Studio tour: Merriment Events

Name: Courtney Spencer
Location:
Richmond, Virginia
Company:
Merriment

What do you do? Event planning & design

What is your aesthetic? funky elegant/tradition with a twist

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I love mixing old + new. My desk is a antique piece I found for a bargain at West End Antiques (hello heaven). The paint is chipping and its edges are worn…I LOVE that. It means it’s had a life before me…it’s full of history and story. There’s something too easy about just going out and buying a room full of new pieces. That so totally isn’t me. I like the thrill of the hunt…finding that one piece that’s just so interesting you can’t leave it behind. 🙂 And, I abhor officey looking spaces, so instead of leaving my new filing cabinet office park black, I spray painted it ivory and used ribbon as drawer pulls. Pretty + functional. I hope the events I design are full of details that convey story & meaning, just like the pieces in my office.

Favorite part of your studio? My dogs, Zoe and Spain. I love that I can be with them everyday when I work.

Where do you go for inspiration? I usually go to antique stores & fabric shops. If I’m really needing to get out of the way, I drive out to the country…Virginia is so beautiful.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My hands.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? More hands.

[images from Katie Stoops Photography]

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Outside the Flowerbox with Poppies & Posies and Domestic Construction

A bit about the shoot…

This month Domestic Construction and Poppies & Posies teamed up and got creative with a hardware inspired wedding shoot fit for a Brooklyn bride! The ladies got together to discuss ideas for a collaboration and started chatting about how much fun it would be to design a wedding completely from hardware store acquisitions…and so that’s exactly what they did! Stuart & Welch catering, Clean Wash Letterpress, Lovely Bride, Calipher, and Missy Photography joined the team to create the perfect metal shop wedding!

Domestic Construction…We were on the same page from the start!  We didn’t even discuss colors before hand and the pipes we painted turned out to be the same color as the flower arrangements they made.  The metal shop (*thanks to our friends at calipher) ended up being the perfect setting for this exciting wedding.  whatever we forgot to buy at the hardware store was easy to come by here.  We created the floor out of scrap metal we found lying around… we even found two perfect circles for the bride and groom to stand on!  colleen of cleanwash letterpress created all the menus and name cards and they couldn’t have tied things together better.  It’s not every day that a few girls get to live out their secret fantasy of getting married in a metal shop.

poppies & posiesWe headed over to the hardware store to get inspired for the shoot and wound up finding fabulous detail elements to incorporate into our tablescape. We convinced the owner of the hardware store to give us his us old round sanding paper pieces to use as our place mats and we discovered that long bolts makes for the perfect cocktail stirrer (new ones of course)! Faucets posed as great seating card holders and fresh cocktails were passed on a big round blade. Our goal was to create a romantic atmosphere in an industrial workshop by pairing the hard, metal elements that we found at the hardware store with soft, romantic flowers. We used juliette garden roses, veronica, amaranthus, unirpened blackberry, queens anne’s lace, and nigella to create the perfect tablescape. Lastly, the bride’s bouquet was placed in a brass pipe to tie it in with the rest of the decor.

Clean Wash Letterpress…I made an inspirational trip to the hardware store where I found purple sand paper and a roll of green carpenter’s masking paper which I thought would be a great complement to the simple brown ink and chip board. Staying with the hardware store theme, I focused on simple and recognizable tools for the illustrations. YouWorkForThem‘s Trihart font was the perfect fit.

Stuart & Welch Catering…Trying to figure out a menu that fit into a hardware theme wedding wound up being quite enjoyable.  I used one element you’d find in a hardware store in each dish, such as a fresh herb salad with “blowtorched” manchego toast, slow roasted salmon with “hacksawed” carrots, roasted cippolinis, and pumpkin vinaigrette, and seared lamb loin with stuffed squash blossoms, and “painted” currant compote.

Cassandra Quinn, Couples Stylist, from Lovely Bride…I chose the Badgley Mischka Kiki because I think it provides a nice counterpoint to the industrial theme of the shoot. This to-die-for dress is both edgy and ethereal with its light layers of raw edged chiffon, the true white of it also plays nicely against the grit of the space. The necklace by Untamed Petals is perfect in keeping with the feel. I love it’s combination of soft oversized blossoms and hardware like multi-chains. The vision for me revolved around pairing the perfect dress with with the space, everything else was secondary.  My husband wore his own Zara suit and the tie is from our “original” wedding…what a nice surprise that it went so well with my gorgeous bouquet!
Missy Photography…We asked Missy Photography to join us to capture all of the vendor’s hard work. We knew her eye for detail and soft, feminine style would be the perfect pairing with our design concept. She really made everything come to life in such an organic, sweet way!

[images from Missy Photography]

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Playful party – inspiration from Bows and Arrows

You guys might remember Alicia and her husband Adam from their real wedding feature here a few months ago.  Well Alicia emailed me with this shoot she styled with her hubby at their store Bows and Arrows, and I had to show you all!

This party is inspired by sweet treats that are fun to eat and to look at! eye candy all around!  On the plate are a few pink flavorful favorites including; cotton candy, Mexican pastries, sno balls and strawberry sugar wafers. Adding to the scrumptious time are clusters of fluffy flower arrangements of pink and yellow. Flowers include: peony, dusty miller, ranunculus, astilbe, dahlias, roses, hydrangea and billy balls! A few vintage touches are the milk glass for the arrangements, vintage chanel shoes, and a 1920’s craftsman style house as the setting. Handmade goodies include the felt pennants, pink veil, pompoms, table coverings and bandanna.

[images from Bows and Arrows]

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Real wedding: Katherine + Johnny

Katherine + Johnny in my mind had the quintessential Brooklyn wedding…a gorgeous ceremony under the Brooklyn Bride, reception at a fabulous eatery, and lots of wonderfully handmade details!  I am DYING over her gorgeous dress and veil, made by her talented friend Bobby!

Johnny and I were married on June 12 in our beloved Brooklyn. We wanted to have a low-key wedding and a great party to celebrate with our family and friends. We planned everything ourselves, using internet resources like this one for inspiration. It took a lot of work and some networking skills (thanks friends and family!) but we think we achieved our goal of an intimate, personal wedding with fun details that did not totally break the bank.

We had such a wonderful time at our wedding. We felt lucky that we were able to plan an event that felt right for us. It truly is one of the most amazing days of your life. To all the future brides out there good luck and have fun!

Vendors:

Officiant: Hilda Gieco
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park
Reception: Frankie’s Sputino 457
Music: Annalisa Ewald
Mustaches: Whisker Works
Guestbook: The Handmade Boutique
Dress & veil: Bobby Frederick Tilley II
Hankerchief: Hank & Tillie
Photographer: Daniel Krieger
Cakes: Nine Cakes
Flowers: Opalia Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Fresh Face Forward
Jewelry: Romancing the Bling
Rings: made by a family friend
Vintage key favors: Sugar Letter
Invitations: We Heart Paper Letterpress
Day of Coordinator: Melissa McNeeley

[images from Daniel Krieger]

Daniel Krieger is a member of Brooklyn Bride’s preferred vendor listings.

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Engagement shoot: Nicole + PJ

My fiancé, P.J., and I knew we wanted something a little different, a little more “editorial” for our engagement pictures, and we had recently become hooked on the series, “Mad Men.”  From there, it was an easy decision to get all dolled up like the Drapers for our shoot. Whitney was absolutely amazing, taking two people who have a proven history of being ridiculously un-photogenic and creating these gorgeous works of art. She took what by all accounts could have been a totally awkward shoot and turned it into an afternoon of laughs that we’ll treasure for years to come.

[images from Whitney Lee Photography]

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