An Apple Inspired Fête

posted by Jennifer 8/21/14

It's hard to believe that it's almost September - the summer has simply flown by! Unfortunately summer's temperatures are still with us though  so it is with longing that I look ahead to the crisp, cool evenings of Fall. I think Fall weddings just might be my favorite ones.... don't get me wrong, I love weddings any time of year but there is just something a little extra special about this season. To get us all in the mood for an Autumn fete I've pulled together some apple inspired ideas! Above left is this extravagant apple arrangement as seen on StyleMePretty.com. Isn't it gorgeous? And I love this Apple Martini jar from Country Living! Sweet yet simple - perfect!

I also really, really love this curated collection from the ArdentSparrow blog. Visit her site for the links to these inspiring images. There are so many charming ways to incorporate apples into every course of your meal but for me, my hands down favorite has got to be these apple cider donut holes! YUM!

I was instantly smitten with the old-school-charm of this picnic inspiration shoot as seen on the Celebrations At Home blog. Stripey straws, hanging bushels and simple daisies set the tone for a leisurely yet totally romantic celebration, don't you agree?

The pick-your-own apple season has begun at our local Carter Mountain Orchard. After seeing these photos I can't wait to go pick some!

I hope you've been inspired too!

Happy Planning!

Seaside Weddings

posted by Jennifer 7/3/14

My complete fascination with seaside weddings continues and today I'm loving this shoot which channels the beauty of the Northern California and Oregon coastline by Kim of Petal Pixie and Erin Kate Photography. I'm especially delighted by their inclusion of air plants in the arrangements!

Yes, this setting is pretty unbeatable... on the beach with the waves a mere step or two away {happy sigh}.... but the look of this table is still easily replicable even in a land-locked town like ours. The "just-collected" look of the flowers in jars make a lovely anchor to the table setting -- but be sure to not make yours too tall so that guests can't see each other!

The driftwood centerpiece is very charming and those airplants are so lacy and romantic to me. And how gorgeous are these dip-dyed napkins? What a simple DIY project!

The simple blue and white color scheme perfectly complements the seaside details on the paper goods, completing the look -- I especially like the monogram tags with the crossed oars, so sweet!

And what beach party would be complete without s'mores? These treats are elevated to gourmet with the edition of caramel filled chocolate bars! 

So, do you feel as excited about these seaside weddings as I do? It makes me want to jump in the car and head out to the ocean right now! Want to see even more photos from this beautiful photo shoot? Click here.

Happy Planning!

Beautiful Weddings in Berry Season!

posted by Jennifer 4/15/14

image: a. party style found via: She Walks in Beauty blog

It's almost strawberry pickin' time here in Charlottesville and I think these beautiful berries are perfect for summer weddings! I love the tiny basket of berries with placecard flag in this photo above! I'm also a fan of the real wood table and scalloped plate!

image: www.wildflowersphotos.com found via: She Walks in Beauty blog

The jam jar above reminds me how great local jam is for a summer wedding favor! Want to have some at your wedding? Many of the local orchards like Carter Mountain Orchard and Chiles Peach Orchard sell a variety of flavors of jam. The Virginia Shop at Barracks Road also has a yummy selection for you to check out.

image: tartelette found via: She Walks in Beauty blog

How delectable would a berry cobbler be? Imagine this for either your rehearsal dinner or your reception - either way, it's sure to be a hit! I hope you get a chance to come berry picking soon. I hope to get out into the fields in the next month or so. There is nothing quite as delicious as a fresh, ripe berry. Berry picking could also be a fun wedding party outing!

Happy Planning!



The Gentle Colors of Spring

Posted by Jennifer on 01/08/14

The spring wedding season is just around the corner and dreaming of the gentle colors of spring is helping me to get through these gray days of winter. As I look out my window right now it’s a bit bleak but my computer screen is filled with rosy images like this beautiful pink bouquet (above). Don’t those blooms look divine? I love how it’s a mix of different types of the same flower – here roses – so it maintains uniformity but is still fresh and interesting. Do you notice the different textures and hues? Lovely!

Here we see the ballroom at the ever popular Veritas Vineyard looking very pretty in pink. Notice the pink ribbon wrap on the small bouquets in the vases on the table? I love how they bring color down to the stems – an often neglected space in centerpieces. 

These arrangements are the epitome of garden style to me.  An abundant blend of roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas and more.

When planning your wedding in a room that is very tall like this ballroom, I encourage you to include some tall arrangements as seen here. You don’t have to do it on every table but please do it on some. It will make a major statement in your décor and help guests to really “ohh” and “ahh” when they enter the room. Concerned about guests being able to see across the table with tall arrangements? Ask your florist to use clear vases like the one that Pat’s Floral Designs used here. As you can see in this photo, even with an orchid nestled inside, guests have a clear view of the folks across from them and the room has much needed visual interest.

Thank you Jen Fariello for the eye candy! I hope these visions of pink brighten up your day as they have done mine and that you feel a little more inspired.

Happy Planning!

Jennifer Carroll, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll


Paper Dolls

posted by Jennifer 10/18/13

I recently saw these paper dresses and thought they were just about the cutest things ever! And, I thought they would make absolutely fabulous bridesmaid gifts when you are looking for something completely unique and totally memorable! These darling dresses are made by Australian artist, Marcelle Crosby. She has a wonderful website here and her etsy shop is here.

Inspire your girlfriends with images of places they've been or may yet be dreaming of with this Miss Paris (top) or Miss London (above). There are also "Miss New York", "Miss Italy", and of course, "Miss Australia" designs. These dresses are so special they will be treasurerd for years and years to come!

More than maps, her designs also include vintage seed packets, geometric patterns, and super cute pieces like this letters & numbers dress...

...or this sweet butterfly dress. There are many more designs to suit many different tastes in her etsy shop.  The dresses range in price from around $40 to $70 which I think is quite reasonable for something as extraordinary as this. I know I'm eyeing at least one of these for my office.

I hope you are as inspired by these as I am.

Happy Planning!

Tying the Knot: A DIY Wedding Project

posted by Jennifer 10/7/13

I recently saw this wedding here and I was so struck by the simple fabulousness of the rope backdrop that I just had to share it with you! Isn't it nice when you see something that is easy but really beautiful and memorable?! Now this is a DIY project that truly anyone can do!! The leafy branches and bit of color from the blooms at the top soften it just enough to make it really, really romantic. I like the mix of knots and bows on the ropes, it gives it a casual eleganance.

While this look would work with any season, I think set in a barn type of setting like this, it feels particluarly at home in the fall. This linen tablecloth is beautiful but if you are on a tight budget consider using a large dropcloth - available at your local home improvement store - to dress your table! Best of all, you'll have it to use for fun projects in your new home after your wedding!!

Simple terracotta pots blend in to this serene color pallete with just a bit of paint. With these money saving ideas you'll have more room in your budget for gorgeous blooms like these! Running a smart budget is all about making shrewd trade-offs like this. I love the knot on the napkin to "tie-in" with the theme!

I think it would be really beautiful to border your dance floor with hanging knots like this, don't you? Guests would still be able to see the dance floor but it would also create intimacy and drama in a large ballroom/barn type of space! Oh, the fun you could have with this simple idea!!

I hope you are inspired by this DIY wedding project too!!

Happy Planning!


Charming Wedding Party Gifts

posted by Jennifer on September 4, 2013

Like many others, I am completely obsessed with monograms, so imagine my delight when I discovered these sweet monograms that are laser cut into wood!  A whole new way to play with letters - hooray! And I think these woodsy tones are especially perfect for fall weddings and celebrations so, of course I had to share them with you! These cute creations are from 163 Design Company, a small, family owned, Maine based cottage industry.

They also have a whole collection of small necklace pendants that feature initials and icons to suit many different personalities!

Lots of ways to customize them too!!

They also do custom state shaped necklaces too! How adorable are these?! You could tailor these to your attendants home-towns or the location of your wedding to name but two fun ways to give a super-awesome and totally unique gift!

They will also turn a photo into a custom, wood-cut, silhouette! Talk about special!! The silhouettes come un-painted (the one shown here was painted with chalkpaint). Again, think of all the possibilties!

I hope you are inspired by these special, totally unique gifts for your wedding attendants!

Happy Planning!

Welcome Fall 2013!

posted by Jennifer 8/9/13

Fall Wedding Ideas

With the recent heat waves we've been experiencing, it's had me longing even more for the cool, crisp days of fall - so I'm even more excited to be sharing some fall wedding inspiration with you today! Look at these vibrant yet slightly muted tones that instantly soothe my summer-weary soul... If you are having a fall fête then here are some ideas that I hope you will love!

First, how sweet is this garland of apples on the chair?!! I love adorning chairs in new and unique ways and this apple chair garland is pefection to me! The variety of ribbons and twine with the handmade tag are darling embellishments for this rusticy fall wedding look.

One oversized bloom and some beautiful ribbons make this simple cake extremely elegant and a perfect cake for the season. The trailing ribbon looks like a silk dupioni which is one of my favorite ribbons - so lush!

And speaking of lush - this table with tree details from the oversize sticks in the vase to the chargers is bountiful nature a la tablescape!

Humble objects like this lone pumpkin when paired with a couple of simple bottles and a sprig of bittersweet become beautiful still-life tableaus beautiful enough for a place of promenance at a fall wedding!

Fall wedding food ideas

But one of my favorite elements of fall is hands-down, the food!! And it gets even more adorable when served in miniature at wedding receptions!

Case in point - these adorable mini pies! From apple to pumpkin to chess - they are sweet, sweet, sweet!!

These mini apple pie cupcakes are practiclly too cute for words!

Fall in Central Virginia is definitely not complete without some apple cider donuts. Locally we love the traveling deliciousness brought to us by Carpe Donut!

If something savory is more up your alley - then consider miniature grilled cheese sandwiches and creamy tomato soup served in demitasse cups - echos of childhood that are welcome additions to any wedding when elegantly served! YUM!!

I hope you are inspired by these fun ideas and are getting as excited as I am by the coming days of fall!

Happy Planning!

Make Your Own Wedding Book

posted by Jennifer 07/18/13

Wow! Photo books have come such a looooong way. Have you seen the beautiful new options available these days? I love these books by MyPublisher. Not only are they wonderful keepsakes for you and your family....

...but they also make wonderful gifts for your wedding attendants too! What a great way to capture all the memories.

There are lots and lots of options available to suit your style and budget. Plus, there are several companies offering books like this. Again, the ones seen here are from MyPublisher but you can also check out books from Blurb, Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Mixbook, to name just a few!

Happy Planning!


Romantic Rose Gold

posted by Jennifer 6/25/13

Rose gold is decidedly one of the "it" combos of 2013 and I think this collection curated by the editors of CeciStyle Magazine shares some truly scrumptious ways to incorporate this power combo into your wedding day! I'm crushing hard on those Anthropolgie plates and the laser cut invitations designed by Ceci herself!

The platinum wedding that this collection is based on is show above. It certainly makes the most of this color trend with countless custom details. I know you will enjoy perusing all the beautiful elements here. One of my favorites is this painting based on the wedding -- what a keepsake!

With its impressionistic style, this painting feels very french to me and considering that the light in Paris has a decidedly pink tint to it, I would say that's just about perfect! Wouldn't you? Oh la, la!

While we can't all have million dollar wedings like this, you CAN find inspiration in them and take out an element or two and make it your own. I hope you are inspired by this dreamy fete!

Happy Planning!

Top 10 Wedding Songs for the Summer of 2013

posted by Jennifer 6/18/13

For some couples choosing a first dance song is easy but for many it's really, really tough... Do you go classic or modern? Fast or slow? If you've been putting it off and haven't picked yours yet then please allow this list of the top 10 favorites for 2013 (according to Music2Movies.org) to inspire you!

Top 10 Wedding Songs for the Summer of 2013

  1. Make You Feel My Love :: Adele
  2. Marry You :: Bruno Mars
  3. Marry Me :: Train
  4. You and Me :: Dave Matthews
  5. All My Life :: K-Ci & JoJo
  6. The Way You Look Tonight :: Frank Sinatra
  7. You and Me :: Life House
  8. Just A Kiss :: Lady Antebellum
  9. I Do :: Colbie Caillat
  10. A Thousand Years :: Christina Perri

My personal favorite is number 10 - there is a duet version of that song that is simply smashing! What do you think of the list? Is your song on here? Whether old or new, a one-hit-wonder or a timeless classic, I hope you pick a song that truly speaks to you both as a couple regardless of its popularity... but if you're having trouble, I hope this list helps!

Happy Planning!

Seaside Wedding Inspiration

posted by Jennifer 6/10/13

I don't know if it's only because I live near the mountains or that it's officially summer, but for whatever reason, I'm finding that I have an obsession with seaside weddings. While we may not have an ocean in our county we do have some beautiful lakes and I could easily see incorporating some of the gorgeous details from this wedding inspiration shoot photographed in Italy to a lakeside fete! My most favorite element from this wedding is hands down the gorgeous invitations and custom illustrations from Shhh My Darling.

Details including beautiful vintage lace that almost looks like a fisherman's net, anchor cards, and seashells with orchids and starfish nesting inside are easy to translate from sea to lake, don't you think?

A ruffly cake with coral and seashells is heavenly but I'm most smitten with the tiny starfish cookie!! Isn't that the cutest?!

Green and blue glass jars lend themselves to this seaside theme and an old boat becomes a great photo opp. I also think it would be neat to modify the boat to serve as a cake table!

Do you dream of a seaside wedding even when you're land-locked? If so, I hope you these ideas give you a bit of inspiration then!

Happy Planning!

Pretty Papers

posted by Jennifer 6/3/13

It's true that everything about a wedding is beautiful but one of my favorite elements is the papers! I can get lost in all the gorgeous possibilities... the textures, the colors, the embellishmnets... {happy sigh!} they are all dreamy to me. But for lots of folks they are just plain overwhelming! Enter the lovely gals at Rock, Paper, Scissors - they are paper geniuses who can help you navigate the possibly overwhelming sea of choices for your wedding paper needs. They offer letterpress printing and flat printing to suit many budgets and tastes. A few favorite papers I've seen from their shop lately include this gorgeous spring green set from elum shown above (photo by Jen Fariello).

In this beautiful set (photographed by mi amore foto) the gals at Rock Paper Scissors actually incorporated an illustration by the bride's mother - so personal and special - love it!!

If flowers and swirling fonts aren't your dream papers, never fear, they have gorgeous designs with a distinctly more rustic charm like this faux bois set complete with custom wine illustration (photographed by Aaron Watson).

I hope you will check out this Charlottesville gem while you are planning your wedding - they have so many options that I know you will love from save-the-dates all the way through to thank you notes. So much to see and enjoy!

Happy Planning!

Make it Personal with Embroidery!

posted by Jennifer 5/29/13

Today there are many ways to make weddings personal and I am totally loving the trend of custom embroidery! It's been popping up everywhere and even if you aren't particularly handy with a needle you can still add this charming look to your big day thanks to the fabulous folks on Etsy! Embroidery has come a long way when you see these fresh and fun designs like this whimsical banner motif above.

This hoop with the arrows and heart remind me of an old-fashioned tree carving - so sweet and romantic!

Want a totally modern take on embroidery? Consider these hair profile hoops! Absolutely custom and totally adorable, no two are alike! These make an unforgettably charming keepsake.

Anchors aweigh! Having a nautical themed wedding? Then you must check out these customizable monogram hoops with anchor motif!!

Looking for something small in price but big on charm? These petite 3-inch Happily Ever After hoops are ideal and would also make a memorable keepsake for parents!

Don't forget about your attendants! These hand embroidered necklaces would make the best bridesmaid gifts!!! I totally {heart} these!

I hope you have found a bit of inspiration on how to incorporate a bit of old-fashioned cuteness into your wedding!

Happy Planning!

Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding

posted by Jennifer 5/21/13

Have you been caught up in 'Gatsby Fever' yet? It seems to be sweeping the internet! And weddings are an ideal way to celebrate this timeless love story brimming with style and panache! I came across this Virginia wedding recently and just had to share some its gorgeous 1920s details with you!

Beautiful invitations adorned with lovely art deco fonts and embellishments immediately sets the tone for guests, giving them a glimpse into the style of the upcoming soiree.

I love the charm of their "guest book", they asked guests to sign quilt squares that would later be turned into a quilt! What an heirloom!!!

Each guest table at the reception was named after a significant public figure from the 1920s! So fun!!

And isn't this cake fantastic?! So perfect for this theme!!

There are so many more delightful details from this wedding that I know you will enjoy, especially if you are looking for ways to infuse your celebration with a bit of Gatsby style & glamour!

Happy Planning!



A Touch of Gold

posted by Jennifer 5/14/13

I am so happy that the color gold has come back into vogue - it is one of my favorite color tones! Whether you are leaning more towards a khaki or a bright sparkling gold there is so much you can do with this color. Even the humble scrabble tile is in the color family! And aren't these cupcakes, which are ever so lightly tipped with gold dust, postively magical?!! I love these vintage key favor escort cards - especially how the couple mixed the gold tones of the keys. Oh, I adore this bride's gown - the stitching on the skirt of her dress is stunning - but I really love the soft gold color of the bridesmaid dresses! They look so lovely and make a wonderful color pallete!

I am partial to creamy white weddings and a bit of gold gives them just the right amount of depth and sparkle! And speaking of sparkle... I absolutely can't resist these gorgeous gold tone shoes! {happy sigh!}

A luxurious taupey-gold ribbon with a bit of bling take a beautiful cream rose bouquet and make it unforgettable! Another predominantly white tablescape is warmed up with a bit of gold quite nicely. With just a bit of spray paint, a plastic frame and a computer print out you could easily recreate this adorable "Cheers!" sign for your cocktail hour! A gorgeous satin tablecloth creates a golden foundation for this opulent table - the golden pears in the arrangements make it perfection to me!

I hope you have found a bit of inspiration to add a touch of gold to your wedding day!

Happy Planning!

Navy & White: A Wedding Classic

posted by Jennifer 5/8/13

Now that May has arrived (a fact that still startles me... time is flying!) I can't help but think about beautiful combinations for summer weddings. One of my favorites - and that of many a Wahoo bride - is crisp navy blue and white. It is utterly timeless.... I adore these navy & white heels with their wide stripes, they would be so fresh on your wedding day and you could truly wear them all the time. Imagine how darling they would be even with jeans! Add a bit of whimsy to your tables with these pinwheel centerpieces! A navy clutch in a classic damask pattern is another accessory that will stay with you long after your wedding day!

A navy bridesmaid gown makes an ideal background to set off a creamy white bouquet! Color coordinated cupcake wrappers are another great way to layer in the color (not to mention this darling couple- each with hints of blue!). And this Bella Umbrella from this amazing wedding is well - perfection! A little more cupcake love - how sweet are these white cupcakes with a deep inky navy icing?! Delish!

I hope you are inspired by these lovely examples of this classic combination!

Happy Planning!

Seeds of Love

posted by Jennifer 4/30/13

The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, it is definitely springtime in Charlottesville! All this chirping and blooming got me thinking about wedding favors that cater to our feathered friends and/or our gardens... So, I'm happy to present to you a few ideas for you to consider when planning your wedding keepsakes. Above is this adorable heart shaped bird seed ornament - packed with loads of charm this is a favor that is both simple and sweet!

A plantable pot is a container that is literally "full of possiblities," much like your future! From herbs to flowers to veggies, a custom planting kit is a thoughtful gift that you can easily customize to your wedding theme with colored ribbons and tags.

Want all the sweetness without the DIY? Then head over to etsy to find adorable seed bombs with custom muslin pouches like this one shown above. You can choose the ink color of your choice to tie in with your decor.

Allow your guests to "dig-in" to the fun right at your wedding by setting up a seed-favor bar. Set out pails filled with your favorite seeds and supply guests with muslin pouches or mason jars, scoops and tags so they can choose their favorites! It will be a crowd-pleaser for sure!

I hope you got an idea or two for your wedding favors and are enjoying the sites and sounds of Spring...

Happy Planning!

The Road to Wedded Bliss

posted by Jennifer 4/19/13

It's no secret that weddings take a lot of planning to make them happen. Do you ever wonder how your plans stack up against other couples? Enjoy this fun look at the "Road to Wedded Bliss" from the fabulous folks over at The Wedding Paper Divas to check out lots of fun facts and stats and see where you fall on the map! Enjoy!!

So are you like others or are you blazing your own trail? I hope you enjoyed this fun look at what couples are up to these days!

Happy Planning!

An Enchanting Garden Wedding

posted by Jennifer on 4/5/13

I came across this First Love inspiration photo shoot from Bride & Breakfast blog and just had to share it with you! It is filled with so much beauty and sweet details I know you will love it too!

I love creating outdoor "rooms" and with all the great furniture rental companies in town now (including the beautiful new furniture from Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs) creating spaces like this is easier than ever!

I adore the flowers on this cake - they almost look like they were crocheted or something. Magical!!

Gold is making a strong comeback, even in flatware! I think it lends a decadently elegant touch to this setting!

A gorgeous setting and watercolor inspired papers continue the enchantment!

A tempting array of sweets and gorgeous blooms complete the spell! There are lots more gorgeous photos of this First Love photo shoot over at Brides & Breakfast for you to enjoy!

Happy Planning!

French Lavender Inspirations

posted by Jennifer 3/22/13

My obsession with lavender continues; today I'm sharing images that have a bit of a French twist to them... I adore the look of these farmers market inspired flowers - fruits and veggies scattered about the table haphazardly feels very romantic and the gorgeous tablesign and holder perfectly complete the scene. This mini arrangement captured in a vintage birdcage evokes the same feelings, to me.

Masses of bouquets in a wide range of purple hues harkens me to the scene of the bustling flower markets in Paris, oh la la! And there is always something lovely and charming about ribbon wands at a wedding. These with varied tones of lavender and deep plum are perfectly enchanting!

Even the men in your wedding party can sport a bit of the color with dashing style when it is paired with a bit of burlap! This bout includes gomphrena and lambs ear. To round up this collection of lavender lovelies, I couldn't resist including these gorgeous smoky hued suede shoes! I adore shoes and these accented with the bride's earrings make this photo positively perfect to me!

And with that {happy sigh} of delightful lavender details, I leave you. I hope you are a bit inspired!

Happy Celebrating!

Wedding Signs on Etsy

posted by Jennifer 3/15/13

Wedding signs continue to be a strong trend and is great fun if you are DIY inclined but for those of us who may not have the time or talents with a saw and paint brush to create our own masterpieces thankfully those creative crafters on Etsy have created a wide array of signs for every style and budget! Here are a few of my favorites. {above} This romantic quote sign from True Connection is perfect for an engagement shoot or a wedding day love fest!

Here is another romantic quote, this one from Love the Unique, on reclaimed barn wood - perfect for a rustic wedding!

Directional signs are always helpful and create a sense of ambiance too! This one is from Wedding Signs with Love on etsy.

Signs aren't just for outside - these sweet "Mr. & Mrs." chair back signs from Army Mom of Twins make a perfect photo opp!

And this "Here comes the bride" sign from The Ritzy Rose is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen!!!!

I hope you've found a bit of inspiration to add signs to your wedding, even if you aren't DIY obsessed!

Happy Planning!

Perfectly Pink Inspiration

posted by Jennifer 3/1/13

Pink and cream are always a romantic look for a wedding but there is something especially serene about it in the spring, I think. These pink badgley mischka d’orsays shoes are so sweet and feminine, I love them! The framed silhouette and monogram are perfectly paired with this gorgeous couch - ideal for a shower, cocktail hour or after party scene! More pretty pink shoes - what can I say, I love shoes!  These gold flecked macaroons are just one of the gorgeous details at this Valentine's Day shoot. Ombre shades of pink stung on twine with clothespins give a homespum charm to this placecard presentation. I am completely obsessed with ruffle cakes these days! This abundant bouquet of cabbage roses are show stoppingly beautiful!

As a planner I believe that much of the magic of a great event lies in the details! Take some cues from these images to inspire your celebration! I love the detaliing on this cake, especially the sugar cameo! This ballet inspired wedding is full of fluttery details sure to make your heart skip a beat or two. Mini hand calligraphed food flags like these from Laura Hooper not only keep guests informed about what you are serving but they also take your presentation to a new level! Incorporating beautiful objets d'art, like this delicate perfume bottle, just because, is a simple way to add interest to your decor. More sweet food flags highlighting tea style sandwiches make your cocktail hour even more romantic. Peonies are one of my most favorite blooms of all times... so old-fashioned and romantic. Lovely!

I hope you have found a bit of inspiration in this collection of pink and cream!

Happy Planning!

'Teal' the Love

posted by Jennifer 2/18/13

I'm obsessed with all forms of aqua and today I'm quite smitten with teal. It started with this beautiful chair -- it evokes a welcoming feeling of spring & summer to me. And who doesn't love pie? Especially mini pies in adorable teal pans! That is a sure fire way to impress your guests and keep them talking about your wedding for years to come. Unique napkins are a great way to add color and style to your table setting and make a statement without blowing your budget. Look for close-out fabric deals in stores and online. Whenever possible, find a fabulous teal bridge and a bouquet of balloons for an instantly memorable engagement or wedding photo shoot setting!

Because of the hints of yellow that are in teal it forms a striking combination when matched with it -- making it perfect for a fresh and fun summer soiree! Succulents are a perfect complement because they come in a wide array of shades of teal. For a little extra bling add a rhinestone wrap to your arrangements! Go bold with geometric shapes in your flowers for a little extra drama! Succulents aren't just for the table, they also make stunning bouquets as seen here! Beautiful baubles like these earrings from etsy seller: Voleur de Bijoux bring a bit of teal to your wedding day fashion too. Gather some simple blooms like these ranunculus into modern vases for a clean and sophisticated reception.

How about you? Can you envision incorporating a little (or a lot!) of teal into your wedding celebration?

Happy Planning!



Celebrate with Yellow!

posted by Jennifer 02/05/13

I know it's a cliche but yellow is such a sunny a color! It makes me smile and I'm betting it has the same effect on you too! Like this big yellow chair, looking so cheerful with a pretty pair of wedding shoes or this whimsical cake table brimming with daffodils... but then, just like that, yellow can become dramatic and elegant as seen in this bouquet of yellow Tulips, Freesia, Roses, Cymbidium Orchids, Ranunculus, Calla Lilies all wrapped in a grey velvet with crystal embellishments! I like how the bits of grey and variety of blooms in this arrangement soften the yellow and make it very romantic.

Do you plan to incorporate yellow into your wedding decor? There are so many great combos to consider... it might be hard to resist!

Happy Planning!


The Sweetness of Spring

posted by Jennifer on 1/25/13

Weddings always make us cheerful, but there is something extra delightful about weddings all dressed up for spring, isn't there? All these pops of pink just put a smile on my face! I think this bountiful bouquet of garden roses is positively enchanting atop this cake. And painted or stitched - how cute are these embroidery hoop table signs? The matching tableware and napkins are a good anchor to whimsy of the mismatched flowers and containers on this shabby chic outdoor table. And dust off your grandmother's beaded milk glass to create this sweet scene.

I adore how soft and yet jagged this bouquet appears to be... and the colors! Isn't it stunning? We see so many cakes and cupcakes but I'm a fan of the petit four. I think its day is coming! There is nothing like real flowers - I think we all agree - but I must say this paper bouquet is coming in a close second! A pretty teacup makes an utterly charming container for flowers on cocktail tables and reception tables alike!

Now, don't you have a smile on your face after looking at all this sweetness?!

Happy Planning!



Spring Glorious Spring

posted by Jennifer on 1/11/13

Well, we may not actually be skipping among the daisies here in Charlottesville quite just yet, but we are at least virtually! After all the reds and greens of the holidays seeing these pretty pops of color is so cheerful and satisfying, don't you think? Beyond ringing in the new year, consider having wedding bell wands at your ceremony and reception. Personalized with a favorite song lyric or quote, they add whimsy and personality to your day! {top left} Small bouquets in mason jars strung with multi-colored ribbon are charming and ideal for a Spring or Summer wedding. (top right) A spring time stroll in the woods is quite romantic when you have a delectable faux-bois cake like this. {bottom right} Soft taupe dresses make a perfect neutral backdrop for your wedding allowing your beautiful blooms to shine. Remnant fabric folded or even paper napkins can add a fresh breathe of Spring to your placesettings! {middle left}

There is nothing quite like kelly green in the spring and summer, is there? This napkin tied with a simple striped bow makes a picture perfect summer placesetting! {top left} Whether you're a die-hard Johnny Cash fan or just want a new twist on saying "I love you" with your chair decor these chair tags are toe tappingly adorable! {right} A bevy of pretty pinwheels are a versatile addition to your wedding decor. They can be carried as bouquets, perched atop your cake, made into centerpieces and more... rounds and rounds of fun!

I hope you are tempted by an idea or two for your spring or summer celebration!

Happy Planning!

Add New Year Sparkle to Your Wedding

posted by Jennifer 1/2/13

I'm definitely a year-round fan of anything sparkly but there is something about this time of year that just seems to cry out for a little extra bling, isn't there? So, of course that makes it perfect for weddings too! While adding a fabulously sequined background may not quite fit in with your wedding decor budget you could easily add a bedazzled ribbon sash {top left} to your gown - even if it was just an "after party" addition! This demurely tiered cake with its subtle silvery sheen adds glamour while being understatedly delicious! {top right} Gold. sequined. clutch. by Kate Spade. Really, what else can be said about perfection? {bottom right} Bla-bling your chair covers with a brooch and some feathers secured with ribbon. {bottom left}

The starkness of the winter landscape sets a perfect stage for a grand soiree filled with lots of drama like this reception brimming with countless twinkling candles and blooms. {top left} This oyster colored gown would have even Scarlett O'Hara looking on with envy! {top right} A winter white wedding is always a classic especially when filled with the sparkle of silver, candlelight and crystal chandeliers! {bottom right} Perfectly crisp and tailored white invitations give guests a glimpse of the sensational celebration ahead! {bottom left}

Do you see an idea or two which inspire you to add a bit of New Year sparkle to your wedding? I hope so!

Happy Planning!


Winter Wonderland

posted by Jennifer 12/20/12

As the famous song suggests, I dream of "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" and what could be more perfect for a wedding than a perfectly pristine, snowy and romantic scene like this? If these photos are any indication... I think it's a tough act to follow! Sadly, the forecast around here has been much to mild for any flurries much less a wonderland! But thank goodness a girl can dream! How about you? Are you inspired by these wintery wedding scenes: A couple out for a winter stroll, this bride entering the ceremony with a flutter of snowflakes, this stunning winter wedding bouquet in creams, soft greens and pops of pinecones, or this elegant bride?

I also love the evergreen details of winter weddings... isn't this eat, drink & be married gift adorable? And even simple shots become decor when nestled with some wintery blooms!

The holidays are here and before we blink they will be gone. I hope you enjoy this season with your loved ones!

Happy Holidays!

The Charm of a Winter Wedding

posted by Jennifer 12/12/12

While spring and summer have their delights, there is an unmistakeable charm to winter weddings... Is it that the glow of a candle is that much sweeter when it's warming you from the brisk cool air? Or the allure of a snow kissed pinecone that you would never find in the heat of June... Or perhaps the simple beauty of a deep jewel tone against the pure white snow? Regardless of why, it seems undeniable that there is a simple beauty to winter that is unique to this particular season. Sources {top left}, {top right}, {bottom right}, {bottom left}

Winter white becomes even more alluring when accented with a pinch of pure Florida sunshine by way of clementines, tangerines and oranges. Whether presented in individual sherbet cups, or mixed into bouquets, these winter jewels will add drama to your wedding. I think a tiny clementine boutounnier would be adorable too! Want more ways to add warmth to your setting? Consider wrapping a mason jar in yarn featuring your wedding colors. The homespun charm of this will put your guests at ease and be a conversation starter at the tables! Sources: {top left}, {top right}, {bottom right}, {bottom left}.

I hope you have seen one or two images that spark your creativity for the winter wedding of your dreams!

Happy Planning!

Christmas Red Wedding Inspiration

posted by Jennifer on 12/5/12

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Charlottesville and our weddings are no exception! I was a December bride myself so I guess I'm particularly partial to Christmas weddings.... I've pulled together some fun inspiration if you, like me, might have a Christmas wedding. These edible cookie ornaments {top left} are so cute and not only are they great favors but you could also use them as escort cards - making this the "sweetest" idea of all! These Cranberry Infused Cocktails {top right} have the perfect pop of red - I like how the berries almost look like little garlands in the glass! Not getting married at Christmas but still want in on the fun? Plan an engagement photo shoot with these NOEL letters {bottom right} - a yuletide take on the ever popular "thank you" photo - you know this is the perfect Holiday card in the making... Silky white eggnog {bottom left} is a creamy and delicious wedding cocktail.

This boat with the Christmas tree and poinsettias {top left} is just such a romantic image, I couldn't resist sharing it with you! A simple sprig of berries {top right} makes any placesetting look festive. Want to engage your guests during your late night reception? Consider having a decorate your own cookie bar! {bottom photos}

Another sweet engagement shoot idea... love the plaid blanket! {top left} I'm a sucker for old books {top right} and love to see them at weddings so I snuck them in here too! Masses of white flowers and silver ornaments {bottom right} make for easy but oh-so glamorous centerpieces! I adore plaid and love to design with it whenever possible. This plaid tablecloth {bottom left} brings a sense of whimsy to this stately gold and white tablescape. Another sprig of berries {middle left} used in a much more rustic and casual way but still timeless....

One more look at the beautiful plaid tablescape {top left} and those pretty white arrangements. Rows of pinecones {top right} make enchanting companions to these escort cards - especially on this red checked cloth. Yet again, the humble berry makes a dramatic statement here on this all white wedding cake {bottom right} and in these berry wine spritzers {bottom left}.

I guess Christmas isn't only the most wonderful time of year... it's the most romantic too!

Happy Planning!

Lovely Luminarias

posted by Jennifer on 11/29/12

While I think luminaries are perfect for weddings no matter the season, there is something about a Winter Wedding that beckons to be lit with dozens and dozens of candle filled bags. Not sure if it's because it gets dark so early or just that it's another way to incorporate a candlight glow to the setting... No matter why, luminaries are a stylish and affordable way to add beauty and personality to your celebration!

Above is a classic collection of luminaries from the incomparable Martha Stewart team. From hanging to tabletop centerpieces, these bags are anything but boring. You can see the inidividual posts here: top left, top right, bottom right, bottom left.

Have a little bit of time and want to make something even more custom? Check out these tutorials on making luminary bags with stamps {top left} or this one using old photos {bottom right}... so many possibilities!! I think these would make especially amazing table signs.

I hope you feel inspired to light a beautiful path to your wedding celebration!

Happy Planning!

Claire Pettibone ~ The 2013 Wedding Collection

posted by Jennifer 11/20/12

I recently discovered Claire Pettibone and her absolutely stunning designs and of course I had to share them with you! Her gowns look like they just stepped out of the pages of a magical storybook... Intricate lace, embroidered flowers, seed beads and more are handworked into every piece.

No matter if you are celebrating in a church, vineyard or a field... allow yourself to be swept away by one of Claire's unforgettable creations.

From Claire: "When I design a collection I strive to make a woman feel as special as the delicate creation she is wearing; take her to a enchanted time and place where women are princesses and magnificent goddesses. In today's modern world we need to pause and indulge in beauty."

I am so inspired by her gowns that they make me want to get married all over again! :-) Visit Claire's site and savor the beauty....

Happy Planning!

Baby's Breath Reimagined

posted by Jennifer 11/12/12

Poor baby's breath... You know it, right? It's the white bloom that for many years was more derided than carnations... Well, it's back and better than ever! Used on it's own, this unassuming bloom becomes a knock-out! The secret? Use it in masses as this bride from nearby Richmond did!

These centerpieces add height to the long tables while still feeling light and almost airy thanks to the teeny-tiny buds. Mixing them with some other white blooms creates a garden feeling that could work for both a Spring or Winter wedding.

The gold chiavari chairs add a sense of drama and elegance. I like that these flowers can be dressed up or down!

Best of all, they aren't just for centerpieces! Look at how striking they are as a bouquet too! (Doesn't hurt that those dresses have one of the loveliest necklines that I've seen in a long time!)

Even the guys can have a touch of this delicate bloom on the big day! What do you think? Does this cause you to give those grocery store standards a second glance? They sure do for me! Want to see more of this beautiful wedding? Click here to see it on Style Unveiled.

Happy Planning!

Classic Shades of the Coming Winter

posted by Jennifer 11/2/12

With Halloween behind us, my mind naturally turns to the coming Winter season. Winter is synonymous with gray but when you see weddings like the ones shown here, you see that gray can be anything but boring!

{Above photo group} This barn looks incredibly warm and inviting with these extravagant gray drapes! I love the contrasts of the dusty grays and stark wintery whites of this bouquet. I'm a big fan of macaroons. They are such an easy (and delicious) way to play with color at your reception. Vintage skeleton keys create a unique and memorable tag for escort cards.

Cake as fashion? This cake really does look to good to eat! It's more like a fabulous hat than dessert. This metallic gray owl is a romantic mascot for a fairy tale inspired wedding. Beautiful and smells wonderful - what's not too love about these escort cards in a nest of coffee beans? I love an old barn! Thankfully we have lots of gorgeous old barns here in Central Virginia for you to recreate this striking image!

I hope you are inspired by this group and look at gray in a whole new light now!

Happy Planning!

City Chic Orange & Blue Wedding

posted by Jennifer on 10/24/12

Living in Wahoo country you know I can't resist an Orange & Blue wedding when I see one! And this inspiration shoot by Roey Mizrahi & Allan Zepeda Photography featured on the Ruffled blog is not to be missed!

Minus the city streets - this bride looks as if she's ready to step right into the UVA Chapel carrying that darling bouquet!

But it's all the little details that really make this shoot special to me! I love the bold, modern patterns and eclectic mix of textures on the table. From what looks like a melamine plate (although I can't be sure) with a orange and white chevron pattern set atop a rustic linen napkin on a gold charger on a wood table - phew! It sounds like it might not work and yet it totally does!

I think these book details and paper medallions might be my favorite part of this shoot though! Aren't they ADORABLE?!!

I really want to make one of these page cutout signs - just to have around the house! It's the "sweetest" thing!!

The cake is another eclectic vision and very well done. I don't typically care for mixed layer cakes like this but this one is so darling I can't resist it!

The papers and desserts are perfection! I really like how they've repeated the chevron pattern throughout the party creating a very cohesive and unified theme!! By the way - love those stamps? They are at the post office now. Go scoop them up before they're gone!

Great mix of blue's for the bridesmaid dresses! More and more I like seeing dresses that do not match... I think it's wonderful when your attendants are in dresses that really make them feel "pretty" and that they will actually want to wear again! :-) Plus, I so LOVE the shoes - thanks Princess Kate for making those a "must have" in all our wardrobes! They create such a clean line - love it!

I hope this helps you to find some inspiration for adding our beloved orange & blue to your wedding! Want to see more? Hop on over to the Ruffled blog for even more scrumptious details!!

Happy Planning!

Love Birds Wedding

Posted by Jennifer 10/16/12

When I saw this beautiful Love Bird themed inspiration photo shoot on Style Me Pretty I knew I must share this with you! With the warm Fall days we've been experiencing I think this shoot would be an ideal theme for an Indian Summer or Early Fall wedding - don't you? And we certainly have plenty of beautiful field settings like this in the Charlottesville area.

There is a simplicity to this color scheme that is very serene and soothing while the layers of details are so compelling - it completely draws you in! The hanging chicken wire lanterns as egg collectors on the chairbacks are so charming. The beribboned shafts of wheat add height and a bit of structure to the tablescape. But I think my favorite might be the cake in the birdcage - lovely!

The feathered and bejewelled hair clip accents the bride's romantic hair style and elevates it to something extraordinary. I love the sister clip on her gown too!

How sweet is this sign made out of birdseed?! Love this idea!

The moss lined invitation box gives guests a hint as to what's in-store. And the burlap, feather and bronze button embellishments on the card are darling! Being a paper maven, you know that I love this idea!

This favor display in a birdbath is just genius as is this buffet. I especially love the bits of lace peeking out under the tablecloth!

I hope these images inspire you too!

Happy Planning!


A Perfect Pear Wedding Inspiration

posted by Jennifer 10/8/12

Want to add some Fall Flair to your wedding decor but pumpkins aren't your pick? No worries! Pick a pear instead! This autumnal fruit is ideal for Fall weddings. It's color is almost a neutral so it's also very versatile with many color schemes. I love the centerpiece in the photo above - from Style Me Pretty via The Ritzy Bee blog. The platters piled high with pears, apples, moss and leaves make a simple yet stunning centerpiece.

These pear favors - from Martha Stewart Weddings - are a great way to incorporate this fall fruit. Simple fabric bags tied with ribbon in your wedding colors and embellished with a tag make a lovely presentation. If you have a great pear recipe you could attach that to the bags to make this even more personal!

This collage courtesy of Snippet & Ink blog truly shows the versatility of this glorious fruit! From beverages to jams to cake and favors, this fruit really is a busy bride's best friend!

I hope you feel inspired by these!

Happy Planning!


Will You Have a Theme Wedding?

posted by Jennifer on 10/2/12

As we move into Fall and Winter my mind turns more and more to the idea of "themed" weddings. Not sure if this is directly related to the season or not but I notice that there seems to be a bit more theme weddings during this time of year... I recently came upon this "Bitten & Smitten" theme wedding -- a play on both "Twilight" and "Sleepy Hollow" -- via Green Wedding Shoes and thought it was an excellent example of a theme wedding being extraordinarily done. Brandon Kidd Photography created these lovely images. I love the use of pumpkins in the table above! It totally says "Autumn" without screaming "Happy Halloween"! I think it's all the creamy and variegated colors that help to pull this off so succesfully. (The fantastic array of vintage tables and props don't hurt either!)

A peek at her glorious bouquet -- love the many shades of orange softened with the soothing greys of the dusty miller. Perfect for Fall!

The curled escort card tags on the mini pumpkins are utterly delightful! Don't you agree?

I really like the mixed use of fonts on the signage too. The typewriter style font is a perfect nod to the origin of their theme -- the novels! On the table the use of so much cream allows the orange to shine but not overwhelm the setting, creating a very romantic autumn mood that is also a bit mysterious!

This dessert buffet is definitely a "happy ending" for all of the guests! I love that the couple has kept with their neutral (but still interesting) color palette and mixed in bits of orange and peach and a few spooky props (like the Raven lurking in the back). Notice the varied heights of the cake stands -- it creates a lot of visual interest in this display. The signage is also a wonderful touch -- informative and decorative, a perfect blend!

Does this inspire you to have a theme wedding? If so, what theme might you choose?

Happy Planning!

How Do You Say "Just Married"?

posted by Jennifer 9/21/12

There are so many creative ways to say "Just Married" but I pulled together a few of my favorites to share with you... In the group above we have the timeless tradition of tagging your "get-away-car" like the convertible shown on the left or the sedan (top right). I really love the wooden sign on that convertible!! But how about "get-away bicycles" for a twist? Pedaling off into your wedded bliss sunset seems like a charming idea to me!

For a "sweeter" twist - how about this delightful faux-bois cake topper? I love that image by our very own Katie Stoops. The hand held burlap banner (bottom right) is perfect for a rustic chic wedding. Using a similar burlap banner on your cake table (top right) is a great way to have it do "double-duty"! The vintage lettering on this card banner (top left) is timeless and and so sweet!

Whether you attach it to a vehicle, a table, your cake or hold it for a photo - I hope you feel inspired to shout out "Just Married" at your celebration!

Happy Planning!

Rustic Orange Fall Wedding Inspiration

posted by Jennifer 9/7/12

In these early days of Fall how lovely would a Peachy~Rustic Orange wedding be?! Here in Wahoo Country it's a no brainer how great this color scheme is! This wedding inspiration photo shoot from Glamour & Grace blog is brimming with so many ideas that I love and had to share with you. The peach and orange rosemary skewers in this Sangria punch are so adorable - I can't wait to make these! They are fun for any party - not just your cocktail hour.

I always love a dessert display but what I was more struck by in this photo is the lovely ribbon backdrop! I love to string ribbon like this - it's a great way to add color to a space!!

Speaking of dessert how adorable are these pie pops?! These are a hot trend in weddings right now and I think they are especially ideal for a Fall wedding - pies and Autumn just seem to go hand in hand.

Looking for some placecard inspiration? How about these simple frames with strips of ribbon and mini clothespins? Not to mention the beautiful shape of the placecards - collectively this adds up to a lovely display!

I hope you are as inspired as I am by this beautiful photo shoot!

Happy Planning!


A Secret Garden Wedding Reception

posted by Jennifer 8/15/12

Blackberries and Cherries in Purple Glass Bowl, Berries in Champagne, Secret Garden Table, Whimsical Storybook Table, Moss covered table, Moss Table Runner

Today I invite you to join me at the 'Secret Garden' table from the Wonder Photography workshop at Belle Haven. This table was created by Pat & Sherry of Southern Blooms and Meghan Streit of Shindig Events and it is - in a word - breathtaking to me! Being an avid reader who especially loves a good fairy tale with a happy ending this table is the epitome of Fairytales and Happy Endings!

Secret Garden Table, Whimsical Storybook Table, Moss covered table, Moss Table Runner, Mushroom Centerpieces, Lantern Centerpieces, Cafe lights over table outside

This scene was set on a lovely graveled terrace nestled between the main house and the darling guest cottage. I love the cafe lights strung over the table - you know it would be enchanting at night! These lights were provided by Blue Ridge Light Forms.

Secret Garden Table, Whimsical Storybook Table, Moss covered table, Moss Table Runner, Mushroom Centerpieces, Lantern Centerpieces

I love the moss "runner" on the table and the mix of colored glass bottles, terracotta pots and lanterns... even the table itself is exquisite.

Carved Stone Table Base with wood plank top

This carved stone table base is a work of art in it's own right! I love the aged patina that it has - and all the little chips and varied colors make me love it more, not less! Wouldn't it be amazing to have a table like this? And I love that it has a planked wood top rather than glass - it just feels ancient!

Blackberries and Cherries in Champagne, Lilac Champagne, Honey jar centerpiece, brown bottle centerpiece, brown bottle centerpiece, moss covered table, moss centerpiece, wildflower centerpiece, storybook table, fairy tale table, fern centerpiece, fern flower arrangement

Back up to the tabletop... I love the blackberries and cherries in the lilac colored champagne. Simply divine! And how alluring is the open jar of honey? Don't you want to just dip right into it?

Blackberries and Cherries in Champagne, Lilac Champagne, Honey jar centerpiece, brown bottle centerpiece, brown bottle centerpiece, moss covered table, moss centerpiece, wildflower centerpiece, storybook table, fairy tale table, fern centerpiece, fern flower arrangement, mushrooms and ferns in lanterns

Here's a slightly closer look at the tablescape. Don't you love the terracotta pot laying on it's side? It's meant to be that way. And yes, those are mushrooms (!) in the lantern terrariums! {Insert happy squeal!} There are so many delightful details I could sit and stare at this table for hours and not get bored!

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Here's a quick view of the table facing the house. When I stepped out that door onto the porch and saw the table I literally squealed with delight! (Don't you love that porch by the way? The trim detailing is so pretty!)

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I also love the brick pavers on the ground creating a lattice pattern to hold in the gravel. The interior designer in me can't help but notice that!

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You can also see a pheasant feather tucked into the terrarium with the orchids, ferns and mushrooms!

brown bottle centerpiece, brown jar centerpiece, moss covered table, moss centerpiece, wildflower centerpiece, storybook table, fairy tale table, fern centerpiece, fern flower arrangement

I wish I could tell you the names of all these flowers - sadly I can't. But aren't they pretty just the same?

Wildflower bouquet

This is the bouquet Pat & Sherry created to compliment the tablescape. Isn't it gorgeous? Again, I can't name all the flowers... I do spot roses, clematis, lamb's ear, and a variety of hydrangea but there are host of other blooms that I can't begin to guess! And don't you just love that ribbon? Being the complete ribbon addict that I am I can't help but sigh over these little beauties! Details like that make all the difference to me!

Champagne Popsicle Cocktail

Sitting just adjacent to the table was this welcoming tray of champagne popsicle cocktails - or maybe they are meant for dessert? No matter when you serve these they will surely delight your "grown-up" guests! Totally can't wait to play with this idea - stay tuned for a post on that coming soon!

Woodland bar, alcohol bar, bar cart, wooden bar cart, whiskey bar, liquor bar, cut glass decanters

Adjacent to the table tucked under a tree was this beautiful woodland bar. I love the bar cart sourced by Meghan Streit! I totally want one!

Woodland bar, alcohol bar, bar cart, wooden bar cart, whiskey bar, liquor bar, cut glass decanters

Aren't aren't these cut glass decanters the limit! I feel a new obsession coming on. I really, really want some... Even if I just fill them with colored water!

Sangria Bar with floating edible flowers

Then, as if by magic, the decanters were whisked away and the cart became a sangria bar!

Sangria Bar with floating edible flowers

The floating flowers were the perfect "finishing touch" to these lovely jars! Thank you again to Jen Fariello, Robert Radifera, Katie Stoops, Southern Blooms, Shindig Events and Belle Haven for creating this magical event!

Happy Planning!

Jennifer Carroll, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

Rustic Chic Wedding Shoot at Belle Haven

posted by Jennifer 8/8/12

White Wedding Cake, Leaf Wedding Cake, Ruffled Wedding Cake, Art of Photography Workshop

Hello and welcome to Part 2 of the Wonder Photography Workshop post! As you can see this workshop was just filled with amazing detail after detail! I adored this cake! The cake was made by Jenny of Paradox Pastry in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bride in Monique Lhuillier gown, Bride getting ready

We had wonderful models at the shoot - we got to follow them as if it were a real wedding day. Since I don't usually shoot people I was feeling a bit intimidated about this aspect of the workshop but I found that I did enjoy it! Above is the "bride" getting ready in one of the beautiful bedrooms at Belle Haven. She is a wearing an absolutely stunning Monique Lhuillier gown. I adore the detailing on this dress!

Wedding Shoes, Fancy Wedding Shoes, Sparkly High Heels

Speaking of details - I love shoes and these sparkly heels are some of the most lovely I've ever seen! So I had to share them!! Don't you love the netting and the rhinestones? Oh how I love them!

Groom getting ready

This is our "groom" - he looks so much like Robert Pattinson to me... being a big Twilight fan - this made my job that much more fun :D

Bride & Groom First Look photo

We also staged a "first look" shot - I love the smile on her face as she anticipates seeing her "groom" for the "first time"!

Happy Couple, Wedding Couple, Just Married Couple

Don't they make a happy looking couple?! Not only did we have beautiful models we also had beautiful details like these papers:

Kraft Paper invitations by If So Inklined, white ink calligraphy

These were created by Jen Maton of If So Inklined. Aren't they dreamy? Her work is amazing! I hope you'll check her out.

Dinner & Appetizers by The Catering Outfit

There was also a bounty of delicious food by The Catering Outfit - featuring crab, duck, seared tuna, shrimp and other delicious flavors!

Belle Haven willow and vegetable garden

All these fabulous details were enhanced by the fantastic setting that we were in! Belle Haven is such a gem of a property! I love the vegetable garden in the top photo and isn't this Weeping Willow dreamy?! These are one of my favorite trees - there is something magical to me about them.

Brick Fountain and Wide Front Porch at Belle Haven

I also loved all the many pathways and porches of the farm. There are wonderful views abounding!

Belle Haven Cottage

But my favorite spot was this darling cottage! The detailing really is straight out of a storybook! When you rent Belle Haven for an event I believe you also get the use of this delightful cottage - sweet, right!

I hope you've enjoyed part 2! I'm so excited to share the final installment with you next week - it includes the amazing tablescape I promised you!

Til then,

Happy Planning!

Jennifer Carroll, Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception

posted by Jennifer 7/27/12

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception Table

This past week I was invited to “Wonder”land! My friends Jen Fariello, Robert Radifera and Katie Stoops – all extremely talented photographers took budding photographers like myself on a workshop journey “behind-the-lens” to teach us how to capture better images and may I just say – what a treat this was!!! Made even more special by the stunning scenes that my dear friends Pat Roberts & Sherry Spencer of Southern Blooms and Meghan Streit of Shindig Events created for us. And as if that weren’t enough we were at Belle Haven one of the most lovely farms overlooking the James River in Scottsville, Virginia. Honestly – it was an amazing day & a half!

Rustic Chalkboard Wedding Direction Sign

Naturally being a photography workshop I took a few zillion photos – way to many to fit in one post – so I’ll be splitting these into multiple posts so we can savor the delicious eye-candy! Today’s post is all about the barn at Belle Haven and the rustic-chic table that Pat, Sherry & Meghan created there! I especially love all the lights in the top photo – thanks to Blue Ridge Light Forms for stringing those jems! The directional sign above was so cute – I love how the ‘merriment’ one has arrows pointing in every direction! That’s how it should be – fun is all around you!

Old Red Barn for Wedding, Rustic Barn Wedding

Isn’t this old red barn fantastic?! And it’s the “real deal”! It’s been there for a couple HUNDRED years – amazing! It has an original wood floor which makes it perfect for events – good news for all you brides out there – you can rent it for your wedding!

Rustic Wedding Reception, Drink Tickets

Another delightful detail on the way into the barn were these tickets pinned to the fence – now you of course don’t want to “charge” guests for drinks at your wedding so these are really more just a fun prop to give guests – think of it like monopoly money to play with. Just a fun detail!

Rustic Wedding Reception, Drink Tickets, Golden Ticket

There was even this “Golden Ticket” hiding amongst them – I couldn’t help but happily hum “I’ve got a golden ticket!” as I trotted off to the barn – all you Willy Wonka fans out there – you get it! :D

Rustic Wedding Reception Table, Rustic Chic wedding

The table itself was laden with so many goodies – a magnificent fruit & vegetable centerpiece that unfortunately I just didn’t get a good photograph of, as well as lots of old tins and jars and I loved that amongst all the vintage treasures there were these beautiful, shiny silver candelabras. What a happy blend of rustic & glamorous!

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception, Rustic Wedding Placesetting, Mismatched silver flatware, vintage placesetting, vintage flatware

The placesettings were lovely and my favorite part of these were the mis-matched silver flatware – I love that look! I love the simple figs on the placecards too! And what about that napkin ring?! OK, my favorite part of this was – all of it!

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception, Rustic Wedding Tablescape

Check out the fabulous mix of stemware – I LOVE that there is a simple water bottle right next to that delicate wine glass! You would normally never see this and yet – I think it totally works! Love that! Removing the label is key to this look.

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception, Wedding Chalkboard Menu

Off the table there were tons of details too – chalkboards are a hot, hot, hot trend in weddings right now and they had one in the barn. {Yes, my photo is a little fuzzy – sorry about that! Remember I was a “student” at the workshop.}

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception, Wildflower Seed Wedding Favors

We all got to take home a sachet of wildflower seeds – what a beautiful wedding favor these would make! Aren’t they sweet?!

Rustic Barn Wedding Reception, Jam Jar Escort Cards

Another too cute detail were these mini jam jars with labels so they double as an escort card for guests to find their table – don’t you love them?! What a simple and stylish idea – love it!

Phew! As lovely as this is – and it is – believe it or not this is not my favorite scene from the workshop… I’ll be sharing more with you including the most gorgeous table I might have ever seen. EVER. Can’t wait to share that with you next week!

Happy Planning!


Stunning Wedding Headpieces

posted by Jennifer 7/19/12

Among the many treats involved in deciding how to wear your hair on your wedding day is the fun of perusing the myriad of gorgeous options available in headpieces. From tiaras, to flowers, to simple pearl clips and everything in between the styles available today are many. I particularly love this feather & flower comb above from the wedding chicks. SO beautiful! Perfect for a Fall wedding with a vintage vibe!

This small group above was curated by the team over at lover.ly. I'm especially loving the ones in the middle with the little bit of netting. SO chic!

I also like it when the ladies wear different but similar styles of headpieces as see in this photo also from the wedding chicks. I think it adds texture and interest to the photos. What do you think?

Have you decided how you'll wear your hair yet? Planning tip: remember to bring your clip or comb to your hair trial. It's important that your stylist be able to practice with your headpiece before the "big day" to avoid any extra drama.

Happy Planning!


Fall Wedding Bouquet Inspiration

posted by Jennifer 7/11/12

Floral Bouquet for Fall Wedding


A wedding bouquet resting on a simple wooden swing - how delightfully Fall! This week, I've collected a few wedding bouquets to inspire your perfect Autumn flowers. Above we see a lovely bouquet filled with calla lillies, roses and hypericum berries, to name a few of the blooms, all in dusty shades of red & orange.

Fall Wedding Bouquet


Here we see a Fall bouquet that is filled with Fall's signature explosion of color!  This boquet paired with this gown just screams Fall Princess Bride to me! How about you? I love the little fern curl's tucked into this bouquet.... 

Creamy Autumn Bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings


I think this bouquet which has an informal - fresh from the garden (or meadow!) - look to it is one of my all time favorites! Filled with 'Juliet' roses, dusty pink and burgundy ranunculus, white anemones with black centers, trailing green amaranths, parsley, and mint - it's a stunner!

Creamy Fall Wedding Bouquet


This last bouquet is the epitome of rustic fall grandeur! The hydrangeas mixed with all of these glorious grasses are just divine. They would probably have me sneezing in seconds (I've got lots of grass allergies) but it just might be worth it - they are THAT pretty to me!

Whether you want bold color or serene creams, Fall wedding bouquets can be created to suit your unique wedding style! Click over to our Wedding Look Book of fabulous vendors to have one of our amazing florists design yours today.

Happy Planning!



Looking ahead to Fall!

posted by Jennifer 7/5/12

We are so excited to share the new Fall/Winter issue of the Wedding Directory with you! It's about to launch any day now so keep an eye out! To get you in the spirit of Fall weddings I've pulled together a few luscious photographs of weddings in the deep, rich tones of Autumn for you to enjoy! Above this plum & gold menu {source: 100 Layer Cake} is so elegant and yet when placed next to these simple amber bottles it becomes whimsical and beguiling!

I especially love the details in this wedding - the blackberries, the feathers, the china, the mix of old wood and silver - rustic & chic - lovely! I think this look would be so easy to recreate at one of our fabulous local vineyards. Don't you?

For a grander but equally stunning gold & plum combination how about these regal candelabras? I think the tables are topped with mirrors - how amazing will that be when it gets dark? The room, whether indoors or out, will positively glow! {source: Bridal Guide} Festive Fare, our local rental source, has these gold chiavari chairs - maybe they could find some mirror tops for you too?

One last fall image that I couldn't help but share is this autumn garland on this horse. {source: honey of a thousand flowers} It's simply magical to me! I love horses and I love Fall - what a combination! The roses are a perfect foil to the leaves and berries in this arrangement too. I have worked with a lot of horses in weddings here in Charlottesville but I have to say I haven't seen a garland like this yet!

We have even more lovely images and lots (and lots!) of great tips and information to help you plan your Fall/Winter Charlottesville wedding, so check out the new issue!

Happy Planning!


Red, White & Blue Wedding Inspiration

posted by Jennifer 7/4/12


With the 4th of July this week I can't help but think of fun & new ideas for infusing some Red, White & Blue charm into your wedding. Why do I love these events? Because they replace the Navy with Aqua to make a perfect summer splash - invigorating this traditional color scheme making it fresh and new for you!


The red coral candles and painted manzanita branches are so vibrant and pairing them with the pale aqua really lets them shine - yet it feels romantic and elegant - lovely!


For a more casual celebration these vintage inspired pop bottles nestled among the red & white carnations and candles are perfect. Even the ornaments add to the look and I think the striped fabric really helps this table feel like summer rather than Christmas (which the ornaments could have done). You could easily add some blue ribbon here if you wanted to!


For a slightly more elegant yet not formal setting, this aqua mercury glass feels romantic & festive - especially with the twinkle of candlelight!

How would you add red, white & blue to your wedding? I hope these ideas inspire you to think beyond the traditional flag and try something new!

Happy Planning!



Wedding Invitation 101

posted by Jennifer 6/26/12

Top 5 wedding invitation mistakes

I was recently chatting with a woman who was telling me a funny story about all the faux pas that her friend made with her wedding invitations. It made me think that I should write a post of the top 5 most important things to do (or not do) with your wedding invitations.

:: Tip # 1 ::
Ettiquette encourages us to not mention gifts anywhere on your invitation. Rely on word of mouth or your wedding website to get the word out about preferred presents but no matter what, remember, it is a definite no-no to put it on your invitation.

:: Tip # 2 ::
When addressing your envelopes be sure to name EACH guest. If you leave a name off the envelope it is implied that they are not invited. If you are using an inner envelope you can abbreviate the outside names to "and Family" for example and then list the family members names inside.

:: Tip # 3 ::
Be sure to include stamps on the reply envelopes. It's important to take this cost into account when budgeting for your invitations.

:: Tip # 4 ::
Try to avoid using abbreviations unless it is for a name like "Jr."or "Sr.". Most commonly I see abbreviations in street names and state names. While this isn't an out-and-out breach of ettiquette, spelling it all out does present a more polished look on your papers.

:: Tip # 5 ::
Count your addresses not your guest names when determining how many invitations to order. For example, if you are inviting 250 guests you probably only need around 150 invitations. You'd be surprised how often couples make this mistake.

There are of course other details to keep an eye out for (like typos - have at least 3 people proof-read for you!) but this list will help you avoid some of the most common ones!

Happy Planning!


Sophisticated Orange & Blue Wedding Shoot

posted by Jennifer 6/7/12

I am always on the lookout for fabulous orange & blue weddings and when I saw this one on the Ruffled blog recently I knew I had to share it with you! While this is a travel themed wedding inspiration shoot I loved their uses of orange and blue and thought you might too!

{top left} The mix of vintage books, bold fabrics and fruits continue to be popular with couples today. I love the comfort that this look imbues. This would be equally lovely at home!

{top right} Classically understanded even though it's a vibrant orange invitation. I love it! Plus, pocket style invitations like this are great for holding all the different bits and pieces of information you need to share with your wedding guests for your wedding weekend events.

{middle} Beautiful mix of shapes make this placesetting feel very modern but the traditional handles of the flatware give it a sense of tradition too. I also really like the ribbon wrap on the napkin which is layered between the plates. A great extra detail!

{bottom left} Simple and striking image of the humble orange.

{bottom right} Fabulous bouquet!! I love the orange roses and tulips but I'm especially smitten by the variegated greenery that is looped in the arrangement. It adds a perfect foil of green to the bouquet giving it just a hint of a modern twist. Lovely!

There is a lot more to see of this shoot on the Ruffled website. Be sure to check it out!

Happy Planning!


Charlottesville finds on Etsy!

posted by Jennifer 5/29/12

I love etsy. Not only do I have a shop on etsy (check it out here: www.etsy.com/shop/JenCarrollVA) but it is filled with fantastic finds like these!

{left photo} How charming are these starry skied notecards with a beautifully detailed view of the Charlottesville skyline? So unique! They would make a charming bridesmaid gift! You could also break the set up for fabulous favor tags, table signs and more! Visit architette studios for more details.

{top right photo} These wedding stickers sport the silhouette of the University's crowning jewel: the Rotunda. Customize these with your choice of font and colors to match your wedding palette. How cute would these be on welcome bags, wedding favors, even rehearsal dinner envelopes? Lots of ways to play with these cute stickers! Visit sweetsanity to learn more about these skyline stickers.

{middle right photo} Add a pop of orange and blue with these fabric flower pins. Fun embellishments for handbags, hats, even a corsage! This 4 and 1/2 inch bloom will be a fun keepsake for long after your wedding day. Visit RoxieGs shop to pluck this everlasting bloom.

{bottom right photo} One of my favorite etsy finds is this "Family Established Sign". Perfect for feathering your new nest! A silhouette of the state of Virginia with a heart right over Charlottesville and your new family name below. Customize this with your choice of font and wedding colors to match either your home decor or your wedding color scheme. Either way - this is a truly special memento! Visit Cedar House Keepsakes to see their choices.

Happy Planning!


Wedding Chalk Art

posted by Jennifer 5/17/12

Chalk board art is a huge trend right now especially in the world of weddings. And why not? It's versatile, functional and can be tailored to fit any style and any budget - it's a dream match! Above is a simple yet stunning sign created by the reigning queen of chalk art Dana Tanamachi. She is the genius behind the February 2012 Oprah magazine cover. For more truly amazing inspiration you can see a gallery of her work by clicking here.

I especially love Dana's lifesize chalk photo backdrop {shown above}. How cool is that?

Obviously all chalkboard signs don't have to be as detailed as Dana's. As you can see from the signs at this drink station (Photography: Sarah Yates Photography via Green Wedding Shoes) simple can still be gorgeous. Here a fancy frame makes all the difference.

Above Dana shows us that humble chalkboards can sometimes be best for showcasing mini masterpieces - I love that these are so at home in a barn or other rustic reception environment. (photo via Glitter & Pearls)

Love the look of chalkboard art but can't do it yourself? Check out etsy artists like CustomChalk.com to let a pro handle it for you!

Will you be having any chalk signs at your wedding?

I hope you'll try this fun and forgiving (you can erase it and start again after all!) art form!

Happy Planning!


Charlottesville Wedding on Style Me Pretty

posted by Jennifer 5/9/12

When I saw this wedding, I just knew I had to share it with you. Recently featured on StyleMePretty.com, Tiffany & John's gorgeous Charlottesville wedding is overflowing with wonderful design ideas and lots of signature Charlottesville touches. Click here to view the entire wedding gallery. Many of my favorite Charlottesville vendors collaborated to create all these details that I know you're going to love. What you see here is just the tip of the iceberg! Photos courtesy of Jen Fariello Photography.

King Family Vineyards provided an ideal backdrop for the wedding reception. I love the bold graphics in the blue & green color scheme - so fresh! Perfect for this season!!

How about these sweet treats?! Candies, cookies & cakes that are all almost too lovely to eat... almost.

Check out the LookBook pages of some of the wonderful vendors that collaborated on this wedding (you can view a complete list of vendors on the Style Me Pretty site here). 

Wedding Photography: Jen Fariello Photography

Décor: Pat’s Floral Designs

Catering: Keswick Hall Catering

Wedding Cake: Maliha Creations

Custom Cookies: One Creative Cookie

Rentals: Festive Fare

Transportation: Albemarle Limousine

Makeup: Face Value Studio

Congratulations Tiffany & John on your amazing wedding!! I hope you've found some inspiration for your wedding too!!

Happy Planning!



How To Personalize Your First Dance

posted by Jennifer Carroll 4/19/12

photo Jen Fariello

Ahhh.... the first dance. For some this is their chance to perform choreography worthy of the next season of Dancing with the Stars, for others it is a task to be dreaded and feared. But for all it is deemed de rigueur in the wedding world so we see couples constantly looking for ways to personalize their first dance.

Where to begin? First, you can look at what's popular in the wedding song arena.

Here's the Top 5 list for 2012:
1:    At Last – Etta James
2:    Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
3:    Marry Me – Train
4:    You and Me – Dave Matthews Band
Tied for 5th:   All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo; Lucky - Jason Mraz; The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra; and Then – Brad Paisley

Did you catch that Charlottesville's Own Dave Matthews is on the list?!

Once you select your first dance song - consider choosing a different performer or arrangement to make it stand out. Also, consider incorporating it into your wedding ceremony. For example, have your ceremony musicians play an instrumental version of it when the bride enters or when you both exit the ceremony. Guests may not recognize it immediately but it will click later during the reception when they see and hear you dancing to a more familiar version of the song.

The most important advice I can tell you though is to BE YOURSELF. If you are a fun loving and silly couple and "The Candy Man" is your song then embrace it and have fun with it.

I strongly encourage couples to seek out the help of a dance teacher if they are feeling nervous. This professional can help you create a dance that will be memorable and comfortable for your skill level. And the most important advice of all? Practice, Practice, Practice!

So remember:

  1. Be Yourself,
  2. Have Fun &
  3. Practice

and you will have a personal, memorable first dance even if you have two left feet!

Happy Dancing!


Cornhole Fun!

posted by Jennifer on 4/11/12

I am so excited to introduce you to the Virginia Cornhole company! As a planner I would always brainstorm with couples on fun activities to have at their reception - especially during the cocktail hour - to keep guests engaged and entertained. This is my new favorite recommendation! How fun are these UVA & VA Tech themed games? Not only will they be fun for your wedding but they will be great for family BBQs, reunions and more for years to come! Want to personalize your cornhole game even more? Just give them a call and they will help you out!

Virginia Cornhole

Happy Planning!


{Let's Stuff} A Welcome Basket

posted by Jennifer on 4/6/12

Have you started thinking about your Welcome Bags yet? Here are a few great items to get you started or to round out a great gift! White Oak Lavender Farm is a family owned farm located in the Shenandoah Valley. Open Tuesdays - Sundays they offer not only lovely lavender items but also an oasis of family friendly activites including petting the numerous farm animals, shopping in the farm shop or sitting a spell to soak in the gorgeous mountain views and countryside. Visit www.whiteoaklavender.com to learn more!

{Top Left} The Lavender Honey ($7) is not only a great welcome gift but this could also be a fantastic favor!

{Top Right} This medium embroidered sachet ($5) is a great travel companion for those out of town guests!

{Bottom Left} The Grand Pearl Sachet ($15) is a gift in itself! Ideal if you want to just give one great gift.

{Bottom Right} One of my new favorite things! This jar of lavender sugar ($6) will not soon be forgotten by the lucky recipient. Beyond welcome gifts....How delightful would this sugar be served as Local Lavender Lemonade at your cocktail hour?!

I hope you are as inspired as I am by the wonderful labor of love that is coming from White Oak Lavender Farm!

Happy Planning!



Vintage DVD favors

posted by Jennifer on 3/29/12

Looking for a unique and local favor for your wedding? Then be sure to check out Vintage: The Winemaker’s Year by Charlottesville production company Silverthorn Films. The feature-length documentary explores the rapid growth of the wine industry in Virginia and its increasing impact on the state’s cultural, social and economic landscape. Enjoyed by audiences across the country, this DVD celebrates Virginia's exciting wine industry and how it is changing the future of wine produced in the U.S. A great idea for your vineyard wedding!

Silverthorn Films will create custom DVD labels for your wedding -- just ask. Want to dress it up even more? Consider some of the wrapping ideas like the ones shown above.

{Top Right} Sinamay fabric cases offer a very organic feeling to your CD or dvd wedding favors. Available at BlissWeddingsMarket.com

{Bottom Right} Metal Tins wrapped with paper belly bands -- which can be infinitely customized! -- are sleek and stylish. Also available at BlissWeddingsMarket.com or your local Michael's Craft Store.

{Bottom Left} Pair your Vintage DVD with a vintage sheet music wrap for a chic and rustic wedding style! Visit Sanguinaria's etsy shop for this upcycled wrapping.

Happy Planning!


Wedding Hairstyle Inspiration

Posted by Jennifer on 03/22/2012

Have you decided on your wedding day hairstyle yet? There are so many options to consider -- up, down, half up & half down... curls, straight, long, short... on and on! No matter what style you select, be sure to try it out with your stylist well before the big day. Why is this so important to do? Well, here are a few reasons:

  1. It will help you know if you really like that style on yourself.
  2. You can wear it around for several hours to see how it holds up and whether or not it gives you a headache (some updos can!)
  3. Try it with your veil and perhaps even your dress (I think it's great to schedule your wedding portrait the same day, so you can also see how well it photographs!)
  4. Trials like this help you and your stylist get on the same page, which will reduce wedding day stress!

Thanks to AisleCandy.com for these great pics -- find even more wedding day hairstyle inspirations on their site.

Your To-Do List: Be sure to schedule your wedding day hair and makeup as soon as you can, to ensure you get the stylist you really want! Visit our "You Look Marvelous" page to check out some great salons/stylists in Charlottesville.

Happy Planning!



Orange and Blue for Him, Too!

Posted by Jennifer on 03/14/2012

A pop of orange... a dash of navy... add these to your groom's ensemble for instant Cavalier style to his wedding day look. Not sure where to begin? No worries! Here are some great pieces to get you started on your hunt for dashing Wahoo spirit.

{Top Left}
This All-Cotton, No-Iron iron shirt (love the easy maintenance!) by Brooks Brothers will keep him cool on the big day. I like the soft check pattern for a bit of extra dimension. Shown with their All-Over Logo Tie.

{Top Right}
Another classic from Brooks Brothers is this All-Silk Guard Stripe Tie. Not only handsome on your groom but a great gift for dads or  groomsmen!

{Bottom Left}
En garde! For a real color splash, nothing beats this silk saber tie from Vineyard Vines. Oh so dapper!

{Bottom Right}
A little more casual and just right for rehearsal dinners or a bon voyage brunch. I love this gingham Coach's Shirt from Pennington & Bailes!

See any favorites? The great thing about each of these is that he really will wear them again and again. Practical and stylish -- he'll love it!

Happy planning!



Add a Little Orange & Blue 

Posted by Jennifer on 03/07/2012

Brides in Charlottesville are always looking for ways to add a little Orange & Blue to their day. Here I've gathered some fun fashion finds to make it even easier to add Wahoo style to your wedding weekend.

{Left column}
The 'UVA Flair Tie Cardigan' in Orange from meesh & mia. This versatile cardigan can be dressed up or down perfect for a Bon Voyage Brunch!

{Middle Column Top}
The 'Katie Dress' from Yours Truly shown in Orange would be delightful for Welcome Cocktails or even as a bridesmaids dress for a more casual affair.

{Middle Column Middle Photo}
These high heels from My Sweet U will get you down the aisle, while their flats will help you dance the night away!

{Middle Column Bottom}
A great gift for bridesmaids and out of town guests alike - the 'Lovey Scarf', also from Yours Truly, comes in Orange or Navy.

{Right Column}
This flirty dress dubbed 'The Jordan' by Emma Graham is so sweet! Perfect for a rehearsal dinner or the after party, this is a dress that you will wear again and again after the wedding!

I hope you have enjoyed this little UVA-inspired online fashion show and have found inspiration for your trousseau! The designer's I've included above have even more great items, so be sure to look around on their sites. I'll be posting ideas for the guys, too, soon so please check back! Until then...

Happy Planning!



Wedding Inspiration Boards

Posted by Jennifer on 02/27/2012

Wedding Inspiration Board

When planning any big celebration like your wedding, it is so important to have a vision for how you want it to look. And gathering these ideas into a notebook, onto a posterboard, or a website is not only fun but also vital for sharing your vision with the various folks who are going to be part of making it happen. Describing an idea is never as powerful as showing a photo or drawing of it. So, hello Inspiration Board! As I mentioned, it doesn't matter so much how you have your board, electronic or stuck to pages of notebook paper, it's just important that you have something that you can point to when you are discussing your plans. Best part? They are fun to make!

{How I made this}
The photo above is a board that I made for a client using a basic fabric covered board. This mixed media collage is filled with fabric samples for table linens, actual invitation and drink stirrer samples that I designed, segments of crystal strands that we would end up hanging in the reception tent, and lots of photos - some of actual rentals we'd be using and others from wedding websites that either shared colors or feelings with the mood we were trying to create. Using pearl head pins I stuck it all to the board. (Remember it was a fabric board so tape wouldn't work here.) After creating the board I then snapped a photo of it that could easily be shared with other vendors to get us all "on the same page" without toting the board around to every meeting.

This approach is ideal for a truly custom board. Not ready for that yet? Consider using a site like Polyvore or Pinterest. Below is a sample of an inspiration board I made on Polyvore. Like Pinterest, it's a free service which is so simple and so addictive!

Royal Wedding

I hope this sparks your creativity and gets you on the path to pinning, taping or pasting your very own inspiration board!

Happy Planning!






Our Celebrations Editor, Jennifer Carroll, began her event planning career at the elegant Davidoff of Geneva boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills where she hosted countless celebrity dinners and special events in the boutique’s private club, in addition to designing events in private homes and restaurants. While she loved the creativity that L.A.’s A-list events allowed, Jennifer is a southern girl at heart and longed to return to her hometown of Charlottesville.

Jennifer Carroll’s designs and years of expertise have been featured on Real Simple’s Entertaining Blog, MarthaStewartWeddings.com, StyleMePretty.com, Brides, Southern Living Weddings, The Knot, Weddings Unveiled, Washingtonian Bride & Groom and more. As a 2011 Artist in Residence for Victoria Magazine, her designs were featured throughout the year. Jennifer has also been profiled in: The Art of the Celebration Southern Style.

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