Fall Wedding Dinner Ideas

We really wanted to tell a story with this shoot rather than only presenting a finished product.  So much of the beauty in gatherings is in the heart and soul that goes into the preparations.  How fulfilling it is to sit down to a lovely table and present a dish to those you love when traces of the morning you had in the garden, the fragrance and crackle of garlic cloves when pulled them from the head, the peace that comes from selecting and preparing flowers and all the other pleasantries of the day are served right along with the food.  The story is a direct representation of what it feels like to relish in a day preparing a meal, mindfully presenting it to friends and enjoying their company while you indulge.  Hope you enjoy!

Rustic Vegetable Galette


4 large carrots, sliced
1-2 cups mushrooms, roughly chopped
2-3 bell peppers, any color you like, roughly chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1-2 heads of garlic, minced
*it’s lovely to keep the produce in season and local so use your imagination and grab what looks fabulous at the market
1 Tbsp good olive oil, plus additional oil for brushing
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 sprigs rosemary, minced plus additional sprigs to garnish

Make the pastry (outlined below) and set aside in the refrigerator.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Wash and prepare the vegetables.  Toss together in a large bowl with olive oil and season with rosemary and salt & pepper to taste.  Saute vegetable mixture over medium heat until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften but still retain their bite.  This takes about 10-15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Divide pastry into 4 sections.  Roll one section into a rough circle about 1/8″ thick.  Brush a circle about 2″ from the perimeter onto your pastry.  Heap 1/4 of the vegetable mixture onto this circle.  Turn up the exposed 2″ of crust to form a border around the vegetables.  This should be rustic, not perfect so don’t think too much or overhandle the dough.  Repeat for the remaining 3 sections of dough.

Place all 4 galettes on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake on the center rack about 15 minutes.  If the crust begins to brown more than your liking, cover the perimeter with tin foil. garnish with rosemary sprigs as you like

Photography: Britt Chudleigh // Flowers: Honey of Thousand Flowers

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04.26.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Pippin Hill Outdoor Wedding

Michael and I live in Florida, but when it came time to plan our wedding we knew nothing could compare to the beauty of my hometown, Charlottesville, Virginia. As soon as we found Pippin Hill I immediately fell in love with the venue: from the gorgoues views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the bridal suite, barn reception area and soft colors it was absolutely perfect.

Lynn Easton Andrews and her team at Easton Events created an event that was beyond our expectations. They took my simple idea of a romantic and timeless affair and turned it into an evening that no one will soon forget. We chose a color pallate and decor that would allow the natural beauty of the vineyard to shine through. Soft blushes, ivories, greys and pale green florals were accented with hundreds of glittering candles evoking a truly romantic feel.

90% of our guest list were from out of state, so it was very important for us that the wedding reflected the southern charm of Charlottesville. Trips to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello were arranged, guests received Virginia peanuts and UVA goodies in their welcome bags, the food at the reception was locally inspired and we had custom Charlottesville maps created with our favorite restaurants and attractions.”

Photographer: Eric Kelley // Event Design, Styling, and Production: Easton Events // Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Design // Venue: Pippin Hill Farm // Save the Date: Rock Paper Scissors // Invitation: Hogan Birney, Mama’s Sauce // Calligraphy: Tara Jones // Map: Elizabeth Blackburn, eDanae // Catering: Pippin Hill Farm // Cake: Favorite Cakes // Chargers & Napkins: Festive Fare  // DJ: 20 South Productions // Videographer: Meet + Cute Films // Dress: Reem Acra // Hair: Lucas Shaffer // Make Up: Lora Elaine

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04.24.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win $350 from Bloomingdales Registry


Recently Engaged?? If so, then do we have a treat for you! We’ve partnered with Bloomingdales to give away a $350 gift card to use online or at any of their store locations. Bloomingdale’s has an incredible selection of beautiful home goods, linens, kitchenware and even furniture. You can register for a variety of luxurious linens, amazing flatware, or the ever so popular  KitchenAid mixer. I pulled together some of my favorite pieces from Bloomingdales.com shown above.

When you sign up for a Bloomingdale’s registry you’ll be assigned a Personal Registry Consultant – there for you from the day you register until the last item is in your home. In addition,  you’ll receive expert opinions and insightful advice to calm any wedding nerves you might have.

You’ll receive 10% off remaining home items on your registry, up to 6 months after your wedding date. And as an added perk, Bloomingdales offers FREE monogramming on almost all sheets, towels and robes – a perfect way to personalize your home!

Enter to Win: Comment below naming your favorite registry item and linking to your registry with Bloomingdale’s. Don’t have a registry yet with Bloomingdales? No problem! Sign up here to get started.

The contest ends April 30th, so hurry to make your Bloomindale’s registry now!

04.24.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Ranch Wedding Ideas

When selecting a setting and arrangements for a romantic design, I believe keeping the elements simple and organic provides the necessary palette for a whimsical affair.  At this shoot, Odalys Mendez gracefully captured the warmth and natural beauty of the farm setting, which set the tone.  The darling Austin Healey car inspired the choice of English garden flowers to adorn a lush garland draped across the back of the car. The pop of dark florals juxtaposed against the lighter shades of pink added a delightful touch by Holly Carlisle. With its soft, airy lines and classic elegance, the gown from Ines Di Santo was a luxurious choice to tie the design together.

Photography: Odalys Mendez // Planning: Sarah Chancey // Flowers: Rosegolden // Invitation Suite: Lazaro Press // Gown: Ines Di Santo// Groomswear: The Modern Gent // Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN // Bride’s Earrings: BHLDN // Hair and Makeup: Raney O’Keefe // Furniture Rental: Blue Eyed Yonder // Plates, Linens, and Lanterns: Pottery Barn // Location: Private Ranch

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04.22.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Wedding Ideas Blog