valley | Bridal Boutique Blush Bridal Sarasota | Decor MMD Events | Flatware Panache Party Rental | Linen Rentals Nuage Designs | Rentals Diamond Rental | Chargers Set Event Rentals

Fall in the Lowndes Garden

Before the temps dip too low, let’s go back to Charleston! We cannot get enough of how gorgeous weddings are at Lowndes Grove Plantation and today’s wedding is no exception.

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Under a clear-top tent, this Boutique Planning wedding had us feeling like we were right in the gardens the whole evening. Even more so, the incredible arrangements from Branch Design Studio really made us feel like we were surrounded by flowers! I mean, let’s just look at the stunning floral chandelier, captured so perfectly by Paige Winn photo for us to obsess over.

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Imbuing the evening with the bride’s Italian heritage, olive branches were arranged on tabletops to resemble runners atop linen tablecloths. Keeping things in a very Tuscan-style, we love the use of simple white linen with light blush accents scattered throughout. Coupled with brushed gold accents, this rustic style reception was reached a perfect level of laid-back elegance.

This couple shared special parts of their heritages and tied them in with their personal aesthetic to create one amazing celebration of love. So, tie on your Chucks and let’s hit the dance floor to celebrate!

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Find the Original Feature Here | Photography Paige Winn | Floral Design Branch Design Studio | Planning and Production Ooh Events | Stationery Dodeline | Furniture Rentals Snyder Rental | Linens Nuage Designs |

We Hear You’re Engaged…

Looks like SOMEONE is engaged…congratulations! Now, how did they ask? Was it a flash mob, during a gorgeous hike, or maybe over a delicious candlelit dinner? Whatever the method, we’re so glad you said “yes,” because engagement parties are the best. Gather your best friends and close family and let’s plan this party!

As proper event professionals, we strongly believe that every party should have a theme. Engagement parties are extra special because they are all about celebrating the love of two special people. Is the couple really into wine, or maybe they’re music junkies? How about all the foodies out there? Find something that really resonates with who they are and amplify that to create an atmosphere that is so uniquely “them.” Here are a couple of our favorite ideas for the newly-engaged couple in your life:

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What’s not to love about brunch? There’s avocado toast, delicious lattes and sweatpants are totally encouraged. For the couple that cherishes their Sunday morning adventures, this is a great way to celebrate their engagement. Serve up some easy to share dishes, like muffin-pan egg frittatas or a make-your- own waffle station with an assortment of toppings (chocolate chips, please!). We love a DIY Bloody Mary bar with garnishes galore for those looking to fill up on their morning veggies. And for those who prefer mimosas in the morning, a bubbly bar with a selection of juices makes for a fun cocktail station. Keep the whole day bright and cheery! We love bold yellows and printed patterns to wake everyone right up. And if you’re feeling really ambitious, go for gospel. Nothing says good morning like a soulful “Hallelujah!”

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For the couple that spends weekend’s upstate and vacations at Yellowstone, an outdoor-themed party is the perfect fit. No need to hike anywhere, you can plan this one at your local park or your very own backyard. If you’ve got a grill, let’s fire it up! You can keep it simple with hot dogs and burgers, some great charred veggies and easy to share sides like baked beans and potato salad. And because nothing evokes the great outdoors like smoky smells, consider shaking up a mezcal cocktail or setting up a whiskey bar. Keep everything simple and true to nature. We love a calm green palette with earthy neutrals. Bring in some greenery by placing tiny succulents around the space. And of course, don’t forget the s’mores!

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If your newly engaged friends are always the hosts and never the guests, this is the perfect opportunity to show them a grand time. Let’s get dressy and party in style at a spectacular evening affair. Forget the oversized portions, everything on the menu is bite-sized and lipstick-friendly tonight. Set up a cheese plate with complementary charcuterie board and some refreshing crudité and dip. If you’re up to the challenge, mini quiche and mini beef wellingtons are delicious and also look really cute. Nothing says glam like martinis and champagne! Start your guests off with their pick of classic martini style, Gibson, Dirty, Vesper or “with a twist,” and let them toast the end of the night at the champagne bar. Turn on the tunes, we like some upbeat jazz or bossa nova to set the mood. A black, white and gold palette is just what this party calls for. Don’t shy away from sequins tonight! For a really fun party memento, consider setting up a step & repeat with a backdrop that highlight’s the couple’s engagement. No professional photographer required.

Whatever you decide, there’s no wrong way to celebrate the newly engaged couple. Cheers to them!

Secret Supper

As event professionals there is nothing we love more than a great experience. Sometimes seeing the newest lighting gadgets or the latest in molecular gastronomy is what gets us going and other times it’s the simple, almost forgotten, things that bring us the most joy.

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Such was this case with this 2 Sisters Events dinner produced in conjunction with the Lakelander Magazine. Held bi-annually (and always sold out!), this multi course meal is held in a secret location that is revealed only the night before via hand delivered invitation. This time it was hosted at the historic Federal Building in Lakeland, FL. Built in 1917 as the city’s first post office, the building is full of character and charm and was the perfect venue for such a coveted event.

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Using the raw space as a backdrop, 2 Sisters Events added warmth to the venue using an ivory palette with accents of champagne and gold. We love how they mixed and matched vintage furniture to create an inviting lounge vignette for attendees to mingle before sitting down to the first course. 2 Sisters Events also brought that same idea into the table seating, using a variety of chairbacks from our Preston Bailey linen collection to give their design an added element of fun! But our very favorite thing may have been the tabletop décor with sparkling chandeliers interspersed between tall blooming florals that added a bright pop of color!

Sign us up for the next one, we definitely want a seat at this dinner table!

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Chef Chef Marcos of Restaurant Nineteen 61 | Photographer Tina Sargeant | Design, Florals and Décor 2 Sisters Events | Venue Federal Building in Lakeland, FL