Cinematography | A Must-Have for the Modern Day Wedding

Cinematography | A Must-Have for the Modern Day Wedding

Wedding cinematography is one of my favorite forms of media - capturing the moving images of love in couple’s eyes, the smiles of their friend's and families' faces, as well as the littlest moments that would otherwise be forgotten. This experience for me is completely priceless, which is why I'm sharing why cinematography is a must-have for your wedding.

The Details of Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

The Details of Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

{This is our first guest blog post and I am thrilled to have Jen Kruskamp of Jen K. Calligraphy here to share her expertise on calligraphy wedding invitations with us today! Jen and I met about a year ago and quickly bonded over the fact that we were both launching our small businesses and our baby boys were about the same age. Since then Jen has pursued her creative talent as a calligrapher through Jen K. Calligraphy, her Etsy Shop, as well as teaching calligraphy workshops in the Greater Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area.

Treasure Hunting @ Queen City Vignette

Treasure Hunting @ Queen City Vignette

Hey there bride-to-be! Have you ever browsed an antique store or made an impromptu stop at a local garage sale hoping to stumble upon some antique treasure? Occasionally, I find a few of my favorites- crystal glassware, compote vases, or a silver tray with just the right amount of tarnish. 

A "Wild One" Birthday

A "Wild One" Birthday

Our baby boy turned ONE year old this month! I can't believe a year has gone by with this beautiful, sweet boy in our lives. It has been so fun watching him grow and learn, and to experience parenthood as new parents. Of course, as his mama and a planner, I spent weeks gathering the best ideas and photo worthy moments to capture this important milestone!

An Organic, Bohemian Tablescape Using Moss-Inspired Chargers

An Organic, Bohemian Tablescape Using Moss-Inspired Chargers

Whether you are planning a spring bridal shower or outdoor tented wedding reception, there are so many ways to add natural texture and color to your event design. So today, I thought I would share one of my favorite springtime design elements with you beautiful, soon-to-be brides! A spring-inspired tablescape using natural moss chargers! 

Building a "Wedding Day Dream Team"

Building a "Wedding Day Dream Team"

When I first meet with a bride and groom, I genuinely want to get know them- their style, where they're from, how they met each other. Maybe it's just me...but finding some common ground or knowing a little about one another always helps make a working relationship engaging! 

Restyling on a Budget

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Finding the right decor for any space can be difficult. With changing trends and seasons, committing to a decor piece let alone a whole arrangement can feel like entering a long term relationship. So I have a few rules of thumb. First, I absolutely never buy anything I am not in love with and if I have to I make it myself over settling for the more expense, less "me" option I do it. So I'm always on the hunt for my next treasure but I don't buy every trip! For this project, I looked around my house first for items I either wasn't using or were tucked away where no one could see them. Honestly, I got a lot of my vision from those items already in my house, then determined what I still needed to complete the look. Secondly, in general I tend to go with a more neutral or subtle color scheme, variations of whites, grays and other natural colors, as the foundation then I work in pops of color and textures like wood grain, baskets, colored glass as I go to give the arrangement its depth and character. Finally, I tend to rearrange and move things around every six months or so to keep each room looking fresh and interesting.

So today I wanted to share my newest arrangement- my mantle! Since it is the focal point of not only our great room but our first floor due to our open floor plan, I really wanted it to create an arrangement that was intriguing, functional and personal. I knew right from the start I wanted the anchor to be the seating chart we used for our wedding reception. It is one of our engagement photographs blown up and arranged into a mosaic... a post for a different day. It was a do-it-yourself idea, I found online as we were planning our wedding and it has dubbed as a beautiful keepsake ever since! There is something about black and white photography that is so reflective and emotional; I absolutely love seeing it every day. With such a neutral anchor as well as the wall color and fireplace, I wanted to bring in subtle colors that would be reminiscent of springtime, one of my favorite seasons. When I found this blue colored glass vase (world market), I knew it would be perfect! I love using glass in interior design because of its clear dimension and it keeps an arrangement light and airy. So to continue with a feminine touch, I need to incorporate some flowers. I am a flower snob so fake flowers aren't my jam, but having fresh cut flowers everyday all day isn't practical either so I have an obsession with dried natural florals- a beautiful compromise. These yellow forsythia-like flowers (michaels) brought height, spring color and a subtle contrast to the blue glass and neutral wall. I finished it off by adding these topiaries (rose&remingtonhome), which I bought on a whim knowing I'd find a place for them. Sure enough they were exactly what I needed to balance out the height of the floral arrangement while adding weight, texture and greenery. Finally, I added a little copper pot to add some warmth and metal texture.

What to do in the center...hmmm. I thought about this one for awhile searching through my treasures in my house. I knew I wanted to incorporate some color to break up the white mantle and black/white photograph and I knew it would need to fairly long, short and not very deep. Then, I spotted this poplar trough (diy) in my office closet that my dad made me out of some scrap wood from shelving we put in the nursery. Let me tell you, I think poplar wood is gorgeous! It's subtle grain and delicate color make it a unique wood choice. This piece in particluar makes for a beautiful centerpiece, especially filled with these green and white decorative spheres (target/tjmax). I propped them up with some extra potpourri I had laying around the house and voila!

The secret behind interior design is to assemble an arrangement like a pyramid. You want to begin low on the sides and build up to a peak. I knew I wanted to incorporate a lantern on the left side as it would complement the vase on the right. However, I was having trouble finding one that wasn't going to be too deep for the mantle. As I considered a different options, I decided this is where I could add some functionality! We have an 11 month old so having "coffee table" type books on the actual coffee table isn't an option. But I could put them on the mantle! After all I am such a visual person...if I can't see it I forget I have it and that was the case with many of my books. So I played with a handful of my favorite books-- Elements of Style by Gates, The Magnolia Story by Gaines and Ottolenghi by Tamimi. I stacked the books up to make a little platform to give the lantern a little more height, then added a few more on the side with this deep turquoise blue agate bookend (marshalls). I even recovered some old journals I had with fancy shopping bags I had kept from Anthropologie and Altar'd State. The final touch was adding a ball jar with yellow bellybuttons and eucalyptus (roseandremingtonhome) to tie in some yellow and green colors. I was so thrilled that I was able to re-style this space by simply treasure hunting in my own house. I turned my so so mantle into a gorgeous, functional and uniquely me focal point for virtually nothing.