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Three Scriptures EVERY Future Bride Should Memorize

Can you believe autumn?? …and if you’re from the south, I’m betting it still feels like mid-August with the occasional cold front, but nonetheless, I hope you are enjoying cooler breezes (even if it’s few and far between, Louisiana-style), all the pumpkin spiced everything, new memories, and a revitalized outlook on life as the year begins to wrap itself up.

This part of the year is one of my favorites. For obvious reasons: layers, boots, and scarves. But my work begins to shift from wrapping up late summer brides to starting the journey with upcoming new brides. This new leaf of excitement has me seeing the beginning and end at the same time, watching brides turn in to wives and watching the newly engaged start their journey. I am reminded of a set of scriptures I keep on hand. …planning a wedding, whether you find yourself in the beginning stages or final to-dos, will lead you to the same destination: a marriage. These scriptures will walk you through various moments throughout your engagement as you plan for your wedding. Write ‘em down. Save these photos. Memorize them. They’re some good ones!

Oh also, they totally work for phone screen savers ....just saying.

 
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PS: Are you a new bride? Because if you are (or maybe you know someone engaged …everyone knows someone getting married, right?)., sign up for TLBC’s Paper Dose ...because there are some wonderful things coming for 2018.

Q&A With New Orleans Florist

For as long as I can remember, my mother would tell me "you should be a floral designer." What a dream! I love flowers ...flowers of ALL kinds. I love making wreaths and arrangements. When I got married there were two very important things on my hierarchy list of I MUST HAVE THIS, probably higher up that my own gown: the stationery (of course) and the flowers!

The problem with my mother's suggestion that is my green thumb, well, it's not green. It's more of that olive green/brown where I get real excited about spring time visits to the nursery. I buy pretty coffee table books like The Cut Flower Garden, by Erin Benzakein, with sole intensions of having a cut flower garden one day (it's in my retirement plan).

As long as my sprinkler timer is set, we are good. If it's up to me to keep the pretty flowers thriving, well, let's just say I'm better at other things. Thankfully, there are New Orleans artisans like Sarah Perez Ekanger with Antigua Floral to rescue table-scapes and flourished scenes that make your eyes turn in to cartoon hearts.

I recently interviewed Sara and what a typical day looks like for this New Orleans floral designer! 

Kristen Soileau Photography

Kristen Soileau Photography


As a flower child at heart, it's only natural to be drawn to your floral design. Can you tell me more about how you begin work in your field? How long have you been in the floral design business? What's your background with floral design? 

Growing up my mother had a garden and we had so many plants and flowers around the house. Because of my mom, I fell in love plants!  When my husband and I moved to New Orleans as newly weds,  there was a flower shop around the corner from our place. At that flower shop, I learned so much much floral design and started freelancing around the city for about 4 years.  Fast forward to present day and Antigua Floral became a reality and is over a year old! Woo!


What does a typical day look like for Antigua Floral?  

It honestly depends on the day! Ha! From Monday -Tuesday its office life. Wed-Friday is going to the wholesaler, processing flowers and designing. Saturdays are meant for final touches and set ups. Then Sundays we sleep! 


What type of hosted event does your work primarily cater to? Moreover, what does Antigua Floral's ideal project look like? 

We do weddings, events and photoshoots, but primarily weddings. No matter what we do, we want people to walk into a space and smile when they see our florals. Flowers always makes a difference and I love making people smile! 


When you work, do you work alone, with company, to music? What's gives you motivation? 

We have a team of AMAZING  ladies! When we design, we range from listening to podcasts, listening to old school 90s rap and no matter what, we watch Ellen at 3pm. I feel most motivated when we see all of the florals and colors come together when designing. After all of the planning, it's an amazing feeling seeing all of the florals in person. 


Can you explain your process of design? ...whether for a client or personal use. How do you start?  

For a client, we hear what they are envisioning and we create a proposal for them based on that conversation including florals selection, colors and a description of each item. Once we have a set proposal and we are closer to their date, I will order the flowers and even go to the wholesaler myself to make sure we have a beautiful selection for their event. Then we will design and create floral arrangements based on the proposal making sure everything looks fresh and stunning! ( hope that I answered this one correctly!) 


Because we absolutely have to ask, what's your favorite floral?

Oh, it honestly changes almost every week! From Cafe Au Laits dahliahs, kiera garden roses to a classic white peony, they really do vary! Ha!


If you had to critique, what would you say the biggest eye sore in a floral arrangement? Is there a typical flower that's just considered a bad choice? Is there a design or arrangement concept that makes your nose cringe? Let's hear the do's and the dont's! 

I'm not too sure if there is a correct answer for this one. I would say that a "pet-peeve" would be when an arrangement looks tired. No matter the budget, you put your effort and creativity in each arrangements fulfilling your clients request. Flowers make people happy and every client should enjoy their arrangements. Also, I don't like baby's breath. :) 


What other creative areas do you spend your time on? Further, what other arts do you follow for personal or inspirational purposes? 

I really wish that I can say that I do other things! I do enjoy working out and I've been running lately. When I run, I feel like it clears up my mind and even get my best ideas after! True story! 

Kristen Soileau Photography

Kristen Soileau Photography

Katie Osgood Photography

Katie Osgood Photography


Sun + Life Photography

Sun + Life Photography

Sara's work has been featured on Borrowed and BlueExpertise,  Kate Osgood, Sun + Life, and 100 Layered Cake!

If you're in route to New Orleans to tie the knot, reach out to Sara and let her working hands do some magic for your big day!

Handwritten Notes

Do whatever you think would be pretty! I like neutrals. 

That's what this bride of mine told me when it was time to plan her wedding stationery. Now granted, this bride is one of my best friends on the earth. Her and I go way back to first grade, where we did not like each other, but nonetheless our friendship has tested time and won. So here I am, bridesmaid/planner/friend/stationery designer. 

Amber and Shane. Shane and Amber. Shamber? No, let's not. These two though are the sweetest example of God's work in the series of waiting for THE ONE. I have never seen this woman smile as much as I have in these last few years. 

I was honored to host a fun holiday themed bridal shower with an Italian menu, since they were planning an Italian honeymoon. It rained. It POURED actually. I was so upset because I had my outdoor area decorated for the holidays, but we couldn't use the space. In turn though, it forced everyone to the porches and house in a beautiful way. The entire day quickly turned to intimate conversations, good food, and traditional southern hospitality. You can see more of that here. In exchange for helping inspire some planning aspects, maybe living vicariously through her, I got to see her wedding dress before all of the other bridesmaids. ...which was a terrible idea because I'm the WORST secret keeper. I told Amber I needed to see it for stationery inspiration, which was a slight fib on my part. I just wanted to see her dress. When I found out Shane was going to propose, I avoided Amber for months.

PS: sorry if you thought I was mad at you

photo by Collin Richie - Baton Rouge

When it was time to plan the wedding, she pretty much let me hold the reins, at least for her stationery. 

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NEUTRALS + FLORALS + VINTAGE STAMPS
...always a winner. 

One of the things I really regret with my own weddings is not writing my own vows. Maybe it's in hindsight, because I know my husband would be full of giggles displaying his emotions up at the alter, but I still wish we would have written them for each other. However, what I do treasure are all of his handwritten notes over the years. I have a sticky note on my computer, the computer I'm typing from now, that says "hey! you are beautiful." 

I adore the moment before a wedding when a bride is reading a note from her groom. Tradition calls that you are not to see your bride or groom on the wedding day. But that note. It's like they're there, right there in your ear, whispering all the words you'd want to hear on such a day.

Handwritten notes are said to be falling in to the dying art category, but OH I disagree. There's a heightened revival of handwritten notes. I believe that this current generation is craving tradition, hoping for intimacy, and longing for the tactile keepsake to fill that hope chest of theirs. In a world of reproductions, quick response time, and energy spread so thin, it's barely seen, having a moment to stop time and read will pause your heart and mind. In this world and for this next generation, we need more and more of that.
 

photo by Collin Richie - Baton Rouge

photo by Collin Richie - Baton Rouge

Margaret Shepherd published the book "The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication." In her book, she exclaims that the handwritten note is NOT in fact a dying art, that it's alive more than ever. In her introduction, I love how she writes this simple explanation of the power of the handwritten note:


...it certainly is an art, because it brings out the best in both the person who creates it and the person who looks at it.
— The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication

Could anything be more true? I am that person that keeps EVERYTHING. I have paintings and drawings from my childhood (that my mom thought I should keep at my house) and have started to create a hefty collection of notes and drawings from my own kids. I have every note I've written my husband ...and every one he's left for me. I have notes my great-grandfather sent my great-grandmother. I have handwritten grocery lists from my grandparents. You just can't throw that away. That's gold. I don't see our children's children scrolling through old text messages of their ancestors, reminiscing about these days. Let's leave them something to hold. 

If my dear husband would have texted me the same message I have written on this sticky note, "hey! You are beautiful," I would have smiled, yes, and continued on my day. It's written down now. I see it every day. It's a constant reminder of his most honest and bare heart from the day he wrote that simple little note.

So maybe you're not the express your own vows at the alter type, but that doesn't stop you from getting your message to your loved ones. Leave a sticky note, leave a message in the front seat of your love's vehicle. Leave a written note of encouragement in your spouse's sock drawer. Leave special notes out for your kids. Write more. ..and write ALL the time. It's a practice and an art.  

I guess that's why I love stationery so much. It's sort of like a handwritten note to all of your loves ones that witnessed your big day. I have a boxes and boxes of notes, a boxes of evolving pictures from my little ones, and yes. I have a box of wedding invitations from friends and family. 

What's going to fill your hope chest?

Pure Vintage Rentals - a must have Louisiana wedding vendor

The south. The south brings with it a wedding scene like no other. From antebellum plantation homes to the second lines in New Orleans, it's always a magical existence when you are greeted and graced with the formal hospitality of a southern gathering such as a wedding. The wedding industry in South Louisiana is tailor made to style nothing short of a the perfect alluring garden soirée or the captivating panorama of the Mississippi River as it gracefully mantles the city of New Orleans. There are so many hidden gems.

Ashley Smith of Pure Vintage Rentals is one of those hidden gems. Not so hidden actually; featured on many national publications, such as Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, Ruffled Blog, Junebug Weddings, and Artfully Wed, to name a few.

Photography |  Catherine Guidry  of New Orleans

Photography | Catherine Guidry of New Orleans

PV Rentals has a timeless meets boho meets industrial aesthetic found through out their pieces and when mixed together, always create a beautiful mesh of an experience for her clients and their guests.

Photography |  Catherine Guidry  of New Orleans

Photography | Catherine Guidry of New Orleans

Ashley has curated a jaw dropping collection of antiques, architectural pieces, accessories, and furnishings. She and her husband find her rentals traveling the gulf and east coast, from New Orleans to North Carolina. Her husband, being the handy man he is, has also built many of their pieces.

Ashley's ideal client has a keen understanding over the overall wedding vision, entrusting PV Rentals and their experience to execute the design. An intimate and organic backyard wedding, marked with candle light, floral infused table-scapes, and a cozy lounge area makes a good day for PV Rentals.

Photography |  Catherine Guidry  of New Orleans

Photography | Catherine Guidry of New Orleans

Photography |  Catherine Guidry  of New Orleans

Photography | Catherine Guidry of New Orleans

Photography |  Catherine Guidry  of New Orleans

Photography | Catherine Guidry of New Orleans

Photography |  Catherine Guidry  of New Orleans

Photography | Catherine Guidry of New Orleans


Note from TLBC:

I've worked with PV Rentals both personally and commercially and Ashley is nothing short of remarkable. She has a fine eye for detail and has a homey, organic feel to everything her designer heart touches, and she's adorable.

You won't regret adding this gem to your wedding vendor list.

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Magnolia Flora + Gold | White Oak Plantation | styled shoot

Is there anything better than that first fall breeze of cooler air? It pulls in a cleanse of the new season's freshness and the upcoming months of warm-seeking colors in the air. This styled shoot by Southern Celebrations did nothing less.

With a mix of oatmeal, grey, burgundy, and touches of gold, you couldn't help put feel the upcoming crispness of autumn. 

Southern Celebrations Magazine hosted this inspiration shoot in early fall and I was honored to ride along as the shoot's stationer along with an array of amazingly talented wedding vendors (meet the team below). ...and a southern celebration it was. White Oak Plantation is one of South Louisiana's highest ranked venue locations for weddings and events. The day was filled with Louisiana magnolias & warm touches of gold.

Stationery should never stop at the wedding invitation. We all fell in love with the custom made vow books to inspire brides and grooms to keep that handwritten note alive. 

The reception's menu cards mimicked the aesthetics of the wedding stationery to inspire those to really create a cohesive experience for your guests. Letterpress printed in a muted burgundy ink on deckled edge paper, adorned in gold foil ..you are sure to leave a lasting impression. To continue on the visual experience, we had laser woodcut chair signs made for the Mr. and Mrs. and a gold mirror cake topper for what should simply be the BEST day ever.


SHOOT'S HOSTESS | Southern Celebrations Magazine
VENUE | White Oak Plantation

SHOOT'S PHOTOGRAPHER | Rachel Erin Photography
GOWN | Magnolia Mariée Bridal Boutique
HAIR & MAKEUP | Verde Beauty Studio
STATIONERY & ACCESSORIES | THE little BLUE CHAIR
CAKE & DESSERT | Baking on the Bayou
FLORAL DESIGN | Attention to Details Weddings & Events Flowers LLC
FURNITURE RENTALS | Distressed Rentals & Revival
LANTERNS | Truly Haute
MISC DESSERTS | Chef Schonberg's Sweet's
CUTLERY & PLATES | Event Rental Baton Rouge
STYLING | Mise En Place Events, Poppy Lane Events, LLC, Swoon Creative


Boho Bridal Shower DIY Garland Hanger

For the flowechild, the bridal shower, the photo backdrop (or home decor because this is definitely going in my house or studio), this DIY Garland Hanger has me smiling over its whimsy.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

-floral of your choice (preserved or fresh)
-floral wire
-branch (this one is approximately three and a half feet long)
-twine of your choice
-clear or floral tape
 

STEP ONE

Sort Your Florals
For this hanger, I used three different florals per strand. On the middle one, I added a pop of color. You can use the same floral per strand or be creative and mix them up. Your preference.

Prep Your Wire Strands
Take your floral wire and twist the ends together like the photos below. You can make this as long or as short as you'd like depending on the amount of floral you have.

STEP TWO

TIE YOUR TWINE
Take the twine of your choice and tie the hanger. You can alter the length of your twine hanger by adding more or less length. Tie a secure knot on each end of your branch. 

SPACE OUT YOUR STRANDS
After you've twisted your wire strands out, space them out across your branch to your liking. Loop the wire strands around the branch like in the photo below.

START ADDING YOUR FLORAL
I used a combination of floral wire and tape to fasten my floral stems to the wire strands. Towards the top of the branch, I stuck to floral wire since it was the start of the strand and may show. As the strand got fuller as I continued down, it was easier to hide the floral wire and/or tape.

STEP THREE

TAKE A STEP BACK
Step back and evaluate the fullness of your garland strands. Make sure the colors are balances and the fullness is even. You may need to go back and add more floral stems to some of your strands.

I wanted the middle strand to pop with some color, so after I got my main greenery in place how I liked it, I added a blush floral to the center strand.

THAT'S A WRAP

Now you have this dreamy little wall-art piece for a feminine and bohemian photo backdrop! 
 


I would love to see your DIY Garland Hanger projects! Try it out and tag #thelittlebluechair so I can see your work! 
 

Before your Save the Dates go out...

Wedding planning can be stressful. You often run in to a task that requires a handful of prerequisites. You can't book a venue until you have a wedding date. You can't pick out your florals until you know what color your bridesmaids dresses are. ...and you can't have your save the dates created until you tackle these five to-do's.

 

PICK A DATE AND LOCATION

 

This may seem obvious. They're not called "save the approximate time of year." They're called "save the dates." So you of course want that date on there, but it's also important to have the location of your wedding. This can either be the city or the venue itself. 

tip: Be mindful about sending save the dates before booking a venue. If your ideal venue is booked on the date you've already set, you may want to make alterations & would certainly want to do so before sending out save the dates. 

WEDDING WEBSITE

Wedding website are extremely beneficial through out the entire wedding planning. Introduce yours to your guests as early as possible. This will ensure that your guests always know where to find information about the big day, hosted events, registries, etc. 

tip: BUY A DOMAIN NAME. Most wedding website platforms allow you to create custom domain names in place of the computer generated one you will receive when signing up. You can purchase a domain for about $10/year and www.MichaelandHope.com looks infinitely more appealing than www.weddingblog.com/us/17382/michaelandhope, don't you think?

PHOTO SESSIONS

Save the dates come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. You may want to include a cute photo of you and your beau. So before tackling the save the dates, you'll want  to think about this question and if you're opting for a photo, reach out to your photographer and get those engagements scheduled!

TIMELINE

For an approximate year long engagement, I personally recommend sending out save the dates around 9 months prior. For shorter engagements, 5-6 months prior to the wedding is appropriate. Ask yourself the following questions to help gauge whether you should allow more or less heads up:

1) How many of my guests will be traveling from out of town?
2) How many of my guests will be making accommodations?
3) Does my wedding fall around the holidays where schedules are often busy?

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, you may want to allow an extra month or so to ensure your guests have ample planning time. 

WORDING ETIQUETTE

Setting the stage with your save the dates is important when creating a cohesive aesthetic mood through out your wedding planning. Photo save the dates can be fun and whimsical for a more casual wedding ceremony and reception. If your big day is on the more traditional & formal side, you may want to stick to a more formal layout & wording structure. 

FORMAL:
Jessica Hope Couvillion and Michael Dean Johnson
are getting married on August 8th, 2016
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
formal invitation to follow


WHIMSICAL:
Michael & Hope are tying the knot!
08-08-16
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
invitation to follow

There are 1000 in betweens. It's perfectly acceptable (and encouraged over here) to think outside the box. There's a definite right way to combine whimsy and romance. Setting the stage with your save the dates will give your guests a preview for what's to come. 

 
 
Floral Inspired Wedding Stationery

Meet Ali & Ryan. How cute are they? When Ali reached out for wedding stationery earlier this year and referenced her save the dates she created herself, I knew I already loved her. Ali's stationery style was floral inspired and nothing sang to my heart more than a fellow flowerchild. 

Photo taken my family member, Audra Ruane.

Photo taken my family member, Audra Ruane.

 
left | dresses from  showmeyourmumu    center  | calligraphy by  judith brown   right | cake by  cypress grovers

left | dresses from showmeyourmumu   center  | calligraphy by judith brown  right | cake by cypress grovers

Ali's wedding will take place this fall in a small-town church, followed by an evening barn & farm reception.

Ali and her calligrapher friend/soon-to-be sister-in-law designed her DIY save the dates. They were printed on deckled seed paper & stemmed much of the inspiration for her wedding stationery. The calligraphy was done by Judith Browne. You can find this lovely handmade seed paper from the cutest little etsy shop, White Dragon Paper.

 

it was easy to find inspiration from Ali's inspiration. The combination of textures really compliment her handmade, rustic-meets-whimsical mood! 

IT'S TIME FOR AN ASSEMBLY PARTY

cotton paper
hand deckled edging
letterpress printing
watercolor
jute cord
preserved lavender

I cannot wait to see this remaining touches I know Ali will give to this big day of her and Ryan's. Only a few more months and this Ms. will be a Mrs.!

 

 
 
DIY floral candle wrap

It's summer loving time and I'm feeling all the love for all things floral. A hostess at heart, I have a long list of DIY projects to share and try out myself. I love candles. I love the way they smell and want one burning all the time. This DIY project was super fun and easy and can be used for all different types of centerpieces - from fancy wedding centerpieces to bridal/baby showers & parties. Enjoy.

YOU WILL NEED:

-a candle of your choice
-a rubberband
-preserved or artificial greenery
-ribbon of your choice
-scissors

STEP ONE

 

With your scissors, cut 5-10 greenery stems about the height of your candle, maybe an inch or two less. Set aside.

 
 

STEP TWO

Take your rubberband and wrap it around your candle about half way down.

 

STEP THREE

Gently take your greenery stems and place under the rubberband. You may have to trim off some leaves depending on how much fill you want. You can wrap your candle all the way around or do a simple front embellishment like this one. Feel free to be creative and mix different florals as well. The world is your oyster.

STEP FOUR

With the ribbon of your choice, wrap the candle over your rubberband. You may cut your band away or leave it under your ribbon. Tie a pretty bow and maybe a cute tag. This would be perfect for a "table one" tag to mark your wedding tables, don't you think?

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ALL THE WAYS YOU CAN USE THIS PROJECT:

-Thread a tag through your ribbon and write "Table One" to use as a table marker at your wedding reception. 

-Write a cute quote on a tag to hand out as wedding shower favors

-Wrap a whole bunch of candles and surround them with florals for the most amazing centerpiece.

-Create a mini-version of this project with a smaller candle with a name tag for the cutest take-home place setting for your guests.

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I love preserved greenery. It stays looking great & smelling nice (and doesn't die).
A lot of my preserved greenery comes from Nettleton Hollow. Be sure to check them out.

ENJOY

I'd love to see your own finished version of this project. Get creative with different florals or combine several of them. 

 
 
STATIONERY STYLING | behind the scenes

Whether your a bride wanting some great photos of your stationery or a photographer capturing those details for your bride, these tips I use may help in creating some great dynamic photos. 

This is my little set up. Let me state that I am NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER. However, with the right light and props, you can get some pretty great photos for your wedding blog, instagram, or just for your own keepsake. I've even used my iPhone a lot of the images on my instagram feed

Gather your coordinating stationery pieces. Don't just include your wedding invitations. Grab those day-of pieces like your programs, menu cards, etc. Don't forget those save the dates too!

Lay out your pieces as you like. I like to play around with the single suite versus the whole suite and see which pieces to include. You can of course have several variations of different layouts. You can align everything out in an orderly manner or have things "scattered." Be creative! 

I like to have some on-hand props like ribbons, florals, pretty stamps, and linens. Anything I can use that coordinates with the stationery design. If I have actual accents from the suite, that's even better! 

Let your creativity flow. Add in some props here and there. Photograph & crop them in different ways to capture some close ups of all of the little details. Particularly here, I wanted to be sure to capture the handmade paper and the letterpress printing. 

This design had some coordinating "day-of" pieces: a menu, a table number set, and woodcut name place settings. So I chose to photograph these with some "table scape" props to tie in the dinner-vibe.

THINK AHEAD

Think about what you may be using these photos for. Is it your blog? Is it a hero image on your wedding website? Leave some negative space. Negative space is great for just some general breathing room. It's also great for an added text layer.

HAVE FUN

I love sending my brides some pretty sneak peeks of their suite. Often though, the bride ends up assembling the final stationery suite together and ask for tips on how to get a good shot. I hope this helps pull out some creativity. Wedding stationery is such an important part of your big day. It's the preface for your guests! I love gifting framed invitations for my clients, simple reminders of their big day, but everyone should at least have a good photo of that very important piece of paper. I hope this inspires and sparks some creativity for you for all things styled!!

 
 
DIY Bride & Groom Chair Signs

My brides are typically creative individuals. They have a tinge to become involved in the creation of their stationery and wedding day accessories, which makes the sentiments that much sweeter for me. I love a good DIYer and this project is definitely a fun one for that inner creative.

YOU WILL NEED
-two wicker wreathes (these are 8" in diameter)
-preserved florals (artificial florals are fine as well)
-ribbon of your choice
-paper, a pencil, watercolor, & scissors  


STEP ONE
Lightly draw out your "his" and "her" in pencil. Feel free to write mr. and mrs., bride and groom, etc. 

STEP TWO
Lightly erase away most of your word, leaving a faint outline. We don't want pencil marks coming through our watercolor.

STEP THREE
With the color of your choice (or paint medium of your choice), draw over your outlined word your chosen titles.

STEP FOUR
Roughly trace your wreath on top of your paper, then cut out and set aside.

STEP FIVE
It's time to make your wreath! I used preserved seeded eucalyptus and preserved lavender. I love the way it smells and definitely love the way it lasts. Simply cut 4-6" stems and insert to the fullness you desire.

Preserved Greenery: Nettleton Hollow

STEP SIX
This is the step where we will fasten the names to the back of the wreath.

Place the wreath on top of your name titles and center them up how you'd like them to show. Take your pencil and lightly mark the left, right, and top. Think of it as you're marking the 9:00, 12:00, and 3:00 o'clock position.

We will use these markers to fasten the paper to the wreath and for the ribbon hanger.

STEP SEVEN
At your 9:00 & 3:00 o'clock marks, hole punch a single hole. At your 12:00 o'clock mark, hole punch two holes side by side.

Thread your ribbon through as shown below. Your top ribbon can be the length you desire.

STEP EIGHT
After you thread your ribbons through your paper, simply thread them through the wicker wreath to fasten your sides. It may be a good idea to loop your hanger ribbon at the top through the wreath as well to relive some of the weight from the paper and further fasten the paper to the wreath.

...AND THAT'S A WREATH, I MEAN WRAP. 

This project cost me less than $20 and took me about 15 minutes each to complete. This could easily be done for a bridal shower setting chart, a birthday party, or of course the bride and groom's chairs on the big day. It's a super fun project and I hope you enjoy!


 
 
THE WHITE SPARROW BARN | Save the Dates

Meet Sarah Jones and Chris Mohring. Are they not just the cutest couple you've ever seen? I have not had the pleasure of meeting the groom to be, but feel super connected to him through Sarah. Sarah is a former colleague of mine. We both graduated in Fine Arts from Louisiana State University and spent much of our studio lab hours together, covered in ink and elbow grease. 

I'll be honest. I was beyond thrilled and honored really when Sarah contacted me to design her wedding stationery suite. Sarah Jones was entrusting me with one of her wedding planning elements and I KNEW stationery was on her top three most important to-do's. 

Sarah majored in Printmaking back in college and had such a talent creating these magnificent sheets of paper, using that paper for sculptures and installations for gallery shows. We hadn't talked much since graduating other than tid-bits through social media. So I was thrilled and filled with a bit of nostalgia reminiscing about old print lab days at LSU.

I have to tell you that reconnecting with you and reimbursing myself in my old life of being ink and paper pulp covered has completely stirred up my art bug all over again.
— Sarah Jones

I cannot tell you how many time I physically squealed after reading one of our emails. When she mentioned that the design process uprooted her old art life, I may have actually teared up. Okay, I did. Sarah had pulled out some old paper installations to sketch some ideas of using them as a repurposed installation behind her head table at her and Chris's reception.  

Speaking of the venue, this barn. THIS BARN. The White Sparrow Barn sits in an open field in Union Valley, Texas and is the most charming barn my eyes have ever seen. Part of the process of custom designing a stationery suite includes inspirations from colors, florals, and sometimes the venue itself. Once I heard the words "The White Sparrow Barn" from Sarah, I issued another squeal. 

I had about one hundred and one ideas floating around in my head, but knew I wanted to tie in the handmade paper to Sarah's past and that simplicity and the work of the hand would best suit this suite.

A simple shade of grey ink, handmade cotton rag paper, hand illustrated barn sketch and lettering ...and we have Sarah and Chris's save the dates. The wedding day stationery that will follow, well, we will just save that for another day. ...and there goes another squeal.


A special shout out to Texas photographer, Chloe Gonzales. She beautifully captured the essence of these two for their engagement shoot. I am looking forward to being smitten all over again with the upcoming wedding photos!


paper and ribbon | silk & willow
design and printing | yours truly
lovely engagement photos | chloe gonzales