Name: Courtney Spencer
Location: Richmond, Virginia
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]
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]
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!
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.
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]