1. The Refined And Wonderfully Sophisticated Bachelorette Party

    I find that as we get more mature {we'll ditch older for everyone's sake!} that bachelorette parties begin to take on a different form. Lets face it, a bachelorette in your 20's does not look the same as a bachelorette party in your 30's, amiright? When photographer Lauren Smith of Lauren W Photography sent along a peek at her very own sister-in-law's bachlorette party beautifully styled by Lauren herself, I knew this sophisticated take on girl's night out was the perfect representation. A focal point to every great party is wonderfully tasty frosty beverages {there are some really amazing non-alcoholic options these days!} which Lauren presented in glorious style thanks to a gold bar cart accented by metallic gold tinsel & sequins naturally! Next up were sweet treats in the form of cupcakes topped with pop rocks, white chocolate pretzel rods, fruit, rock candy, nuts, & sugar cookies. Everything was lovingly polished with greens & burgundy peonies with the pièce de résistance in oversized XO balloons! By setting a more refined stage for the evening, the ladies were able to enjoy in the spirit of what a bachelorette party is, without all the well.... usual suspects if you will!

  2. Timeless Early Fall Wedding At Two Rivers Country Club

    Not every bride has obsessed over every little detail of their wedding day since the day they were born, such is the case with Nicole Parkinson. When her day came, a stunning timeless wedding with classic details & chic execution took place all the same! Nicole & Aaron Laurin found the perfect spot where two rivers, James River and Chickahominy River meet, celebrating along the banks at the Two Rivers Country Club. Nicole has written for me perhaps one of the most honest & sweet Novella's of the Bride yet, offering a wonderfully honest & genuine account of how she didnt already have every little detail picked out years before, how they had a quick engagement & how making decisions was not her strong suit. I adore Nicole for her forthright story, as I know the truth is that so many other brides go through exactly the same thing, and I truly hope that those brides read this and realize that there is still an absolutely gorgeous wedding at the other end of the rainbow all the same! Allow the gorgeous florals of mixed blooms & petite leaves to enchant you and the chic minimal modern touches to encourage you!

  3. The Chic Offbeat Bride In Tones Of Black, Ivory, Gold & Burgundy

    As we know I have a real thing for bridal looks that are anything but cookie cutter & when the gals over at Ivory + Beau sent this styled bridal portrait session my way, I was really excited to share it! Dark & mysterious is the vibe, the girls put together a gorgeous look for fall/winter weddings that could easily be for bridesmaids just as much as it could for the chic offbeat bride. Driving home the feel of our mysterious bride is the color palette, something wonderfully dark & rich in tones of black, ivory, gold & burgundy. While our gal dons a sleek black body hugging dress, the over all look is driven by the rose gold eyes & lush lips which pull us in. Slightly tumbling locks or full on down, each variation of the styling of her hair is hallmarked by the gorgeous accessories from Hushed Commotion with my personal favorite being 'Doris' the gilded birdcage veil. To slip into something cozy & chic to protect against the cooler temps, Adrienna McDermott of Ivory + Beau crafted the ivory textured vest which gives a rather regal touch to the overall look. There is a certain chic offbeat quality to the look overall which certain has glam touches in all the right places!

  4. Country Rustic Virginia Wedding In Shades Of Cafe Au Lait

    Hallee Jones & Zach Milot wanted a simple day filled with all the chic trimmings that a rustic Virgina country wedding could offer. Nestled in at the Northside Christian Church in Yorktown, Virginia, shades of Cafe Au Lait filled the day. Bridesmaids were dressed in long satin dresses in shades of champagne, while the men donned smart light beige pants & vests. Gentle touches of lace, vintage furniture as well as hand made fabric flowers accented the room while hand painted signage guided guests to each occasion throughout the day. Tables were set with thick wood slices topped with mason jars filled of candles wrapped in burlap and lace greeting guests at the reception. Hallee & Zach's country fete was perfectly chic & wonderfully homey in all the right places with gorgeous shades of Latte to match fall's sweet charms!