santa barbara soiree

May 25th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Parties - (Comments Off)


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{  megan hickman – parties  } 

Adam and I were pretty much a done deal from the moment we met. I had given up on dating and was set on remaining single for a while and focusing on my interior design career. A few hours in to our first meeting I felt there was something different and special about him.  My feeling was strong enough that I immediately threw my single-and-fabulous plan to the wind and took a chance on this sweet guy. It was the best decision of my life. Three years later we have already been married seven months.  We threw a wedding that was everything we wanted.  It may not have been the biggest, or most blog-worthy, or meticulously styled (I’m a busy lady!) but it was a massive success. There were two main things that we deemed important. First , we wanted it to be extremely personal.  We were married at home in the same spot as my parents, by the rabbi who married Adam’s parents, and every song we included in our ceremony had special meaning to us- having our first dance to “Walking in Memphis” was no accident!  Second, we wanted it to be a great party. We served crowd-pleaser small plates, had two full open bars, and played music that had seriously everyone of all ages out on the dance floor. We kept the details simple, focusing on the big things that had deeper meaning to us on our day, and making sure our guests had an amazing evening. Since that day, we have been overwhelmed with the compliments on our wedding.  Whether it was the overall atmosphere, the food, the ceremony, the music etc., we have heard over and over that our guests left with the takeaways we wanted: love, happiness, personality, so much fun, and full of good food! My wedding showed me what is at the heart of successful entertaining. Weddings take this to a whole other level to be sure, but what you want to accomplish is simple and straightforward, from the smallest get-together to the most extravagant soiree. Create an experience to share with the people you love, bring out the good eats, throw on some great jams and have a party!



March 31st, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Parties - (Comments Off)

Happy Easter to all! Enjoy this beautifully styled easter inspiration by Dietlind Wolf. I love the playful color palette, graphic patterns, and sweet blooms!


concept + realization + photo : dietlind wolf
in print : living at home issue 4/2013

vintage valentine

February 13th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Flower | Parties - (Comments Off)

Flowers, sweets, and cards are the trademarks of Valentine’s Day! In this romantic holiday shoot we wanted to create a cozy garden nostalgic feel complete with a cuddly kitty! We gathered inspiration from precious vintage paper Valentine’s with imagery of kitty cats and hearts. We used a super soft color palette of pinks, peaches, corals, salmon and creams with playful pops of fuschia! Loose and lush florals add a casual, unfussy, garden vibe to this affair. The quirky ceramic cat bride cake topper adds a playful element, along with the milkglass hands and vintage ceramic cat vase! Swirled and heart shaped french macarons are creative and yummy. A decadent marble frosted cake with a floral cascade completes this vintage valentine wedding.



February 10th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Flower | Parties - (Comments Off)

Bringing a bit of the outdoors indoors in this glamourous camping inspired shoot featured in the current issue of Brides of North Texas Magazine!


Concept + Design + Flowers: Bows and Arrows

Photography: Perez Photography

Paper: Southern Fried Paper

Cake + Sweets: Sugar Bee Sweets

Venue: 129 Leslie, Dallas

Rentals: Posh posh Couture Rentals



rose hall

January 7th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Parties | Style - (Comments Off)

Over the holidays we went to Jamaica and visited Rose Hall, a “haunted house” in Montego Bay built in the 1700′s… a gorgeous building with an incredible story. You can read the story here but the short version is Annie Palmer married John Palmer, a very weathly Jamaican. Annie murdered John, two other husbands and her slave lovers and is known as the “White Witch of Rose Hall.” Supposedly she haunts it and I think many Jamaicans believe that is true. Nonetheless, the grounds are fascinating and well worth investigating if you are thinking destination.


the baker’s wish list

January 4th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Parties - (Comments Off)

The most beautiful cakes and pastries are often inspired by art and design, seeking, in their way, to become a temporary, edible work of art. So it is only fitting that the world of sweets would in turn inspire designers and artists. These baking-inspired art objects and prints would make for a unique addition to any home. Great gifts for that sweet baker in your life!

-Emily Allen with Cake Walk Bake Shop 

Photo Credits:

Part of artist Paul Ferney's Cake Series paintings, check out the beautiful collection here. "Sprinkles" by Paul Ferney.

Hand turned and hand shaped Cloud Cookie Cutter by Herriot Grace

Beater Whisk by Normann Copenhagen for Gretel

Rolling Pin Hook by Thelermont Hupton for Gretel

Linen Sweets Tea Towel by Poketo.

Recipe Card Box and Recipe Cards by Rifle Paper Co.


thankful for love

November 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Hello Love in Parties - (Comments Off)

When I spotted this styled shoot on Grey Likes Weddings, I knew I had to share! The setting + the couple + the flowers = Breathtakingly Cozy! Happy Thanksgiving!


Photographer: Carina Skrobecki Photography and Kate Price Photography // Location:Rattlesnake Lake // Floral and Event Design: Stacy Anderson Design // Invitation Designer: Carina Skrobecki Design // Make-up: Jen Price