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Bouquets For Your Beauties

Hi there everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. We are battling the heat here in Charlotte – I’m already tired of sweating.

A few weeks ago we took a look at some great bridesmaid dress options. There are so many fun ways for your girls to dress, while adding a unique touch to your special day! Along with their dress, what your ladies hold in their hands can be just as beautiful! By now, we know that I love flowers so I wanted to check out some bridesmaid bouquet options, along with some fun, non-flower choices as well!

 

All White

Nothing says wedding like all white bouquets! So pretty!

Brightly Colored

I love the idea of brightly colored flowers with neutral dresses. What a great way to add a pop!

 Coordinating

Contrasting

If your girls are in colorful dresses, you can make a decision to either have coordinating or contrasting bouquets! I personally love the idea of contrasting colors – how pretty are these yellow flowers?!

 

Lavender

For all you rustic brides out there – this lavender bunch is so pretty and unique!

Okay – since I know that not everyone is as flower obsessed as I am, there are some fun options for non-flower ‘bouquets’.

Pinwheels

How adorable are these pinwheels?

Muffs

These muffs are so pretty for a winter wedding! Plus, your friends will thank you for keeping their hands warm!

I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for reading!

Colleen

*All images found on Pinterest

Vases Galore

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you all have had a great start to this 4 day week! The Mister and I are super indecisive and have yet to make plans for this weekend – I do know that it will involve fun and relaxation though. ūüôā

I love having fresh flowers in our home, especially this time of year! They can really brighten up a room and bring a sense of refreshment. I have a stash of your basic clear vases, but have recently been on the lookout for more creative ideas! So, I thought I would take a look at some ideas with you guys. These vases can obviously be used for flowers in your home, but also as centerpieces for an event or wedding!

 

Log

This would be so pretty as a fall centerpiece. I’m envisioning this on a Thanksgiving table!

Wooden Cube

How cute is this? Rustic, but still very pretty.

Enclosed

I love terrariums! This is amazing as a centerpiece too – so unique!

Glitter

Surprise, surprise – I love these glitter vases! What a great way to transform some basic cylinders. These would be so pretty during the winter!

Lantern

I love lanterns and I love flowers – why not combine them?!

Mercury Glass

I’m dying a little over this mercury glass vase! Gorgeous!

I hope you are feeling inspired to add some fresh flowers to your home, maybe using one of these creative vase ideas!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

 

{Wedding} – Mary & John

This past weekend I had the pleasure of coordinating the wedding of Mary & John in beautiful Wilmington, NC. Mary is not only a great friend, but she is my cousin also – which just made the whole thing so special! ¬†Their love for one another is so strong and they both radiated pure joy the whole day. ¬†This wedding was full of fun, including a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and an old Volkswagen beetle for the getaway! I feel honored to have been a part of the process and happy to welcome John to our family!

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Wedding Coordination & Design – Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design

Venue – St Thomas Preservation Hall

Photography РMackenzie Kern Photography 

Videography – Light Cannon Films

Flowers РSarah Coe & Olivia Prevatt

Catering – Angie’s Catering

DJ – Nate McCorkle

Linens – L&L Rentals

Cake – Whole Foods

Lighting – High Performance Lighting

 

 

Wedding Monograms 101

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is staying cool in this hot weather! Safe to say that summer has come to Charlotte!

I may have stated this before, but I love when an event has a subtle theme running throughout. Obviously your color scheme creates a consistent look, but having something even more specific can really tie everything together! My favorite way to do this is with a monogram! This should come at no surprise, since I do have a slight obsession with them. ūüôā

Therefore, we will be looking at ways to incorporate your new monogram on your wedding day!

 

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Creating a monogram with the first 2 letters of your name is a great option. This same image could be used on all of your paper products, from the invitation to cocktail napkins!

crest monogram

This elegant monogram has the resemblance of a crest! You are starting a new family on your wedding day, so why not create a new family crest?

gold foil monogram

This image combines two of my favorite things, monograms and gold foil! How pretty would this be on a cocktail napkin?

¬†While I love the idea of having your monogram run throughout your decor, I realize that not everyone shares the same obsession. ūüėČ

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Having one large monogram or single letter placed centrally is a great option! Either of these would be really pretty in a ceremony scape!

guestbook frame monogram

I think this would be a great ‘guestbook’! All of your guests can fill in the border with their signatures and well wishes. Hang this in your home and be reminded of your special day every time you look at it!

centerpiece monogram

This is a great way to personalize your centerpieces! This would be pretty on a sweetheart table or on all of your guest tables!

Okay, now I have to go find something to monogram!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Friday’s Find – Blog Loves!

Happy Friday Everyone!  This week has been a busy (yet fun!) one for me and I am SO looking forward to my first weekend off in a month!!  What should I get into this weekend?!?

While I am newer to being a blogger myself, I have been reading other blogs for years and have a few that I make sure I read weekly. Some are about fashion, some about weddings and others about home decor, but all of them make me smile, laugh and usually open my purse strings! So without further adieu, here is my Top 5 Blog Loves List:

5. What Courtney Wore (www.thecourtneykerr.com)

If you read last week’s post (go¬†here¬†if you missed it), you know my love affair with Courtney Kerr. ¬†I first learned about her while getting my reality TV fix with “Most Eligible Dallas” where she was the ever-single, outspoken, spunky fashionista! Her blog has some of the best outfits and accessories and for those of you who remember, one of my 2014 goals was to “take fashion risks” – Courtney’s blog makes me do that and I LOVE IT! Here are a few of my favorite looks she has created:

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4. Dwellings By Devore (www.dwellingsbydevore.com)

Believe it or not, this is a girl I went to high school with (Northwest Cabarrus class of 2003 representing!)  Bethany has an interior design background and not only has the most gorgeous home (I want to steal her dining room), but is one of the best DIY-ers I have ever seen!  Check her out and be sure to take a peek at her projects list for step-by-step inspiration that will have you running to Ikea and Home Depot!

Her GORGEOUS Dining Room:

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3. Desiree Hartsock (www.desireehartsock.com)

Yes, another reality TV girl – clearly I am a sucker for it! ¬†Desiree was The Bachelorette last year, however, she is a wedding dress designer (currently working on a line with Maggie Sottero) and runs a blog full of wedding inspiration! ¬†Flowers, dresses, real life weddings, giveaways and her fianc√© Chris even chimes in! She is also a bride-to-be – can’t wait to see her wedding dress!

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2. The Every Last Detail (www.theeverylastdetail.com)

What a fun blog this one is! ¬†Edited by a former wedding planner and bride herself, this one not only provides inspiration and wedding tips, but it is also a great search tool for vendors in your area! Be sure to check out the inspiration gallery where everything is broken down by individual styles!¬†Also, I may be a little biased, but the articles¬†“7 Things A Wedding Planner Might Not Tell You”¬† and “What A Wedding Planner Really Does” might be some of my all time favorites!

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1. Pinterest Told Me To (www.pinteresttoldmeto.blogspot.com)

This girl is my comic relief!  Sheaffer is a Texas-dwelling, no filter mama who follows pinterest fashions and recreates them with her own flair.  Not only is she pee your pants funny, but she is my go-to girl for knowing what stores are having sales, introducing me to new styles and sharing a genuine love for Dr. Pepper!  (She might also do Bachelor/Bachelorette recaps that I thoroughly enjoy reading!) Just check out her Bio and About the Blog for what I mean about funny!

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Hope you guys can relate to one of these blogs and become a follower yourself! Would love to hear from you in the comments below some of your favorite blogs!!

Have a great weekend!

Erin

Fun & Fabulous Favors!

Hello all! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! We at Simply Southern had an action packed weekend that included an absolutely adorable photo shoot followed by a beautiful wedding! Another great weekend in the books ūüôā

Lately I have seen so many fun ideas for wedding (or party) favors. This is such a fun way to thank your guests for coming, while letting your creativity shine!

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As a girl who swoons over a pretty bouquet of flowers, I love these favors! How great would it look to have individual bouquets or plants at each person’s seat? So pretty!

koozie

You have to love a favor that is fun, but practical! We all hate having to hold a cold, wet drink while trying to mingle at an event. These koozies will save the day – while looking super cute! Your guests can take them home and remember your event for years to come whenever they break out their koozie!

jam

Homemade favors are such a great idea! Show off your talents by creating a little special something for each of your guests. These jars of jam are adorable – and yummy!

cookie smores

Speaking of yummy, these sweet treats are fabulous gifts! Your guests have just danced and partied the night away celebrating you. Why not send them out with a sweet treat to enjoy on their ride home?!

chamgagne

This idea was too adorable not to share. Champagne is the ultimate celebration drink – treat your guests to their own miniature bottle! How perfect would these be for a New Years Eve wedding?!

I love looking at these creative ideas for an event with you all – I hope that they serve as great inspiration for your perfect day! Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Lovely Looks For Your Lovely Ladies!

Happy Tuesday everyone! In honor of one of the funniest chick flicks of our time (who can forget the scene in the bridal shop!), I thought we would look at some bridesmaid dresses!! There are so many options these days and more and more brides are choosing dresses that are not only gorgeous, but can be worn again! Score for all bridesmaids out there! Let’s look at some of the current bridesmaid dress trends:

Option 1: Long Dresses

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How beautiful are these gowns? I have always thought that long dresses look so elegant!

Option 2: Short Dresses

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While long gowns certainly are elegant, short dresses are beautiful as well! For weddings during warmer months, these are a great option Рlovely and comfortable! *Side note РPeonies for President!  Seriously gorgeous!*

Option 3: Same Color, Different Style

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Letting your bridesmaids choose their own style is a great idea! Pick a color and let your girls show their unique fashion sense!

Option 4: Different Color, Same Style

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If you have a certain style in mind but can’t nail down the color, this is a great option! Choosing a particular color palette keeps this option unique without being too busy.

Option 5: All Different 

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For an extra unique look, each bridesmaid can pick out their own dress! I think this look always works best with soft, neutral colors.

Hopefully these looks are inspiring to all of our brides-to-be out there! At the very least, it’s always fun looking at pretty dresses, right? ūüôā

Now I will leave you with a clip from the aforementioned chick flick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7YFQKxOfRc

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Inspiration – Table Settings

Hello there! I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend! Erin and I had two weddings, which means double the exhaustion! More importantly though, it meant double the fun, double the prettiness, and double the love. Great weekend for sure!

Setting up for two receptions this weekend inspired me to start thinking about the different ways to make a stunning tablescape and make your event unique.

Check out these gorgeous gold rimmed glasses and the colorful flowers!.

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I love these takes on a traditional place setting. The gold gives the top setting an extra dose of prettiness. And who doesn’t love a good bow? What a fun way to present your napkin!

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Sometimes you may want to have only the napkin on the table as your guests are seated. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep this from looking too plain!

How pretty is this envelope style napkin? Obviously in this photo they have placed the silverware, but you could always do a menu or even a flower!

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This napkin ring is so lovely! I’m envisioning this look with a monogrammed napkin!

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Subtle themes used throughout an event are always great! These little pig place cards are too adorable!

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While these place settings are great for weddings, it’s also nice to do something special for a dinner party or bridal/baby shower! Hopefully these ideas will serve as inspiration for your next event!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

April Showers Bring Easter Flowers

Hi there! I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend! Mine was lovely – it was spent at the lake with family eating good food, chasing my puppy around, and staying up way too late. While the weekend was fun, I for one am so tired of this rainy, gloomy weather. That said, can we all take a moment to look at the weather forecast for this week?!

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Hello Pretty Sunshine!! Now that we have given the appropriate amount of respect to this week’s weather, it’s time to talk about Easter flowers! I am kicking off ‘Simply Southern Says’ looking at some beautiful Easter arrangements. The great thing about these floral combinations is that they can be used as inspiration for Spring and Summer wedding flowers as well!

While I am a lover of pretty much any kind of flower, I am not an expert. Luckily, the fabulous Stacey from Willow Branch Flowers and Design is! She was kind enough to share some photos of her past bouquets and arrangements and they are beautiful! So, without further ado, let’s look at some flowers!

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How gorgeous are these pastel bouquets? I love the use of pale pink flowers – very refreshing! Hydrangea with roses always look so abundant as well!

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I also love the idea of using bright, bold colors when decorating for Easter. The weather has (hopefully) finally turned a corner and these feel so cheery!

Stacey also suggested the idea of using a vase within a vase. You can fill the outer container with a variety of things. Maybe easter eggs or jelly beans? Or even Peeps?!

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Is that not the cutest thing? Plus, it’s edible! Good thing calories don’t count on holidays. ūüėČ

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These mossy arrangements would be so pretty as a centerpiece!

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Last, but most certainly not least, how stunning is this? I love this take on a spring wreath. This would look amazing on your front door all spring long!

Well, I hope you all had as much fun as I did looking at these flowers! Hopefully they provided some inspiration – there’s nothing better than fresh flowers in the house. Or Peeps.

Make sure to check back Friday for Erin’s ‘Friday Find’!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Oscar Worthy = Definitely Wedding Worthy

Award show season is always an exciting time for me! See, I come from a family that works in the film and television industry. I grew up visiting sound stages and movie sets, shaking hands with actors and even scored a national commercial campaign when I was 16 (see it here). That being said, one of my favorite parts about the award shows is the wardrobe. The gorgeous flowing dresses, the dapper suits, the intricate details, the jewelry and above all else, the shoes!! The Oscars last night did not disappoint, and white, gold and ivory were all over the red carpet. Check out these beauties that could also double as a wedding dress!

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Photos by: Getty Images

 

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