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Feb 14

Valentine’s Day Soiree

Happy Valentines, Day blogettes!


Back in January I got together with my sweet friend, Kelly Braman to make this little project come to life. And I’m so thrilled to share it with you today finally! I was thinking late last year how much my friends mean to me and just how rare it is to find truly meaningful relationships in life that fill your heart with joy. My close friends are very special to me and the relationships we have together are definitely worth holding on to. So the concept behind this shoot was born! Why not have a yearly Friendship Fete with your girlfriends around Valentines Day, single or not, to celebrate how much you love having them in your life? Because, you know us girls love a little confetti more than the typical dude out there. Enjoy the images and the cuteness overload thanks to our real life friends who served as models for the day!


The amount of drink options that come in pink and red hues is impressive. We used regular old pink lemonade here!


I love this shot. It reminds me of the remains of a successful girlfriend’s night in. The party invitation, the ‘I’m so glad we’re friends’ Valentine Day cards and the favor tags were lovingly created by Val Marie Paper. Molly Jacques did the calligraphy on the invitation envelopes. The macarons we used as favors and the delicious and super sweet cake were made by Kelly at A Piece o Cake. And all of that pretty confetti and the tassel garland were via The Flair Exchange.


And how adorable are these girls? Kelly actually shot the beauty in the red dress at her wedding last summer (her name is Kelly too) and knew her and her friends would be the perfect models for this project. I loved that the girls were able to use things from their own closet, do their own hair and make up and look like a million bucks. Aren’t they so sweet?


Cheers my lovelies!


And just to hopefully give you a little chuckle for the day, here’s a photo of me utilizing a little of my gymnastics background to get that perfect Instagram shot. Most of my close friends and colleagues like to make fun of me for my OCD tendencies with my IG feed and how I’m known to drag out bizarre items onto my front porch or make Zoe sit patiently for minutes while I get the shot I want. Hey, a girl’s gotta get that perfect angle sometimes doesn’t she?


Enjoy your day full of love, friends! And check out our feature over here! xoxo

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Photography: Kelly Braman Photography / Concept, design and florals: Hey Gorgeous Events / Paper products: Val Marie Paper / Envelope calligraphy: Molly Jacques / Cake and macarons: A Piece o’ Cake / Garland and confetti: The Flair Exchange / Linens, chairs and ties: Cascade Rentals / Ruffled plates: Anthropologie / Red heart straws: Etsy

39 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Soiree”

  1. ashley says:

    loved seeing this on TEG!! such a fun concept and LOVED the xo macarons!! can you please come plan my 30th birthday party in 2014? kthxbye!

  2. Margaret says:

    Rhi I just loved this shoot! Splendid job!

    And girl, you look like a dancer in that picture! Too cute! :)

  3. Love this Rhi! Once again you have created perfection!!
    ps – happy valentines day doll

  4. Kris says:

    Beautiful! I’m somewhat obsessed with Valentine’s shoots and this one is perfection! Those little goodie boxes are the cutest.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  5. milica says:

    Cheater, you are holding on to the ladder! xoxo have your self a love infused day today and everyday! Sending oceans of love to your house from mine! xoxo

  6. Carmen says:

    Everything turned out so lovely! Thanks for thinking of me to be included as a vendor. Simply gorgeous.

  7. Lauren says:

    Happy Love Day!! I love the note with “the reasons we’re friends”. What a special gift. Gorgeous, Rhi! (as always)

  8. Natasha B says:

    Well done Rhi! This looks fabulous :)

  9. Peyton says:

    This is absolutely adorable and such a good idea! I think the party favors are my favorite element and the lettering on all the stationary items is to die for. So gorgeous! Xo

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

  10. Lori says:

    Once a gymnast always a gymnast! Loving this shoot Rhi ~ everything is perfect!

  11. Sara says:

    That cake is all kinds of amazing!

  12. What an absolutely stunning party! So exquisite and the cake and flowers! Very talented ladies!
    best wishes

  13. The cake is amazing. Thank you for the inspiration. Is there anything holding the flowers on top of the cake?

  14. Caro says:

    Hi Rhi! I discovered your business via a mutual friend Sarah Milligan. This shoot is beautiful, the colours, the cake, the flowers: just perfection! I just wanted to leave you a note to say that I love following your work!

  15. Zoe says:

    Looks absolutely beautiful.
    I recently had a simple lunch for friends after years of avoiding having friends round because I wasn t happy with my house but at New Year decided that I should value my friendships more and forget about all my house ‘hangups’. I loved hosting it, everyone enjoyed it and I m planning an afternoon tea in March probably borrowing a few of your styling ideas.

  16. Kamila says:

    Rhi, great Valentine’s inspiration! I like combination of red and pink colour.

  17. onn says:

    I’d LOVE to know how you guys made that cake!?! What’s holding the flowers in. Please do tell!

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