Monthly Archive for May, 2011

inspiration board: peacock chic

I wanted to share the inspiration board for a wedding that I’m working on for this coming fall. The groom is just your everyday, run-of-the-mill, handsome French Prince Charming, the bride is an absolutely stunning Southern belle, who also happens to be a teensy bit Wild at Heart. She fell in love with these peacock boutonnieres she found on etsy, and so I’ve been working to try to bring together the soft South Carolina with the bold peacock (without going too crazy with shape or color).  Today, I discovered these awesome bleached peacock feathers, and I think this may be the link that I was missing. What do you ya’ll think?

peacock wedding theme

Invitations: paper style, peacock table name card: documents & designs, dress: justin alexander, rose and peacock centerpiece: preserved florals by lizann, boutonniere: the headband shoppe, table number card: medley invitation design, peacock clutch: redrubyrose

parisian events in new york times t magazine

Why, yes- that IS me in that Todd Eberle NYTimes T Magazine photo, standing in those ridiculously high Louis Vuitton shoes, on that ridiculously gilded marble fireplace in the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. I was SO Styled to a T by the fabulous Vanessa Traina (with make-up by the equally fabulous Miss Mary Jane Frost).  Just another day in the office, really….Take a look at the original article here!


french wedding traditions: lily-of-the-valley

kate-middleton-lily-bouquetWell, the Wedding of the Century has come and gone, and everyone seems to have an opinion on, well, everything about it- including Kate Middleton’s Lily-of-the-Valley bridal bouquet.  I, for one, thought it was perfect- stylish, discrete, traditional yet modern at the same time. I also think it’s charming that she would carry Lily-of-the Valley with her wedding date so close to May 1st, which is when the French celebrate spring by offering small sprigs of muguet (Lilies of the Valley) as a porte bonheur (good luck charm) to those who hold a special place in their hearts. Since May 1st is the only time of the year when people can sell flowers on the street without having to buy a permit, for the past few days, all over Paris, people could be found selling little bunches of Lilies-of-the-Valley for a euro or two.

This sweet French custom started during the 16th Century.  Wedding banns were posted at the beginning of May, and wreaths of lily-of-the-valley were hung in the doorways of the brides-to-be. During his reign, Charles IX also began offering sprigs of muguet for luck. As it happened, in the late 1800s, the international workers movement declared the first of May as May Day, in honor of the workers of the world. In France, workers and their supporters wore lily-of-the-valley boutonnières on May 1st. These days, French tradition says that you must offer au moins un brin de muguet (”at least one sprig of Lily of the Valley”) to loved ones on May Day. In the Victorian language of flowers, by the way, lily-of-the-valley signified the return of happiness.

For a spring or summer wedding, what better way to incorporate this French tradition into your wedding than by adding some touches of Lilies-of the Valley?

cake by peggy porschen, centerpiece by rebecca thuss, boutonniere by flowerwild, stationery from crane & co.

If you’d like to add more of a French touch to your lily-of-the-valley wedding, try offering your guests boxes of Muguet-flavored macarons,  or your bridesmaids bottles of  muguet-scented Parisian perfume.

Le Muguet perfume by Annick Goutal, Muguet macarons by Ladurée

le muguet perfume by Annick Goutal, muguet macarons by Ladurée.

Je vous souhaite que du bonheur en ce 1ère mai!