Styling Sunday 2: Visual Art Seating Charts

Sunday, March 29, 2015

When delving into the duty of choosing my favorite escort cards, I found an array of unique ideas so massive that I had to narrow down my topic.  Instead of the broad idea of “the escort card,” I decided to focus solely on those that featured them as visual art!  As an interior designer, I am always so drawn to ceiling installations and anything that visually pops.  I helped with a few hanging installs for our weddings last year and let me tell ya, I would give anything to climb up a ladder and make something out of nothing.  (It might be partly because I was a gymnast for over half my life and climbing and balancing seems like the normal way to live, but I digress.)  That’s the beauty of installations!  Let me show you what I mean with these visual art seating charts...

1:  [Insert wide-eyed emoji here.]  Contemporary Cupid's arrows pierced into a lucite heart?!  I can't get over the graphic impact this display creates.  What a wonderfully creative way to showcase your escort cards.  Its visual texture is just outstanding.  I may or may not be bowing down to my computer screen. (Source)

2:  In the downtime of cocktail hour, give your guests a reason to play by using darts as your escort cards.  Together they'll create a collaborative art piece by launching them at this board with paint-filled balloons!  So organic and beautiful.  How special would this painting be knowing it was made by your guests at your wedding and there is nothing in the world exactly like it?  I'd probably choose brighter hues than these subdued creams and pinks showed here for more of a contrast, but I love the idea. (Source)

3:  Stop it.  You're perfect.  This gorgeously graphic seating chart is done by the one and only, Jesi Haack.  My installation idol.  She has so many genius ideas and all of her work is graphic, fun and packs a visual punch.  My kinda design.  The concept is so simple: find your name, follow the string and there's your table number!  All of the name-to-number pairings create a great asymmetrical geometric pattern.  I dig it so hard. (Source)

4:  How absolutely magical would it be to walk underneath these whimsical ribbons gently blowing in the breeze of a backyard soiree?  Did I paint the perfect picture for you?  Are you there?  Sipping on some delightful summer sangria or sweet tea?  Playing croquet in the freshly mowed lawn waiting for the reception fun to begin?  Yeah, these escort cards did that for you.  How nice of them.  (Source)

5:  Oh, lucite.  You wonderful creature, you.  I especially love this color palette.  In reading the article that featured this wedding I learned that the designer incorporated romantic blush florals and pretty pastels.  These edgier geometric-shaped escort cards in brighter shades allow for the perfect contrast.  I am all about contrasts.  Contrasts are my bff. (Source)

6:  Okay, this "I'm with the band" signage made from cymbals is not only so amazing, but WAIT til I tell you the story behind them.  Or, rather, the bride will:  "We met on a Sunday, at the same cabana. I had over heard Danny talking about making fake backstage passes to get in the front row at concerts. As a huge music lover, I thought that was super cool and asked if he wanted to be my friend. So, instead of traditional place cards we made fake backstage passes to tie in how we met." Get out!  So awesome. (Source)

7:  Ferns!  I'm a sucker for ferns.  And living walls.  And nature.  And my favorite color is green.  But enough about me.  How pretty is this wall?  I love the bright tropical colors and patterns.  So happy!  This whole wedding, in fact, is so bright and happy.  Rays of yellow sunshine-y florals scattered about, too.  Just breath-of-fresh-air loveliness.  (Source)

If this Styling Sunday mood board didn't inspire you enough, definitely click on the source links for more visual candy.  Only the yummiest for you, my friends.

xoxo, Kim

How to Choose a Theme

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trying to lock down a theme for your wedding? Here are a few helpful tips on picking the most amazing theme for your big day! Look around your house, what styles do you tend to pick for your own home decor? Do you pick rustic, modern, colorful or more neutrals? Then think about if you want these same styles to reflect you as a couple at your wedding? Don't choose a wedding theme that is so far out of the box that guests who attend question if they're at the right wedding. You want it to reflect you and your fiancé personalities. This is your day so it should be about YOU! The biggest trend I've seen lately is themes using vibrant colors. You aren't limited to two colors like most people have done in the past. Chose your favorite colors and a couple of neutrals and put them altogether! Here are some great color combos that look great paired together! Don't be afraid to be bold! 

Happy Saturday y'all! 

Food-Tastic Friday: Fruits of Your Labor

Friday, March 27, 2015

Planning a wedding is tough stuff (unless you are guided by our goddess Lori and her fabulous team, of course) and when the big day arrives, you want to be able to showcase the fruits of your labor in full bloom. I mean, literally, show off that fruit. The summer wedding season is known for fantastic florals, but natures’ flowers grow into flawless fruits and this week I encourage you to pick and choose until your basket of Food-Tastic ideas is overflowing.

Fancy fruit escort cards are super simple, and will be an unexpected way to add color to your décor. Better yet, your guests have a delicious snack waiting for them upon their arrival to your reception.

Prefer a more traditional treat? Mini fruit tarts and fruit topped cakes are summer-time classics, and guests will devour them whether they are passed as cocktail hour apps or displayed in tiers at the dessert bar.

Don’t let your visions of sweet something’s stop at the table. Incorporating fruits and flowers together in your bridal accessories is just shy of perfection.   

Which fruit will you use in your wedding, and how? Happy commentingJ

Janice Hussey, Friday Food-Tastic Blogger

UP Up and Away with Lanterns!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

One of my absolute favorite big wedding trends is setting off the beloved lighted paper lanterns! Whether you have a great appreciation for this beautiful Asian tradition, or you just really love the movie “Tangled”, you really can’t beat this trend. Last year I got the chance to go the first ever ‘Lantern Fest’ in the U.S. with my boyfriend, held in Post Falls, Idaho (pretty random, right?). But it was absolutely breathtaking! If you’ve been able to witness the lights you’ll understand that it’s pretty hard to put the experience into words; or maybe it’s just me… But I love it! And I love what it symbolizes too, letting go of your past. You’re starting a whole new part of your life with your new spouse, so why not symbolize that with letting go of these beautiful paper lanterns!

Your personalization blogger,

Fashion: A look at Carolina Herrera

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Classic, timeless, with a twist, that's Carolina Herrera for you. Carolina Herrera has been around for years. Her name is a staple in the fashion and bridal industry. Her collection screams classic lines with modern flair and silhouettes that flatter.

Her gowns this season are pure romance. The collection keeps true to her classic design aspect featuring clean lines, but the textures and details give the gowns just a little something extra.

A full tulle skirt provides a whimsical look. The plunging neckline with delicate insert give the dress a romantic feel. This dress would suit various body types as well.
This is THE dress to look for. It's a trumpet gown with a unique lace design. The lace turns from a simple adornment to the main feature or pattern of the dress. It's to die for folks, and paired with a double veil or blusher- perfection.


Take me back to the 1950's please, especially if I can look like this. This tea length gown features tulle and lace detailing. The illusion neckline adds a romantic touch for your big day.

Carolina Herrera, I just want to live a day in your design studio, or have your collection in my closet. For now, I'll have to settle for vicariously living through your photos- thanks google for making that dream possible.