9.24.2013

A Rehearsal Dinner for a Kentucky Bride and Groom

It was so much fun to assist in planning my cousin Katie's wedding! 
She and her fiance, Justin, had an 16 month long engagement, so there was LOTS of wedding talk and I loved every second! 
Their wedding ceremony and reception would be held at the family farm, Willow Oaks, on the outskirts of London, Kentucky where they both grew up. 
The wedding time finally arrived, and the rehearsal dinner, held at a local country club, began the beautiful weekend! 

Since the rehearsal dinner is usually held on the eve of the wedding, and focuses more on the groom's likes, I conveyed a rustic feel with flowers and fern in shades of green...all tucked into silver buckets. It was fun and laid back...like the groom himself! 

Each container had a mix of green hydrangea, Maiden Hair fern, green roses, and green alstroemeria. 


The hydrangea were so full and gorgeous! I made the drive from Atlanta with SuperMom and Henry in tow on the Wednesday prior to the wedding weekend. Flowers were stuffed in the Yukon - there almost wasn't enough room for the baby! 
haha, I kid. :)


I spent all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday designing floral arrangements and bouquets - when I say it's therapy to me, I mean it! There's something so soothing about it all, and well, the loveliness and scent helps a bit too! 

Here's a nice view of the venue.
Guests mingled as the bridal party made their way from the ceremony site (at the family farm) to the dinner. 




Maiden Hair fern are just so pretty to me. Their green hue is gorgeous, and their delicate fronds so sweet!




Guests were given a choice between ham and chicken for the entree portion - my choice of chicken was fabulous! 









Hope you enjoyed the peek into this memorable evening...you're going to love the rest of the wedding weekend too! 

9.19.2013

Grown-up Digs/House Crashing my sis and bro

My sister recently moved into a new condo on Hilton Head Island where she's working post-college. Pretty nice locale, right?!?! 

She needed a little sprucing, so mama and Maggie to the rescue!
My mama,and I headed toward the coast with a car full of goodies. My sister had things left from college, hand-me-downs and a few new things to get her new abode ready.
We had a ball fluffing for a few days, and although its not complete, I had to share some snaps of her fun new space. 

The living room has a vaulted ceiling and overlooks a pretty courtyard, looking toward the pool area. There's a screened in porch too...not a bad place to begin your day! 

In planning her new space, we gravitated toward a more or less monochromatic palette of grays, creams, and lots of metallics. An ikat sofa gives a youthful punch while a trio of mirrors add oomph. I love the pair of chrome bamboo floor lamps with "snakeskin" shades too! 

A little texture was brought in with a comfy ombre throw and a magazine basket.


Our grandmother's porch furniture got a face lift with bright yellow paint!






I love the polka dot pillows with the ikat - I am such a sucker for pattern!


Woven sea grass chairs lend themselves toward her island vibe.


Her bedroom already had an accent wall of grass cloth - score! 
It was really meant to be! Her headboard and bedding looks so pretty against it! 


A old chest of drawers from our grandparents and a white lamp from our great-grandmother work perfectly for her bedroom.



We flipped over these silver antelope horns, and loved the stack with an old cream platter and family photo.


Her bedding is another play on patterns. 
Checks, stripes, chevron, and a blush pink spread make this bed a comfy place to fall each night.




Don't fresh flowers make any space feel more like "home"? 






Her back deck opens to this pretty, lush courtyard


On the way to see my sister, we also stopped to see my baby brother and his cute apartment. He, of course, doesn't desire a ton of accessories and fluffing like us girls do, but he let my mama do a few things. He's got a combo of hand-me-downs too...the requisite Scarface poster from my other brother's college days...a recliner....a TV....what else does a boy need? :)
 Here are a few of his fun details:








Hope you enjoyed this little mini tour...up next: Wedding deets from a Kentucky affair! 

9.12.2013

A pink and gold party!


I had to share this gorgeous bridesmaids' luncheon that I was lucky enough to be a part of!
The bride's (my new sister in law) brunch was lovely, and my BFF Hollie (the bride's first cousin) did a beautiful job in creating a girly, personal soiree to toast the start of the wedding weekend. 

The adorable invitation in pink and gold set the tone for the morning event. I am in love with the polka dots and the envelope liner - such a sweet detail! 


The Friday before a wedding, especially when it's your brother's, is just so energetic. You can feel the excitement, a bit of nerves, and the anticipation of the wedding. My mother, sister, and I woke up with smiles on our faces! We headed to the venue, the main house at Twin Oaks Farms, for the 11am brunch. Twin Oaks housed the bridal party for the weekend, was the site of us girls getting ready on Saturday, and was the venue for the reception on Saturday night. 

I love a bridesmaids' luncheon...a chance for the ladies of the bride and groom's family to mingle with the bridesmaids and just be girly girls. What special camaraderie with this group too! I absolutely adore my new sister in law, and have had a ball getting to know her special mother and sister, aunts, grandmother, and cousins.

Here's the mother and sister of the groom!


The groom's two sisters!


Twin Oaks consists of a main house and several barns...the neatest place! I am obsessed with the log cabin - I have to have one like it someday!


The farm is about 10 miles outside of my home town of Hawkinsville, Georgia on a pretty dirt road. Surrounded by cotton and corn fields, it feels very comfortable and peaceful.


Now on to the brunch details!
We were greeted with delicious sugar rimmed raspberry bellinis by the gracious hostesses. Gifts for us bridesmaids added to the decor...how precious are they all wrapped up in pink and gold paper?!? The tissue paper bows are too fun!


Shades of pink, white, and metallic gold streamers were hung above the bellini bar and gift table. 


Yes, these were as good as they look!


Champagne bottles with precious custom labels and straws were given as a parting gift. 


Loveliness in the form of green, white, and pink flowers!


The tables were exquisite! Gold polka dot burlap runners (from JoAnn's!) were laid atop crisp white table cloths on the round tables. A gold charger, a pink napkin, place cards and custom menu cards marked each seat.


Centerpieces included white hydrangea blooms, pink knock out roses, and green stock. 


It was such a treat to begin the wedding weekend at this pretty party!



The food was outstanding! 
I may have helped myself to more than one of the ham sliders! :)




I loved that so many of the attendees dressed in shades of pink and coral...including the beautiful bride!


Quiche, ham sliders, fruit, a rosemary scone, and pancake stacks made for the prettiest plate!


How precious!




A bride and her maids along the porch of the 200 year old main house. 


The bride and the women in her family!
That's the maid of honor, the bride's sister - Anna Grace by my sister Abbye, and then the lovely mother of the bride, Mrs. Lyn with the bride, Laura Lyn, along with my pretty mama, and me! 


Stay tuned for more on their wedding weekend!