Completion of Lucinda’s Quest

December 15, 2009 at 10:00 PM (Lucinda's Quest) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

      Actually the quest was completed a week before Laura’s wedding when ‘The Dress’ was delivered by Olia Zavozina.  It’s gorgeous!  Of course, there was no point in posting all of this until you could see for yourselves my final choice.  The dress was perfect.  I received rave reviews from family and friends.  I felt good and both Laura and I were happy with my final look.  Enough talk you say…..I agree.  Here are the pictures taken at the big event.  In case you don’t recognise me, I’m the lady in dark silver.

Laura and Jim with her family

     Olia even made a shawl for me  for a little bit of coverage to deal with the evening chill.  Of course  it was cold and rainy that night.  We didn’t care.  Good food, good music and lots of good company.  What could be better?  Oh, you’ve got to see the necklace Laura made for me.  Isn’t it gorgeous? Lucinda's Mother of the Bride necklace       You know you’ve done well when you get a note like this one on your gift.

Gift box for my necklace      And yes, I was teary eyed when I read this….so I think the blurred edges are appropriate.  Thank you so much Zach and Jody Gray for all of the beautiful photographs.

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The Pictures Are In! Check out images from Laura’s Wedding!

December 12, 2009 at 7:49 PM (Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

October 4, 2009 Adornments’ own Laura Lempke married Nashville native James Dugger.

The Adornments team really went all out for the occasion producing announcements, invitations, and jewelry as well as calling on guest artists Charlie Thompson and Olia Zavozina for more!  As you can see from the images, courtesy of Gray Photography, the results were well worth the effort of all the amazing contributing artists!

The Adornments Ladies: Alexis, Laura & Lucinda

The Adornments Ladies: Alexis, Laura & Lucinda

Check it out!  All of us wearing Adornments original jewelry and Lucinda rocking an original Olia Zavozina gown!  Gorgeous!

Mother of the Bride Necklace by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Mother of the Bride Necklace by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Close up of the Mother of the Bride necklace by Laura Dugger

Wedding Invitation with Wedding Rings

Wedding Invitation with Wedding Rings handmade invitations by Adornments' own Lucinda Harshey!

Exquisite handmade invitations by Adornments’ own Lucinda Harshey!

Titanium, wood inlay wedding rings

Titanium & Wood Inlay Wedding Bands by Adornments artist Charlie Thompson

Custom wood-inlaid titanium wedding bands by Charlie Thomspon- Hurray for coordinating wedding bands with the wedding colors!

Program by Adornments

Ceremony Program by Adornments artist/owner Lucinda Harshey

Yes…we did the programs too…We couldn’t help ourselves!

Bride & Bridesmaids

Bride & Bridesmaids

Bride and Bridesmaids

Silly Bride- good Bridesmaids!

Bride and Groom

Bride & Groom: Jewelry by Adornments Picture by Gray Photography

Silver Bridal Necklace featuring hand-cut silver feather, white topaz and garnets by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Feather Bridal Necklace by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Close up of the Bridal Necklace

Adornments Silver & Garnet headband

Silver & Garnet Headband by Alexis Anbari

Close up of the headband!

Silver and resin feather groom's cuff links

Feather Groom's Cuff Links

Lest you think that Jim was left out of the Adornments magic- check out those custom cuff links!  Here’s a close up!

Silver Feather Groom's Cuff LInks

Silver Feather Groom's Cuff Links by Adornments artist/owner Laura Dugger

Leaving the Reception with Bubbles

Leaving the Reception with Bubbles!

We had a marvelous time and we all, of course, looked fabulous!  A truly special, custom wedding with all the Adornments touches!

Thank you Gray Photography for the beautiful pictures!

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Fun at the Franklin Bridal Ball

October 13, 2009 at 7:51 PM (Adornments News) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

A couple of weeks ago Adornments participated in the yearly Franklin Bridal Ball, held right here in the Factory at Franklin!

It was a pretty busy day- but we had a great time meeting with local brides and their families!

Our booth at the Franklin Bridal Ball
Our booth at the Franklin Bridal Ball

Nashville area brides were out in force to check out the local wedding vendors and get ideas, and Adornments excels at unique ideas for those special finishing touches (if I do say so myself!). We had a great variety of hand made jewelry and invitations on display. As always brides are encouraged to discuss their ideas with us and work with our designers to create something unique just for them!

Sample papers on display for inspiration in designing your own invitation!

Sample papers on display for inspiration in designing your own invitation!

Toward the end of the evening the Bridal Ball put on a fashion show featuring our favorite local designer, Olia Zavozina and you know we had to get our jewelry on the catwalk too!! Handily enough, our booth was right next to Olia’s too.

adornments with Olia
Alexis, Laura, Olia, and Lucinda

Laura and Lucinda are both sporting custom fashion designs by Olia and doubled as models for the fashion show!! Need I mention the amazing jewelry we’re wearing? Check it out!!

Here are some shots from the fashion show.. why do models always look so cranky??

A model wearing our diamond pearl chainmail set.

A model wearing our diamond pearl chainmail set.

Chainmail choker with small coin pearls

Chainmail choker with small coin pearls

Silver feather necklace

Silver feather necklace

Keep an eye out for the above necklace in upcoming posts… it’s about to play a very special role!!

Silver macrame choker

Silver macrame choker

And because we can never take anything very seriously… our very own models striking poses:

Lucinda & Laura sporting Adornments jewelry & Olia's fashion.

Lucinda & Laura sporting Adornments jewelry & Olia's fashion.

At the end of the evening we raffled off a pair of hand made earrings (who doesn’t love free stuff?!).

Earring Raffle

Earring Raffle

Don’t forget- Adornments offered some great discounts to Bridal Ball attendees! So come visit us and let us design something special just for you!!

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Adornments’ Wedding!

October 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM (Adornments News, Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , , , )

Hello All!

As you know, we’ve been planning a wedding for months now and it’s finally here!  This Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 5:30 Laura and Jim will be tying that knot!  In honor of this momentous occasion, Adornments will be closed on Saturday, October 3, 2009 (sorry guys!  There’s still so much to do!  You understand!)  Don’t worry, there will be lots of fabulous pictures courtesy of the Grays of Gray Photography and we’ll post them as soon as we can to share all the pretties!

The Wedding is Here!

The Wedding is Here!

Wish us luck!

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Adornments’ Grand Re-Opening

September 30, 2009 at 7:37 PM (Cool Stuff, General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Adornments' Magnificent Sign!

Adornments' Magnificent Sign!

As the pictures show- this party was fantastic!  The new, improved, more centralized location for Adornments in the Factory At Franklin is gorgeous!  The art was beautiful, the jewelry dazzling, the invitations magnificent and the clothing stunning.  Add to that a party atmosphere created by Margaret Tolbert of “Details by Margaret” event planning, delectable foods by “Busy Bees” catering, to-die-for chocolates from Schakolad in Cool Springs, fun games and even better prizes and you get a night that was an unabashed success!

Entrance to the Magical Realm of Adornments

Entrance to the Magical Realm of Adornments

Model Ginger Simpson Displays Beautiful Adornments Jewelry

Model Ginger Simpson Displays Beautiful Adornments Jewelry

One-of-a-kind Fine Art Gifts

One-of-a-kind Fine Art Gifts

Stunning Pottery by Artist Tom Turnbull

Stunning Pottery by Artist Tom Turnbull

Classy Handmade Invitations by Lucinda Harshey

Classy Handmade Invitations by Lucinda Harshey

Adornments' Artist/Owner Laura Shows Off Custom Jewelry by Artist/Owner Alexis Anbari

Adornments' Artist/Owner Laura Shows Off Custom Jewelry by Artist/Owner Alexis Anbari

Custom Fashion Designs by Fashionista Olia Zavozina

Custom Fashion Designs by Fashionista Olia Zavozina

Check out the pictures by Hartz Photography and Stan Dunlap and keep an eye out for a video of the event from Heather and Eugene Brown of 2Duce2 Videography!

Come one and all to enjoy the new and improved Adornments!

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Adornments to host trunk show for fashion designer Olia Zavozina!

July 18, 2009 at 3:28 PM (Adornments News, Cool Stuff, General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Adornments hosting Olia Zavozina trunk show

Adornments hosting Olia Zavozina trunk show

Come see Olia’s new line of summer and bridal wear in the gorgeous Adornments gallery Upstairs at the Factory at Franklin!  Cocktails and refreshments will be served and there will be two drawings for fabulous prizes from both Olia Zavozina and the jewelers at Adornments!  Come mingle, see what’s hot in fashion and jewelry this season, and take home a fabulous new addition to your wardrobe at exclusive Trunk Show prices!

See you there!

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Adornments is moving… downstairs!

July 11, 2009 at 4:52 PM (1) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

That’s right- Adornments gallery is moving downstairs in the Factory at Franklin in August- so we should be that much more easy to find!  We will be just off the common area next to Constant Craving (yes, we will now smell tasty food all day long… ahhh so good…)!

We're moving!

We're moving!

Look out for updates as we track the process of designing and decorating our new space!

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Save the Date card by Weddings by Adornments!

July 10, 2009 at 3:30 PM (Adornments News, Cool Stuff, Laura's Wedding, Pour Tu De Moi) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Calling all Nashvillians- and super awesome people around the world!  Check out the latest Save the Date by Weddings by Adornments!

This custom made save the date card features a hand-drawn portrait of the bride and groom to be in their wedding colors: Red, Black and White!  These are very hot colors for Nashville, TN weddings this year.  This save the date is very personal, appealing to the bride & groom who want the custom touch!  A new twist on the popular trend of using photos of the couple on the card!

Save the Date Card by Weddings By Adornments

Save the Date Card by Weddings By Adornments

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Tasty Cakes! We went to Maples!

June 17, 2009 at 5:24 PM (Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , , , , )

Maples Cakes and specifically Jay, the owner, did a marvelous job on my sister’s cake last year, so it really wasn’t too surprising that that’s where we ended up when it was time to start work on our cake.  We went to a tasting just to make sure (no, really, it was to make sure- not just ’cause it was free cake… I swear!)  There we sampled 18 different cakes flavors (lemon, pumpkin, melon (surprisingly awesome), strawberry, orange, vanilla, chocolate, chocolate mocha and banana to name a few!  Lots of  butter creams, and several scrumptious fillings in various combination such as their ever popular sour cream almond pound cake with vanilla butter cream and raspberry filling with white chocolate fondant (wow, what a tasty mouthful!).  They even have a Barbecue cake with honey glaze icing (it seriously tastes like barbecue…I’m sure it’ll come in handy!  :))

Alexis & Abdul's Wedding Cake - By Maples

Alexis & Abdul's Wedding Cake - By Maples

We decided that day what flavors we were interested in:  Banana and Chocolate Mocha (we love banana chocolate-chip pancakes so it was kind of inevitable).  That did not, however, stop us from scheduling a private tasting so that we could share all of the flavors with The Committee (Mother, Sister and Coordinator- never say we don’t take care of our people!) and have Jay’s undivided attention to figure out what it was going to look like!  Here are some of the pictures we found to show him as a starting point (Very important to give your cake designer an idea of what you like so you can get to the finer details that much faster):

Black & White Classic

Black & White Classic

Good colors, clean lines- Jay actually knows the designer of this cake, so that was neat.

Art Deco Box Cake

Art Deco Box Cake

How fun is this cake?!  Great shape and interest!  Very difficult to make though.

White Chocolate Spiral

White Chocolate Spiral

Elegant and lovely (impossible to cut neatly!)

So- there are a variety of styles, colors and shapes (may not have been as helpful as we’d hoped!) and then we were able to identify traits that we liked about cakes in the Maples show room.  We wanted some spiraling, some shape contrast and simple texture (not a lot of fussy flowers or decorations).  In the end, I drew a picture (I’m like that).

Cake Design

Cake Design

This cake will be four square layers (alternating chocolate mocha and banana- both with chocolate butter cream- oh so tasty!) of graduated sizes with round spacers in between (I know, it’s huge, but the guest list keeps growing!  What’s a girl to do?!).  Each square layer will be rotated to create an overall spiraling effect.  The bottom of each square layer will be wrapped with a red and black ribbon to keep the edges sharp.  The feather shapes (recognize that from the bouquet?!) will be impressed into the white chocolate fondant, so it will be tone on tone with just a bit of feather texture scattered across the surface of the cake.  Neat, ehh?  I cut the feather out of plastic so that Jay can roll the shape into the fondant without getting feather pieces stuck in the fondant (eating feathers-not so tasty).  It should be spectacular!

Wish me luck!

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Flowers, flowers everywhere!

June 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM (Laura's Wedding) (, , , , , , , , , )

So, I really didn’t have much in the way of a vision for the wedding flowers (Jim didn’t care at all.  Surprise, I know! ;))  So, we needed some guidance.  We started out trying to find out what flowers we like (and more importantly what they’re called so that we could tell a florist.  “Umm… the red ones that are kinda pointy with the petals” just really isn’t helpful).

I knew I wanted dark reds and blacks (there are actually a surprising number of black flowers!  Who knew?), and whites, but I didn’t want a the whole pom-pom look or just a big bunch of roses.  Roses are nice, but they really aren’t that exciting for the most part.  Here are some images that I found that really started the ball rolling in the right direction!

Black Callas, Chocolate Cosmos, and Peacock feathers.

Black Callas, Chocolate Cosmos, and Peacock feathers.

Simple, stunning, but a little too dark (I want the red!) and I was seriously starting to dig asymmetry, but the feathers were a new idea altogether.  So, in looking for reds, these are the flowers that caught my eye:

Red Orchids

Red Orchids

More Red Orchids

More Red Orchids

Hmmm...red orchids... I'm seeing a trend!

Hmmm...red orchids... I'm seeing a trend!

So, thus armed, we met with the fun and talented Chase Rivers of Eye Design Floral.  His website shows a wide variety of flowers, colors and styles and he came highly recommended by Amy, my wedding coordinator (if you can’t trust your coordinator, who can you trust?), so we were excited (Ok, Jim still didn’t really care, but he went anyway and even participated a bit)!  Chase showed us a lot of flowers to get a feel for what we like and I showed him the pics that I’d found (orchids…yup!) and he added a few that are now on my list of favorites making me so much more diverse in my flower tastes (oooo… so much more cosmopolitan!)

Check it out:

Flowers for Me!

Flowers for Me!

Flowers for the Brides Maids (Anemones are so Cute!)

Flowers for the Brides Maids (Anemones are so Cute!)

Flowers for the Guys and Family

Flowers for the Guys and Family

Table Decorations

Table Decorations

Aren’t they gorgeous?!  The feathers even lead to the cake design (you’ll have to wait for the cake post for more on that!) so all around a useful and easy venture.  I’m still not sure what it’s all going to look like, but the flowers are all lovely, so I’m sure it’ll turn out well.  Thanks Chase!

Wish me luck!

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