Summer Road Trip with Nüage Designs!

What a trip we have had! From our hometown of Miami, up the east coast, out west to California with a final stop in New Orleans, we have had one fun time with our event industry friends. We had a chance to see some of their newest wedding and event designs and pepper in some local advice for summer fun.

Check out the lookbook below to relive the journey for yourself!

Traditional Weddings Inspired by History

Inspiration comes from in many ways. Often we are looking for what’s current and what’s coming when we should be exploring what’s in the past to find something refreshing. We did just that when we looked back to our own history here at home to find some traditional wedding inspiration to pair alongside an elegant styled shoot from Lindsay Bishop Events.

So, you can imagine our delight looking through this impeccable styled shoot from Lindsay Bishop, who not only planned and designed but also put together the lush florals for the day!

From a navy and white color palette to ornate silver décor, the details are everything in this inspirational wedding photo shoot! Clay Austin Photography captured every little thing not just on digital but on film as well – be still my heart!

We’re obsessing over the tabletop silver, from the serve ware to the punch bowl, borrowed from Terrace Oaks Antique Mall and Gryphon Estate Silver, and how perfectly it pairs with the simply sophisticated china from Sasha Nicholas and against our Navy Jamestown toile linen. Add to that Hatch Cove Designs’ stationery suite with grey-hued calligraphy, a dainty touch to tie it all together!

Of course this all came to life in the heart of Charleston at The Old Exchange, a location oozing with history’s sweet secrets. From cobblestone streets to old seaports, we’ll be keeping an eye for historical inspiration from here on out!

Photography Clay Austin Photography | Wedding Dress Emily Kotarski Bespoke Bridal Design | Linens Nuage Designs | Stationery Hatch Cove Designs | Make-up artist Dannon Collard | China Sasha Nicholas | Hair Swish | Rentals Ooh Events | Groom’s Attire The Trunk Club | Venue The Old Exchange Building | Jewellery Emma Katska | Planning, Design and Florals Lindsay Bishop Events | Engagement Ring Victor Barbone Jewelry | Estate Silver Gryphon Estate Silver | Other Images via Pinterest

A Red, White and Blue Wedding Done Perfectly!

In the spirit of Fourth of July, we’re feeling in a very red, white and blue mood. What better way to channel this inspiration than with a gorgeous wedding from Tracie Domino Events!

This dreamy Tampa wedding, at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, is the epitome of elegance with a perfect touch of fun. The setting alone really sets the mood – a mix of mossy trees and perky palms!

Stepping inside after the ceremony, the ambiance was very laid-back with a casual lounge-style reception. MMD Events did an incredible job with the floral and décor, really tying in the blue and white hues with the ornate red carpet for a gorgeous effect. We love how they combined different shades and prints in blue, using our Navy Khalo and Amaya Blue Print pillows against Sky Western and Turquoise Velluto solid pillows. On the scattered cocktail tables, Slate Plaster and Wine Velluto played together beautifully, almost as if they were extension of the venue itself!

Jacqui Cole Photography captured this one perfectly, reminding us that there is more than just one way to bring a red, white and blue palette to life!

Photography Jacqui Cole | Planning Tracie Domino Events | Floral Design + Rentals, Decor MMD Events | Venue Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club | Linens Nuage Designs

Summer Neutrals

As much as we gravitate towards bright, bold colors in the summer, there are times when we just need a little palette cleanser to tame the heat. We found just the perfect neutral summer look with this Gulf Coast dinner at Trebeache in Santa Rosa Beach!

This gorgeous event, planned to perfection by It’s a Shore Thing, and designed with a Zen-garden in mind by Florals by the Sea, is the chic summer we’re dreaming of! Taking a seat at this gorgeous lounge set up, mixing wicker chairs with metal and glass accent tables from H&M Event Rentals, we definitely feel the positive vibes coming through.

Lacher’s Lens Photography captured each refreshing orchid arrangement, crafted by Florals by the Sea, paired with organic driftwood elements against our Pearl Metropolitan linens. Perfectly folded White Hemstitch Napkins and white-washed chairs completed the crisp summer look!

We’re taking palette cues from this lovely night to inspire our Zen summer nights!

Photography Lacher’s Lens Photography | Florals + Design Kellie McGehee of Florals by the Sea | Coordination It’s a Shore Thing Wedding & Event Planning | Venue + Catering Trebeache | Chair Rentals H & M Event Rentals | Entertainment Top Hat Live | Linens Nuage Designs Inc.

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

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

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

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!