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The School of Styling + A Giveaway!

As a blogger + business owner, I’m seriously smitten with The School of Styling workshop for creatives! Taking place at the Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, North Carolina from August 4-6, 2014, this weekend-long experience will help deepen your knowledge of business and gain experience styling — no matter what your profession.

With a goal of teaching new and established wedding and event stylists, interior designers, photographers, bloggers, prop stylists, and business owners how to design and style a space, event, or photo shoot creatively, The School of Styling is not to be missed! Designed to be well-rounded, the workshop will have a three part curriculum (core sessions, intensive sessions and breakout sessions), featuring incredible speakers and intensives ranging from floral design to table top design!

Without a doubt, you’ll leave The School of Styling with a better understanding of your business + creative abilities as well as some amazing new relationships! Sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it? Well there’s more!

The School of Styling is giving one lucky winner a few of their favorite styling essentials (candle, mug, print, pencils + monogrammed apron) as well as a 10% off the workshop ticket price! To enter, simply comment on this post by July 10 with why you’d love to attend The School of Styling workshop. A winner will be randomly chosen an announced on Friday, July 11. To register for The School of Styling, head over here. Hurry — registration ends July 14th! 

Photo Credit: Landon JacobHalf Apron: Oatmeal Lace Design | Mug: Jenna Kutcher | Print: B Is For Bonnie Design | Pencils: B Is For Bonnie Design | Candle: Anthropologie

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Summer Wedding Inspiration with Pewter Accents

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes but when it’s packaged up in the prettiest summer shoot you ever did see, we count our lucky stars for vendors like Elle AffairsSouthern Posies, Cakes By Kim and Spindle Photography. They know exactly how to get our hearts a’ racing, but the best news yet? This party is JUST getting started. Click right here for so much more.


From Spindle PhotographyEvent planner and stylist Brittany Lott of Elle Affairs dreamed up this romantic and feminine wedding inspiration shoot that is filled to the brim with gorgeous eye candy for spring and summer brides. While the color palette is pastel, the pink, purple and blue shades we picked for the long mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses are a little more moody than your typical Easter pinks and yellows. With pretty dusty blue details like the ink for the calligraphed paper suite, and pewter accents like the sparkly Kate Spade bride’s shoes, it was altogether dreamy!

The crazy-gorgeous florals were bursting with lush light pink and peach peonies, ranunculus, and Butterfly Blue scabiosa. The bride’s gown is a gorgeous Hayley Paige with flounced skirt and striking keyhole back adorned with a metallic crystal beading. Silver foil gave the light blue cake some subtle glam and were accompanied by Earl Grey macarons dusted with edible metallic powder that we quickly devoured at the end of the day.

The venue, Rucker Place, is a romantic and charming historic home with a wrap-around porch (with a painted dusty blue floor! Kismet!), and is the perfect setting for our fresh affair that a classic/romance-loving bride would adore.

Photography: Spindle Photography | Videography: Brittany Arias | Event Planning: Elle Affairs | Floral Design: Southern Posies | Wedding Dress: White Dresses Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Birmingham | Cake + Mini Cake Favors: Cakes By Kim | Ceremony + Reception: Historic Rucker Place | Hair + Make-up: Brittany Benton Massey | Macarons: Magic City Macarons | Paper Goods + Calligraphy: Ragan House Lettering | Shoes + Accessories: Kate Spade | Silver Chiavari Chairs: Event Rentals Unlimited | Table Decor: Table Matters | Vintage Rolls Royce: Coats Classic Cars | Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige

Autumn Wedding With Shades of Gold

When I close my eyes and think of fall, this wedding is exactly what comes to mind. Crisp, autumn leaves, rich shades of gold and gatherings of loves ones in the great outdoors. The only thing that could top it, of course, is having Jonas Seaman by your side to capture every second. He snapped the whole gallery of wedding goodness you can’t afford to miss!


From the Bride… Geoff is from Cleveland and has always loved fall in the South. He just thinks it’s the prettiest time of year and it’s my favorite time of year, too. We knew we wanted our wedding to be in the fall and wanted an outside venue that would showcase the autumn colors. That was the first most certain thing. Everything grew from there as far as inspiration for the color palette and flowers.

Our families and friends helped pull everything together. My mom does flower design for a living so the ladies she works with did our bouquets using fall flowers and fall colors. My hairpiece was worn by Geoff’s grandmother when she got married. I had already picked my dress that had appliques of flowers. It was so cool when his mom happened to find the hairpiece and it had the same detailing.

As for the decor, I wanted it to feel antique inspired while still being comfortable. My mom works at an antiques store called Henhouse Antiques. They were really sweet to let us use little silver baskets for the flower girls and several antique tables. My family also provided the silver trays that we used to serve the appetizers and to present the programs.

The dining area was the most important element for us. We very much wanted to emphasize the coming together of all of our friends and family for a great meal. Geoff’s restaurant, El Barrio catered. I’d seen a picture of lights swooping down from a gable of a roof and thought that would enclose the outdoor dining space perfectly. We also used flowers overhead to fill the space. One of our friends from the antique store beautifully hand wrote the seating chart on a couple hanging flags. We did a mix of different silver vases and candlesticks for the table decor. I liked the wood feel of the tables and I wanted to add a little something without covering them entirely. Deep turquoise is my favorite color so we bought linen and cut it into runners.

Overall I wanted our day to feel elegant but without crossing the fine line into being stuffy or formal. I wanted people to feel like they were coming to play with us and enjoy the day.

Photography: Jonas Seaman Photography | Hair & Makeup: Celine Russell | Antiques: Henhouse Antiques | Caterer : El Barrio | Ceremony / Reception Venue: Swan Lake Stables | Custom Printing: Kyle Fine Stationery | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Dress Shop: Ivory And White Boutique | Floral: Lagniappe Designs

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