Summer Soirée // 100 Layer Cake

We are so excited to share with you our Summer Soirée that was recently featured on 100 Layer Cake!!! We collaborated with The Wedding Artists Collective and Poppies and Posies to design this super fun dinner party that took place at one of our favorite locations, the Whythe Hotel. The night couldn't have been more magical. The rich colors of the flowers, low hanging lights, the warm summer air, and a table full of insanely talented and fantastic wedding creatives was the perfect recipe for a great time. 

The night was really about celebrating our community of fellow planners and designers and expressing to them how grateful we are to be a part of such a supportive and innovative group of people! Our host Lisa, from The Wedding Artist Collective, has begun hosting #collectivegatherings and we're beyond touched to have been involved in the very first one. Next on their list is Palm Springs! We're excited to attend that one and will fill you in on all the fun.

xx Firefly

Our Top Picks // Best Dressed at the Emmys

Last night the stars came out looking their best in hopes of winning Emmy gold! While they were focused on awards we couldn't help but drool over their stunning red carpet gowns! We've picked out our favorite looks of the night and they are drop dead gorgeous! We're definitely taking notes on the trends this season - whether its the white and silver combinations or the bright corals, we love it all. Which look is your favorite?

 

1. Camila Alves in Zuhair Murad

2. January Jones in Prabal Gurung

3. Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad

4. Heidi Klum in Zac Posen

5. Lizzy Kaplan in Donna Karan Atelier

6. Amy Poehler in Theia

7. Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano

8. Hayden Panettiere in Lorena Sarbu

9. Michelle Monaghan in Giambattista Valli Couture

10. Cat Deeley in Burberry

11. Keke Palmer in Rubin Singer

12. Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli

xx Firefly

Moodboard Monday // I am a Fan

Today's moodboard is inspired by our Brooklyn adventures. One of New York's greatest treasures is crossing over the bridges that lead into Brooklyn and getting lost in the endless neighborhoods. Each with their own flavor and style. We particularly love the countless industrial buildings that have been converted into restaurants, cafes, bars and peoples homes. Here, you can find brilliant uses of old industrial fans, antique furniture and incredible light fixtures. There is inspiration everywhere. 

Happy Monday!!!

xx Firefly 

Friday Finds // A few of Our Favorite Hair Adornment Artists

Hair accessories can truly take your wedding style to a whole new level so today we're highlighting some of the leading trend setters in the hair adornment industry. Hope you enjoy!

Twigs and Honey

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The designer and owner of Twigs and Honey, Myra Callen, is a leader in the field of hair adornments and her work is brilliant. The self taught artist creates delicate hand made pieces. She studied both fashion and environmental science, which is why her designs have such a unique and organic aesthetic. In her work you can see her love of texture and her ability to find just the right color to set the mood. We sure do fancy her creations :)

Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart

"I love accessories that define a moment. I love creativity, quality in details, and a uniqueness that keeps you looking at each design for a while.  There is nothing better, to me, than getting lost for a moment in a beautiful expression of art.  I hope that each of my designs provides this moment". 

- Liv Hart 
Designer/Creative Director

Preston and Olivia 

We are lucky to have this creative brand in our city and to call the owner, Dara Kent-Cobb, one of our dear friends.

This is the story of Preston and Olivia.

The story of inspiration gathered from the warm, sweet air of the south...and the sophisticated, vibrant energy of New York City.

A story told in textures: soft velvet, delicate lace, summery gingham, and peppy ribbon. Where texture meets pattern and style in an unexpected dance.

Like the sound of a New Orleans jazz band floating through downtown Manhattan. The story of pieces that let you tell your story. From completing an outfit to making your wedding day sparkle. 

Preston & Olivia. Southern born. Manhattan made
 

Bo and Luca 

The Bo & Luca brand was born for the daring romantic which you can see in every aspect of their work.

Jennifer Behr

Jennifer Behr's studio is a Brooklyn sun drenched loft and her famous pieces reflect that. She is a staple in the world of hair adornments and if you check her out you will quickly see why. Her work is classic and her designs are strong and seductive while remaining sophisticated and timeless. Her work is striking.

Hushed Commotion

Another one of our dear friends, Thea, is the designer and owner of Brooklyn based Hushed Commotion. Her work is elegant with a touch of vintage flare. She loves the hand-made process of each piece she designs and we especially love her ability to hear a brides ideas and create exactly what she is looking for.

Erica Elizabeth Designs and Pretty Things

Erica Elizabeth pulls inspiration from every time period and creates some of the most unique pieces in the industry. All her work is made with materials that were intentional and the placement, beading, sewing, and texture is flawless. 

Get creative this weekend!

xx Firefly

Norah & Jacob // The Knot

We are so excited to share Norah and Jacob's wedding that was just featured in the last edition of The Knot! We had an amazing time working with this creative couple. Their wedding took place at the Foundry and we still cant stop gushing over its organic industrial look. Fall is just around the corner and these pictures by Mademoiselle Fiona have us looking forward to the warm colors of the changing leaves. 

Happy Tuesday!!!

xx Firefly

A Few of Our Favorite Things // August

1.  White Rimmed Shades - Every New Yorker knows the struggle of finding the perfect sunglasses for summer, those unique I am an individual shades. However, you can't go wrong with white rimmed cat eye glasses, they are classic.

2. Vintage Fan - We are currently in the hottest month of summer. Might as well keep cool in style with little vintage fans that add a fun retro feel to a room.

3. Palm Leaf Leather Clutch - Palm print has been a hit this summer and this Etsy artist, Annie Olean Bukhman, owner of Etsy shop Gift Shop Brooklyn, did an exceptional job using it on this clutch. It is a great everyday clutch and adds pattern to any outfit.

4. Swedish Hasbeens - These clogs have been making their appearance this summer on the streets of New York and we have taken notice. Their organic retro look makes them stand out in a crowd and makes every outfit just a little more interesting. This Swedish brand does an amazing job speaking out against the fight for our environment. Every shoe is handmade and made only out of natural materials, which we love. :)

5. Fujifilm Instax Mini - There's no better time to get a Polaroid camera than the summer when your going on your most memorable adventures of the year. We personally like this one, that Fujifilms makes, because it automatically determines the right brightness for taking a picture and it is just so cute and compact.

6. Reformations Henna Dress - The Reformation is one of our favorite clothing brands. We are lucky that one of their stores is just a couple blocks away from our office. One of our favorite dresses from their summer line is this tie waisted fringe dress. It makes us want to dance. :)

7. Moroccan Wedding Blanket - One of our favorite treasures we found in Morocco were their wedding blankets. They are woven out of sheep's wool, cotton and linen. Once the weaving is complete hundreds of mirrored sequins are attached making different patterns for every individual blanket. They are traditionally tied around a bride like a cape after the couple is married but they make amazing throws and decorative art pieces.

8. Floral Card - In our office we can never have too many cards. As wedding planners we are always sending out "congratulations" and "thank you" cards to clients and friend. This Etsy artist, Nicole Pietruschka who owns Etsy shop Art Design And Dreams, makes great eco-friendly, summertime cards. 

9. Turkish Towel - One of our favorite purchases of the summer are Turkish towels. They are beautifully made and extremely easy to fold up and throw into a beg. They can be used when your lounging in the park or the beach or even used as a shall when there is a breeze. 

Flower Guide // Summer Edition

Everyone should experience a NYC summer. The energy in this city during the summer is absolutely contagious! Not to mention - the summer blooms are nothing short of incredible! Here are some of our favorites!

Noisettes

Season: Summer
Color: Range from white to crimson

Not to be confused with peonies, noisettes fall into the garden rose category. These versatile flowers look beautiful as tighter bulbs as well as in full bloom!

Images via Pinterest

Images via Pinterest

Clemantis

Season: Spring/Summer
Color: White, pink, purple

This unique flower can give any bouquet a soft romantic look. You won't be able to take your eyes off of them! 

Images via Pinterest

Images via Pinterest

Delphinium

Season: Summer
Color: White, yellow, red, blue, lavender

These beautiful large blooms will stand out in any arrangement! You can use their height to have them stand tall or to make a elegant downward cascading look!

Images via Pinterest

Images via Pinterest

Astilbe

Season: Spring/Summer
Color: White, pink, red, lavender 

If you didn't know its name, I'm sure you recognized it as this is an NYC favorite. Incorporate one of your favorite High Line flowers into your special day!

Images via Pinterest

Images via Pinterest

Amaranthus

Season: Summer/Fall
Color: Green, pink, and crimson

I'm sure you're used to seeing amaranthus in its jungle like green color, but have you ever seen it in this sweeter pink color?! This gorgeous bloom makes a great accent flower.

Images via Pinterest

Images via Pinterest

Bougainvillea

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Color: White, different shades of pink/red, and purple

We all love the way a blooming bougainvillea looks as it covers an otherwise boring building. You can admire this flower up close if you use it in an arrangement!

Images via Pinterest

Images via Pinterest

Peony

Season: Spring/Summer
Color: White and different shades of pink and coral

Oh peonies! I saved the best for last. Their soft, romantic petals make them a showstopper in any bouquet or arrangement. You can never have too many peonies!

Images via Pinterest

Images via Pinterest

Happy Hump Day!

 

xx Firefly

Moodboard Monday // Cold Tangerines

Today's moodboard is inspired by our current adventures in Morocco. We are making our way from the Atlas Mountains to Tangier (by way of Marrakesh, Oulidia, and Rabat) for a destination wedding that we are so excited about! It is only our third day here in Morocco and the rich colors of this country are already inspiring us.

Top picture by : Jessie Webster, Earrings by: Janet Alix, Other images via Pinterest 

Top picture by : Jessie Webster, Earrings by: Janet Alix, Other images via Pinterest 

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God's belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”

-Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life 

 

Happy Monday!

xx Firefly

Travel Journal // Morocco Bound

This summer is chalk-full of fun and exciting adventures, but one that we're most excited about is a destination wedding in Morocco! Juliet Totten will be with us to insure that the flowers are stunning and Nick Radford will be snapping all the pretty pics, which we'll share with you ASAP.

Morocco

In preparation for the wedding we'll be taking a week to travel from Marrakesh up the coast to Tangier, sourcing beautiful and unique decor items along the way.  Max Lawrence, owner of Lawrence of Morocco, has prepared an amazing itinerary for us that begins this Friday! Here are the fantastic places we'll be staying along the way.


MAROC LODGE

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Our travels begin in the Atlas Mountains at this luxurious mountain retreat adjacent to the small town of Amizmiz. Maroc Lodge is located 35 miles south of Marrakesh and will be the perfect place to unwind and get our creative juices flowing.


VILLA DES ORANGERS

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We'll be doing most of our sourcing for the wedding in Marrakesh and what better way to end our busy days than hanging out by the pool at Villa des Oranger. It's also slated to be 104 degrees while we're there (ah!) so the pool is key!


LA SULTANA

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After the heat and hustle and bustle of Marrakesh we head to the beautiful coastal town of Oulidia where we'll stay at the stunning La Sultana.


RIAD KALAA

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Our journey continues in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, at the beautiful Riad Kalaa.


EL MINZAH HOTEL

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We'll spend the wedding week at El Minzah Hotel in Tangier which is just minutes from the villa where the wedding will take place.

We are beyond excited for our trip and can't wait to share pictures and stories from our travels!

xx Firefly