29.

Today marks a personal day of growth. Literally... 

29 years ago I was born! I think birthdays are meant to be celebrated, but to me...it's less about "me me me" + more importantly it is a day of reflection for what I have done with my time on this beautiful earth.  I still have days where I am at a standstill, frustrated, but I am so happy overall + I am proud of everything 29 years has brought me.  Mostly, I am so thankful for all of the love that I give + receive daily and now MORE THAN EVER I am incredibly motivated to dive into my last year of my 20's! 

Below is an intimate setup of all things I LOVE... let it be known: there is nothing wrong with throwing your own birthday fete.  At least you know you will get what you want :)!  (plus it's almost impossible throwing me a party- my friends will agree) #controlfreak. 

People say aging is a terrible thing but I AM LOVING learning more + growing up as a person. I feel as though aging is a blessing because it is allowing you more time to have an impact on others in a positive way. 

SO 29, BRING IT ON. 


SPECIAL THANK YOU TO RACHEL MOORE FOR COMING OVER + SHOOTING THIS SETUP- SHE IS AN AMAZING WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IN NASHVILLE IF YOU ARE EVER IN NEED OF SOMEONE.  


PAPER RUNNER | hester + cook

CATERING | caviar + bananas

florals | myself

stemless flutes | color nashville

paper goods | envelopments

serving ware | target

don't pinch me.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY 


Put together a little St. Patty's post for you all wanting to get lucky - click to shop for these awesome finds for your next party or green loving life. 

CHEERS 

SHOP GREEN GEAR 

printed pillow | green purse | green party dress | paper placematsgreen tumbler glasses | spring heels | plaid napkins | shamrock serving platter 

moody march.

march can be a bit of a temperamental month, so that's what encouraged me to make a simple, spring minded setup! e n j o y 

spring break style.

IT'S OFFICIALLY MARCH!

First thing that comes to mind...spring break is near (if you get those still!?) + it had me reminiscing about one my my first shoots I did a couple years back with NFOCUS...it was alllll about COLOR + my theme was "spring break brunch". 

It's funny to see my style NOT changing a bit- I am STILL using the same elements, I still have a massive love for color, and I love a brunch theme ...but hey at least I am consistent.

ALSO, Scroll down for my favorite fashion items right now  ...                       P E R F E C T  for a beach spring break getaway!


PACKING FOR SPRING BREAK? 

Here are some perfect SHOPPABLE items for your getaway... 


a happy bachelorette.

I have a fun weekend in store! I am headed to a best friend's bachelorette weekend + I wanted to share what goodies I packed for the shower we are throwing her on Saturday night!

A couple months ago The Happy Hostess reached out + sent me her P E R F E C T packed party goods for the occasion! They are ideal for spoiling our bride and celebrating the bride to be! Scroll down to see how I used them for a cocktail setup.  

ABOUT | These little boxed kits from The Happy Hostess are perfect for the traveling party thrower as they come with a bride sash + veil combo, glitter banners, tattoos, selfie sticks, and more... it's truly a one stop shop for bachelorette parties! Planning a bach? Click here to shop. 

Can't wait to share more from this fun filled weekend in Florida! HELLO SUNSHINE + CELEBRATING THE BRIDE TO BE!  

a galentines gathering.

CELEBRATE YOUR GIRLS

This past Sunday, I was thrilled to design + style a Galentines Brunch hosted by Hunter Premo, Ashley Wilson for their favorite gal pals.  The intimate morning event was made complete by a handful of talented local companies. The event was fun, collaborative and showcased all things we LOVE! Scroll for more...

THE "PRE-PARTY" INSPO BOARD 

lots of love to those who helped me make it all happen!

holler and dash biscuit bar |  dixie vodka | proof old fashioned syrup | apple and oak  | please be seated | mercy + thyme florals  |paper goods + graphics: STUDIOST | all photography: Chelsea Roc


THROWING A MORNING PARTY? // HERE ARE SOME TIPS 

1.  prep as much as you can the night before... these bloody mary sticks (green olives, sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, +  pickled okra) took a while for me to assemble so instead of being flustered on the day of, i prepped them the night before and I am so glad I did!

2.  chill the champagne beforehand! here's a great article on the best way to enjoy this bubbly drink + you need at least a couple hours to cool. 

3.  have everything table top wise pulled out + ready to go (ESPECIALLY florals) so all you have to do is place + style, the tablescape can take a while so make sure you allow enough time in your morning to do this! 

4.  make sure all your serving dishes are clean + ready to go! 

5.  plan out your outfit! as the host you sometimes forget about you...so make sure you focus a little energy on yourself, but if you're rushed on time- throw the hair in a bun and fake it til you make it. 

FINALLY, ENJOY YOURSELF. IT'S A PARTY!

NFOCUS editorial spread

This past winter I had the amazing opportunity to style the winter bridal issue for NFOCUS Nashville magazine.  When we all first sat down about the shoot our goal was to incorporate a glam 20's look / while keeping it current + romantic.  So thankful to be apart of this amazing group of creatives + the vendors who helped us create!  

4 | ladies in grey: gus mayer / bride: the bride room

5 | the dress theory  / fur stole: gus mayer

7 | bride: the dress theory / groom: street tuxedo / guests: H AUDREY

tablescape: please be seated / linens: latavola linens

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10 | bride: the dress theory / fur stole: gus mayer / groom: street tuxedo


CREATIVE CREDITS

all photos | daniel meigs

florals | the flwr shop

staging + rentals | please be seated

publication | NFOCUS

hair + makeup | studio bbc 

models / Zoe Spain, Katelyn Bennett, Elizabeth Shanahan,

Drew Carney + Mattie Smith

SEE MORE IMAGES HERE + SEE ONLINE ARTICLE HERE 

new year / new feature.

Back in the fall I got a very exciting email that Nashville's best local magazine / online publication wanted to hear what I was up to.  I had a beautiful interview with them + feel so honored to have 4 pages in their new 2018 weddings feature!

SO thankful for everyone at Nashville Lifestyles for this + excited to set new goals for my growing business in 2018...WHAT a great way to start it off!!

thankful for these friends 

chairs | please be seated 

calligraphy | cory coyne 

photography | kristin sweeting 

winter whites

SADLY, Christmas is over.  You most likely have a lot of left over greenery + pine.  Instead of the next day throw away- reuse it! Here are a few inspirations for repurposing those + adding in winter whites for a whole new look that is winter approved. 

Also, ALWAYS a huge lover of winter whites in my life + wardrobe year round.  I've linked my favorite lifestyle items below..most are on sale now...  Enjoy! 

a few of my favorite things.

1.  TREE HUNTING

Every year the day after thanksgiving it is a tradition to go up to "Santa's Tree's" and grab the more full looking REAL tree, then I go home, blast Christmas music and get to decorating.  This year was extra special because my mom was in town for Thanksgiving + we were able to do it together.  

2.  CHRISTMAS CARDS 

I get way too excited about Christmas cards I will admit it, BUT it's the only way once a year to get a "family photo" + have a reflection of where we were that year for the future.  I keep them as ornaments on the tree as a visual scrapbook.  SO let me love this tradition, it's the little things...

3. MORNINGS AT HOME WITH ARCHIE 

If you haven't noticed yet, I love my dog.  Especially on the cold winter mornings I LOVE drinking my coffee and easing into the morning with him.  Before I have children of my own one day he will stay my current only child.  So... Sorry not sorry.

4.  FESTIVE DECOR + ENTERTAINING 

MIC. DROP. 

Favorite season meet favorite activity.  

5.  OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.  

I LOVE our neighborhood every season because of its charm + history but especially love it around Christmas.  If you drive on any given street in the 12s / Belmont neighborhood you are in for a treat.  I currently am in love with this historical compound of a home on Linden Avenue for their epic wreath...where does one even purchase that? Christmas Goals. 

6.  GIVING GIFTS

I LOVE THE "GIVING SEASON". Friends + family may not always love my gifts but I love giving far more than receiving.  Most importantly I love picking a charity to give to every year and a family who needs things far more than we do.  It is a yearly reminder to think larger than myself + get giving. 

7.  REMEMBERING THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

It's so easy to get caught up in instagram world of things looking perfect 24-7 / the constant "keep up" feeling but this holiday is a way to remind us that life is not about that.  We are not here for that.  It is a reminder to all to keep the faith and remember why we even celebrate Christmas...

John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."  

Christmas is my absolute favorite season + I am so happy to have this outlet now to share with you my very favorite things.  Lots of love and...

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS 

september love.

MARY CARLISLE + RICKY | 9.22.17

I can happily say I couldn't be more thrilled for my past September bride + groom! Their wedding day was absolutely DREAMY and one to remember.  Besides them being beautiful people inside + out AND all the gorgeousness in... florals, linens, draping, design, personalization, planning, etc. that went into the day...the LOVE in the air by their guests was truly an amazing feeling. PLUS watching Mary Carlisle + Ricky's love unite was why I love what I do.  I believe in true love and feel absolutely blessed to be bringing dream days to life to people who value love and spread it to the world! 

Enjoy the amazing photos below from Austin Gros + a little more detail of design elements all tagged below.  

ALL THE DETAILS 

VENUE | COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME / ROOFTOP + EVENT HALL

FLORALS | ROSEMARY + FINCH

BAND | NUMBER ONE PARTY BAND

OTHER TALENTED MUSICIANS (friends of bride + groom) | CEREMONY: JOHN GURNEY / RECEPTION: ADAM DOLEAC 

PAPER GOODS | SHINE WEDDING

CAKE | DESSERT DESIGNS

DRAPING | VISUAL ELEMENTS

RENTALS + SOFT SEATING | 12TH TABLE

CALLIGRAPHY | CORY COYNE

VIDEOGRAPHY | JUSTIN CLOUGH

THANK YOU to everyone who made this day special for this couple + Mary Carlisle and Ricky for our beautiful planning process together.  We had fun + we got sh*t done, I am so grateful to have been apart of it and love you both! -Molly

#YOUNGANDMARYED

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