circus birthday party

circus birthday party

This circus-themed birthday party for two five year olds is absolutely adorable – and as a new mom myself, I think I’m going to have to up my game when it comes to theme parties! The two mothers handled all of the details and decor themselves. Plus the location – a family ranch in Nevada – is stunning. Check out that sky! Enjoy!

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allison & steven’s winter dinner party wedding

allison & steven's winter dinner party wedding

When Allison and Steven tied the knot they decided to forgo the large reception and instead host a small, intimate dinner party at a bed and breakfast, where Steven prepared all the food himself. The wedding was made more romantic by the late season snow storm, making the affair even more cozy. Enjoy!

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wine & cheese party

wine & cheese party

I am lucky enough to get many submissions of “real” events to be featured on this blog. Naturally, most of these are weddings since it’s usually (not always) photographers who submit their work to be featured, and weddings almost always have photographers while smaller events don’t. So I was so excited to see a submission of a wine and cheese cocktail party! This party looks like so much fun (I wish I had been invited!), especially since the guests look like they were having a fabulous time. And isn’t that what this is all about? The details matter, yes, but in the end, events of any kind (from weddings to dinner parties) are simply about bringing people together. Enjoy!

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shanna & david’s malibu wedding

shanna & david's malibu wedding

Imagine getting married in Malibu. Now imagine getting married in Malibu at a private estate overlooking the ocean. Aren’t Shanna and David lucky? Their wedding was absolutely stunning – the view is the true star (besides the bride of course!), but the fun table┬álinens and gorgeous flowers are a close second. Enjoy!

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travis & naomi’s napa valley winery wedding

travis & naomi's napa valley winery wedding

I love wine. Actually, I love wineries even more than wine. I live in Virginia wine country and visiting wineries is one of my favorite hobbies. And of course, Napa Valley is on my bucket list – I’ll make it there one day! But until then, I’m living vicariously through this Napa Valley wedding – wineries are the perfect venue for weddings and events! This wedding took place at Flora Springs Winery, where the groom worked. The wine cave is a stunning backdrop for the reception, which features some amazing uses of mercury glass. Enjoy!

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jim & emily’s michigan wedding

jim & emily's michigan wedding

I don’t know if it’s as hot by you as it is here, but one way to beat the heat is by planning for the fall. I’m ready for crisp fall weather, boots and sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes. But┬áchecking out this beautiful fall wedding also works. I particularly love the bridesmaid’s red dresses and stunning fall bouquets. Enjoy!

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phantom of the opera themed table

phantom of the opera themed table

I am so excited to share this lovely Phantom of the Opera themed table design, which was the winning design at the 5th Annual Powerstories Gift of Story Gala in Tampa in March. Designed by Andrea Harrison of Tantalizing Tablescapes & Decor, the table brings the celebrated Broadway play to life. Enjoy!

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kitchen & garden themed bridal shower

garden themed bridal shower

I love this bridal shower, which has a subtle cooking garden theme. The centerpieces – in addition to fresh flowers – are colanders filled with herbs, ready for a kitchen garden! The place card and favor were little bottles of olive oil. It’s fun without being over the top. Enjoy!

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