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Paisley & Jade

April 27th, 2017|

We are so excited to introduce you (if you haven’t been introduced before) to one of our friendors who we couldn’t live without! We would even go so far to say that it would be a travesty if we didn’t introduce you to Paisley & Jade, the prop and aesthetic extraordinaires!

Q: How did Paisley and Jade come into existence – we want to know the story!

A: Morgan and Perkins first met when working in off premise catering in Richmond, VA. Morgan managed and headed corporate sales while Perkins was brought on to start a wedding division. A large part of the job was creating visual displays for food and sub renting pieces from local companies for events.   The dynamic duo spent many long hours  brainstorming, designing and constructing their own props to get the achieved look for their catering clients.  Hours of creating, many lengthy discussions and few bottles of wine soon led to the concept of an eclectic rental prop shop that was useful to both vendors and clients.  Morgan’s background is in scenic design and the fact that Perkins literally grew up on an event venue – ended up creating just the right combination for P&J’s soon to be aesthetic!  Discussion soon turned into action and Paisley & Jade was born!
Both Morgan and Perkins took the plunge and began working on their small business full time to get that baby off the ground the RIGHT way. To do so, it was important to both of them to hire professionals who specialize in their fields.  With the help of a handful of wonderful local business owners, an accountant, and a thorough business plan, Paisley & Jade quickly became a thriving business. Without the support of local businesses and industry professionals in Richmond, P&J could have never had the start that it did!  We owe so much to so many kind “friendors!”  And now here we are, living the dream!
Paisley & Jade’s first location was a collection of  simple storage units. Sounds glamorous right?! The inventory quickly grew and we expanded to a 5,000 square-foot space in Scotts Addition. Before too long we outgrew that space and it was time to take the next step.  Our current location on the corner of Highpoint and Moore has been P&J’s home since early 2014 and we now encompass all 10,000 square feet of it!  We love the industrial and chic vibes of our building and how it is able to  provide space for office areas, a packed warehouse and stylish a showroom that we’re able to also rent for events!  On the delivery side we’re proud owners of an 18 ft. and 26 ft. box truck which you might see on the highways and byways of Virginia, DC, Maryland or North Carolina on any given weekend.  Our delivery crew rocks!  We’re also proud to currently have seven full time employees on staff and between 10-15 awesome part-timers! It’s been an exciting few years to say the least! We’re so thankful that our hard work and industry relationships have helped us get this far and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

Q: Most Unique Place Paisley & Jade has taken you?

A: From estate sales and auctions to family attics and barns we’ve definitely been to some interesting spots hunting for new #pandjpretties   But I think we can agree that our favorite spot for scouring vintage finds is the Brimfield Antique Flea Market in Morgan’s home state of Massachusetts!  It’s America’s oldest outdoor antique market and while it can be exhausting to explore, it sure is fun!  While visiting her family near Boston, Morgan has definitely made an impromptu trip or three to  Brimfield and returned to Virginia with a car packed to the brim! Pun intended 🙂
Q: It’s mentioned in your website bio that you dislike ice cream trucks that drive by without stopping – and we are right there with you! We have to ask, icecream cone or ice cream sandwich?  

A: While you can’t really go wrong with either choice, Team P&J seem to be split right down the middle on this one! We also had some “write-in” votes for Ninja Turtle Ice Cream Bars, Rocket Pops and Drum Sticks. We’re definitely a diverse crew especially when it comes to our love of sweet treats and Pandora office playlists.
Q: What is your favorite rental item in the shop?

A: Another tough one! Our inventory changes frequently and we’re always adding new finds which in turn leads to new “faves!” Right now we’re really loving a couple of our custom built pieces – the Button Tufted Bar and Hairpin Leg Farm Tables.  We’re also pretty excited about some new vintage finds including a Brass and Glass Bar Cart and canary yellow settee we’ve aptly named Rupert.
Q: What’s your hidden talent?

A: We weren’t kidding when we said Team P&J is a diverse bunch! We have all specialized in different things in our pasts that brought us to where we are today: television production, catering sales, sculpture, technical theatre…just to name a few.  So all that considered it’s no surprise that we’ve got quite a talented bunch working here at Highpoint and Moore!  Our most recent addition to the team is our Rental Coordinator, Erin who is putting one of her not-so-hidden talents to use almost daily for our clients.  Erin is an incredibly talented artist and also does amazing hand-lettering work!  Since she started with us back in August, Erin has created some gorgeous hand-lettered designs for our chalkboard bars, vintage frames and mirrors!  
Q: Favorite Part About Your Job?

A: There are lots of things we enjoy about working in this crazy little world of specialty rentals!  But one thing we love is being part of a great group of industry professionals!  We’ve made it this far, in part, thanks to a magic combination of hard work and real relationships.  We love lifting up our fellow creatives and small business owners and it never ceases to amaze us how supportive they are of our team and the niche we’ve created here in the mid-atlantic region.  In an industry that can be competitive and stressful at times we really do rely on these relationships for advice, support, constructive criticism and encouragement.  “Community Over Competition” is a value we strive to put into action every day at Paisley & Jade.  “Friendors” rock!

Follow Paisley & Jade via Facebook or check out their inventory at paisleyandjade.com

Rain Plans for Your Wedding Day

April 25th, 2017|

I recently sat down with an engaged friend who was ready to start planning her wedding. Her dream was to get married  under the setting sun, with a gentle breeze and a skyline that money can’t buy.  There was one problem, she just couldn’t shake the idea that it might rain on her big day.

Most brides’ biggest fear is having a torrential downpour or having that steady mist on their wedding day. This is especially true if the ceremony and/or reception is outside. With all the spreadsheets, schedules, and minute by minute planning that goes into the big day, a stray rain cloud could send everyone running for shelter.

One of our favorite features at both of our locations is being able to provide those beautiful outdoor settings for ceremony but also  including a back-up plan. Our venues have a designated indoor area that ceremony can be held without your guest seeing the full reception. Even better, we allow you to make the weather call only three hours before ceremony!  We will join you in a“no rain dance” for your big day but it’s always a good idea to have that back-up plan just in case!

*Photo credits in order of photos*

1: Sarah Houston Photography

2-7: Audra Wrisley Photography

8: Sarah Houston Photography

Sweet Thing Caramels

April 24th, 2017|

What was the idea behind starting Sweet Thing Caramels?

Forty years ago, when my daughter was born, a dear friend of mine brought me some

homemade caramels packaged in a little, yellow margarine container as a

“Congratulations” gift. I fell in love with them and decided to learn how to make

caramels for myself. I made them for my family every holiday season for years until my

friends started asking me to make them for their kids’ weddings, engagement parties,

office parties, and the like. I found myself making them so often that I decided to just

start my own company and I haven’t looked back since!

 

So we know you are based in California. What are some of your favorite things to do on

the West Coast?

California has any outdoor activity you could dream of! If you enjoy camping, Yosemite

National Park is amazing. The view of Half Dome is breathtaking! If you prefer the

ocean, we have some of the coast’s most beautiful beaches in San Diego, Newport

Beach, Monterey, and Marin County. The Sutter Buttes is the Nation’s smallest

mountain range and it’s just an hour North of Sacramento. The hiking is incredible and

the views of the sunsets can’t be beat! And of course, if skiing is your hobby, we have

ample ski resorts just 3 hours North of San Francisco.

We also have the very best wine tasting the West Coast has to offer! Between Napa

Valley, Dry Creek in Sonoma and various excellent wineries in the Lodi area, we

produce some of the finest wines you can buy!

 

What types of occasions to people usually get your caramels for?

While we specialize in making wedding and event favors, we also sell our caramels in

bulk for dessert tables at weddings and corporate events. We’re always happy to send

Bride/Grooms-to-be some free samples if they are thinking of ordering for their wedding.

Just message us and ask!

We also recently started selling our caramels online for individual purchase which has

been a blast! One hint: If you are thinking about ordering Sweet Thing Caramels as

gifts for the holiday season, start watching for our sales in October and order early! You

can pick your shipment date ahead of time and have your shopping done before the

season starts! We make every batch of caramel fresh before shipping, so weddings

and pre-orders are our first priority.

 

What are all of the flavors available?

We always offer Classic Sea Salt, Creamy Vanilla, Rich Coffee, Coconut Cream,

Toasted Pecan/Marshmallow, and Chocolate Caramel.

Seasonally we offer Pumpkin Spice, Candy Apple, Chai Spice, Candy Cane Caramel,

and Dark Chocolate Covered Caramel with Toasted Almonds.

*Any of our seasonal flavors can be special requested any time throughout the year

with a 4 pound minimum order.

 

What is your favorite flavor?

That’s a hard one! Can we pick by season? 🙂

Winter: Rich Coffee …For enjoying with coffee and a warm fire.

Spring: Coconut Cream…Reminds us of warmer weather and brighter days.

Summer: Classic Sea Salt…Summer is meant for all things classic!

Fall: Pumpkin Spice or Toasted Pecan/Marshmallow…Nothing is better than our

Pumpkin Spice Caramels!

Stephanie & Zac

April 19th, 2017|

We are thrilled to show you Stephanie and Zac’s wedding photographs captured by the talented and lovely Sarah from Sarah Houston Photography! Sarah is such a pleasure to work with and her love for capturing special moments are seen throughout her work. We are sure the newlyweds will cherish these beautiful photographs for years to come!  

Ceremony Location: Mountain Grove at Mount Ida Farm

Reception Location: The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm

Event Planner: Amore Events

Caterer: The Local

Dessert: Carpe Donut

Officiant: Phillip Gates

Lighting/Rental: MS Events

DJ: Derek Tobler

Photographer: Sarah Houston Photography

Florist: Blue Ridge Floral Design