Classic Bride Feature

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the Kansas City Junior League Holiday Mart Dec/Ops Committee set-up shift I go! For those of you in the KC area, Holiday Mart, the Junior League’s biggest event and a great holiday shopping experience, is happening THIS WEEKEND! Get yo’ tickets and get downtown to do some serious shopping! It’s always a blast and we have some great new retailers this year! Now, since I don’t write my posts ahead of time (wish I did, but I don’t) I am going to defer to someone else, Sarah Darcy at Classic Bride blog, who featured my  our wedding on her blog yesterday! Check it out! -¬ LizBanfield 7131.34.2012.21 low_res

Image via A Classic Bride by Liz Banfield Photography

Style Me Pretty Feature


Yippee! This wedding was so fun to work on– from designing the overall “brand” with the colors, design elements and monogram, to picking out the stir sticks and frames to give  the reception those extra special touches, everything just came together wonderfully! Plus I obviously had blast designing that paper suite, sketching out the florals for Botanica to bring to life, and did I mention the LUCITE menus that we had calligraphed and the custom table toppers with that fab coral lattice? I want to do it all again! Check out this fun, fresh, Florida wedding on Style Me Pretty! Have a great weekend! -Xs

Charleston Wedding

Happy Monday! I was going to start posting some of my fab holiday gift guides (AKA Marc’s list to follow for my Christmas gifts) this week, but I am just in the mood for weddings. So I will start my happy holiday posting next week, and focus on l-o-v-e and beautiful weddings this week!

I was hired by a  friend to do the Save the Dates for her Charleston destination wedding. Since it was so early in the process, she didn’t have a totally definite idea in mind for what she wanted, but knew she liked green. I designed a chic gatefold card with the Charleston Palmetto on the front, and all of the information on the flaps inside. Plus a totally adorable picture of the couple.

I was happily surprised when one of these bad boys showed up in our mailbox! Book the tickets, honey! Off to Charleston we go.

I. Love. Charleston. The quaint city is full of history and character, with great shops and restaurants to boot. And it’s beautiful. And on the coast. And just pretty much perfect (see photo below for proof.)

See? This is perfection. Right here.

J. McLaughlin + Scarves

The first day we arrived, we walked around King Street and shopped. J. McLaughlin and Ben Silver (flagship store) were our first stops. We hit award-winning restaurant Husk with some friends that night, and had our minds/mouths blown by the local delicacies (also sourced locally). Might I recommend the Southern Fried Chicken Skins with hot sauce and honey? Might I ask you to invite me?

Menu from heaven

The next day we toured around the adorable neighborhoods, hit up an EXCELLENT restaurant, Magnolia’s (Fried Green Tomato BLT, please), for lunch, and then headed back to the shops. I was in heaven with all of the fab antique shops and adorable boutiques.


How cool are these gi-normous pendant lamps?

Obsessed with this green-on-green

I love lamp.

Cool sculpture to punch up decor.

Malachite lamps of my dreams.

We then went to a honey tasting (yes, that is a thing).

That night was the rehearsal dinner, for which I also did the invites! By the time they came to me for these invitations, I knew more about the decor and overall theme of the wedding, so I tried to keep them in brand with the Save the Dates, while incorporating elements from the wedding invite (the oak tree) and the wedding decor.



The wedding was to die for. Calder Clark turned the tented-plantation event into a beautiful, preppy affair.

Great way to showcase the menu

Totally into the table numbers

One more look at the paper! I love being able to design and coordinate with the overall look and brand of a wedding. Makes such a great experience for guests (and all you aesthetically-minded people reading this!).

And a quick list of some of my favorite shops in Charleston!



Biggs Powell Interior Design and Antiques

Grady Ervin & Co. (for the guys)



Cheers! -Xs