Pretty Country Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

I love these pretty letterpress wedding invitations so much I don’t even know where to start. Designed by the lovely Sarah Parrott for her own wedding, they feature custom illustrations from Debra Bianculli, calligraphy by Grace Edmands and an assortment of pretty vintage stamps, all of which come together to create something really special. For more of Sarah’s beautiful wedding, see her save the dates and bridal shower both previously featured here on The Sweetest Occasion and visit Parrott Design Studio for all the details on these lovely custom invitations.

{Photos by Fat Orange Cat Studio.}


2011 Words to Live By

I’m sure I’m not alone in my desire to make 2011 the best year yet so I thought I’d share these pretty words to live by – they will be my inspiration throughout the new year. I’ve got a lot exciting things coming up professionally and personally this year, and accordingly I’ve committed to being more positive and more forward-thinking in 2011, to let no opportunity pass me by unconsidered and to make the most of every day. We’re only here for however long we’re here and I’m determined to never wonder “why didn’t I”, but rather to always be able to say that I tried. I dreamed, I worked, I made every effort I could to live exactly the life I want to live. Is anyone else dreaming big this year? Let’s dream big together. Let’s do something amazing.

{Image by Little Aviary via Lanalou Style.}


Romance + Lace Winter Wedding Shoot

While spring and summer weddings are incredibly popular, I find the romance of a winter wedding completely irresistible. Originally featured on Southern Weddings, I find this winter wedding shoot to be simply stunning. A regal purple and gold color palette paired with warm winter details like vanilla chai and a cocoa bar are the perfect complement to a drop dead gorgeous wedding dress. Covered in lace and boasting the prettiest long sleeves, I could live in this dress. If you are planning a winter wedding, take note – this would be a pretty spectacular way to do it!

Vendors -
Event Design and Production: LMG Events
Photography: Chudleigh Photography
Venue: Wadley Farms
Bride’s Gown: Atelier Aimee, Alta Moda Bridal
Bride’s Hair and Makeup Styling: Studio Enizio
Floral Design: Studio Stems
Stationery: Pink Piggy Design
Cakes: Pink Peach Cakes
Holiday Tree: Modern Display
Head Table: CG Sparks
Chair and Linen Rental: Diamond Rentals

{Photos by Chudleigh Photography.}


The Sweetest Occasion (An Inspiration Shoot)

Good morning, friends! I hope you had a great long holiday weekend and a big congratulations to all of you celebrating holiday engagements. I’m looking forward to a fabulous new year filled with happy celebrations so let’s jump right into the pretty, shall we? A few weeks ago I shared that The Sweetest Occasion had been featured in Nonpareil Magazine, providing the inspiration for an incredible editorial shoot created by a super talented team comprised of Rebecca Ashby of The Pink Orange, Alisha Clark of Clark + Walker Studio, Kris Ann Elario of Fleurtacious Designs and Katie O’Malley of Katie O Weddings and Events. Today I’m happy to share the shoot with you!

In envisioning the shoot, I provided the team with an inspiration board and a few ideas of how I would recreate my wedding were I to plan it all over again. They then took that and ran with it, with truly lovely results. For me the vision that kept coming to mind was of an incredibly elegant and romantic yet casual celebration. The setting would be outside overlooking a lake with an al fresco reception with big stacks of blankets and quilts so guests could lounge. The color palette would be shades of white, ivory, cream, champagne and soft dove gray and all of the details would be romantic – think lace, ruffles and candlelight, fluffy white flowers, and simple sophistication. In turn, the team put their design talents to work and shot on location at The Mansion in Saratoga Springs, New York. I just love what they came up with!

For all of the DIY details – including instructions on how to recreate those amazing lace covered votive holders – check out the feature in Nonpareil Magazine. It was such a pleasure to get to be a part of this wonderful issue and to see something so lovely come to life. Thanks for making it happen, ladies! xoxo

{Photos by Clark + Walker Studio.}


Happy New Year! (and Friday Link Love)

I have to take a moment this morning to thank you all for an incredible year. To my readers who come here every day to share a little inspiration together, to the vendors who continually amaze me and so graciously allow me the honor of sharing your work, and to the sponsors who help keep this site running along – I appreciate and love each and every one of you. I am looking forward to big, happy, exciting things in 2011 after a tremendous 2010, and I truly can’t wait to see what the new year brings. I wish you all a holiday weekend full of love, joy and endless sparkle. See you in 2011!

Great New Year’s Eve fun for families and kids

New Year’s resolution printables

A touch of old Hollywood glamor

Simple and festive DIY New Year’s celebration

Sparkle sparkle sparkle

A lovely winter wedding

Were money no object, I’d be wearing this tonight

Even more sparkle. Even more shine.

{Photo by Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty.}