Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Our Wedding! 4 years down...

Met my husband when I was 15. 
Married him at 28. 
Got pregnant at 30. 
Just turned 32 and more in love than ever.
I am crazy about photos and I knew I wanted them to be intimate and special. Thankfully I have such talented and creative friends because my budget did not work with the cost of a professional photographer. 

I asked my friend, Ashley V., to take our photos for us! She has the eye and I knew she would capture the more intimate side of the wedding. This was her first wedding and since then I can't even count how many she has done. She has made a great name for herself in the industry and I'm so proud to be apart of some of her first shots.

Not only did she not charge us she also created a gorgeous wedding album that all of my interior design girls pitched in to get... this gift will be with us until the end of days! 

Tip: Photography can be one of the highest purchases for a wedding. Have a friend do it!!! 

Love all of the ocean shots, Ash!

Flowing veil shot!

I asked another friend, Melissa Livengood, to take photos as well. Although she does not shoot professionally she loves to take photos and they are always beautiful. While Ashley used her digital pro cam, Melissa used real film.  It was awesome to see the different perspectives between the two photographers. She printed every single photo she took and I have them in a leather album. I love them.   

She took one of my favs of Der and I dancing!
Thanks, Melis!

My brother John was my videographer! I wanted it to be candid and intamite, once again, and it was exactly that...
I love hearing his voice on the other end, the loud wind and ocean gusts... it's like being there again.
He captured some of the most beautiful moments of my life.
I love you so much, John boy!

See Video Clip Below:
 Be prepared for a very awkward and nervous bride! : )

Since it was a destination wedding I decided to have flowers sent to the beach house from a wholesale company similar to I was nervous about the quality because they were so inexpensive. They showed up gorgeous and fresh and each stem had it's own water vessel. 
My mom made all of the arrangements... exactly what I had in mind. She's amazing!

The bridesmaids dresses were from Target for $50!
I bought ivory ribbon to wrap around the girls so they matched my ivory gown.

I love to make jewelry so I made my bridesmaids earrings and bracelets. They were ivory and champagne looking pearls and looked perfect at the beach.

All of the groomsmen's linen suites where tailor made in India thanks to our great friend, Kavir. It ended up being less expensive to do it this way and the guys say that it is the "go to" suite for summer weddings. I love that they get to wear them over and over again!

We had everyone sign a shell and use them as there place setting. They returned them into unique glass vessels that are now in our bedroom. It was an awesome way to take something special from the wedding and use it as decor in our home.

Galvanized buckets lied in the sand as guest approached the beach. Each bucket had a handmade program, shells, a bag of rice to throw, brushes to wipe the sand from your feet and a paper fan to stay cool.

I made the programs and the invitations, see above, with sea grass wallpaper samples and stamped the D&M on the front. I loved the idea of sending out invites that I made as a special touch. Plus it was super inexpensive!

Thank god for my last minute wedding coordinators, Dan and Johnna Sheets. I told them what to do and when I showed up it was done. They ran around like crazy from the beach to the reception area setting everything up from the ceremony aisle to the details on the dinner tables. I seriously have no idea how it would have gotten done without them. 
And after all of that running around they still looked amazing!

The canopy was from a coworkers wedding. She only charged me $50, it was $175 originally, and Derek sold it for that much on Craigslist... so we broke even on that purchase!

And my awesome brothers put it up!

I thought I'd throw in some funny shots. 
Best Man, Derek's brother Scott, getting knocked out by my veil

And the "Man of Honor," my brother Dennis, reacting his pose with Der. Ha! 

Sand can be a bit challenging in a ton of fabric. Haha, I love how everyone came running towards me to help me up... I couldn't get up because I was laughing so hard.

And up!!! Thanks guys! : )

And finally this lovely photo because I think it represents us perfectly.
We balance each other beautifully.

Happy Anniversary to my sweet husband.


Friday, May 25, 2012


Last week I found out that I had been selected for the RSOL Designer House. During my presentation I emphasized my love of using local resources, lots of luxury and a little DIY. So, I am so grateful that my local sponsors are LaDiff for furniture, La Rue for paint and wallpaper and U-fab for fabrics!

Here is a quick tour of some of the aisles in U-fab!

For those of you unfamiliar with U-fab it is a discount fabric store here in Richmond, VA. The fabs are great and the prices are even better!


Love all of these!

And these...
$2.99 a yard, what!!!
Price ranges...

Quality fabs that are so affordable!

Going to need sheers for drapery panels! 

Love this recycled cig machine... now its a tack dispenser! 

Shiny Black, Antique Pewter...

No cigs here!

                        Side note:
Here are some of the fabrics that I plan on using for the room!
Love this fabric above. Great designer colors with a unique design.  

Mustard Chevron! 

Chocolate Greek Key!

I have a toss pillow obsession so the selection may change or I may add 10 more fabs to the room... haha, I guess we'll find out in September!

Off to NYC this weekend to check out Studio 450! I'm designing the space for an amazing wedding coming up in September for our great friends Kavir and Libby!

So excited to see them tomorrow and have a weekend full of work and play, for my birthday! : )

Have a good one!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

2012 RSOL Designer House!

I was so excited to find out this week that I was selected to be one of the designers for the 2012 Richmond Symphony Designer House.
A ton of designers presented last month for only 19 spaces available to design. Extra presentation days were added and the voting process went two weeks longer than expected so, needless to say, I was very anxious!
The house was built in 1910 as a summer house for the Laird Family. 

It became the Laird's full time home in 1912.

Green Room
This is the room I am going to design! There are only 5 bedrooms in this house. I presented 3 rooms that could be used for a guest/study.

I know... I have my work cut out for me but that will make it that much more fun to reveal! 

Green Room 
Although the house is from 1910 that will not stop me from adding in modern design accents that I love. 
LaDifference International Furnishings is sponsoring me so I won't have any problem with that... they are the best!   

This space was not an option but I fell in love. A narrow set of stairs led me to this nook. 

Ladder detail in the space.

This aqua/turquoise color showed up in multiple places throughout the house. I absolutely love it, as seen in the next 6 pics... 

This grand two-story entryway is going to be so exciting to see evolve. Design work starts in the beginning of August and the home will be open to the public in Sept! Next week there is a party for the designers to meet and revisit the space. Can't wait to meet everyone and congratulate them on this great opportunity!

Side note: 

Doak and I made our way down to LaDiff yesterday and the place looks amazing! Beautiful colors everywhere, gorgeous new furniture lines around ever corner and of course awesome people that work there. They are having a Spring Clearance Sale starting this weekend... check it out!
Clearly Doak digs LaDiff furniture too!

Have a good one!