4.24.2014

Alex + Mark

This wedding could not be more perfect; a venue that most brides dream of, an incredible ensemble of vendors, amazing family and friends, and this couple!?! Alex + Mark just radiate love, and The Reason's photos captured their tenderness so well. We have to be honest though, this day was far from "ideal." It rained consistently, from start to finish, and just about every moment in between, on the day of Alex + Mark's wedding. But you would have never known! Spirits were high, love was in the air, and everything came together perfectly for one of the most epic and awe inspiring weddings in SIMB's history.

The views from Walnut Hill Farm, a renovated llama farm in Dalton... we're not sure it gets better!  Despite being saturated, there is no denying this venue is ridiculously beautiful, and from the ceremony to cocktail hour, to dinner and the reception, Walnut Hill Farm was an idyllic spot for this large celebration. If the views weren't enough to take a guest's breath away, the floral designs by Amy Osaba were sure to do the job. Romantic garden roses, ranunculuses, peonies and tons of garland for centerpieces and bouquets had us swooning, and the gorgeous alter piece made us weak in the knees. It's never a surprise that the ladies of AO bring the heat, but really, sometimes we are still in awe of the beauty they create.
Goodwin Events provided farm tables and, our new favorites, the cross-back vineyard chairs, for the reception space under bistro lit tents outside and in the converted barn. Lounge furniture and the wedding party's upholstered chairs were brought in by Settee to make the space extra luxurious. And Yes Ma'am created the menu cards at each place setting. Seriously, the line up of vendors just keeps getting better and better!
Alex + Mark opted for a seated and served dinner for their 350 guests, after providing a delicious array of butler passed hors d'ouevres, including some of our classics like fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and Moroccan lamb meatballs with a mint + mango chutney. Dinner featured a tri-protein plate: our zinfandel and rosemary marinated filet with a gorgonzola sauce, blood orange and honey glazed red snapper and grilled free range chicken breast served with parmesan spiked mashed potatoes and a seasonal succotash drizzled with a maple glaze and sea salt. After dinner, it was time for Alex + Mark to cut their stunning and scrumptious cake from Gabriel's, and get on the dance floor.
Such an unforgettable night! And really we owe it all to Nancy of No Regrets Events. When Nancy introduced us to Alex + Mark and their families, we knew we had to be a part of this celebration, were over the moon when they selected SIMB as their caterer. She made sure every step of the planning process was smooth and seamless, and the day of the wedding, despite the downpours, everyone was calm and collected with Nancy at the wheel. We know this is only the start of a great partnership which is sure to bring you many more knockout weddings. Stay tuned! 
 
 
We are speechless, well okay not speechless, but pretty darn floored,with every image The Reason produced, and could spend days staring at our computer screens reliving Alex + Mark's day. For more images of Alex + Mark's wedding, or to check out more of Chris + Allie's stunning shots, go here.
Congratulations to this delightful couple, and their fantastic families. Wishing you all continued happiness and the very best! 
 Cheers,
SIMB
 

4.17.2014

Sneak Peek- Alex + Mark

Alex + Mark's wedding was utterly and unbelievably out-of-this-world! Filled to the brim with southern charm, their wedding was perfectly balanced between fresh, young fun and timeless, sophisticated elegance. While we don't mean to be a tease, with the chaos that spring brings, we only have just enough time to give you a sneak peek at their heart-stopping celebration. But we think this little taste of their big day will still blow you away!
Between No Regrets Events coordination, Amy Osaba's floral designs, Settee's lounge furniture and The Reason's perfect pictures, Alex + Mark selected the most incredible vendors for their celebration. As fellow Studio1658 collaborators, working with this outstanding team was just icing on the already delicious cake of being part of Alex + Mark's wedding. And the venue?!? Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Dalton, Walnut Hill Farms, will steal your heart.
Goodness Gracious!  Such a beautiful couple, and a magical night. Really, this wedding is so phenomenal, we're still catching our breath. We'll let you do the same, but get ready for round 2, coming soon. 
Cheers,
SIMB
 


4.10.2014

Gushin' Bout Ginny Branch


Holy moly! We love us some Ginny Branch, and if you don't already, prepare to fall in love! Ginny is an uber talented prop and wardrobe stylist, who's clients include Anthropologie, West Elm, GAP, and HGTV, to name a few.  From styling food to putting the perfect accessories with her wonderfully thought up outfits, everything Ginny touches is pure gold. We are proud to call her a Studio1658 vendor, but luckier to call this dear our friend. 

See what we mean? LOVE. This lady is a true inspiration: a dreamer, who is so committed to her passions and driven to succeed, that she almost makes it look easy. Ginny has this effortless grace and patience about her that we are in complete awe of, and her ability to see so much beauty in the simplest items, is refreshing and rejuvenating. We've been fortunate to work with Ginny on several shoots recently, like the Taste of Foxhall, or the Midnight Blue shoot at Serenbe, and are nothing short of amazed by her constant well of creativity. Working alongside of her is a true treat, and gives us tremendous peace of mind that the final product will be stellar and stunning. 
Beyond oozing creativity and producing the most dreamy looks as a stylist, Ginny is an absolute gem. Always upbeat and humble, Ginny's character mirrors her style; favoring minimalist, organic and romantic notions that are just a pleasant to be around as they are to see on a screen or in glossy print. 
Ginny is also a founding member of CAMP, and will be contributing to our Spring Supper, which sold out in a flash, but we are excited to hear what she's been up to tonight. Check out more of Ginny's work on her blog, or keep up with what inspires her on pinterest!
Cheers,
SIMB






3.28.2014

Winter Styled Shoot


T.G.I.F. It's finally Friday, and we've got a just the ticket to start your weekend the right way! This winter styled shoot features a variety of textures done the right way, in a cohesive presentation with a neutral palette, and we are wild about it! When Juli Vaughn, the creative director and florist behind this gem of a photo shoot,  came to us with all of her amazing ideas, and we couldn't sign up quick enough.  Juli's style is sort of magical. She has an incredible eye and way of juxtaposing items you wouldn't expect to work together make sense like no other. And then her floral design... outstanding!! Hearing true talents like Heidi, from OLOL, and Jamie, from Yours is the Earth, were on board was just icing on the cake. Dripping in gold and rich textures, the images that Heidi captured from this phenomenal photo shoot are so, soooo good.
The stars aligned for this one, right? Over the years, we've worked with Jamie a ton, and are always impressed with her thoughtful and beautiful designs. She recently launched Yours is the Earth, and from canning labels to wedding invitations, Jamie's pretty paper products are out of this world. Speaking of amazing things, we are floored by Heidi's photos from this shoot! The way she captures light is a thing of  beauty, and her images tell a story that we are excited to see, every time. It's no wonder that this beaut was just featured on Ruffled.

Alison was inspired to create a fresh menu that featured pimento cheese grits with barbecue shrimp +  honey bacon and dates stuffed with goat cheese + pistachios with a honey glaze.  Her dynamic dishes, like the bosc pear salad with frisse + stilton bleu + roasted walnuts + cracked pepper vinaigrette or the citrus seared scallops with orange gastrique, were equally attractive and appetizing. And the shortcakes with lemon pastry cream + blueberries + a lemon syrup... to die for! Washing it down with a hot brandied tea wouldn't be a bad idea either.
The way we figure, surrounding ourselves with that much creative energy has to be good for our souls. We wish we could do it everyday, but will just keep drooling over these images until the next time. Happy weekend y'all!
Cheers,
SIMB

Credits | Event Design + Styling + Floral Design- Juli Vaughn Designs | Photography- Our Labor of Love |  Invitations- Yours is the Earth | Food + Drink- Sun in my Belly | Cake- Eileen Carter Creations |  Furniture - Blue Eyed Yonder | Hair + Makeup- Andrea Carter Artistry   | Bride's Gown- Kelly's Closet | Men's Fashion- Billy Reid Atlanta | Linens- Party Tables


3.20.2014

Kristen + Michael

Set at the historic Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Kristen + Michael's wedding is timeless and elegant, certainly one that won't soon be forgotten. Our first wedding with No Regrets Events could not have been more seamless, sophisticated and sentimental, and Nancy and her team executed every element with ease and perfection. We were thrilled to collaborate with Nancy, and another Studio1658 alum, Amy Osaba, and as always, were floored by the beauty that the innovative team at AO consistently creates. Coming into this wedding, we were sure Kristen + Michael's wedding would be first-rate, and with the cake on it's way from Anne Kathleen Cakes, and Karlin Perez behind the lense to capture these dazzling images, we were spot on!
As big foodies, it was a point of pride for Kristen + Michael to be hands-on in developing their custom menu, and to provide their guests with an incredible dining experience. We'd say they hit the nail on the head. After the ceremony, guests were treated to passed hors d'oeuvres, some old favorites like our miniature New England crabcakes with ancho chile aioli, and some new items like salmon crudo with celery root puree + wasabi oil with dill + lemon.  A beautifully displayed tapas style station, featuring  lobster ceviche with citrus + blue corn cakes, scallop crudo with grapefruit syrup + avocado and citrus poached shrimp with a variety of sauces, was also enjoyed.

Guests entered the spectacular indoor courtyard to see the tables adorned with the AO team's lush florals designs, and to find a salad of local apples + crispy pancetta served over fresh greens and drizzled with a light gorgonzola vinaigrette to start their dinner. For their seated and served meal, Kristen + Michael chose a slow roasted organic chicken with meyer lemon jus and aged lamb chops with balsamic glaze. Their proteins were served over a bed of warm basil couscous, sauté of broccoli raab with olive oil + garlic, and sweet potato soufflé topped with candied walnuts, perfect for the crisp fall night.
We enjoyed every minute of Kristen + Michael's big day, and loved getting to know this incredibly strong and stunning couple along the way. Congrats to Kristen + Michael, and thanks for letting us be a part of your celebration.
Cheers,
SIMB 

3.13.2014

Yes Ma'am, Yes Please!

Man, oh man. Where do we even begin when it comes to Erica Loesing? She's got to be one of the most talented, genuine artists that we have even had the privilege to work with. As a former associate of Amy Osaba floral + event design, Erica has always brought a fresh perspective on any and every project. When she recently branched out to create Yes Ma'am, a truly inventive and gorgeous line of paper products, we were simply blown away!
Erica's style is just what the doctor ordered! From notecards  and announcements, to papercuts and one-of-a-king menu cards, we are eating up all of Yes Ma'am's pretty paper products.
 Erica is a wealth of creativity, so it should come as no surprise that she was a founding member of Studio1658, and was responsible for the Studio's branding and first window display. Working together with our dear friend Ginny Branch, Erica created the hand dipped magnolia leaf installation, which was the perfect presentation for the Studio's storefront space
Collaborating with Erica is always such a dream, and we can't wait to see what this uber inspiring lady has in store down the road.
Cheers,
SIMB





3.06.2014

Genya + Pete

Okay, we know we're not supposed to have favorites, and we are ridiculously fortunate to have a bevy of amazing couples who ask us to be a part of their wedding, but this one may take the cake. This wedding is incredibly special to us, and we are in seventh heaven to share Genya + Pete's celebration with you. We first met Genya at Kendell + Patrick's extravagant wedding in Highlands, NC- remember those drop-dead photos? Well that was Genya, and her amazing company, Vue Photography, one of the newest members of Studio1658. We immediately clicked and a year and some change later, were more than thrilled to cater Genya + Pete's wedding celebration at Magnolia Hall, in Piedmont Park.
Genya + Pete are tremendously athletic and active, and they are the type of people who don't take themselves too seriously. It was such a treat to watch them dodge rain drops together, as an evening summer shower hardly held off long enough for them to say, "I do." We are smitten with these images shot around Midtown and in Piedmont Park by Paperlily Photography. Liz at Adaptations' floral design and ultra fun fabric chandeliers were spot on. 
The whole night revolved around family, fun and food. Before the ceremony, King of Pops cooled guests down, and after, they noshed on lamb meatballs with mint + mango chutney and pomegranate chicken skewers. As regulars at the cafe, Genya's girls had only one request for the dinner menu- mac n' cheese! But our coca-cola glazed ham with spicy mustard + miniature biscuits, zucchini and corn fritters with a grape tomato fondue, and miso glazed salmon with blueberry compote were huge hits too. Everyone's sweet tooth was satisfied, as we provided mini desserts and Piece of Cake supplied a variety of delish delicacie.

Genya + Pete's affection is intoxicating, and we are glad to witness it, and to have been a part of their sweet southern celebration.

Cheers,
SIMB