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elegant lingerie shower

I am finally getting to post these images from a shower I co-hosted last year. It was a gorgeous lingerie brunch, complete with a mimosa bar. So fun!

The shower took place after the bride returned from her Portugal wedding. Not all her local friends could make it to the wedding so we printed an image to incorporate their love story. 

The main activity of the shower was a "dessert menu" that corresponded with all of the gifts. Each guest titled their outfit and it was printed on a menu card. The bride chose the order to open gifts off of the menu. AND she took the menu home to her husband so that he could order off the menu too! Lots of blushing and laughter...so very memorable.

Another activity was that each guest brought their own bra, and the bride had to guess which bra belonged to whom.

Food selection included a BYO fruit pizza bar, mini caprese salads, and chorizo stuffed dates. YUM.

Naked cake—gluten free of course. My favorite recipe is from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. The topper belonged to my co-host, purchased from Etsy but I'm not sure which shop (there are a ton just like it).

Most of the decor was lace, babies breath, and then wood texture elements. Most everything we had on hand.

Lastly, we gave out succulents as favors. Who doesn't love a good succulent?

Showers don't have to be over the top to be meaningful and pretty! We worked with what we had, along with adding in a few sexy ideas of course. All to show our friend that we celebrate this exciting change in her life...and stock up her boudoir. ;)

Photography by Me  // Signage & Menu from My Etsy Shop 


an urban {rustic fall} wedding

Just a few short days ago was the anniversary of two wonderful people. Their wedding was such a blast, and I'm so excited to share a few snapshots of their day.

One way I love to style a wedding is to offer brides-to-be a "decor plan" and inspiration that I art direct, but they find the labor to implement. This was one such wedding.

The vision of the bride was to have an urban fall theme, with a touch of rustic. Rustic that does not include a hint of country—no burlap or mason jars allowed. Fair enough.

Using strands of wheat, scattered throughout the flowers & reception, we brought in both the season and rural texture. To compliment the wheat, we also had a number of corn husk flowers in the reception decor.

One highlight of the event was the entrance of the bride, who appeared with an acoustic performance of the song by The Lumineers. It was such a surprise and so touching!

Breakfast was a major part in the courtship of the couple, so for reception fare they had a wide range of breakfast for dinner. Including a pancake station where the guests had to catch their pancakes mid air.

In place of mason jars, we used painted tin cans in various shades of copper and gray. And for favors, an eclectic collection of coffee mugs. So fun!

And that gives you a glimpse into this lovely autumn event!

Happy Anniversary, Friends! It was truly wonderful to play a part in your special day.

Photography by: Feels Like Today Photography // Blog // Facebook
Styling & Flowers by: Amanda O'Rourke


fall farm wedding {part 2}

The fall wedding gorgeousness continues! After guests minglinged for the cocktail hour, they made their way down the hill to the ceremony location under this enormous elegant tree.

The tree itself has an incredible story, being struck by lightening and damaged so that half of it was laying completely horizontal. By some nature miracle, it was able to recover and appears unscathed. A somewhat decent metaphor for marriage, eh?

After the ceremony, the children were handed a farm map with a clue to their next adventure. Who doesn't love a good scavenger hunt?!

Their hunt ends at the large wrap around porch, where guests are preparing to feast.

This porch had a "decent" view of the Mississippi river. No big deal. Also down by this view was a large bonfire and s'more bar.

The tables were covered with paper and we had written little love quotes scattered throughout at random.

While completely amazing up to this point, this wedding would not be complete without a pie buffet. A delicious one. All baked by friends and family.

What a day! I still have amazing memories of the fun we had, both with the small planning team that pulled everything together and celebrating the couple together. Sharing my creative skills with wonderful people that truly deserve celebration brings constant gratification to my life. Happy Anniversary Chris & Jen!

You can view part 1 of the wedding here.

All photography by Dustin Davis // Wedding location at Kuhs Estate and Farm // Styling, stationery, & flowers by me


fall farm wedding {part 1}

A few days ago was the anniversary of very good friends, whose wedding I had the privelege of styling. They were married on 9/10/11. Why am I just now showcasing? OH I suppose I originally wanted to submit it to large wedding blog...but like many things in my life, that only amounted to good intentions.

But ohhhh so fun to look back and remember what a FUN event this was.

The wedding took place at the most breathtaking location—in Spanish Lake, Missouri at Kuhs Estate and Farm. When guests arrived, they made their way to the barn for cocktail hour. This barn was a thrifters dream, stuffed full of antiques of all kinds.

And while the adults mingled, the kiddos could enterain themselves over at the mini petting zoo.

I credit this event to me falling in love with floral arranging. 

Such a beautiful couple! And you haven't even seen the wedding yet! On Monday, I'll post the rest of the photos from the ceremony and reception. Worth the wait. Promise.

All photography by Dustin Davis // Wedding location at Kuhs Estate and Farm // Styling, stationery, & flowers by me


5 years

Happy Monday! This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our five year anniversary. Hard to believe.

And I finally had photographs printed. That's right. It took me FIVE YEARS to print my wedding photos. Which is a terrible shame, especially when I had a gorgeous album made by Priscilla Foster (the same year we married). Take a peek at her handmade books, they are incredible.

Awe to reminince on young love. It's a bit surreal, where sometimes I feel as though just a few months ago we said vows to one another—yet the last five years have also felt like most of my life. Crazy to think you could love someone more now than the day you said "I do". But it's true. His face is still my favorite face.


a corsage and a boutineer

Hello! The spring weather is officially here in St. Louis! I spent too many hours just laying on my patio, basking in the +70 sunlight. It was WONDERFUL. Soon and very soon I'll have some fresh spring flowers to photograph. #soexcited

Below are a set of corsage & bout that I made for a wedding last fall. (Hoping someday I'll have photos of the event to share!)

Despite being faux flowers, I think they still offer a nice mix of texture and color. What are your thoughts? Is it possible to use fake flowers in a stylish way? Or is real the only way to go?

Wishing you a sunny week!


it has been a while

A very long while.

But hello to anyone still following this sadly forsaken blog! Logging in to my platform felt so oddly foreign and familiar. WHAT do I have to say for myself after all this time???

First, I'll say look at these pretty centerpieces leftover from the wedding I styled last weekend!

Second, I have sorely missed updating my small community of followers! Are you still out there?

Third, I'm not sure where to begin on what I've been up to. Fun things include a birthday, a trip to the wineries, my first 5k, a halloween party, a gala fundraiser, and many wedding activities. The less fun updates include an insane amount of client work (more than double from one year ago). Which is most definitely a blessing for my family, but takes a toll on things I love like this blog and a clean house.

As for my future plans (now that my schedule is slower before the holiday madness begins), I have a few harvest projects to share before diving into my favorite season. So please say hello and join me in the upcoming days for content that you once loved!

P.S. Don't you love these adorable test tubes?! I purchased them from Etched in Time if you'd like a set yourself. 


registry gift upgrade

So I've posted before about how registries are boring. But for the last wedding I got even more creative!

When I saw this double layer cupcake carrier I knew we had a winner. If the bride is a baker—I definintely want to encourage that (not to diss new towels).

Hello excuse to add cute sprinkles and cupcake liners. AND conveniently Amy of Eat Drink Chick posted these adorable cutlery tags, which I easily made into cupcake toppers.

Add a wedding card with a cake theme and voilà! Pretty and a more personalized gift!

And yes, this peanut butter banana cream cupcake was amazing.


patterned flower diy & a country wedding

July already!?!?

While I am currently exhausted and looking forward to a relaxed work week, that is no reason not share some lovely eye candy with you. Above is a gorgeous paper flower diy by Tie That Binds recently featured on Wedding Chicks. Long time readers may recognize these flowers from a past project I worked on (made from older sewing patterns). Well, Mekala wanted to use them all throughout this amazing wedding—for which nearly all event details she is responsible for bringing to life!

Anyone with an affinitey for barns and an Oregon backdrop can/must view all the images on Tie That Binds Blog.

Be sure to view the beautiful wedding on Wedding Chicks here and for the diy go here! And have an amazing week!

Image Credits: DIY flower images by Tie That Binds & wedding party image by Bryan Aulick


random inspiration {babies breath}

So this will seem really random, but bear with me.

It's been one of those weeks. Where plans and projects just don't happen because something in work/life implodes. When I was unable to make it to the store for diy supplies earlier this week, I was at a loss for my blog post yesterday. That brings us to today, where I decide I just need a little inspiration pick-me-up.

Babies breath has been in my mental bank for a while, I just love it's simple beauty. Also, I recently read the book The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and have been captivated by the idea of the project in the book—a catalog of flowers and their meanings. Shoot, what's holding me back of making this catalog in my own style? Nothing. I guess this means I now have a little side project in the works.

Anyone else having one of those weeks? Or have you read the book? And didn't you love it?!

Image Sources: Shea Christine Photography (via Style Me Pretty)