Because everyone loves great texture. And a little flourish.

I love texture. I really, really love it. I have had this antique window sitting idly in a corner of my garage for much too long. In honor of the antique dresser’s fresh coat of orange, I decided to use the framework of the window to create some complimentary visual interest. I use ampersands often in my wedding designs so it was the natural choice for this project.

hand dyed coffee filters, wedding decor, antique window, & sign

I knew that I wanted the ampersand to be three dimensional; and, instantly, I knew that the generous collection of coffee filters littering the back of my pantry would be the perfect medium. After hand dyeing roughly 100 filters in a bath of brewed tea, I began hot glueing like a mad lady.


Piece by crumpled piece, gorgeous texture was emerging.

hand dyed coffee filters, wedding decor, antique window, & sign, rustic

Once I was pleased with the overall shape of the ‘&’, I used my white paint marker to add some flourish. Because everyone loves a little flourish.

rustic wedding, hand dyed coffee filters, wedding decor, antique window, & sign

So there you have it, a sneak peek into how one of my bright ideas came to life; and, hopefully, a little diy inspiration for good measure. More often than not, the simplest ideas – steeped in brewed tea and creativity – are the loveliest.


Southern Peach Ruffled Love


It was an honor to have our southern peach inspired styled shoot published in Ruffled! The entire concept of the shoot began with a phone call between Amalie Orrange and I back in November. Amalie was itching to do another shoot and I thought that the design that I had created for the Cypress Grove Estate House’s bridal show booths would translate perfectly into a fully developed shoot. We knew early on that blush, mint and gold would anchor the color palette. Throw in some sweet southern whimsy, a crateful of peaches and a fair amount of making it up as I went and – voila – pure loveliness! The entire peach Bellini display was an adventure in last minute styling but I absolutely love how it came to life. Hop on over to Ruffled to check out the full feature; but before you go, enjoy a few of my favorite images of the shoot as well as a totally awesome bonus behind the scenes video.

southern wedding, crystal glasses, vintage, peach, handmade clay tag

vintage wedding, blush, mint, gold, antique china tablescape, peonies, anemonies

vintage wedding, blush, mint, gold, farmhouse table, antique dresser

vintage wedding, blush, gold, antique china, teacup

southern vintage wedding, peach bellini bar, gold

vintage wedding, gold mason jars, southern

southern wedding, peaches, gold mason jars, peach preserves


A Winter Park Farmer’s Market Wedding! No, really.

I am the luckiest wedding designer in the world. I seem to hit the jackpot of brides with impeccable taste and the willingness to trust me to bring their vision to life. Estee was no exception to my dream bride rule. She tied the knot with her groom, Taylor, at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market in beautiful fashion. Here are a few preliminary images of the true-to-venue fete.

For this farmers market wedding, Estee wanted a, well, farmers market.

rustic wedding, farm stand, mason jars, favors

farm stand, rustic wedding, farmers market

Over 200 pieces of canned wonderfulness adorned our rustic farm stand. Estee offered: dill pickles, cherries, hot sauce, bean salad, jalapenos, banana peppers, handmade soaps, bath salts, bags full of candy, and a list of other amazing treasures to her guests. It was a true sight to behold!

rustic wedding, farm stand, honey favors

rustic wedding, farm stand, favors

The dessert display was simply lovely. Estee chose Wendy Woo Cakes to provide the sugary goodness for her big day. Wendy is a friend of mine and we have collaborated on several events so it was a match made in heaven.

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farmers market wedding, rustic, antique scale, yellow cupcake

farmers market wedding, rustic, mini ruffle cake, yellow, dessert pedestal

Every inch of the farmers market was appointed with elements that defined rustic elegance.

rustic florida wedding, farmers market, pallet, mason jars

And, of course, there was no shortage of handmade details.

rustic wedding, crates, mason jars, handmade fabric flowers

…and chalkboards.

rustic wedding, farmers market, chalkboard

chalkboard, arrow, rustic wedding, guestbook

This is just the beginning, there are a lot more images from Estee and Taylor’s wedding that I cannot wait to share! Stay tuned for more from their big day.

Winter Park Farmers Market Wedding Sneak Peek : March 2013

It has been a few months since I have had a wedding at the Winter Park Farmers Market. I miss the rich rustic wonderfulness of that charming venue so I am thrilled that I will have the opportunity to style a knock-your-socks-off soiree there on Friday night. Here is a sneak peek of one of the pieces of custom handmade perfection that will grace the guest dining tables.

rustic wedding, grey, ivory, handmade fabric flatware holder

And that, my friends, is just the tip of the gorgeous iceberg. Stay tuned for a deluge of more images after the big day!