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Stonegate Event Rentals

As a wedding planner, I know that the big day is not complete without unique, darling details.  I love to spend hours brainstorming thoughtful touches and custom designs that are sure to create a beautiful day.

Well, lucky for me, Stonegate Event Rentals just made my job about 100% easier with the launch of their new company that offers one-of-a-kind event decor pieces.

Brother and sister team, Ben and Dickie Morris, are the visionaries behind Stonegate — hooray for C-ville natives!  Check out their oh-so-fabulous inventory here!

Photo Credits: Jack Looney; Event Design by just a little ditty

Bella Umbrella

The weather forecast looks a little scary this weekend and Irene certainly did not RSVP to the wedding that I am planning but at least there are cute umbrella options out there to rent…check out Bella Umbrella!

Summer Fans

For those hot summer days, give your guests paper fans to keep cool during an outside ceremony.  I was at a wedding last weekend and this small thoughtful token was a total life saver!

Go to Oriental Trading for an inexpensive option.

DIY Dessert Buffet

Earlier this week, I shared the fabulous dessert buffets that EyeCandy is now offering to local brides.  However, if the DIY route if more up your ally or fits better within your budget, then here are a few tips and tricks to creating your own display.

First, I like to decide on the color palette.  Will it be a few strong complimentary colors that go with your wedding or party design?  Or, is it going to be all one shade that plays up the different textures?

Display by A. Dominick Events

Next, I start looking for candy and desserts that work within my theme.  Of course, it is important to pick candy that you love.  Candy Warehouse and Economy Candy are both fantastic online resources.

If you are not serving dessert aside from your cake, perhaps you want to have something heavier, like cookies or cupcakes to offer.  I love cookies and macaroons from Albemarle Baking Company and cupcakes from Charlottesville Cupcakes.

Credit: Amy Atlas

Next up, you want to select an array of containers to display the treats.  You can add height with cake stands and you can create depth with a variety of jar shapes.  Local craft stores, Pier 1, The Container Store and Bed, Bath and Beyond all have fabulous options.

Credit: Amy Atlas

To kick it up a notch, you might even want to line the jars with pretty papers and labels from Paper Source. Ask your caterer or rental company for scoops and tongs or purchase a few sets.

Finally, you have to think about how your guests will package their delicacies.  Will it be Chinese-inspired take out boxes?  Perhaps clear plastic self-sealing bags?  Or maybe wax paper baggies?

Has anyone created a fabulous display recently and has insight or tips to share?

Eye Candy

As I have mentioned before, I think dessert buffets are one of the prettiest, tastiest things around!  So, when one of my favorite cake designers, Anita Gupta, told me about her new venture, EyeCandy, I was immediately head over heels!

Together, Anita and Ami Smith have teamed up to offer Central Virginia brides their styling and baking talent. From a bridal shower to a wedding celebration, EyeCandy offers custom desserts for each event…hot chocolate pops to warm up the evening in the winter,  custom cookies for each guest at a shower, and finally to breakfast inspired cupcakes…think french toast cupcakes with maple buttercream and bacon!  YUM!

For more information, contact Anita at

Macaroon Favors

So light, so pretty…I love to give guests the Parisian treat of macaroons as they depart at the end of the evening…You can get them locally at Albemarle Baking Company.

Credits: Martha Stewart Weddings; Albemarle Baking Company

Ribbon Chandeliers

A few years ago, we were seeing a lot of chandeliers as decor element…well, all good things come back in style and Beehive Events has a new take on chandeliers using ribbon – I am in L-O-V-E!

The beautiful Sperry Tent by Skyline Tent Company doesn’t hurt, either! That is one good looking tent! Planning by the lovely ladies of Easton Events – pretty, pretty!

Chalkboard Table Number

While wedding table numbers are informational, they can also be a design element…Last spring, I used chalkboards at each table which was a rustic, inexpensive and eco-friendly option.

Photo Credit: Meg Runion; Flowers and Decor: Beehive Events

To achieve this look on your own, you can head to Michaels or check out Etsy.

Next time, I would love to paint the wood edge – maybe in a happy yellow or bright coral – so fun!

Thanksgiving Inspiration

Thanksgiving is just a day away and I could not be more excited to spend time relaxing and eating with my family and friends – and of course, catching a little of the Macy’s Day Parade and football!

With the down time over the long weekend, I know that many brides will be spending time finding wedding inspiration and planning – I hope that you enjoy the time!  I would love to hear from you with questions or ideas!

Wishing you all a yummy and happy Thanksgiving!

Photography Credit: Genevieve Leiper Photography; Genevieve Leiper Photography

Photography Credit: via Keg Design; via Denise WoodsJoshua Gene, via Twig and Thistle

Escort Cards

One of my favorite things about being a wedding planner, is creating small, thoughtful details that really set an event apart from the rest. Every element should have purpose and reflect the style of the bride and groom.

These escort card ideas are unique, stylish and inspiring – and definitely have personality!

What are you doing for your wedding? Has anyone seen a display that they loved?