lately we love : breathtaking cakes

Wedding cake gurus are innovating like champs these days- it’s hard to keep up. Bakers are hand-painting, watercoloring, ruffling, and spackling with abandon. I’m loving the natural take and the painterly take- both rock my world. I’ve been stowing pictures for inspiration, but it’s time to share the love! Here’s the latest on over-the-top confections for your big day.

painted cakes

{bobette + belle/martha stewart weddings}maggie austin cakes

{maggie austin}natural cakes

{ideas in icing shot by jennifer oliphant/bobette + belle shot by rebecca wood}

seated in style

Hands down, one of my favorite ways to delight + surprise at cocktails is to create thoughtful escort card bars, walls, and environments for seated dinners. Not knockin’ a table full of tent cards, but really- why not have a little fun?

escort card geode agate rocks


piedmont driving club escort cards

{christian oth}lowndes grove escort cards

{a bryan photo/see more here!}ford plantation escort cards

{a bryan photo/see more here!}runnymede escort cards

{a bryan photo/see more here!}old edwards inn escort cards

{tec petaja/see more here!}blackberry farm escort cards

{a bryan photo/see more here!}indian elephant escort cards

{a bryan photo}

hibernian hall escort cards{tec petaja/see more here!}


classic southern bouquets

There is a lot to be said for what’s happening in the latest floral trends- very loose, very boho, tons of texture, so hand-gathered it looks (deceivingly) like anyone can do it. I’m all for drinking that inspo in on Instagram, but in real time design, we’re sticking to the classics. There is nothing more lovely than hand-tied Southern blooms, and what makes our brides’ bouquets so memorable is precisely that you can’t describe them as “roundy moundy” or “super loose” – just somewhere in between . . . truly natural and totally timeless. Here are a few of our favorites!

white and green bouquet, Tec Petaja photography

{tec petaja}

white pink green Southern bouquets

{harwell photography/a bryan photo}

white and green Southern bouquets

{a bryan photo/tec petaja}white pale pink green bouquet Christian Oth

{christian oth}

focal frills

Every wedding should have a few frills- lily-gilding moments that are phenomenal, focal, memorable, and “just because”. Most often, I find myself designing from the ground up in a vast and empty tent in the middle of nowhere- the ideal blank slate. One of the most powerful ways to draw guests into an inviting atmosphere is to design with the axial view in mind- a visual “wow” moment that doubles as a conversational ice breaker. Wherever you roam- town or country, domestic or abroad- keep your eye peeled for a crumbling verdigris facade, a lush trellis, a copper-covered cupola . . . then let those memories influence the design of your big day.

greenery band backdrop

{tec petaja}

trellis band backdrop

{tec petaja}

jay z band backdrop{christian oth}