Gilded Baroque Romance

Oh, my heart lovelies! I cannot express how excited I am and  how incredibly blessed I feel to do what I do and to love it so darn much! Last Friday, an inspiration shoot I styled with an amazing group of vendors was featured on Swooned blog- over here!!!

Yes, I’m exclamation happy, doing my happy dance and beaming with smiles right now! Who would have thought that a cup of coffee and a mutual love for romance and all things lovely would lead to something so full of passion and gorgeous? This shoot was born out of a discussion of at least ten other ideas and my love for music, tradition and ball gowns. Oh, and the color blue! With the idea to do a “Something Blue” shoot with a twist, the obvious choice was to go with the “old, new, borrowed, blue”, but I wanted to dig into that and figure out what that really meant to me. I came across some Baroque inspiration and history of the rhyme, then my mind went crazy– blue like the sky; gold like the sun highlighting gorgeous gilded architecture; romantic flowers and a drop dead gorgeous bride all dressed for a ball. Sounds like a great basis for a wedding design to me!

Grab something to sip on and stay a while, this one gets pretty long darlings. There’s just too much pretty to share!

carolynannphoto025The Veteran’s Memorial Ballroom was the perfect venue, with floor to ceiling windows, neutral walls trimmed in the most amazing hand carved detail and finished in crisp white – so swoon worthy! It was a match made in heaven. Oh and did I mention, the views of downtown add that perfect modern urban touch I love?


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An invitation suite is the first impression guests have of your wedding. The suite Andrea at AC Design created was so stunning! The hand painted watercolor on acrylic paper with gold details are more than I envisioned. The silhouettes are so fun and a bit of a modern twist, if you look closely at their hairstyles. Andrea also made the table numbers. We decided to have a combination of numbers and names to mix things up a bit. Why not name tables after favorite Baroque composers?  Another detail to add an extra luxe touch was gold wax seal. The nostalgic details just speak to my heart.


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Spielman’s Event Services provided the linens and other rentals to pull the design together. Kelly and her team are such a joy to work with and always have what I need. Candles are always romantic, so we gathered some gold leaf pillar candles for our alternate centerpiece and accented them with vintage candleholders. Imagine that ambience as the sun sets!

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There were so many layers to the table settings to add that opulent and luxurious feeling. One of my favorite elements is the place cards with handmade sheet music tags and calligraphy by Genevieve at Blush Papier.



Alason at Vintage Farmhouse Rentals had the perfect collection of antique goblets that added to the collected elegance of the tablescape. The design was created with the idea that some of the pieces, like the glassware and candlesticks, were passed down from family and were that older touch.



The beautiful floral centerpiece was the finishing touch on the table and added extra romance. Angela from the Flower Shop at Cedar Memorial worked magic. I actually found her two days before the shoot, believe it or not. She understood my vision and made it come to life even more beautifully that I could have imagined. The arrangement and bouquet included Hydrangea, Roses, Wax Flower, Stock, blue Delphinium, Anemones, Tulips, Seeded Eucalyptus and Italian Ruscus. Adding the gilded apples and some gold painted greens added just enough glamour.

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Anne at Classic Cakes by Design is such an artist. I showed her my inspiration boards, which she then combined and improved upon to create the absolute perfect cake design for this shoot. I audibly gasped when she sent me a photo. She is one of those people that can see a picture or hear a slew of adjectives, et voila- she designs something better than I even dreamed up myself.


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Speaking of beautiful goodies. Berries and fruit tarts were common desserts and knew that I needed to have some of those as details and a pop of color. That’s where Julianna at Sweet Satisfaction Bakery came in. Her baked goods are always so delicious and beautiful. I knew this would be no exception and called her right away. They were the perfect accent and tasted absolutely amazing.



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The jewelry and accessories were provided by Hope’s Bridal. The jewelry is designed by Meg Jewelry. They were perfectly ornate and felt like they were family pieces, while still adding a bit of a modern day flair.

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Redhead Salon’s Morgan and Lindsey did hair and make up on our lovely model, Megan. WOWZA! I asked for romantic and editorial- well hello! I sure got it. They were so much fun, brought the music to the party and had amazing energy all day. We were lucky enough to be able to work in two looks. Going from romantic to sleek and modern was so fun and they made it happen effortlessly!


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As usual, the staff at Hope’s Bridal was amazing and provided two gorgeous gowns. The looks both worked with the design, but were totally different. We used the amazing Essence ball gown for a soft, romantic look, my personal favorite. The other was a sleek, modern, and curvy fit and flare dress by Martina Liana.




There wasn’t a moment of this process that didn’t get me fired up! A big thank you to every, single vendor and friend that had a hand in making this a reality. Carolyn, thank you for capturing this so beautifully both on digital and film! Last, but certainly not least, thank you, thank you, thank you to Swooned for loving this little piece of our hearts and sharing it with your readers!!!

Happy Wednesday my lovelies!

xoxo- Jenn

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Fave 5: Business Edition & a Feature!

Happy Friday indeed, loves!

We are so humbled and excited to be featured on Swooned today. I will post more about that next week, but take a look here!

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With everything we’ve been doing in the HHE office lately, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tools and references to keep me organized. There are so many things that are helpful in staying organized, but these are my mainstays. Some of these tools are even contributors to some big changes coming up!

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Powersheets: I’d be lost without these lovelies from Lara Casey! They keep me on track and constantly remind me of my core and why I do things. When I feel overwhelmed, these are the pages I turn to, in conjunction with the Word.

Planning Pod: Y’all, I can’t even express how much I love this software/app! I’ve been using it for 3 weeks and every single day it proves more amazing. It keeps everything in one spot, connects my clients with the same information without umpteen email attachments, helps me manage my backend (finances, invoices, proposals, etc.) and even has electronic signature contracts that connect to PayPal! Once I’ve delved in further and have been using it longer, I’ll likely write a full post about it. Serious nerd alert on this one!

Spotify Playlists: You know I love music, it inspires me, helps me focus and is just plain fun. This week I’ve been head over heels for the new Sara Bareilles album, particularly this song, here.

Emily Ley printables: Between the client notes and daily schedule pages, I am able to plan out my days and agendas for meetings with a completely simplified approach. These are wonderful for me to take to consults and client meetings. Along with my Simplified Planner and Planning Pod on my ipad, meetings are so much more organized. The daily planners are so helpful on days I need to stay on schedule. I can allot myself blocks of time to tackle my list and when time is up, I move on. Emily, thank you for these!

B is for Bonnie “Navigating Entrepreneurship” series: Last, but certainly not least, this series on Bonnie’s blog is amazing! If you are a small business owner, you should go read this now! She covers everything from your ideal client, dreaming, and community to boundaries, time management and general tips for good business. Some of it is common sense that you just need to hear sometimes and other bits are new perspectives. Either way, all of it is helpful!

Do any of you use some or all of these tools? If so, I’d love to hear any tips or comments on your experiences!

xoxo- Jenn


disclaimer: all of these tool/product reviews are unsolicited and Harper Hadley Events received no sponsorship or payment to discuss them.

Oh Deer, Hello 2014!

I don’t even know where to begin! These first few days of the year have been so full of blessings. If this is a sign of what is to come, bring it on 2014!!

“Oh Deer” indeed. Y’all, this post has been a long time coming and I’m welling up and shaking as I type this. As some of you know, a dream that has been on my heart for years has been in the works. Though there is still a long way to go and these are small and humble beginnings, it is with pure and unbridled JOY that I show you a peek into the dream.

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This past year, I took a leap and started the process of becoming a small business owner. Just typing that gives me chills! This fall, I had the pleasure of organizing my very first styled inspiration shoot. The team that we gathered are truly amazing people and many are now friends. I honestly cannot express in words how grateful I am to every, single one of them and their open hearts and support! More on that later, I promise, but the reason for this timing is that our shoot was FEATURED yesterday, over here, on Love and Lavender!!!!!!

This shoot has so much meaning for me, not only for HHE, but also personally. There are so many little details that hold so many memories for me. There are pieces of my family and friends scattered throughout- pieces of my heart, out in the universe. Without further ado–

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I designed the shoot around her love for feminine touches and sparkle, mixed with his love of hunting and nature. The plaid is a subtle nod to my Scottish heritage, which was the original spark of inspiration for me. Though this was a winter inspired shoot, I didn’t want it to look too ‘Christmassy’, so we kept the palette neutral with pops of color in the floral design and details. Weeds Florist did a fabulous job with the beautiful arrangements. The textures and organic shapes were so fitting and absolutely gorgeous!

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For the table settings, we were able to find some antlers to use for a masculine touch and added dimension. The beautiful linens, wooden chargers, hammered silverware and gold-rimmed china were so perfect from Spielman’s Event Services, among other lovely details.

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Tori of Victoria Austin Designs crafted the paper suite. She is such a dear to work with and her designs were perfect for the vision I had in mind. The gold envelopes, calligraphy and wonderful textured edges were to die for. Also, how darling are those favor bags? Not only did they contain delicious cookies from Sweet Satisfaction, but they also served as escort cards! I love when details serve double duty.

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One of my favorite details was the gold deer! I spray painted figurines found at the craft store. This was so simple, yet they added such an elegant and whimsical touch throughout the décor. We used them everywhere- on the cake, the guestbook and favor tables, place settings and even as place card holders.

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Our models are a real life couple that I am blessed to call friends. They were such a joy to have on the shoot and I couldn’t have imagined doing this without them. They are good people, y’all!

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Can we please talk about the amazing and enchanting Martina Liana gown from Hope’s Bridal? I had an illusion neckline ball gown in mind when we went dress shopping and this one just took our breath away! The simple and debonair look of a classic bow-tie tuxedo is one of my favorites and added an elegant touch to the other rustic details.

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Sorry this was so long darlings, but there were so many amazing photos from the fabulous Emily Crall that I had to share! Emily- thank you for these beautiful images and late night texts and support. To everyone who was a part of this, thank you from the bottom of my heart- you ROCK and I could not have pulled this together without you!

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Cheers to dreams and everything your heart desires in 2014!!

xoxo- Jenn

Photography: Emily Crall //  Hair: Kailee Seward // Make Up: Salon Luxe // Gown & Accessories: Hope’s Bridal // Tux: Milroy’s Tuxedos // Florals: Weeds Florist // Paper Goods: Victoria Austin Designs // Treats and Cake: Sweet Satisfaction // Rentals and Linens: Spielman’s Event Services // Prints: SS Print Shop