erin & ricky’s vintage industrial wedding

Vintage Industrial Wedding Rain Indoors

While Alanis Morissette said that rain on your wedding day is ironic (it’s not) – it can make for stunning photos! You’ll find the proof in today’s real wedding feature by Andie Freeman Photography. This wedding has a stunning venue that lends an industrial vibe (The Engine Room used to be an industrial cotton mill dating back to the late 19th century) and it’s full of poignant personal details. The bride’s favorite detail was the buttons she had on her bouquet – her late grandfather’s Navy lapel pins. I love this idea, as I “carried” my late grandmother down the aisle with me as a brooch she had given to me before she passed, pinned onto my bouquet. The event planner and designer, Jessie Patton with Southern Sophistication Designs, is a designer after my own heart: I LOVE all the uses of vintage sheet music! Enjoy!

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megan & ben’s black and white winter wedding

Candace Jeffery Photography

When you think of New Year’s Eve weddings you probably imagine a lot of gold and sparkle, cheesy hats and props. But Megan and Ben had a lovely New Year’s Eve wedding with a beautiful, clean color palette of black and white. The result is an elegant, but still fun, wedding. My favorite detail is the centerpieces, featuring the most stunning use of baby’s breath I’ve ever seen. The wedding, which took place at the Hartford Marriott Downtown in Connecticut, and was captured by  Candace Jeffery Photography, is a lovely example of how stunning black and white can be. Enjoy!

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it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas… entertaining


Ahh, Christmas! Doesn’t it always seem like the first 24 days of December just race by, filled with parties and shopping and events and things to do! There’s work parties and client parties, family dinners and friend dinners. Not to mention all the other stuff it takes to get ready for the holiday – decorating, baking, shopping, wrapping, shipping! It’s hard to find time to entertain, honestly. This year, my husband and I are opting for a brunch party in order to be a little more low key during the hectic time of year (plus, I just love brunch!).

If you ARE planning on entertaining this season, I’ve collected my top holiday entertaining posts in one spot. Bookmark this page! Hopefully my posts offer some help and sanity this crazy season!

2014 Holiday Entertaining Trends – A have a guest post over at Surprise Me! Events on this year’s trends in entertaining at home and at work. Spoiler alert: one of them is a twist on DIY!

Christmas Place Settings  and Christmas Centerpieces – Beautiful table setting ideas

Winter White Table Inspiration – You don’t always have to go red and green!

Top Christmas Cocktails – Because we all need a drink at Christmas, right?

Seriously, It’s Time to Start Planning Your Office Holiday Parties – In case you (like me) are responsible for planning your office holiday party, this post links to ALL my resources on holiday party planning.

What I Did Right & What I Did Wrong – My post-game from last year’s Christmas with some (honest) advice and self-reflection! Don’t make my mistakes, friends!

Christmas Events & Entertaining Pinterest Board – My favorite ideas from others!

Plus real winter and holiday events – like this one and this one.

Happy Holidays!

cozy cabin holiday table inspiration

cozy cabin inspiration tablescape

If you’re like me, you’ve already started to play Christmas music, watch Christmas movies, start shopping and decorate your home. If you’re starting to plan out your Christmas entertaining and all the fun details you want to incorporate, let me share this gorgeous styled shoot with you.  Photographed by Marianne Lucille Photography and styled by J Leslie Decor, there are so many charming, rustic details that would be perfect for a winter wedding or a Christmas dinner party! I love the chalkboard placecards and the birch log candle holders! Enjoy!

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ashley & vince’s georgia christmas wedding

georgia christmas wedding hot cocoa2

Now that it’s a few days into December, it officially feels like Christmas season. And what better way to celebrate the upcoming season than to ooh and ahh over this Christmastime wedding? Not only is this wedding full of fun holiday details, but the venue is Carl House, a historic mansion outside Atlanta.  The red and gold color palette is warm and inviting for the winter season, as is the hot chocolate bar! Photographed by Andie Freeman Photography, one of my favorites!, the wedding is brimming with rich details. And of course it wouldn’t be a Christmastime wedding without a stunning Christmas tree! Feel free to listen to your holiday Pandora or Spotify station while you scroll! Enjoy!

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2014 gift guide: top 10 gifts for event planners

Of course I need to share a gift guide for event planners! After all, I am a professional event planner by day and a good portion of this blog is devoted to event planning. So if you know an event planner, here are some gift ideas that your event planner friends and family will love. If you ARE an event planner, here’s a ready to go wish list you can subtly leave out for your loved ones to find. (Not like I’m leaving any hints for my husband or anything!) Just like with my hostess gift guide yesterday, I’ve created a complementary Pinterest board with even more ideas so be sure to follow me there! Please note all prices were accurate at time of publication.

Gifts for Event Planners

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2014 gift guide: top 10 gifts for hostesses and ladies who love to entertain

Can you believe it’s already December? I’m just starting on my holiday shopping this year, but I put together some gift guides to help you out. Today’s gift guide is geared toward women who love to entertain. Use this gift guide for friends or family who love to entertain, or feel free to email this link to a significant other has a not-so-subtle hint! Need more ideas? I’ve also put together a Pinterest board with more than 60 gift ideas (and counting!) so make sure you follow me there! Please note that all prices and links were accurate at time of publication.

Gifts for Hostesses

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fall wedding inspiration

Fall Wedding Inspiration Couple

As winter weather is bearing down on the east coast and Thanksgiving is upon us, it’s really starting to feel like the end of fall and beginning of winter. So it seems entirely appropriate to share this styled wedding shoot full of beautiful fall wedding inspiration as we bid farewell to fall. Styled by Panache Events, Decor, Boutique LLC and photographed by Wren Photography, this shoot is simply lovely. While this is a wedding inspiration shoot, many of the tabletop ideas would be perfect for any fall event. I love the simple fall leaf place cards and glitter pumpkins. Enjoy!

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every guest has a story

A few months ago I was at a NACE conference and the speaker shared this video and it really stuck with me. The video was produced by Chick-Fil-A as a training tool for their staff. If you have 3 minutes to spare, take a few moments to watch:

Wow! What a tear jerker! But also what a necessary reminder: we don’t know which burdens a stranger is carrying. I’ve kept this video in the back of my mind since this summer when I first watched it, but I thought that now, the week of Thanksgiving, seemed like a good time to share it.

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pinning it all: napkin menus, thanksgiving plates & a hot air balloon centerpiece

Pinning It All 11.20.14

Welcome back to Pinning It All, where everything is made up and the points don’t matter! (Does anyone get that Who’s Line joke?) Anyway.. my favorite pins of the week!

This hot air balloon centerpiece is one of the most creative ideas I’ve seen in a while. This would be great for a birthday or shower! DIY instructions in the link. {Tanday}

Why not print your menu on a cloth napkin? It would make for a fun souvenir! {Style Me Pretty Living}

I’m really into using old books in event decor (see here) so I love the idea of using newspaper from an important day (birthday, anniversary) to make silhouettes! What a great keepsake or gift idea! {Umla}

While for many people, Thanksgiving is a time to dust off the formal china. But for something different, these Thankful plates are a fun addition. {Sweetly Chic Events}

For a different type of table runner, I love this colorful runner made from paper circles. {Viva Full House}

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to see more fabulous event and entertaining pins! Leave your Pinterest handle in the comments and I’ll follow you back!