I’ve been wanting to post about this wedding all summer long…

Mandy + Drew had a beautiful wedding day with more details than imaginable. With both of them being lawyers, they even ended the day with an awesome “Clue-themed” reception- completely unique to them.

Unfortunately I was unable to get any good shots of the flower I made for her, but the wedding was incredible to say the least, and I was so glad to be a part of it all.

enjoy.

can’t wait to be able to blog all of the fun projects I’m working on for some amazing brides of mine…

until then, here’s a little peak at some photos I’m using as inspiration for new pieces this fall. happiness.

xo

life just keeps getting busier, the orders keep adding up, and the days are getting shorter…

and that means this little blog of mine gets more and more neglected.

to stay up to date and get all of the behind-the-scenes fun on my handmades, my inspirations, and any other random pieces of my life,

follow me on twitter here!

Cute bridal party + cute mustaches on sticks = yes, please!

Buy some here for your own cuteness.

{see the rest of jennifer + kyle’s wedding here}

made a fun flower for one of my good friends, brittany beard, who just got married to the coolest guy around.

they are too much fun, super smart, stylish, rad, etc etc and all the other things cool people are.

needless to say, i love them. and i love the fact that they are huz + wife now.

{all photos: brett arthur photography}

I’m currently in the process of working with my designer on adding some exciting new branding to blackbirdblue- but until it’s done I can’t post anything about it…

Until then, I wanted to take a sec to blog about Brent Holloman. Brent’s a close friend of mine and awesome designer who created my logo and business cards last year. He’s honestly the best at what he does, and I’m constantly amazed by his talent.

Last summer when we began the design process, he was so great at listening to what I wanted out of my logo, my likes & dislikes, and mixing our styles to create something perfect for my personality & business.

To this day it’s exactly what I wanted, and couldn’t imagine anything more perfect. So grateful and blessed to have such talented people in my life.

You can stop by and check out Brent’s awesome design work here & read his post on my logo design here.

Pictures of our new project soon!

Got to make some fun chiffon & tulle flowers for the bridesmaids in this pretty wedding…

Farren’s wedding was over-the-top beautiful and I’m so happy I got to be apart.

Here are a just a few captures of Farren + Kevin’s wedding day, you can see the rest of it all here.

{all photos: Millie Holloman Photography}

The batch of peachy-pink chiffon flowers I created just a few weeks ago are now for sale in my etsy shop!

Get them here. {6 available}

I’ve decided to sell these quirky ‘staches on sticks in the shop for custom order!

Each pack comes as a set of 5 moustaches- each moustache a different fabric and a varied shape. No two packs are the same!

I sewed up a batch of these fabric staches back in April for my 21st birthday…it was an all out Moustache Bash and crazy fun!

There was a polaroid photo booth set up for all of my guests, and these little guys were getting loved on all night long.

Go get some and throw your own party, or have them just because!

I’ve just started to make headbands and hair clips for kids! Hopefully I’ll have a mini-photoshoot of these things soon, but until then I’m putting one of my newest headbands for sale on etsy.

Over the next month I’ll be seeing how well the “littles” sell and possibly make more in the future- so be looking out for more cute headbands, as well as mini-clips, embellishments, etc.

For now, here’s the newest addition…

If you have kids and would like to custom order some items similar to this, feel free to shoot me an email at blackbirdblue {at} live.com

So happy that these fun pieces are up in the shop today!

These pieces all got shown a little love at the Art of Fashion show in March of this year…I was asked to be a contributor to the show by some *amazing* fellow friends of mine that I attended fashion school with  not too long ago.

I was of course happy to participate, and it was maybe just a little too convenient that my favorite childhood book (Alice in Wonderland) had just come out on the big screens for a little spark of inspiration…

Below is the inspiration board I used to create a good mix of modern Alice & me…

Enjoy, and go grab them in the shop! xx

Just whipped up a small batch of these soft peachy-pink chiffon petals with mix & match pearl centers…these littles are perfect with those summer dresses, out to a wedding, or clipped to hats and bags.

There will be six available in the shop soon so grab them before they go!

Not only have I been behind the scenes creating lots of new new things for the sadly-not-updated shop of mine…but I’m also going to be getting back in my hands all of the Alice-inspired pieces I made for the Art of Fashion show back in March…

so so so thrilled. hopefully you will all love these pieces as much as my heart does.

xo

A few weeks ago I got asked by my friend Rachel Williamson, (who just happens to be an awesome photographer in Nashville), to make a custom piece for her adorable little sister, Andie Lee.

Rachel wanted Andie to be completely surprised- so she sent me a few swatches of her sister’s prom dress, I whipped up a flower to match, and within days it arrived on Andie’s doorstep. I love surprises myself, so I was really excited to be able to take part in Andie Lee’s special night!

Thanks to Rachel I have photos of Andie Lee in her gorgeous silk green dress & wearing the flower in her hair…

I’m so glad you loved the flower, Andie Lee, and I wish you all the best in the coming year.

Made completely out of black velvet corduroy and intricately hand-beaded, this piece is intricate, one-of-a-kind, and really fun to wear out at night!

Grab it in the shop before it’s gone!

When Brittany contacted me about a custom piece this past winter for her rustic, bird-themed February wedding, I was already excited simply because of her details.

From a color palette of rich greens, creams & touches of purple, to birds & typewriters, handmades, and a gorgeous reception at Villa del Sol d’Oro… I knew it was going to be a very perfect wedding.

Not only did I find it lovely, but Southern Weddings Mag did as well…stop by and check out their feature on my work + Brittany’s beautiful day on their blog today!

all photos: dana grant photography

Thanks Brittany for sharing your day with me!

And if you’re a bride that I’ve created a lovely for, feel free to send me photos of your day- I would love to share them!

It’s been so long since I’ve gotten a chance to show this blog a little tender love & care…

It definitely hasn’t been because I’m not busy creating things- in fact, it’s completely opposite.

Stay tuned for many new posts on lots of pretty pieces for spring, as well as a few Alice in Wonderland- inspired pieces I recently created for an amazing fashion event!

a little sneak peak until then…

xxx

Just a few days ago the  Snippet & Ink blog featured the 50′s inspired headband I created for the Oranges, Love, & Ladders shoot!

Snippet & Ink is one of the many beautiful wedding blogs I read every day and am continuously inspired by. If you haven’t ever read their blog, you should definitely swing by and check it out!

You can see the lovely feature they did on my hair piece here and here. Enjoy!

You may have seen this storyboard I posted a few weeks ago that inspired a recent photo shoot two of my favorites, Millie & Jennifer, styled and photographed.

I was asked to create a 50′s inspired headpiece for the photo shoot, and it was so fun finding inspiration from vintage pillbox hats, birdcage veils, and all of the fashionable things women got to wear in that time period.

I wanted the piece to fit another era, yet still reflect my personal style and have a more modern feel for today.

A few sewn rosebuds, a piece of vintage tulle, and a button fashioned of swirling tree roots and flowers- and we had the perfect mix of now & then.

Thanks to Millie & Amanda, as always, for these gorgeous shots, as well as Jennifer for her ability to take a storyboard dream, and make it even more perfect in reality. I’m so blessed to work with all of you on a daily basis.

Look for this piece in the shop today! xo

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and of course, how ridiculously gorgeous Kelly O is wearing one in this issue of Paper…

hope everyone’s having a great weekend. xx

I gave a small peak at some fun center pieces I was creating for an event in California awhile back and am so excited that I can finally blog about it!

Dionne contacted me earlier in the winter about the event and gave me complete artistic freedom and trusted my vision completely.

Amanda & I had the best time hunting for fabrics, patterns, and papers that would mix & match together perfectly…we decided to stick with a pastel palette to make the brunch a combination of sweet & feminine, but we also made sure to use a lot of icy blues, soft purples, and even a vintage candy cane stripe to keep it wintery.

The event took place last weekend in SoCal at the Aroma Cafe and was hosted by the most adorable blogger I’ve ever met, Dionne Christiansen. Make sure and check out her blog, City of Dionne, where she talks about all things fun, pretty, and handmade!

The final product consisted of clusters of trees covered in paper & fabric flowers as the table center pieces, as well as flowers with name tags for each ladies’ place setting- each one unique and a treat for them to take home and wear in their hair.

This was such a fun time for everyone involved and from what I can tell, the event was a huge success!

Thank you to Dionne for contacting us, trusting our vision, and having a blog full of eye candy I get to enjoy each and every day!

{all photos: Dionne Christiansen}

I just created a new 50′s inspired headpiece for this beautiful photo shoot we (the always amazing Millie & Jennifer) styled this past weekend…

I absolutely can not describe how breath taking this shoot was- but you’ll have to wait for the images until next week!

In the mean time, here is a sneak peak of the storyboard…

Hope everyone is enjoying lots of cozy warm layers, hats & scarves, and bright winter sunshine-
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It’s been yet another fun time of getting dolled up in anything that shines, drinking wine with loved ones, and celebrating midnight with confetti everywhere…

It’s time to look back on the last 365 fondly; carefully tucking away the beautiful memories, and forgetting & learning from the not-so-lovely ones.

In light of the coming year, I’ve put a lot of last year’s pieces on sale in the shop!

Also, I made this little band of shimmering fabrics, beads, and buttons available in the shop…

the celebrating is certainly not over yet, so make sure and head on over and don’t miss out!

Happy New Year, loves.

I hope 2010 brings you the deepest love, the purest living, and the longest laughter.

 

{photo by: the alf memoirs}

Here is just the beginning of our new line of accessories for blackbirdblue…intricately sewn blooms hanging from pretty metals, and adorned with varied buttons.

Dramatic enough to wear with a simple solid, and soft enough to mix & match with a pretty pattern.

There are lots of options for fabrics, accents, buttons, and chains…this neck pretty can be made & worn almost any way your heart desires.

Let your garden grow. xo

It’s christmas time at the studio today…

I’ve found that wrapping presents is so much more fun when done in patterned fabrics, bows, and stamps…

Hope everyone is having a perfect holiday.

xo

Amanda & I got asked to decorate an amazing event taking place in Southern California…a Blogger’s Brunch hosted by the lovely Dionne, who has an adorable blog full of pretty little illustrations and inspiration.

More photographs and details on this event later…but for now here’s a sneak peak at what we’ve been busy doing in every ounce of our free time…

A mix of paper flowers and fabric flowers? Yes, please!

wishing you a beautiful day that fills your heart

and brings you wonder.

merry christmas, everyone.

Besides hot lattes and being surrounded by the warmth of family, these are just a few things I’m dreaming of…

What’s on your wish list for the holiday?

xo

This winter has been full of custom orders, new fabrics, and tons of warm-your-heart-up inspiration…

In the next few days I’ll finally be releasing photos of our new accessory line…you won’t want to miss out on these necklaces!

Wishing you brisk days, and warm hearts-

xo

My amazing friend, Amanda, who I work along side with every day at MHP, is now going to have her own handmade items sold in my shop!

Amanda has been a busy little bee making handmade paper creations, such as flowers for hair, magnets, clips, etc. so I decided it was time we collaborated…

Amanda and I have not only been friends and co-workers for a long time, but we have always encouraged and supported each other’s creativity. I’m so excited to be able to share her work with you, and I think you’ll love seeing some of the beautiful things she makes!

Make sure to stop by her new corner of the shop called “the paper doll” and browse through her lovely little creations…

Amanda takes custom orders as well, so feel free to convo us about your own personal paper-made!

Welcome to blackbirdblue, Amanda!

{little loves, set of three}

If you have been loving the images from the Inspiration to Reality photo shoot for Style Me Pretty, then you will also love the fact that all of the hand mades for the shoot are now for sale in my shop today!

I absolutely love the hair piece below and had so much fun creating it. This piece has a flower made of soft yellow tufts of cotton & vintage tulle, a touch of peach and a doily as a base, and is sweetly finished off with a button painted robin’s egg blue.

If you love daydreaming, sugar, and sweet dresses- this lovely is perfect for you!

Buy it here before it’s gone!

xoxo

One of my greatest loves in the world is creating things for others to wear in their hair, brighten a room, or add color to something ordinary…but something I love almost as much as making these things, is seeing photographs of them!

It makes me so happy when I get to see pictures of my headpieces being worn by the people I made them uniquely for.

If you have any photographs of you and your lovely little item you might have purchased from blackbirdblue, send it my way! I would love to see how you are putting it to use!

Below are photographs of the Miss Bluebell piece being worn by Mary Wyar- not only is she adorable, she’s an awesome photographer! You can browse her work here.

xo

{all photos: love is greater photography}

Here are the last half of the images from our Inspiration to Reality shoot that I took part in for Style Me Pretty. {read more about this in previous posts} 

I had such an incredible time collaborating with Millie Holloman, Jennifer from Salt Harbor Design, Nicki’s Cakes, and so many other ridiculously talented vendors…

Enjoy. xo

thanks to the amazing Charlene of South ‘n’ France  for these delicious treats…

ask about a custom order for a blanket similar to this! available in the shop soon…

Custom pillows available in the shop now!

Thanks to everyone who made this beautiful day possible!

xoxo

© 2009 millie holloman photography, all rights reserved

Here are the first half of images from our Inspiration to Reality shoot for Style Me Pretty! This was such an exciting adventure for all of us…such an amazing thing to see a storyboard turn into ideas that turn into a dream right before your eyes!

Enough talking…here is part one of the table, as well as the headpiece I designed for this shoot!

Look for this new piece in the shop!

Stay tuned for more sweetness + the ceremony!

© 2009 millie holloman photography, all rights reserved

I have been absolutely bursting at the seams to share what I’ve been up to these last few weeks, but have had to keep it under wraps for so, so long!

I am so excited to say that just a few weeks ago I had the chance to participate in Style Me Pretty’s “From Inspiration to Reality Challenge”, where teams of photographers, designers, and vendors all come together to bring a beautiful storyboard to life!

If you haven’t heard about these challenges, or seen the loveliness they create, you can go check them out here.

I got the amazing opportunity to design the headpieces and the ring-bearer pillow for this challenge, as well as the chance to work with my amazing boss, Millie Holloman, our favorite designer, Jennifer from Salt Harbor Designs, and so many other talented vendors!

Our challenge began with this playful and whimsical board…

We absolutely loved the pastel colors, the child-like playfulness, and the whole idea of sugary treats, sweet bunting banners, and florals florals florals.

Stay tuned for part one and two of all of our images from this magical photo shoot that I’ll be posting this weekend!

this lovely from the photoshoot below is becoming available in the shop for purchase today!

buy it as is, or choose your own fabric, your own color of tulle, and add any button, bead, pearl, etc. for the center.

hope everyone is staying dry out there…it’s absolute, relentless rain here today. i kind of like it every once in awhile…

xo

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When Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Victoria Jarman contacted me about styling & photographing a ‘sisters shoot’ for them similar to my own, I was beyond giddy.

I immediately began piecing together a color pallette, began creating new hair pieces to match the shoot, and put together an inspiration board- full of images of candy hearts, hanging butterflies, chandeliers, soft sunlight, frolicking, and vintage colors.

Not only did I love styling this shoot because I absolutely love what I do for a living, but I loved it because it provided a challenge for me. Not only was this my first time shooting alone, but I was photographing 4 girls at once! I also really wanted to keep the style of the shoot cohesive, yet still convey each of the girls’ unique personalities through their clothing.

We started the day off by hanging a chandelier in a near by tree, just to give the location a bit of an enchanting feel…

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I found the amazing vintage locket around Sarah’s neck while thrifting for only $5!

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Instead of using the typical idea of vintage books or polaroids, I decided to use W Magazines as props for the girls- which truly fit them the most, and added great color. We ripped out favorite fashion spreads and let them scatter for the following shots…

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This creamy, delicate lovely Elizabeth is wearing in her hair will be available in the shop soon!

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I searched high and low for the absolute perfect confetti, and finally stumbled upon these beautiful, pastel confetti circles. Perfection.

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I had the girls pick pages from the magazines that they loved the most for the following sequence- I love the fun colors the magazines added!

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Victoria was nothing but grins and giddyness when I gave her one of my Sarah Luna (my favorite designer) dresses to wear..

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Thank you to the Jarman girls for asking me to do this, giving me full creative freedom, and for being truly, richly beautiful from the inside and out- you girls are simply captivating.

Thank you to Millie. For wrangling me in from fashion school, teaching me every little thing I know about a camera, and letting me take off with as much creativity as I desire, every single day of the week.

I love what I do. I love this life.

xo

today was a whirlwind of open fields, chandeliers, ripped up magazines, giant confetti, wildflowers, & wearing our hearts on our sleeves.

more on this photoshoot, the styling, the headpieces, and these four gorgeous girls tomorrow…

good night, everyone. xo

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Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to create a new hair piece for a sexy boudoir shoot!

Rachel is not only one of my friends, but also a fellow photographer in our company at MHP. When she contacted me about creating a headpiece {with a birdcage veil!} for her boudoir, I was so thrilled.

I had so much fun dreaming up the lovely and making it match her beautiful lingerie…but I won’t let you see the lingerie part- that’s for her huz’s eyes only!

If you would like a sweet little birdcage veil for yourself, or a piece similar to Rachel’s, you can contact me in my shop.

Enjoy.

xo

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here’s a quick little collage of some more things i’m loving now that it’s finally fall…as well as some fun things i’ve been inspired by.

it’s been raining here in our beach town as if it were seattle. so lovely.

hope everyone’s enjoying pretty pink evenings and wet boots.

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{this adorable image via fine little day}

i’ve been off in the mountains for a carefree, mini-vacation the last few days…

soaking in the twilight colored mornings, seeing my breath in the brisk, clean air, climbing rocks and waterfalls…

enjoying the back and forth birds and deep black star-filled nights-

and completely in awe of the endless, organic beauty surrounding me.

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more photos to come soon. xo

“life is either an adventure, or nothing.” – helen keller

i’ve been so busy lately filling custom orders for brides, that i haven’t been able to update the shop-

but i can promise you i’ve had my hands completely wrapped up in new projects, and i can’t wait to share glimpses of those with you over the next few weeks.

stay tuned for more hairpieces, *new* accessories, and *new* soon-to-be housewares handmades in my shop!

in the meantime, isn’t this colorful screenprint darling? hope everyone is having a beautiful wednesday.

xo

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Today I got an email from one of my lovely brides, Cori, letting me know that my work + her gorgeous Arizona wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!

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A short while ago, Cori purchased the Miss Gwyneth piece, and had me create a custom boutonniere to match!

When speaking with her, everything about Cori’s day sounded like a fairytale- mason jars, wildflower fields, navy blue dresses, a cabin in the woods, and the list goes on.

I was so excited to get a glimpse of her special day and all of the unique handmade details that made this Arizona wedding the rustic, woodsy fairy tale that it was!

Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy.

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You can see the rest of this feature on style me pretty here, here, and here!

Thank you, Cori!

{all photos: sarah neal photography}

I’m starting to put together a lot of pieces for my fall line…the fall color pallette is so beautiful and rich, and I can’t wait to see what lovelies I come up with for the upcoming season…

In the meantime, I give you Miss June- layers of dark & light pink petals sewn together with a colorful, beaded center, and a pop of sheer, robin’s egg blue leaves.

I thought it would be fun to make a bright & playful headpiece as a way to say farewell to summer and it’s sweet heat, strawberry picking, slow falling sunlight, and clear starry night skies.

happy monday everyone.

xo

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If you’re interested in Miss June, you can purchase her here in my shop.

{photos: runner photography}

Exciting news! This week I was asked by Millie to be a featured blogger each week on the MHP blog!

I’ll be sharing what it’s like to work behind the scenes of our crazy-beautiful photography biz-

business tips, company secrets revealed, what inspires us, fun reads, DIY, good design, favorite things, images of the week, music we’re loving, healthy recipes and so much more! {I might even talk a little bit about blackbirdblue!}

Make sure and stop by the blog each week and show a little love to my small spot in the wonderful world {and blog} of Millie Holloman!

You can check out this week’s post here.

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Hope you’re all having a far-too-lovely end of the week.

xo

fall

i’ve been so in love with the brisk mornings we’ve been having here lately that i dug out my favorite pair of boots and have been drinking raspberry & pumpkin spice lattes almost every morning…

organic threads, double layered scarves, recycled DIY, hot teas, french music, and unearthen jewelry…these are all of my fall must-haves.

i know it’s only september, but this teasing weather is making me hopeful for fall to come faster than ever.

 

check out carla bruni’s album, Quelqu’un m’a dit. this album is perfect for the mornings and the bittersweet mix of tender and raw- with nothing but carla’s honest voice and soft guitar melodies.

and if you’re in love with little metal treasures for your neck and fingers, visit here and here.

happy brisk mornings, hot teas, and boot wearing!

xo

my dear friend, abi blackerby, {mentioned here} is not only funny, beautiful, and charming- but is the representative for the gorgeous orton plantation gardens; a historic plantation grounds used for events & weddings here in wilmington.

each year abi, in collaboration with focus on the coast magazine, heads up a popular event involving 300-400 women called “Girl’s Nite Out” that supports the pink ribbon campaign and raises breast cancer awareness. the event is then featured in each year’s october issue of focus on the coast, which is national breast cancer awareness month.

it’s a huge night of live music, food, wine & drinks, painting demos, giveaways, and of course- tons of ladies in pretty pink!

abi came to me and asked if i would create something she could wear in her hair that would fit her personality, yet also be perfect for the night.

after numerous trips to the fabric store, too many swatches of pink, and the hunt for the perfect button- i give you abi’s lovely!

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i’ll be selling this piece, plus many more variations, in my shop. send me an email or conversation on my etsy if you’d like to place a custom order for something similar for yourself!

happy thursday, xo

the branding for blackbirdblue is slowly but surely coming together…

i’ve been getting together my packaging and piecing together all kinds of fun bags & boxes, tissue paper, stamps, threads, thank you cards, etc. for shipping and delivery.

buying a headpiece is fun before you even get to wear it!

xo

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