Happy New Year’s Eve!

I have butterflies just thinking about what’s to come this year! 2015 is the year I get to marry the love of my life. It’s the year we’ll welcome people we love from all over the world to our favorite place in North Carolina. It’s the year we start calling the same place home, and  the year we’ll spend two weeks adventuring in Europe, in some of the very same spots where we spent our first days of friendship when I was 19. It’s the year I’ll celebrate two years at my dream job. It’s the year I’ll turn 25.

Sparkly New Year's EveClockwise from top left: Unknown, A Field Journal, Kate Spade New York, Alison Conklin via Dallas ShawBelathée via Coco + Kelley, Cottonseed Oil,  Buff Strickland via Camille Styles, Flower Girl Los AngelesWhite Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty

For all of the things I can see coming in 2015 though, I’m also looking forward to all of the things that I don’t know about yet. When I rang in the New Year in 2013, I had no idea that I would reconnect with my future husband 13 days later, and it taught me something–God loves to surprise and delight us. There are seasons when he takes away, yes, but he also gives abundantly. That’s why, amongst all the goals and plans I have for this special year ahead, what I want most is for my eyes and my heart to be open to all He has in store. I can’t wait to share the journey!

Happy New Year! xoxo

Sweet Summer

I usually try to think outside the box in inspiration boards, but every once in awhile, I prefer to just pull images that are inspiring me and that I’m drawn to. The latter was how this board happened, and the result is completely my style–even the colors are similar to my branding! Pastels are usually associated with spring, but if they’re anchored with more natural green, I think they’re just as appropriate for early summer.

Sweet Summer{Bride and groom: Ryan Ray via Lauren Conrad| St. Germain cocktails: White Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty| Flowers: by Hollyflora| Monogram: Amalie Orrange Photograpy via Wedding Chicks| Cake: Annabella Charles Photography via 100 Layer Cake| Ring bearer: Adam Barnes via Southern Weddings| Calligraphy: Eric Kelley Photography via Once Wed| Bridesmaids: Naomi Chokr Photography via Camilyn Beth}

What’s your favorite detail in this board? I love the floral monogram and the hint of gold in those Camilyn Beth dresses!

Love, Lisa

Spring Gatsby

Thank you so much to everyone who sent graduation congratulations over the weekend! I’m so proud to have graduated from UT, and it was such a journey in every way getting to that point. Now it’s on to the next chapter, but not before a few weeks off to process the fact that I’m done with college, spend lots of time with my family, and do a few of my favorite summer activities. I’m already chipping away at my summer reading list, starting with re-reading The Great Gatsby, since I’ve been holding off on seeing the movie till then. I read most of it sitting in my hammock yesterday and will be finishing it up at the pool today! With all of that gorgeous 1920′s inspiration in mind, I put together today’s inspiration board. I wanted something a little less art deco and a little more romantic, and a color palette of deep red, soft pink, black, and gold brought it together just the way I wanted.

Spring Gatsby{Invitation suite: Emma J Design| Bouquet: Vicki Grafton Photography| Chalkboard sign: Heather Saunders Photography via Molly Jacques Illustration| Gatsby-inspired dresses: Jenny Packham| Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop| Pear nectar and thyme mimosas: Sarah Culver via The Glitter Guide | Just Married sign: Max Wanger via 100 Layer Cake| Black sequin linen: Bryan Leahy Photography via Style Me Pretty}

Love, Lisa

May Bride

My sister and I had a book of celebrations from around the world when we were little, and one of our personal favorites was May Day. Both of us grew up never losing that special affinity for ribbons and spring flowers, so I couldn’t resist putting together this inspiration board for her today! I think the result is modern English countryside feel with lots of muted pastels and a little bit of whimsy, and I would love to see it come to life in a real May wedding.

May Bride{Bride and groom: Coco Tran via Grey Likes Weddings| Flower girl: Manchik Photography via Green Wedding Shoes| Paper: Abby Jiu Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs| Cake: Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty| Bridesmaids: Jose Villa via Elizabeth Anne Designs| Champagne bucket: Home Mag| Ribbon wand sendoff: Corbin Gurkin via Southern Weddings| Chair ribbons: Readyluck via Ruffled}

What do y’all have planned for this month? I’m finishing up school this week, going to Syracuse for a long weekend, and graduating on the 17th!

Love, Lisa

Cocktails and Desserts Birthday Party Inspiration

I have been looking forward to this week for a couple of months now, and I’m so excited it’s finally here! This year, I teamed up with Minted through their Party Ambassador program to help me throw the perfect 23rd birthday party. Even though I’ve thrown a few parties here and there this year, this was my last chance to have a party with my close friends at school. Plus, since it was for my birthday, it was the perfect opportunity to style a party that truly reflected my personal style. The party was on Saturday evening, and this week, I’ll be sharing every last detail, including all of the fantastic Minted products that brought it to life. First up, my inspiration board for a girly-with-a-touch-of-glam cocktails and desserts party.

Cocktails and Desserts Birthday Party{Bar backdrop: nbarrett photography via Something Pretty| Bar tray: The Why We Love via 100 Layer Cake| Pop fizz clink: Paperless Post| Dessert table: Jen Rodriguez Photography via Something Pretty| Gold dress: Kayture | Straws with flags: Minted| Flowers: She-n-He Photography via Camille Styles| Birthday table: Mint Love Social Club}

Check back tomorrow to see my DIY invites!

Love, Lisa