SHOP TALK: KEARSLEY LLOYD

I’ve always loved introducing you to small business owners, but it’s even more rewarding when the business owner happens to be someone you’ve known since you were 16 years old.

I first met Kearsley Lloyd as a dorm mate in boarding school (she can probably attest to the embarrassing ribbon belt collection previously mentioned) and even back then her artistic talent was inspiring.

Post high school Kearsley went on to the Rhode Island School of Design and I’ve enjoyed following her successes ever since; including the launch of a successful accessories collection, Tipsy Skipper, and now, her eponymous graphic design studio, Kearsley Lloyd.

I had the pleasure of working with Kearsley on our wedding invitations and since it is engagement season, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to an amazing talent.

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all of Kearsley’s designs start out as watercolors

I’m the first to admit I’m a pain in the butt client–I drive myself crazy with design decisions–so I was a little nervous about working with someone (especially an old friend!) on our invitations. I worried there might be multiple revisions necessary and that I wouldn’t be able to get my vision across, but it quickly became clear all my worries were for naught.

The Pursuit of Style | Kearsley Lloyd

our save the dates ready to be mailed

After a phone call, and a shared Pinterest board, Kearsley came back with a first round of mock-ups for a custom wedding crest that actually bowled me over–she got it on the first try.

I think I asked to see a version slightly lighter and slightly darker just in case, but we ended up using the very first option she sent. How often does that happen?! I can tell you, with me, NEVER.

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custom stamps featuring Kearsley’s mussel shells

From start to finish, the process was seamless. We ended up hiring Kearsley to design additional elements for the wedding (I can’t share photos just yet, but soon!) and received so many compliments. One of our friends actually framed one of Kearsley’s illustrations for their gallery wall.

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our personal stationery

The mussel shell and coral crest perfectly captured the aesthetic of our Martha’s Vineyard wedding, but I love it so much I’ve since carried it over to our personal stationery.

Working with Kearsley on our bespoke illustrations was such a special part of the process for us and ultimately guided many of our other design decisions.

In addition to wedding logos, Kearsley also designs corporate logos, emblems, and coat of arms. Her talent truly knows no bounds so if you have a project in mind I’d highly recommend reaching out–I’m confident she’ll over deliver!

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley
A few weeks ago we met up with friend, and our talented wedding photographer, Kate Headley, to snap our engagement photos. I wanted to share a few photos of the setting because in my opinion it’s truly one of the most beautiful but surprisingly unknown places in DC.

We decided on the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks for the same reason I decided on our wedding venue–stunning architecture and a sense of history. It was actually The Orangery that sold me. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in person (fourth and fifth photos) and Kate totally caught me obsessing over those lanterns. Typical, right?

As camera shy as I am (no future in fashion blogging here!) it was so fun to spend an afternoon wandering the gardens with Garrett and have Kate as our very own paparazzi. I know we’ll cherish the photos for years to come.

For our garden photos I wore this eyelet dress and these espadrilles, which are probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I highly recommend them and already have my eye on another pair!

DC friends and out-of-towners, definitely put Dumbarton Oaks on your must-visit list. Next time we’re going back with a picnic packed!

All photos taken by Kate Headley

THE SECRET GARDEN

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul
Now that our Save the Dates have officially been sent, I’ve been able to focus on the details for our October wedding and it’s finally starting to feel real! I recently stumbled across this California wedding and the details just blew me away so I knew I had to share.

Inspired by the bride’s favorite classic novel, The Secret Garden, the vibe was boho-English garden party and I think they totally nailed it. I mean, those table cards!!! I would like numbers 3, 5, and 15 made into fabrics and also wouldn’t mind having that rug in the bottom right photo!

Cheers to Allison and Paul for what looks to have been a magical day!

via Green Wedding Shoes

BRIDESMAIDS

Bridesmaids | The Pursuit of Style

Bridesmaids | The Pursuit of Style

Bridesmaids | The Pursuit of Style

It’s been awhile since I shared any wedding updates so in the spirit of “wedding Wednesday” (which don’t worry, I won’t be making a weekly thing) I thought I’d share one of the biggest items I’ve crossed off my to-do list: asking my bridesmaids! All of the planning just didn’t feel real until I could share the experience with my closest friends and I think I was probably half as nervous/excited asking as Garrett was proposing.

We decided to keep the wedding party small–just four groomsmen/bridesmaids respectively. I had hoped to plan a special brunch and ask everyone together, but with four bridesmaids in four states, the logistics proved to be too tricky. Thankfully, some well-timed visits allowed me to ask all but one bridesmaid in person.

In the end, I kept things pretty simple. I picked up these paper doll cards (adorable, but don’t allow much room for a note so if you’re long winded like me, you’ll want to include another piece of stationery), a tongue in cheek notepad from Rifle Paper, some knot earrings (my attempt at being clever), and bottles of Veuve which I totally admit to buying for the pretty packaging. Marketer’s dream, right here.

I happened to have coordinating tissue paper in the mess of wrapping supplies stashed oh-so-glamorously under our bed and some extra Greek key ribbon to finish things off. I popped everything in gift bags, crossed my fingers that everyone would say yes, and thankfully they did! So there you have it, the start of what I happen to think is the best bridal party a girl could ask for.

P.S I still need to ask our flower girl and ring bearer. Any cute ideas? Hoping to make it fun for them as well! 

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

The Pursuit of Style

I promise The Pursuit of Style will not turn into a wedding blog and this is the last peep about dresses you’ll hear from me until after October 11, 2014; but how often do you get to be in the presence of such exquisite couture?

I stepped into my very first dress ever at Gabriella New York which is a jewel box of a shop with fantastic customer service if you’re looking for a more intimate experience (which I quickly learned was much more my style after a chaotic visit to a more well known salon where I did not say yes to the dress) and snapped the photos above from their stunning collection.

I never imagined I’d be attracted to overly adorned dresses–Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s simple but classic bias cut silk dress was more my m.o–but when done right (Jenny Packham I’m looking at you!) the effect is breathtaking. My engagement ring is a 1920s French estate piece so I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised I loved the art deco inspired beading on the dress in the last photo as much as I did.

Ultimately I decided to go in a different direction, but hopefully this bit of bling brightened up your Tuesday!

Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style