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The Constant Gatherer


Sheena & Ezra's Lakeside Wedding

"artists", "friends", "wedding"Katie Runnels2 Comments
I'm honored to feature the wedding photos of Sheena and Ezra Birt's May Wedding. I wrote a few weeks ago about the topper I made for their wedding cake and now I'm finally delivering on the photos of the rest of their charming lakeside wedding. Sadly, I was unable to attend... however the photos below, taken by Chloe Jennings, beautifully reconstruct the magical moments of the day! I've listed the vendor information below the photos...and you'll notice that Sheena and Ezra, with the help of their creative friends, were responsible for all the charming decorations- from the flowers and centerpieces,  handmade fabric wreaths and buntings, to Ezra's hand drawn wedding invitation illustrations. What an impressive feat (disclaimer: they are all professional artists-so don't fret)! I love thoughtful handmade weddings such as the Birt's...they seem so much more personal and special. Congratulations and Thank you for sharing, Sheena & Ezra! xo

 Photography: Chloe Jennings (Thank you for sharing, Chloe!)
Wedding Venue: Wasatch Lake, Poland, Indiana
 Invitations: Ezra Birt, SheandE
Wedding Gown: Watters Too
Hair and Hair Accessories: Brooke Lindemann, Leather Feather Stone
Cake: Amy Lore, Cakelore
Cake Topper: Yours truly, Katie Runnels, The Constant Gatherer
Reception Band: Yearbook Committee
 Decorations and Event Planning: The Bride and Groom and their talented wedding party!

Congratulations Sheena & Ezra!

"SCAD", "friends", "my artwork", "wedding"Katie Runnels3 Comments
Wedding Invitation Art by Ezra Birt

Custom Wedding Topper for Sheena and Ezra 

I was so happy to be a small part of my friend, Sheena Rogers- now Sheena Birt and Ezra's wedding celebration this past weekend! Here is the wedding cake topper I made for them using their wedding colors and some little personal details to match the darling illustration Ezra created for their invitations!  Sheena is a fellow Savannah College of Art and Design Alumna and she is an amazingly creative artist currently working her magic at the Indianapolis Anthropologie.  I hope to have more photos of their artful wedding to share with you soon! Congratulations and Thanks Mr. and Mrs. Birt! xoxo

i la la love laurie

"artists", "etsy", "flowers", "handmade", "wedding"Katie Runnels5 Comments
Behold the handcrafted wonders of Laurie Cinotto!
I admire her creative work so very much as well as the rescue work she does through her Itty Bitty Kitty Committee! I've been marveling my way through her glorious photos all morning! xo

Laurie's toppers are special in that her arrangements are created using
millinery leaves and baubles mixed with her handmade crepe paper flowers!

Laurie's DIY Project for The Bride's Cafe- The Fall Family Tree
The Fall Family Tree is one of my absolute favorites!

Laurie's sweet home...see her Design*Sponge sneak peek here!

A glimpse of Laurie's inspiration board.

Laurie takes the most incredible photos of her foster kittens...
see more on her blog and Flickr Album!
You can support her rescue operations by purchasing these sweet kitteh mugs through Laurie's IBKC shop or tell all your friends in the Seattle area about her wonderful rescue operation: IBKC! xo

A Very Sweet and Southern Engagement!

"furry friends", "photography", "savannah", "wedding"Katie Runnels8 Comments
Congratulations are in order for my sweet and lovely friend, Alicia Magee! Alicia and Clay, her Texan beau of five years, are tying the knot this summer! These shots of the couple were taken by one of Alicia's best friends and fellow SCAD alumna, Nichole Barrali of nbpimages.com. The location is Fort Pulaski on Tybee Island just outside of Savannah. The couple chose this spot as it was on one of their regular weekend outings to the island with their dogs that Clay chose to surprise Alicia with a ring! Alicia is a creative pearl of a girl and its marvelous to see these photos that so capture her enchanting spirit...

Thank you for allowing me to share these Alicia! 
I am so thrilled for you both! xoxo


"blogs", "my artwork", "wedding"Katie Runnels1 Comment
Grace has posted her final wedding feature today...and its all about the FoOD! She has even more lovely photos to share of her incredible day...see here! I can't thank her enough for including my work! This week has been most exciting!
The stunning bride-Grace Bonney!

Thank you also to Cheryl Day-the artist behind the actual Cake- and oh, my! does she ever make the absolute tastiest buttercream!! Thanks also to Barb for her support and kind mention today over at Knack. I am so blessed to have such generous friends! xoxo

PS. I'm almost finished working on a new project with my two favorite online shopkeepers in Ohio. Stay tuned for our surprise next week. Have a lovely weekend, friends! xo

Martha, Martha, Martha!

"blogs", "my artwork", "wedding"Katie Runnels13 Comments
photo via Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2009

Oh, the light that has guided us for so many years has finally cast a little beam in my direction! And I have two people to thank...Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge and Cheryl Day of Back in the Day Bakery! Grace is the epitome of her name and her inspired wedding was so incredibly thoughtful and inclusive to so many artists and crafters! And sweet Cheryl was generous to allow me to help with so much of the design! Mmmwah!! The fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is finally out! See even more of the handmade details on Design*Sponge and today on MSWedding.com! I am on cloud nine! Now, how would it feet to actually meet Ms. Stewart? I think I might pass right out (but I secretly hope to get the chance one day!) xoxo

Here's a close up I took! xo

handmade and vintage wedding toppers

"etsy", "my artwork", "wedding"Katie Runnels10 Comments
I apologize for the lean amount of posts lately! I've been so thrilled to be accepting orders for my graphic design sevices...and I've been learning more about website design- practicing on myself. My site is almost finished! I've been sitting on my hands to post about this- but since I'm so preoccupied today I thought- eh! Go, ahead! I'm super excited that Martha Stewart Weddings- Fall edition will be coming out next week! Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge was kind enough to commission me to make their cake topper and her wedding is going to be featured in the new issue! I can't wait to see the whole layout- I've only seen bits and pieces! I'm hoping that this might bring about other orders for custom toppers. I've listed an example of one above. If you or a someone you know is getting hitched soon- please consider a custom topper assembled just for you! xo

Scout Holiday's Wedding Fête

"artists", "blogs", "decorate", "etsy", "wedding"Katie Runnels2 Comments
I realize I'm a month late on this news...but I can't help myself...the August wedding celebration of the artist behind Scout Holiday, Cheri Messereli is just too sweet! She and her graphic designer groom, David Rager spent countless hours preparing all the special homespun festive touches to make their party special. In addition to her famous buntings, they hand painted tablecloths and flags, folded hundreds of origami swans, silkscreen-striped napkins, decorated the cake, and my favorite-created custom bird place cards. I love that they went wild using all kinds of found glass bottles for the colorful and untamed flowers. Truly their art came to life! See more here, here and on her blog, Scout Holiday. xo

images copyright James Ryang 2009

Liz Demos... bringing your dreamy ideas to life!

"artists", "savannah", "wedding"Katie RunnelsComment
My friend, Liz Demos-creator of @home-Savannah's sweet spot for vintage and homespun goodness is now offering her creative expertise for hire! Remember Halligan and Adam Smith's incredible wedding (featured on Once Wed and in Savannah Weddings this month)? Liz was the planner who so artfully orchestrated the two artist's ideas into the grand affair! Click here for contact info! xo

Ed & Ginny's Wedding

"artists", "photography", "vintage", "wedding"Katie Runnels8 Comments
My friend Ginny from SCAD recently married her sweetheart, Ed at Serenbe Farm outside of Atlanta. I knew from her blog updates that this was going to be an incredible event. I can't get over the creativity and vision of these young folks today! I love witnessing so many living and creating more artful lives for themselves, which of course, includes their inspired weddings. I only have to see a few moments of Bridezillas to be reminded of what has become a dog and pony spectacle of so many these days. Once Wed did a fantastic job of covering the details of Ginny & Ed's 1920's inspired nuptials and there is even more to enjoy on the amazing photographer, Josh Goleman's site. Best Wishes to the newlyweds for a long and happy life together! xo

Photography by Josh Goleman

Mr. & Mrs. Smith...

"artists", "jewelry", "shopscad", "wedding"Katie Runnels6 Comments
Around these parts, the enchantment of the May 9th nuptials between artists, Halligan Norris and Adam Smith is becoming legendary! Its given me another excuse to yet again flash their creative brilliance across the ol' blog screen. Photos of their circus inspired wedding celebration have leaked around the internet...but I'm waiting for the spread to appear soon in Country Living magazine! (I was fortunate to provide a teeny weeny banner element for their cake-topper which I am hoping might lead to cake topper commissions- anyone? anyone?) Click on the image titles to be linked to their respective sites. xo

Halligan's work...

Adam's work...
Brooch 018
Brass, antique photograph, beeswax, horse show medallions, spring steel.

Brooch 016
Brass, antique photograph, beeswax, bingo chip, string, spring steel.
Brooch 017
Brass, antique photograph, beeswax, balsa wood, colored pencil, spring steel.

The Newlyweds
Engagement photo by Josh Goleman

Pollen-Atlanta, Ga

"brick and mortar", "flowers", "garden", "wedding"Katie Runnels6 Comments
In celebration of my clematis that is in full bloom...I've assembled some images from my favorite Buckhead shop- Pollen. I am always excited to see what shop owners, Bonnie Garrison and Chris Condon have created, gathered, and curated! xo
Posie in rattan vase with cut clematis.

A view of the planters and spheres on Pollen's porch.

Carved wooden sparrows to hang on a wall.

Planted terrarium with bronze snail.

Lamps by Robert Ogden.

Large terracotta pot with phalaenopsis orchids

Alex Marshall ceramic with cymbidiums and persimons

Faux Bois planters and bird baths.

Pollen is located at 432 East Paces Ferry
between Piedmont and Peachtree 404.262.2296


"artists", "handmade", "vintage", "wedding"Katie Runnels2 Comments
I'm head over heals for the colorful headpieces by the ladies of ban.do! I only found out about them this morning as they have won the Sweetest Things- Daily Candy's Best of Style for 2008. Each piece is an original handmade creation and they also carry a line for wedding and belts too! xo
When pals Jen Gotch (a prop stylist/photographer) and Jamie Coulter (a wardrobe stylist) discovered they had simultaneously made themselves festive headpieces for special events, they realized they had a business on their hands. And Ban.do was born. -Daily Candy

**P.S. I was super thrilled to find out Domestic*Construction won the Best of Nest for New York on Daily Candy's Sweetest Things! Congratulations!**

Lauren Alane

"artists", "blogs", "etsy", "wedding"Katie Runnels1 Comment
I've been sitting on my hands to keep from posting about the fabulous, Lauren Alane-felt birder extraordinaire, until she was ready for an update....so, ladies and gentlemen...Tonight at 8pm EST....Be HERE for the latest flock of owls, birdies, and caketoppers! They go reeeaaally fast!!
Handfelted owls.
Lauren and photographer husband, Joey Bradshaw, style and
capture all of their own photographs of Lauren's work
in amazing and sweet detail!
Back to School Owlies-in the shop tonight!

Custom Birdie Cake Topper

Precarious perch.

Custom Wedding Cake Topper
Gorgeous colors to match the wedding party!

A very dapper pair!
Custom Wedding Cake Topper

Busy Bakers

The stunning artist, Lauren Alane!
Visit her blog here for the whole scoop!

Ink & Peat

"brick and mortar", "flowers", "wedding"Katie Runnels2 Comments
I am a wee bit late wishing Congratulations to Pam of Housemartin on her Grand Opening of Ink & Peat! You probably already saw these amazing vignettes of her new shop on other blogs- but I couldn't help sharing them as well! I adore everything Pam creates and wish her continued success on her new adventure! If you're lucky enough to be near Portland.... visit Ink and Peat! 3808 N. Williams Avenue — Suite 126 *503.282.6688

above photos by John Valls

The Small Object

"artists", "etsy", "savannah", "wedding"Katie Runnels3 Comments
Savannah artist, Sarah Neuburger has reinvented the clothespin doll through her cottage industry, The Small Object. Since I have weddings on the brain-here are some of her sweet designs that you can custom order for yours-you lucky duck! Also, her new Trophy Folk Tops are simply love handmade! Click on titles to be directed to her Etsy shop! xo
The Best Mom: Trophy Top Tots-sold
Such a clever idea!

The Best Dad No. 1-side view
I love his top hat camping attire and the super
sweet campfire log detail!

Custom Order your own Wedding Topper!

Custom Wedding Topper No.6-sold
Love orange and blue- and the brides tiny earrings!