Big things are coming to the blog in Fall 2016 - stay tuned!
Whitney + Cody. Sweet as sugar, both of them. Their day was a little bohemian, a little romantic, and filled with really meaningful touches that just totally made the day. We loved that they used their talented friends to create something perfectly unique & extra special to them (beautiful flowers, sweet ceremony officiating & dreamy first dance song - all done by friends!). And let it be known that we've never seen a couple (or their guests!) handle a rainy day so, so beautifully. In the end, it made for some of the most stunning wedding photos we've ever seen. Take a look!
Maaaan do we love Angela + Anthony. From the first minute of our first meeting, we knew we were the perfect fit. We did full planning and design for them, which is always really special for us - it's a whole different level of involvement.
From Rifle Paper Co. envelope liners to their bourbon barrel escort card display, we helped them craft a day that was definitely reflective of their sweet, quirky and Southern selves. (They have the best Kentucky accents!)
We laughed our way through over a year of meetings with Angela + Anthony, and cried happy tears when they tied the knot (ok, ok - we always cry). It will always be one of our favorite projects. Here's a little look at their day:
Florals, Design & Planning by State & Arrow Design Co.
Invitations & Paper Design by State & Arrow Design Co.
Photography by Lang Thomas Photography
Cinematography by Mad Fox Pictures
Ceremony Space at O'Shea's Louisville
Reception Space and Catering by BBC Loft
Hair & Makeup by Ashley Meadows & Hailey McDaniels
Photobooth by Magbooth
Ceremony Tunes by Electria Strings
Reception Tunes by Complete Music
Officiating by Ken Rose
Cake by Martine's Pastries
While we were designing the new website, we spent a lot of time going through the photos from our 2014 weddings. Photographs are amazing, aren't they? They can transport us back to an exact moment and allow us to remember even the tiniest of details.
Luckily, we have the most beautiful pictures from Adam Lowe to remember Leslie and Dane's wedding day, because it was one for the books.
We met Leslie and Dane while we were working a wedding a couple years ago - they are amazing wedding cinematographers and photographers. And mind-blowingly creative. And the cutest couple ever.
Their big day was colorful, quirky, handcrafted and FUN. See for yourself!
Before we go, we also have to share their amazing SDE (same day edit) video from Red Bicycle Media. Dane crying on the bridge still gets us every time!
Photography by Adam Lowe
Cinematography by Red Bicycle Media
Ceremony space at The North Market
Reception Space at The Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Catering by Berwick
Hair & makeup by Pearls and a Black Dress Makeup Artistry
Photobooth by Tasha Braniff Photography
Reception tunes by DJ Drew Kish
Officiating by Duke Heller
Three years ago, Jamie and I decided to combine our freelance wedding businesses. We got our first client inquiry minutes after launching our first website (seriously!), and we haven’t stopped moving since.
Last year was our busiest year yet, and from March through November we worked almost every weekend. It wasn’t until our final wedding at the end of November that we stopped to breathe and had a little “OMG, how did we do all that?!” moment. In February, the birth of my baby gave us the perfect opportunity to take a pause, celebrate the previous year, and decide how to tackle 2015.
And what we decided was to focus on the things we LOVE to do, and to do them in a way that allows more time with less clients, and more time with our families.
That means more design, more full service packages, and more florals.
It also means a new brand that reflects the changes we’re making and the direction we’ve sort of naturally been heading for the past year. We have so much love for Pink Peony Planning & Design because it propelled us into this crazy-awesome event world, but we’re really, really excited for State & Arrow Design Co.!
State & Arrow is a nod to one of our favorite places and a symbol of our friendship. We know that, at the end of the day, our dynamic as best friends is a big part of what sets us apart. This brand feels special, and it feels like us.
We’re 100% jazzed for this next part of the adventure, and we’re excited to have more time to share all of the pretty things we get to work on. Before we go, here are a few sneak peeks of our favorite projects from 2014. More to come!
We are so excited to share Patty + Ben's big day! We've been holding onto this one because... we were waiting for its publication in Modern Weddings magazine! Now that the mag has hit newsstands, we're ready to show you the details from this fun + colorful summer wedding, photographed by the amazing . (Seriously, hire this lady - she's one of our absolute favorites!) Patty + Ben are sweet and silly, so we infused their wedding with details to match. Gigantic balloons, vibrant tassel garlands and a wall of candy-colored ribbons set the stage for a fun-filled day. At the end of the night, everyone said that it was "so Patty and Ben" and we tend to agree!
The result of all this loveliness? Our very first client baby! Patty + Ben just had a beautiful baby boy. We'll be sharing the baby shower we styled for them soon!
On this COLD winter day we wanted to share a fun floral DIY from our warm (read: blazing hot) fall inspiration shoot with Amy Wallen. We loved this project and think that is a perfect way to incorporate florals into your event in a unique way. Wouldn't it look great on a dessert display or suspended over a head table? We think so! We used the florals that corresponded with the centerpiece and bouquet from our shoot, but you could use any color and texture combination. It is important to note that we used fresh flowers and greenery for our letter because we knew it only had to last about 5-6 hours and we wanted it to match our other florals perfectly. You could easily swap out for paper or silk flowers - just use the styrofoam floral foam instead. This was our first attempt and we definitely had some learnings, which we'll share with you below! Here's how we did it:
Step 1: Gather your supplies! We bought our large cardboard letter at Joann's Fabric. You'll also need 2 blocks of wet floral foam (or styrofoam for non-fresh florals), scissors, an Exacto knife (don't forget your exacto knife and attempt the entire thing with scissors... that would just be silly...), a hot glue gun and, of course, your blooms! For this shoot, we used a lot of small, textured pieces, but we would recommend having more large blooms that will take up more space.
Step 2: Using your Exacto knife, remove the top of your cardboard letter, as shown. Be careful!
Step 3: Cut your floral foam into small pieces that fit snugly into your cardboard letter. This may require some measuring. Hot glue your pieces into your letter. Most importantly, do as we say, not as we do (...did) and fill the entire letter with foam. Do not leave empty spaces. This will ensure nothing shifts around inside your letter.
Step 5: Sit back and enjoy your sweet new DIY! OR make two more letters to complete your monogram. Here's the final product of ours.
Meet Rob + Alana, two of our favorites. Aren't they just the cutest?
Rob and Alana serendipitously met on New Year's Eve in downtown Nashville as they both flagged down the same cab (seriously - like a movie). They ended up spending the night galavanting around Nashville's honky tonks and Rob serenaded Alana with some late night karaoke. He must have had one sweet singing voice, because the rest is history.
They got married on May 18 and we just had to share a little bit of their day!
We loved that they did a handfasting ceremony. Fun fact: A handfasting ceremony is an ancient marriage ritual made popular in Ireland and Scotland.This symbolic lashing together of the couple’s hands is the origin of the familiar expression “tying the knot.”
Their venue, the Marcus Lindsey, is a restored sanctuary that was built in 1898 at the center of the NuLu district in Louisville. The venue boasts it's original stained glass windows and hand-crafted cathedral ceiling. Yes, it was as beautiful as it sounds.
Hands down, our favorite detail of their wedding (and of their love story in general) is what we'll call the "love wall." The wall was a collection of memories that Rob had gathered throughout their entire relationship, from ticket stubs to cocktail napkins from the restaurants they had visited. On most of the items, he would write the date and a memory that they shared from that day/evening. They plan to continue adding to the wall throughout their relationship. We'll pause here for a resounding "awww!"
We're so, so happy that we got to be a part of this day. Congratulations Rob + Alana, we're wishing you many more amazing memories to add to your collection!
P.S. Did we mention that they went on a safari in Africa for their honeymoon? Or that they look as good in khaki as they do in their wedding attire?!
Happy Wednesday, friends! We're busy little bees preparing for client meetings and venue tours this weekend and we're also knee-deep in timeline prep for three upcoming weddings. It's a crazy life, but a good life!
Even though we're busy, we still find time to mosey around the web finding pretty things! This week, we're swooning over...
The photography + colors + ok, pretty much everything in this geometric styled shoot on Green Wedding Shoes. Succulents and confetti? It's got our vote.
Every single (EVERY. SINGLE.) dress in Sarah Seven's spring 2014 collection. The beautiful beading and romantic silhouettes she designs are always our favorites, year after year.
And finally, we absolutely adore this little 20's-inspired headpiece we found on Etsy. Maybe to be worn with a fabulous Sarah Seven dress?
We may or may not have just died and went to bridal style heaven.
Have a beautiful night!
This week we're really diggin' color. We're totally inspired by the brightly colored pics below and have been daydreaming of vibrant tablescapes for days!
We're totally into...
This first look we saw on Green Wedding Shoes. YES, that is a parachute. NO, this could not be any more fun.
These summery, striped ice cubes (plus how-to) from Oh Joy! Why didn't we think of that?!
This awesome, candy-colored invitation suite on Love & Lavender. Really, we're in love.
Pretty much everything about this Kate Spade-inspired shoot on Style Me Pretty.
We love a well-styled groom with a great boutonniere. (Add a bow tie and we're practically drooling.) Traditionally, a boutonniere is a flower or small bunch of flowers worn in the buttonhole of a lapel. And while a classic floral bout can be absolutely stunning, you know we like to do things a little differently around here! We recently spent an afternoon making some fun little bouts out of materials we had around the office. We loved the way they turned out and couldn't wait to share - enjoy!
cotton + pink ribbon
pincushion + yarn
pinwheel + button
succulent + billy balls + baker's twine
feathers + twine
Aren't these little labeled bouts the greatest? (Spoiler alert: a couple weeks ago we did our own boutonniere shoot that we'll be sharing soon!)
This bridal shower had us absolutely swooning. We love everything about it, but especially this cake.
Any time we have the opportunity to have fun with the food and drinks for an event, we take it. So we're totally down with this list of delicious and unique pairings from our girl Martha... and we really love donut holes.
Happy Wednesday, friends! We're heading into the thick of our season, so things are getting crazy and we're getting excited! But, of course, we always find the time to seek out inspiration. This week's finds are just our style. Check em' out!
This week we love...
This amazingly fun + bright place setting. How could you not have fun at this event?!
These album cover table numbers. Aaaand the rest of this wedding!
It's springtime in Kentucky and that means one thing.... DERBY'S HERE! Neither of us are Kentucky natives, but we both agree that a couple of the many reasons we love the bluegrass state are the traditions and the history here, like the Derby. Even if you don't live in Kentucky, it's always fun to get fancy with a few of your friends and celebrate with a julep (or two!), right? We put together this fun little shoot to show you how to throw an easy, pretty (and pretty easy) Derby party. Enjoy!
First, flowers. In our opinion, one of the easiest ways to make any event a little more snazzy. Red roses are traditional Derby blooms, but we had something a little different in mind. We choose springy pastels that reminded us of classic Southern attire (think seersuckers and bow ties). In this arrangement we used blush-colored snap dragons, periwinkle blue hydrangeas and fragrant accents of white freesia.
We decided to show off these pretties in a thrifted gold container that reminded us of a trophy. You could, of course, use an actual trophy cup - if you can find one! Add a bowtie and voila! You have a perfectly charming arrangement for your bash.
It just wouldn't be a Derby party without mint juleps, would it? Display your cocktail ingredients in fun glass containers, like we did here. We also made flavored simple syrups to add some excitement to the traditional julep - this one is infused with lemon!
Lastly, send your guests home with some Kentucky-inspired treats! These favors couldn't be easier - place a mini bottle of bourbon and two bourbon balls inside a julep cup and you're finished. We promise they'll love 'em.
That's a wrap - enjoy your Derby party!
P.S. Don't forget your hat!
Stop and celebrate - it's Wednesday! We're halfway through the week (yes!) and ready to share some loveliness to help you make it to the weekend. Behold: bridal market lowdown + a wedding we wish we had been invited to.
We totally love...
Everything about this easygoing, charming wedding. Lots of lavender and lots of fun - sounds like our kind of party.
We’re delighted, no – THRILLED to be one of Ruffled blog’s newest Blue Label vendors! If you’ve never heard of Ruffled, you are in for a serious treat. If you have heard of it, you’re probably addicted, like we are. Ruffled is a wedding blog for DIY brides + creative couples. It showcases the beautiful, handcrafted weddings and styled shoots of imaginative couples and vendors. They all see weddings a little differently, just like us.
It's always the little things that get us. A little note on the back of a program from the bride + groom. Personalized napkins. Heirloom cake stands. These are the things that make your wedding your wedding. One of our favorite "little things" is serving a signature drink. Not only can it save you a little bit of money when you forego a full bar for one or two carefully selected cocktails, but it's another way to share your story throughout your event.
Serve the drink your hometown is known for. Serve the drink you had on your first date. Serve a drink that salutes the season. Serve a drink because it's your favorite.
Here are a few of our favorite signature sips:
These all include liquor, but if you're not serving the hard stuff, you still have plenty of options. Do something fun with champagne, like we did for a hot July wedding.
There are so, so many drinks to choose from - we could go on and on. As you make your choice, consider the vibe of your event, your budget, the weather, and above all else, what you like.
A + J
A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of spending some time in our old stomping grounds - the beautiful Lexington, KY! We set up shop at the Lexington Bridal Shows Diamond Rings & Pretty Things event for a few hours and had the BEST time meeting couples & chatting it up with the other vendors. We styled a fun little pink + gold tablescape for the show that was full of really fun details. We loved it all, but the dreamy florals, gold chiavari chairs, floral-filled nightstand and handcrafted ribbon wall stole the show. Our good friend Amy Wallen (more on her coming soon!) came over to say hi and snapped some photos. Enjoy!
Oh, Modcloth, how we love thee. If you've never visited this amazing site, you are missing out on all sorts of vintage-inspired, girly goodness. It's where we point all of our friends and brides when they're looking for unique, affordable bridesmaids dresses. One of our favorite looks, mismatched 'maids, is easy to achieve with the hundreds of styles and colors they have available. Check out some of our recent favorites below!
We recently created these simple, fresh and fun cabbage vases for one of our 2013 couples. Their palette includes deep purple, which lends itself perfectly to incorporating fresh produce! Here’s how we did it:
Step 1 Peel back a layer or two of leaves on your cabbage. You’ll want the layers of your cabbage to be as tightly packed as possible.
Step 2 Sit the cabbage on a level surface, core-side down.
Step 3 Cut a 2-3” circle in the top of your cabbage and remove a few layers.
Step 4 Once you get through the first few layers, use a melon baller to hollow out your vase, maintaining the circular shape. For ours, we made an opening big enough for a glass votive candle holder to fit in the middle.
Step 5 When your vase is as deep as you would like it to be (our was about 3" deep), you can prepare your florals.
Step 6 Slice a piece of pre-soaked floral foam to fit inside your vase.
Step 7 Arrange your selected florals in the foam. We used purple sage, blue veronica, blue delphinium and purple larkspur. Ta-da!