During this chilly love week, our hearts are warmed with the memory of one of our favorite projects to date, the milk + honey wheat-inspired shoot.
(Take a look at Inspired By This for the feature.)
Warm colors of honey + the delicate wings of little bees were the inspiration for this styled shoot featuring the beauty of natural elements. The graceful fluidity of soft, flowy cream fabric added a brightness to complement the organic textures + hues of golden honey, just as milk lightens a cup of tea.
The balance of classic + clean with careful, luscious layers of rich flavors and details was accompanied by a color palette influenced by the full spectrum of honey shades. We were drawn to the chargers made of local clay, as the color is similar to the more assertive, dark honey. This was the perfect contrast to the bright golden yellow tones found in the more fruity and mild flavored honeys we chose to highlight.
Isn’t it amazing that the work of such tiny creatures and the seemingly simple decision of the nectar gathered can determine the overall flavor of honey produced? Nature is purely inspiring, far beyond surface beauty.
A wispy, delicate stalk of wheat inspired the style of airy, free-form floral arrangements + neutral linen napkins. Remaining true to nature is something we value, and the flowers from Roses & Mint were the perfect match as they embraced modern, organic shapes. The moody floral shades created so much depth, and the mix of textures added the final touch.
The way the character-filled venue, The Lalumondiere, embraces their breathtaking surroundings is trulycaptivating. The charm shines through the quaint + artfully curated corners that are so welcoming, you will never want to leave. Their ivy covered ‘birdcage’ is the perfect frame to a joyous event like the sacred union of two people. Natural character is something to appreciate + celebrate.
“Milk and honey” is a metaphor for all things good. Looking back, we could not have dreamed up a better theme to represent the work of such an amazing team of creatives.
Photography: Jess & Jenn Photography
Videography: Hazel Oliver Creative
Florals: Roses & Mint
HMU: Jess Boheim
Dress & Headpiece: Bridal Parlour
Dress Designer: Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal
Paper: The Faire Market
Cake: Made.By Lia
Bench: Simple Hinge
Chair Rental: Renown Rentals
Other Rentals: We Like To Party STL
Models: Chelsea + Jeremy Shaw
Design + Coordination: Matchless Gem
Jenn & Lydia
‘Tis the wonderful season of engagements! This means many of you are beginning the wedding planning process.
The first major detail is selecting a venue. For the most part, this needs to be done early on in order to secure a venue that fits the feel you are going for, and these babies fill up fast! Sometimes even more than a year in advance.
I’m sure you’re wondering how to even begin to navigate such a major decision. Wedding planning can look vastly different from person to person depending on a number of things. Be mindful of the way you would like you, your fiance + your guests to feel on your big day. Here are some details to consider before even thinking about committing to a venue.
Number of guests
As soon as you get these initial ideas in order, it is time to hunt for the perfect venue to support your big vision!
We are here with 8 types venues, and they all have at least one thing in common- character is not lacking! St. Louis definitely does not disappoint in the wedding venue department. There is something for everyone + every vision.
No.1: Calming Countryside
Have Valley via Jess & Jenn Photography
No. 2: Natural Charm
Lalumondiere via Jess & Jenn Photography
No. 3: Timeless Tuscan
St. Louis Country Club via Lisa Hessel Photography
No. 4: Classic Chic
Piper Palm House via Lindsey Pantaleo Fine Art Photography
No. 5: Modern Historical
Old Post Office via Chelsea Anderson Photography
No. 6: Intimate Garden
The Jewel Box via Turner Creative Photography
No. 7: Urban Appeal
Willow via Untamed Heart Photography
No. 8: Playful Contemporary
Third Degree Glass Factory via Megan Thiele Studios
Almost all other plans from the color story to the food served will be influenced by this first big decision. Once the date + location are determined, the rest of the pieces will begin to fall into place.
Congrats to all you brides (+ grooms) – to – be! Happy planning.
Jenn + Lydia
It’s a new year, and you know what that means? A new Pantone color of the year for endless inspiration + designs! With 2018, we welcome Ultra Violet.
Initially, thinking of a wedding or event based on a single color can seem so…90’s? It’s the 21st century + we need depth! Lucky for all of us, Pantone has created eight color palettes that incorporate Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet.
As you can see, there are so many ways this color can be perceived. Take a peek at some of our favorites of Pantone’s ideas + how we translate these color stories into more tangible event inspiration boards.
This mood board is inspired by Pantone’s Kindred Spirits palette. We are obsessed with these endless shades of violet, as the combination brings layers of richness. This color combo could truly work for any season.
The hues of Pantone’s Purple Haze inspired this event board. This calm palette brings a softness that compliments the bold purple. Just imagine how gorgeous this would be for a magical winter or early spring wedding. Well, it would be nice + refreshing for a sultry summer day too. That’s why we love this versatile palette.
Pantone’s Desert Sunset inspired this warm, unexpected color story filled with more jewel-like tones + bohemian flair. Picture these rich tones in late summer or early fall. This palette is the perfect way to incorporate colors through food, drink + florals (insert fresh berries + signature drink).
Anyone else thankful that choosing one shade to go with bright silver is a wedding trend of the past? Wedding palettes have become so much more fun, free + creative. And thank goodness!
If you want to be on trend by incorporating the 2018 Pantone color of the year, Ultra Violet, you don’t have to contain yourself to a bubble. There is a way to pull this tone into color stories that read more classic, romantic, bohemian, eclectic, soft, and so on. The options are endless.
Be inspired to take this hue + make it completely your own. We would love to see what you dream up!
Jenn + Lydia
T minus 16 days until Christmas! This means it’s (the dreaded) crunch time to finish up holiday shopping for the remaining people on your list. But leave the creative gift wrapping inspiration to us!
First things first, gather up those supplies. Take a look at all of the beautiful wrapping paper, ribbon + other embellishments to warm up that creative mind.
Let’s start with some items we always have on hand: white boxes, kraft paper + little embellishments. Though these may seem like typical items, there are so many creative uses we’d love to share with you.
The White Box
Simple is always good, so you definitely can’t go wrong with a classic white box + ribbon combo.
There’s just something so sweet about a square box.
Add a sprig of thyme (or another herb).
Choose a color scheme to mix + match your ribbons for a little extra character. (These aren’t the most traditional colors, but we find that non traditional colors are sometimes the most fun!)
Kraft Boxes + Paper
The beauty of kraft is that it can work for any occasion (as long as you have the right accessories) since there are endless possibilities.
Little white pen doodles create custom wrapping paper.
If you’re feeling extra brave, try a gingerbread house-inspired gift box.
Add a simple holiday phrase or gift tag with washi tape.
via Jesus Sauvage
Pair with a patterned paper to help make the design + other details shine.
Top with a metallic bow for an unexpected combo. Add a little bell + you’re golden! (See what we did there?)
Personalization + Embellishment
Anyone else watch What Not To Wear back in the day? Remember Clinton & Stacey’s mantra: color, texture, pattern, shine? Why not apply this to gift wrapping?
Instead of a gift tag, why not top your gifts with a square print? (We love these 5×5 prints from Artifact Uprising.) Pair your colored print with a sprig of greenery + a complimentary shade of ribbon.
via A Fabulous Fete
Another modern take on gift tags is calligraphy on delicate silk ribbon.
Does someone on your list have a major sweet tooth? Why not add a festive striped candy topper secured with woven twine?
String unfinished wooden beads on ribbon for a unique touch. Consider adding a wide ribbon underneath for a layered look.
via by Blikfang
Or get even more creative + whip up one of these snowflake ornaments.
Play with pattern. Add a tag featuring clean design + accent with mini sparkling ornaments.
(P.S. This wrapping paper is actually a printable.)
We truly believe a gift’s packaging should be just as memorable as its contents. Gift wrapping sets the tone + can have the recipient feeling extra appreciated because of the time invested. Don’t forget to add little touches to make them smile. A sweet little wooden star, velvet ribbon, mini pinecone or even a sweet treat.
Most importantly, be creative. You are wrapping special gifts for special people. A little embellishment + attention to detail can go a long way.
Jenn + Lydia
The Christmas season is officially here! As we play our favorite holiday tunes + begin the merry decorating, we cannot forget about spreading some holiday cheer to the outside of our homes.
Insert holiday wreath.
A simple wreath has a magical way of setting the tone + conveying a welcoming feeling to anyone who steps through the door. We’ve rounded up a few examples of our favorite styles that are so pretty you may even decide to bring them indoors. (Hello, festive bar cart!)
One of the best parts of holiday decorations is seeing how differently everyone celebrates the season. How will you be decorating this year?
No. 1: Minimal
Why not extend the greenery wedding trend into the holidays? And who doesn’t love a little unexpected whitespace? Consider adding a strand of ribbon or bells to a wreath of greens. When in doubt, keep it simple. Simple is always good.
via Lina Ostling
No. 2: Classic
Are you looking for something that will stand the test of time? How can you go wrong with lush greens + touches of bright berries?
P.S. Juniper berries are our current obsession.
via Melanie DeFazio
via Brady Tolbert
No. 3 Organic
Celebrate the beauty of the outdoors with these nature-inspired wreaths. Whether you stick to all one type of branch or combine various types, let them be a little more full + free to create more of a woodsy look.
via Elena Eller
via Inspiration Lane
No. 4 Modern
These designs featuring clean lines + geometric shapes will outlast the seasons.
And how sweet is this grouping of mini wreaths? This concept has us dreaming of all sorts of custom gift wrapping ideas.
via Makers Society
via Paper & Stitch
‘Tis the season for wreath hanging . . . fa la la la la, la la la la
Jenn + Lydia
The warmth of the oven, the smell of turkey, the laughter of family, the clinking of glasses… These are the thoughts that fill our minds and have us excited for the holiday that so close we can almost taste it!
With inspiration everywhere you turn, this is a favorite time of year when it comes to planning and decorating. Neutral colors and rich palettes are our love language. And lucky for us, both are accepted and even encouraged in the autumn months.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to create a lovely table look, and there are so many ways to show your personal style while also being festive.
We have collected some ideas to help inspire your Thanksgiving tablescape + place settings this year.
Set the tone for your turkey dinner by paying special attention to presentation. This will welcome your guests to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
via Roxie Daisy
Gather all the uncarved pumpkins (in the more untraditional colors) that you have saved from this year’s trip to the pumpkin patch, a few heads of cabbage, kale and other greens to create a centerpiece on your favorite tray. We just love a centerpiece made of (mostly) edible things.
Add an unexpected neutral striped tablecloth/runner + neutral linen napkins (or even the reverse). And don’t be afraid to mix and match different pieces in the same color palette!
Shop the look:
via Rooms for Rent
Much like tablescape No.1, this look also involves your favorite tray, uncarved pumpkins (in more traditional colors this time) and other gourds. Add a runner of greenery, the wedding trend we hope never fades away, and candlesticks to create some height. Finish this clean look with touches of copper + gold.
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Think a little outside the box with jewel tones + copper details. Though these colors aren’t exactly the first to come to mind for Thanksgiving, we are obsessed! Layers of rich plum and berry colors are a perfect way to elicit the warm and cozy feeling we all seek – especially during the holidays.
Bonus points if you are lucky enough to have a farmhouse table + these fabulous copper chairs.
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While tablescapes are important, place settings are especially valuable since they add a personal touch to each individual space. Consider the small details and even place cards. Go the extra step to make your guests feel loved and valued.
via Style Me Pretty
Shop the family heirlooms or antique stores for mismatched flatware. Tie the look together with your favorite autumn tone of ribbon, or even mix in a couple different ribbons! Mmm… There is something so lux about a touch of velvet.
Shop the look:
via Country Living
Grab a roll of butcher paper from your local craft store to create a table runner/placemats that can easily be personalized. This paper is also a great option for the “kids’ table” as the littles can color, doodle + draw all their little hearts desire.
If you are feeling extra inspired, display the Thanksgiving dinner menu on a roll of butcher paper hung on the wall.
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via Inside Out
Keep things minimal with light neutrals, textures and natural elements. Pair a neutral colored tablecloth, plate and napkin with a simple ribbon + sweet little twig. A thin strip of leather or suede could also be used in place of the ribbon for a more unexpected detail.
And how beautiful would this place setting be with a minimal place card adorned with delicate calligraphy and distressed edges?
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The holiday season is the perfect time to mix in some of your favorite pieces or provide an excuse to shop and up your tablescape game! Get outside, become inspired to create and even combine some of these concepts to make your tabletop completely your own.
Below is a collection of paired bonus products we cannot stop swooning over! Consider adding things like these that catch your eye to your tabletop this year.
Jenn + Lydia
We love decorating for all seasons and occasions, but scary isn’t exactly our thing. (And spiders… super gross!) There is a way to join the fun festivities with simple + classy Halloween decor. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites as well as a few of the ways we’ve decorated in our homes this year. Let’s put some ‘eek’ in the weekend.
No. 1: Painted Pumpkins
Just add a little paint to a few pumpkins + display on pedestals, candlesticks, or cake stands.
Pro tip: Incorporate unexpected blooms because who says Halloween can’t also be pretty?
No. 2: Friendly Ghost Cookies
via Make Me Cake Me
A tulip cookie cutter turned upside down quickly becomes a ghost! We might be tempted to eat a dozen of these pop-able, bite sized treats at a time… now THAT’S scary.
Pro tip: Get extra creative and add spooky “Ooooo” faces, sprinkles or even “Boo!”
No. 3: Amber Vases of “Gold Leaf” Twigs + Flowers
Let’s go simple and resourceful with these lovely amber bottles filled with seasonal flowers + twigs. Easy and doable on a whim!
Pro tip: Dab on some gold paint with a cotton ball for a faux gold leaf effect.
No. 4: Delicate Paper Bats
Add a dose of festivity to your dinner table place settings with this
cute spooky little bat! We prefer these small touches of Halloween silhouettes over the fake blood, masks, and other creepy things.
No. 5: Candy Containers
Lots of sweets, yes please! Treat yo’ self to a jar of candy you can enjoy for weeks. Fill containers with color coordinated sweets. Think orange + yellow, black + white, or even green + purple. This is seriously SO simple.
Pro tip: mix in some of these vessels to add festive flair
No. 6: Dracula’s Dentures
For an innocent trick, add a pair of vampire fangs to your toothbrush glass. Just don’t replace grandma’s dentures with these…or maybe do? “Muahaahah!”
The most important part of decorating is to reflect who you are. Have fun sprucing up your space with festive touches. We’d love to see how you decorate! Send us a message!
Jenn + Lydia
As the air starts to chill, it elicits a sweet memory of the first styled shoot as Matchless Gem.
(Check out Cake and Lace for the feature!)
Thinking back to last fall, moody colors and natural elements were especially inspiring. Soft purples, fresh and gold gilded figs, greenery and bold blooms were the details to help bring this vision to life. All that was left was finding a quaint, picturesque venue (oh, and actually executing these plans that looked so fabulous in my mind).
The drive to Heartland Estate was lined with beautiful, old trees filled with so much character that I just knew I was going to fall in love with the historic farm house tucked behind them. This was the perfect setting for the moody bohemian wedding inspiration as the ivy-covered, brick walls, tree lined property and magical stone patio were an ideal backdrop.
The cake was adorned with the most beautiful sugar details (insert heart eyes). Yes, those leaves- all sugar. Impressed? Me too! Little Vintage Baking Co. knocked it out of the park.
Speaking of leaves, the details on the invitation suite- perfection! Those hand lettered masterpieces by Jillian Kaye Art were the perfect way to set the mood for the shoot. Not to mention the beautiful calligraphy on those leather place cards. Swoon!
Working with Emily (from Heartland) was a delight. She is so kind and so, so easy to work with. From the very first glimpse of the charming venue to the champagne toast, everything was a dream.
The team of vendors brought their best, and we produced a beautiful shoot showcasing so many talented people. Thank you team; Lydia and I hope to work with you again!
Heartland Estate– venue
Sister’s Flowers– florals
Renown Rentals– bar cart, rose glasses
Little Vintage Baking– cake
Ezekiel & Stearns– wood table and benches
Jess & Jenn Photography– photos
White Traditions Bridal– dress
Jillian Kaye– Invitation suite, calligraphy
Heather Biernbaum– Hair and Makeup
Matchless Gem– design and coordination
Models: Kalie Adams + Pete Fitzsimmons
As we tiptoe into fall, we are lucky enough to begin to enjoy some of our favorite colors. These are basically neutrals with some added character. The best part? You can find these colors everywhere! The seasonal produce at the farmer’s market, the fields on the scenic route to the winery, gorgeous tile floor at a local cafe or newly golden leaves seen during a Sunday afternoon stroll around town. Fall offers the perfect mix of warm and cool tones.
When it comes to exploring color palettes for any design project, it is key to keep your surroundings in mind. Just as you opt for flattering shades for your wardrobe, it is equally important to be selective with colors for event design. For example, venues. Event venues often have some fixed details you cannot change; carpet, wall color, brick color, etc…
Be sure to choose:
No. 1 a venue that aligns with your vision
No. 2 colors that compliment your surroundings
Trust us, it is best to work with your venue. Choose hues that compliment the design of the building instead of picking colors before considering venue options, since previous selections may clash with permanent fixtures that are out of your control.
Tip: Consider the modern approach of a color pallet that adds layers of richness instead of the more traditional “wedding color(s)” or party theme. For a touch of sophistication, stick with colors found in nature.
Take a look at these photos we are drawn to. We have pulled three tones found in each photo. And while the individual color palettes are magical on their own, look at the three as a complete collection. Though it may seem like an excessive number of hues, all nine swatches simply work together to tell a more complete story. The collection adds depth as the color variation also provides a cohesive look. While we do not suggest the pressure of coming up with nine colors for every project, hopefully this will inspire you to look at the creative story of design in a new light.
Jenn + Lydia
Time to celebrate the cooler weather, colorful leaves, and new patterns.
It is no secret that we love fall around here. Between all of the festivals, wineries, breweries, pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes, apple picking and tasting all the seasonal coffees, fall does not disappoint!
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is simply walk on all of the crunchy leaves in my cute new booties (oh, and the wine). Why is it so satisfying to hear that crunch?! What is your favorite thing to do during this glorious season?
Thankfully, St. Louis is packed full of festivals, events and fun opportunities. We’ve rounded up the top 12 things to do in St. Louis to celebrate the gorgeous fall weather, starting with the Balloon Glow and Race this weekend in Forest Park. St. Louis staples like the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens are always great places to visit, but have you seen their fall event calendar?! Swoon. They are killin’ it with the fall celebrations. St. Louis really knows how to celebrate the seasons.
We hope to see you at these events, making the most of the season!
No. 2 Old Webster Jazz & Blues
No. 3 Q in the Lou
September 29, 30, Oct. 1
No. 4 Best of Missouri Markets
No. 5 Grove Fest
No. 6 Historic Shaw Art Fair
No. 7 Hermann Oktoberfest
Every weekend in October
No.8 Fest of Ale
No.9 Brew in the Lou
No.10 Boo at the Zoo
No. 11 Spirits in the Garden
Jenn + Lydia