Flower Magazine February 2015


Oysters + champers, anyone? It was a total treat to style this intimate fête for Flower Magazine, my go-to-glossy for all things Southern + refined. Shot by the ever-talented Julia Lynn, the gathering unfurled without a hitch thanks to my amazing team, Blossoms Events, Cru Catering, and glorious weather.

Within the article I share my go-to sources, top tips for easy hostessing, and lots of tidbits on what I’ve learned along the way. If you love what your read below or are inspired by my little casa, you’ll likely want to read up on the Southern Living spread on how I decorate + entertain at Christmastime.

Enjoy the inspiration!

Flower Magazine features Calder Clark Flower Magazine features Calder Clark

 

Flower Magazine features Calder Clark Flower Magazine features Calder Clark

 

 

 

 

Top 63 Planners – Martha Stewart Weddings


It is an inexplicable pinch-me-please honor to be named one of top 63 planners in the nation by Martha Stewart Weddings, as well as to be quoted in the latest article. If you’re glutting yourself on all things weddings, now is the time to pour over the countless talents listed below . . . many of whom are my dear friends + and daily inspiration.

There are a lot of über creative and relentlessly innovative peers on this list- people whose humility is the only thing that keeps them from the all-consuming limelight. If you haven’t already stalked the sites of these design maven friends of mine, it’s time:

1. Ritzy Bee

2. The Styled Bride

3. Lovely Little Details

4. Lisa Vorce

5. Merriment Events

6. Shannon Leahy

7. Laurie Arons

. . . and those are just a few gals on the list who inspire me daily + cross-pollinate with us via this niche industry. This craft is not easily honed; it is a God-given gift, and thus it is terribly fun to see a panoply of great people trumpeted for their commitment to excellence in design + planning!

Martha Stewart Weddings Top 63 Planners

Southern Living – featured!


Such a treat to see our little cottage pop up again in Southern Living, a.k.a. the entertaining “bible” of the South. In case you didn’t get a peek last Fall, here ’tis in a revamped format. Talk about getting inspired + geared up for the holidays . . . this puts me *this* much closer to being ready for carols!

The inside scoop is that shoots like this are a labor of love. It took an army of talented people (like Laurey Glenn) to make our little bungalow pop. Stylist Matthew Gleason was on hand to lily-gild with his incredible team, as were all of my amazing girls to do weird things like break all the glass out of our lanterns so they wouldn’t cause glare for certain photos- eep! Cru Catering stepped up to the plate as always, because Chef John Zucker’s middle name is clearly “Generosity”.  Neighbors stopped by for weeks asking if we really are the type of family to put our decorations out that early (ie September) – even though we’ve been here for over a decade and clearly never get them up before December 1- at best. Hilarious!

I only share the above because I’m like a turtle on a post. The astounding response to this shoot was a gentle reminder for me to reflect on just that- I didn’t get “here” by myself, wherever “here” really is or whatever that really means. Lots of people put me up on this post of entertaining, styling, designing, + planning- and I’m very thankful for the helping hands along the way, as well as for my relationship with Southern Living + its sister magazine Southern Weddings. I hope you’ll keep allowing me to grow, learn, decorate, and dream.

Southern Living features Calder Clark's home wrapped in cheer for the holidays. | photos: Laurey Glenn | styling: Matthew Gleason + Calder Clark | food: Cru Catering Southern Living features Calder Clark's home wrapped in cheer for the holidays. | photos: Laurey Glenn | styling: Calder Clark + Matthew Gleason | food: Cru CateringSouthern Living features Calder Clark's home wrapped in cheer for the holidays. | photos: Laurey Glenn | styling: Calder Clark + Matthew Gleason | food: Cru Catering Southern Living features Calder Clark's home wrapped in cheer for the holidays. | photos: Laurey Glenn | styling: Calder Clark + Matthew Gleason | food: Cru CateringSouthern Living features Calder Clark's home wrapped in cheer for the holidays. | photos: Laurey Glenn | styling: Calder Clark + Matthew Gleason | food: Cru CateringSouthern Living features Calder Clark's home wrapped in cheer for the holidays. | photos: Laurey Glenn | styling: Calder Clark + Matthew Gleason | food: Cru CateringSouthern Living features Calder Clark's home wrapped in cheer for the holidays. | photos: Laurey Glenn | styling: Calder Clark + Matthew Gleason | food: Cru Catering

 

{Laurey W. Glenn}

A Jaunt To The Big Easy


It’s about time I made the trek to NOLA, considering it’s the French sister city to Charleston, a foodie paradise, home to grand fêtes + weddings alike, and a cultural experience that (apparently) stands alone.

a bryan photo new orleans

{a bryan photo}

This getaway promises to be more about champagne, po-boys, + live jazz than cucumber water + Enya, which is totes fine by me. Do you ever just need that inspirational kick-in-the-breetches? I’m thinking a good stroll up and down Magazine Street (Leontine Linens, here I come!) is just the fix.

On the roster is Pêche, the much-lauded nosh spot from a childhood friend + James Beard recipient Ryan Prewitt.

Pêche New Orleans

{Paul Costello}

I’m a sucker for sourcing new craft cocktails for our clients, so I’ll be pillaging ideas from Napoleon House.

Napoleon House New Orleans

{John W. Schulze}

There will definitely be a late night trip to Snug Harbor, with high hopes of Trombone Shorty just, ya know, walking in the door for a quick sesh . . . all to be followed by the requisite next morning’s saving grace of Café du Monde.

beignets from Café du Monde, New Orleans

{Lushes Food}

We’ll squeeze in a little culture with a visit to St. Louis Cemetery + Preservation Hall . . .

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

 {Flying SunCruiser}

. . . followed shortly thereafter by some wallet damage at everything from Malachite to Perch to Sucré.

Sucré New Orleans

{Foodographer}

Although no stranger to a second line at our weddings, I’d love to catch one when I’m not bleary-eyed from an 2 week install.

a bryan photo second line

{a bryan photo}

We’ll break out the stilettos for Restaurant August, if only because I’ve been obsessed with John Besh since sampling his food at the Garden & Gun party held her for his most recent book, Cooking from the Heart.

john besh cooking from the heart

Bring on the beignets, people.