rifle + paperless post by emily starr alfano

been awhile, eh? well i'm back {hopefully on a more regular basis?} and just so excited about the new rifle paper goodies that i had to share! think save the dates, invitations, thank you notes and more. so much more!

i'm obsessed with pretty much anything anna bond touches {i own multiple notepads, phone cases, even a solly wrap to carry my babe in} and this is a pretty extensive collection being offered in collaboration with paperless post {which means they're available digitally and printed}. in no particular order, some that really struck me are...

herb garden. hands down my favorite. between the colors {that bright pop of chartreuse is just perfection} + that perfectly complementary font, i'm sold.

/ pastel petals. quintessential rifle. 

/ heather and lace. the foil offers a really elegant way to incorporate a photo. 

/ mandarin grove. moody + dramatic. love it for a fall or winter wedding.

/ egret garden. perfectly boho.

/ november herbarium. would be lovely for a southern {or southern-inspired} wedding.

/ september herbarium. the colors!


check out the full collection + order here!

until next time...


it's about (wooden} time! by emily starr alfano

happy monday! hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving filled with football, cocktails, food, laughter + lots of love! it has been a looooooonnnnnnggggg time since i officially blogged {blame the almost 6-month old currently snoozing upstairs} but what better time to start again than on cyber monday to encourage you all to skip the big name brand shopping and invest in one of my new favorites...a JORD wood watch.

let's be honest, it was only a matter of time before i found a time to wear wood...and in such a unique way! as someone who is especially aware of time these days {hello working mama}, i need a watch that not only looks great but is easy-to-read. so when JORD asked me to partner up, i took one look at the current style selections and immediately honed in on the frankie style in zebrawood + champagne. i think it's actually a men's style but i tend to prefer men's watches as they have larger faces and just look better on my wrist. 

the frankie has a minimalist, streamlined look that looks equally great with a cute, dressy outfit {rare} or with jeans + a sweater {the usual}. and the zebrawood is both light and dark enough to really go with any outfit! more than anything, i need something that's durable and will hold up to everyday wear and tear. 

in the 5 days since i started wearing my new watch, i've received a compliment every single day. a watch is a classic gift for a reason BUT now you can wow your family + friends with a wood one {you can even personalize it!}. or you know, treat yourself :-) go on, you deserve it. the best part is that you can shop today through december 11th, 2016 and receive $25 off any purchase! just visit this link, fill out the info, and you'll get an e-code to use when placing your order. you'll have until march 31, 2017 to redeem the code.

setting the table on thanksgiving with my frankie! pic by jesse starr photography.

setting the table on thanksgiving with my frankie! pic by jesse starr photography.

what are you waiting for? happy shopping!

/ this post was sponsored by JORD wood watches. all thoughts are my own. /

the wedding planner's gathering by emily starr alfano

if you follow us on instagram or facebook, you've seen us post about a super exciting project we're a part of...the first-ever wedding planners gathering. the sweetest angel of love & splendor put this whole shebang together and i thought i'd share some more info about it today...especially because early bird registration closes tonight {tomorrow?} at midnight! here are the deets:


the WPG is a two-week, online learning event for existing or aspiring planners + designers, brides + grooms or any other creative professional. can't get to or invest in an in-person workshop? this is for you. beginning on may 16th, you'll receive a new video every day that covers a key design, planning or business topic. you'll have access to the videos for a year and can be viewed on your own time in the comfort of your own home {or studio or favorite coffee shop}. 

you'll also receive three freebies...a planning timeline, a rentals checklist + a wedding mishaps video. PLUS the opportunity to join in two live Q&A webinars.

this is a really unique opportunity and if we weren't involved, i'd personally be all over this. this is continued learning at its best...the chance to stay inspired, expand your horizons and learn about things you may have thought about...or not thought about!


it's honestly a pinch-me-that-i'm-included group of instructors. these are the best of the best in the industry...a mix of floral designers, planners + event designers. the list includes: sinclair & moore {foundations of floral + event design}, jesi haack design {creative backdrops + displays}, beth helmstetter {creating a beautiful wedding, no matter the location}, lace & likes {life that inspires art - finding your authentic creative voice}, gather events {creating a cohesive stationery suite}, karson butler events {designing the culinary experience} alison events {breakind down the budget}, details details {behind the scenes, top 20 wedding day tips} + type a society {branding + marketing your planning business}.


tablescapes!! our favorite. our bread + butter. we're sharing how to conceptualize, source + style three very different tablescapes...using the same table + some of the same items. we'll have our girl kaylyn from 1956 blooms on hand to share the floral love and some incredible rentals from borrowed blu, among other things. PLUS we're offering a fourth freebie: how to best shoot a tablescape for instagram!


until tonight {march 4th} at midnight, the cost for everything listed above {10 videos for a year, 4 freebies, 2 webinars} is just $249. yes you read that correctly. it's such a no-brainer, i shouldn't have to say more. so i won't. after tonight, the price goes up to $349. still wayyyyy wallet-friendly, right? 

next steps for you?

click right here /

to enroll {whether today, tomorrow, or anytime in the next couple of months!}. and then spread the word! 

until next time folks...

baby girl alfano by emily starr alfano

two posts in one week?! i'm on a roll. but i thought it would be nice to close out the week with a little post on what most of you have seen by now on instagram + facebook {or you know, because we're friends. or family.}...bill and i are expecting a baby girl at the end of june! 

despite being 23 weeks {today actually}, having a legit bump, and feeling legit kicks {this lady is quite active}, it's all still a bit surreal. but we couldn't be more excited! i've been navigating a registry {fun!}, mapping out the nursery {way fun!}, and am already looking forward to our shower in april! 

like with everything i post on instagram in particular, i'm trying to find the right mix of what to share + when. rest assured what you will see is plenty on the nursery and cute clothes! in the meantime, i wanted to share some pics my talented brother, jesse starr photography, snapped of the bump a few weeks ago during a family weekend in vermont. i'm lucky to have a professional photog in the family to capture these moments on a whim...too bad he lives in colorado {move home uncle jesse!}.

2016 is going to be a big one. 

happy weekend!

the new mStarr by emily starr alfano

it's a new year and with it comes the new mStarr...new logo, new site, new name. we've ditched the "event" and are now mStarr design. why? well we do more than events. sure we still specialize in weddings but we also design parties, showers, photo shoots...and i'm super excited to officially expand our services into interior styling, something we've been doing a bit on the side until now {and personally, ever since the hubs + i moved into #farmhousedialfano}.

in the coming weeks, you'll be able to find us at both mstarreventdesign.com AND mstarrdesign.com. admittedly, blogging has fallen by the wayside in the past year {we had a realllllly busy 2015} and up until recently, i actually planned to scrap it. but i thought more about it and the goal is to get back at it, at least somewhat regularly, even if just to share news or recent press. i did, however, discover that it doesn't seem possible to import old blog posts so this may be a true fresh start! but if there's anything you'd like to read about moving forward, we're all ears! 

welcome to the new mStarr. take a look around, let us know what you think and if you find anything that may need to be fixed or updated! there always seems to be some kinks to work through in the beginning. hope you enjoy.