Embrace Lattice Detailing

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After a year of doom and gloom what more reason to look forward to a wedding with flowers in bloom. Embrace nature this spring season with garden elements that are inviting to guests at your outdoor weddings in 2021. Brides, planners, and venues may be looking for some smart ways to incorporate the outdoors with …

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Spring explodes with color

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I love gardening and have planted forsythia along our tree line. The Yellow announces spring. Tall centerpieces make a dramatic statement. Forsythia is perfect for height and by using bulk material, the effect is fabulous.  With every program, my task is to design the most fantastic event possible within the budget. As a result of …

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Small Winter Themed Wedding

Small Winter Wedding Theme

Over the past many months, the world of weddings has been put on hold. A Big Fat Greek Wedding may not be so big at the moment and many couples are opting for “cozy weddings”. The dreams of my own elegant and charming Paris planned Spring wedding was suddenly transformed into a stay at home …

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Rustic Meets Sophisticated

Rustic Neutral Wedding Colors

Couples often want a more neutral tone for their wedding palette. You will see a 2021 trend towards tan, taupe, grey, with a touch of mauve or peach. Perfect for a warm and timeless rustic wedding in a barn, at a vineyard, or a backyard wedding and reception! I can’t get enough of Ampa’s wine …

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Wicker Furniture ideas for Social Outdoor Events

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Why should I have an outdoor event? More than ever social gatherings are being held outdoors.  The restraint on the number of guests allowed to attend your next event outdoors gives you more opportunity to utilize nature to your advantage.  Whether your planning for a spring wedding, social party, or gala event you may want …

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How to make Stunning Statements with Linens, Flowers and Lighting!

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What a lovely design with a wintery motif.  I love using Hydrangeas.  There is something fun about their soft puffiness. As the principle Buyer for Ampa Evens, I have been shopping at all of the design shows for the past 25 years.  Years ago, I bought dozens of Ampa’s tall and dramatic Hurricane candle holders.  …

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Gorgeous Winter Centerpiece Ideas

White Roses for a Winter Centerpiece

Most people don’t automatically associate flowers with the winter season, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have some gorgeous options to choose from. From red and white roses, poinsettias, lilies, and hydrangeas, you can add some flair to any winter event. Over the years, we have worked with our friends at Vogue Flowers for …

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22 Christmas Wedding Ideas That Are Full of Holiday Cheer

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Winter may not be the most popular wedding season, but for anyone who loves the festive, holiday spirit, it’s the perfect time to get married. And if you’re saying ‘I do’ in December, you also have the perk of incorporating Christmas wedding ideas into your celebration—something you can’t do any other time of the year. …

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3 Great Wedding Reception Locations in Virginia

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Virginia and the Mid Atlantic are blessed with great weather and lovely colors for the fall. Indian summers are frequent and an outdoor space for your wedding service and reception gives guests the ability to roam, enjoying the grounds, and the venue while celebrating your special day. As a designer, I love venues with nooks …

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Great Ways to Use Lanterns for Fall Weddings

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Couples often want a touch of tradition with a sophisticated twist when thinking of decor and design for their big day. Designing a look that offers both, I like to incorporate unique pieces that are unsuspected, yet still give an elegance to the decor. Stunning lanterns provide a unique way of doing just that. Whether …

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