Google+ Merriment Events Archives - Page 3 of 3 - Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings

Tag: Merriment Events

Welcome to the fourth installment of our Southern Hospitality feature! Each month, we pick a Southern city and an expert host. Our host shares their favorite items custom to that city that would be perfect packed into a welcome bag for family and friends at a weekend wedding. Just one more perk of attending a destination wedding!

This month, we’re headed to Richmond, Virginia, the bustling capital of the Commonwealth. I had the pleasure of visiting Richmond last spring and actually happened to make many Richmond friends at our V4 shoot in Williamsburg last summer! One of the talented people I met was the stylist for the shoot, Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events. This was before she had her precious baby girl! Courtney also styled one of my favorite real weddings from V4, Katie + Max. You know I love colorful weddings, right?

Since Courtney is based in Richmond, we knew she would be the perfect expert. I hope you’ll enjoy her picks!

A. Petites Bouchées Macarons. French macarons made locally in Richmond by Veronica Perez. Can be made to coordinate with your wedding colors! (priced per order)

B. Popptags. These quirky, letterpress gift tags are made by my friend, Anya in Richmond. Anya also takes custom orders and could personalize a tag for your wedding using your logo, monogram, etc. ($9.95 for 3 or priced per custom order)

C. A Bottle of Virginia Wine. A bottle of wine would be lovely paired with a custom wine tag from Popptags (above). Wine can be purchased locally in bulk from Once Upon a Vine. (price varies)

D. Carriage House Cheese Straws. No self respecting Southerner would ever entertain without cheese straws! These are made here in Richmond. ($6.95 for 6 oz bag)

E. Blanchard’s Coffee. Roasted in Richmond. (price varies)

F. A Ticket for a Trolley Tour. Richmond was one of the first cities in the country to travel by electric street car, and this year, the trolley is making its return to Richmond. Wouldn’t it be lovely to treat guests to a trolley tour of historic Richmond? (custom pricing)

G. Hub’s Virginia Peanuts. (price varies)

H. Chocolate Cravings. Made here in Richmond, it’s truly some of the best chocolate you’ll ever taste! Wouldn’t it be fun to work with the owner to concoct a signature flavor for your wedding? (price varies)

I. Route 11 Chips. Made in Virginia and a staple locally. ($35.00 for a case of 30 2 oz bags)

J. Richmond Gungho Guide. The definitive pocket guide to Richmond produced locally by Kelly Brown. (free)

K. A Copy of Virginia Living Magazine. ($4.95)

L. Lavender Fields Farm Roobios Loose Tea. Perfect for pairing with Lavender Fields honey! ($6.00 for 2 oz bag of tea, $7.50 for 8 oz jar of honey)

M. RVA Playing Cards from Quirk Gallery. 52 reasons to love Richmond from 52 Richmond insiders. ($9.95 for pack)

N. Virginia is For Lovers Pencils. ($49.90 for 100)

We paired Courtney’s expert picks with a custom tote design from another Richmond native, Lauren of Lauren O’Neill Design, who designed this adorable Richmond is for Lovers tote for us! Want one? Simply download the overlay here and take it to your local screen-printer. Thank you for the fun design, Lauren!

From the Richmond area and have additional suggestions to add to our tote? What did you love about Richmond if you’ve visited before? Have a city in mind for future posts? Comment below and let us know!

Check out past totes:

Written with love by Sierra
  1. avatar Kelsey reply

    Raleigh next please! :)

  2. avatar Southern Weddings Totes: Now Available! « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Southern Hospitality series has featured so many cute tote designs that we just couldn’t resist creating a […]

  3. avatar A Wedding Setting: Father of the Bride (redux) | | Marry This!Marry This! reply

    […] $229 | 4. Fancy Victoria Strapless Dress, $2,904 | 5. Boutique Nine Jazzalyn Wavy Pumps, $130 | 6. City DIY tote bag favor | 7. Andy Lifschutz Nature Speaks Ring, […]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

I know, I know… last week, I said the Paper, Cotton, and Flour shoot was my favorite from V4. And now, here I am this week, introducing you to another of my favorite features! Can you blame me, though? Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events and I emailed incessantly for months to pull all of these beautiful details together, and the wonderful Katie Stoops surpassed our expectations for capturing them to share with y’all. I am so, so pleased with how everything we built in Williamsburg turned out, and I hope you all love this shoot, too!

The Lettered Olive designed these breathtaking invitations for us using calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones. Wouldn’t handwritten, personally-addressed invite letters be an amazing idea for an intimate celebration? Even if you were having a larger wedding, you could still do something similar, but write “Dear family and friends” instead of individual names.

Our bride’s gorgeous gown is the “Arabella” from Christos. It is stunning in person!

Out of all the gorgeous and historic locations in Colonial Williamsburg, we settled on the spa as the spot for our ceremony.

Courtney was not only the amazing stylist for this shoot, but the florist, as well! She did a wonderful job transforming the wholesale flowers from Fifty Flowers into centerpieces and bouquets for our bride and bridesmaids.

Our classic tablescape was set on a Colonial Williamsburg porch. I particularly love the nods to Virginia culture, like the boxwoods and peanuts!

A few more details? Oh, okay!

For dessert? Monogrammed tarts and a classic white wedding cake.

Finally, the butter on the biscuit: the Beau Bar! Trade your tie for a bow tie, y’all!

Be sure to pick up a copy of V4 to see all the details!

The talented vendors who made this shoot happen:

Photography: Katie Stoops // Film processing: Richard Photo Lab // Styling: Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events // Stylist’s assistant: Danielle Hines // Venue: Colonial Williamsburg // Hair stylist: Rachel Shrader of Ceco Studio // Makeup artist: Natalie Mitchell of Avenue 42 Designs // Wholesale flowers: Fifty Flowers // Flower styling: Courtney Spencer // Invitation suite and programs: The Lettered Olive, with calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones // Rentals and flatware: Colonial Williamsburg // Table linens and colored chair cushions: La Tavola Linen // Monogram, menus, placecards, signature drink sign and popper wrappers: Moya Minns of MM Ink // Glassware, some silver pieces and china: Festive Fare // Popper tissue paper: Nashville Wraps // Coaster and custom wine label design: Magpie Paper Works // Coaster and cocktail napkins printing: For Your Party // Beau Bar sign: Chocolate Butterbean // Bow ties for Beau Bar: Upper French, Lumina Clothing Company, and High Cotton Ties // Boxwood wreaths: Save on Crafts // Wedding cake, ham biscuits, petit fours, and calligraphy tarts: Colonial Williamsburg // Bridal gown: “Arabella” by Christos // Bride’s shoes: “Forbes” by Nina from Bella Bridesmaid // Veils: Toni Federici // Ivory bridesmaids’ dresses: Saja // Bridesmaids’ sashes: Untamed Petals // Colored bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaid

Colonial Williamsburg is a Southern Weddings sponsor. Katie Stoops, Moya Minns, and Merriment Events are Blue Ribbon Vendors.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Williamsburg is my hometown and this shoot captured its charm perfectly. That bow tie bar is going to be all over Pinterest in a few hours! Amazing work, once again! :)

  2. avatar Desiree reply

    I want those dishes for myself! How gorgeous!

  3. avatar Erin reply

    I love Chocolate Butterbean!

  4. avatar Jackie reply

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Colonial Williamsburg…Anywho, I truly adore this wedding. The calligraphy, the stationery, the all-white scheme. It’s divine!

  5. avatar Kristine {In Love, Engaged} reply

    This is an amazing shoot! I love all the details and the setting is beautiful!

  6. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Weddings holiday cheer! One of our favorite features from V4 (okay, okay, one of many) was the Williamsburg Wedding shoot! The classic details and clean green and white colors combine perfectly with the colonial setting […]

  7. avatar Southern Hospitality :: Richmond Tote « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Richmond last spring and actually happened to make many Richmond friends at our V4 shoot in Williamsburg last summer! One of the talented people I met was the stylist for the shoot, Courtney Spencer of […]

  8. avatar Southern Weddings Totes: Now Available! « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] wooden signs. Anyone who owns a copy of V4 has seen her handiwork in action — Joni made our Beau Bar sign! Now for the good part: here’s how you can get your hands on one! Starting today, with the […]

  9. avatar A Simple Southern Wedding @ Taylor'd Events reply

    […] and whistles can be just as wonderful.  I especially like the use of ferns in the bouquets. Oh Southern Weddings, thank you so much for this […]

  10. avatar Ceremony Decor {Wedding Details} » Blog Archive » A Lowcountry Wedding – Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head's Favorite Wedding Resource reply

    […] Image by Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings Magazine […]

  11. avatar Green Wedding Ideas | Heart Love Weddings reply

    […] Bottom, Left to Right: (15) A Bryan Photo via Southern Weddings | (16) Katie Stoops Photography via Southern Weddings | (17) Justin DeMutiis via Southern Weddings | (18) Lisa Lefkowitz via Style Me Pretty | (19) […]

  12. avatar Wedding Cocktails, Cocktail Accessories, Wedding Cocktail Ideas reply

    […] The beautiful monogrammed set of coaster and napkin is from  For Your Party which featured on Southern Weddings , beautifully photographed by Katie Stoops. You can source personalised paper napkins very easily […]

  13. avatar Inspiration Board #41: Southern Beaus and Lace « reply

    […] 1: beau bar, cake, bridesmaids Row 2: table decor Row 3: signage, dress, lace […]

  14. avatar Sweet Southern Charm @ Taylor'd Events reply

    […] smells of gardens, to the warm beaches, to the beautiful weddings.  This inspiration shoot from Southern Weddings, encompasses so many of those things.  So […]

  15. avatar inspired wedding- beau bar « garnishboutique reply

    […] Shot by Katie Stoops and styled by Merriment Events, here is an adorable southern wedding inspired photo shoot that adds a little something fun for the men… a Beau Bar! What a clever idea? For a full list of vendors involved and to see the entire post, click here. […]

  16. avatar Inspiration Monday : Vol. 2 | Melissa Oholendt | Minnesota Wedding & Lifestyle Photography reply

    […] 1, 2, 3 Bottom: 4, 5, […]

  17. avatar Modern Teal, Gray and Yellow Wedding Inspiration Board | Heart Love Weddings reply

    […] Row 2: Chevron Cookies via Sweet Sugar Belle, Shoes via A Crimson Kiss, Lemon Tart Favors by Katie Stoops Photography via Southern Weddings […]

  18. avatar Board #1: Pine and Mint Green Wedding Inspiration reply

    […] row: bride with green bouquet via Southern Weddings, anemones via Green Wedding Shoes, green bouquet via Glamour & Grace second row: green […]

  19. avatar » {It’s in the Details} Inspired by Gorgeous Greenery in Wedding Details May I Have The Ring reply

    […] Weddings / sweetheart table onelove photo via style me pretty / chair wreath Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings / single chair & chairs with couple and table at bottom: desi baytan photography / […]

  20. avatar danisa flowers reply

    Stunning dress.Love the hair! The place is breath taking. Thanks for sharing. Love it!

  21. avatar Danisa Flowers reply

    I love the bride’s wedding gown, so lovely and exquisite. I love the white front porch with the tables and chairs. I love the arrangements and the whole ambiance of the place looks really classy yet relaxing.

  22. avatar A Sweet Southern Affair | Cupcakes for Breakfast reply

    […] | daises | ceremony | yellow dress | bow tie | flowers | getaway | juleps | lemon […]

  23. avatar Something Blue Wedding Ideas reply

    […] credits: drink shakers, drinks <via I love Southern Weddings Magazine, dress detail, tile escort cards, blue party poppers < […]

  24. avatar Wedding Flowers Arrangement reply

    I love this! What a gorgeous wedding!

  25. avatar Wedding Flowers Arrangement reply

    OH….and the dress is breathtaking!

  26. avatar Fresh Greens » Off The Page – Nebraska WeddingDay Blog reply

    […] unknown 2. stylemepretty 3. iloveswmag 4. oncewed 5. […]

  27. avatar Serene Green » Off The Page – Nebraska WeddingDay Blog reply

    […] 1. stylemepretty 2. weddingchicks 3. oncewed 4. oncewed 5. iloveswmag […]

  28. avatar Jerry reply

    Are the “candy” shaped gifts wedding favors? I really love this packaging idea!!

  29. avatar Christina reply

    Hi there! I’ve loved the custom wooden wedding signs by Chocolate Butterbean featured on SW, but I see that Chocolate Butterbean is not currently accepting any orders. Do you have a suggestion of another vendor that makes a similar product?

    Thanks so much for your time!

  30. avatar Green Garlands reply

    […] & Arrow Events via Green Wedding Shoes (right); Row 2- Katie Stoops/Merriment Events via Southern Weddings (left); Brosnan Photographic […]

  31. avatar Inspiration: Bows | Rusetit – Best Day Ever reply

    […] | Dress Bow tie bar | Table setting Hair do | […]

  32. avatar Summer's End – Wedgwood Blue and Butter Yellow Wedding Inspiration | Hey Wedding Lady reply

    […] Melanie, Bridal Gown from And Something Blue | Kumquat Rose Cocktail – via | Monogrammed Lemon Tart – Photography by Katie Stoops, Florals by Courtney Spencer, Tarts by Colonial […]

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to:

As promised, I’m back with a mini preview of our latest V4 shoot! This time around we were shooting in lovely and historic Colonial Williamsburg. Just Sierra and I made the trip, which went pretty much according to plan except for that time we got semi-lost in the cornfields of Virginia and that other time a flash thundershower threatened to ruin our perfectly set table. Despite those two setbacks, it was a fabulous shoot! I can’t wait to share the final images in September, but until then, here’s a little behind the scenes look…

Gorgeous gardens and magical spots abound in Colonial Williamsburg! We took advantage of several different areas throughout the property on the day we were shooting.

On the left, you see Virginia-based photographer Katie Stoops hard at work making photographic magic. This should be another all-film shoot, thanks to the fine folks at Richard Photo Lab! I always find it amusing to see what’s just beyond the frame of a perfectly manicured shot, so on the right, you can see a small amount of the props, styling equipment, and other paraphernalia we were toting around all day.

Sierra’s going to be so mad at me for sharing this photo again (I already posted it on Twitter!), but I wanted y’all to see her in the makeup chair, even if she does look grumpy! (Which, for the record, she definitely was not.) Sierra took one for the team once again, posing as a bridesmaid along with two other Southern Weddings readers. On the left you can also spot Natalie, the makeup half of the fab hair and makeup duo Avenue 42. On the right is Courtney of Merriment Events, who had a huge role is bringing this shoot to life, both conceptually in the weeks beforehand and stylistically on the day-of. And all that, and about five months pregnant, to boot!

And that’s about that! You’ll have to wait until September to see the REALLY good stuff, and believe me, this shoot is packed full of fantastic ideas and custom details (if I do say so myself). I can’t wait to share!!

A few notes: we’re still accepting real weddings for print, and will be until July 15! See this post for all the details, then email Emily. If you’re interested in getting in on the V4 ad action (and oh, you want to be), just drop Whitney a line. She’ll get you taken care of!

Colonial Williamsburg and Richard Photo Lab are sponsors of Southern Weddings

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Sierra reply

    Yes Emily, you are correct. That photo does not properly reflect me at all! I was focusing on something out the window. Probably George Washington walking down the street.

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    So glad y’all had a good experience in Williamsburg!!! It’s my second home and I can’t wait to see the whole shoot :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      You’re a lucky girl, Lisa!! Wiliamsburg is beautiful, the people are wonderful, and we loved spending time there!

Southern Weddings reserves the right to delete comments which contain profanity or personal attacks or seek to promote a business unrelated to the post.  And remember: a good attitude is like kudzu – it spreads.  We love hearing your kind thoughts!

Reply to: