Artist calling cards

Adam, a local watercolor artist recently ordered letterpress calling cards for his shop. We did the letterpress and design, he did the watercolor. Each one is different and I’m loving the results.

Brooke & Brandon

Lucky Luxe is situated on Magnolia Street in a sunny 100 year old loft in downtown Laurel, Mississippi. We have a great neighborhood of friends here, as Ben and I, both our college roommates and their spouses, our friends who are artists and ministers and musicians and students and designers and financial advisors, accountants and stylists all live and work right here within these few blocks of downtown. We have get-togethers in the park below our windows in the fall, and dinner parties in our loft apartments when the heat is too stifling outdoors. Just a block over, right around the corner, is a coffee shop & deli where some of our friends work and where we spend lazy afternoons. One of these girls is my sweet friend Brooke who just got married last weekend to Brandon, another downtown boy. They had a true DIY wedding, with lots of help from their uber-creative friends that I’m so proud to call my neighbors. Here, you can see some of their gorgeous photos by Mississippi wedding photographers Lovely Union:

Bouquet made by the bride’s sister Dawn of Hello Dearie, friend Gabby of Anchor & Sparrow, and all the bridesmaids. Her fingernails were the something blue!

Brandon & Brooke, photo by Sara Beth Hinton

The awesome boutonniers were also made by Dawn, Gabby & the bridesmaids.

Gabby of Anchor & Sparrow and her boyfriend Patrick, who was my own wedding photographer in 2008.

As a wedding professional and blogger, I’ve long been aware of the lack of attention sweet little Mississippi gets for all the cool things happening here. We may not be from the big city, but we’re a very creative and hospitable bunch. I just wish you could come visit and see for yourself.

My family.

My grandparents, James and Ouida.

Aviator Ray Bans and a cigar. Of course she was in love with him.

Some of you might not know that I have a personal blog that I update every single day, no matter what, that documents the one best thing that happens on each particular day. I started it at the beginning of the year, and so far I’ve not missed a day unless I was in the mountains without internet access and then I posted the next day. It’s been a sort of resolution, and a blessing more than anything. When you’re looking for the best thing every day, I find that you start trying to make good things happen all the time. It’s been a very good habit to form.

Anyway, as you know by now — all of my work is heavily inspired by the vintage, by the worn, by the nostalgic. Old photographs are some of my favorite inspiration, and a few days ago I blogged about discovering my grandmother’s old photo boxes. Inside I found the history of my daddy’s side of the family, and saw my grandparents as 20-year-olds first falling in love. If you like old photos and a good story, you might mosey on over to my blog and visit a while.

Coming soon!

Get excited — because the Lucky Luxe website and blog are about to get a major makeover. Launching this September, we’ll finally have a gallery of photos of the entire collection, answers to your frequently asked questions and more. Every day, progress on the new website is trucking right along. I hope you’ll all help me celebrate when we finally get this thing off the ground!

Movie Inspired Engagement Sessions

Don’t you love a classic romantic movie? Today on Yahoo, there was an article about couples having movie-inspired engagement photos taken. I know most of you have seen the Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Up inspired photos, but have you seen the couple who were inspired by The Notebook? It’s pretty sexy and sweet if you ask me:

Change is good.

Business planning was in high gear today. Ben and I had a long discussion about the next steps for Lucky Luxe, what I think the long term goals should be, and where we go from here. Soon there will be giveaways, a new website, coverage on more blogs, coverage in more magazines, and I am SO excited about the plans we have for the future. For now, I can only offer these images in the way of hints and inspiration:

via Cup of Jo

Ernest Hemingway in 1928 Paris

Balthazar in NYC

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Talented Mr. Ripley

I’m excited to show you what all we’re up to, but you’ll have to wait until 2011.