Create New Ideas With 2016 Color of the Year


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Coffee and a good book

Ebony and ivory

Peanut butter and jelly

What do all these things have in common?  

One of these things by itself is great.  But the full experience of its value is in the combined balance of its companion.  In the words of Rob Bass, “it takes two to make a thing go right”!  Apparently, Pantone agreed with this statement when they set tradition aside and announced that their 2016 Color of the Year would be a harmonious pair of two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.

For some, this may lead to another question: What is Pantone?

You know, you really have an inquisitive mind.  I think I like you. 🙂  To answer your question, Pantone is an American corporation best known for its color-matching system that influences many industries, especially those involving textiles.  For years, Pantone has been announcing their official Color of the Year as a way to inspire creative thought and to remind us to celebrate every color on the spectrum for its possibilities.  Many industries such as the fashion world, home decor companies, and the wedding industry work with Pantone to incorporate this color of the year into their products in order to make it available to the consumer.  That’s you!

In recent years, Pantone’s official colors have been rich, one-dimensional shades such as Marsala, Orchid, and Emerald.  For 2016, Pantone decided to break from tradition to bring versatility and tranquil balance in two complimentary colors that work in harmony for fresh inspiration.  So without further ado, today we would like to kick off a celebration of new ideas with ready-to-pin photo collages of these two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.  We are featuring three areas in which anyone can express their favorite ways of styling these colors of the year, so follow us through our favorite photos that show this duo in fashion, home decor, and weddings for beautiful examples in how you can make these colors all your own this year!

Industry one : fashion  

Rose quartz has the ability to perform as an elegant neutral or feminine pastel, and the recent popularity of rose gold jewelry may have been the prelude to this darling hue making a splash in apparel.  With the gentle and light touch of a blushing glow, this shade will translate from sweet spring pastels to serene winter neutrals throughout the year!

A complimentary contrast to rose quartz is the tranquil and pleasant hue of Serenity Blue that both balances and enhances its softer counter-part.  Whether worn alone in our ever-popular chambray shirtdress or paired with its 2016 pink partner in a stunning watercolor like our trending cut-out shoulder top, this sentimental shade is sure to become a favorite for its clean and soothing tones.

Industry two: home decor

Decorating your living spaces really provides the opportunity to experiment and the freedom of creative control with how much of each color you would like to feature in your home.  As seen here, making a statement with a fixed feature such as your front door, a major appliance, or even an accent wall can allow for accentuating with a statement piece.  Or if you’re more of a mix-and-match person, consider collecting small details like rose gold table accents or incorporating another shade like a slate gray.  These colors are just as suitable as featured statement colors or accent colors on a variety of color palettes.  Translate these shades in any style from French Country to Modern!

Industry three: weddings

Weddings are the quintessential event for creating a color theme, and 2016’s color pairing is producing some of my favorite looks for the traditional blue and pink combination.  Far from cutesy and juvenile shades that we see at baby showers, the dusty periwinkle and blushing rose speak elegance and provide undertones of stength and tenderness to make it the perfect balance for a marriage of masculine and feminine colors.  Make your ceremony crisp and clean with precise balances of these two shades or feel free to accentuate using other complimentary colors with verdent greenery, neutral wooden ornaments, golden table accents, or even red roses in your bouquets!  The possibilities are endless to take this inspiration and make it all your own!

Each season will bring new ideas on styling these classic colors, from the pastels of spring to adding pops of bold color to mix with in summer, to the transition to understated neutrals in fall and winter.  We can’t wait to see a regeneration of all-new ideas and themes for 2016!

Which of these areas are you most likely to try the Colors of the Year?  Do you have any particular favorite stylings?


writer~ A note from the author: Are you enjoying this 2016’s Colors of the Year?  Each individual has their own palettes and hues that captivate them, and my anticipation grows each year to see what Pantone might suggest as the new color for inspired experimentation!  Not every year promises a shade that we gravitate towards, but the mission of forcing our minds to quite literally “color outside” of the box is always accomplished.  I hope that you find wonderful ways to make these colors work for you.  Go color your world!




Essential Tips For Your Wedding Registry


You’re engaged!

Congratulations!  You’re a freshly-minted fiancee 😉  And now, the planning begins…  

Like many brides, you may find yourself with more questions than you expected now that the ring is officially on your finger.  Is your mind consumed with wondering about the where, when, and how of planning details?   Today, we are discussing one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning: the registry.  Don’t let your questions overwhelm you because we are here to help!  Here are our tips and advice for how and where to register, what to select, and the life-saving knowledge of wedding registry etiquette!

Understand your style as a couple

We have all heard that opposites attract, but when you’re beginning to figure out how to meld your personal tastes, it is crucial to learn a balanced compromise that represents both of you.  Understanding your “couple style” is the foundation for all of your registry decisions.  Try this exercise: each of you make a list of words that describe your style and then compare to research how you could combine preferred color palettes, textures, and themes!  It is important to note that your tastes will likely change dramatically as years go by and you experience different seasons of life, so be sure to keep a guideline of selecting classic and timeless items.

Know the scope of your wedding

The scale and theme of your wedding will reflect in your registry.  Are you planning a large, extravagant wedding or a small gathering?  Do your family and friends live nearby or far away?  Are they likely to shop online?  Each of these questions gives you insight into making practical choices that make buying the gifts you need more convenient for your loved ones.  One way to do that is by registering at one to three stores with at least one having a brick-and-mortar location for those who don’t do online purchasing.  (Why register at more than one store?  Read on for more insight…) 

Register for all price points

To ensure that you are being considerate to each friend and their budgets, register for gifts at all price points. Real Simple Magazine recommends dividing your registry in thirds: keep one third of the items in the $50 and under range, one third in the $50-$100 range, and another third in the $150+ range.  This will afford each person an opportunity to choose a gift within her price-range, while knowing that she has purchased something special that you truly want or need.

Don’t be afraid to over-register (Yes, you should, and no, it isn’t greedy!)

Registering for making your house a home is one of those rare circumstances in which it is best to overdo it.  Again, as Real Simple Magazine states, a good guideline is to select 125 items minimum per 100 guests.  Sound greedy?  Think about it: registering at different price points usually means that you break down larger costs into smaller sets of items such as flatware and smaller kitchen accessories or home decor.  Your friends or relatives shopping in the lower price points will be allowed to have fun mixing and matching a personalized gift set that completes your registry and ensures that they are giving you exactly what you need and want.  Win, win!

In addition, it is best to register at one to three stores with a cohesive plan, varying for the selection each store provides: one for fine china, one for home decor, one for hobbies, et cetera.  Plan ahead with a definite list of what you need so that you don’t end up with unnecessary items, duplicates, or more stress of keeping various lists updated.  Our lovely registry specialist, Mrs. Kathy, highly recommends a walk-through of a store before you register to get an idea of what products and styles are available.  This is a great time to walk through together with your fiance, unless he prefers to go with you to the registry appointment. (Hint: limit the number of people you invite to accompany you on these trips and appointments or else you may end up scanning items you don’t truly want!)  

Select your dinnerware (or other priority items) first

When choosing items for your registry, it is wise to start with the items that you definitely want to have, leaving time to add any home decor items later as you discover your tastes.  For instance, if you know you want china, it is best to choose your collection and metal serving pieces first before items like bed and bath linens or kitchen necessities.  Eight to twelve is a good range for place settings, and if you love to entertain, you would do best to register for twelve.

Once you are firm on your china selection, begin forming your decor color schemes.  Until you have your color palettes agreed upon, stick to registering for your basic needs like the essential decor items with no color schemes, such as wood, metal, and glass materials.  This salad bowl by Mud Pie is a classic and popular piece among our bridal registries, and it is perfect for mixing styles and textures!

Get to know china designs

At Walker, we carry collections that are famous for their high quality, durability, and style longevity.  While there are many other style and price points to choose from, our favorite lines offer everything to the elegant traditionalist and the spunky free spirit alike.  Juliska‘s Berry and Thread, Vietri‘s Forma (swoon!), Skyros‘ Isabella, Spode‘s Blue Italian or Woodland, and Lenox‘s Venetian Lace are the timeless collections you will have your choice of at your registry appointment, and Coton Colors are a great option for the non-traditionalist who loves bright colors and fun details!  

Put the money to its best use

If you are foregoing the china idea but aren’t sure where to put the money, we have some ideas for you, too!  Use it wisely to invest in style basics, choosing items with interchangeable colors, patterns, and details that give versatility to basic white dinnerware (think colorful place mats and napkins), or channel those funds towards your common interests such as hiking gear, DIY projects, or other non-traditional activities you enjoy.  Some relatives or friends may prefer to give you more traditional gifts, but many people love the option of funding activities or purchases like your first grown-up payment on a house.  In either case, be sure to send a thank-you note within one to three weeks of receiving your gift, detailing how you envision using the item or the contributions.  This timeframe will show them how genuinely grateful you are, and it will relieve their worries on whether you received the gift.  Remember, honest gratitude goes a long way in strengthening bonds.  Your fiance loves you, but don’t forget about the ones who show their love with their gifts and support!

 ~ A note from the author, Sydney: Congratulations, sweet one!  I can imagine you are filled with both anxious thoughts and giddy anticipation about planning your dream wedding, and I hope that our tips on registering abated those fears and inspired your creativity to make your house a home for you and your soon-to-be spouse.  If any of your questions have not been answered, please comment below or call us at (912) 623-2099 to speak with a registry specialist.  We will be happy to help you figure it all out!  Remember, don’t cheat yourself out of building your future by getting caught up in small details.  Pour your heart and energy into building a faithful and loving marriage, and you will find yourself creating the home of your dreams where Love welcomes you at the door and invites all to linger in its presence.  Happy Wednesday!

Interview With Wedding Videographer Justin Peay


Planning your wedding has untold mysteries and quandaries to handle: the cake, the dress, the venue, the budget!  The happiest day of your life can be a vortex of decisions and debates, and one of the most pressing questions for brides today is whether to hire a videographer.  And if so, who?  For today’s post, we are putting the spotlight on Statesboro’s most talented and dynamic videographer, Justin Peay.  We met with Justin to ask him questions that brides need to know about hiring a videographer and to get some insight on who he is as the most sought-after artist in the area.  For further information on Justin Peay Productions, be sure to follow the link below after the interview!


Justin Peay Productions

“The main purpose of the videographer is to capture the story, because it matters.”

WB: Justin, you have worked long enough with weddings and families to now know some secrets and some helpful insights.  We would like to give brides an idea of why they might want to hire a videographer for their big day and how to choose the right one!  What do you consider to be the top three things a bride should know before hiring a videographer?

JP: It is so important to remember to be yourself!  Forget the feeling that you have to perform, because you want to relive this day remembering everything you were thinking and feeling, instead of remembering the pressure of trying to act.

Another significant tip is to call attention to a specific shot or moment that you want captured.  If you assume that we will automatically know what moments are most important to you and your story, but we are unaware, we may miss them.  We want to capture your story, but please make sure to communicate those moments that are most significant to you.

Lastly, and this may sound odd, but be sure to hire a good photographer.  If you plan to hire both a photographer and a videographer, make sure to notify them and discuss if they’re comfortable working together.  Much of our work as videographers is dependent on the photographer because, whereas I will plan to be there all day, many photographers have a set schedule and itinerary that they have to stick to.   It helps to know how to work together to get the client the best products we each can.  Some of the best photographers I’ve worked with are Rachel Smith, the Paper Lily team, Shauna Veasey, and Jason Hurst.  Each of them is talented and capable of working well with a videographer.

Bonus tip: Hire a good planner!  As the videographer, I don’t create the whole theme and schedule of the day.  The venue, the decorations, and those unique moments written into the schedule are all organized by your wedding planner, and whatever is produced for the day is what I will be capturing.  So if you want a seamless, organized, and beautiful day, I recommend hiring a solid wedding planner.

WB: Aside from those top three recommendations, what are the basic requirements specific to a videographer?  What should the bride and groom have in mind as they search for the right person to film their day?

JP: The main purpose of the videographer is to capture the story, because it matters.  Look for someone who can capture the highlights of the day in a way that captures it wholly and artistically, who balances the artistic shots along with telling the story.  They need a good balance of those two.  And look at their work ahead of time to get an idea of how they capture the story.  And I say that it needs to tell a story, just because that’s what I do, that’s my perspective.  But when video is set to music and music alone, it doesn’t give the viewer a chance to connect with the bride and groom.  If the audience can connect to them, then I think that’s what makes it a successful video.

WB: Is there anything that the bride and groom need to know about making your job easier?

JP: Providing food and time are crucial.  I don’t offer my services on an hourly basis because that wouldn’t allow for capturing the whole story; I could potentially miss those important moments.  Since I plan to be there all day, having sustenance available is essential.  In addition, allowing for enough time is crucial.  If you have certain moments you definitely want captured, discuss it with your wedding planner to schedule it so that my team and I will definitely get them in.

WB: Clients obviously want to be a little familiar with the artists and videographers they hire.  Is there anything you like to know about your clients ahead of time, before the big day?

JP: Because I love to capture the story, it’s good to know ahead of time anything out of the ordinary from a normal wedding itinerary or something that would affect the normal traditions.  If you’ve planned a unique way to express yourselves, if you’re dedicating something to a lost loved one, or anything else that is unique and distinct to your wedding day, knowing that ahead of time ensures that I can highlight and weave those things into your film.

WB: What makes you distinct?  What do you do that makes you set apart from the other talented film makers?

JP: That’s tough.  As much as I’d like to say I don’t, I do compare myself to others.  But I’ve been doing this long enough to have created my own style.  Not that there aren’t others who use some of the same techniques, but I feel that I have figured out what works best for my style.  I observed how others executed their business: how did they provide their product to clients, how long the videos are, etc.  And a lot of these videographers were giving their clients these forty minute long films, which is fine for the bride and groom, if they are the only ones watching it.  You know, I’d love to watch forty minutes of just me and my wife, but would I want to watch forty minutes of a friend or relative?  So I decided I wanted to create the Director’s Cut, which is the most popular film that I create.  It’s a six to eight minute film of their entire day that allows the viewer to watch it, and especially if they weren’t able to attend the wedding, hopefully this will make them feel like they were, and they didn’t miss out on the significant moments.  I don’t know many videographers that do it the way that I do it.  Some will do one to two minute trailers, but it’s video clips with music that isn’t much to connect to, and you’ll have to watch that forty minute film to get the story.  So that idea of a Director’s Cut that I’ve developed over the years is a significant difference that sets my style apart.

WB:  I’ve noticed that as well just researching your work and as I watched some of your Director’s Cuts, I found myself struggling to stop after watching one or two!  You do a great job of getting that connection.  For instance, your video about the Australian groom and Southern bride, Liam and Jessica, was particularly captivating!  These people are strangers to me, and I felt like I connected to them.  I can’t imagine how much the people who do know and love them enjoy the video because it captures that story; it captures the moments that they remember being part of or the moments that they didn’t witness but are able to engage in by watching the film.  And I think a bride and a groom would love to have that even if they can’t envision ahead of time what their film will be like or how the day will come together.  They can have that video to relive the day as both participants or “stars” of the film and also as the audience later -what a priceless gift!

“I hope that when a bride and groom watches their film 30 years from now, they feel just as connected with that day as they were on their honeymoon.” ~ Justin Peay

WB: What have you learned since you started?

JP: Different scenarios have built a confidence in me that there won’t be a curve ball you can throw at me.  But two of my most valuable assets are my second shooters, Jon Irvan and Ryan Callahan.  I trust my life with these guys.  I can send them to film something like the groom getting ready and I trust them so much.  If that side of it doesn’t get filmed, then it’s pretty much ruined, but I can trust them.  We’ve been together so long that we know each others’ nuances.  I know what their strengths and weaknesses are and they know mine, so I put them in positions to highlight their strengths and we work together to create the best film.  

WB: What is your goal with your work?  What do you hope to accomplish in telling the story?

JP: I hope that when a bride and groom watches their film 30 years from now, they feel just as connected with that day as they were on their honeymoon.  I want to capture those moments that they never want to forget and remember those things on every anniversary.

WB: What inspires your style?

JP: Occasionally, the night before a wedding, I will watch other wedding videos.  Even though I have a certain style, things are always changing and the only way to know how they’re changing is to watch other people’s work.  So if there is something that another videographer is doing well, I will go on Vimeo and just watch the lastest to keep up with it.  And I would absolutely say that where I am now is because of tutorials online.  I’ve never taken a class and I didn’t go to college for this; this is all what I have picked up from other people.  That’s what’s different about the creative world – someone can produce something that floors me but is entirely different from what I do.  And that doesn’t devalue what I do, but it’s a different way to create a film that caters to a different crowd or demographic.  And I wish someone told me when I was learning to definitely look at other people’s work when you’re starting out because you can learn from them.  Don’t steal or copy it, but once you film long enough, you’re going to create your own style that will provide for a demographic that those other videographers aren’t.

WB: Why did you choose wedding videography?  Why do you do what you do?

JP: I started because of a need for money.  My wife Alaina’s health was declining, and we didn’t know at the time that she would need a kidney transplant, but I was looking for something to pay our already existing medical bills.  My first film was for my now second shooter, Jon Irvan’s wedding. That’s when I realized the need, the opportunity to do what I do.  I knew the local talent out there, and I didn’t want to detract from them.  But shooting that first wedding made me realize the opportunity for creating my style, and even though I was just looking for something to pay the bills, I became really passionate about it, and it was a way to make a living as well.  Any kind of film-making that has a story is my passion, and weddings are all different.  They all have stories.  

WB: How can we follow you on social media?

JP: I have accounts on InstagramTwitter, Facebook, and Vimeo.  My accounts aren’t separate from my business and my personal life.  I want people to know who they’re hiring, not just based solely on my work.  You can see parts of my life, the things that I value like my relationship with Christ, and my wife and my son, and that gives you an idea of who I am and how and why I do what I do. 


As mentioned in the article, Justin’s wife Alaina was in need of a kidney transplant two years ago, and the story of their perfect match is an inspiring message of the kind of love that we are called to in life and in marriage.  Be sure to check out the About section of his website to learn more!

There you have it!  Justin, thank you again for your time and for the opportunity to highlight the gift you have for capturing people’s stories and making them matter.  And dear reader, I hope that this information alleviates your wedding planning stress and that you will be able to enjoy your wedding day both on the actual date and for many anniversaries to come!


~ A note from the author, Sydney: This has been my favorite blog post yet because I love helping people find the resources that they need and helping those business resources find the people to whom they want to offer their services!  It’s a win-win situation, and in this case you can be certain that the man in the spotlight isn’t merely talented; he is a man of integrity who will provide you with his best work to help you look back on your day and the precious memories you made.  And his genuine and fun personality will put you at ease so that he will feel like part of your family or another friend who just wants to celebrate with you.  I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and check back with us next week for another insightful article!





Forever Love: A Story of Long-lasting Marriage

He sat across from me at the table, his weathered and wrinkled hands clasped in front of him.  He finally looks all of his eighty-five years, but that happy twinkle is still in his eyes, and he laughs as easily as ever.  Uncle Bennett has always possessed a boyish charm and youthful soul that draw me in when we visit, year after year.  Aunt Doris has been gone six years now, but Uncle Bennett’s memories and his affection for his bride of fifty-seven years are still obviously fresh upon his heart.  Although my visit with him was much too brief last month, the time we had together left me with a question that lingers on my mind…

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