Teshieka and Derrek's Wedding

The Bridal Suite: Teshieka & Derrek’s Real Wedding

Zeta brings me so much business! But she also brings me great friends. I was referred to this beautiful bride by my undergraduate advisor and her line sister. The bride was in Columbia, SC, but she asked if I’d be willing to give it a shot. Given the referral and the fact that it’s not too far from ATL, I decided Suite14A could make it work. I called her once. She asked me a few questions. Now we’re friends. 🙂

 

Before Teshieka and I were able to meet in person, we had a couple of meetings via Skype. Later, she planned a trip to our home office to discuss details. Y’all…I was SICK! Not a cute lil runny nose and a cough sick. I had the fever all day, body aching, don’t make me get out of the bed, flu. I felt terrible. I wanted to be excited and chipper, but instead when she showed up, I was wrapped in a blanket and refusing to hug her for fear of spreading my germs. But she was so gracious. She pulled out her wedding planning notes, spread them on my floor and we spent the entire evening planning.

 

That one day set the tone for this entire journey. Teshieka and Derrek were so much fun to work with. I could not believe that they seriously wanted to invite one million 500 people to their wedding, but after meeting their friends and loved ones, it’s easy to see why. They really love them individually and as a couple and couldn’t imagine not being present for their big day.  This ginormous wedding was a huge test for Suite14A, but everyone was really happy with the way things turned out. Including me.

 

We had settled on a vintage, but modern look with a charcoal grey, sparkly silver, and Tiffany Blue color scheme.

Inspiration Board

All the stationery for the event was done by Scripted Ever After. I proposed a newspaper program that the bride loved, so we worked backwards from there. The entire suite featured this pattern that Jamie replicated from some linens she saw on our Pinterest board.

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

Scratch-off Telegram Save the Dates

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

Invitations

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

Newspaper programs w/ matching hashtag pencils

The ballroom at the Columbia Conference Center proved to be a perfect blank space. It had all the room and equipment (and FANTASTIC menu) that we needed, but it didn’t quite have that pizzazz required to meet the bride’s vision. So A Touch of Drapery draped the entire ballroom in white and we decorated everything in silver and charcoal.  Perfect Entertainment provided the uplighting that created the beautiful Tiffany blue color she wanted throughout the space.

 

before-and-after

At the bride’s request, the only flowers present were the bouquets and boutonnieres from By Design and the small bunch or rose petals I sprinkled at the altar. Instead of traditional floral centerpieces, we opted for an abundance of candles and chic white lamps for a more romantic ambiance.

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

With over 30 members, I’ve affectionately named the bridal party the Pugh Mass Choir. They were a great group and they came to PARTY.

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

DJ Perfect seriously had everyone on the floor the entire night, including our photographer Trevor Mercer, who couldn’t stop talking about all the fun he had. We took a quick break in the action for a special presentation by the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Omegas and Zetas

When your wedding planner slides through for the sorority photo w/ no make up on. #shame lol

 

curtis-pugh-wedding-cakes

Bonnie Brunt put BOTH her feet in the cakes, which is fitting given the grooms cake being a fresh new pair of gold boots. They were probably more delicious than they were beautiful, if you could believe that.

At the end of the night, the couple chose to share one last dance with all their guests and stayed behind to say goodbye and thank everyone for coming.

 

Teshieka and Derrek, by Suite14A at Columbia Conference Center

Check out the groom’s reception shoes. They were customized with the wedding date on the soles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great night and I’m so happy I was able to be a part of it. Check out my portfolio here to see the full wedding album.

 

A very special thank you to all the vendors who made this day a great success!

Event Planning and Design: Suite14A

Photography and Video: Trevor Mercer Photography

Venue: Columbia Conference Center

Stationery: Scripted Ever After

Cakes: Bonnie Brunt Cakes

Bridesmaids Gifts and Vinyl Monograms: Designs by Ashlee’

Hair: Creme de la Creme Hair Gallery

Makeup: Lifted by Lady K

Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: Carolina Couture

Bride’s Second Look: Brides by Nona

Drapery: A Touch of Drapery

DJ, Photobooth, Uplighting: Perfect Entertainment

Dancefloor and Chair Rental: Party Reflections

Flowers: By Design Holiday and Events

Monogram Sign and Acrylic Card Box: Ten23 Designs

Kate Spade Acrylic Bridal Shower Invite by Ijorere

Invitation Inspiration AND Tips for Being a Better Guest

Last week, we shared some innovative and FUN invitations and talked a bit about what you could do to be a better host. You can check out that post here. With wedding season approaching and there being far more guests than hosts, we figured we’d tackle the other side as well. So here are some tips to be a better along with some equally fun invites to get you inspired for your next event.

 

Always read (and decode) the whole invite: The invitation will explicitly give you some of the event details. Others may be just a clue. For instance, if it says cocktail party, that means cocktail attire is expected, drinks will be served, there will food, but no full meal. If it says backyard BBQ, then chances are it’s a more causal event, food will be in abundance, and heels may not be the best option. If you’re not sure, ask.

 

Always respect the occasion and your host: If an event says formal, DRESS UP. If it’s a pajama party, where pajamas. Costume party, wear a costume. Ugly sweater? Wear one. Parties are much more fun (and it’s so much easier on your host) when everybody participates. On this same note, parties are not the place to be anti-social. Be kind to other guests. Bring a great attitude. Mingle. Twerk. Have a drink. Put your phone down and make a friend! Be on your (mostly) best behavior. Don’t embarrass your friends by causing drama at their event. Don’t get sloppy drunk. Remember, the way you behave is often seen as a reflection of the person that invited you. Make them look good!

 

Mirrored in Reverse Invitations by Kenneth Cole

Mirrored in Reverse Invitations by Kenneth Cole

 

Be on time: Who likes to wait an hour for an event to “really” start? I did a little research on this and one post was very specific. If an event is to begin at 6:00pm you should arrive between 6:00 and 6:08pm. Your host will probably be preparing up until the very moment the party begins. Showing up too early may throw a wrench in their plans and cause them to slow down to accommodate you during this valuable time of preparation. However, if you are meeting a group at a restaurant, being on time is important as many establishments will not seat a group until most, if not all of the party is present.

 

Stay until it’s over, but don’t overstay your welcome: Try to stay until the end of an event, but don’t hold your hosts up either. Consider this, your host has spent weeks or months to plan a party. It’s a little hurtful when suddenly, you have things that are more important than staying at this well planned event. Alternatively, when the night is winding down, unless you’re helping, don’t be a straggler. Your hosts may very well be tired and want to wind down and clean up after what has been a long day.

 

Don’t neglect to RSVP: Unless the invite specifies, let your host know YES or NO before the specified deadline. If you really want to go, but don’t want to commit to a full evening or if you already have another event, it’s completely appropriate to say so when you RSVP, because NOBODY likes it when you eat and run.

 

Wooden Layered Invitations by Scripted Ever After

Wooden Layered Invitations by Scripted Ever After

 

Bring a gift: Although I do think gifts are nice, I’m the kind of host that will take care of everything when I invite people over, which means I expect that when I come to your house. Our friends host lost of events and rarely ask us for anything, so in return, we like to host things for them. However, bringing a little something for your host is a nice gesture.  My personal suggestion would be wine or chocolates. Just enough for the host and their family to enjoy. This way, when they done, they don’t have to figure out where to put this or that. I’m not too taken on having my house full of random useless items.

 

ALWAYS ask if it’s okay for you to bring a guest (or kids): FYI, a wedding invite does not mean an automatic +1. Unexpected guests can make it difficult to plan for food and could completely disrupt the seating arrangement. Try to avoid these uncomfortable situations by simply being considerate.

 

Neon Lion by Bliss and Bone

Neon Lion by Bliss and Bone

 

Say hello and goodbye: Please don’t leave without saying goodbye or saying thank you to your host.

 

As always, have a fantastic time and enjoy your family and friends.

Featured image from Ijorere.

Clutch Invitation By Eleven Note

Invitation Inspiration AND Tips for Being A Better Host

As a very popular couple, we’re never without somewhere to go. That being said, we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly as far as invites go. I really enjoy being a guest, but there are a few things that grind my gears about being invited by a less than stellar host. Though we commit to making every event a fun one, things would run more smoothly if only everyone had read this first.

 

Send an appropriate invitation: The invitation sets the tone for the event. While a text message may be cool when inviting a group to join you at a movie, it’s probably not the best option for a bridal shower. Be mindful of what your invitation says about your event. A text message may scream formal and “it’s no big deal,” while a printed invite with 3 coordinated enclosures says the exact opposite. Tip: A digital invite can be sent via text message. It’s super convenient and packs more punch than a typed message.

 

Invitations Monopoly

Monopoly Themed Wedding Invitations by Paper Truly

 

 

Allow your guests TIME to clear their schedules: It should be considered that weekends are prime time for events, so it’s only right that they fill up more quickly, especially when juggling the obligations of a growing family. With that being said, be kind enough to give your guests ample time to ensure that you’re first on their calendars. I’m here for spontaneity, but if it’s your birthday and you’d be sad if I couldn’t attend, please make it easy for me to say yes.

 

Give all the information: Be sure to give your guests every indication of what is expected of them as guests – what to wear, where to go, what time to get there, if there are any costs associated with parking or entry, or if guests are welcome. No one likes to be surprised about unexpected expenditures, or instructions after they’ve already arrived at the event.

 

"Exploding Box"Chanel 90th Birthday Invites by Your Unik Xchnage

“Exploding Box”Chanel 90th Birthday Invites by Your Unik Xchnage

 

Be READY and PRESENT at the start of the event: If that means leaving an hour early and getting to the restaurant first, always be prepared to receive your guests. It’s never fun to beat your host to their own event.

 

Be on call: In the time nearing the event, be near a phone so that guests who may be having trouble with directions or parking can get in touch with you. This is especially important if you all are going somewhere new or obscure in that there’s no big sign out front. Also, in the event of a wedding, make sure your vendors have a contact number for someone who is not the bride or groom and vice versa.

 

Thank your guests for coming: They could have been anywhere else (pajamas and Netflix are serious contenders in this day and age), but they decided to be with you. Be sure to express your thanks.

 

Be Gracious: Yes, even when someone shows with an unexpected guest. I know it will be tough, especially for dinner parties and other things where the count matters, but no need to embarrass them. The unexpected person may be just as uncomfortable as you are. This is a faux pas of the guest, not the person they chose to bring.  Here’s where you work your dazzling hosting skills by making the most of this situation.

 

Fashion Week Invitations from Dries Van Noten

Fashion Week Invitations from Dries Van Noten

 

BONUS: Give guests a heads up about other guests if that info will beneficial to them. For instance if someone’s ex is showing with a new date or one of your guests has three heads, a gentle FYI relieves everyone of awkward situations. Trust me.

 

Be sure to check out the next post for tips from the other side of the invite. That one also includes some dope stationery options.

*Featured image by Eleven Note. 

The Mbali Experience

The Go Generation: Mbali Experience, South Africa Destination Launch Event

Referrals are EVERYTHING! About seven weeks ago, we got a text from a friend who had a friend who needed a planner. The very next week, we had a new client. #BOOM Six weeks later on a dark, stormy and sleet-filled night,  a group of brave women (and men) traversed the Atlanta city streets to attend the inaugural event for The Go Generation where we celebrated the launch of the Mbali Experience.

 

 

When we first got the call, we did a little research to see what The Go Generation was all about. What really got us interested was that they’re a lot like us! The Go Generation focuses on Luxury Experiential Travel, where they custom design individual or group trips based on your personal travel dreams! How cool is that?! #SOLD So, I called the owner, Jason Elliott, to get the deets about the event. He explained that it would be centered around the Mbali Experience that was designed specifically for ladies “seeking a deeper connection with a destination, its culture, and its community in the company of a small group.”

 

Three things that guided the style and theme for the event were

 

  1.  Mbali means “flower” in Zulu
  2. The first destination for the Mbali Experience is South Africa
  3. This beautiful inspiration image featuring a field of yellow flowers

The Mbali Experience

 

Well, it was obvious that yellow was a must have in the color scheme. We decided to pair it with a rich charcoal grey, champagne gold for a bit of sparkle, wood grain for a natural element, and feathers for texture. Here’s the inspiration board:

Suite14A: Mbali Inspiration Board 2

 

Here’s the before picture of the room:

Before

 

Now, let’s see the transformation:

 

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The venue for the evening, Trees Atlanta, had a sculptured tree built right into the center of the room. It was a gorgeous addition to the design. It really gave the impression that guests were having dinner outside under beneath this beautiful tree.

 

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta

 

The buffet featured an abundance of deliciousness, including some South African themed items that coordinated with the event theme including Biltong, a S. African jerky and chicken skewers with a spicy peri peri sauce.

 

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta
Keeping with the theme, the guests were treated to a wine tasting with some of the best from South African wineries.

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta

 

 

And each guest received a complimentary Mbali wine glass to remember their Mbali Experience here in Atlanta.

 

Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta
Suite14A for The Go Generation at Trees Atlanta
Before the event was over, Jason shared a little bit more about his company and the Mbali Experience. You can watch part of the presentation video and find out more information here.

 

Suite14A w/ The Go Generation

 

You check out more photos in the event gallery in my portfolio.
Before it’s all done, we couldn’t have done it without our SUITE vendor team:

 

Planning, Florals, and Design: Suite14A

Venue: Trees Atlanta

Photography: The IvyArts Gallery

Catering: Zest Atlanta

Lighting: Uplighting America

Drapery: A Touch of Drapery

Audio/Visual: Pro Sound Rental of Atlanta

 

 

 

Pink Green and Black Party Theme

Pretty. Private. Pink. BFF Brunch

Everything good is worth celebrating and anything worth celebrating deserves your best effort. That includes spending time with friends. It’s always a great time when the girls can get together, but life oftentimes stands in the way. If you’re like me and entire states separate you and your BFF, then when you two can finally get together it’s a big deal. Why not mark the occasion with a #fancy brunch to catch up?

 

What are my suggestions for a great date with your bestie? Pick a spot that’s private…away from the boys and the kids. Bring out your good linens and fine china, so she’ll know it’s special. #aaaaawwww Make something yummy (and decadent) like this praline pecan monkey bread. Serve it with bacon, fresh fruit, and a drink (or 2) like a mimosa, or this apple cider sangria. Have a fantastic time with your unbioligical sister.

 

Here’s how I set up my table:

 

BFF Brunch, Pink Green and Black Decor

BFF Brunch, Pink Green and Black Decor

BFF Brunch, Pink Green and Black Decor

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Pink and Green Collage

 

I was inspired by this graphic pink and green fabric Absolute Travel Addict shared with me from one of her trips to the Motherland. It made for a fantastic runner and added a lot of visual interest to the design. The pink roses were the perfect feminine touch. Doesn’t it scream, no boys allowed? 🙂

 

For more tips on planning brunch for you and your BFFs, check out this article at girlfriendology.