The spring of 2018 brought me something wonderful: a nephew. Well, he may not be by blood but he is by all other counts. One of my best friends had a dream come true when she found out she was pregnant for a second time. She had wished so ardently for a bigger family and was finally so blessed to see that wish coming true! She and I had not known each other during her first pregnancy and so I had some making up to do with this second cherub. The event was held at The Nest in Avondale.
Even though the baby we were expecting was a second boy, that didn't mean this shower had to be dull or hosed down in blue. I dialed up the jewel tones in the napkins, florals and cake to give a rich juxtaposition with the room's monochromatic industrial feel.
Is she not THE MOST??? A portrait from Summer's maternity shoot taken by her dear friend, Kim. Kim is the genius behind all of Summer's family and maternity shoots, as well as her birth photography and the boys' annual portraits.
Perhaps my favorite detail were the hand-painted oyster shell place cards done up in shades of turquoise and edged in gold. This shower was meant to reflect the personality of the Mother. It was a departure from the norm of simply focusing on the sex of the baby. After all, who is really doing all the work here?
For food we went with an explosion of indulgent finger foods such as Salmon, Cucumber and Cream Cheese bites, Cape Cod Chicken Salad Croissants, Jalepeno Pimento Scalloped Sandwiches, Cranberry and Cream Pinrolls, Prosciutto and Cantaloupe Morsels, as well as a full Charcuterie Board and Fruits with Dip or Clotted Cream.
Embroidery Hoops in various sizes were hung together and bedecked in greenery and a few flowers to create a backdrop for Summer to take photos with and open gifts in front of.
Being an Anglophile, Summer has always loved Afternoon Tea. Naturally we had to incorporate this tradition into her shower. China was brought in from a family friend. Teas in fun flavors were found at our favorite Trader Joe's. Geode acrylic boxes from Hobby Lobby helped carry the theme and jewel toned color scheme. Sugared lemon slices were offered as a sweet garnish.
Gold and glass terrariums housed our jewel toned florals. Mercury glass votives also came to play.
Summer and her hostesses. It was such a special joy and privilege to help with this event! A few weeks later, precious Baby Whit came into this world. His cheeks are now one of my favorite things evaaaaa.
Special Thanks to:
Venue: The Nest in Avondale
Photography: Kim Hilliard
Rentals: ERU (Linens and gold flatware.)
Flowers: Halls Wholesale - and arranged by our Hostess Hannah (Far left)
Hoop and Favors: Hostess Jill (Far right)
"I love these two because they are not afraid to let loose and have a good time. Their day was a party from beginning to end and that's exactly what Sydney + Logan wanted! My favorite detail was Sydney's gown...the lace, the low-back, the full skirt...COME ON! She truly looked like a princess and her day was nothing short of a fairytale.
The entire day complimented this bride and groom so well. It was laid back, full of life, elegant, and so much fun. Their silliness shines through in many of these photos captured by Margaret Taylor Photography. I hope you enjoy this recap of their beautiful day!"
planning & design: southern styled events | photography: margaret taylor photography | ceremony venue: lakeside baptist church | reception venue: events @ haven | reception lighting + games: amerson events | florals: bouquet chic | catering: cakes and catering by kim | bartenders: hydration mobile bartending | cake: sweet magnolia | band: z and the party faktory | transportation: accent limo | bridal gown: pronovias from bella couture | bridesmaid dresses: azazie
"Maria + Banks have such a sweet love for each other! You can tell by being around them that they are each other's safe haven. When together, they both laugh a little louder, dance a little harder, & smile a little brighter. Their first look was one of my favorite moments (let's face it...when is it not?). As soon as they saw each other, it was like a weight was lifted off of them both. The pressure was off just knowing that no matter what happened on that day, they got to walk away with each other. Sweet love!
Maria wanted a simple, spring wedding with fresh, clean details that honored her family and their traditions. She wore her mother's wedding gown redesigned by the Dress Doctor (can you say stunning?). A family collection of antique bottles and simple blooms made the perfect centerpieces. It was a night I'll never forget (mostly because this huge Greek family was just that much fun) and I'm so thankful that I was able to be a part of Maria + Banks' day! Cheers, guys!"
planning & design: southern styled events | photography: love be photography | ceremony venue: holy trinity + holy cross greek orthodox cathedral | reception venue: park crest event center | catering: park crest event center | cake: magic muffins | dj: dj welldunn | bridal gown redesign: the dress doctor