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

Destination: Charleston, SC

Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina. This quaint Southern beauty is one of the top spots for destination weddings and there’s no wondering why. With its seaside views and beautifully preserved historic buildings, it is chock-full of character and charm. Strolling along the Charleston peninsula you’ll run across some of the oldest churches in the United States alongside delicious restaurants serving up traditional seafood dishes until you stumble upon Lowndes Grove Plantation. It’s right there that A Charleston Bride made us fall in love with Charleston.

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This dreamy wedding, designed in neutral shades of ivory and soft shades of blue was overlooking the Ashley River under a magical tent twinkling with chandeliers. With the tables set in cornflower blue paisley patterned linens, A Charleston Bride designed bright flowers in an ombre effect fading from coral to nude to create a beautiful balance of color. The small nods to tradition were so beautifully woven into this couple’s wedding day we can barely believe it! From a custom wedding crest, painted by artist Arabella June, to a fret-pattern ribbon around the bouquet we love how the small touches were tended to.

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It was a truly magical night with guests dancing happily and others lounging around in the beautiful rentals from Ooh! Event Rentals set underneath the trees, strung with lanterns and sparkling into the night. And to top it all off? A sparkler send off down the dock for a romantic ride around the Charleston harbor in a vintage wooden speedboat. Can you believe it? Only in Charleston.

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Original feature in Charleston Weddings Magazine Summer 2016 and online at Charleston Weddings Magazine 

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Wedding design and Florals A Charleston Bride | Venue, Catering, Cake Patrick Properties |  Lighting Technical Event Company | Linens Nuage Designs | Lounge Furniture, Décor Ooh! Event Rentals | Tabletop Polished Rentals | Photography Ryan Ray | Rentals Snyder Events | Stationary Studio R Design | Calligraphy Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Wedding Crest Arabella June | Altar banner Boutique Tents | Welcome baskets A Signature Welcome | Ceremony musicians Bob Williams | Reception Musicians Simply Irresistible | Transportation Absolutely Charleston | Getaway Boat Classic Boat Charleston | Videography East West Production | Bride’s Attire Anne Barge | Dress Steamer Cacky Bride + Aid | Beauty Ash + Co. Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Attire Alfred Angelo | Menswear Men’s Warehouse | Ring Bearer’s Attire Florence Eiseman

Infinite Summer Inspiration

With August upon us, the summer sadness is starting to sink in. We can hardly believe how quickly the season has gone by. But you know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. That’s exactly what was going on during this Flaire Weddings styled shoot.

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Taking beach inspiration to a whole new level (no navy and white stripes here!) the design has a bright palette full of orange and pink blooms and fun flamingo and pineapple motifs throughout. Wedding Paper Divas really set the mood to party with their bubbly stationary and invitations. I mean, who could deny a pretty pink invitation to “Eat, Drink and Rehearse?” Especially not once you see their gorgeous table set up! Mixing glam sparkle with true Florida-beach vibes, the combination of the white sequin allummettes linens with rattan chargers was just perfect!

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But what really took our breath away were the bridesmaids’ dresses. Nude sequins from Badgley Mishka played so well with the seaside setting at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island and transitioned with total ease to dinner. This one is definitely one we’ll revisit come the winter months, with one of those flamingo cocktails in hand! Flaire Weddings styled shoot.

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Photography Brooke Images | Design and Florals Flaire Weddings | Venue The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island | Invitations and Stationery Wedding Paper Divas | Linens Nuage Designs | Wedding Dress and Accessories The White Magnolia | Bridesmaid Dresses Rent The Runway | Hair Grazyna Mercado | Makeup Kimtasha | Exit Confetti Flutterfetti

Versace, Versace, Versace

If you’ve ever found yourself enjoying a cool stroll down Ocean Drive in Miami’s South Beach, then you’ve certainly come across The Villa Casa Casuarina, or what is more commonly known as the Versace Mansion.

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This incredibly grandiose property, built in the 1930s in a unique homage to Spanish architecture, has been a staple of the Miami Beach community for nearly 100 years. It has gone from private residence, to apartment condos, to Gianni Versace’s home (he is the one to thank for it’s beautiful gardens and pool), and now a 5-star hotel on the heart of the strip. It’s no secret that every Miami local has wanted to take a peek behind the walls of this luxury haven so when Nathalie Cadet-James, of Luxe Events, reached out to us for a styled shoot, we jumped right in!

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With her incredible style and unique vision, we knew something stunning would come together. Direct from Nathalie’s blog, here’s how this masterpiece came together. “My passion is curating events and experiences that take one’s breath away. “How do you stay inspired Nathalie?” I am often asked. The answer is easy. I allow myself to dream. One night, I literally dreamt I had a bride who wanted a black and gold cake (It’s always about the sweets for me). I wondered, “Who is this girl? What would her story be? And how can I tell it? A clear vision of a styled shoot at the Versace Mansion came into view.  And. This. Is. It.”.

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With a truly all-star team, Nathalie’s dream came to life. A black & gold cake from Dominique Couture Cakes pays homage to Gianni Versace and his beautiful home, chic matte black sequin allummettes and a contemporary combination of gold chair covers set the stylish tone of the afternoon and gorgeous flowers by Sprout Flowers add a delicate touch to the gilded design. Oooh, and that bride looks absolutely killer in her Berta Bridal wedding dress from Chic Parisien, as if she is right where she belongs. In true Miami fashion, this styled shoot is gold and shiny and just all around sexy. Definitely one to be remembered!

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Planning and Design Luxe Fête | Photographer Diana Lupu | Cake Dominque Couture Cakes | Florals Sprout Flowers | Berta Wedding Gown and Veil Chic Parisien | Jewelry Maria Elena Headpieces | Bridal Styling Dress Voyage | Make Up Natasha Gross Makeup Artistry | Hair Melanie Torres | Furniture and Linens Nuage Designs | Tableware Z Gallerie | Paper Suite Letter Heads