Fresh Frock Ideas For Your Maids


 

I put my own ‘maids in a patterned frock back in 2005, so it’s super fun to see pattern + interest spreading throughout wedding fashion. I am still a dyed-in-the-wool trad girl about the bride being in a lovely ivory number sans pattern, but why not have a little fun with your wedding party? My team and I were chatting just the other day about what’s fresh in wedding party fashion, especially on the girls’ side of things, and we all agreed that it’s rather tiresome to have the same chignon/same dress/same color/same shoes- time to shake it up, y’all.

ryan ray patterned bridesmaid dresses

see how powerful prints can be? we love this image from ryan ray.

patterned bridesmaid dresses one

The feathery print of Erin Fetherston’s gown is knockout, and the voluminous skirt on Anthro’s frock totally elevates the look.

{Erin Fetherston Chloe Foiled Chiffon Gown/Anthropologie Savan Jacquard Gown}

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So flattering and youthful- and we die over local Katherine Arnold’s print on the right!

{Amsale Amoré gown/Lula Kate Gretchen gown}

short patterned bridesmaid dresses

Great for weddings before 6:00 pm! Love the flirty pleats.

{Ted Baker London Remma dress/Donna Morgan Greta Garden dress}

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!

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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}