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It is always exciting to be featured in print, and our recent opulent jewel-toned, romance-inspired photo shoot is our latest feature in the local Oh Brides Magazine, out on the newsstands now! We were thrilled at the opportunity to conceptualize this lavish look, and we are delighted to celebrate and show off the collaboration of my top vendors.

When I was approached to create the concept and outline of the overall look, I immediately commissioned the exceptionally talented wedding professionals I work with frequently, knowing they would help me deliver a swoon-worthy vignette.Screen-Shot-2014-03-18-at-3.21.17-PM1-715x432


I wanted to venture outside Atlanta and create a “local destination” option so I turned to The Mansion on Forsyth Park, a stunning facility in Savannah, Ga. I just adore how the event space’s grand statues and dramatic lighting contribute to the overall modern yet regal look.

Collaborating with I Do Linens, I was inspired by the navy patterned sequin table covering. I knew its intense sapphire hue would ensure the color-rich accents popped, from the coral napkins to the multi-hued roses and hydrangea floral arrangement from Perfect Petals Design Group.CollageJAV_7238


Texture was my must-have for this concept, and I incorporated it every element possible, including the striking amethyst- and lapis-colored menus created by Sandi Spells Design, which are wrapped in a heavenly velvet, as well as Sweet Seats’ Chaivari chairs, which are draped in gold Dupioni silk. The gold-accented china, flatware and crystal from Event Rentals Unlimited were the perfect complements to this tablescape and completed the overall look. We can’t forget one of the most important contributors who made our feature possible,  Javon Longieliere Photography. This amazing collaboration wouldn’t have been featured without his dynamic images.JAV_7206-2JAV_7200


Are you considering a romantic motif similar to this one for your wedding? Give us a call and let us help you bring it to life!

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Are you newly engaged and not sure where to begin? Or maybe you’re half way through your planning and feeling a bit overwhelmed with the amount of decisions you need to make? Or are you looking for inspiration for your wedding and need help finding your style?  Join us May 4th from 11am to 2pm at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta for the Wedding Talk. We have a panel of Atlanta’s premiere wedding vendors that will be sharing wedding planning tips, strategies and inspiration to help you create the wedding you have always dreamed about. From the latest trends, to the do’s & don’ts to avoid costly mistakes, we’ll cover it all. So come grab a glass of champagne and yummy treats, sit back and relax while our experts share insider tips that are sure to help make your wedding planning memorable and stress free!JAV_7206


Event Location: 
The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
181 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Whether held in the Caribbean, Europe or even Australia, I love that a destination wedding translates to a longer, more intimate and ‘upgraded’ celebration, as it often becomes a full-fledged vacation experience for everyone attending. This enables brides and grooms to select exotic locales, private resorts, gourmet restaurants, fabulous entertainment, indulgent activities and much more, keeping their guests comfortable, well-fed, relaxed, entertained, pampered and immersed in quality time with the soon-to-be newlyweds.

Here are a handful of my favorite destination wedding ‘perks’ that have proven to be worth the splurge…
1. Embrace the ‘theme’ of the location to inspire the organized activities. Think: beachside luaus, private pool parties, golf outings, massages within earshot of the seashore, boating trips, s’mores under the stars…

2. Boost the welcome basket bounty. Guests really appreciate a thoughtful arrival surprise, as they find fun and essential gifts such as flip flops in the wedding colors, custom-printed monogrammed labels on water bottles, a rundown of the area (i.e., map, currency, transportation, trusted activities, etc.), indigenous snacks…

3. Step up the details that make a difference with custom-designed elements including invitations, printed table runners, a menu of decadent made-to-order cuisine infused with local flair, a spectacular pièce de résistance wedding cake…palmeri211palmeri232palmeri281

4. Pursue coveted vendors, especially the ever-important photographer. In fact, I encourage couples to fly in their preferred shutterbug to ensure their precious memories are properly documented and preserved for their happily ever after…palmeri190palmeri157

A smaller, more intimate gathering affords hosts and hostesses the opportunity and flexibility to splurge across the board. The possibilities are endless — and effortless for those who put it all in my creative, capable hands.

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One of the coolest colors on the runway is popping up in both bridal and ready to wear this season. Placid Blue is an etheral take on traditional ivory and white for blossoming spring brides. Daywear is less fussy with a feminine monochromatic look. Opt for a breezy wrap skirt, fringe worthy oxford and carefree play skirts during these upcoming warm months.PlacidBlueColorPaletteSpring2-2-2

Give your look an edgy finish by accessorizing with bold-geometric handbags and jewelry in equally soft yet cheerful colors like blush, coral and lavender. Remember, however you wear it, own it!!PlacidBlueColorPaletteSpring-2

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What I love most about a black-and-white wedding is its timelessness – it never goes out of style. It offers understated yet polished elegance and glamour that allow the bride and groom to not only give their event a modern twist but also capture the essence of their personalities in the details.
A black-and-white reception’s versatility opens the door to allow me to truly showcase a couple’s personal flair. That can shine through in the use of patterns, shapes or textures, such as a luxe black rosette overlay contrasted against classic black-and-white striped linens.Sanders_Horton_David_Christensen_Photography_W423


I also enjoy incorporating contemporary elements within the paper trousseau, choosing fonts and monogram styles that can be featured on chair tags, favor labels, menus and much, much more.Invitation-Collage1
Floral and cake designs offer some of the most remarkable and innovative juxtapositions of black and white; a pure white canvas punctuated with striking black touches. Pure sophistication!Sanders_Horton_David_Christensen_Photography_W396


Additionally, a pop of color — whether bright and bold or blush and delicate — gives the classic black-and-white fete a fresh, updated look while infusing a couple’s individuality into their unforgettable celebration.013-Katie-John
I find that putting a modern spin on the traditional black-and-white theme provides unlimited possibilities when working with couples to create the wedding of their dreams.


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