Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Blog Around the World: Elegant Decay #21

Today a group of Twitter gals who affectionately call each other #TWIPS (which stands for Twitter Wedding Inspirational Pals) are having a fun little "Blog Around the World" scavenger hunt, where we're revealing an entire posts' worth of pretty pictures one at a time, blog by blog. Cause we're fun like that. The idea started with Aleah Valley of Valley & Co. having a photo shoot she had done that she wanted to share, and Steph of Bubble Rock figuring what better way to share it with everyone? I couldn't agree more and am thrilled to be apart of today!

You know the scene during the opening credits of Father of the Bride? Those magical few moments when the camera focuses on the remnants of one amazing party - the glasses of half-drunk champagne, the confetti bits everywhere, pieces of cake and frosting clinging to gold forks. That's probably my favorite scene in the movie. Today's post has the same feeling. It's all about the end of the evening, after the "last glass of champagne has been drunk", when what's left is the 'Elegant Decay' of the party. The gorgeous setting of this shoot is very fall with rich, warm reds, wines and pinks with cool Navy and bright blues.

From Valley & Co: "We're Aleah + Nick Valley of Valley & Co. and we're so excited to partner with some of our most favorite blogosphere friends for this Blog Around the World: Elegant Decay post! Today you're invited to a worldwide scavenger hunt on these awesome blogs where you'll find snippets of our Elegant Decay photo shoot, designed to show off the after effects of a celebration: fun! We all spend so long putting together amazing designs and table scapes for our couples, and this shows off the end result {and the most important element}: enjoyment. We hope you enjoy this - thank you to all of our friends for participating and be sure to visit these other fabulous blogs for more photos, ideas, tips, and fun!"

I just loved this shoot! The sugared fruit and desserts looked divine (very Marie Antoinette, no?) and I love the gold rimmed china and hint of crystal hanging - very decadent (and even more Marie Antoinette)!
See visual aid below.
Sigh. Love the decadence and the Elegant Decay of a fabulous party.

Design + styling and JOY cards: Aleah + Nick Valley of Valley & Co.
Photography: Jeremy Leffel
Floral design: Anne Bradfield of Floressence
Crystal and marble decorative candle accents: vintage pieces from Nick's mom
Venue, dessert, and drinks: Palace Ballroom by Tom Douglas
Chairs, silverware, and china: AA Party Rentals

Here's the order of today's Blog Around the World scavenger hunt. We started in New Zealand, up to Europe, over to the US and are working our way from East Coast to West Coast. Make sure to stop by these blogs to see the complete shoot of Elegant Decay - and don't miss the out of this world gorgeous flowers and cake! Also follow on these fab ladies on Twitter, and under the tag #elegantdecay.

1: Bubble Rock - 11:00 AM EST @stephbubble
2: Magnolia Rouge - 11:15 AM EST @rubyandwillow
3: Cap Classique - 11:30 AM EST @capclassique
4: Brancoprata - 11:45 AM EST @brancoprata
5: The Demoiselle - 12:00 PM EST @The_Demoiselle
6: Engaged + Inspired - 12:15 PM EST @EngagedInspired
7: Postcards and Pretties - 12:30 PM EST @postcrdsprettie
8: Paper Garland - 12:45 PM EST @papergarland
9: Sparkle and Hay - 1:00 PM EST @sparkleandhay
10: Superburbs - 1:15 PM EST @superburbs
11: Every Last Detail - 1:30 PM EST @ELD_Lauren
12: Brenda's Wedding Blog - 1:45 PM EST @weddingsites
13: Niche White - 2:00 PM EST @NicheWhite
14: Simply and Forever - 2:15 PM EST @KatieSaeger
15: Bride Goggles - 2:30 PM EST @BrideGoggles
16: Landlocked Bride - 2:45 PM EST @LandlockedBride
17: Forget Me Knot Weddings - 3:00 PM EST @forgetmeknotwed
18: Fabulously Wed - 3:15 PM EST @fabulouslywed
19: The Bride Suite - 3:30 PM EST @thebridesuite
20: Enchanted Dreams Wedding & Affairs - 3:45 PM EST @NaomiVGoodman
21: Marry You Me - 4:00 PM EST @MarryYouMe
22: Luna and Chloe Weddings - 4:15 PM EST @lunaandchloe
23: La Petite Coquin - 4:30 PM EST @lapetitecoquin
24: Glamour and Grace Weddings - 5:00 PM EST @GlamandGraceWed


  1. Loving this so much, Annie! That is such a fun movie and the epitome of the end result of a crazy planning process! :)

  2. Father of the Bride is one of my all time fave movies. Wonderful post!

  3. Oh Annie!!! You have no idea how I adore this post. I think I am Marie Antoinette....or maybe I was...anyway...I love her. My first fashion icon ever!! xoxo I love Annie!!!

  4. Oh, I love that scene in Father of the Bride! And this picture is exactly what you described, "after the last glass of champagne has been drunk." Wonderful post, Annie!

  5. just lovely annie!! i totally love the movie father of the bride!

  6. This is a great post! And yes, I think we all agree about the important bits of an event (any party): the people you just have made amazing memories with.

  7. How perfect.. that photo goes so well with it! And that you mentioned Father of the Bride - LOVE that movie!

  8. How perfectly put together this is, Annie! I absolutely love your take on Elegant Decay!

  9. Lovely post Annie! My favorite pictures from weddings are all the little details, like wine glasses half full and cake on forks!

  10. Oh this post is too cute! Love your take on this!

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  12. I now will be watching father of the bride tonight. I love that movie!

  13. PERFECT Annie!!! So very perfect, love your post!!!!


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