It’s not many times that you get asked to play the model, so when Kelly Saure of Exquisitrie asked us to model in Claire Pettibone dresses we said yes of course! We had such a lovely time last spring taking early morning pictures in a lovely garden where butterflies were landing and humming birds flittering about. And that was no joke. It was seriously out of a dreamland and we felt like princesses the whole time. Thank you Kelly for capturing these images and thank you Style Me Pretty for the feature.
C… is for Color, California and Celebrations. We are fortunate over here in California to experience an extended summer that often allows us to have nice weather and sunshine until October. I know we just celebrated the beginning of fall but we are not quite ready to let go of our favorite summertime colors. Flower varieties come and go throughout the season but even in the midst of fall, there are so many ways you can introduce bright happy colors into your celebrations whether it be a dinner party, birthday bash or a bridal shower. So, we gathered up 3 of our favorite easy and simple ways to infuse a bit of color and pep into your entertaining decor.
1. Dress up your drinks
These days there are so many unique drink recipes and an abundance of ways to display your drink station or bar. A simple and eye catching way of showcasing the options is offering a variety of tasty drinks in varying colors along with colorful glassware arranged light to dark. This can be done easily with alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. To add an extra special touch for your guests, display bowls of garnish options that pair well with the flavor of drinks offered. Our drink of choice over here at Type A Society is blood orange soda with Rosemary sprigs. We are often found at Trader Joe’s buying this stuff by the dozen!
2. Add a pop of color to your place settings
Ribbon, herbs, fruits and watercolor name cards are just a few things you can add to spruce up your table. You do not have to have a big budget to make a big statement, all you need is a bit of creativity and some shears to forage your backyard for that perfect napkin treatment. Go with the season and use whatever you might find locally or in your own backyard such as cherry blossoms for spring, kumquats for summer, apples for fall and Rosemary for winter to use on your place setting. When in doubt, keep it simple as simple things often make the most beautiful statement.
3. Colorful blooms
Well, we are partial to flowers and lots of them. Once you group them together it becomes a statement piece of your table or party. How is it that flowers just make everything better? I, for one always feel like my party is complete when I bring in the buckets and make even the most simple loose arrangement. Even if you have a table dressed entirely of white with white chairs and white linen, just the pop of color from a table featuring a row of small vases of flowers of a single color can be a show stopper. For a more “freshly cut” garden look, we like to use old clay pots with a loose arrangement of ranunculus, cherry blossoms or even dahlias for fall with foraged greens and citrus.
As the warm dewy summer days slowly turn into crisp cool mornings, we find ourselves reminiscing back at a packed summer brimming full of fun projects, new collaborations, weddings and memories of playing with heaps of summer blooms. Spring and summer are a favorite around here as we wait all year for peony season to begin but always gasp at the brevity of its short life cycle. Summer then takes over and brings us an abundance of color that makes us giddy with delight as we spend long days creating and daydreaming of that perfect wedding bouquet or summer tablescape. The anticipation of the season is half the fun and we are sad to see summer leave us behind but who says you cannot still add a touch of color to fall? We are always fans of painting the town with a splash of color, so you may see some of our summer favorites in upcoming posts.
For now we are packing away our summer sandals and sun hats and pulling out our favorite well worn boots and cozy sweaters as we look forward to the fall season. We have some fun projects to share with you along with looking forward to hot apple cider and cozying up by the fireplace. Write us and tell us what your favorite fall projects are, we would love to know!
My favorite part of wedding planning is having the opportunity to be a part of creating a day that reflects the unique story of each couple I work with. There are few couples that I have felt more connected and a part of their story than I had with Luke & Katarina. Katarina had been a dear friend for a few years before she and Luke began to date. Getting to know her and her desires for her future husband over the years made watching this couple unite in marriage that much sweeter, seeing Luke as wonderful provision for all of her past expressed hopes. Together they are a perfect balance of loyal, kind-hearted, faithful, and insanely fun to be around.
When we began planning their wedding day, they expressed that creating a sense of connectedness amongst the attendees was their main priority- wanting everyone to feel like one big family. I loved that vision, and really kept it in mind as I helped guide decisions for all the decor elements and flowers. Their day started out with a beautiful outdoor ceremony, dawning gardens in the background- and moved on to a cozy reception in a tent overlooking the Potomac River. Their tables were covered in grey linens with jasmine vine and garden roses, and the tent was covered in long strands of vintage string lights. The food was definitely a hit of the evening, as people could not stop raving about it. The evening came to a close with a killer party and dancing to some great tunes. We here at the Society wish nothing but the best to this fantastic couple and we were so grateful to be a part of making their wedding day a success.