Montage Palmetto Bluff Wedding – Gina and Ryan

Montage Palmetto Bluff Wedding – Gina and Ryan

Montage Palmetto Bluff Wedding

For a day of bliss, an amazing gala or a truly unforgettable special event, Montage Palmetto Bluff is an unrivaled destination.  The May River Chapel overlooks the pristine May River and offers an intimate romantic setting perfect for a beautiful ceremony. Just a few steps away is the quaint Village Square, where guests are greeted under branches of ancient oak trees draped in cascades of Spanish moss. Then, guests may stroll to the River House, just across the Square, to enjoy and elegant reception in the luxurious Oak Room ballroom and oversized verandas.

From their feature in Southern Weddings Magazine:

HOW THEY MET: Texas Natives, Gina and Ryan were introduced by family friends.  THE PROPOSAL: Ryan popped the question on the front steps of the new home they had closed on that morning, with his mother’s engagement ring in his hand.  THE “I DO’S”: Gina and Ryan chose to hold a spring destination wedding at Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina.  They were rewarded with clear skies and perfect 70 degree weather for their chapel ceremony and reception at the Inn.  WEDDING GUESTS: 33  GUESTS OF HONOR: Gina and Ryan chose not to have a bridal party for their intimate celebration, instead their wedding planner carefully designed their wedding’s details to make each of their friends and family members feel like an honored guest.  As a special touch, each guest was given a corsage or boutonniere of hellebore, pieris, lisianthus, and jasmine to wear.  DINNER ON THE PORCH: Gina and Ryan gave their planner/designer, Wendy Kay with Birds of a Feather, free rein with their event’s design.  She stuck to a natural color palette that mimicked the sky, sea, and scenery tones of the beautiful Palmetto Bluff property, all of which were visible from the screened porch of the Inn where dinner was served.  BETTER TOGETHER: Gina and Ryan chose to do a first look on the dock in front of their cottage, and spending those quiet, tender moments together was one of their most memorable moments from the day.  IN TUNE: For their ceremony, Gina and Ryan chose traditional, classical pieces (Vivaldi’s “Spring”, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, and “Canon in D”).  They struck a joyful note for their exit, recessing to a Gullah choir singing “Oh Happy Day”.

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Favorite Vintage Ring Boxes

Favorite Vintage Ring Boxes

Favorite Vintage Ring Boxes

As a lot of you guys who follow me on Instagram know (@birdsofafeatherevents), I have a complete obsession with vintage ring boxes and my collection is a bit out of control – especially considering the fact that I only do 8-10 weddings each year and about 5 editorial shoots.  Some may argue that I have more vintage ring boxes than I will ever use or need.  To those people I say, “SO!?”  Below are some highlights of ring shots from this year’s weddings and editorial shoots.  I have a few more coming down the pipe from some workshops I designed/styled the last couple of weeks and I’ll add those as soon as we get the film back.  Comment and let me know which one is your favorite!

 

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Gorgeous turquoise and black box styled with flowers from Sprout Floral Design shot by Apryl Ann Photography

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Brides rings styled in a light green box with dark ivory interior, and grooms ring styled in a really unique brown box.

I’ve been on the hunt for another ring box in this style for years, but have not been able to find one.

Shot by Charla Storey Photography

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Stunning ring by Trumpet and Horn styled in a plum ring box with a dark ivory interior from a shoot we did

in NYC.  Charla Storey Photography usually shoots light and airy, but we were losing sunlight and she had to

push her film.  I’m not complaining about the result, loving the dark and moody feel.

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A simple wedding band from an elopement we did styled in this once gold ring box that has taken on a brass

tone with age.  I love the simple composition of this shot by  Charla Storey Photography

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I think this is my all time favorite ring box.  I just love the octagonal shape of it and the fact that is in near

pristine condition.  The cute little pink button closure doesn’t hurt either.  Shot by Charla Storey Photography

for Magnolia Rouge Magazine.

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Cassie’s beyond beautiful engagement ring styled in a burgundy velvet box from her November wedding shot by Apryl Ann Photography

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Ok, so this technically is not a ring box, but I couldn’t not share this stunner!  This antique pearl ring actually belonged to my great aunt and was

passed down to me.  We decided to style it a bit unconventionally for the editorial featured on Magnolia Rouge.  Photographed by NBarrett Photography

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Bille’s stunner styled in a blue shallow bottomed faux leather box with tan interior shot by Charla Storey Photography

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Diana’s engagement ring shot by Apryl Ann Photography on her wedding day.  I love this rich jewel toned

purple box as it fit in with our overall color story perfectly!

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Kenzie’s engagement ring shot in this unique, two toned green and gold box at her garden wedding

shot by Apryl Ann Photography

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Another box that is in mint condition!  Also, I think I have a thing for blue, lol!  Jen’s ring

shot by Charla Storey Photography styled on a beautiful linen from La Tavola

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Another uniquely shaped box, this is one of the first boxes I ever purchased.  Shot by Charla Storey Photography

for an editorial for Style Me Pretty.

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The teeniest tiniest box I own encasing this Megan Thorne ring effortlessly.  Shot by Charla Storey Photography

for an editorial for My Wedding Magazine.

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Charla’s gorgeous custom pear shaped diamond ring from her spring wedding shot by Apryl Ann Photography

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I usually do not like to use my boxes more than once, but for this gal I made an exception.

Shot by Charla Storey Photography on a custom drawing of Gina and Ryan’s wedding chapel

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Yup, I definitely have a thing for blue.  Apryl Ann Photography

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Clark Gardens Wedding – Kendall and Tyler

Clark Gardens Wedding

Clark Gardens Wedding – Kendall and Tyler

Clark Gardens is a true hidden gem in the North Texas Hill Country and is the perfect garden for your perfect day. The 35-acre public botanic garden is tucked away down a country road between Weatherford and Mineral Wells, just outside Dallas/Fort Worth. Clark Gardens offers a variety of venues for weddings and receptions, including two permanent reception tents and a breathtaking sandstone chapel, all creating the ideal location for an unforgettable event. Each venue showcases its own charm with European-style fountains, waterfalls, blooms bursting with color, and nature in every corner. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a black-tie affair, Clark Gardens provides a natural beauty and classic elegance that cannot be matched.

From Style Me Pretty…

A Fall wedding in Texas with Secret Garden Style

The beginning of September signals our official kick off to All.The.Fall.Things. Think cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes plus the most stunning autumn weddings we can get our hands on. We scoured the Internet for the best of the best fall affairs and Kendall and Tyler’s big day perfectly fit the bill. They tied the knot at Clark Gardens in Texas with beautiful nods to the season all throughout the day. Birds of a Feather planned and styled, Charla Storey photographed, and it’s all waiting for here.

This is a gorgeous, secret garden fall wedding. The tones are deep and complementary to the season while keeping your favorite garden colors, and the venue. This venue has not had an event on this part of the property, so it was refreshing to use an area that fit the aesthetic desired. Live acoustic music and dinner al fresco made for a gorgeous fall Texas evening for Kendall and Tyler.

 

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Best Weddings of 2016

Best Weddings of 2016 

Best Weddings of 2016

Wow, you guys!  2016 is in the bag, and what a crazy year it was!  Lots of good and bad this year, but I’m going to choose to focus on the good and give a mini recap of all that went down with me personally, and with Birds of a Feather and the amazing clients we served this year.

Personal

Often times my personal life is so intertwined with my business life it is hard to really step back and define what happened to me, vs what happened in my business.  This year was a bit different as I decided to trim down on the amount of weddings I did so that I could focus on my clients and their needs a bit more.  This took me from working a 60+ hour work week, to a normal 40 hour work week.  Idle hands, right?  Here are a few things I did this year just for me…

  • Binge watched The OC, Roswell, How to Get Away with Murder, Sleepy Hollow, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Orange is the New Black, Bob’s Burgers, Stranger Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Master of None
  • Made it through all 7 Harry Potter books – TWICE
  • Went to Universal Hollywood on Halloween
  • Went to Disney and Universal in Orlando over Thanksgiving
  • Celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary

Professional

So many wonderful things happened this year at Birds of a Feather, and it has me really fired up to do my goal setting sesh for 2017!  Now that we are going into our 7th year of business, the motto is less “hustle” and more “flow”.  I’ve tried the whole thing where I glorified being busy, and it made me feel neither happy or successful – just tired and worn out.  I feel like we are in a groove now that works for us, and I’m going to continue striving for happiness and balance in my business.  Below are a few things we achieved this year…

  • Created and taught the design course for the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners
  • Traveled to Los Angeles, Austin, and Charleston to do site visits and vendor meetings for clients
  • Did editorial shoots for My Wedding Magazine, Style Me Pretty,  and Magnolia Rouge
  • Had a wedding get back to back covers of D Weddings Magazine
  • Published by Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Cover of My Wedding Magazine
  • Had a wedding included in Style Me Pretty’s list of Best Weddings of 2016
  • Executed a beautiful wedding in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Traveled to New York to help with the Claire Pettibone show (shout out to The Southern Table for landing that amazing gig!)
  • Did editorial shoots in California, South Carolina, Texas (of course), and New York
  • Voted a Top 10 Wedding Planner by My Wedding Magazine
  • Invited to join Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book
  • Attended Bliss and Bespoke in Charleston, SC
  • Published in print in D Weddings Magazine, The Knot Magazine, and My Wedding Magazine, along with numerous blog features
  • Increased our following on Instagram from 3K to 12K
  • Automated our planning process to include an online system to help us and our clients
  • Did 9 beautiful weddings with some amazing vendors and clients!

 

The Pretty

All of the amazing brides and grooms we worked with this year representing our best weddings of 2016…

Diana and Jared at The Nasher shot by Apryl Ann Photography with florals by The Southern Table and Hair and Makeup by Beauty and the Blush

Best weddings of 2016

Sheri and David at The Belmont Hotel shot by Amy Karp with florals by The Southern Table

Best weddings of 2016

Jenn and Davis at The Laurel shot by Charla Storey Photography with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by Beauty and the Blush

Best weddings of 2016

Elena and Andrew at Temple Emanu-El and The Fairmont shot by Joseph Mark Photography with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by Johnny Rodriguez

Best weddings of 2016

Kenzie and Daniel at the Antique Rose Emporium shot by Apryl Ann Photography with florals by Moose Feathers and hair and makeup by Angela Karr

Best weddings of 2016

Alyssa and Ryan at the Dallas Arboretum shot by The Tarnos with florals by Holly Viles and hair and makeup by Meg B

Best weddings of 2016

Amanda and Daryl at Catalina View Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA shot by Charla Storey Photography with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by Design Visage

Best weddings of 2016

Kendall and Tyler’s tablescapes (still waiting on the pics from this November wedding) shot by Charla Storey with florals by The Southern Table, linens from La Tavola, and dinnerware from POSH Couture

Best weddings of 2016

Courtney and Grey at The Orchard shot by Meshali Mitchell with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by a friend of the bride

Best weddings of 2016

 

Next week I’ll be recapping my favorite editorial pics from this past year as well as details from all of the weddings above!

XOXO, Wendy

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Pottery Inspired Wedding Editorial – My Wedding Magazine

Pottery Inspired Wedding Editorial – My Wedding Magazine

Pottery Inspired Wedding Editorial

From the cover story in My Wedding Magazine…

Once upon a time planning a wedding meant a few certain things: a local church, a simple reception and a dress your mother may have worn on her wedding day. But the contemporary wedding is an entirely different creature. Maybe it’s modern romance, maybe it’s Pinterest; no matter the cause, the effect is a celebration that’s less about tradition and more about personalization.  The modern wedding is an opportunity to strike out and forge your own pathway through the pretty. You’ll pick a theme, a location, the right décor, every decision leading you toward the event you’ll always remember. Still, this wedding isn’t only about the items you place in your event space, no matter how stunning they look. Rather, it’s about the personal styles and enduring relationship those details both highlight and reflect.  Wendy Kay of Birds of a Feather Events, who designs and styles numerous weddings each year, believes that getting a sense of a couple’s personal style and relationship is infinitely more important than relying on what the rest of the world thinks a wedding should look like.  But without loads of inspirational images, where does a wedding planning couple begin? It’s surprisingly simple. Start with yourselves. Examine your values – is a big wedding with all of your friends and family in attendance essential, or are you more interested in an intimate ceremony that’s centered on you and your vows – and think about the kinds of experiences and weddings you’ve loved attending in the past. What did those events have in common? Was it the food? The packed dance floor? Once you establish your preferences for the framework of your wedding, you can move into the aesthetic of your event. This is where tools like mood boards come in handy, although we still recommend you proceed with caution. In Wendy’s experience, it’s easy to get sucked into the miasma of inspiration and lose sight of yourselves and your relationship. If you do turn to that stack of ideas, use it as a reference point instead of a step by step guide. Start your search for details and ideas by looking at your personal style and moving your gaze outward into your home, your hobbies, the way you like to spend your time together and even the kinds of vacations you take.  By beginning with a greater understanding of the aesthetic and ideas you already love, you’ll provide your wedding details with a stronger foundation and you’ll stay true to yourselves. Now is the time to hire your vendors and invite them into your vision.  Choose vendors whose work you love – and then, when you’re settled in and focused on creating this dream wedding together, give them the space to be free to create that work you already know you adore. Hiring a florist because you love their whimsical, garden-inspired arrangements is the perfect decision until you try to force that signature style into a modern aesthetic. But when your loves and their talents meet in the middle, the collaborative result is sure to be unmatched.  This gradual development of your wedding décor may feel like a slow process, but wedding planning is rarely a sprint. And the result is organic and unpretentious. If ever you find yourself doubting your decisions, remember this one thing:  Your wedding day is about more than sparkle or sophistication alone. It’s about more than flowers on a table or invitation suites. It’s a celebration of your story and your future; this wedding is singularly you.

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bride and groom holding anemone bouquet at a pottery inspired wedding

Pottery inspired wedding featuring a groom in a grey suit

Pottery inspired wedding editorial featuring clay place cards

 

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