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  • Linens finish the look ~

     

       

      

      

    Linens can play such an important part when planning your event. Do you want to add drama or color to your dinner party? Or are you wanting to completely transform a room for your wedding? Our large selection of lavish linens can do just that.

    Here's a peek at a recent event where we used our French Blue Leather Embossed Velvet linens from Resource One. They added instant richness when paired with gold candlesticks and colorful centerpieces. For more information on our linens, make an appointment to visit our styling showroom today!

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  • A curious questionnaire with our Event Empress ~

    When it comes to weddings, our Event Empress is the ruler.

    Brittany Attaway joined us as an interim during her senior year of college and fell in love with the event planning world, especially weddings. She uses her creativity to assist clients in bringing their dream wedding to reality. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her loving husband Josh, their fur-babies Clark the cat and Henry thegolden-doodle, and is actively involved at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

    Let's find out even more about our Event Empress with this week's questionnaire...

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    What is the first thing you do when working with a client, as Event Empress?

    I try to make clients understand that events and weddings are so much more than just linens and centerpieces. They can be works of art. Whether you are a non-profit organization, a corporation or a bride, there is a message you should want to convey to your guests. As your event and wedding designer, I can help you figure out what that message is, and help you implement it impeccably through the design and flow of the event.

    How does your process unfold?

    I love to get the full story from a client – what their goals are for the event, their thoughts and their budget. Then, I take time to piece everything together so I can propose them the very best vision based on their story.

    Where do you draw inspiration from?

    I look to New York and LA for a lot of my inspiration – from pop-culture to music to fashion and events – and try to catch on to what will be coming to Oklahoma within the next six months to a year. That way I know what I’m proposing to my clients won’t be out of style by the time their event rolls around!

    What is your favorite aspect of creating?

    Creating something new that’s never been done. I draw my inspiration from the past but always work to put a new twist on it. I never want to do the same thing twice!

    How would you describe your perfect wedding?

    “Perfect” can take many forms, but to me it starts with a bride who isn’t afraid to take a risk. One that doesn’t just go along with the trends. If she’s willing to open up and let me in as her Stylist and not just her “rental provider”, we can produce a design that is custom to her personality and catered to her wants and needs. Those are the very best and create the perfect outcome!

    If you could pick one word to describe one of your weddings, what would it be?

    Speechless

    What are your strengths:

    Good listener, compassionate, seeing the big picture

    What are your weaknesses:

    Blue cheese stuffed olives, Real Housewives of Orange County and Beverly Hills

    Pet Peeves:

    No common sense, not thinking for yourself, settling for mediocrity

    Dream Vacation:

    Spend a month in Italy and live like a local…I’ve never been very touristy. I just want to eat and explore the culture at my own pace.

    Favorite Color:

    Right now…Malachite green

    Favorite Quote:

    "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

    What is one habit you have:

    I make up songs and tunes for daily tasks…from taking out the trash to completing a proposal. Every day should be a real life musical!

     

  • 3 Ways I Practice what I Preach ~

     

    3 Ways I Practice what I Preach as an Event Designer:

    As an event professional, people look to me to be their guide on the planning journey. I really try to put them on a path that leads to a party with fresh ideas and an alternate perception for their guests.

    1 – Gather Inspiration.

    Some days, my life revolves around logistics, but others…are pure inspiration! It might be something as simple as the glorious Oklahoma sunset or as exciting as a fashion runway in Paris, but no matter what is inspiring to me at the moment, I’m constantly in search of imagery that will translate into my everyday life.

    2 – Work Hard, Play Hard!

    I’m a true believer in hard work; it is how my parents raised me. If you’re truly motivated to have an event that goes off flawless, you have to put in plenty of prep time to make sure that you have every detail lined up prior to the day of the event. Even at parties I’m hosting in my home, I keep a detailed list of everything I want to accomplish…and I work hard to make sure everything is fully executed! Then, I kick back, relax and enjoy the party!

    3 – Dream Big!

    There is no limit to the creative level you can take your event to. I like to imagine the most out of this world concepts, that might not even be realistic at the moment. Then I challenge myself to make it into a process that is achievable. In my spare time, I’m designing a new home that my husband and I will break ground on later this year (Yes, I am doing this in our busy season…and yes, I am crazy!). I’ve thrown some crazy, off-the-wall ideas out there, and now we’re pairing those down to figure out what works within our budget and where we can splurge for some of those eccentric ideas! Never let someone shoot down your ideas too early in the process…live a little!

     

    ~ Whitney 

  • A curious questionnaire with our Creative Queen ~

      

    With a combination of creativity and love of theatre, Mary Ellen Alexander specializes in customizing events to fit her client's needs.  Her passion for architecture, fashion, as well as being an eternal optimist, allows her to bring over-the-top creations to life.  Let's find out more about our Creative Queen with this week's questionnaire!

    What is the first thing you do as creative director queen?

    I always keep my eyes open. I never know where I may find my inspiration. I am always looking at everything in many ways and then I document it. I see something and it may not have a thing to do with what I am working on….so I save it. My creative files are massive. This process has been going on for years.

    How does your process unfold?

    I like working on multiple projects. Hate deadlines, but then love the pressure of deadlines. I’ve never been one to follow the same process. I have a tendency to think “really big aspects” and “out of the ordinary” and then work from there. It is interesting in the fact that I am very detailed, but like the chaos.

    Where do you draw inspiration from?

    Everything…literally. Nature, architecture, magazines, fashion is big with me, conversations, colors, interior désign, music, theater, textiles. The list is endless…. It really is what I said before, I always keep my eyes open and the inspiration comes.

    What is your favorite aspect of creating?

    The idea of “no restrictions” is a huge part of it. I love not being confined. Having the opportunity to “dream” is pretty cool!

    How would you describe your perfect event?

    Wish I could, no event that is perfect. Nothing is really perfect. There is always something that needs attention. It is just part of the process and the challenge to make it perfect.

    If you could pick one word to describe one of your events, what would it be?

    “…” awesome! I guess that is two words!

     

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  • Seamstress gone wild ~

      

    No she's not hiding from Monday...

    We're busy playing with all of the new prints and pillowcases that just arrived in our styling showroom!  With hundreds of new pillowcases -- from metallics, to plaids, and everything in between, we're ready for whatever comes our way.  Make an appointment and see what we can style for you.  The holiday season is just around the corner so don't wait!

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