Inspired Creations – Mid-Century Modern Butterfly Tablescape

Today’s Inspired Creations Contest entry is bold, colorful, dramatic and incredibly chic. It is a unique, inspired collaboration from Kate Miller Events, Flourish and Sarah Maren Photography and it’s just the right sort of cheery and bright, perfect for a late week pick me-up. I love the over the tops swirls of butterflies and tulips, an absolutely breathtaking centerpiece that sets the stage unlike any other.


colorful-modern-wedding-ideas-butterfly-centerpiecesThe clean, mid-century lines of  the Eero Saarinen-inspired table sparked the inspiration. Kate shares, “From there Shannon of Flourish designed this gorgeous modern large goblet centerpiece of coral tulips – it’s base echoed the shape of our table, while it’s bubble shape embraced the movement of the florals. I discovered large glass bubbles at CB2 and adhered them to the tabletop anchoring them around the centerpiece. Our green modern chargers, white teardrop cake plates, stainless flatware and stemless glassware continued our modern look and feel. The gorgeous chocolate flower topped cupcakes were covered with a clear glass cloche and furthered our modern atrium-like design.”


modern-bride-short-wedding-dress-birdcage-veil“We added an additional touch of whimsy, using a butterfly motif that is carried out in the colorful butterfly printed napkins, bamboo Luxecut™ monogram cards and hand-painted feather butterflies. The colorful butterflies perched on the bubbles, glassware and even atop the whirly globes filled with tulips and tealights, added a sense of organic movement and life to the design. We added green pillows to the french slotted chairs and accented each with a mini bamboo Luxecut™ monogram chair tie.”


butterfly-tulip-centerpieces-purple-orange-wedding“We were so inspired by our tabletop, that a bouquet and bride seemed necessary to finish off the look. Our bride, with makeup done by Nicole Solarez of Deja Du Salon, wears gorgeous Melissa Sweet gowns from Bella Donna Bridal Salon and kelly green suede Banana Republic leaf heels. She is accessorized with a glass-like facted bangle bracelet and giant briolet drops, which peek out of her birdcage veil. She carries a beautiful bouquet of coral tulips, pincushion and calla lilies concocted by Flourish Designs.”

Absolutely beautiful, right? I am in love with this unexpectedly mod botanical design and the bold color palette. Thank you so much, ladies, for being a part of the Inspired Creations Contest!

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Event Design by Kate Miller Events
Floral Design by Flourish
Photography by Sarah Maren Photography
Stationery by Luxecut™ by Kate Miller
Rentals from Classic Party Rentals
Hair + Makeup by Nicole Solarez of Deja Du Salon
Cupcakes by Esther’s Cupcakes
Model, Megan Kundert

{Photos by Sarah Maren Photography.}


Vintage Wedding Cake Forks

Spied over at Blue Orchid Designs, these handstamped wedding cake forks and serving pieces made from vintage flatware by Beach House Living are too sweet not to share. One of our favorite wedding gifts was actually a bridal shower gift from my husband’s aunt – a cake knife and serving set from Cutco with our names and wedding date engraved on the blade. Likewise, these could make great gifts or a charming cake topper set atop your cake. Customization is available and the prices are incredibly affordable. I’m thinking they could also make great favors at a tea party bridal shower, too. Or, for the culinary-minded couple, stamped with a date they could make great save the dates – include a sweet tag with other pertinent details such as your website attached simply with pretty ribbon. Aren’t they just adorable?


personalized-wedding-cake-forks{Photos from Beach House Living.}


Inspired Creations – Hot Air Balloon Inspired Wedding Celebration

Good morning, friends! My apologies for the unexpected absence yesterday – my schedule has been a bit crazy lately, but I’m back today with another beautiful entry for the Inspired Creations Contest. Today’s submission comes from Ashley Dicksa of Creative Events by Ashley and Lilia Ahner of Lilia Photography. Together they envisioned an intimate outdoor wedding celebration filled with unique details and whimsical touches. Inspired by vintage photographs of hot air balloons and working with a soft romantic color palette of pale pink, baby blue and moss green, they created a unique vision for a pretty outdoor wedding that I think would also make a great party or bridal shower.


unique-place-card-ideas-babys-breath-centerpiecesAshley shares, “When I was at the flower mart I found individual heart shaped succulents and I couldn’t resist. They were perfect for the place settings and fairly easy to put together. I used pink paper I had in my office and my Cricut to cut the names out. I used a non toxic spay glue to glue the names on to the succulent. I then glued the succulent and some moss to a small piece of cardboard. At the end of the evening the guests can take their place setting home with them and plant them.”




golden-gate-park-san-francisco-wedding-ideas“For the balloons, I wired two halve baskets together with floral wire, wrapped some fabric over the sphere shape and then tied it with fishing wire. The bottom basket was a wire basket – I used spray glue to attach the moss and then took wire to attach to the balloon shape to each side of the basket. I put floral foam in the basket and placed the hydrangeas accordingly. The balloon was held from the tree with fishing line. Ribbon was wrapped around the wire that attached the balloon.”

unique-wedding-flower-arrangements-hot-air-balloonsI love these sweet little hot air balloons and think a silk floral version would be really cute as a mobile of sorts in a nursery or perfect for a little girl’s birthday party. The possibilities are endless! I am always amazed at the things you can do armed with a bit of ingenuity, a vision and glue. Thank you so much, Ashley and Lilia, for being a part of the Inspired Creations Contest! These ladies braved a torrential downpour and nearly called off their shoot, which took place at Golden Gate Park, but finally the sun came out and the shoot went on. We’re so glad it did!

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Ashley Dicksa of Creative Events by Ashley
Lilia Ahner of Lilia Photography

{Photos by Lilia Photography.}


Inspired Creations – Breakfast Buffet Reception

Good morning, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. As promised, we’re going to get the week started by jumping right back into the reveal of the Inspired Creations Contest entries. I’ve been a big fan of Erin of Dandelion & Grey for a while now so it’s a sincere pleasure to share her entry. She worked with the incredibly talented Leila Brewster of Olive Juice Photography and Chris and Elizabeth Boyette of Dapper Paper to create a gorgeous breakfast buffet inspiration shoot I know you’ll love. I find all of the little details really magical and love the idea of a casual breakfast reception.



bacon-egg-grits-cast-iron-panErin shares, “We wanted to come up with a fresh alternative to the standard dinner reception and hosting a breakfast or brunch is a sweet, budget friendly idea. We started with a gorgeous vintage farmhouse dresser placed in a idyllic, expansive field. I wanted to come up with a unique way to house the delicious comfort food and decided on using antique kitchen tools and gadgets for the serving pieces.”





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Happy Weekend!

Because I was too busy playing in my gardens last night to think much about blogging, I’m skipping Friday links again today. I did, however, want to pop in and wish you all a wonderful weekend. The weather sounds iffy here so I’m hoping it’s an opportunity to get caught up on some projects around the house and maybe enjoy some rainy day movies. I hope the weekend is warm and sunny where you are! See you back here on Monday when we’ll continue with the gorgeous entries from the Inspired Creations Contest. Happy weekend!

lace-parasol-krista-keltanen-photography{Photo by Krista Keltanen via Lovely Clusters.}