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April 6, 2021 - No Comments!

Woodland Fall Elopement at Autumn Lane Estate in Maine

There really is nothing quite like an intimate elopement surrounded by nature. Today we are adventuring to Maine for the most dreamy woodsy elopement. This rustic boho design will surround you with the feeling of crisp autumn air with colorful fall tones and effortlessly romantic details.

Ready to escape to the forest with us? Keep reading to gather inspiration for your elopement vision!

Wedding Arch & Florals

This eco-friendly floral wedding arch seems to emerge from the ground, blending in perfectly with the fall surroundings. The florals were foraged locally in Maine, keeping the theme of the forest consistent. This is such a creative and sustainable way to honor the location of your elopement! The addition of dried textural elements like the seasonal leaves is so unique for this ceremony design.

The bridal bouquet was a continuation of the wedding arch following the colorful fall palette. A mix of warm marigold, burnt orange, deep reds, and blue tones brought pops of color to this elopement. If you are planning an outdoor wedding but want to include more colors, add in plenty of fresh florals to keep things inspired by nature!

Bride & Groom Attire

The bridal look was minimal and ethereal with a flowy floral length gown. For the bride's accessories, she wore dainty and modern jewelry pieces to complete her elopement look. The groom's muted blue suit was so chic, complementing the wedding florals.

The Barn & Lounge Decor

This sweet local barn at Autumn Lane Estate is the perfect Maine elopement location. It is a great spot for photography with a wooden backdrop and modern barn silhouette! Even with intimate elopements, adding a lounge area is a great way to extend your venue space. We added in a matching floral garland, a simple accent bench, and a vintage-inspired rug.

Table Design

How cute is this table design? We selected a two-tone wooden round table and chairs to place our fall decor. The cascading natural floral garland made a stunning centerpiece. We added organic-shaped plates layered between a real seasonal leaf to each place setting. The linen napkins and flatware remained simplistic to allow the place settings to shine.

The Cake

Let's talk about this beautiful cake! The minimal two-layered was decorated with sprigs of pampas grass and a piece of fresh fern with a few more fall florals at the base. We paired the cake with a simple wood cake stand. Of course, we couldn't resist having the bride capture a photo with the sweet treat!

Love this blog and want more intimate elopement inspiration? Check out this Joshua Tree desert elopement next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Styled Shoot

October 6, 2020 - No Comments!

Easy Halloween Dining Room Decorations

I may have started to decorate for Halloween in August this year but if you're just getting to it now, I have a fun idea for you! These Halloween decorations can be modified however you want with whatever you have in your home.

If you were following our blog recently, you saw that we hosted a Halloween Tablescape contest that featured over 20 amazing designs from some of our Instagram friends.

Well on today's blog, I wanted to zoom in on our design so you can take a look at all the fun details. I called this design my Werewolf Themed Tablescape because of that faux fur runner in the middle!

Special thank you to Darcy Ferris for coming over and getting photos of my tablescape! She's a talented photographer here in Nashville. She does everything from weddings to family sessions and now interior design photography haha.

Bats on wall and table settings are decorated for halloween

List of Supplies

I'm not going to lie I started decorating in August this year woops. I happened to already own a few of the items you see in the images. I want to give you a proper list of what I bought so you can recreate this at home. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

  • Faux-fur fabric. I purchased mine at Joann Fabrics
  • 6 Charger Plates. I got mine at Kirkland's on sale for $3 each.
  • Dinner plates & salad plates. I used the ones I had at home. You'll notice that I snuck some white ones in there because I didn't have enough black ones!
  • Napkins. I bought these at Kirkland's. Set of 4 for $16.
  • Bell Jars. I ordered these on Amazon because I knew I could reuse them for something else later! I ordered the 9.8" and the 5.9".
  • Black candle holders. I love these from Amazon.
  • Black candle sticks. I had these already but I know you can get some on Amazon as well.
  • Skull glasses. I found these at my local Dollar General but the quality isn't great. I found these way cooler ones on Amazon!
  • Cobwebs for the chandelier were from Amazon. I used them on my outdoor bushes too. You don't need a lot!
  • Bats for the wall. Another great Amazon find. They come with little double sided sticky things and I plan to reuse them next year too.
  • Science beakers. I used these to put my flowers in and I thought it looked really fun! Here are the ones I ordered.
Halloween table decorations with bats on the wall
Fall and halloween table decorations
black candles and plates for halloween table setting

What did you think of my Halloween decorations this year? It's so fun now that we own our own home because we can continue to add to our collection. We'll get spookier and spookier every year!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle, Styled Shoot

July 6, 2020 - 64 comments

Intimate Wedding in Montreal with Geode Cake

So you're having an intimate wedding in Montreal? Lucky you! A while back I had the pleasure of doing a styled shoot with some talented wedding vendors in my hometown of Montreal, Quebec. The shoot was picked up and featured on The Perfect Palette but I wanted to post some of the photos here and hope they give you some ideas for your upcoming intimate wedding or elopement! I'm especially excited for you to see the geode cake!

indigo and white invitation suite

The Ceremony

Vendors and our adorable bohemian couple came together at a cute (and very Quebecois) restaurant called Les Fillettes located in the heart of Montreal. The patio is absolutely perfect for a small ceremony up to 25 guests. I would recommend also serving a nice glass of champagne for everyone to enjoy while you say your "I Dos".

copper arch ceremony scroll on brick patio in Montreal

Let's talk about this ceremony backdrop for a hot second. Joy from Imagine Joy handmade this incredible wedding ceremony scroll which is basically a giant script with the couple's vows and love poems on it. Seriously stunning! What a great way to personalize a ceremony. I would also encourage couples to keep this and somehow incorporate it into their home design after the wedding.

ceremony backdrop with handwritten vows and poems

white lanterns and antlers with fern by ceremony arch

The Table Top Design

We were really feeling inspired by tie dye for this wedding design. Believe it or not, I tie dyed these napkins myself! It was surprisingly easier than I thought. Maybe I can do a tutorial on it someday. Anyway, We wanted to bring in some woodsy elements like the wooden plates and pieces of ferns to decorate each place setting. I really like how it turned out. It has a really cozy yet boho vibe to it, don't you think?

The Dress & Suit

We wanted our bride and groom to look boho but not hobo! Our bride was wearing a gorgeous boho wedding gown with a front slip. We also added a fun hair piece and a hand chain to spice things up. Our handsome groom was in a dark navy suit and white shirt. We skipped the tie to make him feel more casual but added a spiky blue boutonniere for a little pizzaz.

The Geode Cake

No wedding is complete without a little sugar. This couple had one of the coolest geode cakes I've ever seen! This indigo and gold crystal cake has me drooling! At the same time, it's almost too pretty to touch. We topped it off with a "Cheers" cake topper and continued the celebration.

indigo and gold geode cake

sugar crystals inside a geode cake

Hope this provided you with some fun boho inspiration for your own wedding!

Want more wedding inspiration? Check out this blog post next!

VENDORS

Photography: Samantha Roy Photography // Event Design: 'Cause We Can Events // Floral Design & Venue: Les Petites Excuses // Rentals: La Mariée Bohème // Calligraphy: Imagine Joy // Jewelry: It's Well Dunn // Hair: Salon Sweet William // Makeup: Miss Nelly Makeup / M·A·C // Bridal Salon: Ma Chérie Bleue Bridal

 

May 10, 2019 - No Comments!

Cool Mother’s Day Brunch

Moms are kind of a big deal. We all have one but they all look very different from one another. Much like a snowflake, every single mom is unique but we love them all the same. Today we're honoring all you tattooed, motorcycle riding, tough cookie moms! You deserve to have a Mother's Day Brunch that fits your personality. If 'Pretty in Pink' isn't your jam, maybe this 'Bad to the Bone' table design will suit your fancy.

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch table with white velvet linen and black chairs. Pink and red napkins and invitations inspired by mom tattoos. Floral pattern plates are set with black matte flatware.

The Invitations

You can't have a party without first sending out invitations. This whole design was inspired by those old school "I love my mom" tattoos. We decided to have the invitations incorporate that tattoo and here's how they turned out!

 

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch table with white velvet linen and black chairs. Pink and red napkins and invitations inspired by mom tattoos. Floral pattern plates are set with black matte flatware.

Unique place settings

This is your chance to get creative with the table design! We loved the idea of playing around with 70s style florals and prints. We always try to look at the invitation design and see if we can pull colors or patterns from there to bring into the place settings. For this Mother's Day Brunch, we pulled out the pink tones as well as the wildflower patterns into the plates and napkins. What do you think? We kept this a little edgy with black plates and black matte flatware.

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch table with white velvet linen and black chairs. Pink and red napkins and invitations inspired by mom tattoos. Floral pattern plates are set with black matte flatware.

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch table with white velvet linen and black chairs. Pink and red napkins and invitations inspired by mom tattoos. Floral pattern plates are set with black matte flatware.

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch table with white velvet linen and black chairs. Pink and red napkins and invitations inspired by mom tattoos. Floral pattern plates are set with black matte flatware.

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch table with white velvet linen and black chairs. Pink and red napkins and invitations inspired by mom tattoos. Floral pattern plates are set with black matte flatware.

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch table with white velvet linen and black chairs. Pink and red napkins and invitations inspired by mom tattoos. Floral pattern plates are set with black matte flatware.

Pop the bubbly

Congratulations! You've set the table and now you're ready to party! Invite your mom over, pop the bubbly and spend some quality time together. If your mom isn't close by, invite some friends (fur moms count too) and make it a fun friend gathering. Any excuse to have a party 😉

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch table with white velvet linen and black chairs. Pink and red napkins and invitations inspired by mom tattoos. Floral pattern plates are set with black matte flatware.

Cheers with crystal champagne coupes

Pour champagne for your mother on mothers day. Girl dressed in cute cordoroy brown dress

Colorful Mother's Day Brunch table with white velvet linen and black chairs. Pink and red napkins and invitations inspired by mom tattoos. Floral pattern plates are set with black matte flatware.

Cause We Can Events | Event planning company in Los Angeles

Wanna see this shoot come together behind the scenes? Check out our short video!

Happy Mother's Day!

Photography by Shanna Castro Photography // Video Dale Castro // Design + Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Florals Auroral Floral // Rentals La Pinata Party Rentals // Invitations Fiber & Dye

March 7, 2019 - No Comments!

A Moody + Elegant St Patrick’s Day Dinner Party

St Patrick's Day is just around the corner which means....green beer and silly hats? Not anymore! Now that we're all mature grown adults (we are, right?), we thought it was time to up our St Patrick's Day. Let's make it less of a drunken mess and more of a fun time to get together with friends for a dinner party!

St Patrick's Day dinner party with tall black candles and dark green napkins. Frames with greenery coming out adds a fun nature element to the design

Every good party starts with a beautiful invitation. We thought it would be fun to send along an Irish blessing with the invite as this day is also known as the Feast of St Patrick. How perfect!

Irish blessing written in gold on green paper. St Patrick's Day party invitation

We love the idea of incorporating nature whenever we can so creating a unique backdrop for this table was top of mind. The project was quite simple. We got a few frames, took out the glass and hung them on the wall with Command Strips to avoid any paint damage. Our talented florist played around with a few ferns and hanging plants to add that bit of nature to our art piece.

For the actual table top design, we skipped the cheesy leprechaun decor and chose to take this St Paddy's Day party idea to the next level. We wanted to recreate a sort of pub feel with darker place settings and touches of gold details. I can imagine the meal being served family style and all those candles being lit. Cozy, elegant and intimate. Wanna know a secret? See those black chargers under the plates? Well, it turns out those are serving trays. I saw them at La Pinata Rentals and thought they would be perfect for this!

St Patrick's Day dinner party with tall black candles and dark green napkins. Black matte chargers, olive green plates and brown top plates for a masculine yet classy St Paddy's Day Dinner Party.

Black charger, dark green plate and brown top plate for a st paddy's day party!

Did you notice the little charm on the napkins? We made those. We foraged for some clovers (while they weren't 4-leaf clovers, I still consider them lucky) and went to Michaels to get a gold backing in the jewelry section. We gently placed the clover on top of the gold backing and covered it with a clear "bubble sticker" also sold at Michaels. Tada!

St Patrick's Day dinner party with tall black candles and dark green napkins. Black matte chargers, olive green plates and brown top plates for a masculine yet classy St Paddy's Day Dinner Party. Black matte chargers, olive green plates and brown top plate with gold and green name tag.

It wouldn't be a St Patrick's Day party without a bar! We put together a simple but fun bar cart for this dinner party. Guests can help themselves to a Shamrockarita or Guinness Float. 

Wooden and gold bar cart with lot's of greenery for a St Patrick's Day Party. Green glassware, hanging plants from frames and a lucky horse shoe

Wooden and gold bar cart with lot's of greenery for a St Patrick's Day Party. Green glassware, hanging plants from frames and a lucky horse shoe

Feeling Lucky on light up sign for St Patrick's Day dinner party. Green goblets and a yarn wrapped horse shoe

Hope you enjoyed and are Feeling Lucky for your upcoming St Patrick's Day dinner party! Be sure to check out our Instagram for more photos of our projects. If you try this design at home, we'd love to see your photos too!

Photographer Evangeline Lane // Florals Auroral Floral // Rentals La Pinata Rentals + Collective Rentals // Specialty Rentals (candlesticks) Provenance Rentals // Stationary Fiber and Dye

November 14, 2016 - 9 comments

BTS Desert Sunrise Shoot

Joshua Tree photoshoot

November has just been full of adventure! From visiting my brother in Stillwater, Oklahoma for Homecoming to a girls' weekend getaway in Palm Springs, I just can't get enough! One of my favorite adventures happened last week when myself and a few other #bossladies headed to Rim Rock Ranch for some SkipBo and wine...oh yeah and a really cool sunrise styled shoot. Here are a few iPhone sneak peek photos.

Behind the Scenes Joshua Tree Wedding Planner

Bohemian bride at Rim Rock Ranch Joshua Tree

Photoshoot with bohemian bride in Joshua Tree

Wedding at Rim Rock Ranch Joshua Tree

Wedding at Rimrock Ranch Pioneertown

And now for a very special treat from one of my favorite videographers, Wandering Study. Click on the photo below to see a few magical seconds of the sun rising over the desert!

wedding ceremony set up at Rimrock Ranch Joshua Tree

Don't worry, we always make sure to play as hard as we work too. We spent a couple of hours exploring Pioneertown, enjoyed a hearty lunch at Papi's & Harriet's and took the obligatory "Face in the Hole" photo!

behind the scenes in pioneertown

Can't wait to share the REAL photos with you soon!

Venue Rim Rock Ranch // Photographer Red Anchor Photography // Videographer Wandering Study // Design + Styling by Us // Hair + Makeup Makeup by Emerald // Dress Dreamers and Lovers // Florals Flower Duet // Accessories Styled by TC // Arch BlueFish Event Rentals

November 8, 2016 - 7 comments

Spanish Inspired Shoot at Casino San Clemente

colorful wedding at San Clemente Casino

If you've ever had the chance to drive down the California Coast towards San Diego, you will pass by (and hopefully stop at) a beautiful little town called San Clemente. They have some of the most amazing ocean views, great food and friendly people. We had the pleasure of putting on a styled shoot at the historic San Clemente Casino and it was oh-so-dreamy.

purple hand lettering invitations

churro dessert bar and handmade sign

wedding rings at casino san clemente

bright wild bouquet at casino san clemente

wedding chuppah with bright bouquet at casino san clemente

ceremony at the casino san clemente with bright flowers

We just loved the idea of combining bright colors with darker fall hues for the reception tables. The venue itself was so beautiful that we really didn't need too much to decorate other than some great rentals from Thrifted Sisters Vintage Rentals, classic dishes by Dish Wish and of course, beautiful blooms by Barnes Botanicals.

vintage wedding reception table a casino san clemente black wine glasses

reception set up in front of the casino san clemente fireplace with green garland

black wine glasses and colorful table decorations and florals

eclectic and colorful wedding set up at casino san clemente

Ok shall we talk about the desert bar for a second?! Not only did Sugar Cloud make a masterpiece of a cake, but we also got some delicious churros and fresh figs to complete the table.

dessert table with churro bar and colorful cake

fresh figs on colorful wedding cake

bride and groom cake cutting at casino san clemente

bride and groom at dessert table casino san clemente

Photographer Lily Tapia Photography // Design by us // Venue San Clemente Casino // Coordination Cucumber Bride // Rentals Thrifted Sister Vintage Rentals // Wedding Arch Blue Fish Event Rentals // Dishes Dish Wish // Florals Barnes Botanicals // Cake Sugar Cloud // Hair Jessica Tyransky // Makeup Makeup Ceenz // Gown & Veil Dreamers and Lovers // Tux The Black Tux // Accessories The Blushing Bird // Stationary Typecast Lettering // Pillows & Rugs Mirchant 

P.S This shoot was featured last week on The Perfect Palette if you want to see more!

October 31, 2016 - 3 comments

Moroccan Inspired Colorful Bohemian Brunch

This is an oldie but a goodie! Since redoing my website, we've had to restart the blog but I love digging into my old photo files and reposting some of my fave shoots. This one was in beautiful Manhattan Beach, CA with just a few vendor friends and I playing around with color and flowers. Hope this can be used as inspiration for upcoming dinner parties, bridal showers or even a Sunday brunch!

P.S Happy Halloween!

manhattan beach backyard brunch

bright blue table with colorful florals bridal brunch

bohemian florals with feather

flower crown peach flower bridal shower

 

bohemian bright table for bridal shower

Photographer Alissa Noelle Photography // Flowers Pavan Floral // Dishes Dish Wish 

This shoot was featured on Inspired by This last year if you want to see more!