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DIY Pallet Escort Card Display

I absolutely adore all the sweet ways people display their escort cards, and thanks to Spark And WildflowerBloom Calligraphy and Dionel Photography we have yet another display to swoon over. It’s a totally doable DIY, and is a surefire way to impress your guests. 

From Spark And WildflowerThis escort card display was originally inspired by the beautiful blue and white patterned drawer knobs I ended up using as escort tag hangers. I knew I wanted to create something centered around a classic, elegant style with just a touch of weathered and rustic charm, thus the pallet escort card display was born.

I chose a worn pallet that I painted grey, followed by a layer of dry brushed white paint to create a distressed look. My gorgeous, mismatched knobs served perfectly as hangers for the escort tags that were so beautifully penned by Linda of Bloom Calligraphy. When considering signage, I wanted something that would communicate it’s message while contributing to the variety of textures and the soft color palette that this display exudes. I selected romantic serif letters that I tied on using the loveliest powder blue velvet ribbon, to simply spell the words, “find your seat.”

This display’s soft airiness, antique, worn appearance and feminine touches make it perfect for wedding decor, and can easily be customized to fit a variety of styles and color palettes. My friend Dionel, the talent behind Dionel Photography, did an impeccable job of portraying the style and feel I was hoping to achieve through her stunning photos.


wood pallet
power drill
drawer knobs
ribbon for tying on your letters
escort tags, hole punched
ribbon for your tags



Find your pallets. You’ll more than likely need multiple pallets to accommodate all of your escort tags (my pallet is 3 feet by 3.5 feet and contains 30 knobs, with about 10 inches of space between each) so consider your number of tags and the spacing you want before shopping. I went with a used pallet to achieve a worn, distressed look for my display, but you can purchase brand new pallets from any hardware store for a cleaner look. You can often acquire used pallets from flower shops, farmer’s markets, and other small businesses that are willing to give away their old ones, however some businesses hire pallet removal companies, so it’s important to ask permission before taking any pallets you see.


Sand. It won’t need a ton, but sand your pallet just enough to remove the larger wood splinters.


Paint. I chose a warm charcoal grey for the base layer, followed by white paint which I lightly dry brushed on to create a worn, antique look, allowing my dark grey to show through.


Measure + Drill. Once you know how many knobs you can fit on each panel (and have reserved a couple of panels for your letters) measure and mark a point for each knob to achieve even spacing and straight lines. Drill your holes and erase all pencil marks.


Attach your drawer knobs. Select the knobs you want for your display (all of mine were found at Hobby Lobby!) and decide how you want to arrange them. I found it useful to lay mine on the floor and map out what order I’d like them in before attaching them. This way, you can play around with the arrangement until you have it just right – I also took a picture of my ‘map’ as a reference.


Tie on your letters. The letters I selected were 4 inches tall (from Hobby Lobby) and required two panels of my pallet to fit the words, “find your seat,” comfortably. Using ribbon (I adore my powder blue ribbon, also found at Hobby Lobby) cut strands approximately 10 inches long. Tie one end to the top of your letter, wrap around the panel until it ends in the back, and tie the ribbon to itself. This will cause some letters to be crooked – an aesthetic element you may or may not prefer – so if you want all of your letters to be straight, simply loop the ribbon around the panel only once, tying the second end to the bottom of the letter.


Escort Tags. Once you have your hole punched escort tags, select a ribbon to go with them (this cream ribbon was found at, yes, Hobby Lobby) and cut into strands. String and tie to create hanging tags, which puts the finishing touch on your pallet escort card display. Voila!

Photography: Dionel Photography | Calligraphy: Bloom Calligraphy | DIY: Spark And Wildflower

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Glamorous Pink Garden Wedding at Cascade Hills Country Club

The vibrant hues of pink layered into this lush garden soiree? They’re delicious and glam, and fit for the chicest of weddings like this one from K. Holly Photography. From the stunning bridesmaids to the luxe florals by Modern Day Floral And Event Design, this gallery is filled to the brim with pink goodness that’ll give you a happy little jolt on this hump day afternoon.


From K. Holly PhotographyA glamorous lush garden theme with varying tones of deep and light pink. Marielle and Rob planned an incredibly gorgeous wedding, and everything went flawlessly. The day started with a warm-up celebration in the backyard of Marielle’s family home. The couple said their I-do’s at Central Reformed Church, and celebrated with their friends and family at the exclusive Cascade Hills Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The look was tied together with luxe pink flowers, linens, and details by Modern Day Floral, invitations and papers by Gwyneth Paige, and of course, the grand backdrops of their chosen venues. It felt like the event of the season, and yet there was a very intimate connection with family and faith.

Photography: K. Holly Photography | Event Design: Modern Day Floral And Event Design | Floral Design: Modern Day Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Belle Vie Bridal Couture | Invitations: Gwyneth Paige | Ceremony Venue: Central Reformed Church | Reception Venue: Cascade Hills Country Club | Band: Gold Coast All Stars

Classic Summer Wedding

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that weddings as stunning as this actually exist, but I am here to tell you, loves… it’s so, so true.  It’s the masterful stylings + florals of Modern Day Floral And Events joining forces with crazy cool La Tavola linens, fab paper goods from William Arthur and one crazy gorgeous moment after another captured by Kai Heeringa Photography.  Lose your breath in the full gallery.

And a sweeter than sweet look at the day from Coastline Studios… You’re welcome. 


From Modern Day Floral and Events… When I first met Katherine and Patrick, they simply had a fleeting vision and palpable excitement for their wedding day. What ensued was months upon months of collaborative brain-storming, selecting perfectly-hued blooms, drooling over textured linens, and meticulously arranging floor plans. Katherine, her mother and I spent over 15 months together planning this special day. Our business relationship quickly grew into a warm friendship, which I will forever cherish.

Katherine and Patrick’s color palette featured soft peach and blush pink, creamy ivories, and lush greenery. We wanted the floral arrangements to have that loose and vintage romance aesthetic. The floral pieces featured fluffy white hydrangea, peach Juliet garden roses, lush ivory and blush peony, ranunculus, local flowering dogwood branches, and playful anemone. Clusters of blush pink hobnail glass, silver mercury glass, and pottery pieces were put together to create an eclectic, yet elegantly styled look to each table.

The most important design aspects for this wedding were the little, but impactful and adorable details. French baguettes with hand calligraphed place cards tied in twine at each place setting. Custom display flags for all of the gourmet cheeses and desserts. Frames with calligraphed menu details at each food station. Bride and groom’s chair signage adorned with draping greenery and lush blooms. A vintage globe for guests to sign, rather than the traditional book. A local Lebanese pastries and sweets station to reflect the bride’s heritage. Multi-layered and textured draping ribbons on the bride’s bouquet handle. A coral flip flop station for guests to get comfortable and dance in… The details were endless and the effect clearly showed. It really is all about making the guest experience truly remarkable!

As a professional, there comes a time in this industry when you find a client that you wish all your clients were like. Katherine and Patrick never lost sight of what was really important – their upcoming marriage, and making their guests’ experience absolutely outstanding. This wedding not only brought us lifelong clients, but also lifelong friends – what a bonus! I can’t wait to watch this couple grow in their marriage, and I hope to be a part of their life for many more years and events to come!

From the Bride… To say our wedding day was pure magic is a complete understatement. Patrick and I are eternally grateful for all of the vendors that truly made our day the most spectacular day of our lives to date. While designing the look and feel of our wedding, our number one goal was to create a night that reflected not only the love that surrounded us, but also accurately expressed our love and appreciation for everyone who was there. We tried to think of each detail of the wedding from the perspective of our guests. We knew we would have the time of our lives, but we also wanted our guests to have the time of their lives.

It was also really important to us to include as many personal touches as possible. Patrick wore my late father’s cuff links, and I wore a diamond and sapphire bracelet that was given to my great grandmother by my great grandfather on their wedding day 85 years earlier. Jenn from Modern Day Floral and I connected right away – especially with our love of the little details, and she and her team immediately set to work on working out every detail of the day and evening.

Picking the venue was a bit challenging as I was really set on having the reception outdoors. The outdoor feel more accurately reflected our vision than any of the indoor venues in Grand Rapids. We decided on a venue that came full circle for us – we met at Blythefield Country Club four years earlier and thought it would be the perfect place for our reception as well. Blythefield has a beautiful outdoor grove and we could just imagine it as the perfect backdrop for our tented wedding reception.

The ceremony was held at the oldest church in Grand Rapids – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. It was also the same church my grandma and grandpa were married in 58 years earlier. As soon as the ceremony ended, guests arrived at Blythefield and entered the most exquisite fabric draped tent with sparkling chandeliers. At each place setting was an individual baguette that served as a place card. I am in love with all types of paper products and lettering, and I was so excited that Molly Jacques was able to create so many beautiful pieces for our day.

In keeping with our overall goal of showing our love and appreciation for our guests, we wanted them to enjoy several different types of food instead of one plated meal. We had a carving station, a risotto station, and a Lebanese station which is a nod to my heritage. For dessert, guests enjoyed vanilla peach champagne wedding cake and an assortment of desserts that included chocolate eclaires (Patrick’s favorite), mini cherry and pecan pies, and orange madeleines (my favorite).

We danced the night away to an eleven-piece band and enjoyed mini grilled cheese, fries, and root beer floats as the night came to a close. Patrick and I loved planning out each detail with Jenn and look back at our wedding with pure awe and happiness. Our love for each other and the love that surrounded us that day were perfectly captured through our beyond talented photographers and cinematographers. Patrick and I are so blessed and look forward to what our future holds together!

Photography: Kai Heeringa Photography | Videography: Coastline Studios | Wedding Cake: Leo's Restaurant | Ceremony: St. Mark's Episcopal Church | Reception: Blythefield Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ivy And Aster | Makeup Artist: Julie Strating | Hair Stylist: Hair By Kayley Heeringa | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Transportation: Gail Andrus Travel | Accommodations: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel | Additional Desserts: Osta's Lebanese Cuisine | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Calligraphy & Signage: Molly Jacques | Catering & Beverages: Blythefield Country Club | Floral & Rentals: Modern Day Floral And Events | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Invitations & Stationery: William Arthur | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linens | Planning & Design: Modern Day Floral And Events | Reception Music: Sway Chicago Band | Tent & Rentals: Special Events Rental

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Trouvaille Workshop Wedding Inspiration

M’dears, what you’re about to feast your wedding-loving eyes on is complete gorgeousness. And of course, it would be coming from our darling friend Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events. Her recent Trouvaille Workshop was an explosion of pretty to say the least… diving into every aspect of the wedding planning industry from biz advice and creating client relationships to styling, design & florals, it’s packed with more lovely than you can dream up, captured by Bradley James. And the best part? She’s hosting another this fall! See all the details below—if you can ever get through the loveliness!

From Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous EventsIn my nearly five years of business as the owner of Hey Gorgeous Events, I’ve found that conferences and workshops are some of the best ways to learn and network with colleagues and vendors. Early last year, I was searching around for a conference to attend here in the Midwest because most of the ones I’ve attended (and loved) involve a lot of travel. I had a list of three things I was looking for in my dream workshop and those things included; hands on learning and advice from industry professionals I could take home and apply to my business, an engaging and stylized environment where I could feel taken care of and even be treated to little gifts and offerings, and lastly I wanted more than anything a place where I could find intimacy with other like minded pro’s and a sense of community that felt genuine. When I couldn’t find what I was searching for I decided the workshop I so craved was something I would have to (and really wanted to!) create for OTHERS. This was my opportunity to give back. And with that the Trouvaille Workshop was born.

The workshop consisted of three content filled days designed to focus on the back and front end of a multi-faceted wedding planning and design business. From pricing strategies and learning to make a profit in this industry, legal advice and trademarks, and creating lasting relationships with your vendors and working as a team, notable speakers flew in from all over the US to touch on these subjects. Attendees were also able to focus on the front end of their business (and more creative side of their craft) with hands on styling, design, and floral sessions that weren’t just about the details but about the sourcing, planning, renting, designing and pricing of these items. On top of that the intimate group of nearly 30 attendees and speakers facilitated many amazing friendships and connections made amongst the plated meals, themed dinners, sweet gifts from some remarkable small businesses and exercises and opportunities infused to Trouvaille to drive home what I think we all need more of; love for not only what we do but for one another. It was a three day adventure that changed the way I view learning and inspiring in this industry, and one I hope I can host again and again for years to come.

*Please note many of the photos of floral arrangements held by the attendees are of their own creations!

Trouvaille Workshop 2.0
October 5–7, 2014
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The October Trouvaille Workshop 2.0 is set to offer the same hands on learning and intimate environment as the last with a slight twist on the speakers attending and the content being shared. It promises to be as wonderful and inspiring as the last. I can’t wait to meet the 30 new (and some returning!) attendees from all over the country who feel as passionate as I do about learning to better serve our deserving clients, and supporting and raising one another other up as powerful and purposeful business women. Registration for tickets can be found here. I will gladly extend the early bird rate to June 9th so SMP readers may have the chance to snag a spot! Check out the workshop hashtag on Instagram #trouvailleworkshop

Host/design/florals: Hey Gorgeous Events | Photography: Bradley James Photography | Videography: Gorilla Pictures | Make Up: Rosana Machiela | Attendee Corsages: Pixel And Hank | Calligraphy/paper: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Clay Medallions:Paloma’s Nest | Clipboards: Idieh Design | Floral Assistance: Bows And Arrows | Gold Prints: Lara Casey| Headbands: Plum Pretty Sugar | Initial Necklaces: Bip And Bop | Linens/accessories: Nuage Designs | Macarons: Sweet Heather Anne | Mugs: Ashley Brooke Designs | Notebooks: B Is For Bonnie | Notepads/coasters: Emily Ley | Personalized Coffee Sleeves:Oatmeal Lace Design | Prayer Journals: Val Marie Paper | Rentals For Entire Event: The Rental Company| Shirts: Cake For Breakfast | Stationery : Lemon And Lavender | Vintage Furniture : Fancy Fray | Welcome Dinner: San Chez Bistro | Workshop Venue: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel | Workshop Logo Design: Molly Jacques

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Grand Rapids Wedding from K. Holly Photography

I hope you’re in the mood to get happy, because unless you click out of SMP right this very second, it’s happening. You can thank K. Holly Photography and her absolutely adorable couple for that. Their love and laughter is infectious and they are the kind of fun couple that I’m sure everyone just adores!


From the photographer… Allie and Dan had an incredible wedding day, the kind that most brides (and grooms!) dream of. The weather was phenomenal, the timeline was well thought out, the lush modern details were impeccable, and everyone was relaxed, excited and ready for a great time. The day was filled with love, friends, and family. Joy, happiness, and a little silliness. There is no one like Allie and Dan! They are beautiful inside and out. They both have huge hearts and a playful and positive outlook on life. It has been such a pleasure getting to know them, and we are excited for what their future holds!

The couple got ready and saw each other for the first time at a private residence on the Thornapple River. The Grand Rapids Trolley company took them to Park Congregational where they said their vows. From there, it was off to the JW Marriott downtown Grand Rapids for a celebration with live band Rumplestiltskin!

Photographer: Kristen Carlson, K. Holly Photography | Videographer: Bradley Productions | Wedding Planner: Dee Mitchell, Elements of Elegance | Ceremony Venue: Park Congregational Church of Grand Rapids | Reception Venue: JW Marriott, Downtown Grand Rapids | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair and Makeup: Capelli Salon | Favors: Old World Olive Oil & Vinegar | Transportation: Grand Rapids Trolley Company | Florals and Decor: Procedo Events | Invitations and Paper Goods: 6.25 Paper Studio | Reception Live Band: Rumplestiltskin