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

Designing with Pantone

As fashion week kicks off from New York to London and Milan to Paris, we have our eyes on the runway watching 2017’s trends roll out. But we’re not the only ones! Pantone recently released their Top 10 Colors for 2017 and we are totally feeling it. Taking inspiration from the worlds of fashion and design, we’re planning our own collection for the upcoming year. Scroll through and see what’s on our minds…

pantone-color-swatches-fashion-color-report-spring-2017This season designers let their imaginations run wild in bold citrus shades. We love Primrose Yellow as a stand out for spring designs with Pink Yarrow and Flame as gorgeous complimentary shades to round out a brilliant palette. Used all together, this color palette is imbued with personality, optimism and invites us to celebrate sunny spring days. Whether you’re inspired by Emilio Pucci’s combo of yellow sequins and chiffon, or prefer Dolce & Gabbana’s colorful floral motif, spring is going to be a bright affair!

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From Lanvin to Mulberry, we watched as models walked down the runway clad in monochromatic blue ensembles. From the denim-inspired Niagara to the invigorating Island Paradise, we loved these cool blue hues. They definitely set the tone for luxe-comfort this spring season. Our top pick for 2017 is the Lapis Blue. So bold and energetic, this stunning shade is sure to turn heads at any event!

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Of course all designers need their arsenal of neutrals. Moving away from blush as a staple neural, Spring 2017 introduced the taupe-like Hazelnut balanced out by the light pink Pale Dogwood. We saw designers at No.21 and Missoni working with a spectrum of these shades for their spring collections. At Max Mara and Etro, the same range of neutrals were enhanced with lively green tones, from a light Greenery shade to a deeper Kale color. We love the transitional feel of this palette, reconnecting us with nature and a gentle reminder that spring is about to bloom.

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As the seasons move forward and we plan for our 2017 collection, we’re looking to the innovative fields of fashion and design to guide our designs. What are you looking to use this coming year with your clients? Do you think Primrose Yellow will steal the show this spring or are you leaning towards Lapis Blue? We’d love to hear your thoughts – leave us a comment!

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

Inspired by Palm Springs

Imagine this, you’re driving on the I-10 passing one city after the other until you stumble upon a bright oasis in the middle of the Palm Desert. You have landed in Palm Springs. Paradise found? Why yes, we think so! This perfectly styled, midcentury modern hot spot is full of brilliant inspiration. Come along and let’s explore!

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There’s obvious eye candy in Palm Springs. From the homes, to the hotels and even the visitor’s center, all the architecture here has that modernist touch. Never before have we been to a place where there is attention to detail on such a scale. It’s like everywhere we look there’s a great wedding picture waiting to be taken!

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In Palm Springs, it’s not just what’s on the outside that matters, it’s the inside too! Each of these beautiful places is decorated to the nines. Stepping inside any of the boutique hotels or touring the incredible residences is like walking into the 1950’s with original Saarinen and Eames pieces beautifully lit under starburst chandeliers.

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Established as a hollywood retreat with fashionable resorts and rat-pack favorite hang outs, Palm Springs has always been a place for fun and leisure. To this day, that laissez-faire attitude still permeates. It’s no wonder that couples come here to celebrate their love with each other and with their family and friends! 

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With all of the lounging around to do, you’ll want to pack your favorite leisure outfits. Between the heat and the sunshine,  we find that bright bikinis and light kaftans work best. Here’s what’s inspiring our Palm Springs wardrobe.

If there’s one thing that Palm Springs has, it’s character. With it’s brightly colored facades and beautifully streamlined architecture set against the San Jacinto mountains, it is as picturesque and unique as they come. With the lively parties and dreamy weddings that have been taking place for years, we’re starting to think there’s something magical in the desert air!

Photos Via Alchemy Fine Events | Kristina Adams | My Domaine | 100 Layer Cake | Ruffle Blog | Green Wedding Shoes | Poppy Talk | June Bug Weddings | Melanie Riccardi | The Parker Hotel | Quinn Cooper | The Cherry Blossom Girl | The Cut | Dusty Burrito | The Glitter Guide

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

Spring Fling

With spring officially upon us it’s the perfect time to bust out our brightest colors and boldest patterns and embrace the beautiful season! As the flowers bloom, each one a more stunning shade of pink than the last, our hearts could nearly burst with happiness. Wondering if everyone else felt the same joys of spring as us, we reached out to a few friends in Chicago, Dallas and Charleston to find out. Spoiler art: the answer is yes!

First up, we took to Charleston, South Carolina. With all the beautiful happenings in this quaint city, we were more than thrilled when Yoj Events invited us to be a part of the Bliss & Bespoke retreat. And when we sat down to this final dinner? Well, we could barely contain ourselves!

The gorgeous design, combining a Charleston garden party feel with a Moroccan vibe, drawn from the unique seating, came to be called the “Southern Moroccan Garden Party.” Never shy when it comes to design, Yoj Events loves to play with all the amazing things that can be done with bold colors – insisting that florals can still pop when combined with the right layers of metallics and hues. We love how the juxtaposition of the geometric pattern on these adorable plates against the organic watercolors from stationery and linens.

From the Designer, on Spring Weddings: My advice is to not be afraid of colors you love. Anything, when used in the proper context with the right florals and textures is completely appropriate for the season. For florals, everything pretty and fluffy and colorful is amazing in the spring…use it (hello peonies)!!

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Hopping over to Chicago, we met with Hey Gorgeous Events at the Trouvaille Workshop. Although Rhiannon Bosse is a Michigan native, she took to the windy city to host a week of workshops and called us to join in on the fun! Imagine our delight waking up to find breakfast at this dreamy table. We could certainly get used to this!

Rhiannon admits falling just a little bit in love with this watercolor linen the moment she saw it. The decision to use such a vibrant print this early in the morning was easy – she wanted something unexpected and fresh to get everyone revved up! We love how the details were thoughtfully considered – stems of pink hydrangeas, napkins with a bright yellow border playfully wrapped with delicate pink bows and simple vineyard wood folding chairs – keeping the tablescape looking light and airy.

From the Designer, on Spring Weddings: Spring is hands down the best time of the year to get married if you’re looking for an incredible variety with florals. Peonies, lilacs, cherry blossoms, garden roses from American based family farms, ranunculus blooms, sweet peas; these are just a sampling of the gorgeous product bursting out of the cooler at our floral market come spring!

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Traveling down south to Dallas, we met with Jordan Payne events for this glamorous styled shoot. With her love of fashion (and impeccable style!), Jordan was inspired by the timeless femininity of Chanel and the avant-garde designs of Alexander McQueen when dreaming up this design.

A self-professed obsession with bright colors and watercolor finishes led Jordan straight to this print as a focal design point. Wanting to add dimension to the tablescape, she mixed in different textures and gold tones – with special attention to the unique metal drip effect of the chargers. On first impression, it may look rather whimsical but look closely, you’ll find a nod to McQueen in the beautiful black butterflies and black lace trim accents scattered throughout – making this a perfect balance of light and dark.   

From the Designer, on Spring Weddings:  I always say to my brides, pick a color palette that reflects you and what you want to see in your memories. Take advantage of those amazing blooms that are in season—dogwood, cherry blossom, peonies, lilac and anemones!

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Just as we guessed, spring is clearly the most wonderful time of the year! So enjoy the pretty blooms, clear skies and cool weather because before we know it, spring will be gone as quickly as it arrived, leaving us waiting until we meet again next year!