Lush Garden Greens

Lush Garden Greens

May 21, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |  No Comments

Gia Graham is the owner of Betsywhite, a stationery company bent on blanketing the world with oh-so-pretty design at oh-so-attainable prices. So who is the fashion maven we named our company after? Well, there is no such person. Not that we know of, anyway. Betsywhite is actually a word that sprung from old Barbadian dialect. It refers to the song of the local black bird, which sounds a heckuva lot like “betsywhite.”

INSPIRATION

My wedding (which was almost 9 years ago – yikes!) was an intimate, laid-back garden wedding with less than 100 guests. Since both my husband and I are from the Caribbean, it was a destination wedding but we avoided all the typical island wedding motifs.

If I were to do it all again, I would still have a small, laid-back garden wedding in the Caribbean… but I would change the aesthetics a bit. I’m really inspired by soft greens at the moment so the palette would include a pretty seafoam blue/green shade, olive and a lighter leafy green. I’m also currently loving pretty vintage details so I would have the wedding in the garden of some old plantation house with lots of beautiful, vintage island charm.

DETAILS

For the ceremony, I would have straw fedoras for the men and parasols for the ladies to shade them from the late afternoon sun. I love the idea of hanging some kind of memento for each guest along an old fence leading into the garden.

Rather than having a formal sit-down dinner, canapés would be served so that our guests could feel free to mingle, interact and enjoy themselves. The night would end with everyone partying ’til the wee hours under the stars and candle-lit trees.

Of course, if you ask me this same question a month from now, I might have an entirely different event in mind! One of the perils of working in the wedding industry 🙂

Credits:

1. Jill Thomas via Green Wedding Shoes 2. Lisa Lefkowitz 3. Leifsdottir via Love Obsess Inspire 4. betsy white stationery 5. Jose Villa via 100 Layer Cake 6. Josh Goleman

Retro with a Twist

Retro with a Twist

April 16, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |  2 Comments

Amanda Freeman is the owner and creative director of Bliss Weddings & Events and LoveRocks in Southeast Michigan, the author of The Bliss Blog and the creator and state advisor of Michigan Wedding and Event Professionals. On a personal level, Amanda is always on the lookout for anything interesting and fun and enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends as often as possible. She is a sucker for good coffee, great stories and close relationships.

INSPIRATION

As an event planner and designer, I credit my success to always tying clients’ personalities into their events and creating outside-the-box occasions. I am not one for standard or traditional and love everything about surprises and pops of excitement. My main goal when approaching a wedding or event is to leave the guests with something to remember. A wedding isn’t about the amount of money you spend or the people you impress, it is about maintaining the essence of who you are as a couple that defines the success of your day.

DETAILS

In order to break from the traditional, I love to use unexpected elements that work within the range of a specific atmosphere. For this Shoebox entry, I am focusing on my favorite theme of the moment, Retro, with a twist of Pretty! Throw in a few unexpected elements and bright colors, like red, pink & aqua, and you have yourself a party! This would be perfect for an outdoor wedding, maybe in someone’s backyard or a drive-in movie theater. Could you imagine that?

Credits:

1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Bride blog 2. Princess Lasertron 3. ione’s Attic 4. Project Wedding 5. Five Blondes 6. The Slightly Obsessive Bride

Laid Back Whimsy

Laid Back Whimsy

April 9, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |  1 Comment

Editor’s Note: I have been a long time fan of Rifle Paper Co. and am thrilled to share Anna’s wedding inspiration with you today!

Rifle Paper Co. is a boutique stationery brand and design studio based in Winter Park, Florida created by Anna Bond together with her husband Nathan. The products feature Anna’s whimsical designs which often include hand-painted illustrations and lettering to compose a style that feels both nostalgic and timeless.

INSPIRATION

My wedding was pretty laid back (an outdoor wedding at a secluded cottage on a farm in Florida) and I chose to stick with that same style here. I had more of a festive themed wedding with a mariachi band and handmade paper decorations. If I were to do it over I would probably incorporate more of an organic feel with beautiful fresh flowers from Saipua, simple strands of cafe lights, and soft colors. I also planned my wedding in 3 months so I think I’d up it to at least 5 if I had another go around! Now that I work with brides whose weddings are a year or more away I sometimes wonder how I pulled it off but I’m also glad that I was forced to make quick decisions and didn’t have time to stress over anything.

DETAILS

I chose images that I thought reflected the laid back atmosphere I would go for… Simple setting, trees, beautiful florals, a simple dress, and simple yet creative & whimsical stationery. I tried to stick with a light and fun color palette with mint, peach, greens, and corals.

Credits:

1. Rifle Paper Co. 2. J. Crew 3. Lena Corwin wedding 4. The Small Object 5. Martha Stewart 6. Saipua 7. Snippet & Ink

Modern Chic

Modern Chic

April 2, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |  1 Comment

Every Last Detail first began as a different blog, The Design Grove, following Lauren Grove’s May 2009 wedding. She found so much inspiration and so many ideas through wedding blogs that I decided she wanted to join the blogosphere and help other brides plan their weddings. Now it has evolved into so much more than just writing a blog. Lauren now have a career in the wedding industry and plans to have my own wedding planning business in the coming future.

INSPIRATION

I did already get married, last May, in my hometown of Ocala, Florida. It was an elegant country club wedding. However, I am constantly wishing that I knew then what I know now. I was partly afraid to completely do what I wanted, and partly held back due to budget. If I was doing it all over, I would have had less people so I could have had more of what I really wanted. We would get married at a vineyard, and definitely not in Florida because it’s just way too hot 80% of the time. Our ceremony would be outside, and the ideal venue for the reception would be half indoors and half open-air. I’m going to say February, March, or April, because I hate sweating.

DETAILS

The details that are included in these photos are all things that I have discovered in my short time (less than a year) blogging. DIY details are definitely something that I would do-over for my wedding. Yes, I created the menus and table numbers myself, but now I could do so much better. I’m all about naming the styles of weddings, and I think the style for this wedding would be modern chic. Let’s just say there will definitely be a vow renewal in the coming years!

WEDDING TIP

My wedding tip for brides is to go with your gut. If there is something that you want for your wedding, but you can’t decide on it, think about this: If you can’t imagine your wedding day without it, and you’re going to constantly think about it and look back and wish you had it, then find a way to have it. If it’s not having a champagne toast or making the favors yourself, then so be it. There’s nothing worse than wishing that you done things differently or had something else. 🙂

Credits:

1. 2. and 4. Stephanie Williams Photography 3. Southern Weddings Magazine 5. The Bride’s Cafe 6.  Southern Weddings Magazine

In Her Shoebox

In Her Shoebox

March 26, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |  No Comments

If you came to the blog before our revamp, you know all about this feature. But for those newbies, here’s a rundown! Every Friday we will feature one wedding planner, stationer, photographer, florist, etc. They will send up 8-12 pictures that paint a picture of what they would do if they were getting married in 2010. Let’s face it, they see hundreds of weddings. Wouldn’t you love to know what they found to be most inspiring to them? We will whip it up to create what you see above and have then share a little about themselves and their inspiration below. Wedding vendors, check out the submissions tab if you’d like to be featured!

“Valerie Metrejean, owner of Southern Fete in Lafayette, La., brings her brides a unique experience by providing custom design work. The wedding planner can run a clean theme seamlessly from invitations and programs, to favors and decor.

INSPIRATION

Lately I have been loving really bright palettes of oranges and pinks. Their so rich and warm and, I think, perfect for summer! I brought in the gray to bring in some masculinity.

DETAILS

I love bold textures and brought that in through the fun geometric pattern and even the details on the bouquet ribbon. I absolutely love this invitation by Rifle Design. Though it is only text, it is still completely fresh and bold and unexpected.

Credits

1. Green Wedding Shoes 2. Southern Fete design via Laura Reaux 3. Luna Photo via The Bride’s Cafe 4. Style Me Pretty 5. Rifle Design 6. Tec Petaja via Style Me Pretty 7. Schumachervia Ariel Yve Design

A Sweet Soiree

A Sweet Soiree

February 19, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |   |  No Comments

Amy Nichols Special Events is a full-service event and wedding planning company based in San Francisco, California. Amy began her career in the financial services industry in New York City, after graduating from Middlebury College.  She quickly turned in numbers for details and realized that her true calling was the event industry.  In her free time, she interned and trained with celebrity wedding and event planners in both New York and Beverly Hills, eager to learn more about the event industry and the art of the grand affair. In 2002 Amy relocated to San Francisco where she currently resides. After a successful career in corporate event planning, Amy opened the doors of Amy Nichols Special Events in 2005.

INSPIRATION

As a wedding planner, people always say to me, “Oh you must have your entire wedding planned down to every last detail”. The truth is – I don’t! I’ve always thought that my wedding should obviously reflect both my tastes and interests, but of course those of my groom’s as well — so how could I possibly envision my wedding day without having his input. That said, there are a few things I know, just being me and my preferences. My favorite color is blue — even my website/logo and brand identity for my business is all blue blue blue. I obviously flip through tons of magazines and scour websites constantly for my brides, but if I had to choose right now, I’d go with blue (of course) for my own wedding.

DETAILS

My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, so you’ll see I chose images with hydrangea. I also LOVE the photo with the appetizers served on a bed of blueberries – what a great idea! I have a huge sweet tooth, so I’m fairly certain no matter who I marry, there will definitely be a big dessert spread – similar to the photo from Martha Stewart Weddings!

Credits:

1. & 2. Brides.com 3. & 4. Martha Stewart 5. Stephannie Barba 6. Style Me Pretty