patterned parties – chinoiserie + toile


I told y’all I’m game for putting bridesmaids in patterns, so you can bet your bottom dollar I’d cover a party in one exquisite, chic chinoiserie pattern. Toile de jouy is an integral part of every good Southern girl’s interiors; it is as timeless as sterling + Irish linen. Likewise, every classicist loves British Colonial-meets-Imperial-China, be it in the form of ginger jars and Cantonese imports or just the crispness of blue + white. Now if only Society Social could create a fabby slim-lined chivari silhouette in a vintage bamboo? We’d buy 500! Wheels spinning over here.

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one of our wedding weekend brunches awash in sunny yellow toile ~ harwell photography | toile paper suite

toile chinoiserie parties 2I had a blast designing this chinoiserie wedding– the chartreuse pop makes it, as did the custom curtains throughout! ~ a bryan photo

toile chinoiserie parties 3toile cookie | blue toile cookie

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place setting I | place setting II

toile chinoiserie parties 5chinoiserie cake | our chinoiserie cake by jim smeal

toile chinoiserie parties 6flower wall | place setting

for the love of ferns


Fern is not a four letter word, even in our peony-covered wedding world. I adore the use of farm-grown greenery from the delicate maidenhair fern to the greige tones of seeded eucalpytus to the heft of salal and shine of lemon leaf. I’ve culled a bunch of beautiful images to inspire- these snaps show you just how powerful greenery alone can be.

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this was one of my hair-brained ideas come to fruition- a pressed fern glass-fronted bar come to life! ~ tec petaja

ferns 2gorgeous fern-filled bouquets 1 + 2

ferns 3simple glass bottles filled with ferns + greenery 1 + 2

ferns 4our mini chippendale planter centerpieces ~ tec petaja |our terrarium concept ~ a bryan photo | greens in copper

ferns 5overhead staghorn fern | our own coffee berry leaf escort card bar ~ a bryan photo

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 fern centerpiece | our simple-but-stunning greenery only arbor ~ a bryan photo

twinkle lights seven ways


I remember the pre-Pinterest years, when you had to rely on magazines, a few stray blogs, personal travel, and your own general inspiration to create. After seeing the movie Big Fish, I rented it again to pause it + photograph the actual tv screen with (likely) some old point-and-shoot. Pictures in hand, I presented my monofilament string light concept to my friend Todd, and away we went . . . and I remember thinking ‘how innovative are we??’ Fast forward just a few years, and well- it makes for a bless-your-heart-how-charming story? I will always love an al fresco affair with the tiniest of twinkle lights- and here are 7 fun ways to shake it up.

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the inspiration for our first few al fresco string light weddingstwinkle lights 2au naturel in existing foliage ~ tec petaja | terrain | style me prettytwinkle lights 3a lighted ceremony ~ style me pretty | brides magazinetwinkle lights 4light-covered trees ~ style me pretty | mod weddingtwinkle lights 5livening up a tent ~ calder clark + a bryan photo | belle amour | the wedding secret twinkle lights 6classic overhead monofilament bulb lighting ~ both style me prettytwinkle lights 7go big or go home with an overhead statement ~ estate weddings + events