event design

Let's talk chairs!

Acrylic Ghost Chairs

Who's excited for these gorgeous acrylic chairs!?! We are! You'll be spotting these beauties in some of our 2017 weddings! They are more versatile then you think and will be mixed with modern and rustic elegant styles. We hope you'll love these as much as we do! And guess what!? They are now available in the Treasure Valley! Event Rent made it happen! Tell them we sent ya!

Chairs make a MEGA impact on your overall design! Our two favorites are the beautiful cross back option or these acrylic ghost chairs! 2017 is the year of the ghost chair. One of the reasons we can't get enough of these acrylic ghost chairs is because they are a beautiful and modern take on special event seating. Modern or classic, even with old world design style, they work in such a variety of styles. These unique chairs are also the perfect way to showcase that beautiful linen and table design you’ve been planning by enhancing the incredible details around them. The acrylic fades seamlessly into the design and lets all the elements of your design blend together to create the perfect balance.  Not only do these beauties mix well in all types of wedding styles they mix well with other chairs as well. Still not convinced? Check out some of our favorite ways ghost chairs have been used so far.

Lang Thomas Photography

via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Branco Prato Photography

Jose Villa, Nicole Franzen Photo

Sally Pinera Photography

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Justin DeMutiis Photography

O'Malley Photographers

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How good do the ghost chairs look mixed with the chivari chairs? The possibilities are endless.

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We can not say it enough. We LOVE these acrylic ghost chairs. At Ira + Lucy we pride ourselves on being able to provide thoughtful and unique design as well as new and different ideas to showcase your style. We can not wait to see where the ghost chairs take us. When doing your own design research you will find that these are called "ghost chairs" "acrylic chairs" or "lucite chairs". See more inspiration over on our Ira + Lucy "ghost chairs" Pinterest Board!

Ira + Lucy Vintage Boho Wedding, Southerland's Ranch, Eagle ID

Something that I've always focused so hard on, is the relationship I and my team have with our couples, including their parents, especially the Mother-of-the-Bride. We work very close, usually with Bride and Mom in the months leading up to the wedding. Sometimes that means late night conversations on the phone about concerns or stresses and how we can help them through those challenges. I'll never forget when Sydney reached out to me back in November. She found Ira + Lucy on WeddingWire and sent us an email inquiring about our services. It was a match made in heaven! When Sydney shared her vision I immediately wanted their wedding. Sydney and Bryce are both film students in Denver and I just adore their style and both are such quality people. Soon, Sydney's mom, Denise and I were shooting emails back and forth in prepping for the big day.

Sending Sydney and Bryce off in a sparkler exit to a dreamy vintage car, a surprise gift from the Groom's parents, was so special and a bit emotional for me. Dealing with 105 degree weather, and over 13 hours in the heat, Sydney hugging me before they ran to the car and telling me how happy she was, "Heidi I just love you! Thank you!" meant the world to me!

SyYou'd think after three years of doing Ira + Lucy I wouldn't get nerves or deal with anxiety, but I totally do! I can barely sleep the night before our clients' weddings because I'm so caught up in all the lists, logistics, management etc and I can't stop my head from those lists. I want the day perfect for my couples that have trusted me and my team. It's one thing to kick ass leading up to the wedding, but it's another come "go-time". It was an incredible day! I've never seen such a stunning wedding party! Wait till you see the pics! E + E Photography were wonderful to work with and I'm just dying to see the pics! So, for now here is one stunner of a sneak peek! Thank you Sydney and Bryce and the Thomas and Hoogland Families for inviting Ira + Lucy to be part of such an incredible moment! xx

Stay tuned for more pictures coming soon!

TEAM Ira + Lucy Event Design, Coordination, Vintage Rentals The Southerland's Ranch, Eagle ID E + E Photography The Florist at Edwards, Matt A Lively Chef Catering Hannah Ganatos Hair + Makeup Greg Marsh Designer Cake VCI Audio - DJ

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Ira + Lucy Event Design, Seattle Spring Gala

Boise is a city, but it certainly has a small town feel and we know the industry is wondering.... Is Ira + Lucy moving out of Boise? Nope! We are still based out of Boise and working hard as ever on our home base turf for our incredible clients with a very awesome team of creatives! I can't wait to introduce you to them all! We'll have brand new team profiles coming soon! So, stay tuned! So, what about this announcement on Instagram about Seattle and Portland? We are glad you are wondering and asking. Jonnathan and I are from WA and also lived in Portland for some time and do miss our more greener homes and are excited to have the opportunity to expand our service to meet the PNW markets. We'll be focusing on Event Design in those areas, while utilizing existing coordinators and rental companies already in place. So, yes, we are stationed in Boise, but we are serving clients in Portland and Seattle as well. We will continue to take a limited amount of events to ensure that our clients get our full attention and care. So, hope that clears any questions up for you. Have no fear Boise! We aren't leaving.

Seattle Spring Gala

The Children's Garden School "A Garden Life" Spring Gala

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Now, let's chat about our recent event in Seattle! We were pleased to design "A Garden Life" Spring Gala for The Children's Garden School, in Issaquah at Blakely Hall Community Center. We focused on a classic green and white palette with organic touches. Details included custom throw pillows for the VIP Lounge, milk glass and vintage mason jar centerpieces, hand lettered signage, a French Garden photo booth station, and a beautiful food station featuring incredible catering from Zimmer and Co. Jonathan Zimmer is a renown chef in Seattle and was such a joy to work with him and his team. We adore having the chance to style catering stations to allow the catering to focus on what they do best and let us handle the styling, for a cohesive experience for the event.

Obviously, I'm going to be biased, but I thought our "photo booth" was so perfect! The guests LOVED the set up and were taking pics all night! I'm beginning to be very partial to a green and white palette. I just love it! "Fantine" settee from France worked her charm on the guests, perfectly accented with our vintage crates, lanterns, mason jars and planters. Now if only I'd put that much effort into our home patio! I need more plants!

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Our attempt at organic styled floral design! In keeping with a tight "fundraising" budget, the Chair of the auction requested that we and some lovely volunteers pull together the floral centerpieces. I might say, it was pretty fun, but I would much rather have the professional florists handle the flowers!

Garden Auction-12P.S. you NEED to try Armstrong Family Wine! The Chardonnay was out of this world! I might add that the Gala raised about 35% over their goal!!!! Wahooo! I'd say we were successful! Inkling Calligraphy rocked the signage for us! She's a Texas sweetheart who's moved to Boise and we are so happy she's here!

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Lissa, from Weddings with Lissa, did a great job handling the coordination for the auction logistics! We love working with other fabulous planners.




Yellow Wedding Ideas - Ira and Lucy

Here's a little sunshine for your Monday afternoon! If you follow us on Instagram, you'll see I have an obsession with these dusty, muted tones! The yellow and gray wedding palette has been done a million times, so I suggest opting for a more toned down hue and layering your palette to more than just yellow and gray. Hope you enjoy our yellow wedding ideas board! We adore this vintage chair featured at the Bliss and Bespoke Retreat! The added pop of pink/violet is beautiful! Bliss and Bespoke Retreat Caroline Lima Photography

You can see we incorporated vintage elements and popped in some mid-century modern vibes with  the vase selection. Texture is key! Chiffon, lace, velvet tufting, wood, greenery - layering is the key to quality design! For our groom, how about stepping away from a tux rental and go with a charcoal suit and a dapper bow tie! YES PLEASE! Love it! This look is really quite achievable and works great for the couple on a budget, but design in mind! We love us a vintage accent chair, perfect for those bridal portraits, special seating at dinner and then used again for the garter toss! When we chat with our clients we talk a lot about how to repurpose decor elements to save on the budget! Think about how that chair will make for way cooler pics for the garter toss then a regular folding chair? Just say'n ;)

yellowweddingboardAs you know we are pretty smitten over Maggie Sottero Gowns and think the "Anna" gown in the champagne tone would be so gorgeous with this concept. It's "a stunning fit and flare wedding dress featuring pleated tulle and flaring into a voluminous skirt, is complete with romantic sweetheart neckline and finished with corset closure" You can find Maggie gowns at exclusive retailer, Heartfelt Bridal, just off Fairview Avenue.


As for adding in those modern elements - think color blocking or geometric shapes and lines. Hook up with local invitation and specialty paper designers Paperie + Pen just down the road from Heartfelt Bridal at The Village at Meridian! They have a dreamy paper shop that you will die for! This is a great place to also get thank you cards for your bridesmaids, gifts for your friends and family and a whole lot more!

Custom Invitations

Paperie + Pen



Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015

It's been announced! The Hot Color for 2015 has been predicted to be Marsala, an earthy red-brown and sophisticated tone. Similar to burgundy and maroon, I know many of you think Marsala will only fit fall and winter season weddings. Here, I have paired this bolder tone with the soft romantic hues I know so many of you love. Peach, blush, dusty rose and gold all pair wonderful with Marsala. Marsala encourages design to layer tones and I LOVE that! I always encourage our couples to broaden their original color palette and not just use two or three, but to layer them. If you adore this color, but are worried it will dominate, take some of these ideas as inspiration. A pop in your floral design, perhaps some stunning after the wedding lingerie, invitation liners, or a breath taking vintage sofa for your bridal portraits or memorable lounge at your reception. There are so many lovely options! We'd love to hear your feedback on this year's choice! I'm still partial to 2013's Emerald, but I think I can be persuaded with this elegant hue.

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Photo Credits: Dahlias flickr.com mellow_stuff, Plum and Peach wedding bouquet by Kate Foley Designs, tablescape Paula's Healthy Living, Blush Gown Alexi Shields Photography and Boca by Design, Arch Eric Ronald, Cake Photographer: Megan Pomeroy and Cake: Le Cupcake, Invitation Suite Plum and Gold wedding invitations by Sage Nines Event Production, Pink Astilbe - Bohemian Barn wedding by Braedon Flynn, Vintage Sofa Brown Dress with White Dots, Gold Escort Cards Linen Escort Card Display-Snippet and Ink- Lisa Lefkowitz, peach heels Snippet and Ink,Floral Design Chair Ben Q. Photography


Pink Lemonade- Summer wedding inspiration

 Summer Time!

I don't know about you but I am SO ready for summer! I am sitting here on a brisk, windy spring day wishing I could feel the sun on my face while sipping pink lemonade in the garden. And of course this daydream inspired a wedding board that is full of sunshiny yellow and soft pink mixed with just the right amount of subtle vintage accents.


I am in love with the golden ranunculus and muliti colored anemones in the bouquet...a touch of the sophisticated that neatly balances the rustic mason jars and distressed wallpapered wood. And how adorable is that mail box card catcher!? For an outdoor event a lounge area featuring a lemon yellow wingback chair paired with our cream Anna Marie sofa styled with custom pillows would be the crowning glory to an event that I know I would never forget!

This whole color palette has me positively drooling and I am already envisioning a DIY project with wallpaper and wood...maybe a ceremony backdrop or cake stand. Or maybe just something fabulous for my own house!

Use our Celeste Desk or Maude Vanity for a refreshing lemonade beverage station like this one:

Lemonade Beverage Station

Visit Ira & Lucy's inventory gallery to see all the options available to make this daydream come true for you!



Meet Arielle - New Team Member

Meet our newest Ira & Lucy Team Member, Arielle! We are so excited to have Arielle on board! Building the right team for Ira & Lucy is so important to us, as we take great care to ensure that we perform with integrity, thrive on creative "awesome'ness", know how to work our tail ends off, have a sense of humor to handle high stress situations, and have a slightly OCD/Type A blend. Yes, it takes the right person to do what we do. I am impressed with Arielle's attention to detail and her eagerness to create! She is innovative, very personable and I love how she digs her heels in on both little and big projects! Also a newlywed! We just adore her hubby, John! You might see him helping us with all that heavy lifting we have to do. Clearly these two are adventurous and can handle heights much better than me! So, you can see who'll be doing chandelier and ceiling installations. Arielle-and-John

[pullquote width="600" float="left"]My name is Arielle Belveal and I’ll be the first admit I have the best job ever! I am a 32 year old woman with a hobby of creating and collecting beautiful images. If you’re anything like me, brilliant photos inspire you and beautiful, new ideas instill in you a craving to create. What wows me? Color palettes I covet, attractive ways to employ a theme, awe-inspiring innovation, dreamy décor, DIY projects that range from darling to daring, perfectly toasted toast and brand new bars of soap. My love for weddings started with the planning of my own happy event the summer of 2013. And now I am hooked! On any given Saturday, you might find me on my sofa, hovering over my laptop creating inspiration boards and color palettes, constantly getting sidetracked by all of the beautiful sites I’ve found along the way. And I’ve crashed my hard-drive enough times to know that this isn’t just a passing fancy. At Ira and Lucy we are truly. madly. deeply. head over heels in love with love. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate wedding on a farm, a vintage garden escape or a handmade wedding in a loft, we love them all! And to get to be a part of creating the happiest day of a couple’s life is only one reason I enjoy working with Ira and Lucy. We believe that there is no “right” way to throw a wedding and show clients that it’s ok to break traditions to make the day their own. With custom wedding design, painstaking, hand-made details, a huge amount of gorgeous rental inventory, Ira and Lucy has a no holds barred approach to helping couples make the happiest day of their life the most beautiful and memorable as well. Yes, I have a pretty killer job. So here it is; a world of inspiration and all the answers you’ll need to make your wedding the ultimate celebration of who you are. [/pullquote]

Enjoy Arielle's Valentine's Inspired Board!

Valentines Inspiration

Here are some items in our inventory we find especially perfect for Valentine Inspired Events!



Styling Your Wedding or Special Event with Wine Barrels

Here at Ira & Lucy Event Design & Vintage Rentals we can't get enough of our wine barrels! We love them and added two more to our collection this month! With 5 of these beauties coming right from our backyard Idaho wineries we are proud to offer them to our clients. These beauties (and my word are they heavy) are a collection of 5 right now with optional glass table tops! They make for gorgeous cake tables! Did you see ours at Greg Marsh's Designer Cake's booth at the Wedding Show earlier this month?! I personally love them for cocktail tables! Contact us soon to reserve for your special occasion!wine barrel drink stationCheck out our [button url="http://www.pinterest.com/iraandlucy/styling-with-wine-barrels/"]"Styling with Wine Barrels"[/button] Pinterest Board!

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