Happy Tuesday, Friends!!

I am so excited to share the beautiful images from Anna and Jonathan’s Duke Mansion Wedding!  The inspiration for this wedding stemmed from one of the brides’ favorite trees / flowers … the magnolia.  The planner for this soiree was none other than the beautiful Anne Markey, owner of Favor Me Events.  As with any outdoor wedding, weather was a slight concern.  I love that the bride and groom decided to bury a bottle of bourbon … which is an old southern tradition to help keep the weather in the bride and groom’s favor.  Check out this old tale {here}.
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venue: the duke mansion  |  photographer: lauren rosenau photography

planner / event designer: anne markey of favor me events  |  florals: the bloom room

rentals: party reflections  |  lighting: wink lighting  |  cake: wow factor cake

hair/makeup: lindsey regan thorne of be pretty  |  stationery / printed goods: olive paper

envelope calligraphy:  two delighted  |  magnolia leaf calligraphy: i am sam

 

I met up at the initial consult with the sweetest, most soft-spoken southern lady.  She begins to tell me all about her handsome hubby, how he’s turning 40 this year …. and she would love to throw him a surprise party but she’s not quite sure what the “theme” should be … or if there should be one.  so …. as I would normally do, I ask about the person … what’s he like? what are his favorite hobbies? …. etc.

WELL …. the answers surprised me …  to say the least.

Here are just a few:

  1. he likes ‘lil wayne AND pavarotti
  2. he likes hermes (and he owns hermes pieces)
  3. he’s a HUGE social butterfly (i.e. could be the honorary mayor of charlotte)
  4. HUGE panther fan
  5. had a pet tarantula and a pet snake
  6. loves squirrel hunting
  7. double lettered in fencing and cheerleading

I will keep the rest of his “likes” under wraps – but you get that this guy is a CHARACTER, right?!?

I totally had my work cut out for me.  The brainstorming commenced.

All I could think of is – this guy is someone EVERYONE would love knowing … and once they knew him, they probably loved him, loved being around him, loved hanging out with him, loved his infectious character …. so I blurted out the most random idea for an invitation and the whole event took on a life of it’s own.

We came up with a fun “fan club” party invitation since he seemed to have a huge friend base … and let’s face it … who wouldn’t want a party like this …. CHECK IT OUT!

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2016-07-11_0013.jpgTHIS CAKE!  Describes all of his likes + passions … served by none other than “Lil-Lil Wayne”.

xoxo – deb

PAPER GOODS / PRINT ITEMS: olive paper |  PHOTOGRAPHY / BULLET BOOTH: smitten & hooked

CAKE: cake expressions by lisa  |  VENUE: fahrenheit  |  HUNKY FOOTBALL PLAYER: greg olsen:)

I absolutely adore this chic celebration for Cierra’s Graduation that took place a few months ago!

Take a look through these photos!  Can I have a party … just like this?!?? LOVE this decor and design!

Awesome vendors listed at the end of the post.
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planner/designer: carolina event design  |  florist: clux florals

photography: smitten & hooked  |  graphics/printing design: olive paper

 band: the swon brothers  |  venue: warehouse 18  |  marquee “cierra” letters: spark by design