Happy New Year, blogettes! I am so happy to finally share some of the photos from my most recent inspiration shoot. The whole ordeal was a New Years Eve themed dinner party elopement; you know for the the kind of bride that doesn’t want the fuss of a big wedding but still wants a little sparkle and party to celebrate her and her new hubby. I had such an incredible and talented team on board with me for this endeavor, that I hope I can do enough justice in my descriptions here. Let’s do this!

First off, the whole ‘dinner party’ theme stemmed from my idea of using Apb and I’s new home as the venue for our shoot. I originally wanted a really neutral backdrop to serve as our venue and was having a hard time thinking of a space that would fit what I was after. Then I thought of our house and how new and gray and white it was and with that a dinner party theme was born. After all where do some of the best parties and most special memories take place? At dinner parties in your home! Asking Jenna to be the photographer was a no brainer because I just love her timeless style and clean and beautiful photos.


I said it here where our shoot was featured and I’ll say it again now, I love blush pink. It’s a major part of my branding, a dominant hue in my closet, and I’m drawn to nearly anything and everything that’s pink. But as a wedding stylist and purveyor of new trends and style I feel it’s my duty to push the envelope a little; and step outside of my comfort zone and of what’s expected. So my one goal for this shoot was to make sure that there was no sign of pink anywhere. Keeping in sync with the sparkle that is associated with New Years Eve, I picked a colour palette of silver, gray and all sorts of different blue hues.


Kelly from A Piece o’ Cake is so incredibly talented when it comes to designing cakes. I’ve worked with her before and she never fails to impress me with her ability to take what I’m envisioning and turn it into something ten times better. The square two tiered cake with silver dragee detailing was perfect and that seafoam blue macaron tower? Don’t even get me started on that! It was absolutely fabulous; I mean my mouth waters every time I even look at the photos of it. Good work, Kel :)

My sweet friend Ashley, and the very talented designer behind Lemon and Lavender, created this gorgeous invitation suite for the occasion. The 3, 2, 1 theme and the use of navy blue with the baby blue was one of my most fave details. The silver sparkle behind the paper products is actually the linen we used for the tablescape, which is La Tavola’s New York linen. This beauty comes in so many fabulous colours and truly takes a tablescape to the next level. It worked perfectly with our shoot.

Here’s another angle of our tablescape. The napkins are from World Market and sort of sparked my idea for this shoot in the first place. The party poppers were DIYed by yours truly and all of the glasswear and china came straight out of our kitchen cupboards. The floral centerpieces were done by me and consisted of white peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, carnations, football mums, spray roses, tulips and seeded eucalyptus pods. Jeanette of J’s Fresh Flower Market created the stunning bouquet which had the same flowers I used in the centerpieces. J has such a flair for creating the most perfect bouquets!

That beautiful hairpiece that our model is wearing, was made by Jess from Fine and Fleurie. Jess is incredible and her work truly speaks for itself. She hand dyed the hair piece silk in two different shades of blue and it turned out even more perfect than I had expected. And if you’re really loving the exact piece you see in all of the photos, sit tight because Jess has graciously offered it up for a giveaway to one lucky reader. You can also purchase this stunning piece over here in ivory.

A whole bunch of you guys have been commenting on how beautiful both the wedding gowns and our model is and what’s funny is the two are sort of connected :) Our model is Maggie Torongo and she’s the owner of Renee Austin Wedding, a chic little bridal and prom boutique here in Grand Rapids. Maggie is so sweet and so beautiful (obviously!) and was the perfect model for the shoot. Both gowns that Maggie provided, as well as the veil, came straight from her shop (they are brand spankin new designs too!) so check out here for more info if you’re dying to get your hands on either style.

And I can’t forget to give credit to the amazing Julie Strating who made the already beautiful Maggie just a bit more fancy. Seriously this woman is a make up master; she had Maggie’s eyelids matching her hairpiece perfectly. Brides if you need a make up artist, Julie is your girl. Plus she’s super sweet. And she brings fun tools with her. Like that airbrusher. I could use a good airbrushin’ every now and then. Julie, thanks for being amazing and coming out to be a part of the shoot :)


What photo is your fave, guys? I think mine is the one I shared over in this post. Confetti, confetti, everywhere :) xoxo