Summer

Summer Entertaining: Pretty Pitchers

Summer Entertaining: Pretty Pitchers

Perfect for summer entertaining, pretty pitchers are perfect as vases or for serving up cocktails! See six of my favorites perfect for parties all summer long.

Glamorous Wedding Style Under the Trees

Glamorous Wedding Style Under the Trees

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So here’s the thing about the Inspired Creations Contest. I just love seeing how different teams can take the same rules (spend no more than $500; incorporate a little glitter and glam; make something beautiful) and come up with such wildly different ideas. All beautiful. All unique. Today’s entry comes from Bella Rains Garden Studio and Lavender & Twine and was inspired by a gorgeous pair of emerald satin Badgley Mischka pumps. From there they created a stunning tablescape under …

Party Girl: A Nautical Getaway

Party Girl: A Nautical Getaway

Today I have a special treat for you! The amazingly talented Jess Tierney, lead graphic designer at Bella Figura and a good friend of mine, is sharing her inspiration for her dream party. Jess officially has me dreaming of long summer days and preppy nautical stripes. You’re going to love this! Jess also has a fabulous blog so check it out!

My perfect party would be a nautical inspired weekend getaway with my closest friends to a dreamy beach house right …

Camping with Style

Camping with Style

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Have I ever told you how much I love camping? I big time l.o.v.e to camp. Bring on the s’mores, the sleeping bags and long days of reading, canoeing and telling campfire stories and I’m in heaven. With that said, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a campsite with as much style as this one. It’s colorful, Moroccan-inspired and shines with cute details that make this camping trip anything but ordinary. Why not bring a little party to your next …

Pride & Prejudice Wedding Inspiration

Pride & Prejudice Wedding Inspiration

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At my day job at Bella Figura (and Boxcar Press and Smock) I have the great opportunity to work and interact with a lot of the wedding industry’s finest talent. It’s a pleasure, to say the least. Recently we teamed up with the incredible Anne Sage of The City Sage for a gorgeous Pride & Prejudice inspired wedding shoot, photographed by Lisa Lefkowitz. (Who is  basically so talented it blows my mind.) You may have already seen this beautiful inspiration …

Summery Black-Eyed Susan Bridal Shower

Summery Black-Eyed Susan Bridal Shower

Today I couldn’t resist sharing this pretty black-eyed susan inspired bridal shower by I Am Baker featured last week on Sweet Designs. Nothing says summer like a long white cotton table runner and big mason jars filled with striking black eyed susans. The pretty homemade cakes were topped with black-eyed susans and little cookies were frosted with the bride and groom’s upcoming wedding date. This kind of event design is so chic, but really quite effortless. Grab big bunches of …

Summery Inspiration Shoot with Marry You Me

Summery Inspiration Shoot with Marry You Me

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This morning’s guest blogger, Annie Packman of Marry You Me, really needs no introduction. She’s an incredibly talented blogger with a great editorial eye and today I’m honored to have her share her very first styled inspiration shoot on The Sweetest Occasion!

I am so thrilled/honored/ecstatic to be guest posting here on The Sweetest Occasion today! When Cyd asked me to do a guest post, I promised her I would cook up something good. I’d been dying to do my own styled …

Inspired Creations – Rooftop Picnic Wedding Ideas

Inspired Creations – Rooftop Picnic Wedding Ideas

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Another day, another gorgeous Inspired Creations Contest entry! Today’s design is from the talented team of Catie Ronquillo Photography, After Yes Weddings, The Left-Handed Calligrapher and Emily Hudspeth, and features a gorgeous urban rooftop picnic at Off The Grid, boasting tremendous views of the Dallas skyline. For me, this shoot is all about the mix of colors and materials pairing a cool urban vibe with the laid back approach of a fun rustic picnic. The mixed and …

Inspired Creations – Strawberry Farm Wedding Inspiration

Inspired Creations – Strawberry Farm Wedding Inspiration

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This morning’s Inspired Creations Contest entry is the first of two from Ashley Pepitone, a budding event designer. Inspired by summer days spent on her grandparents’ farm in Massachusetts, Ashley was inspired to create a design that would be reminiscent of frolicking about the fields and raiding the strawberry patch for fresh, sun-ripened berries. She used design elements and wares available locally in most towns for an easy, sunkissed look perfect for a sunny late spring wedding.

Ashley shares, “I imagine …

Inspired Creations – A Campsite Wedding

Inspired Creations – A Campsite Wedding

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Good morning, friends! I am so excited that you loved yesterday’s first Inspired Creations Contest entry as much as I did. Rest assured, today’s entry is just as jaw-dropping – you are in for a treat! As an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast (there is nothing I love more than spending time boating, hiking and camping) this inspiration shoot almost made me jump out of my seat with delight. And as a rule, I’m not a seat-jumper, so that says …

And I’m Off!

And I’m Off!

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Well, friends, its time! I am officially bidding you adieu until late next week after the National Stationery Show has come and gone. Not to worry though, in honor of show week, we’ll be celebrating all things paper and all things beautiful thanks to a handful of immensely talented guest bloggers. They are designers, stationers, bloggers and some of the most talented ladies I know. I can’t wait for them to visit with you next week! There will be DIY …

Seaside Beach Inspiration

Seaside Beach Inspiration

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I’ve had vacations on the mind the last few days and spent far too much time over the weekend procrastinating as I searched for fun places on Long Island or along the New England coast to run away to for a few days for our anniversary this summer. Needless to say, I’m now in full-out beach mode. I want a fluffy beach towel, a perfect summer cocktail, a big straw hat and a stack of books and no fewer than …