Southern Fried Paper

Have you ever heard of Southern Fried Paper? They have some of the cutest {and super festive} wedding stationery, little details {like laser-cut swizzle sticks}, and they’ll even do custom design work! There is just too much perfection to share in a post, so make sure you check our more of their custom work on Instagram!

Happiest Day Ever Sign

This art print would be perfect on a welcome table {just add a pretty frame}!

Gold Foil Beverage NapkinsGold and White Confetti Save the DateLaser Cut Swizzle Sticks

Mismatched Ceremony Seating

Okay, so we had to share just one more sneak peek with you from Ali + Leigh’s wedding! They featured a few of our antique settees + chairs, side tables, and trunks as their ceremony seating. It created such an intimate feel for their lakeside ceremony, and complemented the vintage vibe of the Cypress Grove Estate House perfectly.

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Happy One Year!

Our team is wishing Brittany + Eric a happy one year anniversary today! On top of celebrating 365 days of wedding bliss, their wedding was recently featured on The Celebration Society blog, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for them – Brittany picked out so many elegant details, and we can’t wait for you to check them out!

Bride & Groom Portrait

Photo: KMD Creations

Renniger’s

Guess where we went yesterday!? The styling team was on the hunt for some {amazing} new inventory at Renniger’s {a vintage + antique market}. There’s was SO much to rummage through, and we can’t wait to start showcasing some of the new pieces we found! Here’s a peek at some of the vintage books we found {Pride & Prejudice was the find of the day!}.

Vintage Books

Sneak Peek | Ali + Leigh

This super sweet couple flew from the UK to tie the knot at Cypress Grove Estate House just two days ago! They did such a fun + unique setup, and we can’t wait to share all the photos with you! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the blushing bride and her handsome groom!

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Photo: Kristen Weaver Photography

A video post

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Hey DJ play that song

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Keep me dancing.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

All night long…

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Play me something for me and my darling, want you to make everything.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Engagement Session Planning

Celebrating your engagement should be fun and lighthearted, and we’re loving these e-session planning tips from our vendor pal, KT Crabb Photography!

Katie: “Date set, √. Venue booked, √. Wedding dress, √ (swoon)! Now it’s time to send out save the dates and you’re looking to book your engagement session. I imagine you have a slew of questions on how to go about setting up your session. From when to book to what to where, here are some pointers in planning your portraits!

  • Set a date – Will you be using your images for a Save the Date? Do you just want portraits to decorate your wall or reception on your wedding day? The purpose of your portraits will help to establish a time frame.
  • Set a theme – Just like planning a wedding, it’s a great idea to come up with a theme for your engagement session. Now, don’t fret, this doesn’t have to be anything crazy extravagant. I just suggest thinking of one word you would like to describe your session. This then helps the flow of deciding on a location and outfits. What do you want to remember about the two of you during this season of life? It could be general like: fun, romantic, adventurous or more specific like: camping out in the backyard, reliving your first date and so on.
  • Choose a location – When you came up with your theme, did you imagine yourself surrounded by city buildings and busy streets? Or maybe you saw yourself dipping your feet in the water during sunset on the beach? A location can simply be near and dear to your heart including your soon to be wedding venue!
  • Pick an outfit {or two} – Can I just tell you that this was the hardest decision for me when planning my own engagement session! Goodness! I went back in forth between outfits and finally settled on something completely different!! I realized that I just wanted to wear something I felt lovely in and would enjoy looking back on years from now.
  • KT Crabb Photography Engagement Session

    Photo: KT Crabb Photography

    Our favorite tip for e-sessions: Be yourself and have fun!

    Check out more tips from KT Crabb Photography here.

    Wine Barrels

    Wine barrels are one of our favorite elements to incorporate into any type of display – hors d’oeuvres, sweets, photos… you name it, we’ll style it 😉 They add so much character, and guests are always wowed by them!

    Wine Barrel Display

    Me Myself and I

    Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

    First impressions.

    Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.
    They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

    A perfect fit.

    Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

    It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

    Quality.

    Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

    In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

    I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.

    My tech travel setup

    MacBook Pro

    Robert Capa, a famous photojournalist once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” It’s not just about zooming in with your lens, either. It’s about getting physically closer to people and getting to know them better. It’s also about spending a little time with a stranger before taking their photo. That helps build the trust and comfort that’ll come through in your pictures. Walk up to your subject with a simple wave and a smile to help communicate that you mean no harm.

    Ask permission to take a photo if they speak the same language as you. If you don’t share a language, try learning some basic phrases ahead of time, gesture at your camera and ask through expression. Of course if someone doesn’t want their picture taken, it’s imperative to respect their wishes and move on — people are always more important than photographs. National Geographic writes that “making great pictures is primarily a mental process.” What makes you want to photograph the person or place? How might you describe it to a friend, and what adjectives would you use? Are there details you can focus on that tell a story?

    iPad/iPhone

    Maybe it’s a dry, arid desert, captured by focusing on the patterns of cracked earth. Or a prairie that’s photographed with the horizon at the bottom of the frame, to help create a sense of the open sky and tranquility. Or maybe it’s the story of a deft artisan, fingernails covered in wet clay as she molds a pot. When you’re on the road it can be tough to eat right and make sure you get all the right nutrients. I started taking daily supplements of Multi-Vitamin, Fish Oil capsules and Vitamin D and it helps a lot. Especially the Vitamin D since I don’t get to see the sun a lot during the winter in Sweden.

    Sennheiser HD-25 Headphones

    It’s difficult to recreate the grandeur of a vast landscape in the confines of a picture frame. But one way to add a sense of depth to your photos is to compose them with objects in the foreground that support the scene. It can be as simple as a winding road through a national park, or some rocks to show off the local geology.

    If you’re taking photos of people during normal daylight hours, a quick way to get more flattering light is to move the person out of direct sunlight. The light is much “softer” and doesn’t cast stark, unflattering shadows across their facial features. Even better, have someone stand next to an open door or window as the single source of light.

    Paper Bridal Bouquet

    We got to help Katherine + Irving plan an amazing carnival themed wedding, and I seriously cannot wait to share their photos! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the bride’s colorful paper bouquet {that I am OBSESSED with}. Make sure you stop by the Etsy shop where she purchased it – they have so many beautiful designs!

    Colorful Paper Flower Bouquet

    Photo: Victoria Angela

    Meet Onyx

    Please help us in welcoming the newest member of the RW Style inventory, Onyx! He’s a studly, tufted settee, covered in a lush, black velvety fabric. Onyx would pair perfectly with our wooden beverage cart {maybe featuring some whiskey + bourbon}, and a cigar station, a great place for the gents at your wedding to relax.

    Black Tufted Settee

    Learn the rules first

    I was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t give a shit” if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said shit.
    Of course, I am trivializing what Instagram is to many people. It’s a beautifully executed app that enables the creation and enjoyment of art, as well as human connection, which is often a good thing. But my rant had very little to do with it (or with Twitter). My rant was the result of increasing frustration with the one-dimensionality that those who report on, invest in, and build consumer Internet services talk about success.
    Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.