Amber Housley

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

This year is our 8th Valentine’s Day and our 5th as a married couple. As I look at our how our family life is now with its busy schedules, toddler antics, potty training ( <– emphasis on this really stressful milestone)…it’s amazing how your love changes for each other…but in a really, really good way. It’s more than just the romantic gestures. Now, it’s the working as a team and being a good partner that shows your love. It’s the smell of pancakes and three-year-old squeals from the kitchen that wakes you up on a Saturday morning because they decided to let you sleep in (with 7:30am now considered sleeping in).

I took this picture while we were getting ready for a special night out on the town a few weeks back and now think to myself...we sure do clean up nice! Pretty darn lucky he is my Valentine and partner in crime. :)

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your sweetheart!

xoxo

StudioWed Inspired Bride Tablescapes

I had the pleasure of joining all the other wonderful StudioWed Nashville vendors in a wonderful, intimate bridal event at Houston Station in January. I designed two tablescapes for the attendees, each with its own unique color scheme and style. While both received positive feedback, the soft and romantic vintage table garnered a lot of happy ooh’s and ahh’s. Brides just loved the mercury glass and the centerpiece I arranged that featured peonies, freesia, hydrengea and cabbage. They also could not stop touching the beautiful soft burlap table linen! Special thank you to Southern Events for the linens, vintage china, flatware and julep cups.

So tell me, which is your favorite table design?

Amber Housley on Pinterest

 

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I’m a HUGE lover of Pinterest! I think I could spend all day just looking at and discovering all the beautiful images. It has been a really great source of inspiration for my new wedding invitations and everyday collections. I’m so excited about how everything is coming together! You can follow along my pins here on Pinterest. My pins are wide ranging, but are lots of bright, cheerful images of florals, patterns, crafts, paper, home decor and of course, weddings!

Amber Housley Launch Party Recap

 

Twelve weeks later and I’m still on the post-Amber Housley brand launch high! Between the whirlwind of the launch and launch party, then the holidays and ending of 2011, and now all of the wonderful clients I’ve been working with, I haven’t had time to sit down and share all the lovely details from the party.

When I first thought of doing a little launch party, I honestly have to say I was a little bit scared no one would show up! In the end, as long as my closest friends and family could be there to toast to new exciting adventures ahead, I would be happy enough. It warmed my heart to have 50+ guests stop by that evening (yes, I was a little shocked too!). Industry friends new and old came by to say hello and enjoy some of the sips and sweets on hand.

One of the best parts of throwing your own party? Decorating it in your favorite colors and style, of course! Enjoy some of the sweet delights from the evening…

Super cute tags were added to one of my favorite soda pop and were in the guest’s goodie bags along with a few other treats. The invitations were sent out to local wedding friend-ors and family. Inside, below the main message, featured a little mini envelope (adorable, right?!) that contained a little card with special access code to an online media kit with all the details of the new Amber Housley brand. Everything was contained in one of my favorite Envelopments envelopes, Magnolia, which is pretty shade of cream and has a wonderful fabric-like texture to it. Topping it off was the custom label wrap with pink pinstripe pattern. I have to say, I was really proud of these invites!

My long-time friend and supporter, Jay Qualls, made me the most unbelievably adorable strawberry filling cake! It was pink and white when you sliced into it. Of course, I was so sad to cut into it because the amazing detailed piping he did on the top of it. He completely hand matched the Amber Housley pattern detail! Goodie bags for the guests featured little mini yellow paper poms and labels. Beautiful flowers by my good friend Hillary of Brocade Design Arts included lots of peonies, tulips, roses and rannunculus in shades of pinks and yellows. They were perfect in every way.

At the drink station, there were a few of my favorite sips: The Sweet Life Party Punch which was a cranberry-raspberry flavored cocktail, Lynchburg Lemonade which is a long-time favorite and was served at our wedding, various Cupcake wines, and of course Sweet Tea! We hand tied little fabric strips around 50+ mason jars that were accented with cute pink striped straws. For those that ventured outside to the fire pit, rolled up fleeces were on hand to keep you warm.

The lovely ladies of the Sugar Wagon made their Nashville weddings debut at the launch party. There they gave out samples of their amazingly DELICIOUS frozen treats. I think everyone ate a good half dozen each of the salted carmel ice cream sandwiches!

 

I am so incredibly thankful to so many friends who came out that night to support the new launch! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and especially to these wonderful sponsors of the party who long time friends and colleagues. All are amazing in their own respective specialties:

Kristyn Hogan Photography
Hillary Yeager of Brocade Design Arts
Jay Qualls
Alison of Classic Party Rentals
Blake, Misty + Team of Nashville Event Lighting
Tracy + Jane of The Sugar Wagon
Brent of Cosmo Creations