3. Social media doesn’t (really) count.
Wedding Paper Divas is an incredibly popular, well-known, and expansive wedding invitation website, well-known throughout the wedding industry. Recently, Wedding Paper Divas has expanded their wedding invitation line, stayed ahead of the wedding stationery trend, and has partnered with some incredible brands (like my beloved Southern Living, BHLDN, Claire Pettibone, and Pottery Barn) to create exclusive, custom wedding stationery collections. Browsing through all of these collections, I was blown away by the uniqueness, beauty, and feel of each of the invitation suites and how accurately they represented the collection’s brand, style, and mission.
I created a wedding inspiration board that is inspired by the new Southern Living Collection for Wedding Paper Divas, since this curated collection was ultimately my favorite. I have read every issue of Southern Living for roughly fifteen years, and I have a deep-rooted love of the South. The Southern Living Collection epitomizes so much of what I adore about the South, especially weddings in the South – as Southern Living says, the Southern bride is “rooted in tradition, but modern in spirit!”
I love the blush pink invitation (such a Southern classic!), and such stunning calligraphy was the icing on the cake when selecting a favorite invitation of mine to feature. You know how much I adore calligraphy! I wanted to create a wedding inspiration board for a fabulous Southern bride centered on this gorgeous, classic invitation suite. The inspiration draws on the unique setting of the South, with a wedding set amongst the massive oak trees and Spanish moss. Pulling in soft blush accents, lush florals, and Southern fruit, like peaches, this wedding cohesively celebrates the South and sets the mood for a romantic, joyful celebration.
Wedding Paper Divas is one of the first places I look when helping brides select their wedding invitation suite, as there are endless beautiful, diverse options for any type of bride. I am continually impressed by the new designers they bring on board and the plethora of design styles. And I just love that Wedding Paper Divas has partnered with so many brands that I am already fond of to create such unique collections for any type of bride!
Are you a fan of theater? I know some people aren’t big on live performances or musicals of any sort, but I’m so grateful to have friends who love to go to concerts, the theater, performances, and shows just as much as I do! There is something special to be said about live acting or singing or dancing, for sure. Earlier this summer, some friends and I snagged tickets to The 21st Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical put on at Ford’s Theater. And we loved it!
I wasn’t expecting the show to be quite so hilarious, but it certainly was – I think we laughed our way through the whole musical. The singing, dancing, and acting was great, and I loved the audience participation. And I think most of us are slight spelling bee nerds, so it was especially entertaining to see a spelling bee so theatrically entertaining.
Plus, it was a little surreal to be seated just feet from where Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater. Mr grandma is a huge Abe Lincoln fan, so it was really poignant to see his box and the flags and drapery so close to us. They have beautifully renovated and updated Ford’s Theater, and it’s a quaint but gorgeous theater with lush velvet and close seating to the action. If you’re nearby, you should definitely check it out!
There are so many things I love about living in Washington, DC, and that includes the plethora of things to do in the summertime. In fact, there are too many fun events and activities around the city to possibly do them all, but I think that’s a good problem to have. I love having something fun, new, and social to look forward to after work, especially when the days are long and sun is out for so many more hours.
Some of my favorite summer evening activities around the city are…
1. Jazz in the Sculpture Garden
Every Friday (between Memorial Day & Labor Day) in the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden – it seems like every twenty-something in the city flocks here Friday afternoon once work is over. I love the busyness, the live jazz music, the views (Capitol, fountain, National Archives, etc), picnics with friends, and the sangria, of course!
2. Movies in the park
Every night of the week, all around the city, different neighborhoods play great movies. Check out your local movie night (or try a new neighborhood around the city!) for a screen on the green… and try out the food trucks nearby, too!
3. A couple weeks ago, we had a picnic (of course!) and saw a free performance of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at a park in Georgetown. It was a great show – vivacious acting, a beautiful setting, sparkly costumes, and a delicious picnic with dear friends. You never know what you can stumble across every evening of the summer!
4. Sunsets from a rooftop.
I love finding a good sunset! There are tons of rooftop events, bars, and activities around the city, and the views are mesmerizing. Definitely take the time to marvel at a summertime sunset!
5. The Kennedy Center
There are free performances every single evening at 6pm, and everyone in DC should take advantage of this! We (attempted) to see a free performance of John Legend (!!) at the Kennedy Center a couple weeks ago… we waited in line for several hours before realizing we’d never make it inside for his show. But there are always great rooftop terrace views nearby + delicious restaurants!
The Birchmere, in Alexandria, VA, had an amazing show that I loved! Brendan James is pretty much my all-time favorite singer, and he was on tour with Andy Grammer. Tickets were pretty inexpensive, the venue was great, and the music was incredible!! I loved being able to see Brendan again in concert, and I was finally able to meet him! You never know what can come of a good summer show.
And, of course, I love a good night of watching The Bachelor, playing tennis, or enjoying a casual dinner party, too!
What are your favorite summertime evening activities in your city?
Tis the season for fresh, juicy peaches! Not only do I love eating endless peaches throughout the summertime months (I am a Georgia peach, after all!), but I love the peach styling in all of these inspiration photos. To me, fresh peaches are the epitome of Southern goodness in the summertime, and I love how vibrantly (or how softly!) they can be incorporated into weddings, decor, or even just food/prop styling. They’re beautiful, colorful, quintessentially Southern, homegrown, juicy, and delicious – and the perfect accoutrement to any summer gathering!
Just a little red, white, & blue inspiration for your 4th of July week!
I’m off to Ohio for a vacation to visit my family, and I can’t wait to head North for a few days. I’ve spent almost every 4th of July (all but two or three of them, I’m pretty sure!) in Ohio with my extended family, and I simply cannot wait for lots of family time, the town’s awesome/nostalgic 4th of July parade, endless cookouts (with burgers, baked beans, and all the fixins), colorful fireworks, and all of the weekend’s festivities. I just love the patriotism of the 4th of July, and it’s long been one of my very favorite holidays.
What are you up to for the 4th?