Intimate Retreat

Intimate Retreat

January 11, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |   |  2 Comments

Lara Casey was born in Washington DC.  She spent most of her youth growing up in the small beach community of Pensacola, Florida. Ms. Casey graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University and studied art and design at Yale University. Lara is an avid fitness buff. Mrs. Casey has a wide array of successes including having been a celebrity personal trainer in Manhattan and a contributor to Shape Magazine. Lara is currently Publisher of Southern Weddings magazine, CEO of event design firm Bliss Event Group and just launched Lara Casey Reps, a luxury market wedding consulting firm. Lara has just begun a national tour of personal branding workshops called Making Things Happen: An Intensive Designed to Fire You Up!  She frequently speaks on the use of social media for business and is a self-confessed Wired magazine and Luna Bar addict.  Ms. Casey lives in Chapel Hill, NC, and loves to travel.

INSPIRATION

I got married in Vegas in a tiny chapel off the strip and then had a dinner afterward at The Wynn.  People always ask me if I would have a big wedding or vow renewal someday.  I’ve become somewhat disenchanted by big weddings because they tend to lose the sacred feel of just being surrounded by people who have really shared your life’s journey.

DETAILS

If I had to do another wedding, it would still be very small.  I’d go off to an island with the people I love, have a small ceremony and a 10 course meal afterward, filled with laughter and great conversation.  We’d take a midnight sail on the ocean and wake up to dip our toes in the aqua blue water.  What inspires me: Sunsets, succulents, ocean blue and sunrise yellow papers, fresh citrus, slate and wood grain textures, a sense of adventure and movement.  OK, after doing this, I’m ready for that vow renewal in the Maldives!

Credits:

1. Flight of Fancy 2. Unknown source 3. W Hotel in Maldives 4. Dewey Nicks 5.&6. A Bryan Photo

Southern Garden

Southern Garden

January 8, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |   |  No Comments

Sumer's PhotoSumer Schmitt is the owner of Simply Perfect Weddings is a boutique wedding and event planning firm serving the Greater Pittsburgh area. They specialize in complete wedding management for the modern bride who is looking for the ultimate pampering experience! Most of their clients are busy professionals or are planning from out of town and don’t have the time to coordinate the hundreds of details that go into planning a wedding. Sumer strives to bring a fresh, modern approach to wedding planning, while still maintaining the traditional elements that each bride wants to incorporate into her wedding.

INSPIRATION

My inspiration for my dream wedding design comes from growing up in the South. There’s something about spring time in the South that makes my heart melt! The smell of fresh flowers in the garden, birds chirping, and chimes floating in the wind…ahhh…there’s nothing better in my opinion. Late afternoon as the sun is just beginning to set would be the ideal time of day for my outdoor garden wedding.

DETAILS

I love the southern charm feel to the wedding design as a whole. I consider myself to be a girly-girl, therefore, it was important for me to include feminine details throughout the design. Lace, beautiful blooms, and shades of pink are all key elements that I wanted to incorporate.

Credits:

1. The Bride’s Cafe 2,4,5. The Knot 3. Paloma’s Nest 6. Jamali Garden 7. Martha Stewart Weddings

Black and White Romance

Black and White Romance

January 6, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |  ,  |  3 Comments

Dana Goodman, a wedding planner, event designer and owner of Dana Goodman Weddings and Events, located in Daphne, Alabama, specializes in weddings along the Gulf Coast and has been doing so for the last six years. Dana strives to provide clients with excellent customer service, attention to detail and flawless execution.

INSPIRATION

Black and white is the ultimate dramatic color scheme. It’s a combination that will never go out of style. The contrast in colors is rich and bold. Adding shades of cream to the palette take it from the present to the past by adding a vintage element. It’s so exciting helping someone design and plan their dream wedding. It’s my job to take the dream and find a way to turn it into reality by fitting it into realistic budgets and time frames without losing the original concept. That’s why it’s fun to dream of what I would want if I were getting married today.

DETAILS

Romance is achieved by using ruffles in the décor and wedding attire. Circular shapes also help to soften and add to the delicate feeling. The flowers used to create this ruffled and round romantic effect are large peonies, garden roses and ranunculus. Adding to the vintage feel are different floral centerpiece vessels, from etched glass to antique soup tureens. Guests are treated to foods inspired by life in South Louisiana like crawfish etouffee over white rice served in martini glasses and seafood gumbo. To incorporate my fiancé’s Alabama heritage, cheese grits and ribs with white bread catered by Dreamland, a Tuscaloosa institution. After an evening of jazz music and Cajun two-stepping, guests are served beignets topped with white powdered sugar and piping hot café au lait.


Credits:

1. Nibs Blog 2&5. Project Wedding 3. Wedding Bee 4. Wedding Tulle Blog 6. All Women Stalk Blog 7. Art and Appetite

Becoming a Pattern

Becoming a Pattern

January 4, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |   |  3 Comments

Valerie Metrejean, owner of Southern Fete in Lafayette, La., Butterscotch Pressand The Wedding Shoebox, 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

Yellow and grey has always been so clean and modern to me. It was really popular in 2009 but some have predicted this palette to be one of the biggest of 2010. So how do we keep it fresh? There’s something about finding a great pattern that makes me stop dead in my tracks. I could plan 5 weddings in yellow and grey and transform them with great patterns.

DETAILS

I’ve never been the type to go too matchy-matchy. I love the contrast between the masculine stripes and argyle paired with ornate flourishs. And I had to include grey suits. I have a slight obsession them. They are so sharp yet relaxed.

Credits:

1. Style Me Pretty 2. Amsale 3. Millie Holloman 4. Brooklyn Bride 5. The Party Dress 6. Elizabeth Anne Designs 7. Snippet & Ink

Cocoa So Crisp

Cocoa So Crisp

January 4, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |   |  1 Comment

ValsPhotoValerie Metrejean, owner of Southern Fete in Lafayette, La. and Butterscotch Press, 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. For Valerie, her ideal wedding day is lacking of all the usual color suspects while still creating a simple chic theme.

INSPIRATION

I see a lot of colors and can never seem to identify with one that I could commit to for my wedding day. I think every color has pretty shades I love but none that really feel like me. This minimalist approach is relaxing to me. Knowing the stress of planning a wedding, I thought it was important for the day to be filled with calmness and warmth.

ALL IN THE DETAILS

I am an invitation designer and once again would have a difficult time commiting to a design but these invitations were it! So unique yet simple. Also, I am in love with a mix of ruffles, seen in this brides wrap, and smooth lines on the cake. I think long tables are ideal to work with. They are dramatic without any over the top arrangements.

Credits:

1. Fete NY 2. Beautiful Paper Blog 3. Brides.com 4. The Knot 5. Paper + Cup Blog 6. Banana Republic 7. Brides.com

Can I explain??

January 4, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox  |  No Comments

I get so excited, I can be terrible at expressing myself clearly sometimes!  : ) We have an inspiring board coming tomorrow but for now I wanted to give a few more details about how to submit and what we are looking for from wedding planners and wedding bloggers.

We want wedding planners to send in photos (from wedding, design or fashion blogs, or sites like marthastewart.com) that paint the picture of what they consider to be hottest palette or theme right now. Along with some info detailing it. Show us what you would do if you were planning your own wedding right now. I’ll take those images and create the inspiration boards like you see below. This changes as new trends come out so feel free to send us more than one submission as your ideas change. Brides want to see it!! This website will be exclusively inspiration boards. There are already some amazing blogs that posts real weddings and think they do a fabulous job of it! Check out the Daily Reads to see some of our favorites! (Like this fab bride pic from Southern Weddings Magazine on the blog today!)

For all the details on exactly what to submit, check out the submissions tab at the top. We’ve already had a few inquiries on ads so we also have a tab at the top with more info on that also (with a great deal for January!)

I can’t express how much I appreciate everyone’s support in launching this blog! Very exciting posts to come!