Amber Housley

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?

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!

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