Fabulous Frock Friday

Loving the texture/ruffles of this Oscar de la Renta gown...

Photo credit: Sedona Bride

This Weekend: Phipps Plaza Bridal Event

I am excited to be speaking on Saturday at the Atlantan Brides Magazine Bridal Weekend at Phipps Plaza! I will be speaking on a Q&A panel with the Editor-in-Chief, Phebe Wahl and other Atlanta Wedding Pros. See the entire schedule for the weekend below. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 27th
Noon – Couples Workshop, presented by LoveKnots
1:00 p.m. – Tasting Menu presentation from Rosebud
2:15 p.m. – Photography Workshop with LaCour & The Decisive Moment
3:30 p.m. – Wedding Vendor Q&A Panel, led by The Atlantan Brides Editor-in-Chief, Phebe Wahl, featuring top event professionals in the city
5:00 p.m. – Beauty Demo by Raney O’Keefe

Sunday, February 28th
Noon – Translating your Wedding Style
1:00 p.m. – Bridal Fashion presentation
2:00 p.m. – Meet the author and pick up your signed copy of Weddings by Tara Guerard
3:00 p.m. – Mens Fashion presentation
4:00 p.m. – Live Giveaway Announcement
4:30 p.m. – Wedding and Event Fashion presentation

Stationery Love

I am swooning over the invites our client Morgan designed for her Fall wedding to Ben. I really love the sketch of the couple's pooch on the response card!

Calling Cards for Brides-to-Be

There is something about calling cards that is so Southern and proper. I love them for brides-to-be! I think it is the prefect way to keep in touch with your vendors. Give them a calling card to include in your file and they can always reach out to you with ease.

These fun and sassy cards are from avie designs on etsy.

Featured! Ellie and Dave on Completely Unveiled!

It was so fun to see Ellie and Dave's 2009 Winter wedding on Weddings Unveiled Magazine's blog Completely Unveiled last week! So many great details... one of our faves!

Reminder: Art of Weddings is this Friday!

We hope to see you at The Art of Weddings this Friday, February 19th from 7-11 pm, at the Bill Lowe Gallery in Midtown. The event will showcase some serious Atlanta talent including wedding gowns from Project Runway alum Heidi Elnora's 2010 collection. ALL of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Purchase tickets and learn more about this fabulous event here.

Italian Love Affair

I stumbled upon the Italian wedding of Elaine and Todd on their photographer's blog and I {may have} actually drooled. The wedding was featured in MSW and I can see why...

Photo credit: Lilian Haidar

Featured! Vermont Vows Magazine- Destination Spotlight: Costa Rica!

I am so excited to see our tablescape from Costa Rica featured in the Spring/Summer 2010 Vermont Vows Magazine! Our work is featured in the Destination Spotlight article about Costa Rica.

Photography by Corbin Gurkin

Jennifer & Jay

Wow. Just Wow. I love this wedding. Jennifer and Jay were married at the Biltmore on November 21st. You will notice that we will not be featuring any photos of Jennifer's face because she is a food critic and it is important that her appearance remains "anonymous." Moving right along...

They say "it's all in the details." And we got 'em.

The bridal party got ready at the W Downtown which was the perfect spot for some fun photos.

I am obsessed with Jennifer's couture Rivini gown. Gorgeous.

And the guys didn't look too shabby either! Jay wore a Versace tuxedo and Prada shoes.

The Decor

Jennifer and Jay wanted a very clean and modern look, which was so interesting and refreshing in contrast the very traditional/ornate ballrooms. They enlisted the talented Steve Bales of Bold American's Design team and together they came up with this sexy look. All white, clear chivari chairs, Jeff Leatham-inspired florals, estate tables accented with manzanita branches dripping with crystals and "floating" votive globes, lounge furniture, a lit dance floor... oh my.

The Stationery

Stationery was extremely important to Jennifer. After selecting Bella Figura invitations, she found several etsy vendors to create stationery for the wedding. One to create the menu cards, bar menus, and "bride" and "groom" chair signs, another who created the chair cutouts for the "Please Take a Seat" escort cards and a third that created custom die cut table numbers that were in clear frames.

I loved the escort card presentation- chair cutouts with guests names that we mounted on a large mirror with a garland that read "Please Take a Seat." Cute!

The Party

You know the food had to be good. Bold American catered a family style dinner that included antipasti, a grilled romaine salad, porcini ravioli, and sangiovese braised beef short ribs. Jennifer and Jay flew in LA DJ The FlashDance to spin at their wedding. He brought the house down. Guests also enjoyed the ever popular SmileBooth with a custom backdrop from Dolci Odille. As a nod to her Mexican Heritage, Jennifer and her Dad did the Mexican Hat Dance for the Father-Daughter dance. It was- in a word- awesome.

The Sweets

How cool is this cake?

All of the sweet treats were from Caryn's Cakes. Jennifer and Jay decided to design their cake to look like their favorite Jonathan Adler vase. Love the Jonathan Adler cake toppers to complete the look. The couple also served cupcakes in amazing flavors like Mexican hot chocolate with marshmallow icing and a toasted marshmallow on top, Earl grey chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing and hazelnut cake with amaretto buttercream . Guests left for the night with one last sweet treat- Mexican Wedding Cookies from Alon's.

The Ring Shot

Jennifer found these hilarious vintage books online. I don't know if I could have dreamed up a cooler ring shot.

Jennifer and Jay- thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day. I feel so fortunate to have made two new friends and look very forward to many more dinners together!

A huge thank you to David and Kendrick (aka Our Labor of Love too) for sharing these amazing images!

We *heart* this

Valentine's Day is around the corner! We think this dessert table from Amy Atlas is perfectly adorable for the occasion.

Fabulous Frock Friday... for the Boys! How to tie a bow tie.

Bow ties are so classic, but we often have Grooms and Groomsmen showing up on the wedding day asking us how to tie their bow ties. Here is a tutorial.

Top photo courtesy of esquire.com. Bow tie instruction here.

My Inspiration right now: Mexican Fiesta on The Wedding Shoebox blog

I had the pleasure of taking a trip to Mexico in January. As my husband and I rode around on a scooter in the little town of Progreso, Mexico, I was struck by these bright, colorful papel picado that hung in the streets. My mind began to wander and think about a wedding.... Here is the inspiration board I came up with for the fabulous new inspiration blog The Wedding Shoebox.


Guests settle in for the late afternoon ceremony in a small villa surrounded by warm air, friends and family. A Flamenco guitarist plays in the background as the casual affair gets underway. The bridesmaids emerge in gowns in various pastel colors and the bride follows in a stunning and sleek yet unpretentious lace gown. Traditional Mexican cuisine is served tapas style as guests nosh for hours on end. Everyone dances to the sounds of a mariachi band into the early hours of the morning, when, in Latin tradition, guests are treated to breakfast.


1. Papel Picado via Domestic Reflections 2. Stirrings 3. Aaron Delesie via Style Me Pretty 4. Ink & Peat 5. Betsy White 6. Martha Stewart via Style Notes

Jennifer & Matt

Jennifer and Matt were married and had their reception at the Biltmore Ballrooms on June 13th. I loved their soft metallic color palette, lush florals and sweet Southern details including Varsity peach pies passed as a late night snack. Enjoy!

Thank you Drew Newman for these beautiful images!