May 26, 2011

{Real Wedding}: Katy + Cooper

by Emily Grace
Katy and Cooper’s spring wedding was full of so many fabulous and handmade details. To put it most simply, it was a relaxing picnic that they had the chance to enjoy with about 200 of their closest friends and family. Their wedding was an eclectic mix of borrowed items, custom made details, help from the most amazing friends and family, and lots of purchases on Etsy. Katy even had special handkerchiefs embroidered for the moms and had them placed on the seats for the ceremony and served as a heartfelt surprise as they took their places.

 

 

 

 

Photography by Orlando Wedding Photographers Mike & Ann - Visual Storytellers

 

Everything about this wedding just makes you want to swoon. From the amazing love story of the couple (they met in pre-school!) to the flawless execution of every meaningful detail that made the day absolutely perfect. The wedding was held at the groom’s parents house on Lake Weir and the driveway was transformed into a stunning dining room under the stars and the beach was the perfect setting for bonfires (complete with s’mores) and dancing. The magical evening drew to a close with a sparkler exit and Katy and Cooper cruising away in a vintage Woodie. Perfection!

 

Thank you again Katy and Cooper for not only allowing me to be a part of your incredibly special day, but to help bring your beautiful vision to life. I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness.

 

So many thanks to the awesome team of vendors that made this day happen.

 

Venders who made things happen!
Photography: Mike & Ann–Visual Storytellers l Event Coordination: Emily Grace Design l Florist: Lili’s Flowers l Hair and Makeup: LA Williams/Sands Salon l Invitations: Oh My Deer Handmades l Caligraphy: Abany Tschupp, “Brown Linen & Co.” l Caterer: Mojo Grill l Linen’s and Rentals: KWI/Grand Rental Station Party Plus l Band: Mojo Down’s Band l Cake: Betty Cakes l Pastor: Ron Sylvia/Church at the Springs l Wedding Dress: Solutions Bridal l Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew l Shoes: Seychelles l Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Owen Family home Ocklawaha, FL on Lake Weir

May 25, 2011

Sometimes, things just happen!

by Emily Grace

I’d like to apologize for the recent hiatus from posting, but I’m hoping that the awesome things that are brewing will make up for it shortly.

Things are going to start looking quite different around here, and it is something that I can’t be more excited about. Not only will this blog be getting a facelift, but so will the website, business cards, and all of Emily Grace Design. It is something that has been in the works, and sitting on this big reveal is killing me. I can’t wait until I get to share the excitement with my readers, clients, and everyone that has been so supportive of me over the past few months. It’s exciting to see something that was just a hobby and something fun on the side really take off and become something so much bigger that I can put my heart into.

Thank you for your patience and support. I couldn’t have done it without you.

February 17, 2011

{Inspiration}: Girls’ Night Party Table

by Emily Grace

I’m very excited to post this cute little party today, though I guess I tend to be biased. I thought I’d share some pictures from the annual Girls’ Night Valentine’s Day Extravaganza that I throw every year. It was a great little cocktail party and a way to bring some of the amazing women in my life together and thank them for their friendship. Here are some of the pictures I snapped while setting up for the evening. Hope you enjoy!

The fabric flowers that lined the front of the table became the favors for the women at the party. The alligator clips on the back allowed the women to attach them to their blouses, sweaters, belts, or wear them as hair clips. Check out how I sported mine.

Oh, and don’t you just love the pink and yellow layered cake? Absolutely adorable and incredibly delicious.

Wanting to create something similar for your next party? Stay tuned for DIY tutorials for some of the decor items.

Here is the breakdown of costs for the decorations:

Circle Garland- $5.50 ($4 for 2 yellow and 2 pink scrapbooking papers and $1.50 for twine)

Mason Jars- $9.99 for set of 12

Fabric (one yard of yellow and one yard of pink)- $8

2 Bouquets of Flowers- $8

Pack of Straws- $2

Felt for Hearts- $0.75

Grosgrain Ribbon (pink and yellow)- $3.40

Plates, Bowls, Cake Stand, Carafe, Vase, etc. were from my cabinets.

Total: $37.64

How exciting! For under $40, I was able to create all the decorations for the party and have a lot of craft materials left over (I tend to over buy) that I can use on other projects. What types of DIY decor do you like to create for your personal parties?

February 14, 2011

{Dresses}: BHLDN is here!

by Emily Grace

Behold y’all, BHLDN is here!

The moment that I have been anticipating has finally arrived. I was up bright and early this morning, and there I sat, on my couch in my pajamas, Law and Order SVU on the tv, scoping out the new wedding line from Anthropologie, BHLDN. Hope you got a sweet visual there.

Anyway, I’ve gotta say, I love the stuff, the dresses are unique and out of the ordinary, the accessories are precious and eclectic, and I’m obsessed with the cover-ups, but overall, I’m a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong the stuff is beautiful, but I can’t really get behind a $200 headband. I was honestly hoping that we were finally going to get the wedding line that not only impresses, but brings bride’s wonderful accessories and details at an affordable price, but that’s not what I’m seeing. The dresses and such are great and are somewhat reasonably priced and along the lines of what Anthropologie already offers, but I had a bit of sticker shock on some of the offerings. However, do check it out, and there is so much more to come over the next few months.

Here is some of the eye candy I found.

Loving the shorter length and the flattering silhouette of the Fondant Tea Dress and crazy about the low bow detail on the Sweeping Taffeta Ball Gown. I just love bows, and I like that they did a bow in a completely different way than most gowns.

Again, it’s all about the details here! I just want to wear these dresses everyday. They are unique and fun, and would be flattering on so many body types. They can also work with more formal weddings as well as more casual depending upon the accessories that you pair with them, and knowing Anthropologie, I’m thinking the material is quality and comfortable. Yes, please!

Bows! Bows! Bows! I think these are just so super cute. Great details and a perfect way to add a unique statement to your wedding day attire. I love headbands because it keeps my wild hair out of my eyes, and I just love the statements that these BHLDN accessories make. Here comes the but. I love them, but I cannot imagine paying more than $30 for a headband, belt, sash, whatever it may be. Maybe that makes me cheap, but most of these accessories are more than $100. For wedding attire, it’s pretty typical, but I suppose I’m still disappointed.

At the end of my browsing experience, I’m relatively pleased. I feel like things are starting to move in the right direction. I love that we’re seeing unique dresses, accessories, and a sense of personality that brides can bring to their weddings. Now, I just can’t wait until retailers start charging reasonable prices, instead of jacking up costs because of the word “wedding.” Until then, I’ll still be browsing the regular stores and looking for bargains (clearance section, you’re my only hope).

Check out BHLDN for yourself, and let me know what you think. What is your initial reaction? And how do you feel about the prices? Do you think BHLDN is living up to all the hype?

February 11, 2011

{Sweet Details}: Bunting

by Emily Grace

I’ve been finding myself totally obsessed lately. Obsessed with fun details, and the obsession isn’t ceasing.

Bunting is something that has caught my eye for some time now. It’s been used in so many clever way and has come far beyond the tacky plastic draping over car dealerships. The fun vibrant fabrics are a great way to add a pop of color to your event or to share a sweet message.

Bunting Invite Printables (**and they’re FREE) (…sorry guys, this deal is no longer valid, please check out the free bunting printable invitations provided by The Wedding Chicks.)

Vibrant Open-air Bunting as seen on The Wedding Decorator

Table Bunting as seen on Once Wed

Dessert Table Decorations as seen on 2nd Floor Living

The Original Cake Bunting by KikiLaRu

There are so many creative uses for bunting. What a wonderful decor item that is simple to incorporate into your event in a variety of ways.

What are your favorite uses of bunting?

xoxo,

Emily

February 8, 2011

{Sweet Details}: Photo Props II

by Emily Grace

Here I go again about the sweet little detail of photo props. Using props in a photo session is a purely genius idea especially for those who tend to be camera shy. Whether it be engagement photos, wedding portraits, holiday card photos, or even headshots, props are a great way to loosen up, have fun, and flash a REAL winning smile.

Abduzeedo Daily Inspiration

I know I always feel extremely awkward taking photos, and this is something that has helped me tremendously. I’ve gone this route in my Christmas cards for the past two years, and I would absolutely love to have a fun head shot done in this manner (don’t you just love this one of Amy Poehler)! Throw some confetti in the air, hold up a special message out of Scrabble letters, use a fun disguise, hold a delicious looking cupcake, but most of all, be yourself.

I’m not necessarily encouraging you to hide your face behind balloons, but allow your fun personality shine through. Not all of us are lucky enough to be incredibly photogenic, perhaps a few of these fun ideas will help put you at ease and leave you with not only stunning pictures, but pictures that truly represent you!

 

***I was unable to find the original sources for these photos. If you know the original source, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.

February 8, 2011

{Dresses}: Anthropologie’s BHLDN

by Emily Grace

The day is almost here! In less than one week the launch of BHLDN will happen. What is BHLDN you ask? It is Anthropologie’s new wedding line that is to be launched on Valentine’s Day. Everything has been pretty hush hush, and they’ve only given us little tastes of what the new line will be like, but nevertheless, I’m pumped.

Here’s a little excerpt from one of their emails explaining more about the new line.

Doesn’t this make you itch for more? With ecclectic weddings on the rise and many brides describing the looks they want as being inspired by Anthropolgie, nothing could be greater and more satisfying than a line coming from the source of inspiration itself.

Stay tuned for a look from the launch on Valentine’s Day. Now this is LOVE! Go to BHLDN now to sign up for email updates and see a few teaser pictures of what’s to come. We already can’t wait for the second launch of invitation and decorations in May. Thank you Anthropologie for answering the need.

xoxo

Emily

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

by Emily Grace

I love this! I found this a few weeks ago in a post on The Knotty Bride, and loved what it said. It got me thinking about the new year and what I’m hoping to accomplish both personally and professionally. This is my year! I want to work my hardest to be the best version of me possible. I WILL make things happen this year. I WILL live life to the fullest. I WILL bask in every moment, both good and bad. I WILL remember to stop and be still. I WILL follow my passion.

Now, someone just help me…

Happy New Year! What do you want to accomplish this year?

December 19, 2010

{Inspirational Quotes}: Dreams

by Emily Grace

Destined to Design

December 16, 2010

Be Awesome.

by Emily Grace

Be Awesome! That’s it. How incredibly simple.

I’ve been really down lately and for no apparent reason. Maybe its been the frustration of late nights at work to come home and work for several more hours. Maybe its the overwhelming nature of the holiday season and the feeling of never having enough time to actually get everything done. Not too sure, but I’m hopeful that the funk will pass soon.

Here’s a fun little picture that picked up my spirits today. Hope it will inspire you to forget about being sad, and just be awesome!

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