Amber Housley

Mixed Metal Wedding Inspiration

There is nothing better than a mixed metals color palette for a New Years Eve inspired wedding. We love seeing how beautiful gold, silver, and rose gold look when mixed together!

Mixed Metal Wedding Inspiration | Amber Housley

Invitation Suite | Bridal Accessories | Bridesmaids Gowns | Table Setting | Dessert Table | Confetti Toss

This wedding invitation sweet is so incredibly amazing, with the gold foil details on each piece. It would be the perfect suite to send to your friends and family to let them know how glamorous your wedding will be. Speaking of glam, don’t be afraid to wear a variety of glamorous metals with your bridal accessories, and of course- ask your bridesmaids to each wear a different metallic color as well!

After your ceremony and cocktail hour, invite guests to sit at a table donned with rose gold sequin linens and gold flatware. Then, invite them to try a variety of sweets at your dessert table that has a stunning silver backdrop. And at the end of the night, allow them to send you off in style by tossing confetti from bags that have pretty gold glitter on them!

Are you planning a mixed metals wedding? If so, make sure to check out our Mixed Metals Wedding Inspiration Pinterest board for more ideas.

Jewel Tone Wedding Inspiration

Another gorgeous wedding palette for fall is a jewel tone wedding palette. It is full of rich color, and there are so many fun ways to incorporate the variety of colors with all of your wedding details from flowers to cake!

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Invitation Suite | Bouquet | Bridesmaids Dresses | Escort Cards | Table Setting | Wedding Cake

If you want to just add a subtle hint of jewel tone into your wedding invitation suite, we recommend doing so with a fun colored envelope, like the deep emerald one shown above. You could choose any color in the palette that you prefer!

For personal details, you will really get to include all of the colors in your palette. Flowers are the most fun way to do so, by choosing a wide selection of colors and shapes and tying everything together with a colorful bow. You can also ask your bridesmaids to wear dresses in different shades and shapes to complement each other.

After your ceremony, invite guests to the reception and ask them to find their seats with these amazing jewel shaped acrylic escort cards. Have them sit at a farm style table that has both a fabric and floral table runner, really intertwining the jewel tone palette into the fall season. After dinner and dancing is over, ask them to join you as you cut the cake and take a taste of this simple but delicious wedding cake.

Are you planning a jewel tone wedding? If so, make sure to take a look at our Jewel Tone Wedding Inspiration Pinterest board for more ideas!

Meet Amber Housley Weddings Newest Wedding Planner, Hilari!

I’m so pleased to welcome our newest Amber Housley Weddings team member, Hilari Schaefer (soon-to-be Williams)! Hilari has been working behind the scenes for some time now and I’m so excited to introduce her to all of you as our newest Wedding Planner. With over five years event planning experience, and a bride-to-be herself, Hilari is a perfect match for our clients with her organizational skills, can-do attitude, and enthusiasm for all things weddings. An even added bonus, Hilari was selected out of thousands of applicants for a highly coveted intern position at Martha Stewart Living in New York City last summer. Talk about a dream summer job!

I’m thrilled for our clients and industry friends to get to know Hilari. If you’d like to reach out to her directly, you may contact her at hilari@amberhousley.com.

I’ll let you get to know her now in her interview below:

 

Hilari Amber Housley Wedding Planner

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Hometown: I grew up in small town Cedarburg, Wisconsin, the most quintessentially American town you’ll ever visit. It was the most perfect place to grow up, and I love visiting – and yes, I still love the crazy winters they have! Now, I live in Nashville, and have for 6 years now, so it definitely feels like home, and the southern culture makes me want to stay forever.

Birthday: April 3, 1990. Right on my due date… what I equate to my timelines and organized nature!

Hilari Amber Housley Wedding Planner

Rachel Moore Photography

Before landing at Amber Housley: I was (and still am) working for a boutique market research firm. I love forming and maintaining client relationships, and truly enjoy learning about people, their passions, and how I can best serve them. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University, both related to human and organizational performance and leadership. I was also an intern at Martha Stewart Living, and loved every minute of my time there, surrounded by creatives all day every day sounds perfect to me! Weddings have always been a passion of mine, and I am incredibly excited and fired up about working with couples to make their day unique and unforgettable.

My favorite thing about Nashville (so far): All of the amazing restaurants! I consider myself a “foodie” and love to try new, local places for any meal of the day. I try to make it a priority to get out and enjoy all of the city has to offer, which means trying at least one new restaurant each month, which isn’t very hard to do! I also love the Southern hospitality and warm feel of the city, even making locals feel welcome!

Favorite Dessert: Is it possible to pick just one? I guess my all time favorite dessert is a tie between homemade coconut cake and out of the box Funfetti cake. There’s just something about Funfetti that get’s me every time… maybe the sprinkles?!

You’ll often find me reading: Southern Living, Garden & Gun, and all things “wedding” including my all time favorite wedding magazine, Southern Weddings. I love the heart and soul behind all of these publications and enjoy immersing myself in as much southern culture as possible. I am always learning something new about this fabulous part of the country!

My closet is full of: Lots of dresses! I love bold stripes and polka dots, as well as more simple, solid colors and patterns. To keep choosing outfits easy, my closet is organized by color, which makes getting ready in the morning a breeze!

Hilari Amber Housley Wedding Planner

Last vacation: I was in Dallas this past weekend for a girls getaway with my mom, best friend, and her mom. It was so nice to relax, spend quality time together, and simply catch up. My last true “vacation” vacation was over Labor Day – my fiancé and I went to a little oceanside resort in Florida for a long weekend of rest and relaxation, and one last summer hurrah!

In my spare time: I love to bake, run, travel, and plan my own wedding – set for May 16, 2015! When life gets a little bit chaotic, I turn to my KitchenAid mixer, chocolate, and a glass of prosecco and whip up some incredibly delicious sweet treats. I don’t have much free time, but when I do, I make the most of every minute!

My motto: Make each day matter. Life is way too short, and I strive to make the most of every single day. This often means spontaneous dance parties, breakfast for dinner, time with my sweet family, and following my passions, as crazy as they sometimes are!

A few of my favorite things:

Hilari Amber Housley Wedding Planner

Sprinkles on everythingFootball. Go Packers!Holidays and traditionsTraveling the worldPumpkin anything, especially in the form of breakfast 

My dream wedding includes:

Hilari Amber Housley Wedding Planner

Signature Drinks | Balloons | Jenga | Heart Shaped Biscuits | Wedding Bell

As I finalize the details of my dream wedding, a consistent theme has been authenticity. Both Grant and I want our day to center around what matters most to us, our families, and our friends. We hope our guests feel celebrated, appreciated, and welcome on the most important day of our lives! In order to achieve this, my focus has been on the details… oh so many details! It’s a good thing I love lists, DIY projects, and spreadsheets, because we have so many special little things that are going to make our day awesome.

Signature drinks can set the tone for any celebration. We are choosing a “his” and “hers” drink, and both will reflect our personalities and tastes.

A party isn’t complete without balloons! We will have confetti filled balloon bouquets throughout the plantation, and I hope they make our guests smile.

I want to foster the blending of families and friends, and I think lawn games are the perfect way and will encourage a little friendly competition! My grandfather is making us a giant Jenga set, which will be so fun to use post-wedding with our own little family someday. We’ll also have horse shoes and personalized corn hole boards.

Aren’t these heart shaped biscuits adorable? My fingers are crossed that our caterer can create something just as sweet for our own biscuit bar!

Keeping with true southern tradition, I love the idea of incorporating this “ring for a kiss” bell!

Follow along with me here:

IG: @hilarischaefer

Pinterest: Hilari Schaefer

Making Things Happen October 2014 Recap

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It’s been a little of a whirlwind since I returned from Making Things Happen two weeks ago.

I’m so grateful to have been a guest speaker for the last four conferences. I immensely enjoy serving others in this way but I have to admit, the vulnerability leads me to come home and feel like a little piece of me needs a time out from the world.

When this happens, I lay low just reflecting on all that I’ve learned and digesting the little pieces of discovery.

Just letting it all sink in.

I’m very extroverted by nature, but even I need a little quiet time to myself. My self-imposed little break has me feeling now a bit more energized, and I’m happy to be here this evening sharing a little recap from my recent visit to Chapel Hill.

You should first know that each time I attend Making Things Happen, I find that God unfolds a new plan and shakes things up for me. After three previous life-changing MTH experiences (from deciding baby #2 was in my future, to 8 months pregnant last October, to returning last March with 12-week Kayla at home) it’s safe to say, at this point, I just kind of go with it. Hands open, palms up, and ready for what is in store for me.

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My experience this time was one where I arrived already feeling pretty firm in where I was at. There wasn’t going to be any surprises. I already knew very well that 2014 was defined as a roller coaster of a adventure and emotions filled with exhilarating highs and long periods of hard work and exhaustion. I was a new mom all over again, our son started kindergarten, my business doubled in size and I left my long-time career at a marketing firm for an amazing opportunity at a growing scrapbooking company. I’m sure I left out some other important details in that summary but I’m tired just reading that sentence.

The experience for me this time was one of reflection and truth. I had a lot of words and emotions in my head for sometime and this was an opportunity for me to voice them, if only for myself to hear and believe it for myself.

In recent months (and years), I had piled and piled and held so many things in my arms for so long. It felt good in the weeks prior to MTH to just drop it all and decide which meaningful things would stay, and which would be packaged neatly away. I didn’t know what the future held (and I still can’t say I do very clearly), but I knew that I was ready to edit, to purge, and just start with a fresh work surface again.

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As I sat in my chair in the front of the room, my thoughts drifted back to the girl who first attended MTH in 2011 and I want to hug her.

I want to whisper in her ear and tell her, “Yes! Run hard and fast and chase those dreams. Sometimes you will stumble and sometimes you will leap. You are headed in the right direction. It may not be what you thought…but you will be okay.”

I really do believe it. Though it would have been nice to discover these things years ago, I never would have fully known had I not gone through the journey. The only regret I have is that I wish I had let go a little sooner. Letting go of being in control, letting go of aspirations and achievements and definitions of success that don’t have a lot of meaning to me anymore. I truly just want to serve others through my gifts. I want to inspire others to live a creative and meaningful life. I want to love my family and friends. The End.

As each of us speakers shared in the closing, I looked at the attendees and said something I would have appreciated hearing in the recent past.

That girl with the full arms, the full schedule and long priority list:

Stop thinking your plan is the right one. You are exactly where you are supposed to be. Not next week, not next year, not the future you have in mind. Right here, right now. This is where God has placed you to be.

I tend to go back a few weeks and months later and read through my collection of MTH journals. Sometimes I surprise myself at the messages I find that I don’t even remember writing. They are such a treasure from the experience in themselves.

In my most recent journal, I found this neatly written at the top of a page:

“How freeing it is to be not wrapped up in a goal list of achievements of things for me and my business but instead for the heart of my family.”

That sentence alone gives me such gratitude for the Making Things Happen experience.

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As I said earlier, it’s been a few weeks since returning home. I think I’m still getting settled in this newly edited life. It feels really good but some days a little bit awkward. The long-time entrepreneur in me still awakes each day with a little tug to start a new chapter of some sort. This clean workspace I referred to earlier has me excited to create. I don’t know what it looks like, but I’m looking forward to just patiently waiting to see how it unfolds. In the mean time, my weddings and Inspired planning for 2015 on top of my new role at Studio Calico keeps me plenty busy and happy.

And for the first time in a really long while, I don’t feel the need to be in a rush to get anywhere soon.

I’m enjoying exactly where I am.

My phrase written for myself this MTH was fittingly:

I AM PRESENT.

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The Making Things Happen Conference 2015 registration is now open! You can reserve your seat here. If you have any questions about it, I’d be happy to answer them for you. Making Things Happen is all about living a life with purpose and focusing on what matters most. You can be anywhere in your business or personal journey. We’d love to have you join us.

Thank you to Emily March Payne and Glessner Photography for the photos used in this post!

Fun and Fancy Free Styled Shoot in Southern Weddings V7 | Full Feature

To say that we are thrilled to have our Fun and Fancy Free styled shoot featured in the newly released Southern Weddings V7 is an understatement! We adored working with the talented Southern Weddings ladies and dreaming up all of these wonderful design details alongside the creative team at Cedarwood Weddings. Nancy Ray Photography could not have captured our vision more beautifully!

Our dream for this shoot was to tell the story of a relaxing, joy filled all-American Southern summer wedding. A day full of friends and family enjoying the sun, where everyone gets to enjoy wonderful conversations, tasty food truck treats, and fun lawn games. See some of our favorite pictures from the editorial shoot below, and make sure to head over to the Southern Weddings blog to see their recap of our shoot here and the behind the scenes recap here. Our behind the scenes recap will be on our blog tomorrow! You’ll definitely want to stay tuned for our awesome video from Nicholas & Keaton!

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

We designed these pretty invitations filled with stripes, royal blue and poppy red details and a slight nautical touch. I hand lettered the envelopes, and our very own Jessica of Simply Jessica Marie designed this watercolor map of Cedarwood so that all of the guests would know where each activity was taking place.

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

A dockside ceremony started the day, and we still cannot get over how incredibly stunning the view is and how beautiful the florals are that the Cedarwood Weddings team designed! Everyone looked oh so dapper, all thanks to Opulent Couturier’s impeccable styling.

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

We just adored featuring some of our favorite Nashville food trucks in this shoot. Supporting local artisans is something that we love as a community in the South, and was a perfect fit for our fun and fancy free wedding! The guests got to try some darn good barbecue from Pappy’s Mobile Cafe, enjoy a sweet treat from Legato Gelato, and take a bag full of the most delicious peaches from The Peach Truck home with them as favors.

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

After getting their food from the food trucks, everyone grabbed a Cheerwine and took their baskets full of food over to this red, white and blue picnic inspired table to enjoy.

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

And we all know what comes after a main dish, cake and signing the guest book of course! How incredible is that fishing inspired grooms cake by Patty Cakes? It is so realistic and ties in perfectly with our fishing inspired guest book.

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

After dessert, the guys got to relax a bit by the bar near the airstream, and then joined everyone for some lawn games. The kids loved the chance to get changed into their bathing suits and play in the sprinkler!

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

Of course, our bride and groom needed some special alone time, so while everyone else was playing lawn games they snuck away for a private boat ride on the lake followed by toasting marshmallows by their own secluded campfire.

Southern Weddings Fun and Fancy Free Shoot | Amber Housley Weddings | Nancy Ray Photography

And it obviously wouldn’t be the right end to the day unless two of the groomsmen jumped in the lake! We could not be happier to have gotten the chance to work alongside such amazing creatives for this shoot, and are so honored to have it featured in Southern Weddings. We hope it provides inspiration for any of you who are planning your own wedding! And if you are, or if you are an avid wedding lover like everyone on our weddings team, make sure to pick up a copy of the magazine in the Southern Weddings shop.

Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography / Videographer: Nicholas & Keaton / Venue, Styling, Florals, and Signage: Cedarwood Weddings / Coordinator, Designer, and Paper Goods: Amber Housley Weddings / Watercolor Map: Simply Jessica Marie / Catering: Pappy’s Mobile Cafe, Legato Gelato, The Peach Truck / Cakes: Patty Cakes / Hair and Makeup: Tara Thomas and Gina Putnam of Studio BBC / Fashion Stylist: Opulent Couturier / Bride’s Gown: “McCants” by LulaKate / Reception Dress: “Organza Striped” by LulaKate / Bridal Salon: The Bride Room / Bride’s Veil and Hair Accessories: Beatrice Couture Designs / Ladies’ and Kids’ Accessories: Charming Charlie / Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaids Nashville / Menswear: Street Tuxedo / Bow Tie: Otis James Nashville / Men’s and Kids’ Accessories: Land of the Thread / Kids’ Clothing: Gap Kids Green Hills Mall Nashville and Chaps Ralph Lauren