one of my favorite people ever has one of the sweetest mommas ever (well right after my momma!).

last year she hit a little milestone – middle age.  60.  the older i get, the younger that sounds. right??

check out these amazing photos from the beautiful mess.


the birthday girl!


my bestie and her hottie hubby.  she was the mastermind behind organizing this secret soiree!


photography: the beautiful mess  |  venue:  the mint museum, uptown  |  planner / designer: ivy robinson events

florals: lily greenthumbs  |  rentals: afr (chairs) + classic party rentals (china/tables)

linens: nuage |  paper / stationery: olive paper

I will have to admit – this is one of the top 5 weddings I have had the pleasure of working on with a bride.  However this one is more special to me because it was the wedding of my sweet cousin, Kayla who’s more like a sister than a cousin to me. She made a simply stunning bride and her groom was pretty handsome that day as well.

We share a special bond in our family . . . and some of you know how close I am to my family – so this was a huge celebration for our family to all be together in the same place for a huge party!   Kayla pulled her winter dream wedding together with the help of John Gandy Events of Tallahassee, Florida.

This weekend wedding took place at a gorgeous north Florida plantation and my favorite part of the venue was everyone stayed, celebrated and partied late into the night all on the same property!

I AM GOING TO START OUT WITH MY FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE WEDDING – Kayla’s Something Blue (and Something Old). My mom and I helped my Grandmother pick out an old blue tie that my Grandfather was notorious for wearing . . . and it still smells like him 13 years later. My sweet Aunt Jan (who’s a talented seamstress) cut out a heart shape from the tie and stitched it in Kayla’s wedding dress.  Our Grandfather was an amazing man and this was a PERFECT way to incorporate him into her big day . . . . insert the tears!

Vendor Love Below ~ ENJOY!!

xoxo ~ Deb


custom tie cutout from my grandfather’s tie


custom monogrammed envelope liner ~ monogram used throughout the wedding design



mirror escort board + details // custom monogrammed pillows for soft seating areas


my beautiful family!


i might be a little biased, but isn’t my nephew just the MOST ADORABLE????



Wedding Planner: John Gandy Events

Photographer: Woodland Fields Photography

Venue / Catering: Honey Lake Plantation

Florist: Missy Gunnels Flowers

Cake: The Cake Shop

Videography: Unique Video Creations

DJ: Scully

Stationery: Olive Paper

Bride: Vocelle’s (Pronovias)

Bridesmaids: Chica’s Bridal (Allure)

Groom/groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse (Vera Wang)

Hair: Jordan Cosgrove

Makeup: Melissa Peters

(stationery photography by Olive Paper // all other photography by Woodland Fields)

If you know anything about me, my best friends are like my family. So when my sweet wedding planner friend, Anne, wanted to start a family I was SO super excited . . . . as if it were my own sister having a baby! I might have squealed.

Some of you know Anne’s story – she’s shared it on it on her blog over at – but I will just say that little Charlie Markey was prayed for pretty hard. He took his time getting in that belly . . . and gave his mom and dad a little scare when he arrived.

BUT – before he was born, I was so honored to co-host a shower with my friends Sara Shelor and Lauren Rosenau at the beautiful Johnson Carriage House. One thing I remind my clients when designing their invitations is to keep their venue in mind. So, taking my own advice, we embraced the equestrian style of the venue and pulled together a baby shower for the books!

Check out these amazing photos captured by Lauren Rosenau Photography! Also :: Vendor Credits listed below!

And one at the end I snagged from Anne of Charlie . . . . he’s a handsome little man, isn’t he?!!?!?


Venue: Johnson Carriage House
Photographer: Lauren Rosenau Photography
Caterer: La-Tea-Da’s
Rentals: Party Reflections
Invites/Stationery: Olive Paper
Florals: The Bloom Room
Cake: Got What It Cakes
Makeup: Erin Ashley Makeup

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(L to R) Sara Shelor, Lauren Rosenau, Anne Markey, and me . . . Deb!  Excuse the hot mess – it was raining:)