Pink & Gold Hot Air Balloon Party

For years my sister and I have thought it would be really fun to have a "singles shower" - lots of our friends are getting married and it is so fun seeing them get all this new kitchen and home stuff at their showers. We thought, well, why shouldn't single girls get some fun new stuff for their house too? Besides, we love an excuse to have a party. :-)

We never got around to actually doing it, until Tara and Grace started scheming making the party actually happen. They came up with a hot air balloon theme and a pink & gold color scheme, and ran with it! Grace, baker extraordinaire, made adorable hot air balloon cookies, raspberry macarons, and the beautiful gold-painted cake. They created little hot air balloons out of gold paper lanterns with small pink paper boxes hung from them - SO cute! We spent an exhausting evening draping our entire front room in tulle and gold streamers. Some of our lovely single girlfriends came to the party and each brought a fun gift like you might give at a shower, and we had a gift swap. Delicious food and delightful conversation topped off quite the smashing event! :-)

Alas, I was too busy participating to snap any photos during the actual event, but enjoy the photos of everything untouched!

Source Credits:
Cake, cookies, and macarons: Simply Grace
Tulle: Tablecloths Factory
Gold streamers: Shindigz
Gold paper straws: Amazon
Gold paper lanterns: Oriental Trading Co.

Orchard Harvest Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Today's the day! So excited I get to share these pictures with you all today. I'd wanted to do a styled shoot for quite some time but was having trouble working up the guts to actually approach some local businesses about collaborating on one. Enter my fabulous friend, Abbe (she's been on the blog before). She loves weddings and has great taste and loves planning stuff like this. She took my vague idea of "I'd love to do a styled shoot" and brought it to life.

Since Abbe was the mastermind behind it all, here's her perspective on pulling it all together: "To create an 'Orchard Harvest' theme, we sought to combine the magical elements of autumn with the elegance of the Edwardian era. To achieve this we choose a lace wedding gown and added an ornate beaded belt, we used an antique velvet couch along with other antique props, such as china, silver, wooden chairs and trunk from Edinburgh, Scotland! Our color palette focused on rich jewel tones, the red roses and purple-green kale, the berry colored earrings and bride’s lipstick, the chocolate wedding cake with fondant figs, the metallic gold touches throughout and of course the lush, emerald green of the orchard surrounding us."

It worked out perfectly that our friends Richard & Christie (Christie was also on the blog before!) were going to be in town and they were able to model for us!

This shoot was an absolute blast and I'm looking forward to next time. :-) Please check out our wonderful vendors and enjoy the photos!

Coordinator/Stylist: Abigail Powers
Venue: Royal Oak Farm Orchard
Florals: Apple Creek Flowers
Calligrapher: The Constant Scribe
Wedding Dress: Kathryn's Bridal
Hair: Studio 10
Makeup: Renew Skin Spa
Cake: The Sugar Circle
Props: Burlap & Bows
Photographer: Kathryn Grace Photography

We were honored to have the shoot featured on Classic Bride last week! Thanks to everyone for making it all so beautiful and amazing!