She Loves Her – She Loves Her

Every year the wedding season is full of amazing couples and beautiful weddings. As the year comes to a close I look back and remember them all fondly. To day we are so proud to feature Annie and AJ’s picture perfect wedding at Orcutt Ranch. We are even more proud because you can check it out on Style Me Pretty today in a beautiful feature. See all the details here! This couple is beautiful inside and out and it was our pleasure to work with them on their special day. Enjoy every bit of this pretty!

Annie and AJ

Special thanks to an amazing group of folks that made it happen:
Photography: Laurie Wilson of Gather West Photography
Florals: The Little Branch
Catering: HeirloomLA
Rentals: Town and Country
Hair and Makeup: Brittany Leslie
Dessert: Cake Monkey
DJ: Haute Mobile Disco




Napkin folds for the table

 

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When it comes to napkin folding for a tablescape the possibilities are kind of endless.  We personally love dressing up our napkins with tags and trimmings, creating menu pockets out of them, and layering them between the charger and dinner plate for color.  However you choose to display your napkins at the table, you can get as simple or as complex as you want.  One tip if you’re throwing a dinner party and you choose more of a intricate fold, is to prep your napkins the night beforehand.  You don’t want to be pulling out your hair with an intense origami fold on the day of your event all while juggling other last minute preparations.  Below are some of Lavender Grey’s go-to’s when we’re hosting our own events:

Pyramid Fold

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Envelope Fold

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And if those all seem a little intimidating and too advance, here are three options that are easy for any skill level to do!  You can grab a napkin ring and just slip it around a basic fold, roll up a napkin and tie it off with trimming, or just simply do a fold over and drape between two of your table setting plates.

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And P.S. YouTube offers great tutorials of you ever need a step-by-step visual on napkin folding 101!

All images courtesy of Pinterest.




The importance of mood boards

So you just got engaged and it’s time to start planning your big day, Congrats!  There is much to get in order, decisions to make, and it may be hard to decide where to start.  We get it! One of the first things we suggest is to sit down and pull together all your thoughts and feelings into what you want your dream wedding to LOOK like.  This can be accomplished by creating a mood board which will serve as the foundation of your wedding design.  With this visual foundation it will be much easier to build all of the faucets that make up a wedding from the printed material, to the venue, the florals, the tablescapes, etc.

 

Through inspiration pictures you can learn what kind of concept you want your wedding to have.  Is it Bohemian? Rustic? Elegant? Modern?  After this is established and your pictures within your concept are gathered, you will have created a clear vision of the feeling of your day.

 

Another important reason to create a mood board is that it’s a great stepping stone to share with all of your vendors.  If they have a visual of what you are looking for it will be easier for them to execute and to expand on what your desires are.  It also ensures that all vendors involved are cohesive across the board with a unified style.

 

Here is an example of a concept mood board we put together showing a clear direction on concept and style.  If this seems like too much of a project for you and you feel a little clueless, well we got you covered and this is exactly what we do!  You can just sit back and relax and we’ll build your wedding vision with ease…

 

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Gift wrapping…it’s all in the details.

With any type of event or special occasion comes the giving of gifts.  May it be a birthday, wedding, or dinner party, gifts will usually be had!  So…you have your event, your gift was lovingly selected, you’re ready to go, and now it comes down to the wrapping.  We’re here to remind you the outer appearance is just as important as what’s inside, and it’s all in the details with how special you want to make it.  Let’s be honest, no matter what’s inside, it’s just so much more fun opening a present that’s been thoughtfully wrapped with ribbons, and delightful trimmings!  It gets you all excited like a little kid of the possibility of what could be inside.

 

Using non traditional wrapping materials will have your gift receiver in awe over the special attention and creativity you put into.  We gathered a handful of innovative ideas that you could use for wrapping materials.  Use your imagination and don’t forget to look around the house!  You never know what can be re-purposed into a something a little more special.

 

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All photos courtesy of Pinterest.




Backdrops for any occassion

Backdrops are important at a wedding or event because they help set the scene and frame a moment.  They can be used for the setting at a ceremony, or to create a great photo op for guests at a party.  There’s so many different routes you can take, so Lavender Grey pulled together a bunch of different backdrop ideas for whatever mood or vibe your next soirre is!

 

QUIRKY: Use large vintage frames and printed clip art for a storybook feel.

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BOHEMIAN: Suspend round hoops of greenery and flowers.

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BOLD: Create a fun backdrop of colored tissue streamers in all different lengths.

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VINTAGE: Pile on layers of bunting, poms, pin wheels, and accordion fans.

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ROMANTIC: Layer strips of satin ribbon in a monochromatic color.

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MODERN RUSTIC:  Attach paper flowers against a chalkboard background, and lovely messages can be written around.

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ARTISTIC: Create a painted backdrop of splatters and drips, combine with flowers for a 3D piece of art.

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FREE SPIRIT: Lined feathers dipped in gold create an airy vibe.

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POETIC: Drop a giant roll of paper and fill it up with a love poem or words.

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SHABBY CHIC: Use a bedspread or fabric shower curtain and frame with cascading greenery and florals.

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Let them eat cake, and you should too!

We’re looking over some beautiful sugary goodness today and wanted to share with you some amazing wedding cakes.  Naked cakes, painted cakes…flowered, ruffled, laced, gilded, powdered, there’s so many options to choose from!  An important question to ask yourself when selecting the design of your cake is does it fit with your overall concept?  Do the colors, texture, style, and shape make sense with everything else you dreamed up element wise for your wedding?  You want your wedding cake to be just another extension of your overall design and your personal style.  We’re going to leave you with The Knot’s top tips for wedding cakes to get informed and to be in the know when selecting a cake for your own day.  So read up, and don’t forget to eat up!

 

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Every Last Detail

 

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Grey Likes Weddings

 

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Mod Wedding

 

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100 Layer Cake

 

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100 Layer Cake

 

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Ruffled

 

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Go ahead, Do It Yourself!

If you’re budget conscious or just enjoy testing your crafting abilities, do-it-yourself options are probably your first choice with decor for home, parties, and events.  There’s something satisfying about finishing a DIY project and knowing the budget savvy touch that was put into it.  We want to share with you our favorite DIY sources that inspire us with new and fresh ideas constantly.  These bloggers and design visionaries are the best at what they do, and trust me you can spend hours leafing through all their amazing tutorials.  It’s time to get crafty and inspired!  We hope that you try out some of their awesome projects…just don’t burn yourself with the glue gun.

 

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A Beautiful Mess

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Vintage Revivals

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Neon for days

The neon color trend is still here and holding on tight. Neon is fresh, bold, fun, ever so cool, and we love it!  From fashion, to interior design, to parties and weddings, it is sure to bring a smile to any face whatever the circumstance.  So how do you use it without abusing it?  The answer is in subtle doses and balanced with neutral colors.  We don’t want to take you completely back on an 80’s overload, so just a splash here and there will do.

 

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Lavender Grey put together a mood board dedicated to neon love that will hopefully inspire you for whatever venture you have next.  Don’t be shy, get innovative and get your neon on!

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Wire shade- Thee Rabbit Hole,  Mini planters- Wind and Willow Home,  Circle backdrop- Gray Day Studio,  Shoes- Sophia Webster,  LOVE letters- Etsy,  Painting- Maya Hayuk,  Vases- NashPop,  Living Room- KB Home,  Cake- Brides,  Pillows- Squares and Rectangles

All other photos courtesy of Pinterest

 

 




Ain’t no party like a succulent party!

…cause a succulent party don’t stop.  Succulents are some of our favorite plants because they are always in style, and easy to care for especially if you have a forgetful green thumb.  As of late, succulents have become very popular in events and weddings and can be easily incorporated into any concept from modern, rustic, vintage chic, or whatever you can imagine.  The color and texture variation of succulents are almost endless.  Whether alone or mixed with colored florals in a centerpiece, succulents will for sure bring some life to your space.  And the best thing is if you’re using them for an event, you can take them home and keep them for a long time to come!  We pulled together examples of all different ways you can use them with different vessels, mixtures, and colors.  Succulents galore this way…

 

 

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 The Wedding Chicks

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Alternative Wedding bouquets


Wedding bouquets serve to accent not only the bridal party and bride, but as well as the overall wedding concept and decor.  Today, flowers that traditionally make up a wedding bouquet are not the only option of what can be carried down the aisle.  Below we complied some alternative bouquet options that are unique and can easily compliment whatever design concept your heart desires for your day.  One of the plus’s to these alternative wedding bouquets is that unlike flowers, that will only last the day of your wedding, these can be preserved and kept for many years to come.

 

 

VINTAGE SPARKLE

We love these bouquets made of vintage buttons, rhinestone brooches, or all crystals and pearls!  These bouquets will for sure add sparkle and elegance to your wedding and will compliment your dress like a necklace or earrings would.  Think of it as an extra piece of jewelry.

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NATURE INSPIRED

Are you having a garden or beach wedding?  Perhaps a bouquet of butterflies or shells would help set the tone.

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 HANDMADE CHARM

If you’re more of rustic picnic type of bride, these sweet handmade bouquets made of pom poms, felt, and paper will give off charm and will let your personality shine through.

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MEADOW SPIRIT

Bouquets made up of feathers, pine cones, grasses, and wheat are perfect for a natural free spirited bride.

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Feather and pine cones bouquet

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WINTER WONDERLAND

And lastly, if you are planning a winter wedding why not play up the season with glittered silk leaves, crystallized branches, and shiny ornaments!

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All images courtesy of Pinterest unless otherwise direct linked.