I am always looking for design inspiration. When it comes to web site design (and even branding), here are three sites that really stand out in their own unique way.
Kate T. Parker Photography // Magical
Her ability to capture the magic in both everyday life and special events is astonishing, and her site reflects this magic so well. I cannot think of a better word to describe this Atlanta photographer’s work and site design.
Pearl & Godiva // Inspirational
Their artistry is ethereal, with a depth and flavor that is often inspired from great works of literature. Prepare to be stunned by their work, and the inspiration behind it when you visit their site.
Cecilia Fox // Fresh
I love, love, love the way they’ve used of fresh flowers on a flat background. The design is clean, and the flowers really have a chance to shine and show off their natural glory. Such a great look for a floral studio!
Guess who will be a featured vendor for The Not Wedding Atlanta in 2014? Yours truly The Not Wedding is a new take on the traditional bridal show, and I look forward to being part of the wonderful group of vendors participating next fall.
Happy Monday! I don’t know about you but I am getting into reflection mode these days. I am taking a close look at my business–looking at what worked this year, what didn’t, and using this insight to make plans for the next year. To that end, I would like to share a short interview I did with Sarah Todd of Simply Sarah Photography and Annette Thurmon of Chaviano Couture. Short and sweet, their thoughts on what makes a business successful are great for both business and life, as Sara Burnett does well to point out. Hopefully their words will inspire and encourage you! Thank you Burnett’s Boards for featuring these two!
I mentioned last week that I had provided florals for The Brand Market Workshop led by Anna of In Honor of Design. Today I have the pleasure of sharing lovely photos courtesy of Chelsea Heidorn Photography. My instructions for this project were to design flowers with an “earthy” aesthetic. Together with some great custom design elements by Jasmine Shah of IDEA! event + style, the florals, I think, helped create that aesthetic in the all-white Savvy Studio, home to photographer Marsha Mifsud. See the work in the photos below and learn more about the workshop from Anna herself.
I had an awesome time with Jasmine Shah of IDEA! event + style this past weekend setting up for the Brand Market Workshop. Anna of In Honor of Design invited us to design the room, which for me meant creating centerpieces and a floral wall installation. Can’t wait to share photos of the event! Until then, check out some of the lovely items I got in my swag bag!
From their site: The Brand Market is a one day workshop for bloggers, small business owners, and creative entrepreneurs. We want you and your brand to stand out above the rest so we'll spend the entire day working with you to provide direction, inspiration, hands-on experience, and useful resources in order to equip you to create a successful brand!" I'm excited to watch this workshop grow, through the faithful efforts of Anna and her partners, as they continue to inspire entrepreneurs to grow their brand and "GO"!
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to work alongside One Stop Bloom, a local flower design shop, on a beautiful Korean wedding at the Atlanta Biltmore Ballrooms. Here are just some of the lovely images captured by Anna and Spencer Photography. More images from this beautiful event on their website!
Is this calligraphy by The Little Canopy not the sweetest ever?!
With the government shutdown at work earlier this month, I had a LOT more free time on my hands. But after about two rounds of deep cleaning at home, I was getting a bit restless and looking for adventure. Enter Juli of Juli Vaughn Designs, who provided me the opportunity to help out with some of her events (and *thankfully* a much needed outlet for the pent up energy + frustration with the work situation).
We were out in Gainsville for a wedding and with some time to spare between setting up and post-wedding tear down, she and I took a stroll at the local outlet mall. Stroll is an understatement; we were both very purposeful in our perusing, and at the end of the night, she walked away with a shopping bag of Kate Spade goodness and I had some gifts for each of my love bugs at home (including a hoola hoop around my shoulder, to Juli’s amusement).
Even though I did not buy anything from the Kate Spade store that night, I left infected with Juli’s love of the colorful brand. What I didn’t know (until I looked at the box from my own purchase a couple weeks later–yes, had to have the donut watch) is that their brand slogan is “Live Colorfully”. And I thought how well that applies to Juli and the brand she’s built with her event and floral design business.
I was fortunate to work for this lovely lady and to be inspired by her work and vision for design, which comes from years of defining and refining her craft. If you are looking for a talented designer for your next Atlanta event (she travels too!), consider making Juli your designer; the beauty she brings to all her events will literally color the memories of your special day in an incredible way!
Juli’s picture credit: Whitney Huynh Photography
My daily schedule is pretty packed, so I don’t have time to trend-watch as much as I would like to. Which is why I use TrendLand.com. If you’ve never been on their site, you have to! This site provides a pictoral guide to all that’s new in fashion, art, design, photography and more. While checking out the site this weekend, I came across an amazing photographer/artist, Kari Herer.
Kari hails from Portland, Maine and specializes in both lifestyle and commercial photography. Her background is in fine arts and graphic design, and her work reflects this. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Design*Sponge, and The Knot.
What really caught my eye, as a floral designer, was her beautifully styled, mixed media prints using real flowers and drawings. Check out these babies and tell me you couldn’t just look at these for hours. With her photos, Kari manages to captures all that is romantic and beautiful in fresh flowers. Flowers are so versatile and have their own story to tell. In combining them with line drawings, Kari allows them to speak outside of their usual element–whether in nature or in an arrangement.
Check out more of her work on her site, and see her Etsy page to purchase some of these beautes. (Some are even holiday-themed so you may find a nice gift for someone on your list!)
I wrote a letter to the Juliet Club some time ago and completely put it out of my mind. So imagine my surprise when I check the mail on Saturday and find this lovely letter from Verona, Italy in my mailbox! It was fun to read this letter to the kids and see their reaction. They were so amazed that THE Juliet wrote them (not daddy’s cousin Juliet but Shakespeare’s Juliet).
The letter was written by Juliet (obviously) and was such a lovely, encouraging answer to my question. My original query was about my daughter and how she says she never wants to get married. When she says that, mommy guilt kicks in and I wonder what I am doing wrong. But Juliet had the best words of encouragement–that I should continue to live out my own journey of love, and just allow my daughter room to have her own. So basically mommy guilt (regarding this particular subject) went out the window and the kids and I had the most wonderful conversation about true love. And my son asked that I write Juliet another letter to: a) tell her he DOES want to get married; b) but he’s shy; and c) she can come to our house whenever she visits the US. Oh boy!
Side note: my daughter was around when I was taking the pictures and she wanted to make her own special addition to the layout. See if you can spot a heart in the picture!
I’ve loved Ruffled since the first time I landed on the site. And Friday, I had the priviledge of being on their site (again!) together with the talented and delightful photographer Madalina Vana. This hand stitched DIY placecards tutorial will be a hit at your next event. Keep on scrolling for all the images. For step-by-step instructions, visit Ruffled’s DIY page.