Amber Housley

Cultivate Workshop : Grow Your Wedding Business

Cultivate Workshop for Wedding Business Industry

I am thrilled to announce I am a featured guest speaker at the Cultivate Workshop in Jacksonville, Florida this January 21st and 22nd.

I first met Cassie Cherneski over 4 years ago at a ABC Wedding Planner tour of Sandals properties in Jamaica. We spent an entire afternoon on the beach in Ocho Rios talking about the highs and lows of wedding planning and all the big things we had in store for our businesses. And look where we are now four years later!  I was so honored when Cassie asked me to be a part of this new workshop, designed to plant the seeds of fresh inspiration and ideas for your wedding business. What better way to kick off 2012 than networking with other fabulous wedding professionals and learning a few new tricks?  I absolutely love talking about the business of weddings and sharing all my knowledge of marketing best practices. I also can’t wait to meet wedding social media queen, Lauren Grove, who will be sharing all her tips and tricks of navigating social media in this industry.

With the welcome party on Saturday evening, there are going to be plenty of opportunities to chat and all get to know each other. However if you want some more personal attention, on Monday we are offering limited one-on-one consultation sessions. You can reserve your spot in advance on the registration page, they are going fast!

There are so many great things in store for this workshop – including a scholarship! You can enter now on the Cultivate Workshop Facebook Page. Cassie will be announcing a winner on December 1st.

I look forward to seeing you in January!

Sweet and Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape for Small Spaces

Last month, as I was prepping for a Chili Cook-off contest (which I came home with the prize wining trophy!), I decided I needed a festive Fall flower arrangement for my tasting table. I ran to Publix (where I can always find great flowers!) and picked up some fresh florals in their 3 for $10 section. Sunflowers were a natural choice since they always pair well with red and white checkered flag table cloths. I also chose some cheerful yellow spider mums since they have great texture and make a good filler.

I then went into the backyard to cut a few late-season but pretty-as-ever dahlias. This was my first year growing this variety of reddish-orange with yellow tip dahlias, and they did not disappoint! I’ll share soon how easy it is to grow my beloved dahlia flowers, but just know they are incredibly easy and plentiful to grow. I was really surprised at how long the season lasted in my yard this year.

With the sunflowers and dahlias mixed together, I thought it would be fun to stick in a few faux fall leaves (again from Publix). After I put the arrangement together, I realized what a great Thanksgiving table centerpiece this would make! That is when the impromptu photo session on my small kitchen nook table began…I call it: “Sweet and Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape for Small Spaces”.

  

 

  

 

I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Warm wishes to you and your family this holiday weekend!

Southern Living Magazine December 2011

Last night’s unbelievable launch party can only be followed up by one hugely exciting piece of news…

December Christmas Table Setting Floral

So, SO EXCITED to be featured in my beloved Southern Living Magazine for its December 2011 issue! I styled and designed the table and decor and the super cute Christmas Brunch paper goods. Mary Alice Sublett of A Delightful Day contributed with planning and Hillary Yeager provided unbelievably gorgeous florals. My long-time scrapbooking industry friend, Jenni Bowlin, let us use her wonderful house for the shoot and also provided lots of vintage items from her personal collection as well as pieces from her scrapbooking lines. Such great team-work  and I’m thrilled with the outcome!

Still coming down from the high that was last night where I toasted the new Amber Housley brand with 50+ of my closest friends and family. So many people to thank for helping out and I can’t wait to feature them all in an upcoming post. Here’s a sneak peak at the night with a few shabby iPhone images. Fabulous photos by Kristyn Hogan to come with a full recap!

Feeling so happy and blessed for the people in my life! Going to rest up this weekend to start preparing for all the fun holidays that are ahead! Happy Weekend!

Tonight is the night!

 

I’m so excited for tonight! We plan on welcoming 50+ close friends and family — plus many new friends as well! Be sure to stop by and say hello, sip on a tasty cocktail (or lemonade for a few of my bun-in-the-oven friends) or taste one of the amazing sweets we’ll have on hand. Nothing formal about this party other than just mix and mingling with some of my favorite people! For those of you who can’t make it, I’ll definitely be recapping the evening here on the blog. Thanks again to all the kind words and feedback everyone has given me for the relaunch. You guys are amazing!

See you there!

 

 

Preppy Americana Styled Photo Shoot By The Shores Of Old Hickory Lake

As the leaves are blowing and the temperatures are dipping, I’d like to look back on this styled wedding photo shoot and wistfully remember how great summer is. Reality though, summer is HOT in Nashville, and to know all the sweat and hard work that went into these images is trophy worthy. But really though, the end result is always worth the effort and this case is no exception! These images by Kristyn Hogan make everything look effortless and carefree. So many fabulous friends and vendors pitched in to make our Ralph Lauren-inspired, vintage prep with a dash of nautical (catchy description isn’t it?) the success that it was and I thank them all for it. The always lovely Elizabeth Ann Designs wedding blog shared it with their readers and we are grateful for the feature! You can many more images in our gallery here.

Nothing says summer better than fresh picked blueberries and raspberries!

The invitation details I designed were accented by Jenni Bowlin patterned paper. I chose the block and script font mixes to add a touch of elegance to the more casual patriotic tone of the patterns. The straw woven invitation envelope is a show-stopper feature for your guests and brings in a natural element to the whole affair. Another of my favorite parts of this suite is the kraft paper slotted tag that holds travel details for out of town guests. This tag is sweetly accented with red/white bakers twine.

Burlap stringed wedding ceremony programs and raspberry mint juleps are a welcome sight to greet guests with.

The vintage Coca-Cola bottle tray and bottles were sourced from the local Nashville flea market and filled with fresh flowers. This tray and bottles have had a lot of use since I first found them earlier this summer!

Little drawstring burlap bags hold guests’ silverware and are accented with a baker’s twine bow menu. Don’t you love that little flag!?

I think what better way to present a dreamy wedding cake than atop a stack of vintage suitcases made into a table!

A tray of homemade Strawberry Wine bottles for guests to part with. The Save the Date was backed on a vintage Bingo Card with the date number circled on the front. Genius if I don’t say so myself! ;)

Thanks again to everyone!

Event Design, Styling and Paper Goods – Amber Housley, Photography – Kristyn Hogan, Floral Designs –Brocade Designs, Makeup Artist – Amy Lynn Larwig, Hair Styling – Ashlea Hunter, Cake – Crumb de la Crumb, Vintage Pieces – Jenni Bowlin, Bridal Gown – Vineyard Lindsay, Priscilla of Boston, Lace Bolero Jacket –Monique Lhuillier , Bridesmaids – Monique Lhuillier, Dresses via – The Bride Room, Menswear – Billy Reid, Ring Pillow – Hey Babe Studio