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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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Classic Charleston Blush Pink Wedding

A wedding built on style and grace is what the Southern “I do” is all about. Just take a look at this Lowndes Grove soiree from the fabulous Marni Rothschild. She captured the design work of Wedding Event Designed to a perfect T, but the best detail of all? The love between Jon and Chabely that speaks for itself. Head to the gallery for even more!


From The Bride…We envisioned our wedding to be intimate, romantic and timeless. Jon and I wanted our guests to have a night they would always remember, filled with amazingly good food at a one-of-a-kind venue. Lowndes Grove Plantation was the perfect location for our wedding, it has the grandeur and history we were looking for. The ceremony faced the oak-lined banks of the river. The soft color palette of blush, ivory and gold against the candlelight created the elegant and romantic atmosphere. Guest enjoyed a four course dinner at one of two long tables while listening to live jazz music and overlooking the sunset. Family and friends danced the night away under string bistro lights and a glowing moon. It was an absolutely perfect night filled with love and happiness.

From Marni RothschildChabely and Jon’s wedding was elegant and intimate, two things that I adore in an event! The two long dinner tables under the draped tent were even more dramatic when the sun went down and the candlelight started to glow. I loved how they used every bit of the house and grounds. We did bridal portraits on the second floor, a special “first look” in the sun room, and then ceremony on the lawn overlooking the river. As the sun set, we ventured out on the long dock for a few portraits. Guests enjoyed post-ceremony cocktails surrounded by classic white lounge furniture on the oyster shell patio. After an indulgent dinner and memorable toasts on the tented bluestone patio, guests danced away under twinkle lights on a white dance floor open to the evening sky. While the entire evening was memorable, my favorite detail had to be Chabely’s “something old.” She had a monogrammed shirt cuff from one of her Grandfather’s shirts sewn into the underside of her gown. He was a pharmacist and Chabely has taken the same career path. A touching nod to the strong family ties she and Jon both now share.

Photography: Marni Rothschild | Event Planning: Ellen Robinson Of Wedding Event Designed | Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Wedding Gown: Lazaro | Cake: Fish Restaurant | Invitations: Studio R Design | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Caterer: Fish Restaurant | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Lighting: Technical Event Company | DJ: Creative Sound Events | Ceremony Music: Charleston Virtuosi | Hairstylist: Stuart Lawrence Salon | Jazz Band: Music By Cameron | Lighting Rentals: Calder Clark Designs | Makeup: Pamela Lesch Makeup | Venue: Lowndes Grove

Amsale, Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. W.E.D, Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, JLM Couture, Inc and Marni Rothschild Pictures are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Sleek and Modern Charleston Wedding

When you’ve been around the world together, sometimes its nice to flock back to the nest. Which is why this West Coast duo decided to host their nuptials in Groom’s hometown of Charleston. They made sure to include food fare and music from Atlanta Party Band to incorporate the bride’s family’s Peruvian roots, and the results? All out lovely. VISIO Photography captured the event right here.

From VISIO Photography… From Natalie’s bias cut Italian silk gown to Taylor’s perfectly tailored tux, the couples sense of style ruled. Clean lined urban whites, blacks and greys, combined with traditional romantic florals such as roses, dusty miller and clouds of babys breath in classic silver mercury glass compote bowls or tall pilsner vases with hanging votives. A variety of crystal chandeliers hung from the clear top tent. Their ceremony and reception choice: Lowndes Grove Plantation, one of Patrick Properties nostalgic venues, which sits along Charlestons Ashley River.

Natalie and her family originate from Columbia, South America (not to be confused with the SC state capital!), and though Taylor was raised in the lowcountry of Hilton Head, his family is New York through and through! The couple had been living in Manhattan, but moved to San Francisco a week before the wedding.

Combining both family traditions and lifestyles, an edgy contemporary violinist, Seth G, accompanied the ceremony and cocktail hour. The party continued with a perfect mix from Atlanta Party Band and one segment of Latin dance music Natalie had pre-recording especially for her South American guests.

The couples personalities came out in the dining selections. Both are “foodies” and wanted tried and true dishes such as beef filet and seared grouper, but weren’t afraid of local favorites of pork belly sliders. In lieu of a wedding cake, after dinner, as orange and red sunset skies turned to blue and purple lite trees, a combination of North and South American dessert favorites were presented: Tres Leches, Fried Donut Holes and assorted mini cupcakes.

Their 130 guests started the day with a short Charleston City bus tour “spiked “ with a mini bottle trivia give away and ended the evening with a sparkler send off and favors of Benne Waffers in little black boxes.

Photography: VISIO Photography | Florist: Ohh! Events | Catering: Fish Restaurant | Lighting: JLK Events | Music: Atlanta Party Band | Salon: Stella Nova | Table Decor: Kitty's Touch Of Elegance | Wedding Venue: Lowndes Grove

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