Thinking of Oklahoma

All of us here at Dempsey & Carroll are deeply saddened to hear about the recent tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured. We sincerely hope that everyone will receive the support they need. The road to recovery will be long and many have lost their homes and all of their belongings. It is easy to feel helpless in these situations, but we can all help. Relief efforts are already underway – You can send a quick $10 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999, or visit to find out where you can donate blood.



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A bit of Bridal Insight

I fell in love with wedding planning when I was dating my husband over 15 years ago.  In college I got an internship in the fashion department at Modern Bride magazine and after graduation was hired as an assistant at Martha Stewart Weddings.  I was a little nervous, and so was my boss, that after my wedding in 2003 I wouldn’t care about weddings anymore, but I found myself more interested in every aspect of weddings:  the planning, the fashion, the details, everything!

I think the reason that I’ve been so passionate about weddings for so many years is that it covers a variety of markets:


fashion for men, women and kids, food and drinks, gifts, stationery, music, travel and sweets, just to name a few.  There are always new and exciting products and services to learn about or even create.

For what’s next in bridal, I think we can take inspiration from the Spring 2014 Bridal Market collections, which showed a lot of ball gowns, lace wedding dresses and delicate beading and floral embellishments. This turn to more formal and elegant designs will influence wedding details from the invitation to the favor.

In stationery, we’re going to see an increase in engraved invitations, or letterpress invites with less whimsy.

Lace has already begun appearing in wedding details, as part of tablescapes and mimicked on wedding cakes. It will continue to be a go-to fabric for favor package wrapping, linens, bouquet cuffs or “ribbon” and other details.

Couples have finally realized the importance of lighting and are asking for more than just votives on a table.  Lighting companies are creating unique colored-light displays for the reception, including custom monograms that highlight the dance floor.

And a wedding is much more than a ceremony and reception these days.  Almost every couple plans an after-party, with a different look and feel, menu, bar and entertainment.

That’s one detail we didn’t have when I got married, and I wish we did.  I never wanted it to end.


Anne Chertoff


Eyes on John Derian & Astier de Villatte


Lovers’ eyes were a style of miniature paintings popular during the late 18th century. Each picture was secretly commissioned for illicit lovers, and portrayed a single eye of the loved one. Often these paintings were done on ivory and framed with other precious stones, so the treasured gift could be worn as a broach, pendant, or ring. Not many of these pieces exist today, but the few that do are stunning.

Last night, a few Dempsey & Carrollites attended an event celebrating John Derian’s partnership with Astier de Villatte, and were amused when we received buttons with eyes on them as a favor. Knowing John’s smart and eclectic design style through our own collaboration with him in 2010, perhaps this favor was a modern take on the secret tradition. The night continued to entertain us, and we loved seeing John’s decoupage twist on Astier de Villatte’s classic Parisian ceramics. While the new pieces aren’t available online yet, you can see more about the collaboration and John’s other pieces on his website. In the meantime, we’re going to try not to get too lovestruck over the eyes we were given Tuesday night…

Poppy Lyttle