Pantone Inspiration—Marsala

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Pantone Inspiration—Marsala

Another of the 2015 Pantone colors that has been getting a lot of attention in our industry is Marsala. I've seen it translated in many ways, but I love it most when paired with shades of blue. Although described by Pantone as "a robust and earthy wine red", the color mix seems a bit more on the earthy side which allows it to go nicely with the paler shades shown here—definitely a nice mix for spring, summer or even early fall.

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): place setting image found via Wedding Chicksbouquet by Amy Osaba, found via Utterly Engaged; cake image by Anna Petersbouquet by Ponderosa and Thyme, photography by Alexandra Grace Photography; invitation suite by Written Word Calligraphy, photography by Mint Photography; arrangement from Ariella Chezar workshop found via Snippet and Ink, image by Corbin Gurkin.

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MacKenzie and Brian

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MacKenzie and Brian

One of our favorites from last spring, Mackenzie and Brian's Becker wedding, was featured recently on Wedding Sparrow—a fine art wedding blog which specializes in featuring film photography. The primo images from Taylor Lord were a perfect fit as you can see.

Mackenzie's soft color palette ranging from ivory to pale pinks and peaches with just a pop of brighter shades was beautiful in the Spring Hill Country setting. The large house party dressed in a range of champagnes and golds with bouquets of herbs and fresh lavender reminiscent of the lavender fields nearby while her sister and maid of honor stood out in black.

After a ceremony in front of the Lavender Haus, complete with their two corgis, MacKenzie and Brian enjoyed the evening with their guests surrounding them on the lawn and under a beautiful Sperry tent nearby.

With a background in interior design, Mackenzie had a lot to do with the overall decor which was seamlessly pulled off by Mayhar Design. To see more images, head over to the Wedding Sparrow feature.

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Blueprint Takeaway

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Blueprint Takeaway

Image by Teissia Treynet of Firefly Events

Image by Teissia Treynet of Firefly Events

I'm just back from the Blueprint Retreat hosted by Shanna Skidmore at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. The idea behind this retreat is a time to get away from your business in order to make strategic plans for your business. Shanna specializes in working with women business owners in the creative industries. In true Shanna fashion, she brings her own creativity to light as she incorporates special touches and special people in making a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The first night we were welcomed with a dinner experience beautifully designed by Abany Bauer and the next morning with an equally as stunning "classroom" incorporating vintage pieces curated by Blue Eyed Yonder.

Image by Teissia Treynet of Firefly Events

Image by Teissia Treynet of Firefly Events

After spending time reflecting on our own personal stories and clarifying our message, we wrote goals—both personal and professional—to guide us through the coming year. A quote that resonated with me was this—"In all the chatter and noise, we fall out of love with our own voice." (Michael Hyatt) If I'm honest, spending time on Pinterest and Instagram can lead to comparisons that are not always helpful. I hope to spend the next year taking time to find and develop my own "voice". Meanwhile, Instagram has become a great avenue for developing relationships with others in our industry—many of whom were a part of Blueprint. Many thanks to Shanna and her fabulous team—Abany Bauer, Amy Osaba, Heather Payne, Jess Garner, Krista Janos, Lindsey McClennahan and Tessia Treynet—for sharing your gifts and to these ladies for sharing their dreams.

And then there was plenty of takeaway of a different sort.

Image by Shanna Skidmore

Image by Shanna Skidmore

Image and letterpress calendar by Abany Bauer of Brown Linen Press

Image and letterpress calendar by Abany Bauer of Brown Linen Press

A sampling of the incredible swag along with an original painting by Hillary Butler.

A sampling of the incredible swag along with an original painting by Hillary Butler.

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Open House at The Union on Eighth

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Open House at The Union on Eighth

I'm always interested in new and original venues, so when I heard about the Union on Eighth in Georgetown, I couldn't wait to see it. Owners, Justin and Katy Bohls, saw the potential in an old transmission shop and transformed it into a beautiful space for events. They introduced it to the public last fall with an Open House and we were fortunate enough to be asked to be a part along with Kristen Kilpatrick whose images are seen here—and a slew of other talented vendors.

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They've retouched the space just enough to make it comfortable without taking away the charm and beauty of the raw materials—exposed beam ceilings, concrete floors and fully functional garage doors.

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The industrial textures provide a wonderful backdrop for softer elements—like flowers!

An added bonus was the opportunity to reconnect with a previous bride, Ellen Westcott of Westcott Events, and create an arrangement for her beautiful fall inspired tablescape.

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And you just can't go wrong with vignettes of vintage furniture from Loot.

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Simple Seasonal Beauty

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Simple Seasonal Beauty

After being immersed in so much beauty throughout the year, I always find myself drawn to the simplest images of the Christmas season—this one found via Dreamy Whites. I wish you all the merriest of Christmases as we look forward to what the New Year brings!

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