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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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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!

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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

 

 

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