Friday, May 25, 2012

That Gorgeous Wedding, Again

Friday, May 25, 2012
I had to post a few more shots of that wonderful wedding. This is the head table, with rows and rows of candles in vases of varying heights. Once the sun set the glow was gorgeous. This is the same couple that alternated rounds and squares (j'adore) and for  their head table was a long banquet reminiscent of family dinners at Thanksgiving and taking advantage of the outdoor charm. They had a wonderful view of downtown in the background, and you can see from the view from the top that the market lights strung above the tables would add to the evening later in the dark. 
Salut, Yelle
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Modern Wedding

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Can you stand it? This centerpiece was for a wedding of a woman in the events industry. She works for a caterer and the food that night was of course phenomenal. Goat cheese raviolis with a roasted red pepper sauce.   Even each table centerpiece was different depending on the shape of the table. They did a combination of rounds and squares with matching lanterns atop each according table. They had battery operated flickering candles (they were outside on the rooftop terrace) and the rustic flowers looked like they came fresh straight from a garden or farm. And do you see those place settings? Simple card stock stencils against the white linen was brilliant and a lovely contemporary touch to balance out the rustic elements. 
Salut, Yelle
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Flora Details

Saturday, May 19, 2012
The more into event planning that I am immersed, the more I realize that I adore every aspect of it. Growing up, I used to want to be an interior decorator, but there was something about it that was just missing that never made me go after it. I knew I needed something to encourage my creative side, but also something that I could use my organization and delegation attributes. And when I heard that my school offers an event management four year degree, at it's own campus, I knew it was just the place for me. I already adore entertaining, setting up my own events, I can multitask well because of my experience in the hair salons, I am inherently organized, and I enjoy delegating tasks for a seamless event. I can see the big picture and what needs to be done, but I can also get down to the centerpieces and perfect them until they are just right. These are two centerpieces for a corporate event we did recently. The colors were orange and blue, the colors of a state sports team (which I don't follow, but it makes for good inspiration). I adore the single gerbera daisy head floating in a short square vase atop marbles. And even the whimsical bunches of mixed flora in a basic vase make for a fun and casual environment that doesn't scream corporate.

Salut, Yelle
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mimosa Mixtures

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
One of my favorite things is girl talk. It is a rare occurrence that I get to indulge in, but when I do get to indulge, it's a treat. It's in our genetic coding; our lack of Y chromosome leads us to fill our daily quote of drama, gossip, and giggles. Now that I'm older and can purchase alcohol, it is an easy way to refine any girl-date. Here, with my friend, we put lavender syrup into our champagne flutes and topped with an inexpensive varietal. It was delicious and perfect for a rainy day. It really brightened our spirits and the lavender helped recall spring time. After all, April  showers bring May flowers - at least in other parts of the country.

Salut, Yelle
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Local Muscadine

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sitting on the porch with only wine, friends, music, and conversation make for some of the best days I've ever had. This wine is a blush wine from a local winery. I'm not one for blush wines, but the local muscadine grape tastes so wonderful blended this way. Not too sweet and a little earthy, the chilled blush is perfect for a warm day. Sometimes (and only sometimes) a red wine is just too close to room temperature for me to handle it on a humid afternoon. With our daily afternoon rain showers, this muscadine is the perfect way to cool off without getting soaked in the rain.

Salut, Yelle
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

French Dinner

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I have an infinity for antique shops and the things you find in them: old items that no one uses anymore. This is perhaps why I adore white china - but fine china is not something that I would put on my registry now. I want someone else's fine china. I want china that has been used, has lived, and has been looking for a new home ever since it found itself separated from it's original owner. These objects have been pre-loved and I love them even more for it. On this table, I have my grandmothers china with brie, goat cheese, cracker, and even pate, for a French themed dinner party.


Salut, Yelle
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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Sunday Brunch

Sunday, May 06, 2012
The weekends are time for us to relax, a time to pretend that the responsibilities of the week have fallen by the waist side for just a moment. To take advantage of this, we sleep in on Sundays (9 AM is sleeping in for me) and each breakfast foods closer to lunch time. Ever since we got our cast iron skillet, it's been a pleasure to start breakfast on the stove top and finish it in the oven. We often use this day to utilize any food in the fridge that may be expiring soon. Leftover arugula, some peppers, and even cheese we need to eat ends up in a skillet of color. We also stole Jamie Oliver's trick of cracking an egg on top of it all and letting it slowly cook that that every serving gets a bit of egg.

Salut, Yelle
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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Warm & Cozy Memories

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A downfall of summer is the lack of warm drinks. Coffee and tea make me feel all kinds of cozy and safe, but in the summer a cup of tea will nearly leave me ridden with heat exhaustion. Every summer I look forward to the time in winter when I can finally drink endless cups of tea and decaf coffee at all hours. Warm, steaming mugs remind me of winters, holidays, and family. It's a memory that I can feel go straight through me to my core, warming me from the inside out. Leave it to me to be a woman in Florida with a tea collection bigger than most northerners. But I would like to be able to offer guests a taste of home, the warmth of memories. Can I take your coat? Can I show you around? Would you like some tea?

Salut, Yelle
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Beloved Breezy Nights

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

I find any excuse to go out on the porch on a dark evening, with a breeze through the curtains and my year round lights twinkling. Even if for only a minute before the heat is unbearable, I take my glass of wine and maybe a magazine, maybe a book, and sit in the peacefulness of nighttime in a quite neighborhood. I can hear the humming of the air conditioners and nothing else. All is quiet in our little brick complex.
We open the sliding glass door and through the screen we can play a record and listen to our favorites. We have friends visit, bringing with them their own private collection of their own vinyl. We flip the records often, we top off the beer or the wine. What follows is always good conversation. We are never interrupted with the quietness of our evenings.

Salut, Yelle
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