A Tropical Welcome with The Welcome Bag Committee!

The date is set, everyone booked their flights and you and your beloved family and friends are jetting to your tropical wedding destination – hooray! Now that they’ve made the trek to soak up some rays for your big day, how can you give them a big warm welcome to the weekend?

Well, Jordan Payne, the founder of Jordan Payne Events, thinks you should have a special gift waiting to…well, welcome them to your wedding! That’s why she launched The Welcome Bag Committee, a service that can both design and provide beautiful, stylish welcome bags for wedding guests. Her fun new venture has a whole range of designs for whatever your wedding style – and, best of all, they double as beautifully curated gifts for any other occasion you’re celebrating!

We may be a little biased but we’re head over heels in love with her tropical-leaning pieces, such as the Palm Envy Tote and the Palm Leaf Blush collection. Can you blame us? They fall right in line with our Palm Springs linen and our Beverly linen from the Solstice Collection! It’s no wonder that we didn’t even hesitate when Jordan dreamed up a styled shoot with pieces from both of our collections, just scroll through to see the magic come together!

Jordan set the table for this styled shoot with our Palm Springs linen, a bright printed linen from our Solstice Collection that has summer written all over it! This style can go for barefoot casual or be dressed up for oceanside glam, which is just the vibe we’re feeling from this design. The glassware, in shades of green, is elegant enough for rose or just right for a margarita – whatever your pick!

How about the floral arrangement? David Kimmel Flowers blew it out of the ocean on this one! Bright blooms in shades of fuchsia and orange were woven in with palm leaves and succulents for an elevated take on a beachside arrangement.

We can’t get enough of the Ceci New York stationery and menu cards! The invitation, with laser cut palm motifs, gold foiling and light wood accents sets the mood for what’s to come on the big day. And the menu card? Cut in the shape of a monstera palm leaf with delicate hand watercoloring, it’s beautiful enough to frame!

The absolute most fun thing to see come together on this shoot was the pairing of The Welcome Bag Committee’s tote bags against our linens. As if one wasn’t already fun enough, the two of them make for a sure-fire fantastic party. We think it’s the perfect way to, as Jordan puts it, “celebrate guests celebrating you!”

Photography John Cain PhotographyDesign Jordan Payne Events | Flowers David Kimmel FlowersStationery and Menus Ceci New York

Let’s run away this Spring with our Boho Runner!

With Spring in full swing, we’re ready to lighten up and get outside! From brighter colors on the table, a la Solstice Collection, to dining outdoors, especially for brunch, we’re ready to take on the season! And guess what? It looks like we’re not the only ones. In Miami and beyond, it looks like our Boho Runner is becoming a quick favorite and we can understand why! Scroll through and get inspired by these three different ways to style the Boho Runner…

With The White Sparrow in Dallas, Texas setting the backdrop as the perfect location for this barn-inspired wedding, Heather Benge Events brought the spring vibes outside with her styling of the Boho Runner. An intimate setting for four was designed around a vintage wooden table from Love Birds Vintage and contrasting wooden cross back chairs. The floral palette, of creamsicle hues in orange and yellow, gave just the right reminder of what’s to come this season. Our favorite touch, really giving a magical feel to the afternoon, were the hanging lanterns. Blooming trees or not, spring is officially here!

Now let’s take it back to tropical Miami where the spring breeze is blowing! Set against a lush tropical background, this tablescape is an ideal way to dine al fresco, whether a wedding or just a perfect night in. This palette of neutral fabrics, such as our Latte Branches Napkin, with accents of mauve is a beautiful transition from winter to spring. With the use of light wood furniture, including our Maison Dining Table and Maison Dining Chairs,  and Petal Production’s geometric table arrangement, this is a dream combination of modern and rustic wedding style!

If you’re looking to go a classic spring feel, we’re all about this blue and white Chinoiserie look from Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design. This tablescape brings an elegant look to a casual affair. In the Dupont Building, a perfect location for modern Miami weddings, our Maison High Table and Maison Bar Stools, set the space for a laid back cocktail party for twenty-four jovial guests. This blue and white palette, a seasonal favorite, looked stunning as it ran the length of the table, bringing in bright colors to the neutral space.

From modern to rustic, the Boho Runner is really making waves. With its light fabric and dreamy draping, it’s just the runner to welcome in the spring!

Vendors Style One // Photo Mychelle LeVan PhotographyHost Styled Shoots Across America | Planning & Design Heather Benge EventsAssistant Coordinating Katie Frost Weddings | Venue The White Sparrow | Stationery Brown Fox Creative | Florals Details Dallas | Intrique Designs | Flower Shack Blooms | Sweet Southern Charm | Thorne & Thistle | Rentals Big D Party Rentals | Vintage Furniture & Rentals Love Birds Vintage  | Gold Dust Vintage | Cakes Iced N Frosted  | Treehouse CakesWooden & Acrylic Signs Blissfully Inspired | Veils Kathryn Ann Bridal | Floral Lollipops Flour & Fig 

Vendors Style Two // Florals Petal Production | Photo Katie Lopez Photography 

Vendors Style 3 // Photography Ray Santana Photography | Location The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building | Floral and Event Design Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Cake Earth & Sugar | Caterer Creative Edge Parties | Invitations Letterpress Girls | Furniture and Linens Nuage Designs | Rentals Events on the Loose | Lighting Evoga Events

How to use Sketching to Design Signature Events

When it comes to designing weddings and events, there are a lot of tools out there. Whether you piece together mood boards or curate Pinterest boards, making sure your client can understand your ideas can be the difference between booking the gig or losing it to someone else. So how do you make sure you can relay your creativity in a way that’ll have your client saying “I do!”? Sketching!

Cue Mary Phan, founder and artist at The Sketchbook Series. Mary launched The Sketchbook Series to inspire and guide creatives on their journey towards turning their ideas into realities, leveraging sketching as a tool to aid communication through the design process. We’ve both attended and sponsored many an event with The Sketchbook Series and are always reminded what an asset it is to have this skill.

We collaborated with The Sketchbook Series in anticipation of their 2018 tour, which kicked off last month, to bring to life some of our own ideas and compare them with event realities. We encourage you take a peek at their upcoming dates and attend a workshop, everyone in our industry could benefit from this skill! Scroll through to see just how powerful sketching can be…

We had thoughts of Bougainvillea and bright blue ikat print on the mind. Mary combined our Cobalt Marrakesh and Natural Wood Verona Chair with table top pieces from Casa de Perrin and floral inspiration shot by Lucy Cuneo to sketch up this tablescape. Just right for an al fresco lunch!

A graphic black and white palette accented with gold details was just the thing we had in mind. Mary set the table with our Black Sedona and Gold Soho Chairs and paired it with black and white pieces from Casa de Perrin, really amplifying the bold geometric effect. To soften the look, she took inspiration from a mossy terrarium arrangement by Kelly Elissa Events & Enchantment Floral.

Anyone else ready for summer? Don’t we know it! Mary brought out the tropics in her sketch with our Beverly linen paired just for the outdoors with our Oak Chairs. Tabletop pieces from BorrowedBlu added a modern touch while florals inspired by Ashley Elizabeth Designs kept everything refreshingly cool.

Want to learn about the process and see some more beautiful sketches Mary created for us? Click here to keep the creativity flowing!

Bright Prints | Flowers Always Flowers | Photography Matt Horton Photography | Glassware, Charger Casa de Perrin | Floral Inspiration – Lucy Cuneo // Bold Patterns | Floral Inspiration – Kelly Elissa Events & Enchantment Floral  | Photography Matt Horton Photography | Glassware, Charger Casa de Perrin  // Lush Greenery | Flowers  Canteiro Weddings | Photography  John Cain Photography | Charger Borrowed Blu | Floral Inspiration Ashley Elizabeth Designs

Three Ways to Style your Holiday Party!

‘Tis the season! The holidays are upon us and it’s just a countdown to the New Year from here. With Thanksgiving around the corner and December holidays right after, are you ready for those seasonal soirees? You know we love the festivities this time of year (remember our lookbook last holiday season?) and are always looking for fun ways to jazz up the party.


With the help of Sofia Crokos Events and Lifestyle, we have three sophisticated and definitely-not- boring looks to inspire your celebrations this season. So whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your place or gearing up to throw a huge corporate event, scroll through to get inspired!

For an intimate dinner, we love how Sofia styled our Champagne Metallic Forest. The linen served as a pretty neutral backdrop to accents of birch wood and bright red blooms from Bastille NYC. It has a minimal feel to it without being cold. Those sheepskins really warmed it up!

We’re obsessed with the tiny snow-capped pine trees placed around the setting, gives it that surprising touch of fun that Sofia is known for.

Kicking it up to the next, incredibly chic design, Sofia used our Navy Blue Sequin Taffeta to set the table. The impossibly elegant combination for black and blue with accents of white and gold is to die for. The settings from The Tabletop Company paired with placemats from Red Bliss Design are a match made in heaven!

Add to that the unique gold vases for Bastille NYC’s Calla lilies, and the geometric shapes across the setting come together to a beautiful effect. This design is fit for a corporate holiday party or a luxe New Year’s soiree!

Taking it back to a traditional winter palette with a twist, Sofia used our Emerald Green Sequin Taffeta to dream up a holiday wonderland! Brightening the tablescape with copper accents, we love how the colors came together for a modern take on a winter design.

The lush floral runner, brimming with bright greens and rich shades of brown, really set the mood for a holiday fete! And with crisp white tapers, sitting in simple copper holders, the design was transformed to a fresh look!

With so many styles to choose from, holiday parties are really a blast! Find your inspiration with these three winter designs (and you can check out some more here too). Here’s to a beautiful season!

Photographer Judy Pak | Designer Sofia Crokos | Rentals Party Rental LTD | Serveware The Tabletop Company | Placemats and Coasters Red Bliss Design | Flowers Bastille NYC | Cake City Sweets

A Well-Designed Halloween Party Full of Spooky Surprises!

You’re never too old to partake in All Hallows’ Eve (let’s remember this amazing Halloween-inspired 75 th birthday party)! But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same boring old tricks. This year, Anna Lucia Events ditched the trite orange and black color palette for a more…elevated look. It’s just as scary and also twice as nice!

Set against the awesome industrial space of Saltblock Catering, in Tampa, FL, the event had a perfect blank canvas to work with. Exposed brick, concrete flooring and rafters across the ceiling gave way for many eerie surprises to pop up.

And while this was a very adult Halloween, there were no rules against playing with your cocktails! Saltblock Catering came up with some lively spirits ghoulishly announced on clear acrylic tombstones. Pick your poison!

If you dared take a walk around the event, you might run into ravens guarding their (rather chic) birdcages and delicious-looking red apple arrangements from 50Fifty Events. Not to mention the tragically beautiful floral arrangements (think shades of red with pop of black and beautifully dried accents) that were to die for!

Looking to take a seat? The space was outfitted with lounge areas made up of our Black Velvet High Back Sofas, Driftwood Nest Coffee Tables and Smoke Stone Stools alongside cocktail tables dressed in Black Metallic Forest and Black Velluto. A perfect pit stop to enjoy your Ghoulish Ginger Ale or Black-or- Blue- Caramel Apple. Poisoned? Perhaps, but deliciously worth the risk!

From the candelabras topped with skulls to the spiders hanging off the chandeliers, this is one spooky soiree we would not want to miss!

Planning & Design Anna Lucia Events | Photography Jacqui Cole Photography | Venue & Catering Saltblock Catering | Floral & Décor 50Fifty Events | Stationery & Signage Dogwood Blossom Stationery | Lighting & Awesome Haze Bay Stage Live | Draping Swag Decor | Furniture & Linens Nuage Designs | Bars & Accessories Bubble Miami | Rentals Events on the Loose | Rentals A Chair Affair

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

Winter Wedding in the Berkshires

Nestled right in the Berkshires, just a stroll away from the heart of Lenox, Massachusetts , is the lovely Kemble Inn. A modern haven housed in an 1881 historic mansion, this little inn is the perfect place for an intimate wedding. And with a setting like this, who else but Emily Starr Alfano from mStarr Design to make it a magical night!

This lovely wedding took our breaths away when we saw it. Starting with the bride…talk about a lady in red! This gorgeous bride rocked a burgundy Modern Trousseau gown that really just stole the show. Paired with her handsome groom, in his navy blue suit, this couple wowed together.

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Stepping into the Kemble Inn, the mood was set just right by the stylings of mStarr Design. With a palette of black, taupe and deep red, the look was equal parts romantic as it was provocative. We love how Emily mixed in burlap linens with sequins, making it an elegant yet casual evening really playing off of the Inn’s look with the Berkshires vibe. Our very favorite thing however was the fur and feather details. Pairing metal café chairs with taupe throws really brought everything together.

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The lush florals, with blooms ranging in color from blush pink to deep wine red, were placed amongst an assortment of sage and evergreen foliage. We love how Carolyn Valenti Flowers tied in the bride’s dress colors in the arrangements throughout the ceremony and reception, from atop of the mantle, to the marble torso on the grand piano and the detailed antique standing vases.

Captured in all of it’s beauty by Lovebird Studio, this wedding really got to us. Looking through the pictures we felt like the couple’s aesthetic and personality really shined throughout the event. An intimate wedding, a quirky inn and a cozy refined design, this is one of our winter faves!

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Photography Lovebird Studio  | Event Design + Styling  mStarr design | Floral Design Carolyn Valenti Flowers | Venue Kemble Inn | Save the Dates mStarr design | Invitations Wouldn’t it be Lovely | Calligraphy Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Rentals Rentals Unlimited | Linens + Pillows Nuage Designs | Bridal Gown Modern Trousseau

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

A Seat at Our Table: Expressing Gratitude

As we sit down to break bread with our families this Thanksgiving, we are reminded of how wonderful life is. From engagements and weddings to good health and great travels, 2016 has been a great year for our team. We invite you to pull up a seat at our table and share our gratitude for this year and great hopes for the next. So please, join us!

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With much gratitude to the incredible friends who put this table together for us to look at, be inspired by, and enjoy! Visions of Elegance Events, thank you for this warm fall design. Roots of Life Photography, thank you for sharing this gorgeous evening with us.

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Venue The Guesthouse Hotel | Photography Roots of Life Photography | Event Planning and Styling Vision of Elegance Events Design | Floral Vision of Elegance Events in collaboration with Gromeza Floral Design Studio | Catering Brix Catering | Sweets Vanille Patisserie | Rentals Halls Rental | Paper goods Sylvia Stremming Designs | Linens Nuage Designs | Chicago Style Weddings

From Fall with Love

There may be a fall chill in the air but that doesn’t mean that we have to get cold just yet. Case in point, this stunning Fleurs NYC tablescape that’s turning up the heat at The Foundry LIC. Claudia Hanlin, from the Wedding Library, planned and designed this incredible tablescape, pairing our sexy black leather dot linen with pretty pink china from Broadway Rentals and a gem-tone flower arrangement in fall shades of purple and fuchsia. We love how the tablescape plays with color, using bold black as the base, adding in light pink to brighten the design and a touch of gold accents for good measure.

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The light flooding in through the windows of The Foundry’s Greenhouse room made it feel like there was magic in the air. Watching the beautiful couple whisper sweet nothings to each other in the Patina lounge, our hearts were aflutter! And then, when we caught a full look of the bride’s incredible dress and veil, we could barely contain ourselves. Never have we seen such a romantic beauty.

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The contrast between the provocative tablescape, with it’s tactile leather appeal, to the lovely bride and groom, so romantic in their private moments, will be one to inspire many fall ceremonies!

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Planning & Design The Wedding Library | Flowers Fleurs NYC | Rentals Broadway Party Rentals | Rug & Furniture Rentals Rent Patina | Venue  The Foundry | Bride’s Dress Spin a Bride | Groom’s Styling Mr. Baldwin Style  | Photography From Parris with Love

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

A Nuage Designs Guide to: Classic Weddings

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. It’s these time-old wedding traditions that add so much meaning to each couple’s story. There’s a unique kind of beauty we find in the design of a classically styled wedding, and a true happiness at the touch of a crisp hemstitch napkin! But there’s so much more that gives classic weddings a special place in our hearts. Read on about our key elements for nailing that perfect wedding look!

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First things first, set the tone. The invitation suite is the first peek your friends and family get into your wedding and it can set the mood for your upcoming nuptials. In true traditional fashion, we love using shades of navy and deep royal blue, bright whites, light cream tones and metallic foil detailing. As for your choice of type, combining script calligraphy styles with serif fonts makes your invitations both beautiful and functional. Whether you opt to add in some ornate patterns or monograms, make it totally yours. We also love a custom wax seal, that’s one small detail that never loses it’s appeal!

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What we really love about a classic wedding is it’s inherent timelessness. Tending towards simple designs and time-tested color palettes, they come together as impossibly elegant and refined events. Of course, there is the traditional blue and white color palette. As much as we want to try something different, this is really the one that sticks. You can opt to go with darker hues of navy or bright shades of royal, both will be just perfect.  There’s a couple of patterns that we love here too. You can add in awning stripes, french toile, or a chinoiserie print in your textiles or on the tabletop for nice detail.

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Balancing out those blue hues with crisp whites is essential to this design. We like giving the day a bright base to work from. Consider combining white linen tablecloths with soft embroidered overlays on your tables and tying the look together with crisp hemstitch napkins for an elegant effect. Bring in minimal white chairs, like this infinity chair, for seating that is both lovely and comfortable.

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When it comes to flowers, we love an assortment of light creams accented with sprigs of green. Ranunculus and hydrangeas are big blooms that add a nice volume to any arrangement. Add in white anemones, some sweet baby’s breath and green amaranth to break up the design and add a dimension of color.

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Choose a location with some history and add a piece of your own to it. With so many different options across the states, there’s a place that will speak uniquely to you. We love the idea of planning wedding events across different spaces of a unique location. That could mean cocktails inside a once residential turned museum mansion, or a tented reception on perfectly manicured historic gardens. Knowing that you’re adding a piece of your family to the story of the venue adds a level of intimacy to the day.

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Adding details that speak to you and your love story will be the touch that resonates with your family and friends. In true tradition, monogrammed pieces make for beautiful mementos. Consider monogramming your napkins for cocktails or dinner, or adding a monogram to your cake design. We also love when couples add in pieces that are special to them and their family. Whether that means wearing an heirloom piece of jewelry, vintage cufflinks or using your grandmother’s china, imbue your day with the things that are precious reminders of your life story.

Photography + Styling  Henry Photography | Wedding Planner Katie Werkin of Chancey Charm | Floral Design Ashley Henry | Hair + Makeup Audi Anderson + Madison Brynn + Steve Napier of J. Bentley | Cake Blush Arrow Cakes | Gown La Jeune Mariee | Gown Twigs & Honey | Gown Lazaro | Bridesmaid Gown Jenny Yoo | Shoes Bella Belle | Jewellery Trumpet & Horn | Stationery Wedding Paper Divas | Vow Book Wedding Story Writer | Linens Nuage Designs | Ribbon Adorn Company | Ring Box The Mrs. Box | Venue Kingwood Center Gardens | Film Lab PhotoVision | Monogrammed Napkins via Easton Events | Invitations via Written Word Calligraphy