Blurry, Swoony and Metallic-y
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 6:00AM
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I sure hope y’all have enjoyed this week of cool vendor features. It’s really amazing how many hipster, indie and SMALL vendors are out there doing really incredible work. If you take the time, you can find them! Or, you know, just keep reading this blog and I’ll bring them to you. K? Deal?

So check out these last uber-cool vendors and then head on over to the Atelier Bridal Art + Style show on SUNDAY!


Swoon is the brain child of Jade O'Connor, interior designer, and Ashley Stalvey, event planner: two entrepreneurs in search of the perfect party to plan! They bring good taste, great style, a fresh perspective, the know-how to get it done, and a willingness to work with any budget. They believe no two events should be the same, they avoid convention, and love taking it one step beyond the 'usual'. 

They are a bespoke event planning company that focuses on individualized parties and celebrations in inspired settings for clients who think outside of the box. Swoon has developed Pop-Up Parties, concentrated party vignettes to celebrate the most everyday of occasions or the most meaningful. They also feature their Party in a Box - call them up and tell them about your party theme and colors, and they’ll put together a box with paper goods, decorations, and a little something extra just for fun. From a picnic for two to a wedding for two hundred, they’ll make every special occasion {swoon}worthy!

What they believe in:

We believe in the power of a well-planned party.
We believe there is no such thing as too many flowers.
We believe in candlelight, even in the morning.
We believe in budgets.
We believe in custom labels for just about everything. 
We believe in pasture parties, barn weddings, circus tents, tree house honeymoons, and Paris.
We believe in true love.
We believe in southern charm with European flair.
We believe in fairytales.
We believe in taking it one step further.
We believe in good bartenders. 
We believe you are a celebrity.
We believe in modern, rustic, eclectic, industrial, glamorous chic.
We believe in saying please and thank you.
We believe everyone deserves a birthday party every year.
We believe you catch flies with both vinegar and honey, so you should always clean up after yourself.
We believe there is a reason to celebrate every day.
We believe colors can’t clash.
We believe it doesn’t have to be expensive to be great.
We believe in dreaming big. And then making it happen.
We believe party favors can make or break a party.
We believe in hard work.
We believe in going on holiday as often as you can.
We believe in ourselves. And in you. 

Out of Focus


As a lifestyle photographer Courtney Rosen of Out of Focus Photography prefers to throw most of the traditional photography rules out the window. “I don’t work in a Sears portrait studio, so don’t expect traditional poses, or a “say cheese” attitude.” What you can expect are a lot of different angles, perspectives and even some artsy out of focus shots. That is the beauty and uniqueness of Courtney’s photography style. She chooses to embrace the different instead of shy away from it. She’s all about helping you and yours express what you’re really about and having a crazy fun time doing it!

Courtney considers herself very emotionally invested in her work. Her photography is what she chooses to do with her time away from her family. She approaches every new client meeting as a chance to form new friendships. Being photographed should be a fun and rewarding experience, not something scary or negative! Brides don’t be afraid of the camera!


Ashley Buchanan

Ashley Buchanan is a young jewelry maker who received her BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia. She has also studied in Cortona, Italy, and at The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Her work often refers to iconic imagery in contemporary culture with a modern take on traditional jewelry making techniques.  

Each piece is hand-cut from metal and either powder coated or left to its natural metal finish. She has participated in various exhibitions in Georgia, Delaware, Ohio, Texas, Italy and Amsterdam. Her work can be found in galleries and boutiques in Atlanta, Athens, Baltimore, and Rehoboth Beach, and will soon be available in Greenville, SC.

Make sure you check out her Etsy shop here as well as new items she’s showcasing on her blog.

So that's all she wrote, folks! I've featured nine different vendors who will all be a part of the Atelier Bridal Art + Style show THIS SUNDAY! So tell me, out of all the vendors I listed over the last week. Tell me, who is YOUR fave?

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