the ooohs and aaahs: holiday entertaining

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the decorating and entertaining. I love a house full of people, good food, good wine and noise. Lots and lots of noise. I host Christmas Day with my husband’s family in the morning and then my own family in the evening. There are people in and out all day, and I absolutely love it. It gives me the chance to find new pops of decor to use for every meal and cocktail!

Since Sophia and Aboudi’s wedding this past Fall, I’ve been obsessed with all things GOLD. Naturally, this got me thinking about Holiday decor, of course! It’s so easy to stick with the traditional red, green, silver or white. They are beautiful in their own way, but this year I wanted to spice things up! And give you the same idea! Pairing a warm, sparkly gold with a rich, jewel tone brings a whole new dimension to Holiday decor. Plus you can push this versatile design all the way to New Year’s!

So without further adieu – I give you my favorite colors and things for this season’s entertaining!

 

ooohsandahhhs2entertaining blog{Gold Stemless Wine Glass from World Market, Flag Bunting from Etsy, Cake from Styles Sweet, Mirrored Serving Tray from World Market, Mercury Glass Balls from World Market, Place Setting, Reindeer Pillow from Pier 1}

Trying anything new for your decor or when entertaining your guests this year? Changing out some old holiday decorations for a new and fresh look? We want to see!

Enjoy!

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the ooohs and aaahs: holiday party attire

‘Tis the season, y’all! I know everyone says this, but this is truly, really my favorite time of the year. My birthday falls right after Thanksgiving and the only thing I ever want is to decorate for Christmas. I’m serious!

Because of this, Windy and I have put together a ‘Holiday Gift Guide-slash-Our Favorite Things’ for you! We’re hoping to continue this throughout not only the Holiday season, but into next year as well. We always find ourselves lusting after a gorgeous pair of shoes or a set of gold-rimmed stemware. So without further adieu, we introduce:

ooohsandahhhs2cocktailfashioncollage{daphne pearl necklace from stella and dot, secret garden studs from kate spade, Maybelline’s SuperStay Lipstick in color Wine and Forever, skinny gold bangles DesignSea via Etsy, ASOS Peace of Mind gold heels, black chiffon jumpsuit from Target, gold feather comb from Anthropologie, Essie’s lacy-not-racy}

This jumpsuit is insane. It’s so comfy and a perfect transition outfit. Pair it with simple earrings and flats for a walk around town and glam it up using the above suggestions for a cocktail party or two! I only wish I had purchased this sooner! Currently strutting this nail polish as well–perfect for this time of year! And while I know everyone is splurging this season on gifts, dinners, and decor, each of these items is under $100! You can thank me later!

What are you donning this Holiday season? Any special function you are particularly looking forward to? We’d love to hear your styles and favorite things! Send them our way!

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happy thanksgiving y’all!

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We wanted to just take a moment to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We are incredibly thankful for all of our wonderful clients, the heart and soul of our business, and our rock star vendors who make it all happen for us. LK definitely has a lot to be thankful for this year!

We are headed off to be with our extended families for the Thanksgiving weekend. We’re looking forward to turkey, stuffing and wine with some of our favorite people!

Enjoy your turkey day y’all!

Windy + Lindsay

 

 

pumpkin spice bourbon sangria

Happy Halloween!

If I’m speaking honest, I’m not the biggest fan of this annual Holiday, but the sweet tooth in me loves any opportunity to overload my system with sugar. In case you’re in need of a last minute, festive cocktail to warm you up while you’re trick-or-treating with your kids or just to sip on over a fire with friends, this is the perfect one to set the mood!

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WARM PUMPKIN SPICE BOURBON SANGRIA

2  apples
2 pears
1 orange
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar, or more to taste
1 cup bourbon
3 cups apple cider
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 bottles pinot grigio, chilled

Thinly slice fruit and mix in big bowl with lemon juice to prevent browning.  Add honey, brown sugar, bourbon, cider, and spice, stirring to combine. If you’re able, let it sit for a few hours to enhance the flavors. Top with pinot grigio and serve! [We prefer this warm for a cozy treat, but it’s just as refreshing chilled!]

Have any fun Halloween plans you’d like to share? Joining in on the Hanover Avenue fun in Richmond’s Fan District? Bonfire with cider and s’mores with friends? Or just walking door-to-door with your inevitably precious kids? We’d love for you to share!

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sofia + aboudi: mint, gold and the globe

Happy Friday ya’ll! We’ve got a pretty one for you today. Nothing better on a Friday afternoon then scrolling through pretty wedding images right?

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I started emailing with Sofia in January of this year. She was living and working in NYC and trying to plan her RVA September 2014 wedding remotely. A tough job to try to do solo right?

That, in and of itself, is quite the task. Add to it, her groom lives in Dubai! Half way around the world people!

Sofia & Aboudi met in Dubai while Sofia was visiting the city on a trip she received as a graduation gift. Several other fate-filled moments brought them together again and they fell in love.

Fast forward though their relationship to this lovely engagement and wedding planning time…

BloemendaalHouseSummer07View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-weddingThe venue was set thanks to her Dad and brother who scouted the wedding location scene in Richmond for Sofia. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Blomendaal House. A beautiful backdrop for an outdoor ceremony in the gardens and then a reception under the tents in front of the house.

But the list of “everything else” was left up to me and Sofia, so we got to work. Without meeting face to face until April, we did a lot over the phone and email. Thank goodness for Pinterest boards!

View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-wedding View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-wedding View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-wedding10612987_760300207342525_5227961407093454746_nMint green and gold was the color scheme Sofia oogled over from the time we began chatting. She toyed with deep purple and gold as well, but for the garden, I thought the mint and gold, with just a touch of peachy blush, would be just gorgeous.  The gold was vital as it played a huge role in connecting Sofia & Aboudi’s Lebanese culture. So we made sure we had plenty of sparkle to go around. Glittery table numbers from BHLDN, ornate gold overlays from Connie Duglin specialty linens on the cocktail tables, gold chiavari chairs from Classic Party Rentals of VA and feather tips dipped in rose gold glitter all acted as little “tips of the hat” to their Lebanese roots.

View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-wedding View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-weddingMary Henry of M Henry Designs worked with us on floral to make sure we were staying honest to the garden we were in, but yet decorating the very blank canvas of a white tent. She hit a home run once again pulling in the whites, greens and touches of blush to pull the look together.

Sofia worked in the film industry in NYC, so a videographer was a no-brainer and she obviously had a list of what type of film she wanted of her big day. I immediately sent her Humanstory Films.  Bill Gaff and I have worked together for almost 10 years now and he was the only filmmaker I would recommend for this job!  Check out their wedding film here.

[I’m a sucker for a sweet Father/Daughter moment.]
View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-wedding View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-wedding View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-wedding View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-weddingView More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-weddingIt pays to have talented friends in the wedding industry. Luckily for Sofia & Aboudi they were in good hands with their photographer friend Carly Arnwine who captured the day so beautifully. And Aly Randolph of Randy Cakes who made the custom cake pops and the wedding cake – she was a busy lady! Both friends did an amazing job on every detail they touched.

1907446_760300414009171_3611784861163483884_n View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-weddingEric Cunningham from Choice Entertainment kept the party rockin’ all night and mixed up some fun Arabic and dance music for the crowd. A surprise belly dancer got the dancing started and the floor was packed all night!

View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-weddingView More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-wedding View More: http://carlyarnwine.pass.us/sofia-aboudi-wedding10703780_760300890675790_693422897598048945_nSofia and Aboudi – you were such a sweet and loving couple. I’m so excited for you and your life together in Dubai. Please keep in touch! Sohotkon! (Cheers!)

Warm Regards,

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Blomendaal House | Catering: Meriwether Godsey| DJ: Eric Cunningham with Choice Entertainment | Photography: Carly Arnwine Photography | Videography: Humanstory Films | Linens & Chaivari Chairs: Classic Party Rentals of VA and Connie Duglin Specialty Linens | Cake: Randy Cakes | Flowers: M. Henry Designs | Ceremony Music: Silverleaf String Duo | Guest & Wedding Party Transportation: Winn Transportation | Planning & Design: LK Events & Design

 

 

the “B” word

We are tackling a bear today, y’all. Yes, the dreaded subject of the wedding budget (Get it? “B” word?). Regardless of how much money you have to spend, this topic is usually met with a heavy sigh, or just complete avoidance.  [Budget? What budget?] We are talking about a few simple tips and tricks to get your started. We’re not diving too deep into this today, but just a few small conversations and evaluations can take a huge load off of this bear.

We’d like to put a different spin on the “moo-lah” conversation. Let’s not talk about percentages of how much should be slated to venue vs. food vs. rentals. You can Google, Bing or Yahoo Search “wedding budget” and literally 8.5 million topics appear. Just trust us. Talk about overwhelming, no? Let’s talk big picture. Let’s start at the beginning and we’ll coach you on how to do this crazy financial thing.

Put First Things First – Who is going to contribute to the overall budget and how much will each party fund? In the 21st century, long standing traditions of the bride’s family footing the entire bill are rare. Add to that, partners, grandparents, relatives and the bride and groom’s contributions and you could potentially have a crowd large enough to be considered a Kickstarter campaign for your wedding! Lucky you! On the other hand, it it’s just the two of you who are hosting this event, have a “sit down” (to use a Soprano’s term) and have a budget discussion. Nope, it’s not fun, but you’ll have 10,000 more of these in the course of your marriage. May as well start with this one!
Prioritize – Sit down and talk about your wedding. What are the items that are most important to the two of you?
Are you foodies, and you absolutely must have that custom farm-to-table, localvore menu?
Plan on wowing your guests from the moment they walk in? They venue will be a priority then. You’ll need something large and opulent enough to hold all those people.
Maybe you’ve envisioned an outdoor wedding with tents and lighting set at a plantation, then the rentals must be a priority for you.
Once you set those priorities, you’ll use this as the central, driving force for all things wedding. From venues, to caterers and rental invoices, if you maintain your priorities throughout the planning process, you will end up with the wedding you wanted from the very beginning.
Spend Smart – Seems obvious doesn’t it? Of course you want to spend smart! But with weddings, emotions are also at play and that can cause some of us to spend with our heard over our brain. [Insert: “We’re only getting married once… we can splurge on just this one thing right?]
What we mean by this is get as much for your money as possible. Love a venue because it’s pretty? That’s great, but that doesn’t help you in your quest to seat 155 of your closest friends and family. If there’s another venue that is comparable in cost, but you get tables and chairs and maybe even linens, that’s a better spend. This potentially frees up funds to be allocated to other items in your budget. Very important.
Don’t try to fit a square peg in a round hole – The message here is: work with what you book. If your reception is in an old historic building, work with that. Don’t fight it and try to make it a W Hotel ballroom. You’ll spend too much money trying to change something that can be fantastic. Trust us, we’ve seen it.
Babysit that Budget – Finally, watch the budget like a puppy loose in your shoe closet. The moment you ignore it, it can go off the radar. Before you know it, you’re over budget in several areas. Manage it. Keep track of it. You can “move the beans” around from bucket to bucket as you spend and save (and honestly, that’s kind of fun!) but keep your eyes on it. Because we know what a puppy can do when left unattended!
Hope you found this helpful!
Until next time…
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crafty cocktails

What a perfect way to kick off this Holiday weekend–cocktails! And not just any cocktail, these three delicious recipes all feature Richmond’s own Belle Isle Moonshine, a locally made 100% organic corn moonshine, distilled in copper stills. But that is not all! One of my September Groom’s, Alex Wotring, is the co-founder and managing partner of this incredible local company! He so graciously shared his top three most favorite drinks with me and we’re featuring them today. Go grab some Belle Isle Moonshine and make your self a refreshing cocktail this Holiday weekend!content_cocktailoftheweek725

Monk on Moonshine

38oz of Belle Isle Premium Moonshine
19 1/2oz of Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth
4oz of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
4oz of Green Chartreuse
Aged in a new, charred oak 2 liter barrel

Most people don’t want to wait 5 to 6 weeks for a drink or buy a barrel, but if you have patience, it is totally worth the wait! Because all of the ingredients are aged together, the cocktail takes on a silky smooth texture that is on a different level.

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Shiny Old Fashioned

2oz Belle Isle Premium Moonshine
1/2oz simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1/4oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Bourbon soaked sun dried cherries
Fresh orange wedge

Might be my favorite! The sweetness from the muddled orange and maraschino liqueur works perfectly with the bitters and the pepper finish of the Premium Moonshine. If you take the time to make the bourbon soaked sun dried cherries, it’s a great snack when you get to bottom of your drink!

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Moonshine Mule

2oz. Belle Isle Premium Moonshine
1 oz. fresh lime or lemon juice
Ginger beer
Lime wheel for garnish

It is a play on a very popular cocktail right now, the Moscow Mule. Our spirit is similar to a vodka, which is traditionally used in Mules, but the sweetness from the organic corn blends even better with a good ginger beer than even the best premium vodka. I prefer lemon juice in my mules and will sometimes use Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer when we need an added kick!

indexWe just love supporting local business, especially if they allow for cool, creative cocktails at a party or event. Consider incorporating local foods and beverages into your wedding and adding signage so that you’re guests, especially the out-of-town ones, get to know Richmond and our incredible resources. I also encourage you to read up on Belle Isle Craft Spirits on their website and their book that just launched. They’ve teamed up with renown restaurants in the area to create some super yummy recipes for every palate.

Thank you, Alex, for sharing some recipes and feedback with us! We are thrilled for your wedding in just two short weeks!lindsay-signature

Make sure to follow Belle Isle Moonshine on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

an artful wedding

Back in June we had the privilege of showcasing at Richmond Bride‘s an Artful Wedding at The John Marshall Ballrooms. It’s been awhile since either Windy or I were behind a bridal show booth, but it was tons of fun and we met wonderful brides, moms and friends. It also helped that we set up shop right next to the delicious Cakes by Graham! Enjoy a few of our instagram photos we snapped throughout the day. Leave it to us to be so busy chatting with brides we forgot to snap a picture of the whole table. Don’t you ever feel like you need a photographer to follow you wherever you go just to remember to capture memories?

blog1545069_10152465061499303_4872882210258472839_nWe designed our booth with our brand in mind, of course. So LK blue was everywhere! We provided ideas for brides for favors, signature drinks and stationery with a watercolor motif. We popped the centerpiece with our favorite coral charm peonies and other gorgeous blooms by the talented Mary Henry with M Henry Design.  Our vendor friends were incredibly generous to provide wonderful things for us to display. The cake was supplied by Sweet Fix, the stationery and signage was Design Corral and the linen was Connie Duglin. You folks made us look good!IMG_2054.JPG10473614_10152465061569303_5559470891639613001_n10410571_10152465061379303_8396490810679192340_nBonus! We also got to meet and greet with Monte Durham from “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta“! photo

Thanks again, Richmond Bride, for having us! It was a ball!

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lauren + casey, a very richmond wedding

Hi y’all! I’m bouncing off the walls excited to share Lauren and Casey’s absolutely incredible wedding with you! It is packed full of bright flowers, a touch of gold sparkle, and very Richmond details, of course.southern-wedding-tulle-dress

Lauren and I began planning this luxurious affair almost exactly one year prior to her wedding date, April 12, 2014. She came to our first meeting equipped with one wedding she had seen in a magazine. It was her only inspiration and truly what we centered our initial design palette on. About half way through the process, things started evolving with our design. I got to know the couple better and better and was able to develop a design that was just them, no one else–romantic, hospitable, colorful and, of course, very Richmond.

Lauren and Casey met while both attending the University of Richmond. Their first date was the Ring Dance at The Jefferson Hotel. So naturally, our two venues were picked! Two venues that are quintessential Richmond. Most of their guests were coming from out of town, so what a perfect opportunity to showcase the city they love. We started off by designing the Save The Dates with a city skyline outline. We welcomed guests to the hotels with goodie bags stuffed with local Hardywood Beer, Route 11 chips, Virginia peanuts and more!14901_10202136141821146_4461413522425749225_n10516629_10202136130500863_7688811912432973251_n10384464_10202136092859922_139839702487519078_n10420339_10202136096900023_1458780159684248270_n10443517_10202136095699993_3615870912979055307_nsouthern-wedding-halo-engagement-ring996134_10202136093619941_6085603361313598356_nsouthern-wedding-black-and-white-shoessouthern-wedding-tulle-ball-gownsouthern-wedding-cute-flower-girlssouthern-wedding-proud-dadsouthern-wedding-richmond-university-wedding10483857_10202136135900998_8561080366883768439_nsouthern-wedding-richmond-university-chapel10500373_10202136134340959_2141660400637025495_n southern-wedding-whitebox-photo10446583_10202136140781120_6673108741339034921_n10530917_10202136140461112_5536782641027159840_nsouthern-wedding-richmond-university-chapel-wedding southern-wedding-university-of-richmond southern-wedding-tulle-wedding-gown southern-wedding-jeweled-comb southern-wedding-black-bridesmaid-dresses 10514604_10202136147381285_2750212019203637107_nsouthern-wedding-pink-bouquet1 10511175_10202136133300933_1255676536673714583_n 10462877_10202136143461187_1765770590643135529_n 10458850_10202136099540089_9008461976035254501_n 1545720_10202136148021301_941928596645001159_nFood was at the top of the priority list, so their four course meal surely impressed. For cocktail hour and dinner, we pulled in Cuban influences as well as perfectly Southern dishes. Lauren and Casey both love Greek food, so you can bet that was on the menu as well. In addition to two flavors of cake served to each guest, we had an absolutely incredible dessert bar crafted by SweetFix.

Lauren loved gold and she loved bright color. No traditional, spring wedding here! We played up the opulence and elegance of The Jefferson Hotel with her overall design–a mix of different, colorful centerpieces, custom sparkle walls, a stage facade and gorgeous linens and china. It was truly breathtaking!southern-wedding-jefferson-hotel10458124_10202136179062077_5951120125234469287_n10537180_10202136178102053_128660506002431229_n10505613_10202136147661292_3293831604159348425_nsouthern weddings featuresouthern-wedding-ballroom-wedding10442518_10202136189902348_516312495598067037_n10436186_10202136194862472_3452228779859117712_nsouthern-wedding-jefferson-richmondsouthern-wedding-first-dance6southern-wedding-pink-macarons southern-wedding-mini-pecan-piessouthern weddings feature110489869_10202136214902973_7612260605721098700_n10432978_10202136195982500_5066520927659270673_n southern-wedding-laughter southern-wedding-chalkboard-sign2 10538645_10202136099500088_3652029013584480710_n 10537095_10202136184462212_4149273882578585597_nsouthern-wedding-hotel-exit 10349880_10202136169461837_8514793030136700680_nThis wedding was perfectly captured by White Box Photo! And we aren’t the only ones who thought this. Lauren and Casey’s wedding was featured on Southern Weddings Blog recently and we are thrilled! Go check out their feature!

I also encourage you to watch the lovely Ginger Topham’s film from their wedding day.

I truly enjoyed working so closely with Lauren and Casey for the last year.  They are wonderful people and the cutest couple! Not only were they just darling, I feel like I got to work with a “dream team” of vendors. If I can offer anyone a piece of advice for weddings–hire the good people. Hire the people you trust and connect with. They make your life and my job easier.

Cheers and thanks for letting me be a part of your planning experience and wedding day!

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Ceremony Venue: Cannon Memorial Chapel at University of Richmond |  Reception Venue: The Jefferson Hotel | Catering: Ashton Hassan with The Jefferson Hotel | Band: The Boomers via East Coast Entertainment | Photography: White Box Photo | Videography: Ginger Topham | Linen, China, Charger Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Sparkle Linen: La Tavola Linen | Cake and Desserts: Sweet Fix | Eclectic rentals and Lounge Furniture: Paisley and Jade | Dress: Lazaro From Chic Parisien | Bolero and Veil: Custom made by Chic Parisien | Jewelry: David Yurman | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and makeup: Avenue 42 | Flowers: Blooms at The Jefferson Hotel | Lighting, Sparkle Drapes, Stage Facade: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Organist: Dr. Mary Bennett | Cellist: Dana McComb | Suit: Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo via Bella Bridesmaid | Stationery: William Arthur via Paper on the Avenue | Save The Dates: Dear June | Guest Transportation: James River Transportation | Trolley: Richmond Trolley | Planning and Design: LK Events & Design

 

better together

Better Together, a great song by Jack Johnson, is coincidentally used for weddings quite a bit. But for Lindsay and I, it’s one of the many reasons we teamed up this year. Truly, we are better together.

Richmond Bride magazine may agree too, they titled an article about us “Better Together” that came out in June and we are thrilled!whitespace

Let’s back up.  In March, Lindsay and I were meeting with a linen vendor for an event when Lindsay received a voice mail from the editor of Richmond Bride magazine. She had heard about our new business partnership and wanted to interview us about it for a feature. On speaker phone, outside of The Jefferson in my Mom minivan, we were divulging our newest business endeavor to Anne!

So here it is! No link, unfortunately, but we encourage you to head to your nearest Barnes and Noble to pick up your copy. Note we’re on page 16!

Rich Bride Article

 

Thanks Richmond Bride!

Enjoy everyone!

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