Gold Glam for Valentines Day

Yesterday I told you a little about the sleek and modern Valentines Day shoot I styled for a fun little design challenge over at A Subtle Revelry. Today I’m happy to share the details with you! I collaborated with my girl Megan on this shoot, which never fails to be a great time. Megan is a kick ass photographer by day and I’m pretty sure she moonlights as a rock star by night = she’s my kind of gal. Needless to say, when we get together it’s all fun, which is exactly what this shoot was all about.

When thinking of the timing of the design challenge, I immediately felt inspired to create a modern, sleek Valentines Day look and I wanted the interest to be in the textures with simple, handmade details to make it one of a kind. I found a great metallic gold gift wrap at Hobby Lobby that was the perfect weight to use as a table runner and for crafting, ultimately becoming the inspiration for the glittery details incorporated throughout. I mixed the reflectivity of the gold paper with textural white linens, sculptural white vases and simple white tableware.

White and gold took center stage, with bright pops of color from vibrant red anemones and a few raspberries tossed in with the champagne. The overall look is sleek, modern and a touch glitzy without a lot of fuss. Simple favor boxes – just cardboard boxes spray painted gold – and cupcake liner flowers (see Carter & Cook’s blog for a DIY how-to) at each place setting are fun extra touches. Along with a cluster of paper flowers on top of a simple white cake from famed local grocery store Wegmans, the look is fresh and polished.

I envisioned this as a romantic Valentines Day dinner for two or the inspiration for a great sweetheart table at a wedding, but it would also make a lovely little proposal dinner, too, don’t you think? (By chance there are any guys reading, you should really take me up on this – she’d be blown away.) There is still time to leave a little love on the official contest post, so please pop over if you feel so inclined! xoxo

{Photos by Megan Dailor for Sweet Occasions Studio.}


Heart Beignets for Your Sweetheart

Our awesome DIY Contributing Editor Jenny is sharing the sweetest Valentines Day idea. Love love love this inspiration for sweet Valentines Day treats!

Treat your sweetie first thing in the morning on Valentines Day with these little heart beignets served with coffee. Quickly whip up some love with the Beignet Mix from world famous french market coffee stand Café du Monde of New Orleans, found at Cost Plus World Market. They are incredibly simple to make! Add water to the mix. Roll it out thin, use a ton of flour because it is super sticky, and cut with a heart shaped cutter. Pop in a pot of oil to deep fry, turning and basting to maximize puffiness.

Scoop out when light golden brown, and after a brief stint on paper towels, dust with powdered sugar and serve hot. Heaven on a plate.

{Photos by Hank + Hunt.}



Sweet Love Note Valentines from Emmy Lu

I’ve long been a fan of Emmy Lu Design Studio. Cool, well-designed and budget-friendly stationery that you can print yourself? Genius. Bethany’s latest Creature Affections and Love Notes collections are perfect for Valentines Day. And, because you don’t have to worry about having left enough time for shipping, you can still print these sweet cards for a loved one this Valentines Day. A little something sweet for your sweet.

{Photos from Emmy Lu Design Studio.}


Modern Valentines Day Shoot on A Subtle Revelry

Good morning, friends! Just a note that I create a modern and sleek Valentines Day inspiration shoot, which is featured today on A Subtle Revelry as part of a fabulous little design challenge that Vicky is hosting. Please be sure to leave a comment and give a little love – the winner of the contest gets to style a special shoot for Ruche so your support would be tremendous. (Besides, the other contestants have come up with the coolest ideas and you don’t want to miss out.) Check it out here.

In other news, earlier in the week I shared some of my favorite DIY Valentines Day ideas on Forget Me Knot Weddings – check it out!

{Photo by Megan Dailor for Sweet Occasions Studio.}


A Backyard Wedding Celebration

Becka and Nate are super talented and, it just so happens, they’re also super in love. So, once upon a time they ran away and got married in Italy and then celebrated with an awesome backyard party for thirty of their nearest and dearest. Pretty fabulous, right? You can (and should) read all about Becka and Nate’s trip, appropriately dubbed the weddingmoon, and in the meantime, to get this party started right, a glimpse of the newlyweds on their wedding day. (Prepare to be blown away.)

{Photos by Jeff Newsom.}

In Becka’s words, “Nate and I decided to elope in Europe instead of planning a huge wedding. For us, it was the perfect fit. Our relationship has always been extremely soulful since the very beginning and a big wedding didn’t really fit us. For us, it was just about the words we were going to promise to each other so we flew over the Atlantic and got married on the side of a mountain (in front of a castle) in Salerno, Italy. It was completely guerrilla style. We just asked the taxi driver to drive up there and then we found a little private spot. We wrote our own vows and were able to really focus and take it all in because there were no distractions or people watching us.” Honestly, I’m not sure I can think of anything so perfect.

Becka put her heart and soul (and her incredible creativity and design skills) into planning one heck of a backyard party to celebrate their wedding. The amazing invitations were all handwritten and set the stage for the kraft paper, white and feather details she incorporated throughout their party. I love the way these invitations set the stage for a casual yet incredibly special backyard reception filled with bright fiesta-inspired colors, miniature pinatas at each place setting, and pretty centerpieces potted in mason jars and assorted containers that Becka kept after the wedding.

I love how sweet and casual Becka and Nate’s reception was, with lots of special care to incorporate fun, handmade details that let their personalities shine throughout their wedding. Plus, you can’t beat a hopelessly romantic Italian elopement, now can you? Becka and Nate, my heartfelt congratulations to you both and thank you for extending me the great honor of sharing your incredible wedding. xoxo

{Photos by Studio 222 Photography unless otherwise noted.}