Fall Tablescape Inspiration

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Every fall I feel a little like Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada criticizing florals - pumpkins for fall? Groundbreaking. And yet, year after year I drag out all my decor in the expected warm-but-not-red color scheme, ditching the bright pops of color from summer. This year is no exception! I really do love fall, especially now living in the city where a crisp, chilly breeze makes hauling your groceries the few blocks back to your apartment a tad more enjoyable. There's also something nostalgic about the entire season - sports, holidays, all good reasons to enjoy company with others. Right now gatherings have been made more difficult, but not impossible, and both Andrew and I look forward to the moments when we can host our friends and family safely together again. 

Here are a few pieces I'm eyeing this year for fall tablescapes. I don't love rustic decor, but I feel every fall table has to have it sprinkled in there. I'm digging the amber hues a bit more than I have in the past and overall trying to avoid pumpkins as the main motif - again, groundbreaking. It's fall y'all! (sorry, I couldn't resist)

Blue & White Bridesmaids' Luncheon

Monday, September 14, 2020

I've long been obsessed with blue and white decor - so much I have a whole post about it. When the time came to design my bridal events, I knew that I wanted to incorporate this theme somehow. I didn't want anyone (including myself) to have to lug around their personal collection of priceless pieces to an event venue, so the idea sparked that I would source out new, individual pieces that would double as decor and gifts for the event. A Bridesmaids' Luncheon served as the perfect opportunity for this as the guest list would be manageable and the purpose of the event would be to celebrate these women that mean so much to me. The challenge would be finding quality pieces at affordable prices that weren't too large or small. It took us about a year's worth of antique shopping to find the perfect pieces - 13 in all. My grandmother, the OG blue and white queen, was instrumental in helping me find each one. 

Bridal Portraits at The Carolina Inn

Sunday, August 30, 2020

I went back and forth for quite some time on whether or not I actually wanted to do bridal portraits. My practical side was battling with itself: did it make more sense to put that money into another budget item or did it make more sense to have an option to do a trial run on my hair, makeup, and dress fitting? It's not entirely surprising that the portraits won out - I've always loved getting dressed up.

I'm an avid bargain shopper and the thought of sending thousands of dollars on a dress for one day seemed simply insane. In the beginning, I explored the idea of designing my own custom dress with Anomalie. I loved the idea of the opportunity to be unique at a fraction of the cost. But then I went shopping at Coastal Knot in Raleigh, NC and after only a few others, we found "the" dress. At first, I wasn't sure if this was the dress for me. I'm more rational than emotional so I wasn't expecting any tears, but I could name at least three other people I know that have worn this dress. It checked A LOT of boxes for me: simple, clean, structured, train, no sweetheart neckline. But I really did not want to be a strapless bride and I wanted to be a little more unique, so when we added the off-the-shoulder straps (my favorite neckline of all time), I was sold! (The exact style is Allure Couture #9514). I love the simplicity of it and especially love the structure, the horsehair trim really gives the edge the ruffle impact I was vying for. I finished off the look with a custom 170 inch veil by Lamnhi Bridals and then incorporated my favorite color, a deep emerald green with my accessories.