3.25.2015

Amy Osaba Flower Workshop

We are always as pleased as punch when we get to do fun little events outside the real wedding world with some of our favorite folks from the Atlanta wedding scene. So when we were asked to participate in one of Amy Osaba's workshops, we were sort of thrilled!! It's no secret that we absolutely adore Ms. Osaba; her incredible floral designs and creative creations always leave us stunned, but beyond her talent, she's one of the best people we know! So AO hosted a two day flower workshop, and we played our part, providing dinner, drinks, and nourishments for her crafty crew. Oh, what fun!
Along with AO, we got to work beside some of the best in the biz for this workshop, for starters, the fantastic photographer behind these glorious pictures, Sawyer Baird. Thanks for making our food look so scrumptious! As always, Blue Eyed Yonder's rental items were the perfect addition, making Amy Osaba's studio look like a million bucks during our delightful dinner. 
Day two of Amy's workshop took place at Lullwater Acres, where our model looked jaw dropping, thanks to the hair + make up wonder, Claudia Mejerle Rogers, and draped in gorgeous gowns from The Sentimentalist.  
What a fun way to spend a few days!  If you are interested in attending one of AO's workshops, check back on her website in the near future, and if you want to see more images from this workshop, take a look at Sawyer Baird's blog. Until next time!
Cheers,
SIMB 








3.04.2015

Juliana + Allen

Cookie cutter weddings have never been our thing. That's why when couples like Juliana + Allen come to us, we just know it's going to be a great fit! Juliana + Allen kept their wedding celebration super simple, but it completely encompassed their personalities and love, and was full of DIY details that were uhhhh-mazing. Their ceremony, set in the foyer of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, was anchored on an arbor that Allen made himself, and that was filled with a homemade garland the happy couple created together, how sweet!?! Juliana designed the invitations and save the dates, created the table markers and seating board, and then to top it off, the bride and her family even created the centerpieces and bouquets. Talk about a crafty and creative couple! We're thankful that they came to use to help with the event planning catering, AND they chose our dear friend Amber at Our Labor of Love to document the day! 

Other things we loved about Juliana + Allen's delightful day? Juliana's laid-back look, completed with her great grandmother's handkerchief, a baby's breath halo, and a sentimental and sweet locket. Plus, the elegant garden party decor and feeling of the courtyard in Callanwolde's courtyard, with farm tables supplied by Blue Eyed Yonder, and tiny twinkling bistro lights strung above. Pretty picturesque, huh? Amber at Our Labor of Love's images bring it back to life, and have us yearning for spring weddings like Juliana + Allen's all over again! 

Speciality cocktails like gin + tonic with lavender sage honey syrup and whiskey punch were another unique way to represent the couple throughout the evening. Juliana + Allen selected shrimp ceviche with lime + cilantro + avocado + jicama, medjol dates wrapped in prosciutto wrapped with soft goat's cheese, and pepper crusted carpaccio crostini with arugula + cracked capers as their butler passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour. Their buffet menu was made up of two of our wonderful salads, wild mushroom ravioli + truffled mushrooms + brown butter sauce, barbecue atlantic salmon finished with a peach + nectarine chutney, garlic + shallot sautéed haricot vert with grape tomatoes + toasted pine nuts, braised fennel with parmesan + pecans and fresh artisan breads with rosemary scented butter. For dessert, their "naked" cake, from Sugar and Slate, served up different deliciousness on each layer, and as a nod to Juliana's Italian ancestry and late grandmother, a traditional cookie table was piled high with cookies we're still craving.
What a special and spectacular celebration! If you're like us and can't get enough of Juliana + Allen's wedding, check out Snippet & Ink's feature for more DIY delightfulness. 

Cheers,
SIMB


2.05.2015

VaVa VUE!

Today, we get to do one of our favorite things in the world. Rave about one of our most beloved Studio1658 vendors around, VUE Photography's creator, Genya!
Where do we even start when it comes to Genya? Maybe in Highlands, NC, where we got our first taste working along side her during Kendall + Patrick's big ol', way perfect, wedding. She wowed us then and every wedding since! Genya's got an incredible eye for photography and the ambition to make any shot possible. And the proof is in the pudding... errrr pictures. Time and time again we have felt so lucky to have weddings where she is listed at the photographer, knowing it's going to be a slam dunk, without a doubt.  Just take a look for yourself.

HOLY CANOLI! Imagine having your wedding photos turn out like these. Wedding photography was never what Genya imagined she'd be doing. But after studying photography in college, and gearing up to go the commercial route, Genya took a job shooting a wedding while in England and fell in love!  One exhausting 8 hour day later, she was hooked, and realized how priceless the opportunity to create precious art for clients, that they would hold dear forever, really was! She moved back to the States, and VUE was born! Since then, she's been kicking butt and taking names, and it was an absolute treat to have her join us at Studio1658. She recently re-did our store front in Candler Park, proving she's got creativity flowing from her fingertips. 
Genya lives just down the street from the cafe and Studio1658, so as our neighbor, she, and her uber adorable family have been coming to eat with us for years. They are such big SIMB fans, when Genya + Pete got married a few years ago, it was a no brainer (we hope) who would feed their guests. It was so special getting to spend their special day with this wonderful crew, even if we did have to dodge some mid-summer thunderstorms. 

Genya was sweet enough to sit down and let us pick her brain too, so here's what phenom photog had to say.
From styled shoots to the real deal weddings, when VUE Photography's Genya is behind the lens, it's sure to be pure bliss! 
Cheers,
SIMB

1.22.2015

Callen + Danny

When a bride first gets engaged, the possibilities for her wedding seem endless, and often overwhelming. Where to have it? What time of year? What sort of dress? Flowers? Food? Dessert? Band or DJ? It's the stuff that can (and does!) keep a girl up at night! But for Callen + Danny's beautiful backyard wedding, every piece of the puzzle fit just right and seemed effortless, like the whole thing was a perfectly packaged present for the happy couple. Maybe that's because Callen + Danny turned to the spectacular Shanna Skidmore to coordinate their wedding day. We met the darling Shanna years ago via Amy Osaba, and just can't get over her organization and grace... she's truly incredible!! Callen + Danny seemed to have a solid idea of what they wanted their wedding to look and feel like, so it seemed only natural to pick some of the best Studio1658 vendors available. This of course, includes the Buffy Dekmar, the uber ingenious photographer behind these awesome photos
Our Studio1658 vendors are above and beyond amazing to work with, and teaming up with Amy Osaba and her group of gals is always a dream! Besides always being a joy to collaborate with, AO also crushes the floral design game, as if you weren't already aware. For instance, Shanna and Amy's chuppa for Callen + Danny, one of the best we've ever seen! To top it off, add rentals from Blue Eyed Yonder and Goodwin Rentals, and you've got yourself an absolute picturesque set up. These are to go-to companies to go for when it comes to rentals, BEY has every aspect of vintage, one-of-a-kind, and sentimental pieces, while Goodwin Rentals covers everything from tents, to rustic tables, lighting and more. Both are Studio1658 vendors and the combination of the two makes for the most unbelievable furnished wedding.



Callen, along with a few members of her immediate family, has food allergies that were of the upmost priority when it came to selecting a menu,which was no problem for our team. During cocktail hour guests noshed on seared crab cakes with ancho chili aoili, fried green tomatoes with spicy pimento cheese, and Alison's famous deviled eggs with candied bacon. Their large buffet dinner menu featured a trio of entrees, including horseradish encrusted salmon with season chutney, wild mushroom ravioli + truffled mushrooms + brown butter sauce, and pepper seared filet of beef with a burgundy demi glaze. Roasted sweet corn + zucchini in thyme butter, garlic + shallot sauteed haricot vert with grape tomatoes + toasted pine nuts, and roasted fingerling potatoes with truffled mushrooms were served up as sides. Callen + Danny skipped the traditional cake and went with a dessert bar featuring homemade chocolate chip cookies with chilled milk shots, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, lavender lemon tarts, and local apple tarts with a cinnamon crust. Is your mouth watering yet? 
A huge congratulations to this beautiful couple and an even bigger thanks for setting up such an unstoppable team of creative folks to make your wedding a dream come true. 
Cheers,
SIMB

12.31.2014

Beth + Brian

The new year is almost here, but we've got one more wedding from 2014 that is sure to please. We trekked up to Highlands, NC, one of our favorite spots, for Beth + Brian's wedding celebration earlier this year, and it was well worth the trip. Beth + Brian pickedThe Bascom: Center for Visual Arts  for their ceremony and reception, one of the neatest places we've ever been. Do you remember Kendall + Patrick's wedding from a few years ago in Highlands? That was our first trip to The Bascom, as K + P picked this gorgeous backdrop for some of their wedding pictures. But his time, we got to spend the whole day there, and soak up all of the good things The Bascom has to offer.  

We love all of the sophisticated spin on rustic that Beth + Brian had going on in their wedding celebration. From their venue, to their flowers, to little natural accents throughout the evening, Beth + Brian's taste is top notch! Of course, they did have a little help in the form of their amazing wedding coordinator, Michelle with Occasions by Emily. Plus, we were WILD about Beth's bouquet and all the sweet arrangements from Fern Studio. But our jaws really hit the floor when we saw the arbor at Beth + Brian's alter. It's so perfect, I mean really?! And of course, none of these show stopping details could be appreciated today if it weren't for the man, the myth, the legendary Jeremy Harwell, of Harwell Photography. His photos are always spot on and spectacular!  For cocktail hour, Beth + Brian chose passed items like our bleu cheese shortbread with candied figs,  bloody mary soup shots with sesame spiced lump crab, pomegranate glazed chicken skewers, and our fried green tomatoes with pimento cheeseBeth + Brian's buffet dinner featured our venus salad of baby field greens with lemon scented artichoke hearts + roasted red peppers + crumbled gorgonzola +  black walnuts drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. For proteins, they picked the grain mustard + aged balsamic roasted pork tenderloin and fresh mountain trout with pecans + fresh basil with yellow tomato beurre blanc. And as side items, Beth + Brian selected our mac-n-cheese and our roasted seasonal vegetables with maple glaze + sea salt. 
There is something light and airy about Beth + Brian's wedding celebration that just makes us pause, even during the busiest days, and feel calm. We loved being a part of this wonderfully talented team of vendors, and are so lucky to share some memories with this exceptional couple! 
Here's to 2014, hope you had as much fun as we did! And to 2015, let's make it another memorable year! 

12.04.2014

Emily + Jim

After all of these years, the variety of weddings that come our way still surprises us sometimes. From bold and dramatic, to quirky and fun, and everything in between, our brides and grooms are all over the spectrum. Emily + Jim's Atlanta Botanical Garden wedding is simple and sweet, in the very best way

There are a ton of elements that we love about this wedding, but one of our absolute favorites? It might be that lavender bouquet. We're a sucker for anything lavender, but that just made us SWOON!  Check out more details of Emily + Jim's "best day ever!" below, shot by Andrew Thomas Lee Photography. And after you're done checking out his photos from Emily + Jim's celebration, jump over to his blog or site to see more of this talented man's genius work! 
Of course, where would a wedding be without a wedding planner? We were lucky enough to call Ashley Baber Emily + Jim's coordinator, a serious vet on the Atlanta wedding scene who always has her ducks in a row, creating a stress free occasion for all involved. Emily and her girls' bouquets, and the floral arrangements were done by Unique Floral Expressions, and the simple cake topped with rosemary was a Highland Bakery creation. After the I Dos and the dances, guests took advantage of Smilebooth, there to snap tons of silly photos through the night. What a great vendor team! Some other fun facts that Emily passed along to us: The invitation included artwork done by the groom himself, and were letter pressed by the matron of honor, talk about sentimental meaning.


Emily + Jim stuck to a cocktail themed menu, featuring finger foods and small plate stations throughout Day Hall. The Atlanta Station included coca-cola glazed ham served with miniature sweet potato biscuits + grainy mustard, our mac n' cheese (which if you haven't tried before, is out of this world!!), and a goat cheese torta with sundried tomatoes + basil pesto + pine nuts. The Carving Station featured a prime rib of beef with yellow onion confit + horseradish sauce, our fanta se salad with valencia oranges + avocado + spicy pecan with chile vinaigrette, and grilled asparagus with lemon butter drizzle. And finally the French Quarter Station served up low country shrimp + sausage over three cheese grits, garlic + shallot sautéed haricot vert with grape tomatoes + toasted pine nut, and beef steak tomatoes + red onion + charred corn with balsamic vinegar. And to round out Highland Bakery's cake, Emily + Jim went for a super fun confection... COTTON CANDY! The inner child in everyone could not get enough.
What a fun night and what a lovely couple. Wishing Emily + Jim, and all of SIMB newlyweds a very happy 1st married holiday season together!   

Cheers,
SIMB