…gift wrapping galore – vintage & burlap…

Some of my most favorite gift wrapping inspirations have been when clients have approached me and given me a two or three word summary about their recipient.

One time, one of my favorite clients gave me these words: dinosaurs and penguins. And this was a gift wrapping session for a grown woman (so awesome, right?!?!)…but that’s another wrapping story…!

The following gift was for a bridal shower, and the bride’s style aesthetic was vintage, burlap and lace. Oh, I could do a whole series of gifts with that theme! Instead of heading to my favorite paperie – I instead took a jaunt to the local fabric store. There I found a fantastic bleached burlap, more off-white than the typical beige. Also, this grey tweed just spoke to me from among the bolts of plushness and so I added that to my cart.

The final product was simple – the base was a thick white butcher paper, layered with the grey tweed (frayed at the edges) and then a final layer of the burlap (also frayed). I took a lace ribbon and wrapped the package, knotting it in several areas (to symbolize “tying the knot”), then I added acrylic jewels tied with twine where the knots were.

Lastly, and this has to be done the day of, in lieu of a bow I added creamy white Hydrangeas.

The final effect is simple, lovely – with surprising elements. One of my favorite gift wrapping effects to this day!




…wedding bliss – first impressions…

We all can agree that weddings are timeless events. Whereas they can continually evolve, the basic concept of love and marriage – for better or for worse – continues on. One of the most popular trends in weddings today, is the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) element – in an effort to not only save money, but add unique personalization and unexpected touches.

One principle that can help couples achieve an economic balance is to celebrate their nuptials, and the following brouhaha, on one exclusive venue instead of the traditional church ceremony and separate reception location. Doing this is not only a thrifty option (saving on florals, transportation, time), but also creates a jovial atmosphere for the wedding guests. Instead of navigating to a second location, that time can be spent among family, friends and absorbing the blissful atmosphere (plus it saves on gas – no harm in helping the planet!)!

Being on budget does not mean that you have to take away from décor or styling, it just means that you get to be creative and more resourceful! As for the wedding I planned and styled for Chelsea and Brenon, instead of printing programs to alert guests of the evening’s flow – there was a simple sign at the front entrance. And it said…

Lovely, simple and sweet! Because the ceremony and reception were on the same grounds, we were able to economically utilize this element. The chalkboard was borrowed from a family friend, the suitcases were from my own personal vintage rental inventory,  and the rest of the décor – burlap, mason jars, baby’s breath, wood rounds – were extra from the centerpieces! I bought a bucket of chalk from Michael’s – for a grand total of $4.

First impressions are important to me as a stylist – they set the tone for an event. I am a huge believer that the first impression does not have to be over-the-top either – sometimes it is the simplicity that makes the deepest impression.



P.S. Many thanks to Kilean Todd for her amazing photography!

…wedding bliss – bouquets and boutonnieres…

Just a sneak peek of the lovely wedding nuptial between Chelsea and Brenon! I am so blessed that they had me style and plan their entire wedding – they were a complete joy to work with and the wedding was filled with so much love and laughter! My hat comes off for the delightful Kilean, of Kilean Todd Photography – for her expert eye captured all these amazing details!

For their bouquets and boutonnieres, they had a distinct look that they wanted – simple and rustic with elements of burlap, lace and hues of yellow. It was not intended, but aqua sneaked itself into the design and became an accent color that deliciously complimented the vintage yellows!

The boutonnieres were three little Billy Buttons (such a gorgeous pop of yellow!) with small sprays of baby’s breath and wrapped with a heavy twine. I decided to use previously dried Billy Buttons, which have a slightly more rustic look – this is completely just my personal observation (I think fresh B&B’s appear more modern and retro – but the difference is so minimal it really doesn’t matter!).


The bouquets were all baby’s breath! Such lightness and texture! The bridesmaids all had small, fluffy bouquets wrapped simply with burlap. The bride’s was larger, and was wrapped with burlap and a lace handkerchief given to her from her grandmother – also, an antique brooch tied with twine and lace trail completed her bouquet. The lace trail was knotted twice – to symbolize “tying the knot!”

I loved creating these darling bouquets and boutonnieres – they fit the personalities of the bride and groom wonderfully!