Archive for ‘Simply Inspirational’

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

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 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.

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!

December 11, 2010

{Inspiration}: Rustic Christmas

by Emily Grace

I love Christmas and winter and all things cold. Maybe this is because I live in Florida and we don’t get real “cold” very often, but we have it now, and it excites me! With the approaching holidays and this love for the current chilly weather (I’ll be over it in a week or so) I decided to pull together some fitting inspiration for this time of year. Whether its for a winter wedding or a Christmas party or just a time to hang out and relax with friends,  these images make you just want to bundle up and grab the nearest blanket and crowd around a fire with some of your closest friends.

Invitation from Wedding Bee, Barn with Draping from All Traditions, Christmas Plaid Bowtie by Forzieri

Table Settings from Real Simple, Cranberry Bag Table Numbers found on A Little White Mouse , Jingle Bells from Country Living

Wood Log Cake Stand from Once Wed, S’mores Treat Bag from Wish Special Events, Happy Guests by Fire from Project Wedding


What do I love the most about this? So much of it is DIY! Definitely look at the projects for the invitation, table settings, and the cake stand. Also, how simple is it to throw together a treat bag with all the fixing for s’mores and head outside around a fire. Place benches, chairs, or hay bales around the fire, grab a nice warm flannel blanket, and enjoy!

Hope everyone is enjoying this joyous holiday season, and most of all, staying warm!

December 10, 2010

{Inspirational Quotes}: Overcoming Fears

by Emily Grace

Fear. Failure. Uncertainty.

Things that are currently fueling me and holding me back at the same time. I’m in the midst of doing, creating, and making things happen, but with all this comes the crazy mounting fear of failure that consumes me at every turn. I’m working so hard to not let my fears hold me back.

I like this quote because it reminds me that failure isn’t the worst thing because out of failure comes even greater success. Maybe today’s idea isn’t the most creative and innovative, but perhaps tomorrow’s will bring me one step further.

December 5, 2010

{Sweet Details}: Photo Props

by Emily Grace

I’m well aware that this trend isn’t entirely new, but it is one I’m still undeniably obsessed with. Photo props! Photobooths and engagement shoots using fun and unique props came in full force by the end of 2009 and has maintained popularity through 2010 {where will it be taken in 2011?}, but I love how it allows couples and guests to show their personality and have a little fun, especially when photos can be somewhat awkward.

Such props include, but are not limited to:  fake mustaches, bicycles, oversized picture frames, balloons, banners, umbrellas, and fun hats.  Enjoy some of the awesome prop photos that I absolutely adore.

Top Row: Maile Lani Wedding Photography

Bottom Row: The Image is Found and PlayingGrownUp on Etsy


I’m absolutely in LOVE with PlayingGrownUp!  There are so many adorable things you can purchase at that Etsy shop to bring together so many fun special details at your event. Maybe it’s my obsession with chalkboards at the moment or perhaps because some the items remind me of things that I too create, but regardless, you must check out the shop.

Looking to do props on a tighter budget? I also came across these great DIY printables on The Pretty Blog. Print them on a heavy weight cardstock, attach a craft stick, and you’re set for photobooth fun!

Alright, I’m off for my own photoshoot prop fun! Wish me luck, and of course I’ll post pictures of it. Have a wonderful Sunday Funday!

January 7, 2010

DIY: Mason Jars (thanks MSLO)

by Emily Grace

I’ve been a little bit busy with getting back into the swing of things with work and just being back in New York City in general.  I’m super exhausted and already have a full schedule for my first week back and I didn’t get in until yesterday morning.  Here’s something fun to hold you over until I can get my body and brain back to working.

I saw this DIY craft project on the Martha Stewart Weddings Blog today, The Bride’s Guide.  I know I’m lame for just being a reposter of this blog article, but I couldn’t help but love it.  I love everything with mason jars.  I like the way that these are done is way better than the ones you always see with the fabric just thrown over the lid and tied down.  This gives a more modern edge to the country design.  I think it would be great to use this as a favor at a wedding or any other party if you have a great family cookie recipe or soemthing that you can share as a treat with your guests.  I also love their suggestion about using the jars as your escort cards as well!  So clever.

It’s also a simple and inexpensive gift you can give to friends and family just to show that you care.  I want to make them so I have incredibly cute storage jars in my kitchen.  Enjoy crafting, I know I will!

Posted by Corinne Gill, Craft Expert- MSLO (The Bride’s Guide)


As a special gift for the holidays, one of the weddings staffers brought us all homemade jam in these simple, yet perfectly packaged jars. I love the way she mixed the patterns and colors on the paper inserts for their tops, and the varying sizes of the jars adds a nice playfulness to the display. Always in the wedding spirit, my first thought was how perfect these would be as an easy but fun way to package favors. You could even turn them into escort cards by adding your guests’ names on the top, and by matching the patterned papers to the tables–maybe by making a simple paper napkin band to grace each setting or paper wrap around the votives or vases.


To make these perfectly packaged fellows, you’ll need jars, or course, which can usually be found in your local supermarket, or you can order larger quantities at Canning Pantry. We used the 8 oz. and 12 oz. quilted crystal jelly jars. And you’ll need decorative papers. I love that these are each different but coordinated. You can chose any papers in your wedding palette–either card or text weight will work.

To cut the circles, one of my favorite tools is the Martha Stewart circle cutter, and not just because it bears our name–seriously. It allows you to cut perfect circles from one to five-and-a-half inches, all with the same tool. We wanted ours all two-and-a-half inches to fit the jar tops, so we put a small sticker on the right spot on the cutter to avoid searching for it every time. Once you’ve got all your circles cut, you’ll put them above the sealing lid, under the screw top, so it’s all secured.


These are fantastic filled with homemade jam, but for those of us who are better out of the kitchen than in it (ahem, me), you could just as easily fill them with another goody of your choice: powdered hot chocolate, tea, candies, or cookies. What would you put inside?

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