Angela + Anthony - Louisville, KY Wedding

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:

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

 Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

Photo by Lang Thomas Photography

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

 

Cheers! 

Adria

DIY Floral Monogram

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:

step1 copy

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.

step2 copy

Step 2: Using your Exacto knife, remove the top of your cardboard letter, as shown. Be careful!

step3 copyStep 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.

step4 copyStep 4: The fun part! Arrange your florals inside your letter, ensuring the entire letter is full and there are no bare spots. In the picture above we are about 90% finished.

final2

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.

 

Happy crafting!

 

A+J

Rob + Alana's Lovely Louisville Wedding

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?!

xo,

A+J

A Little Bout Shoot

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

cotton + pink ribbon

pincushion

pincushion + yarn

pinwheel

pinwheel + button

succulent

succulent + billy balls + baker's twine

feathers

feathers + twine

Derby, Of Course!

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!

 

A+J

Cabbage Vases – Pretty Purple How-to

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!