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Friday’s Fab Finds: Family Style Reception Tables

Happy Friday!! Since I now “work” from home, Friday doesn’t carry the same allure it once did. Don’t get me wrong, I love the weekends though. I love spending time with the husband & friends. Plus, it’s the only time I get to spend by the pool (I mooch off my lucky pool friends). Besides hiking, I’m not sure whats on deck this weekend. But those are always my favorite kind of weekends, esp. after the busy one we had in Charleston for the 4th!

Onto the topic at hand, family style reception tables. I absolutely love these set ups because they feel so homey, so comfortable. Plus, they make the seating chart debacle just a little easier to manage! Our main reception room was a “mini” mockup of the long table look (see below). Because of the set up of the mansion, we couldn’t swing full family style tables.


The rooms were STUNNING. But I can’t help but imagine what I could have done, decor wise, if we could have used a more family style set up. You can really play with the centerpieces. Instead of one big centerpiece on each table, you can have several clusters of vases, jars and flowers along the whole table. Paired with candles, luminaries and chandeliers, this look is absolutely dreamy.





Along the more rustic, vintage chic trend, I absolutely love when brides choose NOT to drape these long tables with linens. Instead, they use place mats under the centerpieces and other covers, like patterned runners, to add some more character. Who said you had to use linens? Not only will the table look more authentic, you’ll save some change!




You seriously can’t go wrong with this type of seating. Plus, you can really get creative with how you decorate! I love how Allison, of Engaged & Inspired, created a one of a kind look with her reception tables using book pages and mason jars!


I’m absolutely gushing over this idea. So I must ask, what are your thoughts? Brides, would you use a family style set up at your wedding? Pros, do you prefer this type of seating?



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Wednesday Wedding Wonders: Olive & Cocoa

I’m scoring some pretty sweet new catalouges in my mail lately.

As you’ll recall, the home good gods surprised me with a subscription to Garnet and Hill, which got my house decorating juices flowing. As I was prancing around my one bedroom home this weekend, measuring walls for paintings and carpet for rugs, I stumbled upon a little gem I must have overlooked in last week’s mail, a catalog for the Salt Lake City boutique Olive and Cocoa. After just a few moments of flipping through it, I immediately fell in love. This catalog? It’s where it’s at friends, especially if you are looking for some fabulous decor pieces for your wedding.

How beautiful would these Glaçon trees be at the entrance to your reception? Or placed around the dance floor/bar? And that’s not all, guys. Olive and Cocoa has more fabulously rustic decor pieces like these, as well as other fabulous centerpieces, favors and gift ideas, jewelry, table top accessories and food. Yep, they even have delicious food. I’m all about the one stop shopping, especially when it comes to wedding decor and accessory shopping. Why pay to ship from multiple stores when there is just one that has everything you need? Enough gabbing, here are my favorite O & C pieces. How would you use them for your wedding?

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2 Months to Go…

2 months until I’m a BRIDE! [via]

Tuesday kicked off the 2 month countdown to the big day, and boy, am I ready! I’m at the point in my planning where all that’s left are the boring, essential little details I’ve put off. As you remember, I had a bit of a shuttle issue earlier, but I’m happy to report that has been resolved! We found a company that will rent out sprinter vans and charge us ONLY for the hours we need it! A radical concept, I know 🙂 We also found a fabulous limo company that is giving us a wonderful deal to cart the lovely bridal party in style around Charleston to take photos! However, now we must tackle the seating chart, the accommodations and the welcome bags. Not horrible tasks, but daunting ones none the less. So isntead of boring ya’ll with those, I’m showcasing some more decor, venue and look inspiration boards! Oh and keep your eyes peeled, I’m going to be posting pictures of our invites AND venue soon!


Bright Bridesmaids

[Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5]

My Look Part 2

My Wedding Look Part 2

[Images 1, 2, 3 and 40

My Venue

Venue Inspiration

I’m seriously getting SO excited for the big day!


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Weekend Fab Finds: Pottery Barn’s Under $25

I want my life to emulate the Pottery Barn holiday catalog. Don’t you? [Via]

Tis the season to be…budget friendly! Fa la la la la la la la! 🙂 With my wedding less than 4 months away, I’m left with a smaller than usual holiday gift budget. However, that doesn’t mean I still can’t get my family and friends some amazing gifts! Thanks to my good friend Annie, I stumbled upon Pottery Barn’s under $25 and I’m wowed by the selection! Usually with prices this cheap, the quality is the first thing that is compromised. However, with all of Pottery Barn’s merchandise, these gifts reflect the same artisan crafting and quality to be expected from even their highest cost items! Oh, and these gifts are not only perfect for the holidays. Brides, some of these pieces would be gorgeous as accessories and decor for your big day! Why spend a ton on a mini dessert stand when you can get one for less than $30? Happy shopping!

Emma Monogrammed Mug, White

Monogrammed Mugs
How perfect would these be for wedding centerpieces or decor!

Bird Nest Place Card Holder, Set of 4

Birds Nest Place Card Holder
These would be gorgeous for a rustic, outdoor wedding!

Paperwhite Votives Benefiting St. Jude, Set of 2

Paperwhite Votives
These gorgeous votives benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Adorable centerpieces for an amazing charity!

Bird Ceramic Jewelry Dish, White

Bird Jewelry Dish
A perfect bridesmaid gift or gift for your best friend this Christmas!

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Etsy Addiction

Ladies, brides to be and antique junkies, I know I’m not the only person to have a SEVERE addiction to this website of wonders. I stumbled upon Etsy just recently, and let me tell you, I won’t ever look back. I’ve found nearly all of the decor I plan to buy, inspirational ideas for lanterns and centerpieces, as well as some pretty amazing pieces of jewelry that will adorn my skin come March 25th. Below are my FAVORITE Etsy pieces of the moment that will, very shortly, find their place happily in my DC home.

Romantic Ivory roses and netting birdcage veil headband

Romantic Ivory Rose Birdcage Veil

Wedding Sign LOVE IS SWEET 24X18 BAKERY CATERER COTTAGE Sign BRIDE SPECIAL Vintage Style Chippy Handmade

Love is Sweet Shabby Cottage Sign

Wedding Sign Shabby Chic Bride and Groom Chair or Church Pew Hangers. Bridal Accessories Signs in Solid Wood.

Bride and Groom Shabby Chic Chair Signs

Vintage Quart Size Ball Mason Jars Turned Hanging Lanterns or Vases

Vintage Blue Mason Jars [which I will use as lanterns to hang from the trees]

1 set of 15 Madison Damask print votive, candle wraps for wedding, home decor, office, gifts, place cards, bridal shower, reception

Madison Damask Votive Candle Wraps

Instant Collection Milk Glass Bud Vases

Milk Glass Bud Vases [possible centerpiece ideas, or just cool decor ideas!]

Vintage Brass White Candle Holders

Vintage Brass White Candle Sticks

Shabby Chic Chalkboard Vintage Frame Wedding/Bridal/Home

Shabby Chic Chalkboard Frame [LOVE chalkboard signs. So cute]

Wedding Party Pinwheel, fancy and all grown up

Wedding Party Pinwheels

Shabby Chic Bird Cage

Shabby Chic Birdcage [I think this would look BEAUTIFUL on the sweets bar!]


Gatsby Vintage Inspired Bridal Fascinator Clip [I’m in LOVE with this clip!]

Amanda Couture - Ivory Champagne Satin Bridal Purse with Silk Flower and Crystal Gold Pearl Accent

Amanda Couture Ivory Champagne Bridal Purse

Birdcage card holder

Birdcage Card Holder

Those are just a few of my current Etsy obsessions. Trust me, there will be more to come!

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New found inspiration

As you all know, my theme is southern vintage, with a little dash of sophisticated elegance. I’m constantly on the look out for new inspiring ideas on how to bring this dream to life. Well after doing a bit of searching, I found some BEAUTIFUL weddings that tie into this theme.  [All thanks to Style Me Pretty, who has become my first go-to for inspiration!]

Vintage Chic
Courtesy of Ernie Garland]

Vintage High Tea

[Courtesy of Renee Reguson]

Vintage Glam

[Courtesy of Carrie from Cincinnati]

Modern, Vintage, Me . . . 2

[Courtesy of Shannon Stewart]

Vintage Yellow

[Courtesy of Solera]

Opposites Attract

[Courtesy of Ruffled]

Outdoor Inspiration Test 1

[Courtesy of Chocoloka]


[Courtesy of Erin of Lucky Me!]

These, along with thousands of others, can be found on the inspiration board segment of Style Me Pretty.

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