Category: Personal

It was such a joy to work with Margaret and Brad to plan their October wedding! The sweet couple got married on October 8th, 2017 in Marietta, Georgia at the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel and Conference Center‘s Brumby Gardens. The bride’s enchanting garden party vision was encapsulated in the floral design of Bloomin’ Bouquets and the sweet touches of romance reflected in the quaint historic home that complemented the natural scenery.

One of our favorite personal touches of the day were the bridal party’s shoes, custom made by the bride’s uncle for the big day. The bride wore silver snake skin heels with her and Brad’s names and wedding date on the bottom, while the bridesmaids stepped out in silver gladiator sandals. The shoes added a fun metallic touch to the rich autumn color palette of the day’s design. Margaret’s bridesmaids wore different shades of purple and blue, adding to the natural and elegant atmosphere. We also loved that the bride and groom’s adorable dog, Milo, acted as their “flower dog”, sporting a flower collar in celebration of their union!

Under a beautiful birch chuppah adorned in greenery, the couple could not have been more excited to become man and wife. It was clear to all in attendance that the two have a lasting love and a fun sense of humor, and this was brilliantly captured by Ben and Colleen in their post-nuptial portraits. Some of our favorite design elements of the day were the long farm tables to capture the family feel for dinner, and the lounge area provided by Unlimited Party Rental.

The couple and their guests danced the night away with the help of Emerald Empire Band, and the groom even played the drums for his bride! The night ended with a sparkler send off and many well wishes. We SO loved being a part of your forever, Mr. and Mrs. Schweizer!

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Photography: Ben and Colleen // Venue & Catering: Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel and Conference Center // Planning, Design + Coordination: Molly McKinley Designs // Hair and Makeup: Jennifer C. Nieman // Florals: Bloomin’ Bouquets // Cake: Pastry Shells // Band: Emerald Empire Band // Rentals: Unlimited Party Rental // Paper Goods: Pine and Pen // Signage: Kate Turner Studio

StudioWed has been a great home for my company since the year began, and I was thrilled to get to design the window display table for spring and for the Weddings Unveiled Launch Party! I wanted the table to be moody, romantic, and anthropologie-inspired (my favorite place!). Thanks to Jonathan and Kaye for these gorgeous photos!

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Bloomin’ Bouquets put together the perfect springy florals. You can’t go wrong with pale pink peonies and clematis. 🙂 I loved the unique containers and cloches.

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Papered Wonders floored me with the beautiful floral inspired paper goods.

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After seeing our inspiration board, Nuage Designs suggested their platinum ruffle linen. Isn’t it amazing? Loved the mauve napkins, too! Napkins are always a great option for a pop of color. We loved this new china option from Classic Party Rentals – simple and organic. Right up my alley! Aren’t their dark wood Tuscan chairs amazing, too?

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Unique Event Elements brought in stunning draping in a charcoal gray along with blush uplighting (so gorgeous!). Miss Milly’s vintage chairs, frame, and birdcage added a pop of personality. The frame was decorated with foraged spring branches and served as a fun welcome to guests arriving to the Weddings Unveiled party.

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My favorite part of the evening was getting to meet the editor of Weddings Unveiled, Brooke, in person. My husband Matt and I loved chatting all things with Brooke… from stocks and investing to wedding inspiration, she’s a wealth of knowledge with the kindest disposition. MMD loves you and Weddings Unveiled, Brooke! (insert picture I wish I’d gotten here 😉 )

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In other news, the food was delicious (thanks Simply Catering!). It was so fun to see how the inspiration was translated by other planners (loved your table, Lemiga Events). A Pinch Bakery‘s cake pops were killer, as usual. Seeing our vendor friends was the perfect end to a busy April week.

Happy Spring!

Five or so years ago, my big sister began taking a workout class that started to completely change and tone her body. My sister Carrie is fifteen years older than me, but was looking way better than me in a bikini. That part might not change for a few more years (haha!), but I had to at least try to catch up once she gave up her method. Once the hubs and I moved to Atlanta, I waited for a barre studio to open close to me. Luckily, Pure Barre Virginia Highlands opened up and I showed up on the first day it was open – December 9th, 2013. No, really. First day with bells on!

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My Pure Barre Studio, photographed by Paige Jones

I knew I would enjoy the workout since I had a long past with cheerleading and Pilates. I underestimated how much so! My pictures after sixteen classes alone showed an obvious change in my body. I felt like a different person. Pure Barre gave me a full hour to relax and get away from everything. It let me focus on me. I was further and further convinced that this workout and this studio needed to be my treat to myself. Since then, I feel like I’ve told everyone and their mom to take classes there. From the first day, I’ve felt so encouraged by the instructors, but especially by the owners, Katy and Ashley. They even attended the opening of my first studio and brought freebies. I mean, how much more supportive can you get? As a small business owner, I believe that cultivating genuine relationships and being kind are tops. I couldn’t ask for better studio owners and am so thankful to have these girls in my corner!

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Pure Barre Virginia Highlands owners, Ashley and Katy, photographed by Paige Jones

I was incredibly honored when Katy and Ashley reached out to me and asked me to exclusively partner with them. This means my clients receive some awesome discounts and specials at the Virginia Highlands studio and (soon to open!) Decatur studio in addition to their already amazing Bridal Package ($375 for three months)! I am so thankful to get to share this with my clients, and I hope you take full advantage. Don’t forget that Pure Barre Virginia Highlands or Pure Barre Decatur can also set up a fun bachelorette night or barre-ty for you and your friends! I did this for a friend’s bachelorette in Nashville, and all of the girls loved it.

Please feel free to email me at molly@mollymckinleydesigns.com for more information.

As we say at the barre, Happy Tucking!

Find Pure Barre Virginia Highland’s site here and Pure Barre Decatur’s site here.

As the new year approaches, I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful clients and vendors that we got to work with in 2014. I never saw this little business growing this much… it is all because of you that I get to do what I love each day.

Congratulations to these sweet couples… we hope your first year of marriage is even more fun than you imagined!

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Erin and Matt, Happy Everything Co.

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Happy New Year! God bless.

 Jillian Zamora is a gem. I’m so thankful that she took these photos of me in our first Atlanta home in Inman Park. I can’t really explain how much they mean to me. So many pieces in this home have a story and a memory attached. Some of those are outlined below for those interested. Lucky for you, I didn’t cover everything because this post would go to Heaven and back.

We love you Atlanta, and we’re so grateful to call you home!

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// Tiny teapot painting from Matt’s grandmother Louise, who collected all sorts of trinkets. Our home is filled with tiny paintings and drawings passed down from her collection.

// Abstract prints from Britt Bass, which were supposed to be a birthday gift to my sister but… I kept them – oops!

// Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind from Florence Gidez, sent to me for supporting The Proper Residency on Kickstarter, a live/work residence for emerging artists in urban St. Louis. I’ve always been interested in compact living, and Angela Malchionno’s idea of a 187 sq ft space really inspired me.

// Heart print from my neighbor and sweet friend Kelly who owns Robintreelane and always makes me the guinea pig (perks!)

// Dandelion print from Minted that was gifted to me for attending CAMP’s Spring Supper. I went with two of my faves, Tiffany and Robert of Rustic White Photography. I met so many inspiring people, but I was really excited to just say hi to Ashley Bailey. I love her honesty in her journey as an artist and have been following her since she moved to Atlanta from Austin. Some days, she’s making incredibly beautiful things and other days, she’s dying her daughter’s hair pink and sharing these hilarious videos of her singing at the top of her lungs… so obviously, you should follow her on Instagram. I so appreciate her openness in sharing both her happiest and darkest days. Transparency is something I greatly admire.

// Paper maché floral bracelet and brass geometric ring from The Paris Market purchased on a weekend getaway to Savannah with my hubs. Somehow he understands and puts up with my taste for handmade (expensive) jewelry. My favorite gingko leaf earrings are from Youngblood Boutique in Inman Park.

// Farm table from A Classy Flea in Marietta. I was here with my mom at least once a week growing up. I owe my thrifty, crafty ways to her. I can’t count the number of items we’ve purchased here over the years. No flea market compares. I love you Flea. Our chairs are from West Elm (on clearance, mind you!).

// Vintage white mirror was my great grandmother’s. My mom retrieved it from Michigan after the passing of my grandparents. There’s a bedroom set that goes with it and I’m saving it for a little girl. It’s my favorite thing we own.

// Chandelier from Reeds Odds N Ends in Bishop, Georgia. The little old man who owns the place gave it to me for $12. My roommates and I spent so many hours in this shop in the middle of nowhere.

// Matt’s grandmother Louise’s lavender tufted chairs. We miss her happy spirit. She was always laughing and smiling, even when she didn’t have any understanding of what was happening around her – which made us laugh too. 🙂

// We have a million books. There’s more where this came from. When we move, we pack boxes on boxes of books… and we’ll never get rid of them. We’re saving them up for a library one day. Most of them are about chemistry, biochemistry, jewelry, Jesus, art and art history. So… if you’re interested in any of those things, hit us up to check out our stash. That’s like .0001% of you, but thought I’d offer.

// The stump end table is from woodworking artist Andrew Chandler, who I can’t find a website for anywhere. He’s the nicest guy you’ve ever met. He sells his work at Athens Antique Market. This is the first end table he ever made and we were so happy we got to purchase it from him.

// The candles you see placed around are Volcano candles from Capri Blue. We buy candles like they’re hotcakes… and these are the best.

// My lip gloss is Cienna by Bite Beauty at Sephora (in case you’re looking for hot pink gloss!).

// Meet my dogs: Sadie (an old rescued chocolate lab) and Cooper (my pound puppy – a dachshund mix).

Happy New Year from MMD!

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We had the privilege of working alongside some amazing clients and vendors in 2013. Thank you for all of the support, encouragement, and joy you’ve brought to our lives this past year! This business is rooted in referrals and we couldn’t thank you enough for spreading the word.

MMD is excited to announce we now have an office located in Studioplex on Auburn Avenue. We are sharing our new meeting space with some talented wedding vendors and creatives. Swing by Jake’s Ice Cream and come see us. Actually, make an appointment first and wait until I’ve put my desk together! 😉

We can’t wait to show you what else we’ve been working on for 2014… cheers, y’all!