A Thousand Threads

Category: Inspiration Shoots

Austin Inspiration Shoot

This awesome inspiration shoot combines the rustic elegance of the Ranch Austin with the perfect modern touch, including chevron, stripes, and plenty of Texas love.

And in case you’re wondering, Ranch Austin can host up to 300 people… definitely worth a look if you’re planning a wedding in the area.

Photographer: Katherine O’Brien Photography / Caterer: Royal Fig Catering / Event Designer: Liv by Design / Floral Designer: Flora Fetish LLC / Invitation Designer: The Creative Parasol / Cake Designer: Michelle’s Patisserie / DJ: Greenbelt DJ Productions / Equipment Rentals: Premiere Party Central / Event Venue: Ranch Austin

Berries & Whim Inspiration Shoot

Let me just say… I am crazy for this shoot.

The beautiful organic details, the simplicity of that amazing location, those beautiful photographs… there are so many things to love.

Thank you to Jillian Michelle Photography for brightening my day by sending this over!

Photographer: Jillian Michelle Photography / Event Venue: Grey Gables Farm

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

Just a little sneak peek of the adorable inspiration shoot I have coming up later today from Jillian Michelle Photography.  Be sure to check back!

Oh… and a little Elvis (Costello) for your Thursday.  I hope it’s getting off to a good start.

The NotWedding Inspiration Shoot

How sad am I that I don’t live in Atlanta, Orlando, or San Diego?  Right now, very.  Because if I did, I would definitely be attending The NotWedding.

The NotWedding is not your average bridal show.  Instead, NotWedding vendors perform their services just as they would at a real wedding, and you — the “wedding guests” — get to enjoy a fabulous night of great food and dancing.  The goal is that you might walk away thinking, “That was the best wedding ever! I want mine to be like that one!”  And, of course, “I have to have _____ be a part of my wedding!”

The event began when budding photographer Callie Murray thought to herself, “What better way to help brides discover amazing wedding opportunities and showcase my friends’ talents than to throw the ultimate wedding?!”

Today Callie was sweet enough to share a few shots, along with Tiffany of Rustic White Photography, from their Atlanta inspiration shoot.  And after seeing these, I don’t know how you could miss the event!

Act quickly, though.  Atlanta happens tomorrow!  And Orlando and San Diego take place later this month.  You can buy your tickets here.

Photography: Rustic White Photography / Coordination: Signature Weddings & Events / Vintage Rentals: Four Inch Fold / Hair/Make-Up: Raney O’Keefe

Desert Rose Inspiration Shoot

I’m going to be honest.  I may have squealed a little when I opened up this gorgeous submission from Gaby J Photography.  Roses, cactus… a pretty girl in a vintage dress.

Is it just nostalgia that makes me desperate to break out my grandmother’s desert rose?  I can see the table now.

Photographer: Gaby J Photography / Venue: Springs Preserve

Laundry Day Inspiration Shoot

With the weather turning cold, it’s all I can do not to think about the long winter ahead… so this sunny, sexy inspiration shoot is a welcome distraction. The shoot was a total DIY by Chelsea McGowan of McGowan Images and Meagan Bechtel of MegBDesign… right down to the flowers from the local grocery store.

And as if that weren’t enough, I am just plain in love with Chelsea’s answer to the question below…

Whenever we post things like this, I always get someone who asks, “Why?” The answer is, and will probably always be, because I want to. It’s nice to shoot for ourselves. It keeps us creatively limber, and it’s fun. As a bonus, it encourages our brides to think outside the box for their own sessions and wedding decor. I hope we’ll always remember to set aside time a few days a year to shoot sessions like this, just because we want to create something beautiful.

Me too!! Thanks, Chelsea, for sharing this gorgeous shoot!

Photographer: McGowan Images / Event Designer: MegBDesign

Nerdy Chic Factory Shoot

I love the contrast of traditional beauty with those things that might be a little more worn… each element is beautiful in its own way, but when you put the two together… something magical happens.

Country Sugar Events and 3-Design Photography have managed to capture that contrast beautifully in this nerdy chic inspiration shoot set in an old factory… and along with an amazing team of vendors, they’ve styled the perfect bookish bride to complete the look.

Photographer: 3-Design /Hair Stylist: Richard Giddens / Event Designer: Country Sugar Events / Dress Store: Bella Bridesmaid / Heirlooms and Extras: RG Vintage / Makeup Artist: Sarah Tolleson / Personal Stylist: Styled Rotten

Have You Heard About Entwined 2012?

If you haven’t entered this awesome giveaway… you’re in for a real treat.  This December (entries are due by October 15th) Entwined 2012 will give one lucky couple the wedding of their dreams… and not just a few elements.  The group — including Country Sugar Events and Anne Marie Photography, among many many others — will provide a venue, full planning and design services, a live band, and every other thing you could possibly imagine… for a value of over $75k.

They’ve put together an unreal list of vendors, and judging by this inspiration shoot (one of two, if you’re more into glam… check this out, you’ll love) the event will be nothing short of amazing.

Entries must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2011 (that’s this Saturday, in case you’re wondering) so hurry on over to their site and get your entry in today.

Photographer: Anne Marie Photography / Caterer: Sullivan Street Caterers / Event Designer: Country Sugar Events / Floral Designer: Statue of Design / Invitation Designer: Lilly & Louise / Event Venue: The Studio at Fischer

Carnival Inspiration Shoot

The Great Frederick Fair just recently left town and I’m already in mourning… it’s a little known fact that I spent a week out of nearly every summer of my childhood at the Coos County Fair as a proud 4-H’er and later, a rodeo queen (oh ya… that’s right).  To this day, nothing quite spells summer like the fair.  Caramel apples, kettle corn, scones (or elephant ears, whatevs), and those spinning rides I still don’t know how I stood as a kid.  The thought makes me so nostalgic.  It’s easy to see how someone might want to draw on some of that same nostalgia for their wedding… or maybe even their engagement party?  There is so much fun to be had!

Thank you so much to Eventity Inc and Iliana Morton Photography for sharing this fun shoot!

Photographer: Iliana Morton Photography / Event Planner: Eventity Inc / Floral Designer: Sweet Pea Flower Company / Invitation Designer: Nic. Roc. Designs / Cake Designer: Hey there, Cupcake! / Equipment Rentals: Raphael’s Party Rentals / Other: Old Poway Park

Peaches and Cream Inspiration Shoot + Cupcakes/French Macarons >> Discuss

Yum!  I always love a good edible centerpiece, and this one looks particularly delicious… I’m loving this adorable and DIY-friendly inspiration shoot, submitted via Two Bright Lights

Maybe I’m a sucker for a french macaron.  Maybe it’s 2pm and I haven’t had lunch, I don’t know…

But I’m curious… what do you all think of the cupcake/french macaron trend?  At this point I’m putting them both on the same level.  Macarons haven’t made it to the mainstream like cupcakes, but when it comes to weddings… they’ve both had their fair share of exposure.  I love them both, but at this point, I’m not sure I could bring myself to do either, having seen them both so many times… I’m actively mourning mason jars and succulents for the same reason.

What do you think?  Is this silly?  Are you planning a mason jar/succulent/cupcake and french macaron wedding?  Do you hate me for pointing this out?  Let me know your thoughts!

… they do look delicious.

Photography: Sabrina Nicole Photography / Event Planner: Modern Whimsy / Floral Designer: Photosynthesis / Invitation Designer: KR Creations and Events / Cake Designer: The Cupcake Bar / Equipment Rentals: Marquee Event Group / Bakery: Serena’s Kitchen