Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sparkling Holiday Soiree

Another Olive party!!! This time, arrive is glitter, sequins or metallics because this is your season to SPARKLE! Paisley Umbrella is happy to host this soiree in which customers can design their own Olive holiday dress for only $200! We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kassie & Zach

Presenting another Olive wedding! Kassie and Zach Peterson are from Newnan, GA and got hitched at a quaint B&B in north GA. All of Kassie's bridesmaids wore Olive dresses in the Terra Cotta color. The evening was filled with laughter and dancing ... aren't outdoor weddings the best? 

Photography complements to Jessica Lee Photography

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Olive just got a new look!

What's better than The NEW!! Check it out here! Then go to our facebook page to find out how you can be one of 10 people to get $75 off of a custom Olive dress!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Celebrate Olive's 10th Anniversary!

 Olive is now eco pretty! Wearing "green" has never looked so good!

Olive has been working on some pretty amazing things this summer that we are very excited to share with you! This post features photos taken by Kristy Dickerson Photography of our new eco-friendly Olive line, “Olive Branch”

A word from Katriesa Raines, owner and designer of Olive:
Both shoots took place on romantic ranches in Atlanta. Southern nuances are found in Olive's first eco lovely collection of vintage inspired social dresses.

Southern Meets City II, photos taken at Serenbe:

Olive Branch Collection, photos taken at Vinewood:

meet Rose:
Simple and pretty, Rose features a romantic sweetheart bodice made of ivory silk organic cotton blend, with an ivory and navy seersucker gathered skirt.

meet Alice:
 Modern and chic, Alice is made of grey silk organic cotton blend with a beautiful tulle hem peeking from underneath.

meet Wilhemina:
Wilhemina is vintage and charming with a classic boat neck bodice with a box pleat skirt. This dress features a rosette hem which is made soft white sateen and organic cotton.

Another word from Katriesa:
I am slightly obsessed with a new trend, and that is scarves! Why not bring them into dressy occasions? It kind of relaxes the look of the girl wearing the dress. Imagine how pretty it would look on bridesmaids...

What better accessory for a relaxed, southern bride than a scarf? This simple yet beautiful piece can transform a look… even in July! We love scarves paired with cute day dresses, but why not take it to the next level? Why not accessorize your bridesmaids in scarves? Matching or not, this is a great way to make your wedding party comfortable, chic, and memorable!

scarves add flare to a monotone outfit, 

create diversity within your Bridal party,

show off your creativity, and add a kick of color to your special day

This lovely engagement photo was taken by the oh-so-talented Kristy Dickerson. Monica is wearing a new Olive Branch dress, jazzed up with her personal scarf. We are so proud to call her an Olive bride! To see the rest of Monica's engagement photos, visit Kristy's blog.

With so much excitement, Olive is proud to offer more silhouettes for the earth-conscious woman who wishes to look pretty while protecting our environment. There is more Olive Branch to come with the approach of Olive’s 10th anniversary! So make sure to visit us again soon for more pictures, tips, and events!

Olive is timeless style that is essential for every modern girl’s wardrobe, no matter how young or old! From children’s, to Bridal, to evening and day wear, Olive has whatever you are looking for. And if there isn’t a current style that suites your needs, Olive is welcome to any creative ideas or designs you have in mind! Make an appointment today!

Don’t forget to visit Olive online at and Olive on Etsy
To make a design appointment or to visit the showroom, call Katriesa Raines at 404-274-5432

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wedding Day Hooray and May Day

Olive was blessed to be a part of two great wedding shows lately, Wedding Day Hooray with Indie Craft Experience and May Day at Serenbe.

Wedding Day Hooray was so much fun! Olive enjoyed a great day with other crafty wedding designers from around the area, here's our adorable set-up:

May Day was another beautiful day at Serenbe, full of family fun, Olive style, and iced tea... what more could a southern girl want? Here's a cute Olive customer excited about her purchase:

Both shows went very well and we enjoyed working with everyone who participated. Thanks to all who joined in on the fun and keep reading Olive's blog to find out when we will be a part of more events in your area!!

Up next: Another Midtown Pop Up event! Thursday, May 19- Sunday, May 22 at 999 Peachtree St. We will be out there with  Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Lisa Jill Jewelry, Pieces of Me, and Kristi Hyde Jewelry Design COME JOIN US!

Friday, May 13, 2011

How to get the organic look

Being green is a lifestyle:

lifestyle (LĪPH•stīl): the way in which one presents him or herself through actions, words, and appearance

so in other words, the style in which you live your life. Everyone has a lifestyle, and it's yours to control. How amazing is that? You can't control many things about your life, but you can control this! So for all of you people who are looking for ways to appear more "green", here are a few tips:

1. wear cool handmade accessories

2. wear clothes that represent wildlife or nature

3. wear swanky jewelry

4. decorate your home with whimsical decorations

5. wear things that are crocheted 

There are tons of other ways to appear green. So just look outside, find something that inspires you, and let your creativity sprout! Also, make an appointment with Olive and discover how chic green can be. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

how to be Blissfully & Royally Wed

I trust all of you made the sacrifice of waking up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the Royal Wedding live on television this Friday... or maybe if you're like me, you just didn't sleep at all! I'm a sucker for royalty and rags-to-riches stories. The marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William is comprised of everything a little girl dreams of: meeting a handsome prince who sweeps you off of your feet, proposes to you with his mother's famous engagement ring, and rides off with you in a horse-drawn carriage. ahhhhhhh...... Prince Harry, I'M STILL SINGLE!!

So for all of you who have found your handsome prince, or, like me, are still praying for him to come along, here are the top 10 ways to make your wedding royal:

10. Arrive in style:
Kate arrived to the wedding in on of the Royal Rolls Royce made almost entirely of glass! 

Get the look!

*visit to find Atlanta's finest event car rentals*

9. Make the walk down the aisle even more exciting with special details:
A red carpet extended all the way from the door of the abbey to the alter, about the length of a football field!

Get the look!

*go to Premier Tent Rentals in Atlanta for red carpet rentals!*

8. Make your mother feel beautiful on your special day. Her little princess is becoming a woman!:
The mother-of-the-Bride, Carole Middleton, wore a lovely baby-blue dress by Catherine Walker.

Get the look!

*make an appointment with Olive to find the perfect mother-of-the-bride dress today!*

7. Decorate with unpredictable detail:
Kate and William got married in the beautiful Westminster Abbey and had a traditional Catholic Ceremony. There were 1,900 guests and the historical church was decorated with beautiful 25-foot trees.

Get the look!

*go to your local nursery to find out how to decorate with trees!*

6. Just because the bridesmaids and flower girls are breathtaking doesn't mean they will take your spotlight, they will enhance it!
Kate's sister, Pippa, was the maid-of-honor and wore a beautiful ivory gown also designed my Sarah Burton. She walked down the isle with sweet flower girls who all wore halos of flowers in their hair.

Get the look!

*make an appointment with Olive to find the perfect white dress... for the bride or the bridesmaid!*

5. Understated flowers only accentuates the beauty of the woman holding them:
Kate's bouquet was comprised of lilly-of-the-valley, sweet William (how appropriate), hyacinth, ivy, and myrtle.

Get the look!

4. Look like yourself! Don't wear more makeup or wear your hair bigger than usual. The most beautiful brides are the ones who appear effortless:
My biggest surprise of the wedding: Kate did her own makeup! She looked so beautiful and very much herself with her natural makeup and flowing hair. 

Get the look!

3. Like makeup, your jewelry shouldn't be overwhelming. If your earrings, necklace, etc. is the only thing you see in the mirror, take it off. Your smile is always more important than diamonds or pearls:
The Queen allowed Kate to wear the Carteir "halo" tiera which was presented to Elizabeth by her father on her 18th birthday. Kate also wore diamond-drop earrings by Robinson Pelham, given to her by her parents. The earrings were inspired by the Middleton's new family crest.

Get the look!

*to get these Stella & Dot earrings for $44, visit*

2. When looking for a dress, make sure it accentuates your best assets. Less is more; showing skin isn't the only way to be sexy, and a lot of embellishment takes the eye off of the bride. Keep it sweet and simple:
What does everyone look forward to most at a royal wedding? The dress, of course! Kate wore a beautiful dress made by Sarah Burton, the new head designer for Alexander McQueen. It has a sweetheart neckline corseted bodice with a v-neck, long sleeve lace overlay and satin bell skirt. It has a striking resemblance to Grace Kelly's wedding dress, my personal favorite.

Get the look!

*to look royal on your wedding day, make an appointment with Olive to find a dress fit for a queen!*

1. Above all, remember that the amount of money spent on your wedding doesn't make it royal; you're only a princess if you feel like one. So find a dress that makes you feel beautiful, look into your prince's eyes, and know that you have finally found your fairytale happy ending. You are riding off into the sunset with HIM, not the photographer, not the cake, and not your bouquet. A wedding can be royal, but marriage is worth nothing without a man who treats you like a queen.

And they lived happily ever after. The End.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wed Green

I hope you had a great Easter and Earth Day! Olive celebrated both and had a blast doing so!

In honor of Easter and Earth Day, I'm dedicating this post to fuzing these two different holidays into a wedding trend.... here goes!

Easter is all about Spring. Spring is all about enjoying the Earth in all its splendor. So Easter and Earth Day have a natural connection, right? Well in the world of OLIVE, they do. Here are three easy tips to create a beautiful Easter/Earth Day wedding:

1. Give your guests the gift of GREEN by giving them each a tree seedling, flower bulbs, or seeds of any kind for them to plant and grow on their own. As they watch their colorful plant grow, they will be reminded of the beauty and growth of your marriage.

2. Decorate with eggs! Another one of those great ideas you should have thought of yourself, right? Not only are eggs so "in" right now, but they are also inexpensive, do-it-yourself friendly, and earth friendly! Here are a couple ways to use eggs in your decorations:
create a candle in the half-shell

hang from a tree

use for your centerpieces with chic nests

I KNOW! it's the most EGGcelent idea!

3. Use recycled/recyclable table settings. Find bamboo dinnerware and tons of other green products at
I hope these green Easter tips help you plan your beautiful, pastel, and green wedding of your dreams! All love and best wishes from Olive this Spring! If you are planning your wedding or just planning ahead, make sure to make an appointment with Olive or Paisley Umbrella so all of your wedding dreams come true. You supply the groom, we'll supply everything else.