Holiday Lookbook

Christmas is in just a couple days and that means checking off all those final to-do’s! Since we’re celebrating Christmas ahead of time with my family this year my wave of panic came early. Thankfully most of the rush is out of the way, leaving room for quality time and merriment with family (like enjoying laughs with my adorable nieces!). Nothing is greater than seeing the joy of the season through the eyes of little ones!

For Wisteria’s Holiday Lookbook elements of sparkle and color combine, showing the youthful spirit of excitement the holiday brings juxtaposed with richly textured metallics that denote a grown-up, sophisticated Christmas. Inspiration images show a contrast of metallics on dark backgrounds, loose script typography, and elements of color.

Wisteria Holiday Lookbook

How fun is it to work on a giant lettered intro page? I channeled my inner Jessica Hische (not even close…) and enjoyed working the letters into looping swirls. The playfulness counters the elegant feel of the photography.

Holiday Lookbook for Wisteria

 

 

Holiday Lookbook for Wisteria

 

 

Holiday Lookbook for Wisteria

 

 

Holiday Lookbook for Wisteria

 

 

Holiday Lookbook for WisteriaStyled by Brandi Powers and shot by Ozzie Flojo and Kris Ellis.

Holiday Metallic Mix

Metallic mix ornaments

Last January my husband and I moved in together, so this Christmas will be the first one we celebrate in our home. With my own zealous excitement (and his dutiful cooperation) we shopped for our first Christmas tree and all the trimmings. So many colors and styles to choose from! I had no specific scheme in mind, except that I knew I wanted a neutral base of metallics. Gold and silver are so pretty and elegant at the holidays, especially with some vintage textures. We started with a set of shatterproof (aka cat-proof) standard globes and added in some beyond-basic ornaments in mercury glass with glittery detailing and art deco patterns.

Metallic mix holiday

Gold on Silver Ornaments | Mercury Tealights | Vintage Drop Ornaments | Bergen Table Runner | Bountiful Bag of Ornaments | Foiled Gold Ornament | Gold Feather Branches

I decided to bring in some reds for that classic Christmas look and to blend with the room the tree would be in. The red and gold look stunning together, and the simple color palette allows for lots of rich textures and interesting shapes.

Metallic and red ornaments

Red Finial Drops | Vintage Handblown Glass Ornaments

Inked: Fall Lookbook

Fall is making a late arrival this year with crisp temperatures barely starting to sneak their way into the forecast (at least here in Texas!). Deep hues and rich textures are what fall is all about. For Wisteria’s Fall Lookbook, I took those essential elements and paired them with inky graphic details, metallics, and organic elements. Sophisticated geometric textiles, eclectic home accents, and neutral furnitures pieces are set against brush-stroked walls and distressed bricks. Here are some inspiration images, showing the balance between raw and refined.

Inked - Fall Lookbook for Wisteria - Inspiration & Style

My favorite images from the lookbook are below. We shot both in studio and on location at the Cotton Mill in McKinney, TX. Styled by Brandi Powers and shot by Ozzie Flojo.

Inked - Fall Lookbook for Wisteria

Inked - Fall Lookbook for Wisteria

Inked - Fall Lookbook for Wisteria

Inked - Fall Lookbook for Wisteria

Inked - Fall Lookbook for Wisteria

Here’s an example of one of my ink studies. Trying different brushes and varying pressure and speed was a fun experiment!

Indigo Ink Marks

Romantic Deco Wedding Style

Yesterday marked one year since my engagement and next week I’ll be married for a month! What?! Time went by so quickly and I’m happy to say our wedding was everything we hoped for. Thinking back to a year ago, I remember piecing together a wedding style that felt true to us: a vintage deco feel with elegant romanticism and some glitz and glamour. Our wedding was held in an classy restored ballroom that overlooks downtown Dallas. Below are some of my initial inspiration images. The main colors were black, gold, and ivory, with an accent of teal and a romantic floral mix with shades of pinks and burgundy.

romantic deco wedding style inspiration

Here are some images of how it all turned out. We haven’t yet gotten our professional photography, so these are mostly just snapshots. I liked having the mix of the geometric deco elements blended with the scripty romantic details. Deco is such a popular look and I enjoyed interpreting it a little differently, adding in some updated elements and punching things up with an accent of teal.

romantic deco wedding style details

During the wedding planning process, things continuously stayed busy! Having it all behind me now, I think I can fairly say that wedding planning is what you want to make of it and your level of involvement is completely up to you. In my case I definitely gravitated toward the design elements of things (aka my playground!). It was both challenging and very rewarding having the opportunity to work on most of my printed pieces, signage, and invitation calligraphy. And making my bridesmaids’ jewelry was very much a spur-of-the-moment, hey why not?!, kind of thing that ended up being really fun for me and hopefully meaningful to them.

Romantic deco wedding style DIY design

Bachelorette Party Style

With my wedding in less than a week, I’m completely focused on getting ready to celebrate! So much time goes into wedding preparations that it’s nice to just unwind and enjoy the celebratory events. My bachelorette party was a few weeks ago and was such a memorable night with my closest girlfriends!
Gold and black bachelorette party invitation

The Invitation

My sister (who is also my matron of honor) and one of my bridesmaids put together a really fun night. I loved this invitation they found from Wedding Paper Divas.

Bachelorette Party Style

The Bride-to-Be

My look for the evening was loosely inspired by the above ensemble from Ted Baker at Nordstrom. I wanted to go with an ivory dress to stay true to the bridal feel and fell for this flirty rendition by  Lulu’s. I love the “something blue” statement cobalt shoes and found these amazing strappy Stevens (which were surprisingly very comfortable!). I brought in some gold in my jewelry (like this necklace from Etsy), and topped it off with the prized Bachelorette sash.

Bachelorette party - little black dresses

The Girls

Making a group statement is always fun when there’s some kind of theme, even if it’s simply black. It gives everyone a chance to express their own style but feel a sense of camaraderie. Plus, black cocktail dresses always feel so classy and chic! (Dress shown from Piperlime.)

7 Steps to Tech-Savvy Wedding Planning

Wedding planning tips, websites, and apps for tech-savvy brides

The second you say “yes” and slip on that pretty diamond ring, you’ve not only committed to the man of your dreams but also a months-long part time job of wedding planning! Not to worry — below I’ve shared some apps and websites that make wedding planning a lot less stressful and a ton more fun. Even if you’ve opted for a simple affair or splurged on a wedding planner, every bride can benefit from a few helpful tips!

1. GET STARTED

Take the first step by signing up on The Knot and WeddingWire. In my opinion, these are invaluable from start to finish. There are some great tools and features to take advantage of, most importantly vendor searches and reviews. You can also keep track of to-do checklists, your budget, and guest list. They are available as apps for easy access anywhere and include tons of tips and advice on etiquette and pretty much everything wedding related. There is an option to build your wedding website, but I opted for a more customizable choice elsewhere.

The Perfect Palette wedding colors

The Perfect Palette

2. DEVELOP YOUR STYLE

This pretty much goes without saying, but Pinterest is a great resource for wedding inspiration. It’s helpful to be able to set up separate boards, like one for dresses, one for overall look and feel, one for great ideas (like for favors or signage), etc. You could even set up a group board to share ideas with bridesmaids, your hair stylist, or photographer. I thought it was helpful to be able to keep track of items I wanted to purchase but budget for along the way, like outfits for wedding events. Once you have your images compiled, you can save to your tablet or print copies to take to vendor appointments.

A great source for browsing color palette ideas is the Perfect Palette blog. For ideas on honing in on your wedding style, read these tips from the wedding blog, Style Me Pretty.

Wedding Woo websites

3. CREATE YOUR WEBSITE

Having a wedding website gives you the chance to share valuable information with your guests. The bonus benefits are that you can upload fun photos and bios to help build excitement about the event. I found Wedding Woo to be a user-friendly option for a simple and customizable solution to create a wedding website. Besides the basics, Wedding Woo gives you the option to manage RSVPs, create a Guestbook, and display an auto-populated gallery of your wedding hashtag photos from Instagram. Some other options are Wedding Window, offering a responsive design website, and Riley & Grey, showcasing stylish upscale-feel designs. With a website and app in one, Appy Couple encompasses a fully mobile experience.

4. SHARE INFO

Inevitably you’re likely to end up with countless files and folders of wedding documents. I found that it was helpful to use document sharing websites, like Dropbox or Google Docs, to be able to coordinate information with other people. My sister (and Matron of Honor) and I shared a Google Docs spreadsheet for my shower guest list, which allowed me to update her on any address changes while she could update me on RSVPs. The same could be done with the wedding list so bride and groom can both make live updates. It could also be helpful to set up online document sharing with your wedding planner!

Zola wedding registry

5. CLICK & SCAN

Setting up your gift registries online is a must. What’s even better is downloading the app, which most big retailers offer. The flexibility that comes with the chance to change items, quantities, or even scan a product into your registry from the store is greatly helpful. Registry experts like Crate & Barrel have even developed a Thank You Manager to help you say on track with thank you notes. Innovators like Zola are taking things a step further by allowing you to bring products, services, and experiences into one place to create a truly unique and customizable registry experience.

6. SMILE

Long gone are the days of disposable cameras. Wedding hashtags on Instagram have become the gateway for guest candids. What’s even better is if your website will display a gallery of your tagged photos so that everyone can see. Apps like WedPics offer even more flexibility by allowing guests to upload photos and videos from a phone or computer, and have partnered with photo printing services to make ordering prints a cinch. Bridal Guide offers more suggestions in their post, Easy-to-Use Wedding Photo-Sharing Apps.

Spotify music player

7. PLAY

As the wedding gets closer, all the showers and events start popping up. What better way to get the party going than with the perfect playlist? Spotify is a useful tool to create custom playlists and also stream music from a pretty solid assortment of existing mixes. The best thing is that you can play your custom playlist offline, making it easy to bring anywhere. For my bachelorette party I created a fun, party girls mix to listen to while we were getting ready in the hotel, and currently working on another upbeat, romantic mix to play while we’re getting ready the day of the wedding. Nothing sets a better tone than some great music!

For more app suggestions that streamline the wedding planning process check out Mashable’s post, 16 Apps and Gadgets for Wedding Planning.