Today I am crushing on this simple and super southern first birthday party hosted at The Duke Mansion for Bennett.

All of the fixings were there – barbeque, coleslaw, mac and cheese, birthday cake and more …. plus a few yard games.

Birthdays (and other non-wedding parties) are exciting to design for me because it’s a fun break from the wedding styles and colors (read: blush and champagne) that are so popular (although I DO absolutely think that color palette is gorgeous) …. but it’s just nice to do something a bit different every now and then:)

Take a peek into this party for sweet Bennett …. and please check out the amazing vendors at the end of the blog post!

xoxox –




PLANNER: hart + co. events | VENUE: the duke mansion | ALL PAPER GOODS/DESIGN: olive paper

CAKE: suarez bakery | PHOTOGRAPHY: sunshower photography | LINEN: latavola linen | FLORALS: lily greenthumb’s


Delight & Be - Graphic Arts

Two of my favorite things have collided and I couldn’t be more excited to share this exciting news with you!

Favorite thing number ONE:  My heart is whole because I am saved by my precious Lord + Savior … some know Him as God, some call Him Jesus … and I call Him all of those things plus Heavenly Father.  I don’t share my faith a bunch on here – because let’s face it – y’all come here to see gorgeous photos of wedding invitations and other designs … but I have to share this fun news with y’all!

ENTER an amazingly talented and beautiful woman (on the inside + out) … Kristin Wall.  We met a few years ago at a conference called Pursuit.  I won’t bore you with those details – but it’s a conference for Creative Pro’s (like myself) who also are Christians … and who want to learn from + meet other like-minded women.  SO – a little bit of a spin-off of that is DELIGHT …. but for the cutest – most adorable (and insanely talented) teens!

DELIGHT + BE  is designed to invest in creatives ages 14 to 21 who are daughters of our Heavenly Father, creatives, dreamers, and entrepreneurs. It’s about encouraging these beautiful girls, strengthening them, and equipping each of them to go out and change the world through their unique and incomparable talent, imagination and creativity.

….and enter favorite thing number TWO …. Graphic Design … and Olive Paper!!

Last month, Kristin approached me about helping out in a bigger way with Delight … she asked me to volunteer with her organization and Lead the Graphic Arts Group of talented ladies from all over the US!  This was a humbling request to say the least, so I spent time in prayer about it – and said yes pretty quickly.  It’s a no-brainer for me and I am just super excited for things to come.

The one thing that is SO awesome about this for me …. I grew up in a little town where opportunities weren’t plentiful (or should I say super obvious).  I had no idea that something like graphic design (as a career) even existed – or that I was actually kinda good at it.  My hope is that I can help these ladies discover their amazing talent and also be a Christian mentor to them.  I know when I was their age I had some pretty remarkable people in my life.  And some of those people are still a part of my life today.  So, if I can give one ounce back that was given to me, my job will be complete.

Kristin, thank you for entrusting a part of your calling to me.  I am truly humbled.  These girls are already teaching me + I can’t wait to see your baby continue to soar!

There’s a new website launching next week so you’ll see another post then – so stay tuned!

IN THE MEANTIME:  Like Delight on Facebook: CLICK HERE

LOTS of LOVE….. deb

CAROLINA EVENT DESIGN knocked this wedding out of the park.  The design is on point for the bride and groom love for anything book and garden related!

The signature logo / monogram for the wedding was used from the invitation to the dance floor.

The FOUNDATION FOR THE CAROLINAS was the perfect backdrop for this beautiful wedding.  A huge thank you to SMITTEN + HOOKED for the images.

Vendor list below!  Enjoy!!!






planning company / designer: carolina event design  |  rentals: party reflections + afr event rentals  |  lighting: eye dialogue

catering: la-tea-da’s  |  location / venue:  foundation for the carolinas  |  cake: got what it cakes

floral design: the place for flowers  |  photography:  smitten and hooked