Archive for ‘Style and Design’

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 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?



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.



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!

May 3, 2010

{Holidays}: Countdown to Cinco de Mayo

by Emily Grace

Happy Cinco de Mayo (almost)! I was going to come up with some fun tips about throwing the most killer party ever, but then I found this youtube video and it did a pretty good job at describing how to throw the most fabulous fiesta.


Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Maybe I’ll celebrate with a taco from the Taco King, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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April 30, 2010

The 136th Run for the Roses

by Emily Grace

Most people do not know the significance of the first Sunday in May. Tomorrow is the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby. I suppose many people don’t even realize that this is going on, but I was raised in a house where you not only knew what the Run for the Roses was, but you had a plethora of Derby shirts, glasses, and probably thinking about your trifecta box for tomorrow’s race. I cannot wait for the day that I get to be a true spectator at Churchill Downs for the running of the Kentucky Derby.

My grandparents have been frequenters of the Kentucky Derby for years, but living in Florida now, they don’t get to make that trip to watch “the fastest two minutes in sports” as often as they would like anymore. In the cookbook my mother provided us she briefly told us about the lavish Derby parties that have been hosted by our family – mint juleps served in Derby glasses, dozens of red roses decorating the house, a betting table set up so that guests could place their bets on their favorite horses, even a life size horse in front of the house to greet guests (now that’s just crazy talk).

Since the Derby is tomorrow, and I know that my sister will be throwing a party and odds are my parents will be attending one and my grandparents placing bets for each of the granchildren, I thought there’s no better post to make than one to honor Derby Day.

With that being said, I feel as though I should share the recipe to two Derby treats – mint juleps and Derby Pie. Derby Pie wasn’t always served as the parties, but one year, our Grandma called Magnolia Bakery in Ocala, FL to order a Derby Pie.  They said they would be happy to make one if she could get them a recipe, and the one I’m sharing is the one she provided.  I think they should have at least given her the pie free because they have continued to make this pie for other horse racing enthusiasts in Ocala, the “Horse Capital of the World”.

Derby Pie

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
½ cup flour
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
½ tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
9” pie crust

Mix flour and sugar, add eggs and melted butter and mix. Add pecans, chocolate chips, then fold in vanilla.  Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Pie is done when it looks like a crust has formed on top.

Mint Julep

2 cups water
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon (obviously whatever your favorite is)
8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

  1. Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves
  2. Fill eight cups or frozen julep goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (Proportions can be adjusted depending on each person’s sweet tooth). Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw. Trim straws to just barely protrude from the top of the cups.

I hope you enjoy the races tomorrow! May your luck be as good as my little sister’s for her long shots always seem to bring her a win.

April 28, 2010

Stop! It’s Koozie Time

by Emily Grace

I’ve been in utter shock! It is surprising to me the number of people that have no clue what a koozie is. My roommate and I have made it our mission to bring the wonder of koozies to the world (or maybe this is just my mission and I am secretly pushing her to join the forces). Anyway, for you out there who are uneducated in the field of koozies, I have comprised a Top Ten List of koozie facts and rules for usage. Please feel free to add your own uses, tips, facts, and best koozies you’ve seen.

1. Use your koozie to keep beverages cold and your hands warm (or just not cold). This is the primary purpose of a koozie. You can use them on cans or bottles. Your beverages will stay cold for a long time, even if it is hot where you are.

2. Use your koozies to keep condensation off cans and bottles. When cans and bottles are cold, water condenses on the outside. This leaves the containers wet and slick. You can prevent this with the use of a koozie. Your hands will stay dry and you will not have to be bothered by water dripping onto your clothes, or the worst case scenario, a party fowl due to a slippery bottle sliding out of your hands.

3. Start with a cold drink. You can store your drinks in a refrigerator or in a cooler with ice. Your drinks need to be pre-chilled in order for the koozie to work. Then, dry off the drink container if it has been in ice.

4. Put the koozie on your drink container carefully. They are pretty durable, but you should not tug on them too hard. If you do, you could tear them. Pull it onto your drink.

5. Position the koozie on the container. If the koozie has a bottom, make sure the bottom of the can is on the bottom of the koozie. Also, make sure the opening of the bottle or can is clear so you will be able to drink from it.

6. Carry your koozie with you around your apartment, your favorite bar, a picnic or party area. Take the koozie with you, ALWAYS! You will find that you will finish off what is in the containers more often than without koozies. This is because they keep it at a good drinking temperature.

7. Use personalized koozies! If you have personalized koozies made up for yourself, you can use them to show which drink is yours. You can also use koozies with different team or school logos to show your pride and also so they don’t get mixed up with drinks from rival teams or schools.

8. Be proud of your koozie. They are a great conversation starter! Also, if you use your koozie with utmost pride, that confidence is notable by koozie lovers of the opposite sex. Trust me, this move works, big time!

9. Take koozies with you to events. You might go to places where drinks will be served out of bottles or cans. It is nice if you can pull out your koozie and use it right on the spot.

10. Make sure you do not throw your koozie away with the container. If you are not paying attention, you might not notice that your koozie is still on your drink container. If you are not careful, you can throw away a lot of them before you get the idea. I have made numerous koozies for friends that are completely unaware as their drink is being tossed. This can become an expensive habit.

Koozies are fun and easy to use. When the hot summer sun is beating down and your drink is still cold, you will be glad you gave this wonderful invention a try.

Are you in need of the chic-ist of drinking accessories? If you are at a redneck rest stop you’re sure to find one with a witty saying, but if you’re looking for something a little more classy, I can make that happen.

Have a koozie for every occasion! Game-day koozies, picnic in the park, Party in the USA, Girls Nights, cruises… the possibilities are endless. With monograms and witty saying to ribboned accessorizing and hand-painted logos, there is a koozie out there for everyone!

Girls Night Valentine's Day Extravaganza

Go out and share the koozie love!

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March 4, 2010

{Inspiration}: What’s on your feet?

by Emily Grace

Shut the front door!

I am a big proponent of unique and interesting footwear when it comes to weddings. Heck, I’m all for fun footwear all the time! We have come leaps and bounds from the awful, but typical bridal shoe (satin and dyeable were so 2000s). With women going high fashion or opting for something fun and comfortable, I get excited to see what women have chose to adorn their feet with.

Really, the possibilities are endless!

However, something has been brought to my attention, and I find it utterly disgraceful to women and shoes alike, and believe me, it is quite tragic! I understand that some women are opting for comfort, but you can do something fun like cowboy boots or colorful converse, so I don’t even understand the excuse for these. Look for yourself.

May I present to you… Wedding Sneakers by The Lovely Bride. Platform heel not your thing, no worries because they come in wedges too! They are described as having a satin look and a plasticized finish for durability. Well, bless the heart of any woman who chooses to wear these on her wedding day because she has become the butt of jokes for years to come.

I just can’t even deal. Please let me know if you know of anyone who has made such a fashion faux pas, maybe we can reach out to her and do an intervention.

Share with me your most loved and hated shoe trends?

***Side note, the pictures I included I had saved in a folder of things I like over the past year. If you know where any of them are from please message me so I can give the appropriate credit. Thanks a bunch!

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