Blush and Olive Watercolor Botanical Wedding Suite


blush and green wedding suite | a fabulous fete

This suite for Dee + Eric started out as a lush green design with plenty of botanical elements when I shared the Save the Date design here. As we moved on to create the actual invitation, the bride wanted to soften things up by adding in a bit of blush. I couldn't have come up with a better solution for creating this perfect mix of masculine meets feminine. 

We pulled illustrations from the original wreath used on the save the date, painted by Megan Heddinger, and repositioned them to create a totally different look. For the invitation and RSVP we went with a mix of watercolor lettering and a digital font to keep the important details crisp and clean next to the wild foliage. And finally, the suite was paired with day of items that included a simple long menu and escort cards made on colored cement tiles.

Working with couples and their designers/planners from the Save the Date to Day Of items is a dream. I LOVE being able to pull all of these pieces together at the very end and see the evolution of our designs! Here's a few more detailed shots of Dee + Eric's project.

green floral border save the date | a fabulous fete
blush and white envelope watercolor addressing | a fabulous fete
custom wedding invitation suite | a fabulous fete
hand lettering invitation and rsvp | a fabulous fete
botanical wedding details | a fabulous fete
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custom day of wedding paper goods | a fabulous fete
hand addressed blush wedding invitations | a fabulous fete
custom unique wedding place cards | a fabulous fete

If you are interested in creating something similar, we have lots of details here and a form you can fill out to receive an estimate. All pieces are completely customizable to your color palette, floral theme and style!

A Summer Rosé Champagne Cocktail


rose champagne cocktail | a fabulous fete

It's Friday, the only decision you should have to make is glass or bottle. And if you have a bottle of rosé in the fridge, I have the perfect summer cocktail for you to mix up this weekend!

I love any cocktail that involves fresh ingredients, ESPECIALLY with this warm weather. It's refreshing and makes me feel like I'm doing something good for myself;) This cocktail has a mix of grapefruit and berries, but feel free to add in your favorite fruits as garnish (which basically doubles as a snack). Enjoy!

Ingredients for a simple sparkling weekend cocktail | A Fabulous Fete

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage
  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • Grapefruit Zest to taste
  • Blackberries and Blueberries for garnish
easy cocktails to make at home | a fabulous fete

Instructions:

  1. Add champagne, bitters, triple sec and ice to your glass. Stir
  2. Top with a pinch of the grapefruit zest
  3. Add berries to finish, serve immediately
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rose infused cocktail recipe | a fabulous fete

Now put on your best summer dress, head outside and enjoy this one in the sunshine. Happy Friday!

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One of the biggest lessons I've learned in running a business and this blog is that there is never a perfect time for anything (read more about it here). And this quote is a perfect reminder to do what you can with what you have. MAKE it the perfect to start a new project, take that leap, or eliminate something dragging you down.

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Creating a Rehearsal Dinner at Home with BHLDN


How to host a tropical inspired rehearsal dinner at home | A Fabulous Fete

There are so many things I wish I could go back and re-do at our wedding. Sure, there were wedding blogs and Pinterest, but those things just weren't what they are today. Which is why, when I have the opportunity to get creative with wedding projects, I basically treat it like my do over. I love sharing these ideas and creations in hopes that those of you planning your own weddings will actually get to execute them and blow all of your friends and family away;) We had a very small wedding, so we had a few family members out to our favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach after our rehearsal. Looking back, I may have made all of the other events surrounding our wedding day a bigger deal. I love seeing couples that have themed rehearsal dinners and Sunday brunches following the wedding. It really is a once in a lifetime occasion that you should celebrate the heck out of.

With more and more couples renting houses in destinations that they frequent in their time off, it really just makes sense to start looking at how your can host fun days and nights (yourself) to round out your wedding weekend. I partnered with BHLDN to share my dream rehearsal dinner scenario. You know I like a mix of high and low, rustic and glamorous... things that have high contrast. So, creating a gorgeous table top full of some of the prettiest decor available for your wedding, was naturally paired with a  pizza bar. Honestly, who would not enjoy a chic pizza party? I love that it would be a super simple way to feed your guests, and let the decor that you put together shine. Still don't think beaded gowns go with a pizza bar? Keep reading...

Custom stationery for a rehearsal dinner, wrapped up with a "the night before" tag | A Fabulous Fete
Watercolor calligraphy rehearsal dinner invitation | A Fabulous Fete

Invite your guests with a playful invitation suite. Keeping the colors soft, I designed this watercolor suite in pinks and grey and tied it all together with splatter painted vellum and hand dyed silk ribbon.

Tropical bohemian flower arrangement by Beautiful Savage Flowers | A Fabulous Fete

Create drama by lighting up the night with candlelight. You almost don't need anything else but a few flowers for your table. I mixed pillar candles with classic gold candlesticks for height and to frame our flower arrangements. Once the sun set it was all the light we needed and created the perfect setting for lingering over champagne and conversation.

Simple summer table setting | A Fabulous Fete
Gold calligraphy place cards for your rehearsal dinner | A Fabulous Fete
Mismatched gilded plates for a bohemian rehearsal dinner | A Fabulous Fete
Rehearsal dinner table setting with a tropical touch | A Fabulous Fete
BHLDN dress that works for any occasion | A Fabulous Fete
A table full of candles is the easiest way to create some drama without a ton of effort | A Fabulous Fete
Pull together mismatched furniture with a simple color scheme | A Fabulous Fete
A summer color palette of blush, gold and lots of white | A Fabulous Fete
Rehearsal dinner table settings with thank you cards and favors your bridesmaids can wear at the wedding | A Fabulous Fete

Treat your bridesmaids to something special they can wear the next day. It makes a unique setting with a little sprig of greenery.

Advice cards for friends and family to fill out at your rehearsal dinner | A Fabulous Fete
Mismatched barware | A Fabulous Fete

I always mix our champagne glasses for get togethers and dinners. It adds a playful touch, color, and guests aren't guessing which glass is theirs. I topped the bar with one of my favorite phrases and a flower garland.

Stocked bar with fabric signage for a special occasion | A Fabulous Fete
Keep your rehearsal dinner simple (pizza and champagne!) but chic with gorgeous tableware | A Fabulous Fete
Beaded BHLDN dress for an easy rehearsal dinner look | A Fabulous Fete

White breezy dresses are the ultimate summer wedding staple. This beaded gown could easily go from wedding, to dinner, to the beach depending on how you style it.

Embellished breezy dresses are perfect for a simple rehearsal dinner at home | A Fabulous Fete
Easy white dresses that can be dressed up for your wedding, or down for your honeymoon | A Fabulous Fete
Pick up pizza for an easy dinner but add amazing details like cake stands and beautiful serving pieces for a special occasion | A Fabulous Fete

The key to creating a pizza bar that doesn't remind you of a kids party? It's all about the presentation. We stuck to glass cake stands and wood platters surrounded by gilded serving pieces and gold calligraphy signage. Using individual tables in varying heights also creates something more visually interesting than the usual bar set up. 

Cake servers double as a way to fancy up your pizza bar | A Fabulous Fete
Gold watercolor signage for a pizza night | A Fabulous Fete
Ways to keep your rehearsal dinner chic but easy! | A Fabulous Fete
Macarons stacked with touches of flowers are a simple way to DIY dessert for your dinner party | A Fabulous Fete
'Yay' champagne glasses | A Fabulous Fete

My goal for dinner party set ups is always to get people talking while making them feel like their at home. I think this one did the job.

Are there any of you on the hunt for DIY rehearsal dinner ideas? What plans do you have up your sleeve to wow your guests?

Photography | Alissa Noelle Photography

Flowers | Beautiful Savage Flowers

Decor | BHLDN, individual pieces that are available are shown below

Crystal Bracelets | Cake Serving Set | Gold Garland | Gold Candle Boxes | Pink Cakestand | Yay Champagne Glass | Gold Rim Champagne Glass | Advice Cards | Gold Utensil Set | Tapers | Brass Candlesticks | Wood Tray | Votives | Pillar Candles | Coupes | Jasmine Garland | Agate Card Holder | Tall Loop Card Holder | Birch Planter | Short Eyelet Dress | Long Beaded Dress

Post in partnership with BHLDN.

You Are Not For Everyone | BlogRX Retreat


BlogRX Retreat | A Fabulous Fete

Ladies and gents, this has been a long time in the making. Sharon and I have been wanting to host a retreat for years and years. Most years it ended up becoming overwhelming and scary, so we invited our girls out for a weekend of fun and relaxation instead (with some biz talk on the side). But this year, we finally took the leap and launched BlogRX Retreat. We want to share all that we know about defining your brand for your blog or business with those of you that feel like you are spinning your wheels and are just stuck. We want to teach you why you shouldn't be marketing yourself to EVERYONE. We want to help you find your tribe. So, with my creative outlook on defining your brand, to Sharon's back end expertise in ways to help you grow and meet your goals, we'll give you the tools and advice to get that momentum back in your biz. Plus, there's mimosa's, happy hour, a pool, and us... all of which basically guarantee a good time.

We opened registration to the public TODAY so stop by, read what it's all about and if you're ready to invest in taking your blog or business to the next level, join us on August 6th in Palm Springs! There are only a few spots as we want to keep it intimate and be able to work with all of you, so don't miss out! 

You can also email us with any questions or concerns or to say hello;)

blogrxretreat (at) gmail (dot) com