Tag Archives: weddings

Atlanta Magazine’s HOME Summer Entertaining Feature:: An Epic Engagement Party

As most of you know, I am the Entertaining Editor for Atlanta Magazine’s Home. It’s a position I truly relish. I get to attend the most interesting parties on Atlanta’s social calendar and rub elbows with the who’s who in the design and creative world of the city. I am a lucky lady.

Most recently, I got to attend a party that I have been wanting to attend for a long time. Our own daughter’s engagement party. All the juicy details are reveled in the Summer 2017 issue.

You can imagine what a thrill it was to plan and execute our daughter’s stellar celebration.

Read all about it in Atlanta Magazine’s HOME on newsstands right now!

Here are a couple sneak peeks of the festivities.

Most recently, I got to attend a party that I have been wanting to attend for a long time. Our own daughter's engagement party. Most recently, I got to attend a party that I have been wanting to attend for a long time. Our own daughter's engagement party.

Photography by: The Raftermen

xx Annette

Atlanta Magazine Home celebration Entertaining Events love Parties Party Accessories party tips Personal the art of a party Uncategorized weddings : Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mykonos the Grand Greek Island

Agios Sostis

Agios Sostis

As most of you may know, we recently took a trip to Mykonos, Greece. This wasn’t our first trip; we have been visiting for over 20 years. Our first trip to this island was dusty and gritty but scenic. It was filled with party beaches and hectic traffic, but mainly it was super sleepy and behind the times…which of course made it fantastically charming. Over the years we have watched the transition as Mykonos became the St. Tropez of the Greek Isles. This year we were called to a Big Fat Greek Gay Wedding which included drag queens, drones and a wedding party all in white. This wedding extravaganza was officiated by my husband, as the grooms are our besties. The circus-like atmosphere, was very Mykonos and did not disappoint. We had a blast.

Joanna's and Niko's Place

Joanna’s and Niko’s Place

Over the years, we have stayed all over the island, but this time we rented a private villa about 30 minutes out of town. Since we know the Island so well, it really was the perfect getaway.

We dined at our favorite beach restaurant on Elia Beach. The Greek salad is to die for as is the Taramosalata (roe salad my favorite), along with crisp Rose wine; it makes for the perfect lunch at the beach. Of course we have to have the grilled squid as well. Needless to say we ate well.

 

 

Elia Beach Restaurant

Elia Beach Restaurant

img_2761-e1473932261958

One of the highlights was our photo safari. We photographed cows, beaches (Focos Beach) and fauna. The island is still full of hidden beaches, but they are getting harder and harder to find.

Focos Beach

Focos Beach

Mykonos

Mykonos is still a fantastic destination, even with the jet setters, helicopters and black SUVs moving in. The donkeys and cows still rule the landscape for now…

behind the scenes celebration love Parties Personal Travel Uncategorized weddings : Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Make it Fresh for Spring from Staples :: “In the Pink” A Spa themed Bridal Shower

Staples Why not throw an “In the Pink” spa themed bridal shower? Using one color can add a lot of impact!

*Party Tip : Color…Think of using shades of one color at your next party; the power of pink at this shower makes it girly and delicious. 

Try adding a few spa elements, too.  It will surely make the bride feel pampered and loved. The selection of pink invitations on Staples Copy & Print. website was incredible, so it was no wonder I had trouble choosing the perfect one for our friend Mary’s bridal shower. Did you know that Staples Inc. has everything you need for your next party? I even found these pink tissue balls on their site! Tied with Staples blush satin ribbon it made a beautiful girly touch to my decor.

Staples I loved the hot pink chevron wrapping paper. I used it to cover the table which is one of my favorite *Party Tips:  Use wrapping paper as a runner. It’s easy, pretty and when the party is over, you can roll it up and reuse it to wrap gifts.

The custom banner over the table was the perfect frame to the festive pink table setting. I made a small bridal bouquet out of grocery store pink roses and tied the perfect bow with the blush pink ribbon from Staples.

Staples Check out this gorgeous blush invitation! Staples has an extraordinary selection of beautiful, tasteful designs; I was so impressed. I ordered this delicate satin ribbon to tie the guests goodie bags with. It was the perfect shade of rose because it matched our champagne and raspberry cupcakes.

Staples

Staples These pretty little wish tags that say Mr. and Mrs. were at the party for guests to quiz the bride about her gift wish list. With the wedding just around the corner, it was the perfect way to pamper the bride with everything I found at Staples Inc.

StaplesBridal

1. Satin ribbon 2. Invitation 3. Mr. & Mrs. wish card 4. Tissue Ball 5. Chevron gift wrap 6. Banner

*Everything you will need is at Staples (in stores or order online at Staples.com with free delivery for rewards members or for orders over $49.99 (for non-members). This post is in partnership with Staples. All opinions are my own.

 

Photography by : Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

 

 

bridal shower celebration color Decor DIY DIY decor Entertaining Events Parties Party Accessories party tips Uncategorized : Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

DIY Wedding flowers with victory blooms

IMG_2452

A few weeks ago Megan from Victory Blooms came over to my house to share her process in creating a bridal bouquet (you can see my bouquets here!). I thought a step-by-step tutorial would be helpful for brides-to-be on a budget or anyone that is curious about what goes into creating a gorgeous bouquet. Megan keeps things effortlessly gorgeous with this loose, hand tied bouquet.

For this arrangement you will need:

– japanese ranunculus
– garden roses
– micro spray rose
– hellebore
– peony buds
– queen ann’s lace
– rice flower
– passiflora

IMG_2326

Step one: prep your flowers. You will want to remove almost all of the leaves leaving only pretty ones at the top of a few of the stems. You will also want to remove any bruised, torn or wilted petals. And, if working with roses be sure to snap off any thorns by placing your thumb at the base of the thorn and pressing it to the side. The thorns should break right off. Once your flower is prepped cut the bottom of the stem at an angle and place it in water until you are ready to assemble your bouquet.

IMG_2334

IMG_2338

Step two: build up the center of your bouquet with face or focal flowers. Here Megan began with japanese ranunculus and garden roses. It’s always a good idea to follow a rule of thirds with your arrangements. Clustering three face flowers together helps to create a soft, less structured look. Another way to achieve the just picked from the garden look is to play with scale and texture. Choose lots of different flowers, berries and greens to create a natural bouquet.

IMG_2343

IMG_2352

Step three: start building out around your face flowers with your textural and scale elements. To this bouquet Megan added micro spray rose, hellebore, peony buds, queen ann’s lace, rice flower and passiflora.

IMG_2353

IMG_2366

Step four: even out the stems by clipping them all to the same length.

IMG_2367

IMG_2370

Step five: loop a rubber band around a sturdy stem, wrap the band around the bunch and loop again. This secures the bouquet without making it too tight and bunching your flowers together too closely.

IMG_2371

IMG_2381

Lovely, no?

IMG_2386

IMG_2394

Step six: select a pretty ribbon. We’re loving silk at the moment. No fancy bows are needed. To keep this soft, natural look, opt for a simple knot and lots of bare stems. For an afternoon wedding short to medium tails are perfect and go all out for evening with a couple of feet of flowing silk tails. This will create lots of drama and elegance.

IMG_2312

IMG_2401

IMG_2432

Victory Blooms is a Metro Atlanta event florist that creates organically structured, romantic arrangements which incorporate whimsical elements and vintage touches, drawing inspiration from the ethereal beauty of flora and floral still lifes. Come check out Victory Blooms in person at a Mother’s Day pop-up shop located outside Sun In My Belly opening at 9am Sunday May, 11th!

photos by Lesley W Graham for Annette Joseph

Florals : Tags: , , ,

Mother’s Day :: Wedding Season :: DIY flowers 2 ways.

IMG_2456 Hello Spring! Flowers are blooming all over Atlanta, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.

In the spirit of wedding season and Mother’s Day I thought it would be the perfect week for all things floral. Megan Dunlap from Victory Blooms will also join me later in the week with her own spin on a romantic wedding bouquet. It’s easier than you think to arrange your own flowers. So if you’re hands-on and your event isn’t too overwhelming then this post is for you! If you have too much on your plate for your big day… do the smart thing and call a pro like Megan.

IMG_2458

Nothing gives me more pleasure than to arrange flowers for my own events and for some special people in my life who ask me to help with their weddings. Here are two beautiful and easy bouquets to decorate your spring gatherings. These would also make lovely tabletop arrangements at a wedding.

IMG_2470

Let’s get started! When beginning the design process I start with spring stems, then pick a strong color theme like pink and lavender with touches of pale yellow. I am absolutely crazy about the idea of using a navy and white windowpane fabric as tablecloths. It’s fresh, bold, and chic.

For this arrangement you will need:
– Lavender
– Ranunculus
– Queen Anne’s Lace
– Baby’s Breath
– Hyacinth
– Chalkboard garden markers DIY 
– Enamel Pitcher

IMG_2478

Step one: clean the bottom of the stems, and make a fresh cut.

IMG_2499

Step two: place all the fillers in the pitcher. The fillers in this case are Queen Anne’s Lace and Baby’s Breath.

IMG_2503

Step three: add in the Ranunculus and the Hyacinth, working your way around the vase or pitcher.

IMG_2528

IMG_2552

Step four: place the chalkboard garden markers into the pitcher and place on your reception tables.

IMG_2574

The second arrangement is a little more tailored and formal. While the loose wildflowers and enamel pitcher in the first bouquet would be perfect for a free-spirited bride or party, this bouquet is a little more dressed up and classic. It’s amazing how the same flowers can be transformed with a different vessel and technique.

For this arrangement you will need:

– Lavender
– Ranunculus
– Queen Anne’s Lace
– Hyacinth
– Pink Roses

IMG_2582

Step one: this bouquet begins with hand arranging.* Start by gathering a few flowers in a spiral pattern in one hand, adding one flower at a time. Continue to go around and around alternating flowers until you have a nice half dome arrangement (about 6-8 inches in diameter).

Note* This is the same technique you would use to create a wedding bouquet as well.

IMG_2584

Step two: cut the bottom of the stems so that they are even. I like to leave about 6-8 inches. If you were making a hand bouquet this is where you would use a rubber band to secure them and then finish with a beautiful silk ribbon (more on that later this week!). Otherwise, place the arrangement into a glass vase* filled with water (as shown above).

Note* make sure you measure the height of the stems before you trim them if you’re placing this arrangement into a vase

IMG_2594

Step three: add more flowers once your bouquet is placed into the vase to add dimension and texture. Be careful not to overload your vase… just a couple stems will do. That’s it!

IMG_2609

IMG_2630

Speaking of flowers… one of my dear friends and blogger/author Holly Becker, was kind enough to send over her newly released book from Chronicle Books , Decorate with Flowers  as a giveaway to one of of my sweet readers!

2014-05-01_10-55-57

Hope you win it! And I really hope this has helped all you brides out there, of course all these tips are perfect for all your gatherings and celebrations. For more flower arranging DIY buy my book Picture Perfect Parties, there are so many great party flower ideas throughout the book. Good luck and US residents only please!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

photos by Lesley W Graham for Annette Joseph

Florals : Tags: , , , , , , ,