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Provence, France :: Laissez le bon temps rouler

corbin gurkin photography

A year ago, I hopped on a plane and headed to the Provence Region in southern France to meet up with the oh- so- amazing photographer, Corbin Gurkin.  It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy–just give me a large cup of coffee and a cupcake OR a  fab French red wine and cheese plate.  So in the midst of our mental vacation, we decided to hit up the local market and put together a fun tablescape to photograph.  Trust me, after the “session” the items in the picture didn’t stand a chance….salut! p.s of course corbin took this pic!

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Ocean Side Dining :: Ceci New York Photo Shoot

It was literally ocean side dining on Bald Head Island….

I already had the dream team  with me for  a wedding so why not throw a photo shoot on top of all the madness after a 20 hour work day?!

I was excited when Ceci founder of Ceci New York approached me to help with her Virve inspiration tabletop feature.  Check out part of the magazine below that  posted on Ceci Style!

Expert Style Tips

Ivy Robinson, my soul sister and quite the hip event designer, is famous for her bold use of color and fearless style (which you know I love!). She has a fantastic ability to always break the mold and create what’s never been done before. I am a big fan of taking risks with design and color and Ivy never ceases to amaze me. She is a girl who can come up with a look on a whim and wow us all. Like she did below with her beachfront – no, sorry – wave-front table setting. Yes, she actually brought the table to the water’s edge for this design challenge – talk about taking risks! Maybe not all of us can dine in the crashing waves, but we certainly can bring her daring style into our destination-themed dinner parties or backyard soirees. Be inspired, below. Photographed by Lucy Parker of Lucy Parker Photography on the beach in North Carolina.

Ivy Robinson of Ivy Robinson Weddings and Events

Ivy Robinson, owner of Ivy Robinson Weddings and Events, is known for her chic and innovative approach to wedding design. She is recognized as an industry leader for infusing her clients’ personalities into their weddings. Ivy has been featured on Style Network as well as in regional and national publications.

“The minute I met Ivy Robinson, I knew she had what it takes to succeed. She is smart, dedicated to her talent, passionate about style and unique creativity, and one of the funniest ladies on this planet. Her sense of humor makes working together so enjoyable, you forget you are actually working! Plus, her down-to-earth personality, partnered with her desire for excellence, makes her one of the best. Turn yourself over to her talented hands and your event will be one of the hippest around.” – CECI JOHNSON

Vivre Palm Table Setting by Ivy Robinson Weddings and Events:

When Ceci approached me with her Vivre design challenge, I was immediately drawn to the the palm leaves and pink birds. Now that it’s summer, I thought the beach would be the perfect setting for this bold color palette. Our goal was to create the unexpected while blending the use of natural elements such as the ocean, wooden tables and flowers with acrylic chairs. Placing the table right up against the waves added a fun twist to a nontraditional luncheon.

Ivy used palm leaf placemats and azalea bird place cards.

Dream Team

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“Uncle Richard…Table 1. Aunt Sue.. Table 30″

Developing a seating chart can be one of the most time consuming aspects of a wedding.  Especially when Aunt Sue and Uncle Richard haven’t spoken in 15 years after he caught her with the yard boy and he married the babysitter.  Not only is it mandatory that their assigned tables are completely across the room from each other but their chairs must be strategically placed so their backs are saying hello but their faces never have the slim chance to even make eye contact.  There is always a tricky situation to acknowledge and address but at least the display of escort cards can be cool.  Right?! This is an “escort card chandelier” that we designed and made for a wedding over a year ago.  Elizabeth Jones rocked out our calligraphy and Abigail Seymour took the killer pics. Happy “Seating Charting”.


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today’s thought :: chill out please!

Is the shade of white for the flowers and linens really worth all the tears and arguments? do you think your guests are really going to notice that it is gardenia white instead of vanilla milkshake or glacier white? probably not.  Occasionally we all just need to listen to my lil man gavin and just “chill out.” {I know I do!}

happy viewing! xx-ivy

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