Amber Housley

Editorial Styling for Southern Weddings Magazine

It’s no secret to my close friends and family that it has been a long-time goal of mine to have my work published in Southern Weddings magazine.

To my great delight, the latest issue available on newsstands and online here, features more of my work than I could have ever imagined originally and I’m so humbly thankful and grateful for the opportunity!

Over the next few posts I’ll feature each of my contributions to Southern Weddings V5 and a few behind the scenes highlights.

The first feature is the editorial styling that opens up the five year anniversary issue. Here, Creative Director Emily Thomas and Editor-in-Chief Lara Casey wanted to marry traditional marriage vows with the culture of the South as an opener to the issues focus on love, marriage and ceremony.

The vows were written in gorgeous calligraphy by Lindsay Letters that I bound to a vintage book I had purchased at a barn sale this past Fall in a nearby county. I was saving this deep ocean-navy blue book for the perfect opportunity and this definitely was it!


A pure white magnolia bloom from my neighborhood (that smelled heavenly!), hydrangea, and pink teacup roses clipped from my own backyard garden. And my absolute favorite? That sweet little bible open to 1 Corinthians. It was given to us at the hospital on the day my son Colin was born and now a very special keepsake to our family.

My good friend and fabulous wedding photographer Cyn Kain joined me in Nashville for the shoot along with some other projects we were working on.

Above left: Cyn getting some test shots on the dining room table while Rocco snores away. Middle: In a silly moment during the visit, Cyn decided to dress up Rocco more like her own yellow lab Bella at home. Far right: Colin getting in some after-school snuggles between editing photos and doing email.

Cyn and I are over the moon excited to have contributed such a beautiful spread to Southern Weddings! Stay tuned for more features in upcoming posts.

Engage!12 Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Recap

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A glimpse at my Engage experience from my instagram feed

Attending Engage! in San Diego last year was a huge, huge dream of mine. I remember pushing the button on the registration form and thinking “what in the world do I have any business attending this conference?”….but I felt the fear, and did it anyway.

Lucky for me, I had one of the best experiences ever! Fast forward to one year later, as I headed on a plane to my semi-hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, and all I could think about was all the excitement, fun and learning that was ahead of me for four days. Of course, Engage!12 Mandarian Oriental did not disappoint. I reconnected with some friends from the year prior, made lots more new ones, and of course gained so much more insight into the luxury wedding market and overal weddings world than I would have sitting home, doing the same old thing.


Tara signing me a copy of Weddings by Tara Guérard featuring the photography of Liz Banfield (adore!)

One of my favorite parts of Engage! is the opportunity to be around some of the best and brightest in the industry in such a comfortable and open environment. Everyone is so willing to share advice and insights. I spent time chatting with some of my favorites – southern wedding planner queen Tara Guerard (and her delightful associate team!), invitation maven Ceci of Ceci NY, and the always fabulous photographer, Jasmine Star.

There are so many fabulous details that goes into the production of Engage! that most of this blog post is going to be dedicated to those extra special details that I LOVE SO MUCH! For a stylist and designer such as myself, just attending Engage! to be the recipient and experience these details is worth it in itself!

Me soaking up some of the welcome on the first day!

My wonderful roommates – Kathy Romero, Courtney Scowby and Cyn Kain. We had SO much fun!

Jasmine Star was the hostess of my lunch round-table. I really enjoyed meeting the other wonderful ladies at this table too. Jasmine challenged us to tell the table what our goals were for the next six months, so we could come back to the next Engage! ready to share our successes in meeting them. Happy to say I’m already on my way! 

A great little quote book that celebrity wedding planner (Kim Kardashian the most recent) Sharon Sacks (below) shared with us.
Loved this quote in particular!

On the second day, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman stopped by to officially welcome us to Las Vegas. He is a mini celebrity in Las Vegas and always makes public appearances holding a martini and a showgirl on each arm. The best part?! The gal in the red on the right is my friend from high school. We were on the cheer team together. :) Super fun reconnecting with her since it has been about 12+ years!

A glimpse from the (very windy!) welcome pool side party.

Can’t get enough of the La Tavola New York linens. I’ve used these for several client’s weddings.
You can’t go wrong with these gorgeous sequined linens!

Leine Stevens sharing her insights on millennials and the luxury wedding market.
I LOVE smart marketing insights!

In the swag, a delicious recipe with mixing cup and shot glass: red bull, gold schlager
and a red hot lollipop stir stick. Delicious!

Some yummy strawberry pink lemonade during a break.

Gorgeous letterpress programs, menus, and other details galore!

Always love hearing Jasmine Star speak, she is a great presenter!

Another cute shot with Courtney & Cyn

I could listen to this woman (Cindy Novotny) speak ALL DAY LONG. She works with major companies and luxury brands helping improve their customer service. For a gal who loves giving companies and people feedback on how they can do things better, Cindy is totally up my alley. 

I enjoyed hearing Tara Guerard speak about diversifying her wedding business to be more than just the event. I’ve followed her work since I first moved to Nashville five years ago, and definitely look up to her as a successful business owner AND mother of three. Her talent is amazing. Not to mention her very sweet Soiree and Lettered Olive team are so nice! It was so fun chatting with some southern gals while we were all far from home. 

Maria of Ritzy Bee sharing insights about blogging and your business.
Smart gal and even lovelier gal to chat with!

And now on…to the GALA!

Just one of the sweet cocktail arrangements at the finale Gala. 

Gorgeous room setup by Revelry Event Designers

Champagne toast at our table – let the fun begin!

Cover band that plays Boy Band songs?! YES, PLEASE!!

This is what happens when you mix a boy band cover band with a large room of
mainly 30 and late 20 year old’s…full dance floor sing-a-long!

 Really enjoyed meeting Kelly + Maria of Ritzy Bee. I spent some time earlier (in the pool!) connecting with them.

With Courtney & Cyn and the delightful new friend Jacin of Lovely Little Details.
We all danced all night long on the dance floor!

Coral pink was a popular color choice that evening!

Wrapping up another wonderful Engage! experience…

See y’all in December at Engage!12 The Breakers!

For a full recap of what the Engage experience feels, sounds and looks like, check out the wonderful video below:

engage!12 Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas | Day 2 & 3 from I Do Films on Vimeo.

Wedding Planner vs. Wedding Designer

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Given it’s the time of year when there are so many newly engaged couples scouring the internet for wedding planning tips and inspiration, allow me to help explain one question that may come up during your research: “what is the difference between a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Designer?”

A Wedding Planner’s main responsibility is the overall logistics and planning of your wedding. From budget creation to timeline development (and much more), they focus on the details of the plan and ensuring the day is a success. As lead Wedding Designer for AMBER HOUSLEY Style, I design weddings for couples who place importance on creating a detailed and one-of-a-kind experience for their guests.

To give you more specific examples: your Wedding Planner may tell you where to be and when, help you get dressed and send you all down the aisle on time. Whereas, as Wedding Designer, I’ll be working in conjunction with the florist to make sure the reception room table florals are exactly as we imagined, my team will have the escort cards are perfectly lined up, the coordinated menu cards in their places, and the amazing guest favors, that we custom designed specifically for you, are in the best highlighted spot possible.

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 (Where the guest sees this above…below is really the Wedding Design work that went into this amazing-ness…)

 Based on your own preferences and tastes, I will create the overall wedding concept and “look” that brings cohesiveness and the “wow” factor for your event. You can imagine I am the interior decorator – helping guide you on the look and feel from the colors on the wall to the place settings on the table.

I work in conjunction with planners, florists, lighting, catering, rental companies and photographers to create the look and feel of the event. While planners make sure that all the vendors are in order and arrived on time, my job is to ensure the flowers match the linens and that I’ve dreamed up little personal details to surprise and delight you and your guests.

I don’t just refer you to others, but I’m able to design your stationery and every little detail from scratch for a truly personal and cohesive experience. If I don’t produce it myself, I’m able to refer you to trusted professionals I’ve used in the past to execute your big ideas and make your vision a reality. Of course, my ultimate goal is always to make your wedding completely unique to the story of the both of you!

Usually, I start working with clients in the beginning stages of your wedding planning process. After some fun and lively conversations, I’m able to create a “look book” that will guide you through every design decision as you meet with further vendors. I will provide you with a road map full of resources and inspirational projects you can create yourself or allow me to create for you!


I enjoy working with both wedding planners and also with those who are handling the logistical planning themselves. You’ll be in good hands given my 5+ years in wedding and event planning, and I’m still an active member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. I’ll be able to provide you with some answers and opinions based on my wedding planning experience in the past. However, while some wedding planners may offer both traditional wedding planning and wedding design services, I pride myself on specializing and focusing on what I love and do best: wedding design and styling.

We are already well underway in designing and styling some amazing weddings for 2012! You can look at a few beautiful ones from 2011 in the wedding gallery. Stay tuned for more in this series where I show some of my favorite past weddings as they went from design inspiration to reality!

StudioWed Inspired Bride Event this Sunday

All you bride-to-be’s, I hope to see you this Sunday at Houston Station from 2-5pm to experience the StudioWed Inspired Bride event! My happy charming self will be there to show off some lovely designed tables and some of my favorite stationery suites.

There are going to be so many other wonderful StudioWed friends of mines showing off their best work as well. It is going to be a real treat for you and a totally different experience than the traditional bridal shows.

Hope to see you there!

Amber Housley is a Southern Weddings Blue Ribbon Vendor!

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Today is the launch of the Southern Weddings Magazine Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory  and I’m so thrilled to be the the first wedding stylist and designer from Tennessee included in the launch! Southern Weddings is one of my favorite magazines, and I’m so honored they extended the invitation for me to join this top notch guide for Southern brides.

You can check out my featured portfolio here or start searching now for some of the best wedding vendors in the South.

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