September 4th, 2015 Was a magical date!

After knowing my now husband for about 10 years we were finally reunited a year and a half ago, both of us then single and at a similar phase in life. We started working closer together in our jobs and hanging out together more and more. He tried to put me in the friend zone but I prevailed! We started dating about  a year before we were married and the rest was history. I’ve never loved more intensly, lived more adventurously or loved God more deeply.


We couldn’t have made this wedding possible without the support of our family and friends!

Wedding Coordinator: Grand Hope Events, Floral Design: Brier Rose Design, Photography + Photo Booth: Mark Brooke Photography, Invitation  + Event Design: The Inspiration Den, DJ: DJ Efechto (Ron), Venue: Lombardi House, Coffee: Cause Roast, Catering: Buca di Beppo, Wedding Dress: BHLDN, Groom’s Suit: H&M, Wedding Cake: Naked Cakes by Terry, Macaroons: Sweet and Saucy Shop, Videographer: Christian Jeffries Bride Hair: Kelsey Hughes, Bride Makeup artist and Aesthetician: Kristyn smith, Bridesmaids Hair + Makeup: Allison Escalante, Brides Wedding + Engagement Ring: Catbird

Inspiration: Moon, Stars, Midnight Blue, Gold + Silver Glitter, Classic Hollywood


Shannon Kirsten – Wildflower – Look-book + Interview

Today we are featuring Shannon Kirsten: illustrator + Photographer. As an invitation designer myself I have a special interest and am super inspired by other illustrators and designers.  I first saw Shannon on a green wedding shoes post & fell in love with her work and then I made my way to her blog which is equally inspiring! I hope everyone enjoys my interview with Shannon! Have a happy Tuesday!!!!

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Amber: Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself & your artistic aesthetic?

Shannon: I am a photographer and illustrator born and raised in Florida (on the gulf coast).  My degree and background is in fashion.  I began my career working in textile then graphic design for a couple large apparel companies.  I started to freelance on the side and found that I really loved illustration and using hand painted elements in my designs.  Overtime I also started to do more hand lettering and experimenting with other paint mediums like gouache and watercolors.  I never thought I would be doing calligraphy but I’ve grown to truly love it.  I now focus mainly on painting custom wedding invitations, whimsical art prints, and other little paper goods!  When I’m not painting, I’m photographing. Photography has been a lifelong hobby of mine that finally turned into a real business.  I have been working on fashion photography projects for a couple of years now.  As of last year I also started photographing weddings.  In both of my mediums, femininity and nature are a consistent element in which I’m constantly inspired by.  I am drawn to pretty and dainty but I love a touch of rustic…things with an edgy, dark side as well.


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Amber: Where do you find inspiration?
Shannon: Always a hard questions for me, I think inspiration is everywhere.  You have to choose to not just look at things but truly see them.  I keep a notebook with me, sometimes ideas hit me at the strangest times.  I love flowers and animals.  Growing up by the beach is very inspiring and beautiful.  I love all things vintage. I am also very inspired by the online art community, it’s amazing what social media has done for small creative business.  I constantly find other artists on Etsy and through blogs that I fall in love with.  It’s very inspiring to me to be able to follow along on people’s journey.  My three best friends that I grew up with are a fashion designer, a wedding / event stylist, and a graphic / stationery designer…being on this adventure with them, being able to bounce ideas off of each other and be challenges by them is also something that greatly inspires me.
Amber: What’s the most inspirational piece of decor in your studio or art space?
Shannon: I’m in the process of an exciting studio renovation, but one of my favorites that is going up after the walls are re-painted is a print by Kari Herer (found on Etsy). She combines illustration and photography in a really beautiful way. I have a lot of my pictures from different travels around the studio, they take me back to some very special times in my life.  I recently printed tons of tiny square photos from instagram…I love having those memories of special times and people I love.  I also have a gold screen print (also from Etsy) that simply states “hustle”. I keep it in sight as a constant reminder to literally hustle and create the best work that I can each day.
Amber: Do you have a favorite work of art and can you tell us about it?
Shannon: I’m not sure that I have a favorite.  Most recently though, I released a couple of photos from a series I’m working on (I attached one for you in case you want to share!) They combine my painting and photography.  When I first began I was so torn and overwhelmed by the thought of how will I or do I need to tie these two businesses together.  I struggled with it for a long time.  As my style evolved and I have begun to find my niche with both illustration and photography, I see them working together a lot better now.  So this was very exciting to start a project that will show both sides of me.  It showcases my aesthetic very well.  I’m my biggest critic so to feel proud of these already is quite exciting.
Amber: What is your dream project?
Shannon: My dream project would be working with free people, anthropologie, BHLDN, Kate Spade, and/or Marc Jacobs.  Those are my favorite brands. I would die to shoot or illustrate for any of those companies.  I love look books and magazines…it would also be a dream to get hired to shoot and illustrate / design a really cool look book or catalog for a fashion designer!
Amber: Do you have any words of wisdom to those artist pursing their dreams?
Shannon: Just go for it.  The time it takes to dream about something could be invested into starting.  It can be very scary to start something new, especially when it involves leaving a stable income and job to freelance or start your own business.  Once you start creating and networking it’s like a new world opens up, reach out to people, tell them what you’re doing, ask them for help.  More times than not people are so encouraging and helpful.  One of the hardest things I had to learn was “the worst people can say is no”. It’s true though, you just have to ask and not be afraid to put yourself out there! There is such an amazing community on the web of artists and bloggers.  We (as small business/creatives) are so lucky to live in this time of social media craziness. Posting on facebook / instagram, etc has literally helped launch my business and continues to aid me in sales and connecting with new, amazing people.  Get your self out there! It has never been easy.  There have been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears involved in my journey so far, but this is the most rewarding and incredible adventure of my life.  I feel so blessed to wake up and live this everyday.  Anyone can do it, you can be anything you want to be with passion and hard work 🙂
For more inspiration + to purchase some of her awesome work check out the links below!
Thanks for letting us feature you and your awesome work Shannon!!!!
Don’t forget to get your Halloween cards + party invites here!! Send one to a friend!

A few of our Favorite Things!

Today is Wednesday, Hump Day, the Middle of the work week! You are kinda dragging, tired, and looking forward to Friday which calls for a nice healthy dose of  inspiration! Today we are featuring a few of our favorite things from my favorite online Market Place Cloud Parade! 

I’m obsessed with these no fuss, easy, chic, home accents! These little gems can add a little spice and character to any space and are perfect for wedding favors, birthday gifts, or little gifts to yourself for just getting through the long work week! Check out The Den’s Pinterest page for more inspiration and the shop links for the awesome plants below!

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DIY: Adding Succulents to Bouquets

Hi there! It’s Amber  here from Amber Lay Events. I’m back to share a creative and must learn DIY tutorial on how to add succulents to any bouquet! Succulents are huge in floral design right now so I love seeing them added to floral arrangements and bouquets! They add such an organic and natural feel and compliment almost any flower beautifully.

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Casa de Perrin – Interview + Look-Book

21The art of collecting/curating beautiful things has been a weekend past time of mine for years. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to Casa de Perrin. It’s not only about the treasures but also about the tradition and memories that come along with them. I inherited  my grandmothers china collection, along with other cherished family heirlooms, and they remain some of my most valued and prized possessions. So many great memories surround these dishes, goblets, and silverware. Each one tells its own unique story. I’m so happy to introduce Casa de Perrin, and their story.

Always infuse your work with things that make you happy, things that make it worth it, otherwise, what’s the point! -Casa de Perrin

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Meet The CdP Team! 



Photo By Josh Perrin (Gold Collection)

Amber: I love the story behind your brand and business. Can you tell our reader’s how Casa de Perrin was started?

Casa de Perrin: In 1970 a good friend of Josh’s parents gifted them bistro plates from France monogrammed with the words “La Casa de Perrin” for their wedding.  These were the dinner plates Josh grew up eating off of throughout his childhood, and in 2001 they were passed on to him.  

Little did his parents know that Josh would grow up and fall in love with and marry Diana, and that these plates would become the inspiration behind a curated boutique rental company that would allow them to express their combined artistic tastes and work together scouring the world for beautiful, one-of-a-kind things.  
But even more beautiful than the most beautiful things they would find, were the traditions that surrounded them.  The handwritten notes denoting the manufacturer and factory marks, and all the family members the set of china had belonged to.  Wedding cards stored with cake plates, still in their original box.  All of the beautiful associations and the idea that these pieces were meant to remain a constant in time.  Bedazzled and unharmed.  Protected and cherished for future generations to come.  
It is these traditions that Casa de Perrin is based on of, and the premise for every piece in our collections, whether to buy or to rent, whether 200 years old or custom-made today. 
Amber: Looks like the Casa de Perrin team are finders of great treasures. Can you tell us about your greatest find?
Casa de Perrin: One of the most surprising and memorable finds happened we were en route to an event in Palm Springs and stopped at a hole-in-the-wall antique shop. There in a dusty corner was one of the most singularly pristine pair of champagne coupes we had ever seen. The glamorous possibilities of its history (could easily see Catherine Hepburn holding in Golden Era Hollywood), and the story of how it wound up alone in the desert, was so incredibly fascinating.
Amber: Who or What inspires your team on a daily basis?
Casa de Perrin: We are incredibly fortunate to constantly be surrounded by the most talented of friends — photographers,designers, stylists– our Casa roommate is the brilliant Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies, a serious visionary of paper goods, so it’s hard not to be inspired day in and day out!
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Amber: When putting together a dinner party what would you say are the most important details?
Casa de Perrin: We are all about subtle but special. Salt cellars are perhaps our one of our favorite pieces of decor, something that you might not ever think about adding but once they are on the table they add such a beautiful sparkle that you can’t imagine living without them.
Amber: Any advice for those artists and dreamers thinking about starting their own company?
Casa de Perrin: Go for it. Hold fiercely on to the passion that made you start your venture in the first place, even when you are hit from all angles of adversity. Be willing to do everything, from the nitty and grittiest of jobs (ie washing thousands and thousands of dishes into the middle of the night) so that you know exactly what is required to make your business run in the way that YOU want and would feel comfortable to eventually handing off to others. Most of all, make sure you always infuse your work with things that make you happy, things that make it worth it, otherwise, what’s the point!
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