Hugs & Kisses Modern Engagement Party {guest feature}

“XOXO” – the sweet salutation that’s used so prevalently in social media outlets has found it’s way into this themed shoot from Emily Steffen Photography.  And why not?  It’s the perfect sign off for any newly engaged couple!   
This modern design has just enough details to present the theme, but isn’t overly done or cutesy.  One of my favorite elements is the hanging frame behind the dessert table, with “xo” letters and black and white photos, which is also found in the “ladder chandelier” above the dining table.  The sophisticated colors act as a blank canvas for the fun details to stand out against – notice the pops of red in the sweets display, hanging letters, and menu cards.
This original design was created by these amazing vendors:
PhotographyEmily Steffen  /  Paper goods & StylingBethany Hway  /  FlowersSadies Floral  /  Dessert TableShauna Young


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Enchanted Expectations says:

    So cute. Love the colors

  2. Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) says:

    That ladder photo chandelier is such a creative touch! And so personal, too. Great, understated styling!

  3. Savvy Deets Bridal says:

    So fun! Love the "xoxo" theme! I love the hanging frame, so creative!

  4. Susan Crabtree says:

    so sweet-love the chandelier! perfect for anniversaries & valentines too!

  5. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Love your ladder chandelier! Pinned :)

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
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