Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Years Glitter

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How are you ringing in the New Year tonight? We are very inspired by these glam details and can’t wait to incorporate a little glitter into our 2012 wedding details!

Image 1 and 5: The Glitter Guide, Image 2: Cupcakes and Cashmere, Image 3: ZsaZsa Bellagio, Image 4: And What Alice Saw, Image 6: Pretty Stuff, Image 7:  Sweetapolita, Image 8: Sparkles and Pretending, Image 9: A Cup of Jo, Image 10: Note to Self.

Sugar is Sweet

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The girls at Easton Events wish you a sweet and sugar filled Christmas!

Image 1,2,4,11, and 13 from Cannelle et Vanille, Image 3 from Gemma Comas, Image 5,9,10 from Erin Quon, Image 6 from Woman’s Day, Image 7 from Victoria Pearson, Image 8 from Brides, Image 12 from Snippet & Ink.

2012 Wish List

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 A few things on our Christmas wish list…

1. New belts. 2. Beautiful notebooks for client meetings. 3. Wireless walkies! 4. Office renovation. 5. Blush lip gloss. 6. Sweets. 7. A splash of color.

Southern Living Issue

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Earlier this year Easton Events was asked to create a holiday dinner table for the December issue of Southern Living. We tuned on the Christmas tunes, called the local Christmas Tree supplier, and started thinking about our ideal holiday tablescape.

Our approach was to create a dressy but approachable atmosphere. We  featured a neutral palate of golds, silvers, and creams while emphasizing texture. Lynn stated ” I wanted the soiree to feel organic yet luxurious- sophisticated without putting on airs.” Together with Pat’s Floral Design we designed a juxtaposition of earthy elements, such as the cedar logs and bare tigerwood branches, with the lavish touches, such as the mother- of- pearl napkin rings and gold-edged china, creating a fancy affair with a cozy undertone.

In the right hand corner of the room we placed a Christmas tree wrapped in twinkly white lights and a natural toned ribbon. We kept the look minimal and organic by choosing to adorned the tree with paper cones filled with balsa wood flowers rather than chunky colorful ornaments.

Rock Paper Scissors designed place cards and menus for the dinner spread. The menu card features a silver emblem reminiscent of a pineapple, the symbol of Southern hospitality!

Cookies Stocking Be sure to take a peak at the December issue of Southern Living to see more of our design concepts for a Christmas dinner spread!

All images courtesy of Jen Fariello 

Color Me Beautiful: Animal Instincts

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There’s just something classically luxurious about a chic animal print.  From Jackie O in the ’60’s to contemporary Louboutin, animal print is a statement staple for every woman’s closet.  Kept in good company with a simple black and metallic palette, animal prints in small doses can dress up a glamorous tablescape or provide that much-needed surprise as playful pumps peeping out from under a gown.

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Leopard heels, Leopard clutch, Leopard tablescape spread via Nov/Dec issue of Lonny Mag, Jackie O, Zebra rug spread via Nov/Dec issue of Lonny Mag, Christian Louboutin heels via Barney’s, Vince Camuto bangles via Nordstrom, Heels with Vogue, Leopard scarf, Leopard place mat

Forget Me Not Friday: Holiday Party Tips

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 Earlier this year Southern Living asked Lynn to deck the table for the holiday season! Together with Pat’s Floral Design and Rock Paper Scissors, we created a table design of earthy elegance. We are honored to have a three page spread in this December’s issue!

Part of our task was to provide helpful tips for those who are planning a Christmas party at home. Today we wish to share these holiday tips with you!

– Even if you don’t use placecards, still consider where your guests will be seated around the table before they arrive.

– If parking is limited,  chat with your neighbors about using nearby spots.

– Be sure there are empty hangers and room in your closet for coats.

– Don’t forget the spirits.  Chill your wine, and have you bar stocked and ready with plenty of ice, glassware, garnishes, shakers, stirrers, liquor. The bar can be anywhere from the kitchen counter to a side table in your living room. Remember wherever your bar is the guests will be!

– Have an empty vase with water ready and scissors nearby in the event guests bring you flowers.

– Try to allow yourself a moment to relax before guests arrive. You set the tone for the party. Aim to open the door welcoming and relaxed.

Check in next Wednesday for pictures and details from the shoot!

Image courtesy of Eric Kelley 

Real Wedding Wednesday: M&M

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When McKinley and Matt selected Pippin Hill Farm for their wedding venue, they had to envision the space from drafted drawings and colorful sketches. A year later the two were married at the newly opened vineyard in Charlottesville, VA.

M & M met at summer camp and both share a love for the outdoors. With an outside ceremony among the Blue Ridge Mountains and cocktails made with local Virginia cider their love for Virginia and the outdoors was shared by all.

Blue Dress Virginia Wedding PlannerVenue: Pippin Hill Farm // Rentals: Festive Fare  // Printed Materials: Rock Paper Scissors // Calligraphy: Paperfinger// Makeup and Hair: Moxie // Band: Marquise // Cake: Mahlia Creations // Florals:  Pat’s Floral Design // Chalkboards: Stonegate Event Rentals //Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Morwenna and Jay // Photography: Jen Fariello //  Lighting and AV: Blue Ridge Light Forms // Stage: Skyline Tent Company

Color Me Beautiful: Bows

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Feminine and flirty, bows are tying up fashion and wedding decor in a beautiful way.  Not just for girls anymore, bows are making statements in strong architectural shapes, oversized proportions, and unique fabrics.  Kate Spade continues to adorn just about everything with bows, while wedding gown and accessory designers like Amsale and Twigs & Honey tie it up pretty in chiffon and lace.

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Twigs and Honey bow, Art print, Kate Spade shoes, BHLDN d’Orsay shoes, BHLDN hair accessory, Amsale gown, French high fashion, Napkin bow, Ban.do bow, Ban.do bow headband, BHLDN Feldman heels, Cake source unknown, Bride at the window source unknown, Papilio wedding gown

Forget Me Not Friday: Printed Material Timeline

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Calligraphy Once you’ve set the date for your dream day, remember to set a printed materials schedule.  Mark your calendar with mailing dates for your save the date and invitations.  Save the dates may be sent from 10 to 6 months ahead of time.  Invitations may be sent from 10 to 6 weeks before the wedding.  When you meet with your stationer, be sure to share your target mailing dates to ensure that you are operating on the same timeline. You will need to account for design planning, at least one round of proofs, printing time and shipping.

Image 1 courtesy of Holland Photo Arts, Image 2 courtesy of Image Doctor Media, Image 3 and 5 courtesy of  Jen Fariello, Image 4 courtesy of Patricia Lyons.

Real Wedding Wednesday: Lucia & Joe

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Dogs Lucia and Joe were married this fall at the bride’s family farm in Charlottesville. The family farm is especially meaningful as it houses the beautiful horse barn and training grounds for Lucia’s passion and talent- event jumping! Tragically, less than a week before their big day, the bride was in a riding accident. But, Lucia was resilient and full of excitement for her marriage to Joe so the wedding plans went on. The day was absolutely lovely. The couple had an intimate ceremony on the back patio of the home. The evening unfolded with a gorgeous dinner under the glow of a Sperry tent and the wedding guests danced the night away under the canopy of bistro lights! It was truly a storybook wedding.

Flowers Wedding Ring Hanging Flowers Ceremony Chairs Escort Cards Wedding Cake Skyline Catering: Keswick Hall // Rentals: Festive Fare and Beehive Events// Printed Materials: Rock Paper Scissors // Calligraphy: Tara Jones// Makeup and Hair: Moxie // Band: Great Expectations Band // Cake: Mahlia Creations // Florals:  Beehive Events // Ceremony Music: Encore String Quartet // Photography: Patricia Lyons // Videography: Reel Amore // Lighting and AV: Blue Ridge Light Forms // Tent: Skyline Tent Company